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During our first in-person Accomplished and Under 40 Awards Luncheon since the pandemic, the Vancouver Business Journal recently recognized and honored the 16 members of our Accomplished and Under 40 Class of 2022. Here is some more information/bios on each of the 16 class members.

role on the Share Board of Directors and chairing the Share Finance Committee. She is also on the Willamette University Alumni Board of Directors and is the vice chair of the Career Committee.

In a letter of recommendation for Jasmine from Share Executive Director Diane McWithey, she wrote: “Jasmine is a self-motivated, client relationship builder and passionate community leader committed to advocating for unrepresented populations. Her more than 12 years of experience financial service and healthcare industries have imbued her with the ability to drive and succeed organizational expectations. She is committed to involvement in U.S. Bank initiatives, from leading its health and wellness board to being a liaison for diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Jasmine Ames

U.S. Bank / U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

Jasmine Ames describes herself as a “self-motivated client relationship builder and passionate community leader with a compassion to advocate for unrepresented populations with over 12 years of experience in the financial service and healthcare industries with the ability to drive and exceed organizational expectations.”

As the relationship manager – vice president with U.S. Bank/U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, Jasmine is responsible for managing commercial customer relationships with various banking departments, analyzing financial data, preparing proposals, identifying customer needs and ensuring accurate asset management under the U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation at U.S. Bank, managing $5 million in deposits in the Southwest region.

In addition to her professional life, Jasmine is also deeply committed to bettering her community through her

“It truly takes a village. This recognition is more extensive than being about me. It is a blessing and a display of the courage and substantial support I have received in my life,” Jasmine said. “Most importantly, this is a representation of my mother. Who taught me that my dreams matter and glass ceilings do not exist. How to be courageous, resilient, and, most importantly, share love. This recognition is also a tribute to those fighting silent battles, for those who do not feel like they are enough, for black women and my community here in SW Washington.”

“Thank you to my mother and sister for packing my lunches, taking care of me so I can show up for others, my friends, my church, my family, mentors and number one supporters and institutions that have elevated my voice and provided me the space to succeed,” Jasmine continued. “To specifically name a few; Diane McWithey, Kim Hash, Codi Hildebrandt, Zack Boyers, Dr. Fiona Creed, SHARE Inc., U.S. Bank/ and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the University of Washington, Willamette University Atkinson school of management, Northeastern University, and Emmitt Johnson. Thank you all, I would not be where I am and continue to thrive without all of you.”

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Angelina (Lina) Anderson

Co-owner, master trainer and artist at Daela Cosmetic Tattoo, Angelina Anderson and her business partners recently a second studio location in downtown Vancouver (the first location being in Portland) for training and client appointments.

Specializing in lip blush tattoo, areola restoration and 3D nipple tattoo, Lina is able to offer a special procedure that restores areolas for women who have been affected by breast cancer to help them feel whole again. In addition, she also works with people who have opted to have top surgery as part of their gender affirmation treatment.

In addition to her professional achievements, Lina is also very involved with her community. She is an active volunteer for the Janus Youth Program and also the Camas-Washougal Community Chest. Prior to its closure in 2021, Lina also served as the ambassador board chair of the Susan G. Komen Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter.

In a letter of recommendation for Lina, Chief Growth Officer with Riff Alan Hwang wrote: “In addition to her humancentric characteristics, Lina is an incredibly impressive business

leader. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her specialty, which includes news coverage and clients traveling specifically for her expertise. She has leveraged her unique skillset to successfully launch an online training business, as well as move Daela Cosmetic Tattoo into franchise model, with a location opening in Vancouver, Wash., and several newly planned locations for other states.”

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Katy Belokonny

PointNorth, Inc.

Katy Belokonny, principal and vice president of engagement with PointNorth, Inc., has a background that includes a wealth of experience in the transportation and infrastructure sector. She is very familiar with planning, policy and public service delivery within Southwest Washington, and has led community outreach and communications programs within communities for the past decade.

In her roles with PointNorth, Katy as been responsible for communication strategy and implementation; community outreach during planning, development and construction efforts; internal agency and external public engagement; media relations; talking point development and presentations; and event planning.

In addition to her work, Katy has also served over the past year on Identity Clark County’s Board of Directors in the honorary Ed Lynch board seat. She is also a volunteer with FISH Pantry and has a certificate in BaCE (Building a Community of Equity) Enrichment Services from WSU Vancouver.

In a letter of recommendation for Katy written by Kimberly Pincheira, communications and external relations manager for the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, Pincheira wrote: “Katy has consistently proven to be both effective and enthusiastic, always willing to lean in and take on any initiative the program needs (even when it isn’t easy). She has demonstrated a commitment to bettering our community by helping to ensure a strong and meaningful public process is executed as part of this program.”

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“I am beyond honored to have been selected for the Accomplished and Under 40 Class of 2022,” Lina said. “I was so shocked and excited to find out that some amazing friends in the community nominated me. It’s not every day you win something that you didn’t even know you entered after all. I am just working day to day, doing my best to give as much as I can, and I feel grateful that it has impacted those around me enough to think of me for this award.”

“I’ve been blessed through the course of my career to have people in my path that have encouraged and elevated me to achieve beyond what I would have been able to on my own,” Katy said. “Being a recipient of this award is an affirmation that my life’s work in, and for, Clark County makes a noticeable difference to those I have the honor of working alongside.”

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is a highly motivated manager with skills in developing staff and efficient business processes. He is confident in expressing his ideas and receiving feedback and dedicated to the continuous elevation of integrity and excellence of Share’s accounting policies and procedures.”

“Over a decade ago I found a mentor that strongly encouraged me to strive to be nominated for a ‘under 40’ award,” Chris said. “Since then, I have continued to focus on professional development to better position myself to being in roles that allow me to influence organizations that have an impact on our community. Receiving this award has been a decade’s long work effort.”

Chris Brox Share, Inc.

Chris Brox was hired as the finance director at Share, Inc. in October of 2021. In this role, Chris oversees the accounting department, including account policies and procedures, compliance, budgeting and forecasting, managing cash liquidity, monitoring grant revenue, and recording and reporting. He also manages the accounting staff and provides direction, mentorship and training. His responsibilities also include preparing monthly financial statements for presentation to the Finance Committee, Board of Directors and management.

In addition to this professional life, Chris most recently served six years as a board director for Human Solutions, Inc. in Portland, including one year as board treasurer, where he helped develop a strategic and equity plan and approved fiscal and operational policies for the agency’s annual budget of more than $16 million. He also served five years as board treasurer and bookkeeper for Sisters of the Community in Portland.

In a letter of recommendation for Chris from Amy Reynolds, Share deputy director, she wrote: “Chris’ work ethic and professionalism are beyond reproach. His strengths include his effective ability to communicate with the accounting team and department managers, as well as external professionals. He

Rori Dicker Council for the Homeless

With more than five years of experience in direct communication with the area’s houseless community, and more than two years working and volunteering with community agencies in support of harm reduction and supportive housing, Rori Dicker currently works as the outreach coordinator for the Council for the Homeless.

Having experienced trauma, a substance use disorder and homelessness herself, Rori’s passion is to support and encourage the next individual on their journey to safe and stable housing (Rori Dicker continued on page 11)


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Currently the director of community & client relations at Integrated Tax Services, Megan Dixon became interested in financial planning and possibly changing careers several years ago. This led to her eventually being offered a position by Heidi Johnson Bixby at Integrated Tax Services. Although Megan was a non-accountant in a tax and accounting practice, Heidi said she learned the language quickly and as the business manager brought her own wisdom to add to the culture.

In addition to her professional work, Megan also has a love for the Clark County community as well as area nonprofits. She is a co-founder of Ripple Impact NW and is currently the board vice chair, and she is also the current board president on the Fosterful Board of Directors. Sh has also participated in helping with capital campaigns, private-public partnerships, major giving, foundation grants and community fundraising in the amount of $10-$15 million over four years.

In a letter of recommendation for Megan from Cynthia Boman Thompson, CFO/COO at Integrated Tax Services, she wrote: “Megan is a consummate professional with energy, passion and goodwill for our clients. She brings leadership, focus and drive to our teams while supporting on multiple strategic initiatives and planning for great client experiences. The tax profession can be a stressful arena and Megan brings grace,

(Rori Dicker continued from page 10) by using her first-hand perspective and professional trainings, but most importantly, her heart. In addition to her work with the Council for the Homeless, Rori also serves as a volunteer/ outreach coordinator with Recovery Café of Clark County and is the coordinator of community services for Thrive2Survive. At these organizations, she helps to recruit and train new volunteers, helps to provide resources for those in need and more.

In a letter of recommendation for Rori from Clara Johnson, coordinated outreach director with the Council for the Homeless, she wrote: “Rori’s story is remarkable. She has had to overcome a great deal of personal trauma, including homelessness, mental health and substance abuse. Her lived experience gives her an uncanny ability to genuinely connect

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positivity and kindness to our office daily. She is an invaluable member of our leadership team here.”

“I am humbled to be selected as one of this year’s Accomplished & Under 40 honorees,” Megan said. “It is not lost on me that to be accomplished, one must have opportunities in life to succeed. I have immense gratitude for the mentors and leaders who have guided and trusted me to try new things, make mistakes and reach my goals. I also know there is great abundance in this community, and when we work together, we are reminded that anything is possible. We have what we need, right here, to create the future we wish to see.”

with everyone she comes into contact with. She fulfills any commitment she makes no matter how many responsibilities she faces in a day and she does it all with a smile on her face.”

“This recognition confirms that recovery is real,” Rori said. “From the darkest days of my life came the most explosive desire to not give up and to continue to fight. But this time, my fight would not be alone. I became willing to listen and humble enough to admit I didn’t have all the answers. Through it all I gained the support of an incredible community of friends, family and co-workers that have my back. In my work at Council for the Homeless, Thrive2Survive and a number of other community agencies, I have learned the values of radical compassion, collaboration and meeting people where they are at. I know today for sure, together we are stronger.”


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Stacey Gibbins

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes

As vice president and director of programs & services at Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA), Stacey Gibbins’ list of duties is a long one – developing, implementing and monitoring strict budgets for each of the organization’s programs; supporting and supervising program staff; actively participating in strategic planning with the executive director and the Board of Directors; managing all aspects of program events and operations throughout the region, and much more.

In addition to her role with NWABA, Stacey is also board president of the Pacific Northwest Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (PNWAERBVI). She is also an AERBVI member and an American Camping Association member. Stacey is a board member of the Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund and is a past board president of the AER Division 19 Physical Activity and Recreation.

In a letter of recommendation for Stacey from Billy Henry,

founder and president/CEO of NWABA, he wrote: “Stacey has led NWABA’s program expansion to provide more ongoing services in Southwest Washington; championed the launch of our Camp Spark Program; and helped to spin the organization’s Sports Adaptions Program, which now has a national impact. Stacey has exemplified each of our core values in every way since joining the team and continues to grow her leadership (Stacey Gibbins continued on page 13)

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In her role as director of event facilities with The Historic Trust since May of 2021, Erin Jaso Longfellow has greatly increased the number of event rentals held at the Historic Reserve and Providence Academy venues managed by the Trust on behalf of the community. The expansion from 147 events in 2021 to 245 events to date in 2022 translates into a more than 50% increase in revenue. In addition to increasing revenue, Erin has strategically expanded and trained staff, established new efficiencies by replacing outdated software and thoughtfully improved facilities, all while respecting the unique history represented by the latter.

Some of Erin’s past professional and community affiliations include the Board of Directors, Fundraising and Concessions, for Shahala Middle School PTO; the Board of Directors, VP of Volunteer Development for the Fisher’s Landing Elementary PTO; the Board of Directors, VP of Finance, Director of Finance and Director of Special Education Projects for Meeting Professionals International; and the Board of Directors, Logistics Chair, for Wedding Network USA. Her volunteer experience includes being an assistant to a visually impaired person from 2020-2021, volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank from 2015-2020 and volunteering as a Humane Society for Southwest Washington Cattery volunteer from 2017-2019.

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skills as her team has grown from one to 11 (and counting) team members.”

“Eight and a half years ago, I moved 3,000 miles to Vancouver to join Northwest Association for Blind Athletes,” Stacey said. “Every step since has been incredible and beyond even my biggest dreams. Investing in NWABA’s mission impact is and will continue to be my life’s work. I would not be here accepting this honor without the support of our incredible team and community. I am deeply humbled to be receiving this award. Thank you to all that made this possible.”

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The Historic Trust

In a letter of recommendation for Erin from Gregory Heinze, president of the Meeting Professionals International Oregon Chapter, he wrote: “Erin is dedicated, tireless and has an infectious energy that changes the dynamic of any team she leads. The Vancouver community is lucky to have Erin as a member and will continue to see her lead the way for years to come.”

“To be nominated and selected for the Accomplished and Under 40 2022 Class is such an outstanding surprise and honor,” Erin said. “This recognition is motivating and humbling – a reminder the work I do in the community matters.”

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complex client cases. He has helped build our Vancouver office and remote work force from a staff count of 25 to our current staff count of 80.”

“Receiving this award isn’t an accomplishment earned solely by me, but rather by all of those in the Vancouver community who have been role models along the way up to this point in my professional career,” Justin said. “This award is a symbol representing countless examples in my life who have never given up on me and always held me to a high standard. I now strive to be a positive example for others and advocate for their success so they too can be able to give back to this incredible community we call home.”

Justin Jenks Opsahl Dawson CPAS

Recently promoted to senior manager at Opsahl Dawson CPAs, Justin Jenks started at the company early in his career and steadily worked his way through the positions of staff, senior and manager. In his current role, Justin actively manages more than 200 clients in matters including but not limited to federal and state quarterly and annual tax filings, tax planning, financial statements and outsourced controller. He is also responsible for leading a team of associates, training staff and developing new training methods.

Aside from his professional work, Justin is also very involved with his community. He is a currently a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, Supervisory Committee Chair for the Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union and a mentor for the WSU Carson College of Business Carson Coaching Program. In the past, Justin was also an executive board member and finance committee member with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants.

In a letter of recommendation for Justin from Aaron Dawson, CPA and managing shareholder at Opsahl Dawson, he wrote: “Justin is honest, dependable and hardworking. Beyond that, he is an impressive leader who is patient and kind to his coworkers. Justin has been the backbone to our growth in the Vancouver market and is often called to duty on our most

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Nom Nom Restaurant & Grill

Since first opening Nom Nom Restaurant & Grill in Vancouver in 2017, Bob (Bobby) Rasaphangthong has went on to open two more restaurants – another Nom Nom in the Pearl District in Portland and SAAP Fusion Kitchen in Vancouver. As general manager of all three restaurants, Bob spends a lot of time investing in his employees, encouraging and educating them about the importance of financial independence. He helps his employees devise individual plans for how they define their own success and develop inroads to first time homeownership. Prior to opening Nom Nom, Bob was a realtor with Equity Northwest for seven years.

Bob also continues to contribute and give back to his community in many ways as well. He has been a contributing member and participate with Open House Ministries, Pink Lemonade Golf Tournament, Adopt a Room with DC Lending, Eagle Creek Fire donation drive for families directly impacted, Share’s “Soup’s On,” Leukemia Lymphoma Society, GiveMore24! and more.

In a letter of recommendation for Bob, Lina A. Rios, a financial advisor in downtown Vancouver, wrote: “At the

restaurant, Bob treats every one that walks in as though they are VIP. His abundant mentality, his love for family and his passion to serve his community is a true testament to his character. Not many can say they have accomplished as much as he has in such a short time as a restaurant owner. Most business owners work many years to be able to then afford themselves the time and finances to give back. Bob simply integrated that as part of his business philosophy.”

“It means a lot to be recognized by my peers, other business owners and community members,” Bob said. “It has been a privilege to serve my customers and local community.  I feel a lot of gratitude being recognized alongside other young professionals.”

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As an interior designer, Heather Romero strives to positively impact people through the spaces she designs. With more than eight years of experience in public and private projects, Heather has been with LSW Architects since 2016 and currently fills the role of associate and director of interiors. Some of the project experience that Heather has with LSW includes design work on Vancouver iTech Preparatory; Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts (VITA) Elementary School; The Hammond Kitchen and Craft Bar and more.

In addition to her work with LSW, Heather is a member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber, Women in Leadership; a member of the International Interior Design Association; a member of the NCIDQ; and she was also a small-business owner of Winkels Twinkles Candles.

In a letter of recommendation for Heather, President at LSW Architects Esther Liu wrote: “Heather is someone that has a great deal of love for people and is enthusiastic about the work she does. She is an exceptional teammate excelling in many areas and leading our interiors group as Director of Interiors. As someone who cares deeply for always striving for excellence and wanting to improve and grow, she has been one of the longest-standing members of LSW’s Best Place to Work group. With her involvement and contributions over many years, LSW is a better place for all of us.”

“Being nominated and an honoree into the Accomplished and Under 40 class of 2022 is a tremendous honor,” Heather said. “When I chose to go back to college to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Interior Design there was hesitation from others that it may not be a suitable career in the long term, as the profession is often misunderstood. Looking back from then to today brings me great joy to see how far I have come. Not only myself, but also the industry. Having an impact on

people’s lives through physical space (most often times without them even realizing it) is both a science and an art, and if I can make a positive impact in even one person’s life then I have succeeded.”

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Diana Rutherford

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As a Realtor with Realty One Group Prestige, Diana Rutherford’s mission and passion that everyone has the opportunity and access to not only shelter, but to obtain the title of “homeowner.” Diana fully believes that the stronger our community is around us, we can do wonders. This is one reason that she gives 10% of every commission check to local charities and organizations that align with the values of a better community.

In addition to her work as a Realtor, Diana is also heavily involved with the community. She is the 2022 community service chair for the Camas/Washougal Rotary; 2022 membership director for Soroptimist International of Clark County; 2022 young professionals network president for the Clark County Association of Realtors; and participates in various ongoing volunteer efforts and money given to Clark County Food Bank, Heritage Farms, Family Community Resource Center for the Camas School District, Resource Center for Washougal School District and Better Together Networking Group.

In a letter of recommendation for Diana, Branch Manager/ Loan Officer at CrossCountry Mortgage Cody Steinmann

wrote: “As a mortgage lender it is inspiring to see Diana encourage her fellow real estate agents and contribute to their growth and success. You will be hard pressed to find someone in our industry who willingly will bring her ‘competitors’ to lunch or local fundraiser.”

“I am honored to be a recipient of this year’s Accomplished Under 40 Class of 2022,” Diana said. “To be surrounded by like-minded professionals who have asked themselves: ‘How can I use my position to serve something bigger than myself?’ is beyond humbling. This award reminds me that it is a magnificent thing being a human being. To be an impactful part of the good we see in our community should be at the forefront of every decision we should make in our business. Cheers to Class of 2022, you are an inspiration.”

Lizzy Safranski

Evergreen Consulting Group

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As current president of City Ranked Media, Inc., digital marketing agency, Erika Saracco has experienced many accomplishments, including scaling the company to 32+ FTE while maintaining a steady labor cost percentage to income; transforming 2018 profit losses to 2019 positive cash flow by reducing costs and optimizing the team structure to operate more efficiently, and successfully scaling the company to more than $3 million in annual revenue while continuing to experience growth in profit margins.

Erika also uses her professional expertise to give back to her community. She is involved with Art Discovery at Harmony Elementary School, is webmaster for the Clark College Foundation, webmaster for the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, and webmaster and donor to Sorelle Forte, a women’s-only cycling club in Portland.

In a letter of recommendation for Erika from Owner and Founder of City Ranked Media Duane Baumgartner, he wrote: “Erika has the keen ability to develop, implement and execute large-scale processes, all while motivating a large team, keeping them focused on the larger goals of an organization. She has been instrumental in development of a senior leadership team and department managers, all while helping to grow a team from six employees to our current levels of 35 employees and counting.”

Evergreen’s utility contracts for seven clients across six Western states; leading a team of more than 30 employees to achieve targeted savings and budget goals, and providing mentoring and guidance to support the team and ensure they are all aligned to achieve client success.

Lizzy is also involved with several different community organizations. She has been a Vancouver Farmers Market board member since May 2018 and is currently boar president. She is also a Boys and Girls Club volunteer basketball coach and a Hazel Dell Little League volunteer T-ball coach.

In a letter of recommendation for Lizzy from Vancouver Farmers Market Executive Director Jordan Boldt, he wrote: “It is important to recognize that Lizzy does not fit the mold

of most nonprofit board members I find myself interacting with. She is a mother who works full time in an unrelated technical industry and who has constant demands on her time an attention. Even so, she steps away from her many responsibilities and commits to a totally different kind of work, supporting small-business development, low-income food access, and a thriving and healthy community. We need more leaders like Lizzy in our community who leave their comfort zones and give selflessly to make Clark County a better place.”

“This recognition led me to reflect, with humility and gratitude, on the people in my life who have supported and encouraged me to grow into the person I am today,” Lizzy said. “I am proud and privileged to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to causes that I care so deeply about.”

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In her position in Portfolio Services at Martel Wealth Advisors, Lauren Simpson Helgeson creates and distributes comprehensive annual financial planning reports for highnet-worth clients, inclusive of personalized balance sheets and retirement projections based on various market conditions. She also works to manage reporting and billing for small-business employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plans, manage reporting and billing for annuities, and support company marketing, events and hiring.

Lauren’s community involvement includes being active as a Vancouver Rotary Club member, a member of the Whitman College Alumni Relations Committee and a Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae. Previously, she has been involved with the Diversity Council at Redfin HQ, Lions Clubs International and Whitman College Kappa Kappa Gamma (order of Omega). Lauren has also been a Walla Walla Odd Fellows volunteer, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation volunteer, harpist for hospital/hospice care and Hudson’s Bay High School Doernbecher Children’s Hospital fundraiser chair.

In a letter of recommendation for Lauren from Martel Wealth Advisors’ President Mark Martel, he wrote: “Lauren continuously looks to identify and develop new ways we can bring better service to clients. Although her work is often analytical in nature, Lauren always brings a warm and calming approach, which helps put nervous clients at ease. Her clientcentered approach inspires all of us to work diligently to meet the needs of clients. She is a leader because of her compassion and dedication to clients.

“I am humbled and honored to join such an exceptional group of young and talented community-driven leaders inducted into the Vancouver Business Journal’s Accomplished and Under 40 Class of 2022,” Lauren said. “I’d like to express my appreciation to Mike Bomar (President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and Director of Economic Development at the Port of Vancouver USA) for his nomination, Lisa Taylor (Vice

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Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeffrey Wallace currently works in the Field Operations Bureau – District 5 in Vancouver. He is assigned to patrol Clark County, and his primary duties are public safety, traffic enforcement, collision investigation and criminal interdiction. Jeff started his career with the Washington State Patrol in 2014 and some of his specialized assignments have included being a part of the Target Zero Team, acting as a Field Training Officer and being a part of the Aggressive Driving Apprehension Team.

In addition to all that he does as a trooper for the WSP, Jeff also continues to give back to his community. He has helped with the placement of American flags on the graves at

Willamette National Cemetery for Memorial Day and Wreaths Across America for Christmas; assisted in fundraising efforts and other physical and logistical support for the youth wrestling club Askeo International Mat Club; provided under-privileged children and families with food and presents at Christmas with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as a part of Santa’s Posse; acted as a foster family for puppies who will enter service dog training to be service dogs for veterans who suffer from PTSD with Northwest Battle Buddies; and has assisted veterans with home improvement projects that they are unable to do themselves through the Clark County Veterans Assistance Program.


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“It is a great honor and privilege to be a recipient of the Accomplished and Under 40 Class of 2022,” Jeff said. “This would not have been possible without the great leaders and teammates I have had the pleasure of working with during my military and law enforcement career. They set great examples of what it takes to be a hard worker, but more importantly, what it takes to be a positive member of our community. I am truly grateful for my wife and two sons who have been by my side and have supported me through many challenges and successes. To receive this award from the city I grew up in and now work in is truly an honor.”



GRO Outdoor Living, which just recently rebranded and now goes simply by GRO, was recently voted the Best in Business in both Landscape Design Firm and Landscape Management in the VBJ’s annual Best in Business.

According to Will Lund, marketing coordinator with GRO, the company was co-founded by Garret Hergert and two other business partners in 2010. Hergert then took over the company completely in the 2020-2021 season. The company’s services are centered around landscaping, but Lund said they also extend to any home/property projects and maintenance. Their mission, Design Construct Care Supply, encompasses all that they do.

“The company originated as a landscaping company focused on outdoor spaces, on outdoor living,” Lund said. “We’ve since grown into a company that can tackle any home/ property projects (landscaping, renovation, development, you name it). This has allowed our projects to really reach for the stars. Projects become more cohesive, efficient and costeffective, thus better, when all components are working under the same roof.”

Like it did for most businesses, Lund said the COVID-19 pandemic brought many challenges for GRO. He said the health of their employees, clients and community both physically and mentally was the most important thing for them, and they are happy the world is starting a new chapter.

“Current labor and supply chain issues facing the globe are less troubling for us because we source locally and foster a desirable work environment,” Lund said. “We did, however, stock up on landscape material at the beginning of the shortages to guarantee that we could compete our clients’ projects as planned. Our core company values are: Do the Right Thing, Go Above & Beyond, Be Bold and Care for Each Other. These values have guided us through tough times and will continue to guide us into the future.”

Lund said that GRO is focused on providing the best

possible service to our clients because they believe in the prosperity of hard work and the power of delivering a product people love.

“We don’t cut corners to make a quick buck, we are transparent with our clients and we enjoy what we do,” he said.

As for the future of GRO, Lund said they are expanding their service to cities farther and farther from their headquarters each year, so “expansion is on the horizon.”

“We’ve grown into a company that can provide any landscaping, renovation or building service to our clients in order to make their lives easier and better,” Lund said. “We can be the one solution to any property’s needs, the current step is communicating that to new and existing markets.”

The GRO headquarters is located at 7208 NE 101st St., Suite A, in Vancouver.

GRO offers services centered around landscaping, but they also extend to any home/property projects and maintenance. -Photo courtesy of GRO


Touchmark at Fairway Village

Touchmark at Fairway Village, a retirement community located at 2911 SE Village Loop in Vancouver, was the winner in three different categories in the Vancouver Business Journal’s 2022 Best in Business. Touchmark was voted Best in Business in Assisted Living, Home Health Care and Home Care.

Touchmark at Fairway Village, a full-service retirement community for people 55 years of age and greater, has been serving families and the communities of Southwest Washington since 1998. The facility is part of Touchmark – an awardwinning company founded in 1980 that develops, builds and operates retirement communities in the U.S. and Canada. There are currently 14 Touchmark communities, including one under construction now in McKinney, Texas.

Touchmark Executive Director Kristal MacNeil said that residents at Touchmark at Fairway Village enjoy a broad range of services, including independent living in cottages, apartments and villa homes. Care options include assisted living and memory care, as well as two unique health-focused services that bridge the traditional offers, according to MacNeil. One focuses on serving individuals with physical challenges, like Parkinson’s disease or neuropathy, that places them at a greater risk of falling. The other is a setting for those experiencing early cognitive challenges who don’t need a secured environment like memory care. Both of these are smaller neighborhood settings where activities and meals occur. They also have a higher ratio of staff to residents, and on-site medical services are available from GreenField Health.

In addition to their assisted living facility, MacNeil said Touchmark also offers services to people throughout Clark County through their home health and home care programs and rehabilitation and aquatic services. They also serve increasing numbers of individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and their families through their Parkinson’s support groups and programming. Touchmark’s health and fitness club also serves residents and people throughout Clark County who enjoy and benefit from their personal training, group classes and indoor pool.

Since Touchmark at Fairway Village first opened, MacNeil said they have seen continual growth, including during the last two years of the pandemic.

“Over the years, we have added additional homes, services and amenities, and have undergone at least two significant renovations,” she said. “The latest was in 2020, when nearly every inch of public space throughout the 155,000-square-foot building was updated with new finishes, lighting, furniture and artwork, including adding a bistro and public house. Just this year, we added 25 exclusive cottage-style villa homes, which proved popular and were reserved before all were completed. One of our unique aspects is our Resident Council, composed of residents elected by their peers. They head various committees related to the services we offer and work closely with our team, offering suggestions for programming, building services and more.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MacNeil said that like every retirement community and business, they needed to modify how they delivered hospitality and services while adhering to the various pandemic requirements. She said their top priority was, of course, keeping residents and team members as safe as possible, but equally important was continuing to fulfill their mission – to enrich people’s lives –each day.

MacNeil said the various pandemic restrictions sparked creative ways to connect with people and provide physical, social, spiritual and other engagement opportunities. For example, she said that for happy hours they decorated carts and wagons and delivered treats and beverages door-to-door. Staff personalized and decorated the containers for residents’ meals. MacNeil said residents loved the many outdoor parades Touchmark held throughout the community, and they participated from their porches and balconies. They had fitness classes in hallways, with residents joining from their open doorways. She said communication was extremely important, and they communicated frequently.

“Feedback from residents, families and team members regularly told us we did a phenomenal job achieving our mission and keeping our community safe,” MacNeil said. “The countless positive responses are a tribute to the dedication of all team members and residents. The fact that numerous people (Touchmark continued on page 26)

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MacNeil said they are honored to be recognized in the VBJ’s 2022 Best in Business, and said it is likely a result of several factors, including the people who live and work there.

“We are a community of people who care deeply about one another,” she said. “Everyone is friendly, and the company’s compelling values are evident everywhere – Excellence, Teamwork, Hospitality, Integrity and Compassion (ETHIC). A key element that touches lives within Touchmark and throughout Clark County is Touchmark’s Full Life Wellness & Life Enrichment Program, which has won national and international awards. It’s based on seven dimensions of wellness, and we partner with residents to identify their needs, passions, and unique abilities and then work together to bring those to life. The result is an always-evolving calendar filled with opportunities for people to enjoy the Full Life.”

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Community Foundation for SW Washington

On April 18 of this year, Matt Morton took on the position of president of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Morton succeeded Jennifer Rhoads, who led the organization for nearly a decade.

Prior to taking on this role, Morton served as the Equitable Education Portfolio Director at Meyer Memorial Trust, where he led Oregon’s largest private philanthropic grantmaking strategy focused on K-12 public education, according to the Community Foundation’s website. In this past role, Morton was responsible for overseeing a team that managed more than 200 active grants and fostered cross-system collaboration with communities, nonprofits and public institutions to improve student outcomes.

The Vancouver Business Journal caught up with Morton to discuss his new role with the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

VBJ: Tell me what attracted you to the position of president at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington?

Matt Morton: This position felt like the right opportunity at the right time. First, my Washington roots run deep. I grew up west of Olympia on the same piece of property that my grandmother was born on. We lived less than a mile from the southern shores of the Puget Sound, which is the traditional homeland of my tribe, Squaxin Island. Coming home to Washington was personally meaningful. I also felt my strengths as a leader were honed to address the longstanding issues brought into focus by the pandemic. There was no doubt in my mind that this opportunity would be the challenge of a lifetime, but I’m a big believer that hard work is often the most important work to tackle. After eight months, everything has lived up to my expectations, and I’m loving every minute of my time as president.

VBJ: You’ve been in your new role for about 8 months now … during that time, what have you been focusing on the most in your role as president?

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Morton: After living and working in Portland, it was important for me to start building relationships in Southwest Washington right away. Connecting with donors, grantees and other partners is one of the best parts of the job, and these relationships are uniquely critical to our role and success as a community foundation.

Equally important are the relationships I’m building within the organization. Work life has undeniably changed in the last few years, and I’ve been very intentional about working with staff to cultivate a culture that strengthens team bonds, while also empowering everyone to effectively execute our mission.

VBJ: What are some of the reasons that you decided you wanted to pursue a career in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the first place?

Morton: It comes down to one word: impact. This has fueled my passion for nonprofit work over the last 25 years. My volunteer service and professional work in the nonprofit sector has never been about me; rather, I’ve focused my efforts on supporting the self-determined vision of communities. This stems from my own experience watching the transformation that occurs through tribal sovereignty. It’s my fundamental belief that communities are the experts of their own experience, and they should be trusted as such. Center that vision, and the impact will follow.

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Matt Morton -Photo courtesy of Tom Cook Photography

VBJ: What about your background made you feel like the role of president at the Community Foundation would be a good fit for you?

Morton: Being hired for this position was a culmination of a career focused on supporting communities, growing relationships and building bridges across differences. The deeper I got in the hiring process, the more I felt like my passions and skills matched the role. Since arriving, that feeling has been affirmed. Then, there is style. While I bring some traditional leadership traits with me, I don’t consider my approach completely conventional. My culture sets a strong foundation for how I interact with others, which means prioritizing the stewardship of resources and relationships. My desire to be humble and proactive in my leadership, a reliable partner and a transparent decision-maker all seemed to fit well with this role, organization and community.

VBJ: What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that nonprofits and organizations like the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington are facing right now?

Morton: The challenges are not new but have become more critical in recent years. First and foremost is the longstanding issue of capacity. Nonprofits are essential to flourishing communities. These organizations improve health, housing, education, social services and the list goes on. Unfortunately, the sector is also one of the most financially anemic we have. We expect nonprofits to solve intractable, systemic issues but don’t provide adequate resources to address these problems effectively or sustainably. At the same time, this work is becoming increasingly difficult in a climate ripe with political and ideological divides. Our trust in one another and in our institutions is eroding, undermining our ability to build coalitions and affect change. Nonprofits are on the front lines, which is an especially difficult place to be right now. As a community foundation, it’s imperative for us to step up and address these challenges alongside our partners, communities and local officials.

VBJ: Are there currently any organizations in the area that you volunteer your time with?

Morton: There are two organizations I volunteer with right now. I’m the Board Chair of the NAYA Action Fund, a 501c4 organization engaging in political advocacy and building electoral power in partnership with the Native community throughout Washington and Oregon. I also serve as Vice Chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy, a national organization promoting equitable and effective philanthropy in Native communities.

VBJ: Moving forward, what are some of your goals for the Community Foundation?

Morton: I created a 100-day plan before I arrived at the foundation, and it began with listening. I wasn’t going to come into the organization with a set of assumptions of what needed to happen. Instead, I began meeting with local leaders and partners to better understand regional issues and develop a sense of the unique role the Community Foundation can play in the region. Since joining the foundation in April, I’ve learned a lot through these conversations and community voice will remain at the center of our strategic direction going forward. We’re excited to share much more about the resulting vision and approach in the new year.

VBJ: What advice would you offer to someone who maybe wants to get involved with an organization/organizations in the community, but doesn’t know where to start?

Morton: We welcome people to call our office. We can help them discern what issues are most important to them and share the organizations in our community that are working directly in their areas of interest. We can also share best practices and strategies to support giving that is personally meaningful and deeply impactful in local communities.

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Largest Employers

Ranked by the number of FTEs in Clark County and, in the event of a tie, year established, then alphabetically. Figures as of 4/18/22.


Company Address


1 NR PeaceHealth 1115 S.E. 164th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98664

2 1 Vancouver Public Schools P.O. Box 8937 Vancouver, WA 98668

3 39 Evergreen Public Schools 13413 NE LeRoy Haagen Memorial Drive P.O. Box 8910 Vancouver, WA 98668-8910

4 2 Vancouver Clinic 87th Ave., Battle Ground, Camas, Columbia Tech Center, Ridgefield, Heron Gate, The Mill, Evergreen Place, Salmon Creek, Washougal, Vancouver

5 38 Battle Ground Public Schools P.O. Box 200 Battle Ground, WA 98604

6 NR SEH America Inc. 4111 N.E. 112th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98682

7 3 Dick Hannah Dealerships 10808 N.E. Coxley Dr. Vancouver, WA 98662

8 4 Columbia Machine Inc. 107 Grand Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98661

9 6 Tapani Inc. P.O. Box 1900, 1904 S.E. 6th Place Battle Ground, WA 98604

10 9 Clark Co. Public Transportation Benefit Area (dba C-TRAN) 10600 N.E. 51st Cir. Vancouver, WA 98682

11 8 Washington State University Vancouver 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. Vancouver, WA 98686

12 7 U.S. Bank 1613 Broadway Vancouver, WA 98660

13 5 Clark Public Utilities P.O. Box 8900 Vancouver, WA 98668

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360.885.5300 360.885.5351

360.883.7000 360.883.7074

360.256.5000 360.944.3380

360.694.1501 360.906.8786

360.687.1148 360.687.7968

360.696.4494 360.906.7345

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Clark County FTEs 2021 Product, service or activity

16,500 ND Hospital, clinic, & laboratory services. Southwest Medical Center, Medical Group clinics, Laboratories, & system office.

Top local executive Title

Year est. locally

Liz Dunne, President and CEO 1858

2,957 2,839 Public school district (K-12) Jeff Snell, Superintendent 1852


2,203 ND K-12 public education

1,452 1,337 Multi-specialty healthcare

1,380 ND Public education

John Boyd, Superintendent (interim) Mike Merlino, Superintendent

Mark Mantei, CEO 1936

Denny Waters Mark Ross, Superintendents 1909

867 ND Silicon wafer manufacturing for the semiconductor industry Tatsuo Ito, EVP; Pat McDonnell, Dir. of Site Svcs.; Neil Weaver, VP

659 651 Auto - Acura, Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen

535 550 Engineered product solutions for concrete products, palletizing & manufacturing services

500 505 Tapani Inc. performs heavy civil, site construction, and structural concrete services throughout the Pacific Northwest.

431 409 Transportation

421 441 Higher education

411 456 Financial services, bank

404 550 Electric & Water


Dick Hannah, President 1949

Rick Goode, CEO 1937

Leigh Tapani, President 1983

Shawn Maggio, Chief Executive Officer 1981

Emile "Mel" Netzhammer, Chancellor 1989

Stacey Dodson, President, Portland and SW Washington 1987

Lena Wittler, General Manager and CEO 1938

312 290 Financial services

14 12 iQ Credit Union 1313 Main St. Vancouver, WA 98660

16 NR McCord's Vancouver Auto Center Inc. 10455 N.E. 53rd St. Vancouver, WA 98662

17 10 Nautilus, Inc. 17750 S.E. Sixth Way Vancouver, WA 98683

360.695.3441 ND

360.360.4000 360.619.3201

360.253.4440 360.896.6483

800.628.8458 ND

302 296 Financial services

Steve Kenny, President, CEO 1952

Eric Petracca, CEO 1940 15 11 Columbia Credit Union P.O. Box 324 Vancouver, WA 98666


243 ND New & used automobiles & RVs, sales, parts & service Philip Cianni, GM; Rich Ensworth, BDC Sales Mngr.; Nate Needham, Gen. Sales Mngr.; Lee Porter, Sales Mngr.

240 322 Global leader in innovative home fitness solutions with a diverse brand portfolio, including Bowflex®, Nautilus®, Schwinn®, as well as the JRNY® digital fitness platform.

Jim Barr, CEO; Aina Konold, CFO;Becky

Alseth, CMO; John Goelz, CSCO; Alan Chan, CLO; Chris Quatrochi 1993 18 14 CDM Caregiving Services 2300 N.E. Andresen Rd. Vancouver, WA 98661 360.896.9695 360.896.9732 225 253 Long-term care for the elderly and people of all ages with disabilities including in-home care & adult day services.
Loop Vancouver, WA 98683
186 187 Major refurbishment in 2020. Offers cottages, apts. (studios, 1, 2, & 3 bdrms), ind. & assisted living, memory care, home health, home care, (26 new homes) opened in 2022.
Eric Erickson, Executive Director 1978 19 15 Touchmark at Fairway Village 2911 S.E. Village
360.254.2866 360.883.3103
20 13 Community Home Health & Hospice 3102 N.E. 134th Street Vancouver, WA 98686 360.253.4626
Kristal MacNeil Timothy Cross, Executive Directors 185 278 An independent, community-based non-profit healthcare agency. Services include home care, home health, home hospice, in-patient hospice care & bereavement services.
1998 360.253.4859
21 16 Andersen Dairy Inc. P.O. Box 310 Battle Ground, WA 98604 360.687.7171
178 181 Dairy processing, dairy production, manufacturing plastic bottles, trucking & retail sales Jack Dunn, President 1966 22 NR Thompson Metal Fab Inc. 3000 S.E. Hidden Way, Bldg. 40 Vancouver, WA 98661 360.696.0811 150 ND Fabricated steel for the hydroelectric, bridge, oil & gas equipment, solar & structural steel industries John Rudi, President 1975 23 17 Pedigo Products Inc. 4000 S.E. Columbia Way Vancouver, WA 98661
148 148 Manufacture medical equipment Rick Pedigo, CEO 1993 24 19 Vancouver Auto Group 6801 N.E. 40th St., 6802 N.E. 40th St. Vancouver, WA
136 135 Vehicle sales & service Monte Phillips, General Manager Jon Creedon, President 1923 25 NR Coldwell Banker BAIN 3425
Ave. Suite 114
125 ND Real estate sales David Knode, Principal, Managing Broker John Deely, Chief Operating Officer 1983 26 NR Hilton Vancouver Washington 301 W. Sixth St. Vancouver, WA 98660
125 ND Hotel, tourism Mike McLeod, General Manager 2005 27 NR ControlTek 3905 N.E. 112th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98682
120 ND Electronics manufacturing & design services Andy LaFrazia, President 1971 28 20 Elkhart Plastics LLC 6111 S. 6th Way Ridgefield, WA 98642
120 110 Provider of engineered rotomolded plastic tanks & products for agriculture, marine, heavy industry, recreational vehicles & other apps. Jeff Giacchino, Director, Operations WR 1997 29 Windermere Stellar
112 ND Real estate sales & service Gerry Dowdy Latshaw, 1988 (Largest Employers continued on page 32)
Jason Meunier, CEO/CFO 1988
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98661 360.694.8500 360.992.7270
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24 19 Vancouver Auto Group 6801 N.E. 40th St., 6802 N.E. 40th St. Vancouver, WA 98661




NR Coldwell Banker BAIN 3425 S.E. 192nd Ave. Suite 114 Vancouver, WA 98683

NR Hilton Vancouver Washington 301 W. Sixth St. Vancouver, WA 98660

NR ControlTek 3905 N.E. 112th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98682

28 20 Elkhart Plastics LLC 6111 S. 6th Way Ridgefield, WA 98642

29 NR Windermere Stellar 210 E. 13th St., Suite 100 Vancouver, WA 98660


NR Pacific Lifestyle Homes Inc. 11815 N.E. 99th St., Suite 1200 Vancouver, WA 98682

31 27 Mitchell Bros. Truck Line Inc. 600 S.E. Maritime Ave. Bldg. 3 Suite 100 Vancouver, WA 98661

32 NR Realty Pro Inc. 14201 NE 20th Ave. B104 Vancouver, WA 98686

33 NR Dietrich Trucking LLC 7211 N.E. 43rd Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661

34 NR Atlantic & Pacific Freightways Inc. 5801 N.E. 88th Street Vancouver, WA 98665

35 22 Edward Jones Investments 38 Clark County Branches Clark County, WA ND

36 NR Bake Works Inc. P.O. Box 822373 Vancouver, WA 98682

37 NR Environment Control of Greater Vancouver Inc. 803 Grand Blvd., Suite 2 Vancouver, WA 98660

38 26 Royal Oaks Country Club 8917 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98662

39 NR Landerholm, P.S. 805 Broadway St, Ste 1000 Vancouver, WA 98660

40 28 Vancouver Eye Care PS 3200 Main St. Vancouver, WA 98663

41 NR PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. 1325 SE Tech Center Drive, Suite 140 Vancouver, WA 98683

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360.694.8500 360.992.7270

360.892.7325 360.892.9246

360.993.4500 360.828.4309

360.896.9375 360.896.9913

360.887.2230 360.887.3553

360.694.4050 ND

360.573.8081 360.574.6401

800.228.4702 360.750.7597

360.882.7000 360.254.3330

360.892.3881 ND

360.699.2057 360.314.2401 KEVIND@APFREIGHT.COM

360.695.6431 888.754.0543

360.213.2001 360.213.0078

360.696.4373 vancouver

360.256.1250 360.256.1252

360-696-3312 360-696-2122

360.696.4691 360.696.2078

360.695.3488 866.727.0140

136 135 Vehicle sales & service

125 ND Real estate sales

125 ND Hotel, tourism

120 ND Electronics manufacturing & design services

Rick Pedigo, CEO 1993

Monte Phillips, General Manager

Jon Creedon, President

David Knode, Principal, Managing Broker

John Deely, Chief Operating Officer



Mike McLeod, General Manager 2005

Andy LaFrazia, President 1971

120 110 Provider of engineered rotomolded plastic tanks & products for agriculture, marine, heavy industry, recreational vehicles & other apps.


Jeff Giacchino, Director, Operations WR 1997

108 70 Trucking & Freight Brokering Kan Sandhu, Owner, President 1937

104 ND ND

James Kimball, Owner, Broker 2005

100 115 Trucking, Wood, Asphalt, sand, mechanical equipment Jerry Nutter 1992

95 107 Interstate trucking

90 86 Retirement Planning, Investment services, Financial Assessment, Cash Management, Life & Long-term Care Insurance, College Planning, Estate Considerations

90 ND Manufacturing & private label snack bars & cookie-type products, scones, food service supplier. Certified for kosher, organic & gluten-free production. SQF Level 2 certified.

88 73 Commercial cleaning/janitorial, carpet & hard floor cleaning, window cleaning, and pressure wash

80 73 Country Club

67 62 Business, Estate Planning and Probate & Trust Administration, Litigation, Real Estate, Land Use, Personal Injury, & Workers' Compensation.

Andrew Miller, President Dan Wyatt, Vice President 1989

Andy Nygard, Regional Leader Theresa Cann Jed Conradi Eric Lucescu

Tom Fitzgerald, VP Sales and Marketing Zac Fitzgerald, President



Harry Alicea, President, Owner 1988

Marcia LaFond, General Manager 1945


Roy Pyatt, President

Marshall Stagg, Vice President

Michael Bortz, President

Steve Morasch, Vice President

65 67 Ophthalmology, Optometry, eye care, optical Pam Wilcox, Administrator 1957

65 62 Multi Discipline Environmental, engineering & surveying services for public & private clients. Specialties include civil, geotechnical, natural resources & more.


360.693.0971 360.693.3389


Mark Leece, COO 1998

360.944.9889 360.944.9686

2112 E. 26th St. Vancouver, WA 98661 360.699.4015 360.699.5223


gynecologic, breast surgical & radiation oncology, hematology, genetic risk evaluation, palliative care & pathology Liza Bohmer, Executive Director 1999 45 NR Providence Medical Group 315 S.E. Stonemill Dr., Suite 210 Vancouver, WA 98684 360.816.2700 360.816.2710

Naresh Singh, Owner 1988

148 148 Manufacture medical equipment
ND Real estate sales & service Gerry Dowdy Latshaw, Designated Broker, General Manager 1988
109 ND Home Builder
Kevin Wann, President, CEO 1996
60 ND Medical,
50 23 Family Medicine Dawn Tolotti,
Director, SWWA & PMG Operations
46 NR NetCompliance Environmental Services LLC
48 45 Asbestos surveys & removal, demolition, leadbased paint assessments, mold assessments & removal, water damage remediation, OSHA compliance, consulting
47 24 Columbia Bank 101
46 79 Financial services Dave Hansen , EVP, Director of Retail Banking 1993 48 NR Clean World Maintenance Inc. P.O. Box 820729 Vancouver, WA 98682
40 ND Janitorial, carpet cleaning, floor restoration, window cleaning, maintenance consulting in medical, hi-tech & class A offices Derek Grieson, President 1962 49 32 M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust 655 W. Columbia Way, Suite 700 Vancouver, WA 98660
30 27 Nonprofit foundation Romanita Hairston, CEO 1975 50 NR Aho Construction I, Inc. 5512 N.E. 109th Court, Suite 101 Vancouver, WA 98662
22 ND Residential construction Melvin Aho, President 1987 51 33 Community Foundation for Southwest Washington 610 Esther Street, Suite 201 Vancouver, WA 98660
10 13 Charitable foundation
52 35 Pacific Northwest Fundraising 2600 N.E. Minnehaha St. #73 Vancouver, WA 98665
2 2 Capital campaigns, major gifts, annual giving plans, nonprofit management, development, trends, branding, organizational structure, planning & fundraising.
42 NR 3 Kings Environmental Inc. P.O. Box 280 Vancouver, WA 98604 Lead
360.666.5464 360.666.8202 Researched by Melissa Million & Dominique Starks Source:
62 representative from each company. Companies that did not respond to list questionnaires were removed. Expanded & updated lists are available in electronic format
55 Demolition, round.
asbestos abatement, environmental, earthwork, utilities Ron King, President 1994 43 29 Calvert Co. Inc. 218 "V" St. Vancouver, WA 98661 to purchase electronic lists, or 360.448.6010 with corrections & additions. NA=Not applicable ND=Not disclosed NR= Not ranked
Engineered wood products Douglas Calvert, President 1947 44 NR Compass Oncology 210 S.E. 136th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98684
East 6th Street Vancouver, WA 98660 360.735.3709 ND
360.256.9250 360.892.6932
360.694.8415 360.694.1819
360.254.0493 360.254.6998
360.694.2550 360.737.6335
Matt Morton Jennifer Rhoads,
Eddie Allen, Founder/CEO/
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the Coming Soon! 2023 Book of Lists Presented By

Winners of the Vancouver Business Journal’s 2022 Best in Business Awards

The Best in Business Awards recognize companies and business professionals in over 80 categories. The list of winners was determined by Vancouver Business Journal readers who cast their votes for the companies they prefer to do business with. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to those who voted!

Auto Dealer: Vancouver Toyota Commercial Trucking: VanPort Trucking Maintenance Provider: Extra Mile Automotive

Rental & Leasing (auto): Enterprise Towing Company: Chapelle’s Towing Business Bank: Riverview Bank Credit Union: Columbia Credit Union

Design/Build Contractor: RSV Building Solutions General Contractor: Robertson & Olson Home Builder: Brabec Homes

Remodeler/Renovator: Goldwal Construction, Inc. Site Preparation Company (roads, utilities, etc.): Tapani Bakery: Bleu Door Bar/Pub: Shanahans Brewery: Heathen Brewing Caterer: Foode Cafe & Catering Coffee Shop: Compass Coffee Roasting

Happy Hour: Amaro’s Table Restaurant: Amaro’s Table Vineyard/Winery: (tie) Mary Hill Winery Vineyard/Winery: (tie) Windy Hills Event Planning: We Plan It!

Fitness/Athletic Facility: Northwest Personal Training Golf Course: Camas Meadows Golf Course Hotel/Motel: AC Hotel by Marriott at Vancouver Waterfront Meeting Facility: ilani Casino Moving/Storage: Storage Works Travel Agency: USA River Cruises Electronics: Controltek Machine: Pesznecker Brothers Metals: Thompson Metal Fab Plastics: Rex Plastics

Accounting Firm: Opsahl Dawson Architectural Firm: LSW Architects

Bookkeeping Firms: Financial Connections LLC Business Consulting: (tie) Amplify Group Inc. Business Consulting: (tie) City Ranked Media

Commercial Printer: IGN

Credit Card Processing: Horizon Payments Dry Cleaning & Laundry: Custom Care Employment Agency: (tie) Employers Overload

Employment Agency: (tie) WorkSource Engineering Firm: Robertson Engineering, PC Janitorial Services: Octomaids Insurance Agency: Davidson and Associates Investment Firm: Martel Wealth Advisors

IT Firm: On Line Support Tech Solutions Landscape Design Firm: GRO

Landscape management: GRO Law Firm: NW Legacy Law, P.S. Marketing Firm: Webfor Pest control company: Antworks Pest Control Photographer: Kate Singh Photography Security Company: Global Security Sign Company: NW Sign Solutions Software Developer: Formos LLC Tax Preparation: Paul Montague Tax Preparation

Urban Planner: LSW Architects

Video Production: Riff Creative Web Consulting: Webfor Acupuncturist: Wintzer Acupuncture

Assisted Living: Touchmark at Fairway Village Audiologist: Vancouver Clinic Chiropractor: Tri Star, Dr. Gloria Arroya

Dental Care Provider: Evergreen Dental Eye Care Provider: Vancouver Clinic

Home Health Care: Touchmark at Fairway Village Medical Care Provider - Clinic: Vancouver Clinic Medical Care Provider - Hospital: Legacy Salmon Creek Massage Therapy: TriNatural Healthcare Naturopath: Dr David Young Veterinarian: Amazia (Brush Prairie)

Appraisal Company: Hansen Appraisal Services, LLC

Commercial Real Estate Agent/Broker: Tamara Fuller Commercial Real Estate Company: Capacity Commercial Group Property Management Firms: Zenith Properties NW LLC

Real Estate Developer: Cascadia Development Partners

Residential Real Estate Agent/Broker: Denny Miller

Residential Real Estate Company: Zenith Properties NW LLC Title Company: Chicago Title

Apparel/Clothier: Willows

Barber: (tie) Big D’s Barbershop

Barber: (tie) Royals Barber Shop

Cannabis Dispensaries: High End Marketplace

Florist: Garside

Grocery: Chuck’s Produce

Home Care: Touchmark at Fairway Village Jeweler: Rand Jeweler

Office Accessories & D_cor: Divine Consign Office Equipment & Furnishings: Reid Business Services

Pet Grooming: Ruff Roads Mobile Grooming

Salons: Studio V

Tattoo Parlors: Hopeless ink

Phone Hardware: On Line Support Tech Solutions Phone Service: Americas Phone Guys

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