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Local achievements, milestones

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Gordon D. Schuster, LUTCF, FSS, MA has been named as a Premiere President’s Council Agent for 2014 by New York Life Insurance Co. He is one of 75 agents in the company to be named, and is the leading President’s Council agent in Washington state. Schuster will attend the President’s Council Conference, hosted by New York Life, in Puerto Rico in September.

Forte Architects Principal Tom Bassett attended an American Institute of Architects convention in Chicago June 26-28. The convention theme was “Design with Purpose.” The national convention presented a fresh, new approach to how architects learn, engage and connect with one another. Bassett focused on innovations in school design, sustainability and firm management at the event.

Cathy Rixey has been named business banking relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Wenatchee. Rixey most recently was a private mortgage banker for Wells Fargo in Salt Lake City.

Audrey Bessonette has been promoted to vice president and commercial loan officer at People’s Bank Wenatchee Financial Center.

Deborah Edwards, a Wenatchee native, has returned to the Wenatchee Valley and joined Seasons Hair Design and Skin Studio as a hair stylist and skin care specialist. She most recently owned a day spa in California for the past 11 years.

Stemilt Creek Winery has hired Washington wine industry veteran Sarah Bagdon as its general manager. She will oversee all aspects of the winery and its tasting rooms in Wenatchee and Leavenworth.

Jim Ingram, CFP, EA recently joined Uhrich & Co. CPA in Wenatchee.

Greg Peterson and Dawn Focht have joined North Cascades Bank, a division of Glacier Bank. Peterson will serve as senior vice president, real estate lender. Focht will serve as real estate loan processor.

Real estate agents from John L. Scott Real Estate Wenatchee attended a John L. Scott Buyer Consultation Workshop, presented by Jeff Cohen of John L. Scott in Issaquah, July 22 at their office. Attending the workshop were Lisa Deaver, Adam Franklin, Tracy Franklin, Jackie Gabaldo, Darlene Garton, Sue Long, Andrea Lutes, Jessica Rankin, Karie Rolen and Jasmine Hall.

Former Wenatchee resident Natalie Palmer, district governor for District 9 Toastmasters International, will be presented the Excellence in Education and Training Award at a Hall of Fame ceremony Aug. 21 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. District 9 Toastmasters serves more than 55 Toastmaster Clubs and 850 members in Eastern Washington, Northeastern Oregon, and Northern Idaho.

State Farm Agent Rick Baldini, ChFC, CLU, CASL, CLF has relocated to Wenatchee. He has been with State Farm for 26 years, both in administration and agency services, and most recently was district manager in Spokane. Baldini replaces longtime agent Ernie Hobbs, who retired July 31 after serving the Wenatchee Valley for 42 years. Baldini’s office is located at 129 Methow St.

Real Estate Brokers Kate Granger, JoAnna Holland and Bill Lucas have joined Century 21 Exclusively in Wenatchee.

Brian Wilgus, who recently graduated from Eastern Washington University with a master’s degree in occupational therapy, has joined Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth as an occupational therapist.

Annie Nelson, MPT,OCS, CWS of Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth has been awarded certification as a specialist in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy.

Emergency responder Gregory Horton of Cascade Medical Center recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security’s Federal Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

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