New jobs, new faces

The Town Toyota Center hired Dreu Vader to fill a new sales and marketing executive position last December. Vader will assist in coordinating in-house events, sponsorship sales, group sales and premium ticket sales. He graduated from Central Washington University last year with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a minor in communications.

North Meridian Title & Escrow has added three new members to its staff:

Intern Mackenzie Forney has been transitioned to a permanent, full-time employee in the title department.

Sarah Waterhouse, front desk.

Cathryn Key, escrow processing team.

Madison Miller has joined the processing team.

North Central Educational Service District has hired Dylan Kling as a student assistance professional serving the Quincy School District. Kling is a Quincy High School graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Jessup Real Estate has announced the addition of Jorden Jessup as a new agent. Jessup is an Eastmont High School graduate and Pacific Lutheran University alumna.

Thrive Chelan Valley has announced the appointment of Kayla Helleson as executive director. She begins her new role Aug. 1.

George Washington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 24 recently held its installation of elected officers for 2019-20. Those elected were Post Commander Fil Rivera; Senior Vice Commander Phil Anderson; Junior Vice Commander Daniel Chism; Quartermaster Mark Owens with Beckie Wilson appointed as Judge Advocate and Sean Putnam as Chaplin. Trustees are Ed Davies, Ray Breeden and Rex Rogers.

The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has added journalist Sebastian Moraga to its communications department. Moraga will serve as the chamber’s communications specialist. Formerly the sports and education reporter at the Quincy Valley Post-Register, Moraga brings 16 years of experience in communications to the chamber.


Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty and Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan Properties were both named a Gold-level Coldwell Banker Premier Office for year-end 2018.

The following associates received additional awards:

Winthrop Realty:

Dave Thomsen, International President’s Elite

Frank Kline and Kathleen Curtiss, International Diamond Society

Lake Chelan Properties:

Justin Skaar, International President’s Premier

Keith Allen, International President’s Circle

Kim Skaar, Alice Harris, Kathy Jo Porter, Guy Evans, Cora Nordby and Steven Ortolf, International Diamond Society

Anita Day and Carol Ortolf, International Sterling Society

The following Banner Bank associates were selected to receive Banner’s Best award. This award represents the highest level of recognition within the company.

Emily Alvarez, teller at the Wenatchee branch

Brette Sangster, loan officer at the Wenatchee Loan Center

Monica Simmons, loan officer at the Wenatchee Loan Center

David W. Parsons, CLU, ChFC, CASL, financial adviser/managing director with Northwestern Mutual in Wenatchee, has been accepted for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for 2019. Parsons is a Qualifying and Life member of MDRT since 1986 and with Northwestern Mutual since 1981.

Pre-engineering teacher Doug Merrill received the Association of Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) Region V Innovative Program Award for his programs year-long AutoCAD course. Merrill was recognized for the integration of unique building projects into the classroom.

Tsillan Cellars racked up the medal count in the 2019 Seattle Wine awards, receiving nine Double Gold Medals, four Gold Medals and three Silver Medals. Double Gold is awarded only when all judges on the tasting panel deem that wine worthy of a Gold Medal. In addition, Tsillan Cellars 2009 Estate Bellissima Rosa, 2009 Estate Reserve Syrah and 2009 Estate Sinistra were awarded Diamond of the Decade Award as outstanding 10-year-old wines from the 2009 vintage. Tsillan Cellars also received recent recognition by Wine Press Northwest Magazine as the eighth most awarded Washington winery in the “Best of the Best” Platinum Wine Competition in the past 10 years.

Stemilt Growers added another year of role-model recognition for its work to support Produce for Better Health Foundation and its goal of increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables. This is the 11th consecutive year Stemilt has been recognized as a role model. Also, Roger Pepperl of Stemilt Growers was named a PBH Ambassador at the Consumer Connections conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ambassadors are chosen based on the advocacy work they do with PBH members and the greater produce and supermarket industry.

Sun Mountain Lodge has been named a 2019 AAA Inspector’s “Best Of Housekeeping” hotel, an award that indicates the property’s cleanliness and condition rank in the top 25 percent of the 27,000 AAA Inspected & Approved hotels. In addition, the lodge has received the AAA Four Diamond Award for the Dining Room for the 28th consecutive year and was awarded the “Best Luxury Getaway” in the King 5/Evening “Best Northwest Escapes” contest.

Century 21 Exclusively recognizes Betsy Davenport Loomis for receiving the coveted Masters Diamond Award in 2018. Masters Diamond is the highest award in the Masters Producers that an individual broker can achieve. Masters Producer Annette Johnson received the Masters Ruby award for her work in 2018.

Staying on Top

Biosports physical therapist, Brendan Wilson, M.P.T, attended Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Clinical Approach for Positive Functional Outcomes. The two-day course took place March 23 and 24 at the UW Medicine Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. It provided the practicing physical therapist with essential and fundamental skills needed to evaluate and treat vestibular dysfunction in patients with dizziness and/or balance disorders.

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