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October 2018

Volume 17 • Issue 10

Dick’s plans $7.5M store at Columbia Center BY KRISTINA LORD


Focus: Construction + Real Estate in the Tri-Cities magazine

Young Professionals

10 rising Tri-City business leaders receive honors Page 9


Construction underway on new Kennewick sports bar and grill Page 27

Investors to build mixed-use building in downtown Kennewick Page 49


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A sporting goods retail chain with more than 730 stores nationwide plans to demolish part of Kennewick’s mall to build a new $7.5 million store. Dick’s Sporting Goods intends to tear down the former Regal Cinemas at Columbia Center and build a 45,138-square-foot store. Dick’s sells sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. It also offers unique specialty stores within the store dedicated to team sports, athletic apparel, golf, the outdoors and fitness. “The city of Kennewick is very excited that Dick’s Sporting Goods has chosen Kennewick for its new store location. The city continues to work in partnership with our community to create a location where safety, good infrastructure and amenities provide an environment for business success and a wonderful place for employees to live, work and play,” said City Manager Marie Mosley. Herschman Architects recently submitted plans to the city of Kennewick for the 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd. store. The permits for new commercial construction, plumbing, commercial mechanical work were approved Oct. 10. Herschman Architects, which changed its name this summer to Onyx Creative, has offices in Cleveland, Tucson and Los Angeles. The firm states on its website that it offers prototype management service to Dick’s Sporting Goods, including managing and updating four prototype stores − single level, two level, combo store and triple play, which houses three brands under one roof. Founded in 1948, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. Plans for the Kennewick store call for a onestory building. Columbia Center officials said they could not comment on their new tenant yet. They said in July that the mall had plans to redevelop the old cinema space “for an exciting new retail offering.” Calls and emails to Dick’s Sporting Goods, DICK’S, Page 8

Tyrone Riggle, president of Riggle Plumbing Inc., is one of many Tri-City subcontractors who lost money when Vandervert Construction Inc. was placed in receivership amid financial crisis. Riggle considers his company fortunate to have lost less than $10,000 for work performed for Vandervert Construction after initially filing claims totaling nearly $300,000. (Courtesy Riggle Plumbing Inc.)

Dozens of Tri-City subcontractors still left without paycheck BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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Contractors who once did business with Vandervert Construction Inc. are separating themselves into two groups: lucky or unlucky. “We are one of the lucky ones,” said Mary Rosen, controller for Richland-based Garrett Electric Company Inc. The lucky ones are those who got paid most or all of what they were owed for doing work for Vandervert Construction before it went out of business at the start of 2018, owing tens of millions to businesses and the state of Washington. Rosen said Garrett Electric recovered the estimated $90,000 owed in the original claim filed in Spokane County Superior Court receivership documents.

Tyrone and Cindy Riggle of Kennewick’s Riggle Plumbing Inc. estimate they were owed $300,000 at the time the court began supervising Vandervert’s assets and liabilities. The Riggles recently recovered all but about $9,000 they said they were owed. “Thirty years ago it would have bankrupt us,” Cindy Riggle said. “These small companies that are just starting, I can’t imagine. We’ve been around a long time.” Greg Gutzmer, owner of Richland’s Ace Electric, said, “We are actually one of the lucky contractors. We were owed around $90,000 in round figures, but the only project we had going was in Marysville. The owner of that project paid us off to get us to come back to the job site to continue working. So we weren’t out anything.” VANDERVERT, Page 40

Sale to close soon on former aquatics center land in Pasco BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Pasco is ready to offload nearly seven acres of land on the western side of the city once intended for a regional aquatics center. Pasco’s Deputy City Manager Stan Strebel said the 6.7-acre property is under contract with Moore Holdings at $5 a square foot, for a total purchase price of $1.5 million. Pasco originally owned about 14 acres of land near Sandifur Parkway and Midland Lane, north of Interstate 182. The western half of the property sold in 2014 for $2.30 a square foot, totaling $701,316 and is now home to McCurley Integrity Subaru at 9620 Sandifur Parkway. Moore Holdings is set to buy the eastern half and it could become a new location for Speck Hyundai, one of multiple dealerships

owned by J.P. and Katy Moore. When reached by phone, Katy Moore declined to discuss plans for the site, saying their primary focus is on the dealership they recently bought in Grandview, Mid-Valley Chrysler Jeep Dodge. The current land sale is more than double the price per square foot of what was paid for the western half of the parcel, Strebel said. “The McCurley parcel was discounted somewhat due to the fact that it was the initial sale and the city wanted to incentivize that type of development along Sandifur,” he said. He said market forces account for the increase in price. In July, the Pasco City Council agreed to sell the property, nearly five years after support washed up efforts to build an aquatics center there. PASCO LAND, Page 4



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Cancer center to modify corporate structure after hospital sales BY JENNIFER L. DREY

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

The corporate structure of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center will change in the wake of RCCH HealthCare’s acquisition of member hospitals Trios Health and Lourdes Health, but patient care and related services will continue as they have for nearly 25 years. The intention on all sides is to find a public-private partnership model that meets the IRS requirements to keep the Kennewick cancer center’s nonprofit status in place. “The good news – and we’ve had a couple of meetings with the parties – is that everyone wants to make this happen. And for the patients in this community and the ongoing future of the cancer center, that’s the great news,” said Chuck DeGooyer, chief executive officer of the cancer center. Created in 1994, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center was established as a joint venture between Trios Health, which was Kennewick General Hospital at the time, Lourdes Health in Pasco and Kadlec in Richland. The center is a separate corporation with its own board, but its ownership resides with the three member hospitals. At the time of its creation, all three hospitals had nonprofit status. Accordingly, the center’s bylaws state that only nonprofit entities may be owners of the Cancer Center. However, 25 years later, two of the three hospitals – Trios and Lourdes – are now owned by for-profit Tennessee-based RCCH HealthCare. To avoid violating the center’s bylaws during the hospital sales to RCCH HealthCare, Trios Health’s ownership stake in the center was temporarily transferred to the nonprofit Kennewick Public Hospital District and Lourdes Health’s ownership was temporarily retained by

Attorneys are working under a six-month timeframe to create a partnership that would allow for-profit RCCH HealthCare and nonprofit Providence St. Joseph Health to become the member-owners of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Cancer Center)

nonprofit Ascension, which was the hospital’s owner prior to its sale to RCCH HealthCare. The third partner, Kadlec, is already owned by nonprofit Providence St. Joseph Health. Now, with the Trios and Lourdes sales having closed, attorneys are working under a six-month timeframe to create a partnership that would allow for-profit RCCH HealthCare and nonprofit Providence St. Joseph Health to become the memberowners of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. “What we’re looking for is something that meets the IRS standards, that meets the for-profit needs of RCCH and the nonprofit, tax-exempt needs of Kadlec, as well as the nonprofit needs of the center,” DeGooyer said. RCCH spokesman Jeff Atwood confirmed that it is also RCCH’s intention to create a partnership that would allow the cancer center’s nonprofit status to remain in place. “Since the beginning of these conversations, we were aware of the way that the

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cancer center was set up,” Atwood said. “We’re going to work with all parties involved to figure out the right structure.” At this point, it is too early to speculate on what that structure might look like, he said. However, with 18 regional health systems in 12 states throughout the United States, RCCH HealthCare is accustomed to encountering unique situations when it goes into new communities, Atwood said. “Every time we partner, there are always things that are different or unusual. There’s not a one-size-fits-all model for what we do,” he said. For the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, the importance of the current corporate structure lies in its nonprofit status, which allows the center to avoid a number of taxes, including property tax. That exemption frees up more money to be put back into the needs of the center, DeGooyer said. Possibly more important, however, is the fact that the center’s nonprofit status also allows it to be supported by the Tri-

Cities Cancer Center Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as the fundraising arm for the cancer center. All money raised and community contributions come in through the foundation, which in turn grants them back to the cancer center based on its needs. “Fundraising is a critical part of what our foundation does for the programs that we don’t receive funding for,” DeGooyer explained. In 2017, the foundation raised $1.5 million for the center through special events, individual and business contributions, and planned gifts left during estate planning. The foundation’s goal is to exceed that number in 2018, which is already shaping up to be an incredibly successful fundraising year, according to Elizabeth McLaughlin, foundation director. The foundation also has a growing endowment, which was established to ensure funds in the future. McLaughlin said she does not expect the cancer center’s new corporate structure to have any effect on fundraising operations at the foundation. “As far as we see it, no change, just opportunity for us to offer even more support, and we at the foundation look forward to continuing to work with all three hospitals,” McLaughlin said. She added, “The cancer center has been around for 25 years. It’s incredibly consistent and strong, and we want to make sure that everyone in the community who has made an investment either in our foundation or who has received treatment knows that we’re going to continue to be world class.” Tri-Cities Cancer Center board Chairman Jeff Petersen reiterated both the idea that the center has brought worldclass cancer care to the region and the sentiment that there are no changes expected on the operational side. uCANCER CENTER, Page 39


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• Roasters Coffee is across the street from the Keene/Kennedy Development in West Richland. Incorrect information appeared on page 64 in September. • Self-Storage at Chapel Hill features about 90,000 square feet of total space. The wrong square footage was listed on page 56 in September. • The now-closed West Richland food Bank was located on 4096 W. Van Giesen St. The wrong address was listed on page 43 in September. The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, a publication of TriComp Inc., is published monthly and delivered at no charge to identifiable businesses in Pasco, Richland, West Richland, Kennewick, Prosser and Benton City. Subscriptions are $27.10 per year, including tax, prepayment required, no refunds. Contents of this publication are the sole property of TriComp Inc. and can not be reproduced in any form without expressed written consent. Opinions expressed by contributors and advertisers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of staff, other contributors or other advertisers, nor do they imply endorsement by staff, contributors or advertisers. Every effort will be made to assure information published is correct; however, we are not liable for any errors or omissions made despite these efforts.

Pasco has agreed to sell 6.7 acres of land to Moore Holdings, which could become the site of a new Hyundai dealership. (Courtesy city of Pasco)

PASCO LAND, From page 1 The vote had been split between the counties, with Benton County voters rejecting and Franklin County voters in favor of raising the sales tax one-tenth of one percent to pay for an indoor-outdoor aquatics center and water park. “When that effort was not successful, the Pasco Public Facilities District started looking at its options since the vote in Pasco was favorable,” Strebel said. “However, the statute in the city’s public facilities district does not allow a recreational facility only, it has to be competitive in nature.” Further complicating the issue, Strebel said the city’s public facilities district, or PFD, tends to discourage the financial viability of a competitive facility, and the venue would have to be primarily competitive with recreational use secondary. “The competitive stuff just does not pencil out,” Strebel said. “Competitive venues want to be indoor and year-round. Because of that, the cost of the facility goes up exponentially for maintenance, and use is not that great.” This made it challenging for Pasco to go it alone with an indoor facility aimed at recreational use, he said. State law doesn’t allow for city public facilities districts to build the same projects as a regional or county facility could. “When the statute was drafted, they picked and chose from the authorized projects, and combined them in the ‘regional public facilities district’ definition so that it had the authority to build not only a convention center, but sporting facilities and performing arts, and also recreational facilities,” Strebel said. This key difference allowed the regional pitch to go forward in 2013 with the intention of building an aquatics center that could hold competitive swimming events and also be used recreationally by the public. Since such a project could draw residents from multiple cities and two counties, the Tri-Cities Public Facilities District is unique in its existence by covering a regional area. “The law really only allows for one in the whole state,” Strebel said. Citing that different allowance for city regional public facilities district versus regional PFDs, “it’s a pretty complicated issue,” Strebel said, Pasco floated the idea of changing state law. “The Pasco Public Facilities District has been trying to see if they could have the Legislature amend the statute so that city PFDs could do the same as county or regional PFDs. So far, that’s not been successful,” he said. “There’s still some efforts being made, but that effort is not going forward very quickly.” A regional public facilities district meeting this month will discuss an idea that’s been nicknamed “the grand bargain.” Strebel said it may be possible for each city to have a “reasonable” project, whether it’s one in each city, or one viewed favorably by each city. The contracted acreage on Sandifur was once part of a 28-acre parcel. Strebel said Pasco bought half for $1.4 million and Leonard Dietrich, owner of Basin Disposal, bought the other half. Dietrich has since sold his to Russ Dean RV, at 9420 Sandifur Parkway, which is set to become Camping World. The sale of the land to Moore Holdings is scheduled to close Dec. 1 and will benefit Pasco’s economic development program.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018 uBUSINESS BRIEFS Port of Pasco to receive $7.1 million federal grant

The Port of Pasco will receive a $7.1 million federal grant to improve roads and storm water infrastructure at the Big Pasco Industrial Center after last winter’s snowmelt damage. The grant was announced Oct. 9 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The money will be used to accelerate and improve the resilience of the business park by repaving damaged roads and installing storm water management drains to handle future snow melts, according to the Department of Commerce. “Improving infrastructure resilience at Big Pasco Industrial Center will benefit the Tri-Cities economy and have a positive impact on jobs,” said U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse in a statement. “This grant will help the Port of Pasco meet transportation needs for businesses despite adverse weather conditions.” It’s estimated the improvements will create 270 jobs and retain 100 jobs. Big Pasco provides multi-modal transportation from barge to rail and road. Congress appropriated $600 million toward disaster relief and recovery in the wake of hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters last year.

Chamber to hold diversity summit on Oct. 31

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold an inaugural TriCities Diversity Summit on Oct. 31 at

the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Pasco. The half-day event will focus on the importance, impact and benefits of diversity and inclusion practices in the workplace. The summit will feature multiple breakout sessions on workplace diversity, presented by experts in the field. Topics include unconscious bias, the ABCs of LGBTQIA+ in the workplace and building an inclusive workplace. The event will conclude with the chamber’s October membership luncheon, featuring a keynote presentation from Kristin Ekkens of the Cultural Intelligence Center, called, “What Now? How to Build a Culturally Intelligent Organization.” The summit is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration is $65 for chamber members, $75 for guests. Registration for the luncheon is $25 for members, $35 for guests (a luncheon ticket is included with summit registration). For more information, call 509-7360510 or visit tricityregionalchamber. com.

CBC reports student enrollment bump

Columbia Basin College’s reports a 2.5 percent year-over-year increase in student enrollment this fall with 7,275 students. Included in the overall enrollment are 1,347 Running Start students. Running Start is a program that allows 11th- and 12th-grade students to take college

courses at community colleges where they can earn high school and college credits.

Washington job rate up in August from month prior

Washington employment ended with a strong finish in August with 9,100 nonfarm jobs being added on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the federal Bureau of Labor. Professional and business services saw the largest gain with 3,300 jobs, followed by construction with 2,900 and leisure and hospitality with 2,200. Retail trade had the biggest lost. For rates that weren’t seasonally adjusted from August 2017 to August 2018, jobs increased by 109,400. Professional and business services led with an increase of 26,300 jobs, followed by construction and education and health services that increased nearly identically with a rise of 15,300 and 15,200 jobs, respectively. Year over year, the employment rate was 4.5 percent in 2018 and 4.8 percent the same month in 2017.

WSU reduces deficit $22M in first year of budget plan

Washington State University has reduced its deficit by $22 for fiscal year 2018 to offset a $30 million annual operating deficit. Under the initiative, all departments are required to develop plans to increase revenue or reduce spending by 2.5 percent a year for three years to


steadily eliminate WSU’s reliance on central reserves for ongoing operating expenses. The university then will focus on replenishing the central reserves, which had fallen from about $200 million in fiscal year 2013 to just less than $100 million four years later. Increased revenue from tuition and self-sustaining funds such as housing helped with the growth.

Richland seeks planning commission member

The Richland City Council is accepting applications from citizens interested in serving on its planning commission. Applicants must be Richland residents. It is recommended that applicants have a general knowledge of the council’s community priorities and the desire to be involved with land use development. A background in any of the following is desirable: urban planning, architecture, transportation, civil engineering, geology or economic development. Participation in the community and time availability also will be considered. The planning commission meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The term for the appointment is until March 31, 2020. Details are available on the city’s website at bccvacancies or by calling 509-9427388. The application deadline is Oct. 19.


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Couple creates software to help businesses land DOE contracts BY JESSICA HOEFER

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

After two decades working in business development for the nuclear industry, Darren Shank decided to stop chasing down Department of Energy dollars and instead make it easier for others to find contracts. “This industry is overwhelming with procurement data from RFPs (Requests for Proposals) to the key intelligence you need to win work,” said Shank, who started theEDGE with his wife, Kelsey, in January. “The Darren Shank software system we built was geared around all of the things required to be successful in business development capture, the key attributes to win DOE business, that we would have liked to have had in one location. We wanted to provide a tool that would bring business opportunities to all business sizes to help grow their business.” In March, Kelsey came on full time as the couple officially launched their product to the public at the Waste Management Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona. At the event, they showcased their software, which tracks hundreds of data points every hour, analyzing, sorting and putting the information into a platform that’s easy for

users to filter and find jobs that suit their needs. “For example, the DOE or one of their major prime contractors will release an RFP from one of their environmental management or national laboratory sites, but there is not a central location where opportunities are posted,” said Shank, adding, “theEDGE solves this problem, plus brings key information related to business intelligence, news, budget data and contractor details.” With theEDGE, Shank said the software identifies opportunities for businesses of all sizes. It tracks DOE news, including contract awards, updates and budget information and pulls the data into one location. Business opportunities can be filtered to include criteria such as job size, scope and experience needed. Jobs can also be sorted by classification like womanowned or minority-owned business. Additionally, clients can customize their dashboards specific to an area, such as Hanford or Savannah River. “The DOE’s budget this next year is about $35 billion, and we track every DOE procurement dollar from staff augmentation, to first-of-a kind high-level waste treatment, to a major prime procurement,” Darren Shank said. Kelsey Shank said the software can be accessed on a computer, tablet or through theEDGE’s app. The owners hired a Washington-based company to develop the software with one of the main criteria: make it easy to use. “It’s extremely user friendly. I even

Kelsey Shank and her husband Darren in January started theEDGE, a company that tracks major offices within the Department of Energy to help businesses learn about job opportunities.

tested it on my dad, and he’s not tech savvy,” she said. “Once I get someone set up in theEDGE, we go through and do a very detailed presentation with the customer. A lot of them are not in town and we do those presentations through a webinar. We wanted it to be as simple as possible to use.” Local customers can learn about theEDGE in person at their office at 710 George Washington Way in Suite G. Although theEDGE is based in Richland— the heart of Hanford contractors—most of the company’s clients are not from the TriCities, as many contractors are headquartered elsewhere. “A majority of the major prime contractors in the DOE are using our

system. We have clients throughout the United States and Europe,” said Darren Shank, adding that they spend time traveling to conferences and networking to ensure they bring the latest information about DOE to their customers. Business owners interested in the system don’t have to sign up right away, Darren Shank said. Potential clients can sign up for a free five-day trial, although he notes that 95 percent of people who try out the system continue using theEDGE. After the trial period is over, customers pay a monthly fee to use the system. Monthly memberships are annual and run $499 for a small business and $799 for large businesses. uSOFTWARE, Page 8

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OCT. 17

• PTAC Workshop “Marketing to the Federal Government”: 9 – 10:30 a.m., Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-4913231.

OCT. 18

• Community Presentation “What morality can teach us about living”: 6 – 7:30 p.m., Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road, Richland. • Dinner with Friends, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties: 6 – 9 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets: 509-5439980. • Community Lecture Series “Great Writers and the Great War: Literature as Peace Activism”: 7 – 9 p.m., Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco.

OCT. 20

• Jubilee Leadership Academy Scholarship Gala: 6 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets: 509-3801570.

OCT. 24

• Washington Policy Center Annual Dinner: 6 – 9 p.m., Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 N. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane. Tickets:

OCT. 25

• Resources to Grow Your Business: 8 – 9:30 a.m., Fuse SPC, 723 The Parkway, Richland. RSVP: • Building Bridges Networking Event: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Pasco Aviation Museum, 4102 Stearman Ave., Pasco. RSVP: 509547-9755.

OCT. 26

• A Place to Call Home Fall Breakfast Fundraiser,

benefiting Elijah Family Homes: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland. RSVP: 509-943-6610.

OCT. 27

• Women in Ag Conference: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets: womeninag.

OCT. 31

• Tri-Cities Diversity Summit: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. RSVP:

NOV. 3

• Beggars Banquet, benefiting Safe Harbor Support Center: 6 – 10 p.m., Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Tickets: safeharborsupportcenter. org.

NOV. 6

• Lighting the Path Fundraising Breakfast, benefiting Chaplaincy Health Care: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-783-7416. • Prosser Chamber Luncheon: noon – 1 p.m., Jeremy’s Public House, 1232 Wine Country Road, Prosser. RSVP: 509-7863177.

NOV. 7

• National Active & Retired Federal Employees lunch program: 11:30 a.m., Red Lion, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Visit: • West Richland Chamber Membership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave., West Richland. RSVP: 509967-0521.

NOV. 8

• Procurement Power Hour: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., TriCities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick. RSVP: 509-491-3231.

NOV. 10

• Tri-Cities Wine Festival: 7 – 10 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets:

NOV. 16

• Jingle & Jazz, benefiting Modern Living Services: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets:

NOV. 17

• Festival of Trees, benefiting United Way: 6 – 10 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets:



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New PNNL report outlines lab’s effect on local, state economies BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s fifth annual economic impact analysis on the state of Washington, covering fiscal year 2017, recently was released. It quantifies economic impacts to the state from PNNL’s funding and total spending, wages, purchased goods and services, health care, visitor spending, spinoff companies, education support and corporate charitable contributions. Of PNNL’s 4,486 staff, 93 percent, or 4,190, live in Washington. Most work at the lab’s Richland campus and live in Benton and Franklin counties but a few also work at PNNL’s Marine Sciences

Laboratory in Sequim and at offices near Lake Union in Seattle. PNNL directly and indirectly supported $1.46 billion in economic output, and 7,100 jobs in the state last year, according to the report. The state also gained $224 million in output, 1,580 jobs and $98 million in income through closely related economic activities such as visitor spending, health care spending, spending by resident retirees and through companies with PNNL roots. PNNL has a total payroll of $456 million, of which $423 million went to staff employed in Washington. PNNL made procurements of goods and services worth $350 million. Of the total,

$82.8 million (24 percent) were made from Washington firms. Construction and renovation projects in Richland pumped $15.2 million into the local economy and were responsible for 90 construction jobs. Battelle, as operators of PNNL, and its staff at PNNL paid about $26.2 million in local and state taxes, which include sales and use taxes and property taxes. Health insurance expenditures for PNNL’s 4,190 Washington-based employees, 1,990 retirees and their households in the state totaled an estimated $68 million. Pensions and Social Security payments to retirees totaled $124 million, of which about $92 million was estimated to be spent in Washington on goods and services.  

More than 5,200 out-of-town visitors to the lab spent about $4.6 million at area hotels, restaurants and businesses. Eighteen companies spun-off and based on PNNL-developed technologies generated $27 million in Washington and employed 140 people. Battelle contributed $535,000 to philanthropic and civic organizations (education, health and human services, arts), including $245,000 to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education. Licensing revenues totaled $3.8 million.  A significant portion of these funds are reinvested at the lab. To read the full report, visit about/pdf/Economic_Impact_PNNL_ report.pdf. DICK’S, From page 1 which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were not returned. Bids to demolish the cinema and build the store also were posted on BidPlanroom. com, an online construction bid network. The eight-screen movie theater closed in July. Details of the project include demolishing the 32,700-square-foot theater and partial demolition of the existing mall entrance, as well as building a mall separation wall. The building would be considered an anchor tenant, according to the bid documents. Site improvements would include site grading, utilities, lighting, paving, sidewalks and landscaping.  A contractor for the project has not yet been announced, according to city permit applications. Dick’s Sporting Goods is opening four new stores in October — two namesake stores, including one in Spokane, and two Golf Galaxy locations. The Spokane store’s grand opening celebration was Oct. 12-14. The opening of these four new stores will bring about 175 collective jobs to three communities through the hiring of fulltime, part-time and temporary workers, according to the company. SOFTWARE, From page 6 Companies also can acquire additional memberships at a reduced rate. Small businesses can add an additional user for $99 per subscription, and large businesses can add another user for $499 per subscription. “We have some people who just have one membership and others who have more. One large company we work with has six memberships,” Shank said. “You can’t go hire a person for $799 to do the work theEDGE does. You’d need a support team of probably 10 to acquire and update the information.” The Shanks said even though the product is less than a year old, they’ve received great feedback from customers that fits with their mission to make finding jobs less of a headache and more of a reality. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me, ‘You’re saving me time and it’s a great tool,’ ” Darren Shank said. “But when someone says, ‘I’ve found something I didn’t know about and I won it,’ that’s the best type of feedback we receive.” TheEDGE:

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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS How to find and develop the next generation of leaders BY DANIELLE KANE

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Being a leader means not only are you able to take the lead on projects or divvy out assignments, but you are able to identify and help foster other employees’ skills so that they, too, can become a leader later. Leadership development encompasses a lot of facets once you have the right team in place – you decipher each employee’s individualities and begin to see who excels at management and supervisory tasks. But before any of that can happen, you need the right people. Part of being a capable leader is finding and attracting the right talent, and then onboarding those folks so that they can help you achieve your businesses’ overarching goals. Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific knows that ensuring each employee fits in well with your defined company culture is critical to building a better business overall. First, business owners need to learn how to attract top talent. This starts by answering goal-oriented questions such as: What type of talent do you need right now? What spe-

cific requirements do you need in applicants? What are your short- and long-term goals for hiring? How can you accurately communicate the o r g a n i z a t i o n ’s mission? Danielle Kane Better Business The last quesBureau tion is particularly important when hiring millennials, who now make up the majority of the U.S. work force. As of 2017, 56 million millennials were working or looking for work, compared to 53 million Generation Xers and 41 million baby boomers, according to Pew Research Center data. For business leaders looking to hire, this is good and bad news. On the one hand, you have a huge talent pool to potentially pick from. But, on the other hand, you are trying to appeal to the most digitally-savvy generation yet – meaning it will be hard to attract top talent with a simple job posting. LEADERS, Page 22

Young Professionals honored in 11th annual contest BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Ten diverse and distinguished emerging leaders have been selected as the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ top Young Professionals. Since 2008, we’ve honored 94 Young Professionals. These rising business and community leaders are under the age of 40 and work in Benton or Franklin counties. They didn’t have to be business owners to compete for the honor, but they had to prove how they stood out in their career, company or industry. The judges looked for young business leaders who went the extra mile outside their workplace in community service, charity work, leadership or community involvement. A panel reviewed all the applications after the nominees’ and their businesses’ names were redacted. They were ranked in several catego-

ries and then the points were tallied up. The judges agreed this year’s batch of applicants had inspiring stories to tell about their careers, their businesses and life philosophies, how they got started, what they like most and least about their jobs, who has inspired them and their hopes and challenges. Some of their answers to our questions have been edited for space. It wasn’t easy to choose which of these young leaders to highlight because we had many outstanding candidates. We encourage those who weren’t selected this year to apply again next August. To those we singled out in this issue and to all chosen in years past, we’d like to give you a tip of the hat. We look forward to watching you continue to grow professionally and personally.



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Co-owner and Doctor of Audiology Columbia Basin Hearing Center Age: 35 Education: Doctorate of audiology Hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho How long have you lived in the TriCities? 11 years Do you have family? Pets? Yes! We have a his, hers and ours family. My stepdaughters are 23 and 21, my son is 13, and our daughter is 7. I am also a big animal lover and have many other babies with fur, feathers and fins. Briefly describe your company: Columbia Basin Hearing Center is a family-owned private audiology practice that has been serving southeast Washington for more than 40 years. Our doctors of audiology and hearing care team specialize in all aspects of hearing evaluation and treatment to help our patients ultimately achieve better living through better hearing. We are passionate about providing unique, patient-centered care and service so that our patients experience the best in hearing health. How long have you worked there? More than 11 years What word best describes you? Passionate Your biggest flaw? Perfectionism Biggest pet peeve? Poor grammar Dream vacation? Anywhere outdoors surrounded with adventures with no Wi-Fi Favorite movie? Modern-day musicals Favorite musician? Bruce Springsteen Favorite sports team? Seahawks and Mariners (go Washington sports!) Favorite website/app? Fitbit fanatic Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Classic Cedars on the deck Favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities? I love running the river walkways, hiking Badger and the Horse Heaven Hills, taking the kids to the splash pads and summer nights enjoying live music and our awesome regional wine on the deck of a winery. What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? I have a congenital heart defect that was diagnosed three years ago. Describe your job: My husband and I are both doctors of audiology and own/ operate Columbia Basin Hearing Center. I joined this team in 2007 as an intern, and have worked my way up to director of audiology and ultimately practice manager. Starting as a hearing care provider focused on helping people, and gradually expanding my knowledge of the business aspect of the practice provided me a strong foundation for leading Columbia Basin Hearing Center through some difficult economies, as well disruptive technologies and distribution channels. Throughout the challenges our small business has

faced in the past 10 years, Columbia Basin Hearing Center is now the largest private practice hearing care clinic in Eastern Washington. In my time here, my husband has transitioned more into patient care, as I have stepped into more of a leadership/operational role in the practice. I have always been very attracted to my field as I am a “helper” and now get to help not only my patients, but my amazing team that surround me daily. Mentors: I have been blessed with some life changing mentors. My father is my most trusted mentor. After graduation in small town USA, he joined the Navy to see the world and have an opportunity of education, which was something he and his family could not afford. From his humble start, he received his education and began working his way up the ladder at national space centers. He is currently a successful and prominent manager at Bechtel in Idaho Falls, and still my closest counsel when I encounter struggles (or opportunities depending on how you see them) in the business and leadership world. He has taught me to listen, to lead and to logic with a business mind. My other mentor is my husband who has stood by my side and helped build me both as a doctor as well as business owner. Like the old saying, opposites attract and we truly are opposite personally and professionally. Although this has its challenges, it also makes me view things through a different lens and open my horizon to different ways of thinking, growing and leading. My last mentor that has greatly influenced me has been a treasure. I met Gary first in the clinic. He is now in his 80s; when I met him he was in his 70s. He first came to CBHC as a patient. We helped him with his hearing and created great dialogue in which I learned about his past employment as a turnaround guy for failing radio stations, manager of large scale malls and a motivational teacher. We hired him as a part-time business consultant and I still meet regularly with Gary for coaching sessions. He is my boots on the ground who has grown me from a young doctor put in a leadership role, to the compassionate, savvy leader that I am today. Achieving work-life balance: Ah, the “work-life balance” buzz phrase. Being a very busy, passionate person who wants to do everything and change the world now, this is one that I have to be very careful with. My work-life balance started with analyzing my priorities, and then organizing my life and some boundaries to make sure that I am honoring the things that are most important to me. Between being a doctor,

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a practice owner, a manager, a networker, a mother, a wife, a friend, a woman’s group leader, a runner, a Christian, a crazy chicken lady with a gentleman’s farm and the two to four nonprofits that I am involved with, it takes constant selfchecks to make sure I am devoting my time and efforts to the things that really count. It means saying no to some OK things so I can say yes to the right thing. It means limiting my evenings out during the week to once (twice at the most) so I have time to help with homework. It also means giving myself the grace for the weeks that no matter what I try, life is crazy. It also means that I know there is no “balance,” and I’m OK with that. Life is not Facebook perfect and I am not nor do I want to be Super Woman, Susie Homemaker, or the Badass Boss Babe with the corner office. I am me, and I am completely satisfied with knowing that every day I gave whatever I am doing my best shot, and tomorrow is always a new day. Oh, and I run a lot to keep away the

crazy that comes with this lifestyle that I live and love. Community involvement: I am a member and president-elect of Soroptimist International of Three Rivers, which is focused on raising scholarships and increasing education opportunities for local women and children. Hearing aids sadly are a luxury that is not affordable to many as insurance does not cover them. CBHC teamed up with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. We are now able to provide excellent hearing aids to low income seniors that qualify through their program. I am also a preceptor for Pacific University, and I mentor audiology students at our clinic through this program. We also frequently have local undergraduate or high school students come do observations for the summer, which is something I love being involved with. Finally, I am extremely active in my local church and Christian community.


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DONANGELO Washington Marketing Manager Hayden Homes

Age: 32 Education: Bachelor’s of science in business administration, minor in marketing; master’s of business administration in business marketing Hometown: Monterey, California How long have you lived in the TriCities? I have lived in the Tri-City area for over five-and-a-half years. Do you have family? Pets? Two children, Joseph, 3, and Olivia, 16 months old, and two dogs, Max and Cooper Briefly describe your company: Hayden Homes strives to build stronger communities by providing affordable homeownership opportunities for the hardworking families throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. How long have you worked there? 2.5 years. What word best describes you? Reliable/driven Your biggest flaw? I am a perfectionist Biggest pet peeve? Being late Favorite book? “I’ve Been Thinking” by Maria Shriver Favorite movie? “White Christmas” Favorite musician? Eric Church Favorite sports team? San Francisco Giants Favorite website? Facebook Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Bonefish Grill Favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities? Wine tasting and devouring appetizers with friends What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? I love running, and my personal goal is to run a full marathon before I turn 35. Describe your job: As the marketing manager, I serve as the primary marketing contact for the Washington region. I oversee our Washington regional marketing specialist and offer coaching and mentor-

ing along with career development opportunities. I am responsible for overseeing, measuring and developing strategic marketing and communications initiatives that generate traffic to our Hayden Homes communities while maintaining and upholding corporate branding and image standards. In addition, I identify and secure sponsorship opportunities to promote Hayden Homes. Interacting with community partners to execute events and participating in community initiatives are responsibilities of my role as well.  Marketing was always something I was interested in. I love sharing a brand’s story and engaging customers through various marketing mediums, to create interest in our brand and product as well as relationships. I was commuting to Walla Walla as a marketing director for a hotel for three years but was looking to find a company that I could see myself growing and being a part of for the long term. I saw the Hayden Homes job and as I began to read more about the role, I knew it was what I was looking for.  Mentors: Prior to moving to the TriCities, I was a marketing manager for a commercial real estate and travel and tourism company in Monterey, California. My manager, the vice president of public relations and marketing, was an incredible mentor to me. She was the only woman on an executive team of nine men, whom had all been with the company for 15-plus years. The culture was very political with an old-school way of thinking and doing business. Diane Mandeville taught me to respond to situations with grace and purpose. Another mentor I have is Hayden Homes’ vice president of community engagement, Deborah Flagan. Again, another strong woman in a situation sur-

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rounded by men. She has taught me the power of engaging and listening to others, to truly learn them as a person as opposed to someone to network with. Toughest career decision: Accepting a new position at Hayden Homes this past February. This position would allow me to continue to grow my skillset as a leader within the company, but also would add additional travel and time away from my family. A year ago, when the position was initially discussed, my husband was incredibly supportive, he was willing to adjust his time and schedule, so I could keep growing professionally, and to ensure I could commit to the additional travel as we both worked full time. However, in October, my husband passed away unexpectedly, putting the decision on hold until I could get my life in balance again. The opportunity was brought up once more by my leader in December. Before the accident, the decision to excel was simple. Now, being the sole provider for my children, living nine hours away from family, and the idea of adding additional time away from my children, whom have already had enough change, made the decision more difficult. Though I wanted to continue to grow with Hayden Homes, it was challenging for me to put myself first in a time I needed to focus on my family. It was not until I realized that I wanted to set a positive example for my children, showing them that you can overcome a difficult time and continue moving forward toward your dreams and goals that I knew I would and could make this opportunity work. I accepted the position in February and it has been the most rewarding, eye-opening and growing experience. It has forced me to prioritize and plan, to manage my time respectfully to my employer, employee and family, as well as feeling a sense of fulfillment again.

First job: What did you learn from it? A pro shop retail clerk at a worldrenowned golf course, Pebble Beach. I worked there throughout high school, as well as the summer months when I was home from college. I had to give every customer the same above-and-beyond experience as if they were spending thousands of dollars with the company. Pebble Beach helped me see from the customers’ point of view and “deliver a once-in-alifetime experience to each and every one of their guests.” Since this position, I have taken that customers’ point of view to the various positions I’ve held in my career path. Achieving work-life balance: Being a single mom, finding a work-life balance is tough at times. However, I am grateful to work for a company that firmly believes in having a positive work-life balance for its employees. In time, I have learned to focus on the things that are most important to me and that I can control. Understanding my limits of what I am able and unable to achieve in a given day or week gives me a realistic perspective and balance. For example, when I get home from the work day, I make my children the priority and put away all electronics, so I can engage with them without any distractions. Being that they are so young, their bedtimes are early, and I have a few hours a day during the work week to spend with them, I make a conscious effort to ensure I am fully present with them. Having a good mental health mindset is very important to my work-life balance. I take an hour a day to take care of myself because it makes me a better mom, employee and friend. 

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Agent/Owner of Jason Hogue Agency American Family insurance Age: 39 Education: Missouri State University, communications, 1997-2001 Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri How long have you lived in the TriCities? 7 years Do you have family? Pets? I have an amazing wife, Krystle, beautiful daughter Autumn and we have one cat and one dog. Briefly describe your company: We offer insurance solutions for your business or personal life. We offer auto, home, life, business and farm insurance products.  How long have you worked there? I have been an agent with American Family just shy of nine years. What word best describes you? Gregarious Your biggest flaw? I can be a little disorganized. Biggest pet peeve? Blatant dishonesty Dream vacation? Greek island trip with my wife Favorite book? Childhood: “The Outsiders” by SE Hinton. Recent: “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance Favorite movie? “The Princess Bride” Favorite musician? Justin Raffa Favorite sports team? Kansas City Royals/Chiefs and Mizzou Tigers Favorite website? The Athletic Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Cedars Restaurant Favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities? Wine tasting with friends What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? Being from Missouri, what most are surprised to learn is Missouri is not “The South” Describe your job: Prior to working in insurance I had a couple of different careers. First, I was in a customer service environment as a second level support manager at a call center. Then, I managed a building materials sales division. Both were with very large companies where corporate and economic changes caused large shifts in the industry. After those experiences, I decided that I wanted to be in business, for myself, where my team and I could develop long-term relationships with my clients. After researching many companies, I found American Family Insurance had the best program for starting, building and running my own business. Mentors: Like many of us, my initial mentors were my parents. My dad was always measured (almost boring) with his decisions. He always reminded me there are always consequences with every choice. Some good, some bad. Some intentional, some unintentional. Be ready to deal with them all. My mom, on the

other hand, is extremely outgoing, well networked and always smiling. Through both of them, I have been reminded to make thoughtful, wise choices while remembering to have fun, enjoy what you do but remember it is always about people. Toughest career decision: Definitely the decision to move myself and my family to the Tri-Cities 1,600 miles away from home to start a business. We didn’t know a single person when we moved and I was starting a brand new “relationship-based” business. It was scary. Luckily, the TriCities is a welcoming community. We were embraced immediately and taken in as if we were one of your own. What do you like most/least about your job? Most: relationships. Building the relationships throughout the community with business partners, clients, cities and organizations has been, by far, the most enjoyable part of my job. We are trying to change the conversation of insurance to “protection.” We do this while there are multi-billion dollar ad campaigns telling folks to look at their “price” and not the coverage. Least: In our business, we see what happens to families who are underinsured. The financial and emotional devastation it can bring to family is awful. Our job is to be the constant reminder of what can happen. Sometimes this means delivering that bad news is out there or asking the “what if” questions that we, as people, really don’t want to talk about. First job: When I was in junior high, I was asked by a friend of mine to apply with him to a catering company, working events on the weekends. My first day was a luncheon at the university. Everything seem to be going well. Being young, a little immature and always looking for a laugh, a couple of us played a practical joke on a few other co-workers. No one was hurt or anything, but it was very frowned upon by my supervisor. I was fired after one day of work. I learned that in a work setting, you can have fun and enjoy yourself but you must always be professional. Achieving work-life balance: When you build a business from scratch, everything is about the business. There were many weeks that I was working in the business from 6 to 7 a.m. to 8 to 9 p.m. Over the years, I learned about how to trust employees and building systems within the business to help ease the burden of my time. Ultimately, though, this is something that I don’t think I really achieved until our daughter was born. Now, I have become an expert in time blocking. When I go home, it’s “home time.”

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Community involvement: I have been heavily involved in the community and it is a huge part of my life and business. Association memberships: Pasco, Hispanic, Tri-City Regional and West Richland Chamber of Commerces; National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, or NAIFA. Board/committee involvement: United Way Board of Directors, 2018; Pasco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 2015-18; Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council, 201214; NAIFA Tri-Cities Board president, 2015-18; NAIFA Washington State Board

of Directors, 2015-18; Young Professionals of Tri-Cities Board: 201116; United Way Young Leaders Society, 2011-17; Habitat for Humanity Insurance House Committee, 2016; and MidColumbia Ag Hall of Fame Committee 2015-18. Financially support organizations through donations and sponsorships: United Way, Pasco High theater department, Pasco youth baseball, Chiawana High School athletics.


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Attorney and Partner at Johnson & Johnson Law Firm Age: 36 Education: University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.; Washington State University (Pullman), bachelor’s in business administration Hometown: Palm Springs of Washington, Yakima How long have you lived in the TriCities? Nine years Do you have family? My wife Andi and I have two children, ages 4 and 6 Briefly describe your company: Johnson & Johnson Law represents individuals injured by the fault of others and those facing DUI criminal charges. Established in 1999, we have offices in Yakima, Sunnyside and here in the TriCities. Our attorneys are Richard Johnson (Founder), Alex Johnson, and Jeff Johnson. We pride ourselves in providing exceptional legal and customer service. How long have you worked there? Five years What word best describes you? Analytical Your biggest flaw? Defensiveness Biggest pet peeve? People not using their blinkers while driving Dream vacation? New Zealand Favorite book? “1984” by George Orwell (currently more relevant than ever) Favorite movie? “The Big Lebowski” Favorite musician? Modest Mouse Favorite sports team? WSU Cougars Favorite website? Seattle Times, TriCity Herald Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Fresh Out the Box Favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities? Wine tasting and running along the river, but not at the same time. What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? I enjoy distance running. I have completed five

marathons and many half marathons. If you could have dinner with one person (living or deceased) who would it be? George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. Describe your job: I’m a lawyer. My practice focuses on representing people that sustained significant injuries caused by the fault of another. This would include motor vehicle collision, premise liability, and medical malpractice claims. My dad, Richard Johnson, is a longtime attorney in Yakima. My brother, Alex Johnson, is also a lawyer here in in the Tri-Cities. I got into the legal field partly from growing up watching my dad work cases and partly due to finding legal classes in college interesting. Mentors: I’ve been fortunate to have many mentors over the years. A professor in law school was instrumental in changing the way I approach problems and set me on the path to learn how to think like a lawyer. A former boss taught me how to keep a level head when facing aggravating circumstances. And, my dad has been my mentor thoughtout my life. He was my Little League and Grid Kids football coach when I was young and now helps me sort through issues as an attorney.  Toughest career decision: I moved to the Tri-Cities right after law school when I accepted a position as an assistant attorney general for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. The toughest career decision I’ve had to make is leaving the AGO for private practice. I really enjoyed working for the state. It provided me with excellent experience in litigating claims, and I got to work with exceptional people. I made the decision to leave the AGO shortly after my daughter came along. I had the opportunity to start working with my dad and brother, which enabled my

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wife to stay home and care for our daughter. It’s been challenging to leave stable government employment for volatile private practice. However, in the long run, it’s proven to be a great decision. What do you like most/least about your job? My job is awesome. I get to help people every day. I get to assist people through a difficult and stressful patch in their lives and, in the end, obtain results they could not obtain on their own. My job allows me to use my knowledge, skills and experience to contest the actions of large insurance companies, corporations, and, sometimes, the government. I’ve always had a bit of a rebel streak to my personality. My job aligns with my passions, interests and morality very well.  What I like least about my job is the ambiguity and stress. I cannot make my clients any guarantees regarding the outcome of handling their claims. The client has to accept the risks, known and unknown, of, for instance, rejecting a set-

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tlement offer and trying the case within the court system. I fully understand that my client is trusting me to obtain the best result possible regarding a significant matter to their lives. I take that reasonability seriously. First job: My first job was working for a gas station. I worked the full service gas pumps, car wash, cash register and any other odd job the boss wanted done. I learned very fast that I didn’t want to do that job for very long. Thereafter, my grades in high school improved, and I started to get serious about going to college. I learned the importance of obtaining an education that enabled me to obtain the job I wanted.  Achieving work-life balance: That’s a constant struggle. I try to run/exercise frequently, play the guitar, spend time every day with my family and try to leave work at work.  Community involvement: I am a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities Class 22. For our class project, we expanded the stables for TROT (Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities). TROT is a center which promotes the physical, psychological and social well-being of persons with disabilities through their interaction with a therapeutic team of horses, instructors, therapists and volunteers. From 2013-16, I served as the Southeast Region’s representative on the Washington State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Committee. I’ve also been a member of the Tri-Cities Rotaract Club and Young Professionals of Tri-Cities. I’ve previously volunteered as a presenter at the Pasco High School Career Day, a judge for the Pasco School District Enterprise Week and a judge for the YMCA Mock Trial Competition.

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General Manager, Senior Projects Sound Solutions Northwest Age: 33 Education: Associate’s in general studies, bachelor’s in criminal justice and political science, Christian apologetics grad certificate Hometown: Richland Do you have family? Pets? I don’t have any pets at the moment. But here in the area I do have my parents, my brother, sister-in-law, and one niece and one nephew. Briefly describe your company: We are a commercial audio/video integrator. We design and install professional audiovisual systems. A few recent clients include Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Amazon, Kennewick Police Department, Franklin County Emergency Management, as well as several of the new schools going in around the area. But SSNW has been serving the AV needs of the Mid-Columbia since the 1980s. How long have you worked there? I started at System Solutions in June 2017. What word best describes you? Dependable Your biggest flaw? In the past I have struggled with spreading myself too thin, and as a result wasn’t always able to devote the time and attention that I would have liked to certain things. Biggest pet peeve? My alarm clock Dream vacation? Either scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, or to see my family’s castle in Scotland Favorite book? “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge Favorite movie? “Apollo 13” Favorite musician? Pretty much any classic rock: Van Halen, Journey, Foreigner, CCR, etc. Favorite sports team? Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, Seattle Seahawks, Tri-City Americans Favorite website/app? Spotify Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Sterling’s or Rocco’s Pizza What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? People are usually surprised by all I am involved in, or the famous people I’ve worked with. Describe your job: I got my first exposure to the audio/video world as an eighthgrader with the Hanford Middle School drama program in 1998, and shortly thereafter I started volunteering with the youth group band at Bethel Church. From there I went on to work with the Hanford High School choir and drama programs, CBC’s Freeform vocal jazz, and got my first paid job in the industry in master control and production at the KVEW-ABC television station in Kennewick where I learned the basics of broadcast. From there, I started with Moon Security as an install and ser-

vice technician, which gave me my first exposure to the permanent install side of the industry. Meanwhile I was also doing work part time for Gary Ford of Ford Audio Service in Burbank working on large live events out at the Gorge Amphitheatre and other larger market venues with major national music acts. I moved to the East Coast for a few years where I worked in both live and installed audio and video in the Washington, D.C.Baltimore area for a company called RCI Sound (now RCI Systems) in Beltsville, Maryland. There, I took a bigger role with major touring acts, political events, a presidential inauguration and on several Broadway shows, and got my first project management experience. Upon my return to the Tri-Cities, I was hired to the production staff at Bethel Church, obtained my project management professional certification and then finally came on with System Solutions Northwest as a project manager. SSNW is an audio/video integrator; we design and install commercial AV systems. Once here, I was promoted to general manager within my first year on staff. Today, I run the office, accounting and I manage personnel and staff assignments, as well as continue to design, consult and project manage. I have also spearheaded new initiatives geared at lowering overhead operating costs and increasing income, as well as lead an effort to give our office a much needed facelift, the results of which are already being seen in our net profits. Mentors: I have been blessed to have had several. First and foremost, my father, Mark Morton, has always been a key influence in my life, who happens to be a very well respected international authority in nuclear decommissioning and deactivation with Polestar Technical Services in Richland. I can’t say enough good things about him, and count myself truly lucky to have had the opportunity to have grown up in his shadow. My brother, also named Mark Morton, and also now with Polestar Technical Services, was the source of my very first motivation to start down the path I did. Early on in my professional development though, the drama director at Hanford High, Matt Leggett, and the choir director at Columbia Basin College, Dave Cazier, were both extremely important, as was Chip Roebuck at Bethel Church, who is now with PNNL. They taught me technical skills that have stuck with me through the years, but more importantly they modeled the virtues of hard work, diligence and having a good attitude. My most recent mentor was the owner of RCI Systems, Jay Kingery. He is a legend in the AV industry, and in my time there I

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got to work with him extensively, as he put me in charge of a few of his pet projects, and he became a surrogate uncle to me, taking me under his wing, showing me what it means to build a legacy. Toughest career decision: The hardest career decision I’ve made was to leave my job at RCI and move back to the TriCities. I had a lucrative job that I truly enjoyed there, but to be able to finish college and for the opportunities I knew were here, long term I felt that moving back home was what was best for me and my career, and I think it’s clear now that was the right thing to do.  Achieving work-life balance: Achieving a healthy work-life balance is difficult; I have many passions and responsibilities with schedules that often conflict. And if I am being honest, I am much better at it some days than others. But as much as possible I try to make a schedule and stick to it. I schedule time for myself at the gym and with friends and family, etc. It may not be as spontaneous as some might prefer, but it really forces

me to be intentional with my time and how I spend it, which I think adds its own value. Community involvement: Currently, in addition to my full-time job, I have a number of other places I spend my time. I am a volunteer with Columbia Basin Dive Rescue, where my duties include being rescue qualified in surface support, a rescue diver in training, as well as an interim team officer. I am a deputy coroner with the Franklin County Coroner’s Office for which I have earned and carry a board certification in forensic death investigation through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. I work with my church in our production department running sound and serving as production director on Sunday mornings. And I also volunteer with the Richland Rod and Gun Club with their hunter and firearm safety programs, as well as in their partnership with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental and wildlife conservation efforts.

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PHILLIPS Civil Engineer II City of West Richland

Age: 31 Education: Bachelor’s in civil engineering from Washington State University Pullman Hometown: West Richland Do you have family? Pets? Fiancé and two kids (Almost 2 years old and 3 months old) Briefly describe your company: The city of West Richland is a local municipality within the Tri-Cities. West Richland is home to about 15,000 people and considered a bedroom community. The public works department works on infrastructure, streets, commercial and capital projects that keep the city functioning the way it should. How long have you worked there? Three years full time. (Interned for three summers back in college.) What word best describes you? Passionate Your biggest flaw? Not asking for help, too independent and just doing things myself Biggest pet peeve? When people can’t pick up after themselves, not caring for community Dream vacation? Europe trip with my family Favorite book? “Unbroken” Favorite movie? “Remember the Titans” Favorite sports team? Seattle Seahawks Favorite website? News or Facebook Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Red Lobster Favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities? Something outside with my kids, usually running along the river or playing in the park What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? While living in Hawaii, I was a USA amateur boxer Briefly describe your job: Being a small city, the entire public works staff have their hands in various roles throughout the city. With my heavy infrastructure experience, I came in working on our capital projects both in the office and a lot of field work. I also get the opportunity to review plans as they come in, assist residents with their needs and work on designing projects in house. In summer 2006, while attending college, I applied to work as a summer intern with the city of West Richland. I also worked there for the next two summers (2007 and 2008) while attending Washington State University, before joining Kiewit Corp. and entering the construction world. I had a great group

of co-workers/bosses and kept in touch with them throughout the years. Fast forward to summer 2015, I brought my fiancé over from our home in Hawaii to see the area and meet my extended family. While in town for the week, I met with my two previous bosses, where after some discussion, learned about their job opening for their civil engineer II. I talked it over some with family, and we decided to take the leap. I was offered the job and moved back to the Tri-Cities to join as a full-time employee. At times it felt like I only took an extended leave, since most of my coworkers remained the same. Mentors: I think every person I meet has something to offer that can better myself, and I have looked up to a lot of people both personally and professionally. I have learned from various people in my life, but my biggest mentor would probably be Eric Richman while working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. I got a job working there part time while attending college and was able set up an offsite work agreement for when I was going to school in Pullman before getting a full-time job after college. He taught me a lot professionally, and he’s one of the most humble people I know. While working with Eric, I worked on a side of engineering I have never done, and to this day, look at the mechanical/lighting side of a project differently than a typical civil engineer would. This insight has helped me in my more recent job positions, but the biggest impact he left on me was outside the technical side of the work. The ability to look at things differently, think outside the box, grow my strong work ethic and learning to work well with others, even in conflict are things I can take with me no matter what I am doing. Toughest career decision: One of the toughest career decisions I have made was giving up my position as a superintendent on a heavy civil project to move back to the Tri-Cities and work locally. I was progressing within the company and doing what I loved, but decided to come back to my roots to start my family. I was given a great opportunity to move back, but it was not an easy decision. What do you like most/least about your job? I like being a part of the new construction and bringing new amenities and infrastructure to the community. My heart has always been on the job site, and I love when I get a chance to get out there and be a part of the construction process. One of the toughest parts of working for the city is when our community members have needs/wants that

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we can’t accommodate. We have policies and guidelines we must follow as a municipality and we must find a way to convey that to the public, while still trying to do our best to help them out. First job: My first real job was at Dairy Queen in Richland when I was 15. I learned so much from that job as far as responsibility and hard work but I think the most important thing I learned was how to work with the public. I think a customer service position teaches valuable lessons on how to work with difficult people, defusing a situation and

managing people. I was given the opportunity to run the store, open and close at 16 years old. Achieving work-life balance: I spend all my time away from work with my family. We recently bought a travel trailer to be able to give my kids experience of traveling and camping as they are growing up. I also love being physically active and take any chance possibly to involve my family in that. I now have every other Friday off, which allows me more time to spend with my kids.


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Senior Agriculture Operations Analyst Lamb Weston Inc. Age: 32 Education: Bachelor of science in agricultural business, Florida A&M University; master’s of science in agricultural economics, Purdue University Hometown: Greenville, Mississippi How long have you lived in the TriCities? Three years Do you have family? Pets? I am the youngest daughter of my wonderful parents and the aunt of two brilliant little minds that I get to call nieces. I also met my amazing boyfriend here (Thanks, TriCities!) Briefly describe your company: Founded as a small family business in 1950, Lamb Weston is an industry pioneer and one of the world’s leading suppliers of frozen potato products. How long have you worked there? Three years What word best describes you? Passionate Your biggest flaw? I do not like to ask for help. Biggest pet peeve? Bad customer service Dream vacation? Seoul, South Korea Favorite book? “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee Favorite movie? “The Five Heartbeats” Favorite musician? Marvin Gaye, The Mississippi Mass Choir and Big K.R.I.T.

Favorite sports team? Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Broncos, Washington Nationals Favorite website/app? Instagram Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Ann’s Best Creole & Soul Food and Foodies Brick and Mortar Favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities? I love to train at Fit For Me Women’s Fitness. I also enjoy wine tasting at local wineries. What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? I’m a really shy person, but over time I’ve taught myself to become a forced extrovert. Describe your job: As the senior agriculture operations analyst, I have the privilege of being involved in many different aspects of the business. I maintain forecasts and track input prices for cost to grow estimates, maintain potato contract price value models, evaluate what-if scenarios and value grower and processor offers. In addition, I get to develop market price comparisons and perform financial, quantitative and statistical analysis to support the many teams of this great company. I applied to college as an aspiring premedical student. However, very late in my high school career, I found a scholarship application being used as a dust pan on the floor in my counselor’s office. I’m not

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sure of the exact reason, but I picked up the application (the only reason I have come up with thus far is that it was godsent). It was an application for the U.S. Department of Agriculture 1890 Scholar’s Program and the main condition of applying was that you had to major in an agricultural-related field. Being that this was an all-expense paid scholarship (and paid internship opportunities), it was a nobrainer to fill it out. Upon receiving and accepting the offer, I figured I could still take many science electives and somehow still get myself in the medical field. However, after my first semester, I knew God had other plans for me. I fell in love with agriculture: the growth, the sustainability, the predictions, the analysis. It all made me want to know more, to learn more. Now 14 years later, I have not looked back. Mentors: I have had several mentors and I appreciate each of them. However, my most influential mentors are my parents. Among so many other things, my parents taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance. Despite the obstacles of attending school in the Mississippi Delta, one of the poorest areas of the country, my parents made sure that I remained steadfast in my efforts to achieve excellence. Without the benefit of extensive college prep coursework and formal standardized test preparation, they made sure I developed a record of achievement by availing myself of all academic, community service and extracurricular activities available. My parents taught me that no excuse is acceptable. They are the epitome of practicing what you preach and simply watching them live has taught me to be always a servant of people, to always remain humble and to always work hard. Toughest career decision: The tough-

est career decision I’ve had to make thus far was moving here to the Tri-Cities. Within one month, I had decided to uproot my entire life by moving across the country (from Washington, D.C.), by myself, leaving a secure federal government job for a position with a company I did not know much about, in a state I’d never been to, in a city I’d never heard of. I am a huge believer in, “With great risk comes great reward.” Although I made a very risky (and scary) decision, I could not be happier with the outcome. What do you like most/least about your job? I love having the feeling of being valuable. It is something special to actually see the fruits of your labor manifest. After all of the number crunching and analysis, it is a unique feeling to see others actually utilize your findings to make the business better. My company’s leadership team does a magnificent job at making sure we all feel needed, appreciated and valued. First job: I got my very first tax paying job at Sonic Drive-in when I was 16 years old. This job taught me how to be a good servant. Serving is hard. Serving strangers is harder. Serving food to strangers is hardest. While working there, I learned the value of patience, discipline, accepting criticism, and, most of all, good old-fashioned customer service. Achieving work-life balance: I recently realized that my work goals and my life goals are so intermingled, there is not a need to achieve what others call a “worklife balance.” My goal is to always be a servant leader, create other servant leaders and have fun while doing it. As long as this my focus, I’m never overwhelmed by one “section” of my life. However, when stressful times occur, prayer and workouts are always my go-to.

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Founder, CEO and Managing Partner Gravis Law Age: 35 Education: Juris Doctor Hometown: West Richland How long have you lived in the TriCities? Since 2010 Do you have family? Pets? A wife Tracy Spooner; two daughters, Sloane and Iris; two cats, Sage and Sky; and two horses, Missy and Vi Briefly describe your company: We serve communities across the nation by providing affordable and uncomplicated access to world-class legal services. How long have you worked there? I started the company in October 2013. What word best describes you? Visionary Your biggest flaw? I never shut down. Biggest pet peeve? Complacency Dream vacation? World cruise (Six months and lots of time to write) Favorite book? Otherland series Favorite movie? “Braveheart” Favorite musician? Radiohead Favorite sports team? With a ball? Favorite website/app? Slack Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Frost Me Sweet Favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities? Inspire change What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? I write a lot of science fiction If you could have dinner with one person (living or deceased) who would it be? Nikola Tesla and Tyrion Lannister Describe your job: As a serial entrepreneur, I have founded and am presently actively involved with numerous other businesses. I also manage a series of personal and syndicated investment companies. At Gravis Law, as my 6-6 job, I set the vision and pace of the organization as we seek to innovate, uncomplicate and solve national accessibility issues in the practice of law. Like many attorneys, it’s probably in my genes. I grew up being told by all those around me I would become an attorney. I loved to argue and debate and am naturally right (sarcasm). Truthfully, I fought that stigma for many years, and instead immersed myself in computer science and technology. At some point, I realized I enjoyed business and human interaction more than software code and took the educational pursuit toward the law. Thereafter, it became my goal to know and understand the law, specifically as it related to business strategy, and for the purpose of simplifying it and empowering myself and others to success. Mentors: The most impactful mentors in my life — mother, father, grandparents, aunts, uncles — all taught me grit, persis-

tence in failure, work ethic, and that nothing worth my time would come for free, easy or fast. Toughest career decision? I have to make tough choices on a daily basis, but I think many things related back to my choice to become an attorney. It was a huge personal choice to own the good and the bad stigma that came with that designation, and thereafter I made it my goal to change my personal and societal bias to the industry. What do you like most/least about your job? I love most to empower people. I love least those that won’t help themselves. Empowering is not doing. First job: I come from a family of commercial fishermen and was one of the first in fishing lineage to graduate college. I was raised in a small coastal town and grew up on boats at sea scrubbing decks and slinging fish. Sometimes when I close my eyes I can see a vast ocean, so firsthand testament that the movies and books that romanticize it are true in part. However, its exceptionally grueling and dangerous work, boats are slow, fish are fickle, and patience is mandatory. I grew up fast, still have all my fingers, and I’m more disciplined and patient for it. Additionally, in the breaks between labor, I learned to love reading and writing while at sea. Achieving work-life balance: I don’t believe in work-life balance, but I swear by work-life integration. There is not a distinction in my life between work, and those times I’m not working. That is not to say there are not “things” I am passionate about that I can’t always address, but know if they are truly passions, then I should seek to integrate them into my existence. The journey toward these “things” can be complex and paradoxical. I maintain that if a person seeks a deeper understanding of their interests, sets small and large personal and professional goals in pursuit, and mutually strives to understand the small and larger societal problems that intersect those interests, then existence becomes integrated and work is merely another conduit of what becomes real passion. In our family, we talk about life and passion this way. We have weekly meetings every Sunday night to talk about what we care about and why. We set goals for the week and year and seek intersecting problems to solve. We encourage our children to face life head-on with us, and we talk regularly about what went well and what went poorly. We encourage each other to seek out things to be passionate about, and emphasize a civic mind toward

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societal problems, that in turn will result in deeper personal, professional and community growth. Work is not absence of family or life, it is just another pursuit of passion for the sake of the improvement of existence, self and community. Therefore, work must be integrated, or life is a lie. Community involvement: I believe deeply in capitalism for cause. A strong economic climate will have more impact than any individual personal donation. There are countless adages on this, but we should not give people fish, we should

teach them how to fish. To that end, I spend thousands of hours a year volunteering my time empowering people and organizations. Among many others, I sit on the Gesa Credit Union Board, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board and am a co-founder and board chair at Fuse SPC. The theme is organizations that educate people and small business in a way that improves the economic climate of their community, and subsequently the prosperity levels of all.


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President of Mustang Signs Age: 28 Education: Bachelor’s in finance Hometown: Kennewick How long have you lived in the TriCities? Born and raised Do you have family? Pets? Two kids, Blakely, 2, Noah, 10 months, husband, Will, and two dogs, Mowgli and Baloo. Briefly describe your company: Mustang Signs is a sign and graphics company. We serve businesses with highquality signage and identity systems. Our team is made of the best designers, fabricators and installers. We focus on vehicle wraps, electrical signage and installation, and all types of other non-illuminated signage. How long have you worked there? Acquired the company in July 2012. Just completed our sixth year. What word best describes you? Resourceful Your biggest flaw? Not seeing an opportunity and looking long term. I have a habit of seeing the next one to two years only, and not five to 10 years. Biggest pet peeve? Over-promising and under-delivering. Dream vacation? Disneyland Favorite book? “The E-Myth” Favorite movie? “Red” and “Red 2” Favorite musician? Meghan Trainor Favorite sports team? U.S. Women’s National Team (soccer) Favorite website? Google Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Fujiyama Favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities? I love going to the Puzzle Room in Richland. We always have a great time getting stuck in the room. What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? I’m a finance grad and have no formal education in marketing or graphic design. 

If you could have dinner with one person (living or deceased) who would it be? I’d love to have dinner with my grandma. She passed 10 years ago and I’ve missed sharing the experiences I’ve had over the last 10 years with her. The other person would be Marcus Lemonis (CNBC “The Profit”).  Describe your job: Six years ago, I was looking for a change and not satisfied in my current career. After lots of job applications and unsuccessful interviews, my husband and I found Mustang Signs for sale in a Craigslist ad. After months of learning about the business and negotiation, we settled on a buy-sell agreement. I quit my job the very next day and took full control within 14 days. Mentors: As cheesy as it sounds, my husband is a great mentor for me. Our strengths and weaknesses balance each other really well, so I have lots to learn from him. He is a very people-centric person and has helped to shape the way I interact with my employees and clients. I’m naturally an introverted person and he’s coached me in those areas. Toughest career decision: Deciding on when to have kids was a tough decision. I was really worried people wouldn’t respect pregnant Lauran and look at me different from a business owner’s standpoint. I tried to hide being pregnant for quite a while. It obviously didn’t have any material impact on my career from a client standpoint, and has helped me to learn better work-life balance, since I now have additional priorities in my life. What do you like most/least about your job? I love building something and seeing tangible results from our hard work. Both on a daily level of building beautiful signs and wraps, and the results of our efforts over the last six years of building a company from one to 16

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employees and the good community reputation that has come with it. The most challenging part of my job is managing people. It’s definitely not naturally my strong suit. Being responsible for the welfare of everybody under our roof on both a professional and personal level has its challenges. I want everybody that works for us to enjoy the job, the environment and feel professionally satisfied. It’s a big hat to wear, and one that I’ve had to transition into. When we first started the business, I was in every sense a technician and did every job within the business. It’s been a challenging transition to move away from some of the technical skills that I became good at (graphic design, wrapping cars), and now just worry about managing people who are actually professionals at them. First job: My first job was at a local marketing company. On paper it was an amazing opportunity and we got to work with a lot of big companies and our office had bean bag chairs and video games and

felt “Google-esque.” It taught me how important work satisfaction was to retaining employees. I left after a short 10 months because I didn’t feel like I was contributing to the team and that I had more to give. People want to feel like they’re making a difference; it’s not just about a pay check. Achieving work-life balance: It’s still a work in progress, but having kids has definitely helped. Being responsible for two little ones helps to get me out of the office more often. I used to be there until 8, 9, 10 o’clock at night and on the weekends. Prioritizing time with them has helped me to get out of the office more. Community involvement: As a company we frequently donate signage and services to local nonprofits. Some of my favorites are Junior Achievement, Rascal Rodeo and Second Harvest. We also donate wraps and decals on babies’ cranial bands and helmets. We’ve done some Star Wars themes, flowers and a lot of Seahawks.


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Ann-Erica WHITEMARSH Founder/Executive Director Rascal Rodeo

Age: 35 Education: Warner Pacific College, bachelor’s in business administration Hometown: Pasco Do you have family? 1-year-old son named Colton Briefly describe your company: Rascal Rodeo produces rodeo events for people with special needs of all ages throughout the Pacific Northwest. Showing them they are loved, cared for, accepted and can do things many say they can’t. Helping them discover unknown abilities. Rascal Rodeo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that started as my high school senior project in 2001. How long have you worked there? Paid employee of Rascal Rodeo since 2015. What word best describes you? Passionate Your biggest flaw? Not saying no to people. I’m learning to and people get mad at me now. Biggest pet peeve? Emails/texts asking the distance somewhere. Google or Bing it! Dream vacation? Private lake or river house with a maid and chef would be ideal. Favorite book? I’m not a big reader but love “Prayers for my Little Boy.” Favorite musician? Any of the early 90s country or rock and several current Christian artists. Favorite sports team? Seahawks! Favorite website/app? Amazon, Costco’s app, Walmart grocery, social media apps. Favorite Tri-City restaurant? Anything local and fresh! El Fat Cat, Foodies, Azteca. Favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities? Boating (floating and fishing). Driving down the road in the fall with windows down smelling the ripe grapes. What thing would people be most surprised to learn about you? I haven’t been on a horse in 10 years and don’t care to own any. I grew up playing sports including track and volleyball in college but was a rodeo queen in 2003. If you could have dinner with one person (living or deceased) who would it be? Tim Tebow. I love his heart for those with special needs. Princess Kate to get to hear what it’s like behind closed doors. I’m used to eating with a 1-yearold every day so I’d need to brush up on my skills a bit first. Describe your job: In 2011, I produced the Tri-City’s first-ever exceptional rodeo. Ten years later I created a nonprofit to produce those rodeos and five years later I was able to pay myself to

continue organizing them throughout the Pacific Northwest. Mentors: My dad. I used to follow him around to different events when he was the recreation supervisor for the city of Pasco. He played an integral part in bringing Special Olympics to the TriCities. He also created and ran many activities and events like the Cable Bridge Run during his 37 years with the city. I remember at a young age hanging out and helping him at those events. His love for special needs people was passed on to me and I believe I picked up event planning tricks as well as working with the public and different kinds of people from him. I do have to say that our Rascal Rodeo cowboys, cowgirls and their parents have taught me so much also. I have the utmost respect for them all and they have taught me how to be a better person with love and respect. Toughest career decision: When I stopped applying for “real jobs” after being laid off four jobs in three years and decided to go after making Rascal Rodeo a reality. I had to block out a lot of negativity from those who did not believe. I don’t even need one hand to count those who believed in it in the beginning. To tell your parents when you’re 27 years old, with no job or car and only student loans to your name while living under their roof that you are going to start a nonprofit, you can’t blame them for questioning me. But I remember the night I laid in bed with tears rolling down the side of my face into my ears, the prayer I said, “God I’ll do whatever it takes to make this a reality and make it happen.” It was not always fun, easy or glamorous but it happened! What do you like most/least about your job? Most: Being able to help people with “disabilities” discover abilities they didn’t know they had. Showing communities that people with special needs have just as many abilities as anyone. Abilities are greater than disabilities. Least: When parents call before a rodeo and say they don’t think their child (of any age) would be able to accomplish our rodeo activities or think they won’t like it so they don’t bring them. I try to encourage them to bring the participant and let them decide what they can do or what they like or don’t like. So many parents end up in tears because they can’t believe what was accomplished during our rodeos. Also, when people won’t attend because siblings can’t be considered participants. Doing that halts the parents, participant, siblings and the

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whole family from being able to discover how capable their disabled participant is. First job: Lifeguard and swim instructor for the city of Kennewick. I truly believe this is one of the best jobs a teenager and young adult could have. It’s high demand and great pay. Lives are your responsibility while dealing with everything from rude parents and their kids, figuring out if that brown thing in the pool is just a leaf or requires the pool to be cleared and sanitized, learning to work with and handling the public in a professional setting. Being prepared for the worst situations helps you to work well under pressure and dependent on your co-workers to make things go smooth. Achieving work-life balance: It took me having a child to have a life other than Rascal Rodeo. When I became pregnant, I figured I’d just keep going 90 miles an hour in every which direction, but I was sick my entire pregnancy, so I

quickly learned I could no longer work like that. Last year, when Colton was born, I missed several rodeos due to recovering from having an emergency C-section and a few other issues. That was the hardest for me. To miss the rodeo days, the days I work to make happen. Where all the joy and love happen. But I am so thankful that I’ve discovered life outside of Rascal Rodeo and am working on that balancing act. It’s a tough one when you love what you do and know so many are depending on you to make the events happen. The more I work, the more we will grow. But my son has now brought me that love and joy outside of the rodeos. Community involvement: Since having Colton, my volunteer time has slowed greatly. But I still enjoy working with and supporting other nonprofits and attending their fundraisers. As well as helping anyone out that needs it.

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LEADERS, From page 9 Millennials want interaction, brand awareness and a well-defined company culture. Today, a top-talent graduate is more than likely going to have multiple opportunities in multiple fields, so candidates need to have some type of solidified bond with you and/or your business to join the team. For hiring managers, it will be important to meet potential candidates in person multiple times to build that relationship. Consider hosting meetings or small events for applicants so you can get to know them and decide how their skills match your goals outlined above. Once talent has been narrowed down, it is up to an organization’s key leaders to hire the right people. Employers need to be ready for a ton of résumés – the average job posting receives 250 resumes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Be flexible with how you hire. Remote job listings increased 51 percent from 2014 to 2017, so considering remote or freelance workers is essential. As a company leader, perhaps most important is how you sift through these potential hires. The key? Do not rush. It is nearly impossible to lead a group that does not fit well within your organization, so take time to find the right people. Now that you’ve hired the best employee you could find, it’s time to onboard. Internal leadership development starts right here – 40 percent of employees report being likely to leave due to poor training or onboarding, according to hiring firm Go2HR. Ensuring your new

employee understands the job duties is critical to safeguarding your business from bearing the hefty costs of replacing that employee in the event he or she quits. Consider these tips when developing an onboarding process: • Training should be flexible and specialized. Gone are the days of sitting a new employee in front of a TV to watch a two-hour training video. Explain your business’ current and forward-looking values in a way that involves the new employee. • Be ready. Have desks and logins ready. Consider putting together a pamphlet that explains company structure and who they report to, along with a welcome note or company mug, pens etc. • Be specific about timelines. Lay out expectations from the start with spaced out goals to check in, such as every 30, 60 and 90 days, for example. Assign tasks and set meetings ahead of time to discuss progress and questions about their expectations. This encourages your new hire to tackle obstacles head-on. And, of course, share positive feedback when it’s deserved. Reward employees with encouragement and company perks wherever you can. Being a leader tasked with all of this can be overwhelming. But helping others capitalize on their own management skills not only helps the organization as a whole, but it also benefits you as you continually sharpen your own leadership skills along the way. Danielle Kane is the Tri-City marketplace manager for the Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific.

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Millennials won’t have their grandparents’ retirement BY MEGAN NICHOLS

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Attention fellow millennials: You and I are facing a retirement that is likely going to be longer than our parents’ and grandparents’ and will involve more uncertainties. In general, we will have to pay more for our retirement out of personal savings than previous generations. Not to mention the fact that life expectancies continue to increase and job stability has been declining. In the not-so-distant past, it was the norm to work for one company for 30 years, then retire with a pension and retiree health benefits. These benefits, coupled with Social Security, made retirement planning fairly straightforward. With some uncertainty around what Social Security will look like for us in 30 years and pensions and retiree health benefits going by the wayside, the fact is that retirement funding will require more preparation on our part and will be more complex than for earlier generations. Retirement planning can feel daunting, but following some basic rules will greatly improve your chances of success. Starting early really makes a difference. The earlier you start saving, the less you actually need to save overall to reach your objective. This is thanks to the power of compounding. Be a consistent saver, even if it means starting small. Small investments become

larger investments over time. Example No. 1: Mary starts early, saves $1,200 per year for 10 years ($12,000 total) and earns 8 perMegan Nichols cent per year. HFG Trust She stops contributing and keeps the money invested for another 20 years. At the end of 30 years, she has $81,026. Jeff, on the other hand, starts late. He does not save for the first 10 years, then contributes $1,200 for 20 years ($24,000 total) and earns 8 percent per year. His balance in 30 years is $54,914. In other words, he saved $12,000 more than Mary did, but because he waited, he ended up with $26,111 less. Take advantage of company sponsored retirement plans, such as a 401(k) plan. You should always contribute at least enough to get the full match if the company offers one—otherwise you are leaving money on the table! Example No. 2: Sue’s employer offers a 401(k) and matches up to 4 percent of her salary. If she makes $50,000 for the year, that is $2,000 in free money. Assuming 2 percent annual wage increases, over 30 years with an 8 percent annual return that amounts to $275,043 in additional savings. If the company you work for does not have a retirement plan, save in an IRA or Roth IRA. Saving in a Roth while you are young and in a lower tax bracket is advantageous. Do not withdraw retirement savings— ever! If you leave a job (as many millennials will do before retirement), roll your old retirement plan into an IRA. Do not think, “it’s only a few thousand dollars, it won’t make a difference anyway.” That is wrong. Example No. 3: Gary has $5,000 in an old 401(k) plan. If he leaves it invested for 30 years and earns 8 percent per year, the account will grow to $50,313. If Gary rolls the account into an IRA and simply adds an additional $1,000 per year (about $83 per month) during that time, he will have $163,597 after 30 years. Increase your contributions over time. As your income grows, so too should the amount you are saving. Example No. 4: If Gary (Example No. 3) started with an additional $1,000 per year but increased his contributions by 10 percent each year (so, $1,100 in year two, $1,210 in year three, and so on) he will have $419,651 at the end of 30 years. Invest heavily in equities (stocks) while you are young and let it ride. Because time is on our side, we can withstand market volatility. Do not panic if your investments drop—this is just part of investing. Over time, investing in equities will give you the highest return potential. Remember that you are combating inflation—which has averaged around 3 percent since the early 1900s. uMILLENNIALS, Page 23


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Online comments can spread like wildfire, cause irrevocable damage BY DON C. BRUNELL

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Since President Trump took office, the attention to social media has mushroomed. His pointed tweets are often the top news story each day. Twitter, Facebook and the other apps are pervasive and even though Google and some others have their share of problems preventing leaking of private information, they aren’t going away. Hopefully, posting will begin carrying a more responsible, friendly and constructive tone. While the president’s unfettered tweets may work to his advantage, it is rarely the case for employers, workers and job applicants. For example, last spring, comedian Roseanne Barr inappropriately referenced Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s top aide, in a tweet and ABC promptly fired her. Even though Roseanne quickly deleted it and issued an apology, once she pushed the send button, the message couldn’t be retrieved and the damage was done. In today’s “hyperconnected culture,” an online comment or photo can spread like wildfire. “The bombs people drop on social media can detonate right away or lurk like hidden landmines,” HR Magazine noted. “As people conduct more business and socializing online, Facebook and Twitter have become the 21st Century watercoolers, where workers flock to grouse, joke and vent. Before the internet, those con-

versations would normally go unnoticed,” John Polson, a California attorney, told the magazine. Employers, whether in the public, private or nonprofit sectors, can’t stop workers from conferring with one another on work-related issue, according to a 2010 National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, ruling. The NLRB warned employers that their social media policies could not punish workers for discussing wages, working conditions and terms of employment, all of which are considered “protected concerted activities,” HR Magazine reported. However, it does not give employees free rein to air grievances over the internet. If people aren’t engaging a conversation with co-workers, they can be fired for their online behavior. Many bosses monitor the internet looking for references to their company, but employers need to “tread lightly when scrutinizing employee’s comments on their personal websites,” according to Society of Human Resources Management’s publication. If an employee mentions a medical condition, pregnancy or disability that she has not disclosed to the HR director and then is terminated or laid off, she could claim that she was the subject of discriminatory treatment as a member of a protected class, said Joey Kolasinsky, HR manager at Encore Electric Inc., Denver. Most employers today screen for online behavior of job applicants. Last year,

70 percent of hiring managers used online information to vet candidates, a CareerBuilder survey found. By contrast in 2006, it was only 11 percent. If a post raises a red flag, Don C. Brunell 54 percent of hiring managers opted not to extend a job offer to an applicant. Those deal-breakers included discriminatory comments about race, gender and religion; derogatory statements about former co-workers and their previous employers; and evidence that they supplied inaccurate information about their qualifications in their resumes or applications. Despite the drawbacks to being online, 57 percent of HR managers say they are MILLENNIALS, From page 22 Visit a financial planner. Many planners will consult with you, at no cost, to help point you in the right direction. Finding and maintaining a relationship with an advisor can help keep you on the right path and alleviate stress and uncertainty. My advice is to find a fiduciary advisor, not a product salesperson (fee-only being the gold standard). is a great resource.


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uBUSINESS BRIEFS State superintendent proposes capital gains tax for schools

The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is proposing a capital gains tax that would generate about $1 billion per year to pay for schools. Under State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal’s proposal, half of the money would go toward reducing state property taxes to ease the burden on homeowners if school districts want to increase levies. The other half would be spent on OSPI’s proposed budget priorities. The tax would be on the sale of stocks and bonds. Reykdal released his 2019-21 budget request Oct. 9. “The Legislature has made great strides in education funding,” he said. “But we can’t continue to use a 10-year-old funding model that was not enough even at the time it was created.” The budget asks for $400 million to create a new funding model for elementary schools, which will build capacity to meet the state’s K-3 class size ratios. The proposal also would create a new program to assist primarily rural schools in maintaining buildings. It also requests $180 million to increase funding for students with disabilities and provide additional professional learning days for all school staff; $60 million to provide more school

nurses, middle school counselors, and family and community engagement coordinators; $65 million to expand dual credit and career and technical education programs; $10 million to fund a pilot program for school districts or tribal compact schools to extend or expand the school day or year, or switch to a year-round schedule. Last year, the Legislature capped the amount of money school districts can raise through local levies. State law now allows districts to collect no more than the lesser of two amounts: $2,500 per student, or $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value in the district. Reykdal proposes a plan in which the total levy authority cannot exceed 22 percent of a school district’s state and federal revenues.

DOL proposes decrease in workers’ comp rates

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries has proposed a five percent decrease in the average premium for workers’ compensation in 2019. If approved, employers’ shares would be reduced an average of $58 per year while employees would pay about $6 less per year. It would be the biggest reduction since 2007. The public can comment on the proposal by 5 p.m. Nov. 2 by writing to Jo Anne Attwood, administrative regulations analyst, P.O. Box 41448, Olympia, WA 98504-4148 or via email to

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Nonprofit startup seeks mentors, volunteers

A newly formed Tri-City nonprofit, FORGE Youth Mentoring, is taking a cue from the concept of a Big BrotherBig Sister program to give youths in the community added support. The nonprofit is faith-based and will work closely with churches to find mentors as well as volunteers for recruiting, screening and coaching matches, said Todd Kleppin, executive director of FORGE. The nonprofit is starting in the Tri-Cities with goals of expanding throughout the Yakima Valley and into Oregon. During its startup, the program is also seeking board members and seed donors to supplement local donations that already have been secured. For more information, contact Kleppin at 509-438-1918 or todd@

Port of Quincy data centers help increase the tax roll

The Port of Quincy has seen an increase in assessed property values with a worth of $4.2 billion, according to the Grant County Assessor’s Office. Curt Morris, chairman and president of the Port of Quincy, attributes the increase to the data centers, which have increased tax revenue significantly. The superintendent of the Quincy

School District, John Boyd, said that the data centers making up nearly 50 percent of the assessed values in the community helped a $108 million school bond to pass for renovation and new school construction.

College presidents tour Richland Lamb Weston plant Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan, Washington State University Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes and Columbia Basin College President Rebekah Woods toured Lamb Weston’s Richland plant and Innovation Center operations on Oct. 10. The focus of the tour was to highlight Lamb Weston’s Richland’s line expansion and see its work in food science within the Innovation Center facilities. The discussion centered on work force development needs locally. The group toured a $200 million Lamb Weston plant expansion that includes a new processing line and receiving and wastewater treatment facility completed on about 15 additional acres that opened in 2017. The 290,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art expansion increases production capacity by about 300 million pounds annually. “We added 150 jobs to the economy when the expansion opened last year. This is a good opportunity to share our talent needs for our work force,” said Mark Schuster, vice president of finance at Lamb Weston.

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Sports bar and grill to feature rustic industrial look, unique menu

Silo’s is under construction, set to open in January 2019 BY LAURA KOSTAD

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A new bar and grill is under construction near the Leslie Road roundabout at the west end of West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. Silo’s Sports Bar and Grill’s doors are expected to open in mid- to late January in this rapidly expanding edge of town near Interstate 82 at 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. Silo’s owner, VC Enterprises, promises to bring to the Tri-Cities a fresh, upscale take on the sports bar concept. “What it is we want to do is a highend bar compared to what we have in the Tri-Cities. We want to do something a little unique in the Tri-Cities,” said Phil DeLaRosa, VC Enterprises spokesman, who grew up in the Tri-Cities, moved away for about 11 years, and recently returned. “It’ll be something in between a pub and Twigs,” he said, adding that Silo’s will be a departure from the typical sports bar atmosphere. “A place you can

take your wife,” he said. DeLaRosa and his partners have “been looking at other establishments in our travels and seeing neat stuff in larger metropolitan areas, and even smaller areas, and menu items that I’d like to see in the Tri-Cities,” he said. He said the bar scene in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Phoenix were an inspiration to his team. “I was in a totally different field of business before, so this is a new endeavor for all of us,” DeLaRosa said. “It’s a project we’ve been talking about for a couple of years, and it finally came to a point where it was like, let’s just do it.” So, what’s in a name? DeLaRosa said that “Silo’s” is an homage to the Columbia Basin’s agricultural heritage, referencing the number of grain silos that once dotted the area. DeLaRosa described Silo’s aesthetic as “kind of a rustic industrial look with a lot of piping and raw materials.” TV screens will punctuate the wall space and the venue will offer a mixture

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of seating options. High-top tables will predominate, but there will be low-top seating for those who prefer it. Architects from the local Wave Design Group designed the building, and Kennewick-based Conner Construction Co. is the general contractor. DeLaRosa said dirt officially started moving Aug. 20.

Commercial building permits filed with the city of Kennewick by Leslie Road Development, of which VC Enterprises is an LLC, for new construction, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning value the project at $910,000, though DeLaRosa said the most recent estimates are coming in lower than originally anticipated. SILO’S, Page 28


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SILO’S, From page 27 Though, he added, “just in kitchen material and interior dining stuff, we’re looking at a half-million alone.” A little less than half of the 5,621-square-foot building will be devoted to Silo’s full-service kitchen, which, as DeLaRosa explained, will enable Silo’s to “do a lot more things than your local brew pubs will be doing.” Though the official menu is still being drafted, DeLaRosa said there will be a lot of “things you don’t see normally in a bar.” He said that Silo’s will be putting its own twist on the increasingly popular tapas-style cuisine. It also will offer “soups, salads and stuff like that so

everything isn’t just greasy and deepfried,” DeLaRosa said. Tying into the agricultural community that surrounds Tri-Cities, Silo’s team plans to source many of its ingredients locally. “We’re going to offer healthy choices, gluten-free and the natural products … everything is going that direction, so it’s a good time to offer that in a bar-type atmosphere,” DeLaRosa said. With its location right off the freeway, Silo’s is coming in on the steady wave of development filling available land along West Clearwater Avenue. CG Public House (formerly The Country Gentleman) up the road at 9221 W. Clearwater Ave. underwent a significant remodel in 2017.

Food In the past five-plus years, significant residential growth has occurred in this part of Kennewick — one of the city’s last frontiers — with multiple neighborhoods filling in the spaces between the scattering of formerly isolated housing developments and rural estates. Kadlec Urgent Care opened in 2016 and more businesses have followed suit, with more expected, thanks to the opening of the Bob Olsen Parkway, connecting Clearwater to the growing Southridge area. “We talked to a lot of people out there,” DeLaRosa said. “And everyone’s always wondering why something hasn’t moved out there, so we decided to be the ones to do it.”

Harvesting Success in Food Production Tackle challenges and change with partners and a plan By Jesse Smit, Banner Bank The more than 175 hardworking companies in the Tri-Cities that fill grocery aisles and put food and beverages on America’s tables include growers, producers, processors and packagers, inspectors, graders, mechanics and more. Jesse Smit While businesses in this sector are often interrelated, the challenges they face can vary greatly. Along with finding and keeping skilled workers, they confront workflow and production issues related to food fads and nutrition trends. It may be one challenge to work with typical growing seasons and production cycles; it’s another to respond to demand for a product that can rise or fall in response to everything from a scientific (or nonscientific) report to comments on social media. Even more daunting, perhaps, is managing around changing regulation and tariffs. Keeping up with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act alone requires logistical management, refined processes, detailed tracking and documentation, and investment in technology. Add to that everyday business decisions on expanding, retooling, or purchasing equipment, and company leaders are managing plates that are beyond full. Of course, the savvy business owners I talk with in this industry recognize and even embrace challenges and change. To succeed for the long haul, effective leaders do a couple things really well: 1) select and partner with internal and outside experts who can support their goals, and 2) plan and manage for financial agility—the ability to quickly increase capacity or adjust in a downturn. Regardless of your company’s size, if you own a food-related business, here are a few takeaways you can apply to maintain a well-tuned organization that thrives in an ever-shifting arena. In terms of partnership, it’s important to surround yourself with knowledgeable experts you trust—accountants, attorneys, engineers and other advisors. Including an experienced banker on your planning team can help you prepare for and manage change. Paid Advertising

In terms of managing for long-term agility, it really comes down to tracking your numbers: Make the most of financial reporting. Your profit and loss statement (P&L) and balance sheet provide a snapshot of your company’s financial performance. Not just for use by your banker and accountant, they can assist you in measuring profitability, forecasting the future and improving performance. Keeping them current is essential when it comes to determining funding needs and seizing opportunities in a timely way. Keep tabs on company debt. Leverage is helpful when used wisely. By tracking your company’s debt and holding it at reasonable levels, you’ll be in a better position to discuss options for paying it down or planning for increased capacity. Consider your cash flow. Look to an experienced banker for an independent analysis as well as tips and tools to gain financial efficiencies. Even in a production upswing, it’s important to look for ways to save and improve your cash flow. It may be as straight-forward as determining where you can delay payment or accelerate receipts in a pinch. Have a plan to expand or retool your operations. You’ll be ready when opportunities arise, and you can always adjust the plan as your situation and the market change. Consider visiting with a banker who understands your business. The goal is to make sure you have the credit facilities and structure in place to support your plans when you’re ready to execute. As you pursue your company’s goals in today’s economy, your key advisors should be in lockstep with you. Your banker, in particular, should take time to get to know your company, understand your challenges and be an ongoing source of advice related to the work you do. A good financial partner will collaborate with fellow experts at the bank, help you understand the options and offer solutions with your profitability in mind. You deserve experts who work hard to earn your business and support your success. Jesse Smit is a Vice President and Commercial Banking Relationship Manager at Banner Bank. Banner partners with individuals and businesses to support their financial goals. Jesse Smit can be reached at 509-735-0831 or

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uBUSINESS BRIEFS McCurley, Yoke’s team up for 17th annual food drive

McCurley Integrity Dealerships in the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla, along with all Tri-City Yoke’s Fresh Markets, have teamed up for the 17th annual Octoberfest, a month-long food drive. The McCurley dealerships will accept donated non-perishable items through the end of October. The dealership also has a goal of raising $40,000 through automotive sales. The money will be donated in November to buy food for the food banks at a substantial savings through Yoke’s. Yoke’s shoppers also can buy an Octoberfest $5 or $10 “food drive food bag” during their store check-out. This bag can be placed in the donation bin before leaving the store. Bags will be collected and delivered to select area food banks at the end of the drive. Last year’s Octoberfest food drive brought the 16-year total of donated non-perishable food to nearly 800,000 pounds.

Fast-food chains abandoning no-poach clauses after probes

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that eight more corporate, fast-food chains will end no-poach practices nationwide. The most recent chains join 23 other chains that have ended the practice. Ferguson has been pushing a goal to end no-poach practices in contract, which prevent employees from taking positions within their corporate brand at other locations. He began investigations in January and continues to review a number of other corporate fast-food chains. “My goal is to eliminate no-poach clauses nationwide to benefit workers,” Ferguson said. “No-poach provisions create a rigged system where businesses no longer have to compete for workers, putting downward pressure on wages nationwide. That’s wrong — and illegal.” He has expanded his efforts to other industries with no-poach contract clauses operating franchises in Washington including gyms, child care, hotels, parcel services among others.

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Food Number of employees you oversee: Chukar employs more than 50 team members total, but I work directly with three individuals on marketing and branding and with two company executives on business planning and growth strategy. Brief background of your business and its origins: In the mid-80s our young family purchased a 100 acre cherry orchard in north Prosser and moved from Seattle. With 8,000 trees to harvest in just two weeks, there was plenty of leftover cherries to be gleaned. On daily walks around the orchard after harvest, we’d pick and eat the ripe cherries. The sweetness and flavor of the fruit increased noticeably with each passing week. We enjoyed the natural chewysweetness of the partially dried cherries immensely, and the concept of a dried cherry business began to form. We wrote a business plan and were awarded a local incubator building lease by the Port of Benton. Five years later, Chukar Cherries leased a central location in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. Committed to manufacturing everything we sell, Chukar Cherries has grown into a sustainable farm-to-table endeavor for more than 30 years. How did you decide to pursue your career? I started several small businesses in my twenties. When we purchased the cherry orchard and moved to Prosser, I found myself in love with the land, with cherries, and with creating new products. Everything grew from there. Why should the Tri-Cities care about the area’s food industry? Agriculture and food manufacturing is a burgeoning growth sector for our local, regional and state economies. The Yakima Valley and the Tri-Cities are in the center of it all.

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PAMELA MONTGOMERY Founder and CEO Chukar Cherries

What is the biggest challenge facing business owners today? 1. Constantly shifting policy environment. 2. Policies passed without impact analysis on business. 3. Recruiting and retaining qualified employees. 4. Changing consumer tastes and beliefs. What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? Vision. Seeing what is possible, believing you can get there, and planning how to get there. The key is enjoying the process along the way. What do the next five years look like for Chukar Cherries? Continued focus on business basics: consistent quality, productivity, team retention and training, customer satisfaction, and steady sales growth. What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time? Find a good mentor. Trust your instincts. Think positively. Who are your mentors? JT Montgomery, my husband. He stays cool while he solves problems and is a kind and respectful mentor. Also, MB, a friend who has similar qualities to JT.

How do you keep your employees motivated? 1. Create a positive work environment with opportunity for growth. 2. Ask questions. Listen. Look. How do you measure success in your workplace? Growth, retention of excellent team members, smiles on their faces, excitement in their success and personal growth. What’s your best time management strategy? I’m working on it. What do you consider your leadership style to be? Gritty. Goal-oriented. I value teams but could do better on “keeping calm” skills. How do you balance work and family life? When I go home at the end of the day, I close my laptop and don’t open it until I get to work the next morning. What do you like to do when you are not at work? Exercise. Talk with friends. I love to read biographies, The Economist, The New Yorker, mysteries and all things BBC and Public Television.

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Best tip to relieve stress? I stretch daily and use my Concept2 Rower for a full body workout. As often as we can, we get into the hills and hike. What’s your favorite podcast? Most-used app? App: The Economist Podcast: “This American Life” What’s your favorite Chukar Cherries treat and why? One of my favorite treats is a handful of our Chocolate Cherry Quartet with a local red blend. It makes for a perfect evening.

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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Cold War Patriots to honor workers during Day of Remembrance

Cold War Patriots, a community resource organization that advocates for nuclear weapons and uranium worker benefits, will commemorate the 10th annual Cold War Patriots National Day of Remembrance on Oct. 30 in Richland. Each year, the U.S. Senate passes a bipartisan resolution that designates Oct. 30 as a day to honor the contributions and sacrifices of the more than one million Americans who worked with uranium or in the nation’s nuclear weapons complex from its origins with the Manhattan

Project during World War II to the present day. At the event, workers will be able to reconnect and socialize with co-workers. Congressional and/or local dignitaries will speak. There also will be a candlelighting ceremony to remember fallen workers. Cold War Patriots will recognize those who served by distributing 10th anniversary commemorative lapel pins to workers. The pins are recommissioned from a pin originally awarded to workers on the Manhattan Project by the Secretary of War. Men and women who worked in the nuclear weapons and uranium industry will be given a bronze pin. Silver pins will be given to workers who have experienced some level of health-related illness due to their work. The Richland event kicks off at 9 a.m.

Food with registration and a coffee hour reunion followed by the program at 10 a.m. at the Red Lion Hanford House at 802 George Washington Way. For more information about the event or to RSVP to attend, call 888-903-8989 or visit

Hermiston, Milton-Freewater real estate agencies merge

Universal Realty and KD & Associates of Hermiston and John L. Scott Real Estate/Milton-Freewater have merged to operate as KD & Associates, doing business as John L. Scott Hermiston. It will remain at 985 N. First St. in Hermiston, the same location of Universal Realty. John L. Scott also has an office in Kennewick.

Pasco Parks and Rec offers training class for cable bridge run

The Lampson Cable Bridge Run is celebrating its 40th anniversary with its annual event planned 9 a.m. Dec. 15. To prepare, the Pasco Parks and Recreation is offering an eight-week training program to prepare. The class is for those 16 and older and will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. Saturdays, from Oct. 20 through Dec. 12 at Big Cross Disc Golf off Road 36. Cost is $45 for residents and $56 for others. By registering for the class, you will automatically be registered for the 5K. To register, go to https://bit. ly/2PZaEp2.

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D’s Wicked Cider’s serving up barbecue as part of expanded menu Kennewick company also sends its ciders into Asian markets BY LAURA KOSTAD

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What do you get when you cross apple cider brews with an open pit barbeque? A new dining experience at d’s Wicked Cider House & Tasting Room in Kennewick, that’s what. Located at 9312 W. 10th Ave., d’s Wicked Cider recently introduced a fullscale restaurant menu to its offerings, providing visitors a full meal deal in addition to its 24 taps and existing appetizer menu. Owner Daniel Washam — the man behind the ‘d’ in d’s Wicked — described the menu as “kind of Americana,” with an emphasis on high-quality, barbecued meat. Washam said the inspiration for the menu came from he and other family members’ past dabbling in competition barbecue. He still had his barbecue pit, so he parked it out behind the tasting room’s kitchen. “Several fresh authentic meats are grilled every single day,” he said, which go into nachos, tacos, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and more. “(It’s) true wood-fired barbecue,” Washam said. “I bring in cherry wood every couple days. We help get rid of farmer’s prunings and turn it into something useful.” More than just a tasting room and res-

taurant, d’s hosts live music Wednesday through Saturday, as well as trivia nights during the week and other fun events and entertainment. Washam said that due to its growing popularity, d’s Wicked Cider is looking to expand. “In the next few years, I would like to have a Knitting Factory/House of Bluesstyle venue for musicals, plays and concerts,” he said. He said the idea is still somewhere in between the brainstorming and concept phase, so nothing is set in stone yet, but one thing up for debate is whether to construct the expansion at their current location, or move their entire operation to a new property and build it there in anticipation of ongoing growth. Due to past issues involving zoning restrictions, Washam is interested in exploring industrial opportunities on land within Benton County, which might enable him to realize the diversified vision he has for his winery, restaurant and future entertainment venue. Growth on the home soil isn’t the only form of expansion happening at d’s Wicked Cider. Washam said he recently went on a trade mission to Seoul, South Korea, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, offered by the U.S. Small Business

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Administration. While on the trip, he met a broker interested in taking on new products, and thanks to that encounter, d’s Wicked Cider is now being sold in Taiwan, and will soon be heading to the Caribbean, South Korea, and other regions as well. Domestically, d’s Wicked Cider is available in 14 states across the U.S. Washam’s dream has come a long way since opening Sun River Vintners in 2009. He and his family have celebrated booming success since adding hard cider to their line-up in spring 2013 after friends and family raved about their Baked Apple

cider at a 2013 Super Bowl party, which they had made using a home brewing kit. Since 2014, Baked Apple has held the No. 3 spot in the world for cider and No. 1 in its category on, a website dedicated to sharing reviews of brews. “I try to make the realest cider to me. We think our cider is good, but everyone has a different palate … and we try to cater to those, and when people make suggestions, we go for it,” Washam said. “Our success has strictly been pullthrough by people. All credit goes to our customers,” he added. CIDER, Page 34


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The popular 3 Eyed Fish Kitchen + Bar reopened Sept. 18 at 1970 Keene Road in Richland after a summer of anticipation surrounding the newly remodeled and enlarged

gathering place for local wine lovers. The restaurant now comprises 2,800 square feet of modernized space, with seating for up to 98, retaining its popular outdoor seating at the street-level, as well as its rooftop patio, which offers sweeping views of Badger Mountain and the surrounding area. Thanks to the expanded kitchen space, 3 Eyed Fish has launched a new food menu with take-away

options, in addition to continuing its reputation of offering a variety of local wines. The five-year-old restaurant’s summertime closure coincided with the construction of two roundabouts on Queensgate Drive. The project cost topped out at $1.1 million. Wave Design of Kennewick served as architect. Owners are Cindy and Brian Goulet of Florentyna’s Inc. Brian’s construction company, IBK Inc. was the general contractor.

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2 wineries, 2 food trucks to open in downtown Kennewick wine village BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Two new wineries and two food trucks will be the Port of Kennewick’s latest tenants in the Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village. The second phase of the development for the new tenants is under construction. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Two wineries and two food trucks will be the Port of Kennewick’s newest tenants in the Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village. Cave B Estate and Gordon Brothers wineries will open in the riverfront development on Columbia Drive in spring 2019, said Tana Bader Inglima, deputy chief executive officer for the port. Cave B has tasting rooms in Quincy and Woodinville. Gordon Bros. Winery, family owned and operated since 1983, is based in Pasco.

The two-space 2,500-square-foot building for the wineries will be constructed using insurance proceeds from the port building that collapsed under the weight of snow in 2017. The wineries will join Palencia Wine Co. and Bartholomew Winery, which opened in Columbia Gardens in fall 2017. A food truck plaza under construction at Columbia Gardens will be home to Swampy’s BBQ and Frost Me Sweet. The port is implementing the food truck plaza as a pilot program with these initial tenants, and plans to lease space to additional food trucks after the winery building is completed to give all the vendors the best possible opportunity for success, Bader Inglima said. The plaza is designed to accommodate up to six food trucks. Columbia Gardens is intended to provide a gathering place for visitors to enjoy street foods, boutique wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants, shops, art and riparian wildlife along a scenic nature trail. The site offers views of Clover Island, the cable bridge and Columbia River. A paved waterfront pathway connects the development to the 23-mile riverfront trail. The port’s project is a partnership with the city of Kennewick, Benton County and Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Advisory Committee.

CIDER, From page 31 Yet, despite the critical acclaim and packed parking lot in the evenings and on the weekends, Washam said that there are still many Tri-Citians who don’t realize that d’s Wicked is made right here in their own backyard. Washam recalled being at Yoke’s not too long ago, and upon walking through the alcohol aisle, saw a couple comparing one of d’s flavors and that of another company. “You want that one,” Washam said, pointing to his own brew. “Thanks,” they replied. “Well, I suppose I’m a little biased,” he then admitted and pointed to his hat bearing the d’s Wicked Cider logo. “I’m D.” He said the couple was flabbergasted and didn’t believe it was really him until he handed over a business card, not having realized that one of the ciders they were holding had been brewed from start to finish just minutes from their home. “We’re trying to get out that we’re made here. We have customers who like us and they can come out here and experience it and go on a tour of production,” Washam said, adding that active and veteran military, police, firefighters, EMTs and teachers receive a daily discount. D’s Wicked Cider House & Tasting Room: 9312 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick, 509-627-3100;, Facebook, Instagram.


Fresh flavors featuring bobcats, scorpions and goats? Oh my! BY MARILOU SHEA

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If you’re looking for flavors like bobcats, scorpions and goats, look no further than Harris Produce in Pasco. An institution of freshness, Harris’ all-natural produce has offered items like the bobcat varietal of tomatoes, scorpion varietal of super-hot peppers and goats, as in just goats, for the past 78 years. Lurene Fleshman, a third-generation farmer, is part of the Harris clan, which is part of the long-standing original dairy in “Old Pasco.” Her grandfather Fred G. Harris started the dairy business and it was considered quite the showplace of the Northwest. A photo of it was featured in a national magazine to attract people to stake claims here in our little corner of the world in the early 1900s. Fred G. and Fleshman’s dad, Wally, became unsung heroes by providing critical food service during World War II by delivering milk and eggs door to door to hospitals, schools, military and civic organizations, like the police. The government wanted to build a port on the dairy land and moved the operation out to its present day location, though it has since ceased operating. Fleshman, her husband Robert, daughter Jenna, great nephew and two great nieces, are responsible for the incredibly long list of products — 63 to be exact — and shorter list of animals nurtured at the west end of Court Street and available for purchase June 1 through the end of October every year. For a sampling of what sets them apart on that long list, let’s start with cucumbers. They offer the only pickling cucumbers, or picklers, in our area, along with Armenian, Burpless and Slicers. Fleshman said the stand’s bestsellers are Gypsy peppers and then tomatoes. They offer 10 varieties of tomatoes. So just what is a bobcat varietal? It’s a round, smooth, firm tomato that’s superb in sandwiches or eating au natural. I can vouch for their deliciousness. Whether they’re speckled red and orange, soft red with deep folds or greenish-gold, all Heirlooms are pretty. They’re also usually soft, indicating less acid, and are best eaten fresh. Harris’ Roma tomatoes are three times the size of store bought and popular for salsa making. (By the way, these are also the very same variety used in Ina Garten’s homemade tomato soup recipe. She’s the host of the popular “Barefoot Contessa” on the Food Network.) Did you know that Supersonics, the big guys, and Early Girls, little gals, make the best canners? Early Girls have more flesh and make divine marinara sauce. Harris’ varieties of super-hot peppers will blow your mind and then your mouth, from Gypsy and Scorpion, to Ghost and Carolina Reapers. The depth and breadth of knowledge found at this thriving produce stand and

farm is authentic, down-to-earth and encyclopedic. You get freshly-picked produce that’s a fraction of the cost and thousand times the flavor, plus flash Marilou Shea history lessons, Food Truck fun anecdotes Academy and tips and tricks from experts. It’s like sitting in the waiting room for the produce doctors to deliver their best medicine. If the produce isn’t sold that day, it’s used as feed for the many chickens, roosters, goats and pigs roaming the surrounding farm. What’s the absolute best part of running a 42-acre farm? You’re in love with what you do and you get to make your own decisions. Plus, Fleshman said, she’s needed by her customers and she clearly adores them. Who else would have the ability to firmly guide wayward canners from naturally attractive heirlooms to Supersonics or Early Girls and possess such vast knowledge that draws fourthgeneration customers from California, Idaho and the west side of our state year after year? Fleshman said Harris Produce has felt little competition from other local stands. In fact, there are several local stands that buy in bulk from Fleshman and re-sell her goods. I wonder what their mark-up is? It’s not an easy job. Like most small business owners, and especially smalloperation farmers, you’re rarely able to get away. The seasonality of the business doesn’t attract younger generations wanting to acquire their natural born inheritance because they want full-time jobs with good benefits. The unpredictability of Mother Nature means their success isn’t guaranteed. Aside from the sweet corn season being cut short due to cool nights, which invites a bore worm invasion, the overall season was phenomenal, according to Fleshman. And don’t fret, it’s not over yet. There’s still time to browse the cornucopia of uniquely shaped and colored pumpkin treasures for your desk or front door, thanks to Jenna’s handson care of the pumpkin patch. For more information, find them on Facebook, or better yet, pay a visit to 11516 W. Court St. With a bounty of wonderful produce purveyed with Farmers’Almanac-like advice, what’s not to love? Food Love columnist Marilou Shea is adjunct faculty for Columbia Basin College’s hospitality program and Food Truck Academy, as well as the creator of Food Truck Fridays.

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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018

Exports sputtering in the Tri-Cities over past five years BY D. PATRICK JONES

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Firing on all cylinders is the recent story of the greater Tri-City economy. Between 2016 and 2017, nearly 5,000 jobs were created. That represents only the third time in the past 25 years that the economy has enjoyed this large of a gain in such a key metric. The average annual wage, already highest among Eastern Washington metro areas, climbed nearly 3 percent over the same interval. And median household income, also the highest in Eastern Washington and higher than the U.S. median, ticked up 4.3 percent in 2017. The economy is firing on all cylinders except for one: exports. Curiously, the value of merchandise exports from the two counties has continued to slip. In every year since 2013, exports, or goods shipped abroad, have declined. (The U.S. doesn’t track exports of services at a regional level.) In fact, the peak year for exports from the greater TriCity area was 2008, at more than $760 million, as the Benton-Franklin Trends data makes clear. In 2017, total exports were about $604 million. Why should we care about this? First, the flow of goods overseas, by definition, means new dollars coming to the regional economy, unlike some types of economic activity. Secondly, firms that successfully export are, by definition, globally competitive. That usually means that their products are more unique and/or more efficiently produced than those of their competitors. As a result, exporting companies can afford to compensate workers and managers at higher levels than companies in the same sector that do not sell abroad. The bars in the graph feature the three largest contributing sectors, plus one section labeled “all other.” It is no surprise that agriculture provides two – food manufacturing and crops. It might surprise that the drop in total export value over the past decade can be traced to a decline in food manufacturing. In 2017, those exports checked in at $288 million; in 2008, their

value was $382 million. Either the domestic market is outbidding foreign markets for French fries and poultry, or these products are losing some international markets. D. Patrick Jones Eastern In contrast, Washington crop production University exports have climbed. In 2008, they amounted to $49 million. By 2017, they hit $145 million. We don’t have access to detail by crop, but fruit undoubtedly figures into this growth. The Tri-Cities’ recent experience with exports is somewhat unique among Eastern Washington metros. Yakima County exports, for example, have climbed more than 50 percent since 2008 on a cumulative basis. The greater Wenatchee area demonstrated an even greater increase, more than 62 percent cumulatively since 2008. Only the Spokane metro area mirrors the result here, as its 2017 exports were still below the 2008 peak of nearly $900 million. As in the Tri-Cities, the largest gains in Yakima and greater Wenatchee exports can be traced to crop production. Yet, in those regional economies food manufacturing has increased by more than 50 percent since 2008.


(Courtesy Benton-Franklin Trends)

So whither Tri-City exports? Perhaps the category “computer and electronics” can continue to grow. 2017 marked the highest year on record, except for one. Perhaps the growth of food manufacturing will regain the levels the sector enjoyed a decade ago. Perhaps a new sector will emerge. Just following the trend line leads me to think that crop production exports can continue to climb. Or will they? Trade wars may intervene to put a lid on any market-based economic reasoning or trend-line projecting. As has been widely reported this season, the

Northwest Horticultural Council estimated that $60 million to $86 million in revenue was lost by Washington sweet cherry growers from the Chinese tariff. Will apple growers begin to experience a similar loss as their crop comes in? Patrick Jones is executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis. Benton-Franklin Trends, the institute’s project, uses local, state and federal data to measure the economic, educational and civic life of Benton and Franklin counties.

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Additional layoffs announced at Kennewick’s Trios Health BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Trios Health laid off 32 people in September. The reduction in force at the Kennewick hospital was necessary because staff outnumbered need, based on national standards and existing patient census numbers, according to a Trios press release. Trios’ August hospital admissions were down nearly 25 percent compared to the same time last year. Hospital inpatient surgeries in August were down 13 percent compared to 2018 and outpatient procedures were down 22 percent. The number of physicians employed

by the Trios Medical Group also declined by 12 percent the past year. The reduction in force represented about 4 percent employees, according to a Trios news release. Individual meetings were held between the employee and a hospital leader. Then, employees, accompanied by their manager, met with representatives from hospital’s human resources team. All affected employees will receive severance pay and most are eligible for continued benefit coverage through COBRA. “As you would expect, this has been an incredibly challenging day for our team, especially for the affected colleagues.

The uncertainty brought on by the significant financial challenges and bankruptcy resulted in physicians leaving the area, patients choosing to go elsewhere for care, and minimal investment in services and physician recruitment,” said John Solheim, CEO of Trios Health, in a statement. RCCH HealthCare Partners of Tennessee bought Trios Health in August, rescuing the beleaguered hospital district from bankruptcy. The hospital is now operated as a joint venture between RCCH HealthCare Partners and UW Medicine, called RCCH-UW Medicine Healthcare Holdings LLC.

uBUSINESS BRIEFS Nominations open for annual Athena awards

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Athena Leadership Award and Athena Young Professional Leadership Award. The awards recognize those who have attained the highest level of professional excellence, devoted time to improving the quality of life for community members and actively helped other women in realizing their full potential. A committee will review nominations and select winners. The winners must be present at the Women in Business Conference Athena Awards luncheon on Jan. 30 to receive their award. For a nomination form, go to The deadline is Nov. 2. For more information, contact event director Tara Divers at 509-491-3242 or

The Trios Health sale came less than a year after the hospital district filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. The court-approved restructuring plan reduced the company’s pre-bankruptcy debt by about $350 million. The hospital district had more than 3,000 creditors holding about $221 million in claims, according to court documents. These creditors included bondholders, real and personal property lessors and lenders, current or former employees and retirees, political subdivisions or state or federal agencies and others. RCCH also bought Lourdes Health Network in Pasco on Sept. 1.

BBB’s free document shred day is Oct. 19

The Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific is offering a free shredding event from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Southridge Numerica Credit Union, 4898 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Suite 120, in Kennewick. Shredding is limited to two boxes of personal documents. For more information, visit trust-bbb. org/syid.

Bass fishing tournament cancels over travel costs

A major bass fishing tournament has canceled plans to come to the Tri-Cities in 2019 after backlash over the cost of travel by participants. B.A.S.S. canceled all its western stops for the Elite Series Tournament after it received feedback that the cost of travel to the Tri-Cities was too high from other stops in the series in the Midwest and East Coast.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018 CANCER CENTER, From page 3 “Based upon all of the indications provided by all of the stakeholders involved, I have no reservation that we will be able to successfully achieve resolution to the ownership structure,” he said. Petersen also noted that the cancer center partnership between the three hospitals is key to the level of care it provides because it means it can see higher volumes of patients than the individual hospitals would if they took on cancer care independently. In many treatment procedures, higher patient volumes correlate to better outcomes. The cancer center sees about 700 to 800 patients per year, though the number can fluctuate. About 20 percent of patients come to the center from outside the immediate Tri-City area. In 2017, the cancer center offered 16 types of radiotherapy treatments, with the most common being for the treatment of breast cancer. The center also provided more than 1,000 no-cost or reduced-cost cancer screenings, along with wellness initiatives and ongoing support groups for those affected by cancer. “We are the cancer center that serves the needs of doctors, of patients and of the families of those who are treated in our local community hospitals,” DeGooyer said. “We will continue doing everything we always have in this interim time and make sure that the patients get the very best care.”


New ACT theater gets new name, 400 donated seats BY KRISTINA LORD

Future Academy of Children’s Theatre shows will be staged at the Windermere Children’s Theatre. The Richland real estate company stepped up as ACT’s new theater naming sponsor with a $350,000 donation. Windermere Group One’s donation was announced during a Sept. 20 fundraiser luncheon at CG Public House & Catering in Kennewick. Jeff Thompson, owner of Windermere Group One, said supporting the theater project aligns with Windermere’s core values of care and community. He said ACT provides opportunities to educate children and provides them with experiences to be future leaders. He said children need a place to stretch in a safe environment and allow their personalities to blossom and ACT helps with this. “It really takes a village,” he said. “This organization has a fantastic village.” Construction of the $1.5 million project will take place across three years. Along with naming rights, Columbia Center mall donated 400 seats, valued at $150,000, that were used by Regal 8 Cinemas, which closed this summer. About 100 of the donated seats will be used in the new black box studio theater, a simple performance space used for smaller productions. “We’re thrilled they can be repurposed … and look forward to the day we can sit

The Windermere Group One team poses at the Sept. 20 fundraiser luncheon for the Academy of Children’s Theatre’s new theater project. The real estate company bought the naming rights for the new theater, which will be called the Windermere Children’s Theatre. (Courtesy Windermere Group One)

in them,” said Barbara Johnson, manager of Columbia Center mall. Peter Lampson of Lampson International in Kennewick agreed to donate space to store the seats until they can be installed. Construction of the 300-seat theater is underway, with occupancy planned by 2020. It will include professional sound and light booth, costume and set storage, lobby, green room with dual classroom

function, two classrooms, studio for private lessons, ticket booth, scene shop and restrooms. ACT officials expect the first phase to be completed in time to hold the nonprofit’s Heart for the Arts fundraiser, held annually in February. The new theater will be behind the existing ACT facility at 213 Wellsian Way in Richland. MH Construction of Kennewick is the general contractor for the project.


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VANDERVERT, From page 1 But that meant the project owner for Home2Suites by Hilton in Marysville likely had to pay twice: once to Vandervert Construction and once to the subcontractor, who never got a check from Spokanebased Vandervert Construction. This is what happened to Wes Heyden, owner of the local Roasters Coffee chain, who falls into the much larger category of “unlucky ones,” which includes both project owners and subcontractors. “I had to pay full cash to the subs. I really wasn’t expecting it to go all the way through, but it did,” Heyden said. Heyden’s project to build a new Roasters stand at 3205 Keene Road in West Richland was valued at about $400,000. Heyden said he ended up paying an additional $185,000 to remove all

the liens that had been filed by subcontractors hired by Vandervert Construction and never compensated for their completed work. This included a lien from Greg Ford, owner of Richland’s Brashear Electric, who said, “The owner paid Vandervert (Construction), but Vandervert (Construction) never paid the subs. If I was within my lien rights, I put liens on the property,” he said. Under Washington law, those who supply materials or labor to a contractor have 90 days to file a lien against the property if they are not paid for their work. Heyden’s project was completed in November 2017, and when Vandervert fell into receivership in January 2018, the deadline was close at hand for subcontractors to stake their claim to the money

owed. Attorney Barry Davidson of Spokanebased firm Davidson, Backman, Medeiros PLLC was appointed receiver for Vandervert Construction, a method that’s used as an alternative to bankruptcy. “It’s a proceeding that, in this instance, was probably less expensive than bankruptcy and seemed like an appropriate vehicle,” Davidson said. “This allows for the disposition of assets, the collection of accounts and terminations of claims and the distribution of funds.” But that only applies if there is any money left to distribute in the end. Davidson explained there’s a priority order when it comes to the voluminous number of claims against the company, including a $3.3 million claim from Washington’s Department of Revenue.

It’s one of more than $40 million in claims filed initially between February and June 2018, with most claims dated February and March. “As a rule of thumb, that could be twice as high as it should be for gross estimates,” said Davidson. “The numbers are very fluid and many are placeholders.” He contends a more realistic amount of monies owed could be around $20 million. Many of the claims have hundreds of pages of attachments, said Davidson, which will need to be sorted through. Subcontractors fall under the title of “general unsecured creditors” and these tend to land at the bottom of the priority list for repayment when it comes time to distribute money from any remaining assets. Heyden believes there are other subcontractors who worked on his project who weren’t paid by Vandervert Construction, but no longer within the 90-day window to file a lien and likely had to eat their own costs. This happened with Ford on the building that houses MOD Pizza in Richland. “That’s one where I won’t be able to collect on,” Ford said. Ford’s original claim filing was just below a-half-million dollars. He’s now in litigation with other third parties he did work for to try to recoup some of his losses. Heyden hoped to avoid additional legal action with the subcontractors who did put claims on his property. “I knew if I was going to do this and be a stand-up businessman, I wasn’t going to take these guys to court,” Heyden said. Still, Heyden hoped some of the subcontractors would make a deal with him, potentially discounting their fees with the knowledge he’d already paid Vandervert Construction in full. Heyden recalled Kennewick’s Padilla Masonry took about a third off the cost it was owed, and Vancouver’s North County Concrete Inc. cut its price in half. The rest had a legal right to every penny they invoiced and Heyden had no choice but to pay it, which he recently finished doing. “You have no idea how good it feels to pay these guys off, move through the year, and make it through. I’ve been so appreciative of the community support. It’s kept me humble,” Heyden said. Heyden paid Ford for electrical work performed on the Roasters project, but Ford doesn’t expect to get back all the money he put out on various jobs. “I trusted that (Vandervert Construction) would pay, but when the smoke cleared and the dust settled, they owed me $495,000,” Ford said. “I’m now down to $234,000. If I’m lucky, I’m going to end up eating $190,000, not counting attorney’s fees.” For those who might suggest Ford was overextended, the subcontractor said he trusted Vandervert Construction would pay, despite a recent history of slow payments. “They were a million-dollar-a-year customer of mine for a long time. I worked with them for about 13 years. If it would have been a newer customer, I would have stopped a long time ago,” he said. uVANDERVERT, Page 41

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018 VANDERVERT, From page 40 Local subcontractors say the slow payments began after Dick Vandervert sold the company to his former project manager, Tim Stulc, about seven years ago. Stulc then became Vandervert Construction’s president. While under Dick Vandervert’s ownership, subcontractors say the company was very reliable. “You could set your watch by getting paid by him,” Gutzmer said. Ford said there was a marked difference in the timing of payments by summer 2017. “I started getting checks and they were due in the middle of June, written in June and I was receiving them in October. I think they were sending copies of the checks to the project owner to show they were paying the subs. That’s when I knew we were in deep sh--,” he said. Tyrone Riggle, president of Riggle Plumbing, noticed the same pattern. “They have always taken forever. We’d send a bill in February and get paid in June or July,” Riggle said. Riggle, Ford and others said they expected the money would come in eventually. “I just assumed Dick Vandervert still owned it,” Gutzmer said. “Once I realized we were getting paid late all the time, I realized Dick didn’t own it anymore. I sent Tim (Stulc) an email with my concerns that said, ‘I’m getting nervous.’ I knew of three hotel projects that weren’t getting paid. His response was, ‘Don’t worry about the hotel rumor mill, you’re getting paid.’ ”

Subcontractors hired by Vandervert Construction for the $12.4 million renovation of the Richland Fred Meyer store weren’t getting paid and when Tyrone Riggle, president of Riggle Plumbing Inc., tried to alert the store’s parent company, he said the Spokane-based contractor dissuaded him.

At the time Gutzmer was growing concerned, Riggle had just invoiced Vandervert Construction for remodels of Fred Meyer and Columbia Community Church, called C3, both in Richland. Riggle’s company had also worked on Roasters and Richland’s Panera Bread, and had just started on a remodel of Richland’s Hampton Inn. Panera LLC is listed in receivership documents as being owed more than $400,000 by Vandervert Construction. Months earlier, Riggle had tried reaching out to Fred Meyer’s parent company, Kroger, to make them aware the subcontractors on the project for 101 Wellsian

Way were not getting paid. “I was told to keep my mouth quiet, basically from Tim (Stulc), because of what our contract says, ‘You should not be talking to our owner.’ The way I look at it, this is my town, these are my clients. They were my clients before they were yours, and I want to protect them, too,” Riggle said. At the same time, Steve Bushman, owner of Kennewick’s Palmer Roofing, threatened to walk off a project. “I called (Stulc) up and said we were out, and I said, ‘Until I can get a payment, I’m not coming back.’ It took a week or so but he paid. I knew there was a reason


for that slow pay,” Bushman said. Riggle said, “Tim (Stulc) had made a special trip down to put the flames out, calm everybody down, and said, ‘Everyone’s going to get paid.’ ” Ford also reached out to Stulc for answers. “Stulc said he was going to write it off and we set up a time to meet for coffee. He no-showed for coffee and then Tuesday he called and said he was going out of business,” he said. The company’s swift downfall took most people by surprise, and Davidson said that included Stulc himself. “The decision was forced on the company in the last day or two before it closed,” the attorney said. While subcontractors would argue Stulc likely wasn’t forthcoming about money troubles, Davidson said, “Most companies that find themselves in financial distress seem to have various problems over time that are not significant themselves. In this case, there were delays in payments, subs that failed Vandervert Construction on specific projects and the inability to perform on ongoing projects, so this did happen suddenly.” When reached by phone, Stulc referred all questions and statements to Davidson and said he had no comment when asked whether he had a message for the Tri-City subcontractors who were left unpaid. “The company expected to receive additional funding that did not materialize and they found themselves in an unexpected and regrettable circumstance that resulted in the termination of projects,” Davidson said. uVANDERVERT, Page 42


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VANDERVERT, From page 41 This included a hotel project in Bellevue that some believe might have been underbid in a method described as “chasing the money” with the intent of getting quick cash for one project to pay off other outstanding debts. “When we were doing Fred Meyer, I think what happened was, he threw a price out there that was low to get the job to help him get some money in there. This is an $11 million job,” Riggle said. “Bellevue was one where they had the most problems,” Davidson said. “Subs walking off the job, severe weather. The magnitude of it was a most difficult situation.” “I got the impression he’d been robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said Bushman, whose company is listed on the initial

receivership claim as being owed roughly $150,000. “Whichever one was the squeaky wheel would get paid. Once I became the squeaky wheel, I got paid.” The original owner of the company, Dick Vandervert, did not respond to attempts to reach him by phone. Dick Vandervert now operates Vandervert Development LLC. His company is also one of the many claimants on the receivership, seeking nearly $650,000. “They don’t make ’em much better than Dick Vandervert,” Ford said. “It’s too bad his company name is slandered.” Dick Vandervert, and his wife Bonnie, are named in a lawsuit filed in Benton County Superior Court by Pasco’s American Rock Inc. The litigation also names Vandervert Construction and its bond insurer in seeking recovery of an

estimated $45,000. Kennewick MB is also seeking about $225,000 from Vandervert Construction and its bond insurer through a lawsuit in King County. “When a receivership is filed, the law provides for an automatic stay of actions against the company. It allows for the litigation to be centralized,” Davidson said. Vandervert Construction is pinning some of its hopes for financial recovery on a $1.1 million lawsuit against Chewelah Basin Ski Corp. for a project in Stevens County that fell into foreclosure. The results of this lawsuit could affect the overall timeline for the receivership and any potential distribution of assets. “The time it takes to resolve this will also depend on the time that (Vandervert Construction) has to resolve its claims on

other companies,” Davidson said. Originally listed as owning a claim for $297,606, Tyrone Riggle gets emotional when he talks about how he’s been fortunate enough to recoup most of what he was owed, knowing others aren’t as lucky. “Dick and Bonnie (Vandervert) paid us for Hampton Inn. And then C3 paid us, I think they probably paid double. And then Kroger ended up giving us a check in July,” Tyrone Riggle said. “I feel bad for the other people. It will bankrupt somebody. His voice broke as he added, “I know some of the people that (Stulc) owes money to and I’ve never told them that I’ve gotten paid. I don’t want them to feel like, ‘Haha I got paid and you didn’t.’ ” Riggle Vice President Cindy Riggle said, “I would have never guessed Vandervert (Construction) would have done this to us.” The receivership process is still underway and Davidson has no prediction on how long it could take to resolve. Auctions have been held to sell vehicles, forklifts and shop equipment. “The money that comes in becomes part of receivership funds and the distribution is based on respective priorities,” Davidson said. He says tax liens have priority over most or all claims, followed by pay wage claims. “If funds are exhausted and there’s not enough money, the creditors could remain unpaid,” he said. “This was a hard lesson from the aspect of being an entrepreneur,” Heyden said. “I definitely learned a lot. In the old days, this would have broken me tremendously. Now I’ve been beaten up so much, I’ve learned to love every experience. It’s just money, so I guess it comes and goes.” “To me, it was greed,” Tyrone Riggle said. “Be careful what you wish for. You want to be the best, the greatest, the biggest, and all that. And then look at what happened.”

uBUSINESS BRIEF Cancer center invites businesses to pick up free awareness box

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation invites businesses to partner with them for breast cancer awareness throughout the month of October. Companies in the Tri-Cities can promote breast cancer awareness by signing up to receive a free business box. Foundation staff and volunteers can deliver the box directly to businesses. Each box includes a donation canister to collect money, pink promotional items, staked signs to designate your business and fundraising activity ideas. In 2017, more than 50 businesses participated and raised awareness for breast cancer. Some companies gave their employees a free “jean day” for participating and some offered promotions to their customers. All of the money raised in the program benefit breast cancer patients in the community.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018 uBUSINESS BRIEFS Exchange health insurers OK’d by insurance commissioner, board

Seven health insurers have been approved to sell plans on Washington Healthplanfinder for 2019 by Washington insurance commissioner, Mike Kreidler and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange board of directors. The average rate increase for the insurers on the exchange is 13.8 percent, lower than the 19.8 percent that was requested for the 40 plans that will be sold. The companies are BridgeSpan Health Co.; Coordinated Care Corp.; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest in separate areas of the state; LifeWise Health Plan of Washington; Molina Healthcare of Washington; and Premera Blue Cross.

KID receives $1 million grant for canal lining project

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $1 million grant to complete the Kennewick Irrigation District’s canal lining project. KID has received a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant for the past four funding cycles. With this year’s allocation, KID plans to install 5.6 miles of high-density polyethylene canal liner on the earthened main canals. The project is expected to result in annual water savings of 1,237 acre-feet lost to water seepage. The grant criteria places an emphasis on conserving and using water more efficiently; increasing the production of hydropower; mitigating conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplishing other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability. The Bureau of Reclamation manages, develops and protects water and related resources in 17 western states.

IRS issues guidance on business deductions

The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on Oct. 3 about business expense deductions for meals and entertainment following law changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA. The 2017 TCJA eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities generally considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. Taxpayers may continue to deduct 50 percent of the cost of business meals if the taxpayer (or an employee of the taxpayer) is present and the food or beverages are not considered lavish or extravagant. The meals may be provided to a current or potential business customer, client, consultant or similar business contact. Food and beverages that are provided during entertainment events will not be considered entertainment if purchased separately from the event. Prior to 2018, a business could deduct up to 50 percent of entertainment expenses directly related to the active conduct of a trade or business, or, if incurred imme-

diately before or after a bona fide business discussion, associated with the active conduct of a trade or business. The Department of the Treasury and the IRS expect to publish proposed regulations clarifying when business meal expenses are deductible and what constitutes entertainment.

Cancer center foundation announces large donation

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation received its second largest gift in its history: a $660,283 donation. The estate gift comes from a Richland resident who died last year. The foundation did not release the donor’s name as it protects the identity of estate donations. “I know she had a passion for cancer care based on other gifts she made through the estate,” said Liz McLaughlin, director of the foundation. The woman’s estate gave nearly $30,000 to the foundation last year. The money goes into the foundation’s general fund, which is used for the areas of greatest need at the cancer center, McLaughlin said. An 18-member foundation board will determine the best use of the money. McLaughlin said estate gifts “create incredible legacies for people who want to see their funds invested into important things into the future. Because of this gift we’re on target to raise almost $2 million. This would be an all-time high for the foundation.” Last year the foundation raised $1.4 million.

Tidewater settles penalty over liquid fertilizer spill into rivers BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Tidewater Barge Lines has agreed to pay a reduced fine and undertake a conservation project to settle violations for spilling nearly 40,000 gallons of urea ammonium nitrate liquid fertilizer into the Snake and Columbia rivers last year. The common fertilizer is applied to food crops that can be corrosive to steel. An investigation by the Washington Department of Ecology found that two steel tank barges were corroded or damaged allowing liquid fertilizer to spill into the rivers across four separate incidents in April 2017. As a result, Ecology fined Tidewater Barge $18,000 in March.  Under the settlement, Tidewater will pay $2,400, as well as pay for a $9,600 conservation project on the Columbia River. The Vancouver, Washington-based company also provided Ecology a report describing the fertilizer barge maintenance and inspection programs it will be taking to avoid future releases. Just as fertilizer supports plant growth on land, it does the same in water. “Increasing plant and algae growth lowers the amount of dissolved oxygen in water, which can harm fish, such as the salmon species we are try-


ing hard to recover,” said Rich Doenges, a manager in the Department of Ecology Water Quality Program. “We appreciate Tidewater’s resolution to this issue and their desire to make sure a violation of this nature doesn’t happen again.” Conservation project funds will be used to preserve salmon habitat, natural shoreline, open space and streams at Columbia Grove and the adjoining Wood’s Landing conservation area near Vancouver. Specifically, the money will be used for planting native trees and shrubs, mulch, and invasive species removal. The project is scheduled to begin this fall and continue into winter 2019. Regarding the April 2017 releases, Robert Curcio, Tidewater’s president and chief executive officer, commented, “Tidewater most certainly regrets the accidental releases of (urea ammonium nitrate) liquid fertilizer. The extended lock closure and colder temperatures experienced during the winter of 2017 were abnormal and required Tidewater to store UAN on barges for longer periods of time which in turn increased the potential for corrosion. In response to the releases, we have since taken additional inspection and maintenance measures to supplement our existing programs and prevent recurrence of UAN releases moving forward.”


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Business Profile

Its recipe for success? Heaping helpings of food and music

Richland’s The Emerald of Siam marks 35 years in business BY JEFF MORROW

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

For years, Dara Quinn took her music on the road, sharing her love of it with others all around the United States. Today, she shares music — hers and many others’ — at The Emerald of Siam in Richland on a daily basis. Thai food and music have become a winning recipe at The Emerald through the years. That’s why together, with her brother William Quinn, Dara Quinn wants to celebrate The Emerald’s legacy with the public. The siblings co-own The Emerald and plan to celebrate its 35th anniversary this month. “It takes a lot of working hours. Sweat,” said Dara Quinn, who is known to put in 16-hour workdays. “There are people here who have a pretty good work ethic.” The restaurant opened in the Uptown Shopping Center in October 1983. “My mother, Ravadi Quinn, and my aunt, Sunanta Kulthol, got a small grant from their parents,” Dara Quinn said. “The place was originally Tammy’s Café. But this placed has morphed quite a bit, at least five or six times over the years.” The walls are filled with local artists’ work that changes every few months. A

new patio and awning went up out front this summer. Eight years ago, Ravadi Quinn decided it was time to retire. Dara Quinn, a Hanford High graduate, grew up in the restaurant. It had become a special place to her. “I was a professional musician, and I did tour the United States for eight years,” she said. “Basically, when it was time for mom to retire, (William and I) could do one of three things: take it over, close it or sell it. But it would be like losing a family member.” So taking it over became the obvious choice. But Dara Quinn made one big change: add music, and a lot of it, to the restaurant’s regular offerings. It’s a move that has paid off. The Emerald of Siam was recently named the Tri-Cities’ Best Live Music Venue in a public poll; it ranked No. 2 for Best Nightlife Venue; and No. 4 for Best Asian Cuisine. The Quinn siblings knew to leave the food alone, for the most part. “People have been coming here (for) 35 years to eat the food,” Dara Quinn said. “The pad Thai is the most popular dish. Our butterflies are the best in town. They are an adaptation of a Chinese dish.

Dara Quinn holds a special commemorative T-shirt to celebrate The Emerald of Siam’s 35th anniversary. She and her brother William Quinn co-own the restaurant-music venue in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.

Sunshine rolls are pretty popular. And our fried rice is made fresh to order.” The Emerald has about 16 employees, most of them part time. “And it depends on the time of year,” Dara Quinn added. “The slow time is August, and January and February can sometimes be slow too.” William Quinn is the facilities manager, while his sister handles administration. “I also am the chef when needed,” she said. “I’ve been training in the kitchen, so if I need to be the lead chef I can be. I enjoy cooking.”

The lead chef, Ma Vannapho, has been with the restaurant for 20 years. He and Dara Quinn are always looking to tweak the menu. “For instance,” she said, “we’re adding new items in October: fusion Thai tacos. But a lot of the menu items are the same items we served 35 years ago. Sunshine rolls are new in the last decade.” But it is the food-music combination that makes The Emerald of Siam so unique.

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Business Profile


Longtime car detailer finds success in West Richland business

Recon Techs Tri-Cities offers detailing, reconditioning services BY JEFF MORROW

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Myron Pierce loves nothing better than making a car gleam. It’s something he’s done – make cars look great – for years, and he’s doing it now with his business, Recon Techs TriCities, at 4193 W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland. “I love cars, from the time I played with my Hot Wheels when I was 5 years old,” said Pierce, who graduated from Kamiakin High School in the late 1990s. “My first car was a 1973 Dodge Challenger. My dad collected Studebakers.” Pierce said he took automotive classes at Columbia Basin College after high school. But he liked the way cars looked more than fixing their engines. “Through my business, I’ve driven a McLaren, an Aston Martin, a Dodge Viper,” he said. “They have a gloss that just stands out.” After high school, Pierce moved to the Washington, D.C., area when his mother remarried and she invited him to live back there. “A friend of mine back in Virginia asked me, ‘What do you want to do?’ I wanted to do something with cars,” Pierce said. “So I went to do detail training.”

He started in Virginia. Pierce started with a small truck. Then he grew into a minivan. Then he grew into a trailer, making it fully mobile. “Then I went to a bigger van, then a second van,” he said. “It was a unique business. It was called MJP Detailing.” Business really picked up, and Pierce was successful with it in Virginia for 14 years. But he decided to move back to the TriCities in October 2016 to be closer to more family. He dived back into the community, joining the board for Pet Over Population Prevention. And he started up a new company: Recon Techs Tri-Cities. Recon Techs is a national brand that Pierce has joined forces with.  “I’m an independent owner, but Recon Techs does the same thing: we want to be your one-stop reconditioning auto shop,” he said. Among the services Pierce and his staff can provide are giving vehicles a ceramic coating that offers five years minimum of protection with an ultra-high gloss, scratch resistant surface that requires no more waxing. The vehicle detail and reconditioning business also offers paint coating, window tinting, windshield replacement, powder coating, hydro dipping, detailing, removal

Myron Pierce has more than 16 years of experience running vehicle detailing businesses, including the one he launched in West Richland two years ago, Recon Techs Tri-Cities.

of odors, paintless dent repair and headlight repair services. Recon Techs Tri-Cities also can work on RVs, boats and aircraft. Like he did in Virginia, Pierce can be mobile if need be. “Mostly though, 90 percent of the time we’re at our place here in West Richland, where we’ve been for eight months,” he said. And he’s ecstatic about how things are going. When he started two years ago, it was just him and another employee. Now there are four employees. “There’s been a lot of word of mouth. I get a lot of repeat business,” he said. Marcella Gilbert is one of those repeat

customers. “Actually I found Myron through a plumber that I liked,” Gilbert said. “I told the guy, ‘Hey, I need some help with cleaning some of my vehicles.’ He said (Myron) had just joined their small business (networking) group.” So Gilbert had him detail a couple of their vehicles. She liked his work. “He’s very professional,” Gilbert said. “He’s timely. And he’ll tell you how it is. Like he told me ‘I could do this for you but it probably won’t help.’ I liked that.” Gilbert had Pierce do a five-year ceramic coating on an SUV, and she’s been going to him ever since. uRECON, Page 47

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EMERALD, From page 44 “It’s a family restaurant during the day, a music venue at night,” Dara Quinn said. “It’s totally family friendly. Minors can be here until 10:45 p.m.” Music isn’t completely new to the establishment. Dara Quinn said her mom “once a week, or on occasions” would offer mellow live music. But Dara Quinn wanted more, if she was going to be there day in and day out. “I started by using my connections through my music career,” she said. “Now people are knocking on our door all the time. Quinn has had musicians and bands from such far away places as Jamaica, Ireland and Italy perform through the years. “A lot of people from Portland and

Seattle come over here to play,” she live music. said. “It’s just a great stop for touring Dara Quinn said one of the most musicians. It’s a great location to catch popular bands that come through is Cold them. And we have a Hard Cash, a Johnny very nice reputation Cash tribute band. with musicians. But most of the “We bring the They like us.” music is eclectic and And there are original music. community many nights where And that draws together with Dara Quinn will join people, said John the bands or acts Roach, a longtime food and music.” onstage. Tri-Citian. The recipe has “I’m a huge music - Dara Quinn, been open mic nights fan,” he said. “I was co-owner of on Mondays, jazz on raised in Pasco, went The Emerald of Siam Wednesdays, and away to college. I local and touring lived away from the Tri-Cities for 12 years in Seattle, musicians on Fridays and Saturdays. By her own estimate, The Emerald of Montana and Maryland. I traveled the Siam has more than 200 nights a year of world.”

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But like many Tri-Citians, Roach came back. He and his wife started a family. They have children ages 2, 4 and 6. Family obligations kept him away from The Emerald, but he and his wife are able to start coming back. “Live music has always been a big part of my life,” he said. “Dara and Billy are still there. They’ve put in the work. … They have quietly – I think because it’s under-publicized – turned that place into one of the great secrets of the TriCities. Sometimes the only thing that can restore me after working the corporate life is being in the audience during live music, where you can see the guitar player’s eyes. I’ve been needing (the live music). I’ve been craving it. So I go down there and I’m losing myself in it. I end up thanking Dara with immense gratitude.” Dara Quinn said that sometimes it’s people like Roach who keep her going. “What helps me is when people come up and thank me for what I’m doing,” she said. “They say ‘I don’t have to move now because you’re here.’ I tell them ‘Thank you. I needed that.’ It’s a quality-of-life thing. Because it’s a tough business.” Cindy McKay said her first date with her husband of 30 years was at The Emerald of Siam 32 years ago. McKay also has performed as a singer at the restaurant on the last Friday of every month, for 20 years. “So it’s been an integral part of my life,” she said. “I definitely give Dara credit for the live music.” The Quinns have planned a weeklong anniversary celebration in October. On Oct. 15, Danny Barnes will have a dinner show starting at 5 p.m., followed by open mic night at 7 p.m. Karaoke night is Oct. 16, beginning at 9 p.m. On Oct. 17, it’ll be regulars MaryLou and Stevie from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by Jazz Jams at 8 p.m. On Oct. 18, the restaurant’s usual Geeks Who Drink trivia competition starts at 8 p.m. And then it’s time for the big blowout weekend. On Oct. 19, there will be a 35th anniversary buffet, with the Badger Mountain Dry Band performing from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by the band Yak Attack at 9 p.m. On Oct. 20, the buffet runs from 5 to 8 p.m., while Jeff Peterson plays. At 9 p.m., Dara Quinn’s own bands, DBST and Wabi Sabi, complete the weeklong celebration with performances. Limited edition T-shirts will be given away that week with certain purchases. “This is a gathering place,” Dara Quinn said. “And it’s definitely about community. We bring the community together with food and music. We have good food and good people here. And we like making people happy. I’m definitely not in it for the money.” And that’s why people like John Roach love the Quinn family. “She and Billy are fantastic people,” he said. “They have such integrity, and they do it for the love of music.” The Emerald of Siam: 1314 Jadwin Ave., Richland; 509-946-9328; Facebook; Instagram.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018 BUSINESS BRIEF


Finalists named for BBB’s Business of Year award

Two Tri-City businesses, along with 13 others from Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards – Business of the Year. They are the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times, Kennewickbased newspapers owned by TriComp, a woman-owned business, and Campbell & Company of Pasco, a 35-year-old company that offers heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical and vent services. The award honors businesses that demonstrate a commitment to ethics, integrity and building trust in the marketplace. Other Eastern Washington finalists include AllCities Solar and Electric Company of Yakima; Global Car Care of Wenatchee; Peachy Kleen of Spokane Valley; and Stevens Health Alliance of Sunnyside. Spokane finalists include: 16 Cents Corp, Erickson Optical Lab Inc. and Northview Family Dental. Northern Idaho finalists are: All Travel Guru, Monarch Development, Inc., Pointe Pest Control, Prairie Animal Hospital, Precision Tax Relief, LLC and Vacation Rental Authority Inc. The business’ applications have been compiled and will be evaluated by an independent, voluntary panel of judges comprised of business and community leaders located in the BBB Northwest and Pacific regions, according to the BBB. Results will be announced in November. RECON, From page 45 “He’s done different coatings on six or seven of our vehicles,” she said. “He also did work on my ATV and motorhome.” Pierce has caught the eye of car show people too, doing work for car owners for Cool Desert Nights. He’s worked on a Bentley from Yakima, a Rolls Royce from Prosser. “But I also can do work on your Toyota Camry,” he said. Pierce says the ceramic coating and paint corrections are 80 percent of his business right now. Paint corrections are more common than people think. “Ninety percent of all vehicles still need paint correction,” he said. “With paint corrections, you have to buffer it out. Every car is different. And it takes time to removing the defects.” In the Mid-Columbia, where there is desert and farmland, there are two enemies of cars: “Dust on black cars and irrigation sprinkler water,” Pierce said. Dust is understandable. But irrigation water? “There is so much hard water built up on cars,” he said. “I’ve had cars in which they were getting hit by irrigation water from sprinklers all the time.” Gilbert said the water in the city of West Richland, where she lives, is very hard and she’s had problems with it. But now that she’s found Pierce, she has a solution. “I trust his opinion,” she said. Recon Techs Tri-Cities: 4193 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland; 509-460-6600;

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• Skip and Shannon Novakovich, owners of Esprit Graphic Communications with offices in Kennewick and Enterprise, Oregon, were honored at the 2018 Pacific Printing Industries PrintRocks Award celebrating excellence in print. Esprit received a “best of” category award for a full color and gold foiled poster produced for St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton. It also received a second-place award for its production of the Chief Joseph Days poster for the Chief Joseph Days event held annually in Joseph, Oregon. • The city of Kennewick received the 2017 Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance award from the Department of Ecology for achieving full compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The city was evaluated on compliance with effluent limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment and overall operational demands. It has received the award for a consecutive 11 years. • The Mid-Columbia Tri-Cities SCORE honored the following SCORE

volunteers: Janice Vesper, most volunteer hours; Rick Peenstra and Doug Lemke for most mentoring hours; Jim Reinhardt for five years of mentoring; and Tim Reed received the Dynamite Award for the greatest impact in the first year. SCORE is a nonprofit focused on helping small businesses start, grow and achieve their goals. • The Heaston Thompson Vision Clinic in Richland received the 2018 Literacy Legacy Award from the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia for its support of children’s literacy at the organization’s annual fundraiser. The clinic has served as the corporate sponsor of the Books and Vines benefit event for 12 years, as well as having representation on the board of directors. • Washington River Protection Solutions received a Voluntary Protection Program Innovation award for the fourth time from the Department of Energy. WRPS received the recognition for developing and implementing tools that reduce radiological and industrial hazards to workers while removing pumps and other long-length equipment from Hanford’s waste storage tanks. The tools are critical to safely managing tank waste and will support future evaporator campaigns and waste retrieval. • Wm. Winkler Co. of Newman Lake, Washington, recently received two awards for Tri-City area projects at the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association’s Excellence in Concrete Awards ceremony Sept. 27 in Seattle. The awards were for the company’s work on the Second Avenue reconstruction in


Burbank in the infrastructure and transportation category. The project included American Rock Products of Richland. The second project receiving honors was for the company’s work on the Autozone distribution center in Pasco in the tilt up structures category. The concrete team also included Poppoff Inc. of Moxee and American Rock Products of Richland. The project encompassed 27,900 cubic feet of concrete for the 409,800-square-foot facility. • Coach Rob Hart, program director for the Richland Lacrosse Club, received the U.S. Lacrosse’s national award for “Excellence in Growing the Game” because of his work to develop lacrosse in the Tri-Cities. Rob Hart His lacrosse career started with Three Rivers Lacrosse in 2008 when he coached the middle school team. He went on to coach the high school team where his son played goalie. When Richland High School lacrosse started in 2014, he became one of its assistant coaches, specializing in goalie training. In 2017, he became the program director of the Richland club, helping put together its youth program for 2018. In addition to his coaching efforts, he has also served as tournament director of several area events, including the Three Rivers Shootout from 2009-13 and the Columbia CRUSH High School Jamboree from 2014 to present.

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Investors to build four-story building in downtown Kennewick BY ELSIE PUIG

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Real Estate & Construction

Title, escrow company moves into renovated office Page 51

Building Tri-Cities

WSU completes first phase of student housing Page 52

Construction News

Pasco breaks ground on multimillion dollar pump station Page 55

A new high-end mixed-use building will be under construction next year in downtown Kennewick. The new 12,000-square-foot building will house retail and restaurant space on the first floor, built-to-suit office spaces on the second floor, and 33 one- to two-bedroom luxury apartments on the third and fourth floors. The rooftop deck will feature a common gathering space for tenants to socialize and get together. The building will be designed by George Watson of Watson & Herres of Spokane Valley. It will feature a brick face exterior to retain the turn of century western aesthetics of downtown Kennewick — but the interior will be modern. Investors Andrew Klein and Brian Griffith bought the property — which sits on .34-acre parcel on 20 N. Auburn St. — for $325,000. We didn’t want to stand out, we want people to look at it and say that it’s a wellkept building that is 100 years old,” Klein said. It’ll be an attractive space designed to entice people to live in the city’s historic downtown area, Klein said. “In the last four or five years, downtown Kennewick is coming back up again and people want to live there.” The front part of the building had been previously occupied by River Sands

Brian Griffith, left, director of marketing and communications at the National Credit Union Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, and Andrew Klein, engineering consultant at AS Klein Engineering, recently bought the building on the corner of North Auburn Street in downtown Kennewick. Their plan is to tear it down and build a new urban mixed-used building with high end apartments, office spaces, and space for a restaurant and retail space.

Distillery, and the back space had been left unoccupied since Leo’s Catering and Blue Moon Restaurant closed and the owners decided to retire. Klein is a self-employed engineer specializing in building code consulting and Griffith is director of marketing and communications at the National Credit Union Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin.

Klein, who is originally from Baltimore and has been living in the Tri-Cities for more than 12 years, said he has consulted with multi-family developer clients on code and permitting issues in the past and decided it was time to do it himself. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. KENNEWICK, Page 50

Glass company finds perfect location for new home BY JESSICA HOEFER

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Construction News

Bath Fitter expands into Clearwater Avenue shop Page 59

HE SAID IT “We wanted to be out here in the Vista Field area because we feel this is the next big growth…” - Casey Hart, regional vice president of Benton Franklin Title Co. Page 51

Around the late 1990s and early 2000s, Shawn Linhoff and his staff at Perfection Glass began to feel the walls closing in on them at 15 N. Auburn St. in Kennewick. “We outgrew this place, but there was a sense of home and not wanting to risk everything. Moving a business that’s been in the same spot for 40 years, there’s a bit to that,” said Linhoff, whose father, Ron, and uncle, Russ, started the company in the 1970s. “We learned how to run a business out of a very small location. But I would say about four years ago it dawned on me that we were going to have to make a move.” That move came in September as Perfection Glass moved into the former Sundown Sport & Marine buildings at 1238 Columbia Park Trail in Richland. The two buildings on the 2.5-acre site are about 18,000 square feet and 2,500 square feet in size, respectively. Linhoff first noticed the buildings and property in late 2017 when he pulled over to take a phone call. “It wasn’t on the market, and I didn’t know if the owner had any intentions of selling,” Linhoff said.

Kaelyn Booth and Cesar Olazcon of Perfection Glass test the Andersen door displays in the new Perfection Glass showroom at 1238 Columbia Park Trail in Richland. The newly remodeled building will house the residential side of the business.

As luck would have it, the owner wanted to sell, and by October 2017, Linhoff had acquired the property. The next several months were spent getting the permits and working with KDA Architecture (formerly KDF Architecture) of Yakima to get the space ready to house the residential side of the glass company’s business. Finally in June, Kennewick-based Chervenell Construction started work on

the remodel. Updates to the property included creating a mezzanine for the store, updating the heating, ventilation and air conditioning and electrical systems, putting a façade on the front of the building and landscaping. The cost of the building, land and renovations is between $1.8 million and $2.1 million, Linhoff said. GLASS, Page 50


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GLASS, From page 49 “I thought this was going to be a dreadful thing, but the energy and excitement—it’s really rewarding. I don’t know what I’m more excited about—for the residential side moving to Columbia Park Trail or the commercial side to expand,” said Linhoff, adding that the company will hold a grand opening in the spring but encourages people to stop in and see the showroom displays. Perfection Glass offers a complete line of products for residential remodeling and new construction, including windows, skylights, shower doors, shelving and mirrors. “When it comes to shower doors, if it’s not custom, it’s not going to make a splash. If you go out and buy a house that’s 10 years old, replacing a shower

door can make a difference,” he said. On the commercial side, Perfection Glass works on projects large and small. Commercial projects include Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Trios Southridge Hospital and Westgate Elementary School. The company’s Kennewick location will continue to house the commercial side of the business. The building that faces Auburn Street will be vacated, but the three buildings that face Canal Street will stay, Linhoff said. Moving the residential side of the business to Richland will free up about 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet of space. “It’s an ample amount to spread our wings,” said Linhoff, who said the business plans to increase residential displays at the new location. “The downtown Kennewick location didn’t

Real Estate & Construction have much of a display. Now we’ll have an open space for mirrors and shower doors. And then one of the warehouses will be for window storage. We’re very strong in the window replacement market, and that’s where I’m going to see some efficiency grown.” Linhoff said lack of space made it hard to prep and stage windows and shower doors that would need to go out the next morning. Now there’s also going to be plenty of room to bring product in, stock it and save crews trips to the lumberyard. “And when you can save your crew 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there, it adds up. We look to serve our customers better,” he said. “We’re blessed and thankful to have all this work, and we sure would like to take some more on.” Since opening in 1976, Perfection Glass

has grown from a staff of five to more than 70 employees. The company also has expanded to Walla Walla by acquiring Yale Glass Co. in September 2017. Yale Glass Co. primarily focused on commercial work while Perfection Glass spends about 65 percent of its time on residential work. Keeping the Yale Glass Co. name, the company has spent the last year creating a footprint in Walla Walla’s residential market. There are currently no plans for the company to expand into Pasco, but Linhoff doesn’t dismiss the idea. “We’ll be able to service Pasco where we’re at. If I can find some nice industrial land (I’d consider it). But we’re not targeting Pasco,” Linhoff said. “If the commercial department can continue to grow we might look at a different location. There’s a lot of industrial land out there. We’ll keep our eyes open.”

KENNEWICK, From page 49 “I’ve always liked downtown Kennewick so I wanted to invest in it,” Klein said. “I liked working with the city, so when I saw that building come up for sale it made sense from that perspective. I also saw a lot of untapped potential.” He said he was inspired by the city of Kennewick’s bridge to bridge plan, which allows for urban mixed use designated zoning between the cable and blue bridges, and as well as the Port of Kennewick’s work on the Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village on Columbia Drive. “The city and Port of Kennewick are investing a lot into revitalizing downtown Kennewick. There is a great opportunity for people to live in downtown, and now I think people want to live in a city, there are overall sustainability aspects people are looking for these days,” Klein said.“Eventually it would be nice to see zip cars and scooters, but some things have to happen first,” Klein said. Klein said final designs and elevation plans for the building will be ready later this month.

uCERTIFICATIONS • The Washington State Auditor’s Office gave the Port of Benton a clean audit opinion for its compliance to laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures. • Jay Freeman of Edward Jones in Kennewick achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist by completing the Professional Education Program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. As part of the program, Jay Freeman he also passed a final exam and signed a code of ethics and disclosure to earn the designation.

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After more than 30 years at its Clearwater Avenue location, BentonFranklin Title Co. has moved into a newly renovated, larger space at 510 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick where it will continue to provide “one stop” title and escrow services to the Tri-City community. “We wanted to be out here in the Vista Field area because we feel this is the next big growth with the development of the airport, at least in Kennewick anyway. We want to be a part of that,” said Casey Hart, regional vice president. He explained that many of their competitors and local real estate firms have offices on Kennewick’s west side, especially in the Grandridge Boulevard neighborhood. “A lot of our clients are out in this area … which will make it more convenient and faster for them to come to their closings,” he said The Port of Kennewick plans to redevelop the 103-acre Vista Field site into an urban, mixed-use, pedestrian focused area. Full build-out could take 20 years, depending on market demand, according to port officials. Benton-Franklin Title Co. bought the

one-acre property for $1.4 million. It formerly housed the Tri-Cities Kidney Center, a dialysis clinic. Hart said he was attracted to the property’s ample supply of parking and the brick façade of the building, which he said is reminiscent of classic bank architecture. It’s also consistent with the aesthetic of their Olympia-based, and fourth generation family-owned parent company, Title Management’s other locations throughout the Northwest. Hart said the company put about $800,000 into renovating the building. He figured that even having paid for the property and significant renovations that they still couldn’t have built a new facility from the ground up for as good of a price. “They’ve turned it into an 8,000-square-foot office masterpiece,” said Derrick Stricker of NAI Tri-Cities, who brokered the building sale. Don Johnson, a Seattle-based general contractor who does the work on all of Title Management’s locations, according to Hart, completed the renovation of the new office and used all local subcontractors. Melissa Hampton of Spokane-based MMEC Architecture and Interiors helped with the redesign of the space, which now features an overhauled lobby

Casey Hart, regional vice president of Benton-Franklin Title Co., stands behind the front desk at the local business’ new office at 510 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick. The company decided to move from its present location on Clearwater Avenue after 30 years to be closer to planned development in the Vista Field area.

with refreshments bar and TV for waiting customers, as well as four escrow closing offices and four offices for the company’s escrow officers bridged by an open concept “hub” space. The hub will serve as a gathering place for Benton-Franklin Title’s 16 staff members to hold company meetings and celebrate successes. A sales office, title and production area, file storage room, additional bathrooms and a break room round out the

new facilities, which offer plenty of natural light. The remaining 3,000 square feet they’ve leased out to Kadlec on a threeyear lease to house three nephrologists, or doctors who specialize in kidneys. “It’s a larger space where we have room to grow,” Hart said, adding that as the Tri-City area continues to expand, so does their customer base. He also anticipates hiring more employees in the future. uTITLE, Page 54


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The first phase of the Brelsford Vineyards Apartments – the Tri-Cities Research District’s newest residential housing addition – is finished

and units are available for lease. An ideal location for students and north Richland workers alike, the complex at 215 and 227 University Drive neighbors Washington State University TriCities. It features three stories featuring views of the Columbia River and the WSU Tri-Cities campus. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and TV access to more than 150 HD channels, washers and dryers in every unit, a large heated swimming pool, outdoor sports court, fitness center, study rooms, commons area/clubhouse, easy access to the Richland riverside walkway and an on-site com-

munity manager. A variety of apartment sizes and configurations are available to suit residents’ needs, ranging from 628 square feet to 1,341 square feet with one- to four-bedroom and one- to threebathroom options. Rents range from $890 to $2,000 per month and can be divided equally between the residents occupying each apartment. The first tenants moved in Aug. 15, and the complex was completed Sept. 30. Vineyard Apartments LLC developed the project at a cost of $12 million, not including the cost of land. Vineyard Apartments is one of several LLC’s managed by the developer, which has a large, Pullman-based multi-family portfolio. Design West Architects of Kennewick was the architect. Chervenell Construction of Kennewick was the general contractor. For leasing information, contact Michelle Beaver of DABCO Property Management at 509-845-9221 or vineyards@dabcoproperty. com.


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Real Estate & Construction uDONATIONS • The Benton Franklin Fair donated more than $1,300 to Second Harvest Tri-Cities that it collected from ticket sales on opening day of this year’s fair. The fair donated $2 from each ticket sale on opening day before 2 p.m., along with proceeds from a cook-off. • Columbia Basin College in Pasco recognized Battelle for a donation of $75,000 to put toward the purchase of computers, monitors, chairs and software for CBC’s Engineering Technology Lab. A sign was placed naming it the Battelle Engineering Technology Lab. • The Washington Wine Industry Foundation gave $15,000 to the Northwest Immigration Rights Project to assist in the mission of providing legal service to immigrants and their families in Washington while they navigate the U.S. immigration system.

TITLE, From page 51 Benton-Franklin Title Co. originally opened in Pasco in 1976 before moving to Kennewick to a larger building, and then again in 1982 across the street into 6,000 square feet at 3315 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 100, and has remained locally owned and operated to this day. Hart said what sets Benton-Franklin Title Co. apart from other companies is that its office configuration differs from the industry status quo. “A lot of title companies have separate offices for title and escrow, but I don’t like that; I like everybody to be together under one roof. This maintains continuity in workflow so that we can always have that face-to-face to solve a problem. It’s better for the customer and more efficient. Plus, we don’t have to buy two buildings,” he said. “Our customers are everything to us,” Hart went on. “With eight title companies in the Tri-Cities, that’s really the only thing that’s going to separate you between us and them is service.” Hart, who also oversees the Walla Walla office, said Benton-Franklin’s most recent move to North Colorado Street was a few years in the making and that it is in the process of selling the 16,000-square-foot building on Clearwater, which they own outright. For more information on the 3315 W. Clearwater Ave. property, Hart asks prospective buyers to contact Scott Sautell at SVN Retter & Co. An official ribbon-cutting and open house for the new office will be scheduled soon. “I’m excited about it and the staff’s excited,” Hart said. Benton-Franklin Title Company: 510 N. Colorado St. Kennewick; 509-7830661;; Facebook.

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Pasco breaks ground on new multimillion dollar pump station BY ARIELLE DREHER

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Just outside the Pasco city limits, city leaders and engineers broke ground on a new pump station that will help divert wastewater from food processors into the Pasco Process Water Reuse Facility. The Sept. 26 groundbreaking marks the beginning of a project intended to keep more process wastewater out of the city’s municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant than the program already does. The project includes construction of the Columbia East Pump Station as well as two five mile-long, 16-inch force main pipes that will run from the pump station up north to the reuse facility. Construction begins this fall on the pump station, after the Washington state Legislature provided the city with $2.6 million for the project. The pump station is at the intersection of the PascoKahlotus Highway and Commercial Avenue. City Manager Dave Zabell said city engineers worked hard in recent months to bring the pump station design plans to fruition. Clearwater Construction of Spokane is the general contractor on the project. The city will request bids for the construction proposal on the dual force main pipes soon. The pump station is the second phase of a public-private partnership the city of Pasco gambled on back in the 1990s. The city owns 15 crop circles northeast of city limits, which are irrigated using the reuse facility’s water. The program helps attract food processors to the area and in turn keeps wastewater out of the city’s municipal water system. The reuse facility currently receives wastewater from five food processors, and the new pump station and water line will provide a more reliable way to process the water for two food processors to the program: Simplot RDO and Freeze Pack. It will also add another processor to the program: Grimmway Farms.

Food processing plants account for a significant amount of wastewater discharge. Zabell said Grimmway currently discharges about 1.25 million gallons of wastewater each day that currently goes to the municipal wastewater treatment plant. This is a costly way to treat this kind of water, and diverting Grimmway’s flows to the reuse facility will help alleviate the city’s wastewater system, Zabell said. “Our sewer capacity right now is probably - and during our peak in the summer when Grimmway is running - exceeds the 85 percent threshold that the Department of Ecology likes to keep wastewater treatment plants at,” Zabell told the Pasco City Council on Sept. 24. By lowering the city’s current sewer wastewater capacity with Grimmway moving its wastewater flows to the reuse facility, Zabell told the city council that the city’s municipal wastewater capacity would be down in the 70th percentile instead, alleviating pressure to make other capacity improvements immediately. “We’ll have a little bit more time, which could impact how we bond and how we phase those projects, so probably over 10 or 15 years the same work is going to get done, instead of five or nine years,” Zabell said. This means Pasco taxpayers will see less of a steep increase in taxes for the water and sewer improvements with the pump station and force main pipe than if the city did not build it. “We’re talking about some pretty massive numbers when we’re talking about how much wastewater is diverted from our (municipal wastewater) sewer,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Craig Maloney. Simplot RDO discharges about 1 million gallons of wastewater a day into the reuse facility, and Freeze Pack discharges over 30,000 gallons a day, Zabell said. The city’s capital improvement plan calls for additional improvements, but the pump station and force mains alone are

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Pasco city leaders and engineers break ground on the Columbia East Pump Station, which will help divert industrial plant wastewater from several food processors from entering the city’s municipal wastewater treatment plant. The pump station is at the intersection of the Pasco-Kahlotus Highway and Commercial Avenue.

estimated to cost $12.2 million at completion. The reuse facility itself needs improvements that will cost more than $11 million. The city of Pasco is still working to secure the funding necessary for the completion of the pump station and the force main pipes. The city has applied for a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant for the project which is under review. The city already received two Franklin County grants for the project. The food processors that will use this facility will pick up the rest of the cost, estimated at $5.6 million, which will be bonded by the city. Pasco Economic Development Director

Rick White said this year that industrial growth in the city could jump with improvements to the reuse facility. The city uses the treated water from reuse facility to irrigate 15 crop circles that the city leases to local farmers. The program is currently at capacity, and if Pasco could expand its reach, both the farming and food processing industries would likely take notice. The new pump station and force main pipe will enable Pasco to service more food processors looking to locate to the area. Construction on the station will begin this fall, and construction of the force main pipe is set to begin in spring 2019.


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uNEW HIRES • Felice Presti has been selected as the new deputy project director for the Hanford vit plant. Presti has been with Bechtel since 2004 and has nearly 25 years of experience in engineering, procurement, Felice Presti construction and commissioning. Presti holds a doctorate in fluid dynamics and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with management from the University of Liverpool, U.K. He replaces Kim Irwin, who will be transi-

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Bath Fitter expands into Clearwater Avenue shop BY LAURA KOSTAD

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Bath Fitter Central Washington has more than tripled its space with a move to a higher traffic shop at 4207 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. The new location provides Bath Fitter with 3,300 square feet that includes a 1,000-square-foot showroom to stage seven full-size bath/shower setups representing their product lines, an office and conference room. The remaining space is devoted to storing completed customer packages, supplies for the installation team and tradeshow materials. General Manager Andrew Starnino, who owns Bath Fitter’s Central Washington and Spokane stores, said the company got away with their former 800-square-foot space because “most sales happen in the home … so, it’s kind of allowed us to do pretty well even without a showroom. It will be the icing on the cake.” Now, Starnino said, “people can come in and feel if this shower or tub is going to be big enough for them. We’ve learned over the years that once (customers have) seen your product, they’re going to be more likely to move forward.” The Clearwater building was formerly home to Black Diamond 4x4, a parts and installation store. Bath Fitter divided the 6,000-squarefoot building into two separate suites at a cost of about $35,000 since they did most of the work themselves. Silver Line Electric and Tri-Cities Glass provided additional services. The divided space serves the dual purpose of creating a 2,700-square-foot tenant space for lease, as well as room to expand as the local franchise continues to grow. “We’ve gained good momentum. I think we could gain a lot more,” Starnino said, who added that thanks to the com-

pany’s steady growth in the area, he is looking at hiring the region’s second fulltime sales rep soon. Bath Fitter rented its former shop at 1328 W. Third Ave., Unit 4, from the Port of Kennewick. It “will be put back on the market as available to rent once their lease with the port has expire(d),” said Amber Hanchette, the port’s director of real estate and operations. “Bath Fitter is a great story. They have graduated out of the Port of Kennewick’s Oak Street Industrial Park and into a larger space in the private sector where they can also have a showroom,” she said. Bath Fitter Central Washington serves the Tri-Cities, Wenatchee, Ellensburg, Yakima, Walla Walla and eastern Oregon, as far south as Pendleton. The territory of Starnino’s Spokane store reaches to Ritzville and much of Idaho. Bath Fitter, a Montreal-based bathroom renovator with 220 locations across the U.S. and Canada, specializes in the remodeling of tub and shower spaces, using a unique technique they have developed and perfected over the course of their 30-plus years in business. Bath Fitter consultants take precise measurements of customers’ current tub or shower setups. Customers can then select from a product line that includes acrylic bathtubs and shower liners, free standing bathtub and shower bases, acrylic seamless walls, domed ceilings, tub and shower doors, accessories and wainscoting. In the case of a bath tub remodel, using the data collected at the customer’s home, Bath Fitter manufactures a new, custom acrylic shell at their plants in the U.S. and Canada that fits over the old tub, significantly reducing the cost of renovation by minimizing the demolition work required. Turnaround time on orders is about four weeks and most jobs can be installed in one day. There’s no need to hire a plumber

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AMON HILLS BUSINESS CENTER 9501 W. CLEARWATER AVE.• KENNEWICK All that’s left are the finishing touches to complete the Amon Hills Business Center at 9501 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. Existing and new patients and customers of Kennewick Dental and Desert Winds Wireless are already visiting them at their new building. Dentists Craig Barney and Nathan Madder, owners of Kennewick Dental, and Dustin DeCoria, owner of Desert Winds Wireless, formed Amon Hills Properties LLC to build the new building for their respective businesses on the rapidly developing, west end of Clearwater Avenue. Neighboring businesses include CG Public House, Hillcrest Memorial Center and Basin Feed & Supply. The almost 11,000-square-foot building sits on 1.5 acres and was co-contracted by Tri-Citybased Ira Hickman of APC Construction and Ken and Dana Holle of Urban Street Construction. It was designed by Terry Thornhill of Thornhill Architects, with additional design services rendered by Ira Hickman and Dana Holle. Inside and out, the building features a stylish, contemporary aesthetic, which capitalizes on its location at the corner of Clearwater Avenue and


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Richland Dutch Bros. completes 10-day remodel BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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Richland’s only Dutch Bros. Coffee closed for 10 days for a complete interior remodel in September. “We’re gutting it and starting over inside,” said Brad Barnes, who owns the Richland coffee stand and both Dutch Bros. in Pasco. “We are setting up the stand for something that makes sense.” He was not the original franchisee and does not own the land or building at 496 Keene Road. Barnes said the interior was not laid out to create the most efficiency for employees. “You need to be able to get your work done, not bump into someone and still give all that love out the window,” Barnes said. The coffee chain is known for the attention its baristas try to offer to each individual customer, with a mission of “spreading the Dutch luv.” Barnes said the interior was challenging the capacity to execute the company’s three core values: speed, quality and service. “We didn’t feel we had the ability to achieve the speed that we should and people couldn’t break away to offer service to the customer,” he said. Customers won’t notice a difference to the exterior of the building, and the driveway to approach the drive-thru window will remain the same. But the hope is that the improvements to the interior will create a better experience for patrons, known as the “Dutch Mafia.” Established in 1992, Dutch Bros. has called itself “the country’s largest, privately held drive-thru coffee company.” Dutch Bros. and TSG Consumer Partners, a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on the branded consumer sector, announced Oct. 1 that TSG has acquired a minority stake in

uBOARDS • Washington State University President Kirk Schulz will serve as the Pac-12 representative to the College Football Playoff Board of Managers. The board governs the playoff’s business, property and affairs. It also develops annual budgets, policies and operating guidelines. • Brian Reilly joined the board of the Energy Facility Contractors Group, an organization that promotes excellence in operation and management of Department of Energy Facilities. Reilly is a project director for the Brian Reilly Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, known as the vit plant, and a senior vice president at Bechtel.

Dutch Bros. Coffee. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dutch Bros. hopes to grow to 800 shops in five years, according to a news release. The company has nearly 300 locations in seven states, including three shops in Kennewick, one in Hermiston and a recently-opened store in Prosser. Barnes expects to bring another Dutch Bros. to Richland “sooner than later.” He’s currently looking at a few potential spots around town but didn’t want to name any specifics. Work at the Richland Dutch Bros. was completed by Elite Construction.

Richland Dutch Bros., in the Yoke’s Fresh Market parking lot on Keene Road, underwent an extensive interior remodel in September.


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BATH FITTER, From page 59 The walk-in bath tubs advertised on TV can cost tens of thousands of dollars, Starnino said, putting them out of reach for many who need them. Though Bath Fitter doesn’t sell walk-in bath tubs, it does regularly transform tuband-shower combos into walk-in safety showers featuring support bars and a seat at a fraction of the cost. Bath Fitter’s Tri-City location employs five full-time employees, and 18 service the Spokane location’s territory. Some Tri-Citians might remember a brief stint from 1998 to 2003 when Bath Fitter first appeared in the area under Brian Goulet’s ownership, who has since found his own construction com-

pany, IBK Co., and two restaurant/bars, 3 Eyed Fish Wine Bar and LU LU Craft Bar + Kitchen, with his wife Cindy Goulet. Starnino started out at Bath Fitter’s corporate office, when he had the opportunity to open his own franchise. He carefully studied the cities and regions across the U.S. where Bath Fitter was looking to expand its market, ultimately passing up major cities like Atlanta in favor of Spokane. He said he based his decision on the advertising costs. “I focused on marketing. The cost of marketing here is not as much as in a big city – (you’re) able to get a lot more exposure for your dollar,” he said. Though he took into consideration

Real Estate & Construction the region’s average home price and age, per capita income, and population as well, Starnino said marketing costs were most important since their line of work doesn’t involve a lot of repeat customers. They are continually having to attract new ones. That’s why, in addition to TV advertisements, Bath Fitter makes a point of manning a booth at local trade, home and garden and senior expos for greater exposure. After their first year in business in Spokane, Starnino opened the Tri-City location in 2013. “I knew expansion opportunities to all of Central Washington were going to be good. In the first 12 months, we already had sold 100 jobs,” he said.

uNEW HIRES • Constance Savage is the new general manager for L’Ecole No. 41 in Walla Walla, replacing Debbie Frol, who is retiring at the end of the year. Savage has a degree in marketing communication and a master’s in busiConstance Savage ness administration. Savage was previously the vice president and director of supplier relations for Kobrand Corp. in New York. • The Academy of Children’s Theatre named longtime employees Josh Darby as the director of education and Julie Schroeder as the director of outreach, a Josh Darby newly created position. Darby graduated from Central Washington University and was previously ACT’s artistic director. Schroeder has been a teaching artist for ACT for nearly 20 years and is a certified teacher Julie Schroeder of drama for autism. She also is a participant in the Leadership Tri-Cities program. • Kamran Hasan has joined the sales team at EverStar Realty. Hasan has nine years of experience as a mortgage broker and eight years of experience in international real estate development consulting with a focus on Kamran Hasan acquisition, remediation, land development and financing. He is a certified international property specialist

“Our locations are some of the largest,” Starnino said. “Our opportunities are larger than what you’re going to get in Atlanta … We’re close to contending with some of the big, big cities.” Adding to this success, Bath Fitter recently landed a large contract to remodel 86 showers at Fairchild Air Force Base’s on-base hotel near Spokane. For leasing information on Bath Fitter’s new tenant space, prospective tenants can check out the listing for 4209 W. Clearwater Avenue at NAI TriCities, represented by Derrick Stricker. Bath Fitter Central Washington: 4207 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick; 509828-4028; Facebook.

through the National Association of Realtors. • The city of Richland hired Jacob Gonzalez as senior planner for the Community and Economic Development Department. He studied geography and urban Jacob Gonzalez design/regional planning at the University of Washington.

uBOARDS • The Kiwanis Club of Kennewick installed the following officers and directors for 2018-19: Cory Manly, president; Rick McKinnon, president elect; Kevin Gunn, vice president; Maureen Ball, secretary; Penny Gardner, treasurer; Chuck DeGooyer, past president. The board of directors includes Gerry Berges, Stan Case, Amy Coffman, Patti Gunn, Pat Johnstone-Jones, Art King, Micki McKinnon and Benita Nyberg. • Michael Novakovich, president and chief executive officer of Visit Tri-Cities, recently was elected to the Washington Tourism Alliance Board of Directors. The board works to advance the alliance’s mission to advocate, promote, develop and sustain the economic well being of the Washington tourism industry. He Michael Novakovich serves an extended term of three years and nine months. In addition, Karisa Saywers, director of marketing for Visit Tri-Cities, was selected to join the WTA’s Communications Committee, which will focus on destination publicity through the development of a statewide media list and image library, travel media outreach, media familiarization trips and monthly destination related newsletters. The committee is comprised of communications authorities from destination marketing organizations and tourism-related industries throughout the state.

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Spousal trust for protection for your spouse (or from your spouse) BY BEAU RUFF

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

A trust set up for the benefit of your spouse can provide powerful protection for your spouse while at the same time protect your vision for the ultimate distribution of your assets (thus protecting the assets from a separate plan envisioned by your spouse). In a typical last will and testament, a husband leaves all assets to his wife and vice versa. But, some individuals should consider the option of leaving the assets instead to a trust for the benefit of the surviving spouse. As a reminder, a trust can be simplistically understood to be an arrangement where restrictions are placed on the use of the assets in the trust for the benefit of the beneficiary. This is contrasted with giving money or property outright to an individual beneficiary who can then do as he or she wishes with the assets. What can be placed in the trust? Even though Washington is a “community property state” (generally meaning that all assets acquired during marriage are owned one-half by each spouse), the law still allows each spouse to do as he or she wishes with his or her respective half. This means that up to half of the community estate can be placed in the trust, not more. Who should consider this option? Perhaps you have your own children

from a previous relationship (and perhaps your spouse does as well). Perhaps you are concerned about the medical costs that might be incurred for your spouse’s care thus reducing the ultimate inheritance to your children. Perhaps you have a different distribution scheme for your assets than your spouse. Perhaps you have concerns about your spouse’s potential (or actual) creditor liability. Perhaps you are concerned that your spouse will not preserve or handle the assets as you desire. A spousal trust may provide a solution to these scenarios. The basic premise is that, rather than an outright gift to the spouse at death, the assets would be placed into a trust for the surviving spouse’s benefit. The surviving spouse’s use and control of the assets are limited in accordance with your direction. That same limitation serves several purposes: it can protect the assets in the trust from your spouse’s creditor claims or medical expenses; it can preserve the assets for an actuarily calculable period of time; and it can ensure the assets are managed as you desire. For example, assume Tom and Betty are married and each have children from a previous marriage. They each have $300,000 in mixed assets including joint ownership of a family home. Betty may direct that all her assets go into trust for Tom’s life. During Tom’s life, she may allow him to continue to

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live in the house they jointly own rent-free. She may allow him to access the cash assets earnings (the income off the assets after the Beau Ruff trust is estabCornerstone lished) and even Wealth Strategies use the principal of the trust’s cash in the event Tom doesn’t have enough money in his own right to sustain his standard of living. But, at Tom’s death, because he never had complete control, he can’t direct the final distribution of the assets. Instead, Betty’s trust provides that the trust assets go to her children upon Tom’s death. That means (practically) that the house would be sold, and the proceeds split between Tom’s estate and Betty’s trust, and all other assets held by the trust (inducing proceeds from the house) would be distributed to Betty’s named beneficiaries (her own children from her previous relationship). Betty has therefore allowed Tom to live the life that he previously enjoyed while Betty was alive without jeopardizing her children’s inheritance. This same structure leads to creditor protection as well because the surviving spouse never owns the assets of the trust so a creditor of the surviving

spouse can’t seize those assets. Assume again Betty directs all her assets into trust for Tom. Tom then is in a car accident that he causes. The assets he owns may be subject to seizure by the injured party. Similarly, assume Tom has extensive medical costs. The assets in the trust may be protected from the state’s claim because Tom doesn’t own the assets (and it would be structured in that case as a supplemental needs trust). If Betty is concerned that Tom either doesn’t know how to handle the assets or is concerned that he will be foolish with the assets (at least in her opinion), the trust offers protection. Tom could otherwise give the inheritance to his favorite needy charity (to which Betty would have objected) or give the assets to a later romantic interest (to which Betty would have certainly objected). The trust prevents these occurrences. The trust adds more complexity to the plan, and it is simplest to choose to have no trust. But, sometimes complexity is necessary to achieve a desired outcome. If the complexity isn’t overwhelming for you, the spousal trust can provide an effective means of protecting your plan and your assets. Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies, a fullservice independent investment management and financial planning firm in Kennewick.



BENTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 2 • Tom Denchel, Ford Country Dealer • Bill and Jill DenHoed • George Garlick • Scott and Vicki Hamilton • Brent and Troy Hartley • Mike Hogue, Hogue Ranches • Bill Lampson • Jody and Debbie Maddox • Chris and Wendy Meirndorf • Patsy Mercer • Micki and Rick McKinnon • Olsen Brothers Ranches

“Proven Experience, Trusted Leadership”

• Dick Poteet • Don Pratt, 2018 Tri-Citian of the Year • Norma Rodriguez • Robert Smasne, Smasne Cellars • Frank and Jolene Vermulm • Kris Watkins Endorsed by Local Elected Officials Matt Boehnke, Kennewick City Council Don Britain, City of Kennewick Mayor Judge Holly Hollenbeck (retired) Representative Bill Jenkins Andy Miller, Benton County Prosecutor Bob Thompson, City of Richland Mayor Judge Dennis Yule (retired)


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Energy tax would put small businesses at disadvantage BY KRIS JOHNSON

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Looking at this great state of Washington, it is clear the one thing we value more than nearly anything is the natural beauty we enjoy, whether we’re looking across the Palouse or getting a glance at Mount Rainier driving down Interstate 5. Washingtonians — employers and residents alike — take protection of our natural gems, waterways and air seriously. Employers have demonstrated their commitment to the environment by reducing energy consumption, investing in new technology to reduce emis-

sions and spearheading environmental efforts in their communities. For example, during the Association of Washington Business statewide tour of manufacturers, we visited the Port Townsend Paper Corp. and learned the mill has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent since 2005. These past and ongoing efforts are taking place without the need for the new carbon fee proposed in Initiative 1631 before voters this November. If approved, I-1631 would establish a new, escalating fee on carbon emissions starting at $15 per metric ton, increasing annually by $2 per ton plus inflation. It would immediately increase the

cost of fuel by 12-14 cents per gallon — on top of the 49.4-cent gas tax, the second highest in the nation — and raise the cost of energy and consumer goods. Kris Johnson So, while Association of I-1631 is being Washington billed as a “fee” Business on carbon emissions, the reality is it is a tax on energy, fuel and general household items. For families that are struggling, this may

mean choosing between heating their home or buying gas to get to work and ensure their children get to school. According to the state Office of Financial Management, I-1631’s new fee is estimated to cost Washington residents more than $2.3 billion over five years, money that would be allocated by a new, unelected, 15-member board created by the initiative. This board would decide where and how to spend those billions — without legislative oversight or public transparency — while offering little assurance the expenditures will result in a meaningful reduction of carbon emissions. I-1631 would also place Washington employers, especially small businesses, at a competitive disadvantage with other states and regions that won’t have to pay the higher energy and fuel costs. Sheri Call, executive vice president of the Washington Trucking Association, or WTA, said that I-1631, if passed, would put Washington-based trucking companies at a competitive disadvantage because out-of-state vehicles would not be subject to the tax. Because nearly every consumer good has been transported by a vehicle, costs of those products would rise due to higher fuel costs that would result from I-1631, according to the WTA. Washington businesses share the goal of reducing carbon emissions, as is evidenced in the low carbon footprint of the state. Despite a 43 percent population growth and 260 percent economic growth since 1990, Washington’s residents and employers have implemented solutions that have lowered carbon emissions by 18 percent, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Unfortunately, I-1631 is not the solution. It would do little to reduce global carbon emissions while placing Washington employers at a competitive disadvantage and layering yet another financial burden on the state’s low- and fixed-income families. Collaboration means working to lower carbon emissions. It’s a legacy would should celebrate and one we know employers are happily building on through innovation, strategic partnerships within their communities and funding with private investment. Kris Johnson is the president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and designated manufacturing association.

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PUBLIC RECORD BANKRUPTCIES Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings: Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up non-exempt property and debt is charged. Chapter 11 — Allows companies and individuals to restructure debts to repay them. Chapter 12 — Allows family farmers or fishermen to restructure finances to avoid liquidation for foreclosure. Chapter 13 — Plan is devised by the individual to pay a percentage of debt based on ability to pay. All disposable income must be used to pay debts. Information provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Spokane.

CHAPTER 7 Phoenix Enterprises NW, LLC, PO Box 4665, Pasco. Jose Martinez, 820 S. Eighth, Pasco. Rodolfo O. and Gloria N. Lucatero, 502 S. Hugo Ave., Pasco. James Garrett and Gloria A. Falcon, 411 Adams St., Richland. Heidi C. Bader, 335 Old Inland Empire, Prosser. Amber R. Garcia, 417 Adams St., Richland. Teresa S. Mendoza, 1620 S. Palouse Place, Kennewick. Jeffrey L. Huesties, 223405 E. Cochran Road, Kennewick. Lexington Plumb, 160 Van Giesen St., Richland. Gabriel G. and Elbira G. Moreno, 25302 E. Karlyn Loop PRNE, Benton City. Garry H. and Shanna R. Griffiths, PO Box 4208, Pasco. Maria E. M. Tapia, 1017 N. Road 46,

Pasco. Kevin S. Price, 25 N. Jean St., Kennewick. Delia R. Viana, 1115 N. Potter Ave., Richland. Gloria M. Loredo-Gomez, 1212 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Efrain L. Mendoza, 1821 N. Road 32, Pasco. Kenneth A. and Elisa M. Inman, 3202 W. 22nd Ave., Kennewick. Jasmine T. Castellanos, 203 N. 19th Ave., Pasco. Shawn and Jeanette Wallace, 301 Cullun Ave., Richland. Kasey S. and Tori L. Heckman, 1918 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick. Tri-City Cabinets, LLC, 1301 Thayer Drive, Richland. Onofre B. and Evelia A. Salgado, 316 S. Hugo Ave., Pasco. Jay D. and Dianne Miller, 1301 Thayer Drive, Richland. Rosa T. Zaragoza, 908 W. Park St., Pasco. Casimiro M. Cedillo, III, 1331 Prosser Ave., Prosser. Jesus Mora, 920 N. Douglas, Pasco. Victoria L. Mellin, 8616 Gatwick Court, Pasco. Steven J. Adams and Carla L. Hodges, 2410 Boulder St., Richland. CHAPTER 13 Lisa Solis, 1819 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick. Isaac L. Aguirre, 7621 Toutle Court, Pasco. James G. Martinez, 913 W. 25th Ave., Kennewick.


Top property values listed start at $500,000 and have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure.

BENTON COUNTY 3501 S. Ledbetter St., Kennewick, 2,673-square-foot, residential home. Price: $595,000. Buyer: Brent and Colleen Smith. Seller: Scott and Caroline Lynch. 751 Troy Ave., West Richland, 1 parcel of undeveloped land. Price: $518,300. Buyer: Philip and Sherry Neher. Seller: Titan Homes. Wellsian Way, Richland, 7,608-squarefoot, commercial building on 0.96 acres. Price: $1,263,000. Buyer: South Wheel Technical Center. Seller: Mac Holdings. 17334 Fairview Loop, Kennewick, 2,403-square-foot, residential home. Price: $680,000. Buyer: Tyson and Wendy Mercure. Seller: David Kelly and Kelly Ann Layfield. FRANKLIN COUNTY 7910 Sunset Lane, Pasco, 2,608-squarefoot, residential home on 0.57 acres. Price: $575,000. Buyer: Shirley Powers Lucas. Seller: Dorothy Sparks. Undisclosed location, 222.67 acres of agricultural land. Price: $2,050,000. Buyer: Pinto Loop. Seller: Schwendiman Family. 508 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco, 2,156-squarefoot, commercial building. Price: $775,000. Buyer: BKG Enterprises. Seller: AVA Janvi Investments. Undisclosed location, 4.82 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $867,100. Buyer: The

Church of Jesus Christ and the Ladder-day Saints. Seller: RMNE Properties. 2209 Amy Loop, Pasco, 1 parcel of undeveloped land. Price: $505,600. Buyer: Robert and Anne Yager. Seller: Inspiration Builders. Undisclosed location, 311.11 acres of agricultural land. Price: $3,266,700. Buyer: Robert and Randi Davis. Seller: Sherri Anderson. Sockeye Lane, Pasco, 12 parcel of undeveloped land. Price: $960,000. Buyer: Olin Homes. Seller: Big Creek Land Company. 6933 Sandy Ridge Road, Pasco, 2,385-square-foot, residential home. Price: $519,200. Buyer: Hector and Amy Ramirez. Seller: Riverwood Homes Washington. 10209 W. Argent Road, Pasco, 3,206-square-foot, residential home. Price: $570,000. Buyer: Brandon and Andrea Potts. Seller: Brian and Natasha Woodward. 624 W. Yakima St., Pasco, 12,468-squarefoot, multi-unit apartment building. Price: $900,000. Buyer: 624 W Yakima St LLC. Seller; 624 West Yakima Cardinal Oak LLC. 7211 Sandy Ridge Road, Pasco, 2,243-square-foot, residential home on 1.02 acres. Price: $549,000. Buyer: Richard and Barbara Berg. Seller: Robert and Jedonna Duncan. Grandin Lane and Parley Drive, Pasco, 15 parcels of undeveloped land. Price: $877,500. Buyer: Viking Builders. Seller: EE Properties. 74 Angus Road, Pasco, 4,229-squarefoot, residential home on 1.49 acres. Price: $875,000. Buyer: Darcy and Holly Weisner. Seller: Dan Preas.



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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 65


Building permit values have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure.

BENTON COUNTY Spring Creek Orchard, Kelly Road, $15,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: General Dynamics Information Telecommunications. Olsen Brothers Ranch, 45304 N. District Line Road, $544,200 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Koreski General Construction. Scott Lamb, 225704 Donelson Road, $233,400 for new commercial construction. Contractor: owner. Arthur Den Hoed, 62501 N. Missimer Road, $24,500 for new commercial construction. Contractor: owner. KENNEWICK Dress Brothers, 845 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $30,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: A&G Solutions. On the Boulevard Apartments, $5,400 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Scott Hendsrude, 110 N. Washington St., $79,500 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Grindestone Construction Services. Ibew Local #112, 114 N. Edison St., $3,400,000 for new commercial construction, $34,000 for plumbing and $51,000 for heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: Total Site Services, BNB Mechanical and Total Energy Management. JMB & BAB Properties, 110 N. Washington St., $9,500 for plumbing and $10,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: Columbia River Plumbing & Mechanical and Apollo Sheet Metal. Benton County, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, $386,700 for new commercial construction and $30,000 for plumbing. Contractors: O’Brien Construction and Columbia River Plumbing & Mechanical. Costco Warehouse, 8505 W. Gage Blvd., $45,000 for mechanical and $26,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Refrigeration Unlimited. Craig D. Eerkes, 10799 Ridgeline Drive, $1,302,800 for new commercial construction, $40,000 for plumbing and $6,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: A&R Freser, Kohler Plumbing and Bob Rhodes Heating & Air. Vista Field Industrial, 6416 W. Hood Place, $141,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Dan Howards Consulting. Fortunato Inc., 6500 W. Clearwater Ave., $30,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: SAC Wireless. Edward Rose Millennial, 10251 Ridgeline Drive, $607,900 for new commercial construction, $9,900 for a heat pump/HVAC and $5,800 for plumbing. Contractors: owner, Total Energy Management and Three Rivers Mechanical. HAPO Community Credit Union, 4851 W. Hildebrand Blvd., $19,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Jubee Properties, 8305 W. Quinault Ave., $65,000 for tenant improvements, $10,000 for a heat pump/HVAC, $5,600 for plumbing and $6,000 for a sign. Contractors: Solferino Homes, Campbell & Company, Three Rivers Mechanical and Quality Signs. Vista Field Industrial, 6416 W. Hood Place, $165,400 for tenant improvements, $7,900 for a heat pump/HVAC and $15,200 for plumbing. Contractors: O’Brien Construction and Progressive Design Plumbing. Columbia Mall Partnership, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $15,400 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: DIVCO. Ted Wong, 830 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $132,500 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing Co. Walmart, 2720 S. Quillan St., $125,000 for heat pump/HVAC and $75,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Total Energy Management and Cutting Edge Plumbing & Mechanical. Grandridge Kennewick, 425 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $1,600,000 for multi-family housing construction. Contractor: Gallant Construction Corp. El Dorado Properties, 4421 W. Hood Ave., $10,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: JNM Construction.

James Hutchinson Rentals, 410 E. Kennewick Ave., $15,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: General Dynamics Info Telecommunications. PASCO Hogback Sandifur, 7425 Sandifur Parkway, $15,000 for a sign. Contractor: Eagle Signs. Goodwill, 3521 W. Court St., Suite C, $6,500 for a sign. Contractor: YESCO. Patterson Family, 5220 Outlet Drive, $92,400 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Yesmar Properties, 8425 Chapel Hill Blvd., $1,074,800 for new commercial construction. Contractor: W McKay Construction. Goodwill, 3521 W. Court St., Suite B, $231,300 for commercial addition. Contractor: Stough Development. Bryan Schutz, 525 N. Commercial Ave., $6,000 for a sign. Contractor: Cascade Sign & Fabrication. Bleyhl Farm Services, 6705 Chapel Hill Blvd., $15,000 for a sign. Contractor: Cascade Sign & Fabrication. Vitruvius Development Group, 5804 Road 90, $21,000 for a fire alarm/system. Contractor: Absco Solutions. Tahitian, 2724 W. Lewis St., $5,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Smith McDaniel. Tri-City United Gospel Mission, 221 S. Fourth Ave., $9,200 for commercial addition. Contractor: Oxarc. RICHLAND Energy Northwest, 350 Hills St., $18,000 for mechanical. Contractor: Riggle Plumbing. Windsong Apartments, 850 Aaron Drive, $5,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: All Climate Services. Aion, 2849 Duportail St., $75,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Laam Construction. DP Management Enterprises, 299 Bradley Blvd., #102, $126,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Don Pratt Construction. Columbia Physical Therapy, 343 Wellsian Way, #101, $52,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Goodwill, 201 Wellsian Way, $8,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Lamb Weston, 2013 Saint St., $9,900 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Boost Builds, 1100 Jadwin Ave., $218,800 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Flynn Bec. DBC Developments, 496 Keene Road, $11,000 for plumbing. Contractor: Columbia Basin Plumbing. Battelle Memorial Institute, 900 Battelle Blvd., $2,600,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: DGR Grant Construction. Extended Legacy, 2505 Garlick Blvd., $140,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. CP Apartments, 1600-1700 block of Jadwin Ave., $177,700 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Elite Construction & Development.

uBUSINESS LICENSES KENNEWICK First American Title Insurance Co, 8190 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite 110. AA Asphalting, 14720 Puyallup St. E., Sumner. Ink, Paper, Scissors, 1324 Goethals Drive, Richland. Chukar Cherry Co., 320 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Ace Jewelry & Loan, 429 W. Entiat Ave. Koncrete Industries, 502 N. 13th Ave., Walla Walla. Western Refrigeration Contractors, 2720 S. Quillan St. Big Rods Guide Service, 601 S. Young Place. Ekconstruction, 4012 S. Quincy Place. Back Street Hair Design, 8236 W. Gage Blvd. Summit Home Mortgage, 1407 N. Young St., Suite A6. Convergint Technologies, 450 Shattuck Ave. S., Renton. Oasis Physical Therapy, 4303 W. 24th Ave., Suite A. Arbor E&T, 815 N. Kellogg St., Suite D. The Shaggy Dog, 6201 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite F.

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp., 8390 W. Gage Blvd., Suite 101. DD&K Investment Group, 8511 Wembley Drive, Pasco. Roman Construction, 603 S. Coulee Vista Drive. Remax Northwest Realtors, 300 NE 97th St., Seattle. Fatbeam, 2065 W. Riverstone Drive, Suite 105, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Kennewick Dental, 9501 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 200. Emerald Rainbow Lawncare, 1433 Florida Ave., Richland. Stay Greener Landscape, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave. Northwest Concrete, 2313 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Central Washington Wireless, 402 N. Ely ST., Suite 110. Ja Torres Construction & Development, 6526 Eagle Crest Drive, Pasco. Butler Generations, 281 Wickstrom Lane, Selah. Chirorecoverylab, 7403 W. Arrowhead Ave.,


Suite 120. Crathie Properties, 1020 S. Olympia Place. B&L Marketing, 1910 W. Third Ave. U.S. World Class Taekwondo, 3001 W. 10th Ave., Suite A101. Miao Spa, 418 N. Kellogg St., Suite G. Mdroid Mobile Education, 5225 W. Clearwater Ave. Sit Means Sit, 5501 W. Hildebrand Blvd. Washington Weed Tourism, 2803 W. Wellesley Ave., Spokane. Peach State Roofing, 1655 Spectrum Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Stateline Gis, 950 Francis Ave., Walla Walla. AT&T Authorized Retailer, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd. TriCitiesHomes, 5914 Washougal Lane, Pasco. Positive Change Wellness Center, 2628 W. Bruneau Place, Suite 120. MNS Expert Painting, 1001 W. Fourth Ave. Perfect Massage & Spa, 4827 W. Clearwater Ave. Apogee Construction, 6087 Beechwood St., West Richland.



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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 67 American Drywall and Paint, 21403 S. Haney Road. Eop Builders, 8951 W. Sagemoor Road, Pasco. Blue Stream Construction, 2632 N. 550 E., North Ogden, Utah. Paramount Rentals, 2906 S. Olympia St. B&M Plumbing & Heating, 935 W. 14600 S., Buffdale, Utah. Red Rail Espresso, 1838 S. Washington St. Bauman Builders, 3260 Fir Road, Pasco. Turfmend, 435 W. 20th Ave. Cre8tive Thinking, 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite D287. Auto Value Pro’s, 3104 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite A. D-Bat Columbia Basin, 2035 Sparrow Court, Richland. It Haven, 470 Smoketree Place, Richland. Sr1 Plastering and Stone, 9315 Chapel Hill Blvd., Pasco. Thundervolt Electrical Contractor, 1304 Rochfontaine Ct., Richland. Gjovani’s Masonry, 7911 Salmon Drive, Pasco. Tri-Cities Regenerative Institute, 8905 W. Gage Blvd., Suite 100. Comfort Suites, 3703 Plaza Way. Sunset Ridge Properties, 6855 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A101. E’s Barbershop, 5009 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite E. Lourdes Health Crisis Services, 500 N. Morain St., Suite 1250. DGR Roofing, 316 E. Oak St., Walla Walla. Crown Village Apartments, 445 N. Volland St. Decadent Delivery, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Trio Anesthesiology, 3810 Plaza Way. Trios Care Center at Southridge, 3730 Plaza Way. Trios Urgent Care Center – Columbia Center, 7201 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite 100. Trios Southridge Hospital, 3810 Plaza Way. Trios Care Center at Vista Field, 521 N. Young St. Trios Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 900

S Auburn St. Umbrella C Construction, 2223 Carriage Ave., Richland. Harley A&S General Construction, 604 Jamie Drive, Selah. Fiore Financial, 1009 N. Center Parkway, Suite 200. Lakeside Apartments, 5100 W. Clearwater Ave. Green Tree Health Center, 3321 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite 210. Taya Dog’s, 2917 W. 19th Ave. Tri-City Construction, 2917 W. 19th Ave. DLM Flooring Contractors, 6704 Morrison St., West Richland. Reparaciones Munoz, 406 S. Vancouver St. GRV Medical Property Management, 7516 W. Deschutes Place. Rebuilt Construction and Landscape, 6206 Westmorland Lane, Pasco. Blind Ambitions, 12 Ivy Lane, Pasco. T-N-T Nails & Spa, 5623 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A1. TC Heating & Air, 9916 Nottingham Drive, Pasco. Perfection Contracting Services, 7611 Pender Drive, Pasco. Lion Landscaping, 21230 S. 2021 PRSE. Columbia Perk, 504 E. First Ave. Mocha Express Tri-Cities, 1400 W. 27th Ave. Affordable Concrete, 103 E. Fourth Ave. Midtown Dental, 1310 E. Fourth Ave. 365 Construction, 6503 Mission Ridge Drive, Pasco. K and D Excavation, 5810 N. Drumheller St., Spokane. MGM Flooring, 2917 W. 19th Ave. Atlas Structures, 559 N. Irving Place. Muffin Tops, 1705 S. Everett Place. AJP Counseling, 109 N. Ione St. Gaby Cleaning, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave. VS Custom, 2303 W. 49th Ave. West Best Construction, 202 Abbot St., Richland. Q12 Custom Builders, 1416 Lake Road, Burbank. Tri State Paving, 732 Summitview Ave., Yakima. RB Construction, 19207 Finley Road. Cor4 Contractor, 2013 Newcomer Ave., Richland.

Tony’s Carpet, 60 Jake Road, Pasco. The Friendship Revolution, 3466 S. Dennis St. Baseball Card Monthly, 6018 W. 41st Ave. Shana Steward Grooming, 135 Vista Way, Suite A. Old Timers Pork Rinds, 129901 W. Hanks Road, Prosser. Vac Home, 1102 Appaloose Way, Richland. With the Grain Wood Floors, 2702 S. Vancouver St. Sign Dreams of Tri-Cities, 76202 E. Reata Road. RH Farms and Customs, 116 Lesa Marie Lane. JAG Masonry, 3122 S. Caballo Road. Gift of Heart, 8920 W. Canyon ave. Kimo Delivery, 15605 S. Kirby PRSE. Wissman Exteriors, 1814 W. 11th Ave. Olheiser Masonry, 720 S. Yelm Place. JPJ Flooring, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave. Infinity Unlimited, 1129 W. 17th Place. J&M Masonry, 4617 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Pink Hippo, 2003 W. Canal Drive. Affordable Cleaning, 2 E. 11th Ave. Drywall Solutions, 615 N. Second Ave., Pasco. Wire Bender, 306 N. Delaware St. MJ Cleaning, 2720 W. 45th Ave. First Pick Plumbing, 5213 Jackson Lane, Pasco. Hometown Electric Tri-Cities, 6703 W. Willamette Ave. K9-101, 1611 Davison Ave., Richland. Oreshko Construction, 1810 W. 32nd Ave. Luxury Entities, 6855 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite M. Misha’s Jewelry, 7515 W. Victoria Ave. Roy the Barber, 11 S. Dayton St. Amigos Sealcoating & Asphalt Repair, 4907 Cambridge Lane, Pasco. H and H Carpet Cleaning, 6816 Road 76, Pasco. Tangled in Twine, 1701 S. Everett Place. Auto Headlight Restore, 216220 E. Chochran Road. BR Fencing, 2003 S. Tacoma St. Move 2 Fit, 9409 W. Eighth Place. Anytime Aprons, 4107 E. Lattin Road, West Richland. Evol Octopus Functional Fitness, 1602 S.

Quillan St. Ringold Refrigeration, 2490 Elm Road, Pasco. Go Get Outdoors, 64005 S. Meals Road. Applied Automation It, 6512 Gehrig Drive, Pasco. Dusty Cleaning Services, 4819 W. Canal Drive. Jump With Us, 2219 Carriage Ave., Richland. Full Measure VR, 3504 Emerald Downs Lane, Pasco. American Income Life, 104 S. Freya St., Spokane. Dumac Business Systems, 10 Corporate Circle, East Syracuse, New York. Nlogic, 4901 Corporate Drive NW, Suite H, Huntsville, Alabama. Omar the Barber, 5009 W. Clearwater Ave, Suite E. All Out Auto Mechanic, 43907 E. Red Mountain Road, Benton City. The Claire Creative, 4223 W. Klamath Ave. J’s Pallet Services, 4421 W. Hood Ave. PASCO Magnum Electric Service, 1537 Fowler St., Richland. FC Concrete and Chicos, 223111 E. Bowles Road, Kennewick. Haugen Consulting & Construction, 901 S. Keller, Kennewick. Duran’s Window Cleaning, 5205 Reagan Way. Community Thrift, 395 Wright Ave., Richland. Platt Electric Supply, 601 E. Fifth Ave., Ellensburg. Complete Pest Prevention, 1837 SE Bliss Lane, College Place. JAM Sealcoating, 1171 N. Maple St., Canby, Oregon. Be Bold, 5905 Rio Grande Lane. Lionscastle Transport, 2301 Garland St. S&J Food Distributors, 2923 S. J St., Tacoma. Tony’s Carpet, 60 Jake Road. Koncrete Industries, 501 N. 13th Ave., Walla Walla. Apogee Construction, 6087 Beechwood St., West Richland.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 68 CMR Mechanical, 1612 Road 64. JPJ Flooring, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Big Bear RV, 1510 N. Commercial Ave. Todo Para Eventos Consuelo, 102 N. Fourth Ave. Colortyme, 2403 W. Court St. Double A Trucking, 4509 Kubota Lane. Mastec Network Solutions, 22263 68th Ave. S., Kent. TC Heating & Air, 9916 Nottingham Drive. Mo Trucking, 4304 Atlanta Lane. Country Treasures, 10108 Willow Way. Netc Construction, 203106 E. Bowles Road, Kennewick. RLS Custom Woodworking, 49205 S. Carrol PRSE, Kennewick. Impact! Compassion Center, 9 S. Dayton St., Kennewick. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 6627 Burden Blvd. Tri-City Black Belt Academy, 514 W. Lewis St. Visa Appliances, 2505 N. Commercial Ave. Speak First, 623 N. Waldemar Ave. Salgado Lawn Care, 205904 E. Bryson Brown Road, Kennewick. N&B Flooring & Renovations, 5305 Truman Lane. Solgen Restoration, 5100 Elm Road. Tri-Cities Quality Homes, 615 S. Waldemar Ave. Northwest Stucco & Stone, 1538 W. 33rd Court., Kennewick. Built Construction & Electric, 2006 Hoxie Ave., Richland. Sigo Construction, 1788 Silver Court, Richland. Arc Executive Services, 9904 Chelan Court. Promise Garden, 8200 W. Argent Road. A Very Good Lawn Care, 504 Grader Court, Benton City. ABSCO Solutions, 19023 36th Ave. W., Suite E, Lynwood. Cook & Squire, 5814 Pierre Drive. All Cities Solar, 288 Wellsian Way, Richland. SB Tileworks, 103 S. Roosevelt St., Kennewick. JR Lawn Care, 1453 Carson St., Richland.

Tri-City Remodel, 320 Scot St., Richland. Adrian’s Pro Plumbing, 805 Catskill St., Richland. Emily’s Piano Studio, 7 Sunflower Court. Sunrise Midwifery, 2017 Benson Ave., Prosser. NW Water Technology, 9108 NE Royal Oaks Drive, Vancouver. VK Transport, 7803 Estevan Drive. Kapture Photo Booth, 221 W. Bonneville St. K&C Flooring, 6117 Three Rivers Drive. Sprinter Trucking, 5002 Meadow View Drive. Brothers Foundation & Concrete, 2108 N. 14th Ave. Fragoza’s Transport, 832 N. Owen Ave. L.A. Transport, 2905 Road 56. V&R Truck Repair, 3812 W. Ella St. Anytime Aprons, 4107 E. Lattin Road, West Richland. Always Clean, 1505 Road 40. Red Dot Paintball, 3430 Beardsley Drive, Richland. Dorian Studio, 432 E. Columbia Drive, Kennewick. Hot Beans Espresso, 2517 W. Sylvester St. Trucks & Auto Auctions, 3135 Rickenbacker Drive. Well Spoken Interpreting, 5712 W. Sylvester ST. L&L Global Solutions, 3616 Riesling Court. DLM Flooring Contractors, 6704 Morrison St., West Richland. Encore Roofs, 1720 W. Seventh Ave., Kennewick. JP Construction, 5808 W. Marie St. VSG Appliance Contractor, 2505 N. Commercial Ave. Koval Carrier, 9420 Mustang Drive. G&G Floors & Finish, 1504 W. Bonneville St. Espino Lawn Care, 927 S. Elm St., Kennewick. Roots Landscape & Maintenance, 2348 Hood Ave., Kennewick. Umbrella C Construction, 2223 Carriage Ave., Richland. Unique Pro Painting, 916 N. Volland St., Kennewick. Tilton Pacific Construction, 4150 Citrus Ave., Rocklin, California. Taya’s Dogs, 110 S. Fourth Ave. American Drywall & Paint, 21403 S. Haney

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Road, Kennewick. Total Property Services, 2703 W. Stewart, Puyallup. West Pasco Family Dental, 5204 Road 68. Planet Fitness, 5710 Road 68. Critter Beds, 1215 S. 10th Ave. Tri-City Delivery, 2405 E. Ainsworth Ave. Ramirez World Landscaping, 4008 Riverhill Drive. New Empire Construction, 8103 Spieden Drive. Jag Masonry, 3122 S. Caballor Road, Kennewick. Ferbell Construction, 5014 Meadow View Drive. Airport Restaurant, 2532 N. Fourth Ave. Beyond Pickels, 110 S. Fourth Ave. Blind Ambitions, 12 Ivy Lane. Blue Mountain Telecomm Services, 1601 E. Salt Lake St. K&D Excavation, 5810 N. Drumheller St., Spokane. VAC Home, 1102 Appaloose Way, Richland. Ochoa Brothers, 812 S. Myrtle Ave. Ideal Plastering, 4211 St. Paul Lane. Tri-State Paving, 732 Summitview Ave., Yakima. Thudervolt Electrical Contractor, 1304 Rochefontaine Court, Richland. DD&K Painting, 2429 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Auto Headlight Restore, 216220 E. Cochran Road, Kennewick. Tri-City Construction, 2917 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick. MPR Transportation, 948 W. Metaline Ave., Kennewick. Freedom Bolt Supply, 112 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick. Mercy’s Pizza Taco, 524 N. Third Ave. Lourdes Desert Hope Services, 1020 S. Seventh Ave. Arby’s, 5115 Road 68. Full Measure VR, 3504 Emerald Downs Lane. Word of Merch, 5908 Thistledown Drive. Puckleberry509, 9807 Norfolk Drive. Scales NW, 5602 E. Desmet Ave., Spokane. Suberizer, 2625 Northup Way, Suite 100, Bellevue. Nava Construction, 219 Andrea Lane.


Complete Cleaning Company, 4617 W. Sylvester St. Detail Garage 509, 6118 Beacon Rock Lane. Supreme Drywall, 31107 S. Haney Road, Kennewick. West Best Construction, 202 Abbot St., Richland. Best Friends Mobile Veterinary, 506 N. Kittitas St., Ellensburg. VS Custom, 2303 W. 49th Ave., Kennewick. Kimo Delivery, 15605 S. Kirby PRSE, Kennewick. PTP Leasing, 1403 W. Lewis St. Dusty Cleaning Services, 4819 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick. Familiaris Fine Arts Program, 9003 W. Richardson Road. PEM Insulation, 3070 Bay Vista Court, Suite E, Benicia, California. A&C Trucking, 4402 Bermuda Dunes Drive. Northwest Commercial Cleaning Services, 4017 W. Opal St. Ringold Refrigeration, 2490 Elm Road. Amigos Sealcoating & Asphalt Repair, 4907 Cambridge Lane. Emerald Rainbow Lawncare, 1433 Florida Ave., Richland. Applied Automation, 6512 Gehrig Drive. RICHLAND Incyte Diagnostics, 221 Wellsian Way. Dorian Studio, 432 E. Columbia Drive, Kennewick. Whitney Equipment Co., 21222 30th Drive SE, Suite 110, Bothell. Ink, Paper, Scissors, 1324 Goethals Drive. Bi-State Siding & Windows, 1310 N. Road 36, Pasco. Koncrete Industries, 502 N. 13th Ave., Walla Walla. 2F Enterprises, 2601 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Tri-City Cardiovascular Institute, 1200 N. 14th Ave., Pasco. Arts Center Task Force, 1177 Jadwin Ave., Suite 103. Bain Contracting, 1641 Mowry Square. Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp, 19205 S. Laurel Park Road, Rancho Dominguez, California.



Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018

PUBLIC RECORD, From page 69 Inland Washington, 120 W. Cataldo Ave., Suite 100, Spokane. Stanfield Homes, 225 Englewood Drive. Stanley Enterprises, 6008 Washougal Lane, Pasco. Carports of Washington, 209 Pioneer Way E., South Prairie. Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation, 6208 W. Okanogan Ave., Kennewick. DD&K Investment Group, 8511 Wembley Drive, Pasco. Atelier Custom Design, 1218 S. Lincoln St., Kennewick. Well Spoken Interpreting, 316 Columbia Point Drive. Muro’s Cleaning, Road 68, Suite G, Pasco. Emerald Rainbow Lawncare, 1433 Florida Ave. Northwest Concrete, 2313 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Tri Cleaning, 1788 Silver Court. Travelers Trails, 3551 Waterford St. J&K Crawford, 9 N. 60h Ave., Yakima. MJ Window Cleaning, 1113 Potter Ave. Columbia River Concepts, 6712 W. Umatilla Ave., Kennewick. Sunrise Midwifery, 2017 Benson Ave., Prosser. The Uncommon Breed, 1108 S. Belfair St., Kennewick. TM Irrigation and Handyman Service, 1472 Larkspur Drive. Apogee Construction, 6087 Beechwood St., West Richland. American Drywall and Paint, 21403 S. Haney Road, Kennewick. World Builder, 9312 Welsh Drive, Pasco. Honest Air, 3602 W. Leola St., Pasco. Eastside ATM, 2513 Duportail St. Body Compass Massage, 2909 Duportail St. M-O Fire Services, 670 Esther, Imbler, Oregon. Edge Effect Holding, 601 Napa Court. Tri-City Cotton Candy, 22911 E. Peach Drive, Benton City. Ottnot, 1607 Putnam St. SR1 Plastering and Stone, 9315 Chapel Hill Blvd., Pasco.

Supreme Drywall, 31107 S. Haney Road, Kennewick. Thundervolt Electrical Contractor, 1304 Rochefontaine Court. Gravis Equity, 503 Knight St., Suite A. Desert Springs Construction, 2008 S. Ione St., Kennewick. Redeemed Reader, 2724 Glen Road. Cleanstruction, 2204 Enterprise Drive. Lourdes Cullum House, 208 Cullum Ave. Lourdes Counseling Center, 1175 Carondelet Drive. Chubby Chick Yoga, 104 Meleina Court. Interstate Towing, 95 Goethals Drive. Atlas Construction Building, 214 Madison St., Umatilla, Oregon. Solgen Restoration, 5100 Elm Road, Pasco. Maui Wowi Coffees and Smoothies, 6006 Panther Lane, Pasco. Beyond Pickles, 110 S. Fourth Ave., Pasco. CHG Youth Outreach, 2899 Crosswater Loop. DG Nuclear, 2435 Stevens Center Place. Roots Landscape and Maintenance, 2348 Hood Ave. Tri-City Construction, 2917 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick. Dirty Deeds Cleaning & Organizing Company, 2529 Jason Loop. DLM Flooring Contractors, 6704 Morrison St., West Richland. Blind Ambitions, 12 Ivy Lane, Pasco. TC Heating & Air, 9916 Nottingham Drive, Pasco. Perfection Contracting Services, 7611 Pender Drive, Pasco. Lion Landscaping, 21230 S. 2021 PRSE, Kennewick. DMA Remodel & Construction, 1402 S. Gum St., Kennewick. K and D Excavation, 5810 N. Drumheller St., Spokane. Unique Pro Painting, 425 S. Olympia St., Kennewick. FTA Tattoo Company, 450-B Williams Blvd. Northwest Stucco & Stone, 1538 W. 33rd Court, Kennewick. His-Son Logistics, 777 McMurray St. VS Custom, 2303 W. 49th Ave., Kennewick. West Best Construction, 202 Abbott St.

Cor4 Contactor, 2013 Newcomer Ave. Tony’s Carpet, 60 Jake Road, Pasco. Complete Pest Prevention, 1837 SE Bliss Lane, College Place. Perfect Landscaping, 1004 N. Beech Ave., Pasco. VAC Home, 1102 Appaloose Way. Revitalizing Relationships, 750 Swift Blvd., Suite 7. Jag Masonry, 3122 S. Caballo Road, Kennewick. Showtime Subs, 950 George Washington Way. Journey Solutions, 750 Swift Blvd., Suite D. J&M Masonry, 4617 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Dlkubie Development, 140 Meadow Hills Drive. VSG Appliances Contractor, 2505 N. Commercial Ave., Suite C, Pasco. Drywall Solutions, 615 N. Second Ave., Pasco. Wire Bender, 306 N. Delaware St., Kennewick. Mid Columbia Martial Arts Academy, 932 Sirron Ave. First Pick Plumbing, 5213 Jackson Lane, Pasco. K9-101, 1611 Davison Ave. Brantley & Associates, 14601 S. Clear View Loop, Kennewick. Oreshko Construction, 1810 W. 32nd Ave., Kennewick. Globetrotting Travel Design, 603 Big Sky Drive. Adrian’s Pro Plumbing, 805 Catskill St. At B and B Enterprises, 1003 Pattyton Lane. Texas Meter and Device Company, 300 S. Eighth St., Waco, Texas. LG Engineering & Consulting, 2045 Hoxie Ave. Clear Focus Law, 214 Orchard Way. H and H Carpet Cleaning, 6816 Road 76, Pasco. Auto Headlight Restore, 216220 E. Cochran Road, Kennewick. Ridiculous Robots, 723 The Parkway. Mind Full Journey, 750 Swift Blvd., Suite 9. Anytime Aprons, 4107 E. Lattin Road, West Richland. BN Cleaning, 1908 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick.

Healing Hands Mobile Massage, 1602 S. Quillan St., Kennewick. Fenton Nuclear Consulting, 365 Keene Court. Ringold Refrigeration, 2490 Elm Road, Pasco. Applied Automation It, 6512 Gehrig Drive, Pasco. Dusty Cleaning Services, 4819 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick. Jump With Us, 2219 Carriag Ave. Full Measure VR, 3504 Emerald Downs Lane, Pasco. RZ Medical, 1921 Anna Ave. All Out Auto Mechanic, 43907 E. Red Mountain Road, Benton City. The Mint, 303 Casey Ave., Suite C. Obsiedian At Home Massage, 2200 W. Shoshone St., Pasco.

uJUDGMENTS The state can file lawsuits against people or businesses that do not pay taxes and then get a judgment against property that person or business owns. Judgments are filed in Benton-Franklin Superior Court. The following is from the Franklin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

Tri-Cities Builders, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Sept. 6. Leroy O. Nelson, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Sept. 6. 3 Elements Restoration, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Sept. 6. Big Buck Construction, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Sept. 6. Rodman Electric, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Sept. 6. Prestige Trucking, unpaid Department of Licensing taxes, filed Sept. 6. Josue I. Mejia, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Sept. 13. Javier Martinez-Diaz, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Sept. 13. Carniceria Los Toreros, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Sept. 14. Laurie M. Preciado, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Sept. 14.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • October 2018 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 70 Christopher F. Strode, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Sept. 14. Maria I. Diaz, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Travis Haas, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Dillon W. Bruton, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Miguel A. Maldonado, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Jose G. Ochoa, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Carlos Gomez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Maria S. Rodriguez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Enrique Granados, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Sergio J. Mendoza, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Brandon L. Timmons, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Maricela Ruiz, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed Sept. 17. Leos Homes, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Sept. 17. Daily Cleaning, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Sept. 18. Arturo C. Vargas, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Sept. 24. Amrik S. Sihota, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Sept. 24. Harrison-Ray Water Company, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Sept. 28. Harrison Bypass Trust, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed Sept. 28. Claudia S. Lund Schmasow, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Sept. 28. Affordable Dentures Dental, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed Sept. 28.


Information provided by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Refresco, 10 E. Bruneau Ave., Suite 2, Kennewick. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: assumption. Silos, 12125 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B, Kennewick. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only; spirits/beer/ wine restaurant lounge. Application type: new. Foodies Brick & Mortar 2, 701 The Parkway, Suite A, Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only; sprits/beer/wine restaurant lounge. Application type: new. Shiki Hibachi Sushi, 1408 N. Louisiana St., Suite 108, Kennewick. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington; beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. Carniceria Los Toreros #2, 616 Ninth St., Benton City. License type: beer/wine restaurant; off premises. Application type: new. APPROVED 7-Eleven, 1540 Jadwin Ave., Richland. License type: grocery store beer/wine. Application type: assumption. R.F. McDougall’s, 1705 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. License type: spirits/beer/ wine restaurant lounge. Application type: added/change of class. Hampton Inn Kennewick at Southridge, 3715 Plaza Way, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine specialty shop. Application type: new. Badger Mountain Vineyards, 1106 N. Jurupa, Kennewick. License type: domestic winery >249,000 liters. Application type:

added/change of class. Chuck E. Cheese, 6340 Rio Grande Ave., Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. Ste. Michelle International Retail Shop, 178810 WA-221, Suite A, Patterson. License type: beer/wine specialty shop. Application type: new. Frost me Sweet, 710 the Parkway, Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only. Application type: in lieu. DISCONTINUED Between the Buns, 3902 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 120, Kennewick. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only. Eatz Pizzaria & Deli, 1308 Lee Blvd., Richland. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Shrub Steppe Smokehouse Brewery, 2000 Logston Blvd., Suite 122, Richland.

License type: microbrewery.


Information provided by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

BENTON COUNTY APPROVED Farmers Distributors, 237004 E. Legacy PRSE, Kennewick. License type: marijuana producer tier 3. Application type: added fees. Rusty Nail Growers, 63910 E. Sunset View PRSE, Benton City. License type: marijuana producer tier 2. Application type: assumption.



Balance Life Spa & Aesthetics has opened at 7401 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite 202 in Kennewick. The business offers weight loss solutions, body contouring, facials, waxing, Botox and other aesthetic services. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 509-405-1010,, Facebook. Bling, Baubles & Things has opened at 1307 George Washington Way, Richland. The store sells jewelry, accessories, hats, décor, toys and more at 30-60 percent off retail prices. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Contact: Facebook. Blueberry Bridal Boutique has opened at 8901 W. Tucannon Ave., Suite 155 in Kennewick. The shop sells wedding dresses and formal wear attire. For an appointment call 833-LOVEBLU or visit Showtime Subs has opened at 950 George Washington Way in Richland. The restaurant offers sub sandwiches, soups and salads. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contact: 509-5781650, Facebook. MOVED Kat Millicent Custom Art has moved to 1393 George Washington Way, Suite 7 in Richland. Contact: 509-940-5090, Facebook. CLOSED Quiznos at 950 George Washington Way in Richland has closed.


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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business -- October 2018  
Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business -- October 2018