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Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
  • Barry Smith

    Barry Smith

  • John Alexander

    John Alexander

Barry Smith, executive director of the Future of Flight Foundation, is stepping down toward the end of 2013. At the foundation's November board meeting, Smith officially announced his intention to retire no later than the end of 2013. Smith said he decided to announce his retirement early to give the foundation time to recruit a replacement. The Future of Flight Foundation, which Smith launched in December 2003, became the contracted operator of Snohomish County's Aviation Center and Boeing Tour and opened it to the public in 2005. Since then, the foundation has grown the Aviation Center's exhibit collection to more than $16 million in value while drawing 220,000 visitors per year and generating a $250,000 profit for Snohomish County. Before starting the foundation, Smith worked as a private banker specializing in charitable transfer of privately held aircraft to aviation nonprofits. He is also the founder of the Everett Parks Foundation and the American Foundation for the Royal Air Force Museum and co-founder of the Greater Everett Community Foundation. Smith is a graduate of Everett High School and the University of Washington.
John Alexander, attorney and founder of The John Alexander Law Firm PLLC in Everett, has been named Corporate Member of the Year by the Washington State Chiropractic Association. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Association for Justice, American Association for Justice and the Snohomish County Bar Association. He also organizes blood drives for the Puget Sound Blood Center.
Don Nielsen, chairman of Light Doctor LLC in Mountlake Terrace, has announced the selection of Michael Moroney to become president and CEO of the company. Moroney spent 14 years in the banking industry, having served with Rainier Bank, Security Pacific Bank and Bank America. His last position, at Bank America, was as vice president of the capital markets division.
The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Gary Choo to the board of directors. He will also join the chamber's Economic Development Committee. Since founding GTC Financial Services Inc. in 1996, Choo has served as an investment adviser. He specializes in comprehensive portfolio management and personalized financial planning services.
Vern and Donna Foster have purchased Lakeside Awards LLC of Lake Stevens. They plan to continue serving the clientele that has been developed since Lakeside Awards opened 12 years ago. It will now have a storefront inside Foster Press, which is located between Luca's Italian Restaurant and CarQuest Auto Parts on 91st Avenue NE, west of Frontier Village Shopping Center.
Ken Armstrong has been appointed as Mill Creek's new city manager. He will begin work Dec. 3. Armstrong is currently the director of security, emergency management and safety for Seattle Public Utilities. His previous positions with the City of Seattle include administrator of the regional Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County and director of Solid Waste at Seattle Public Utilities.
Eric Stjern of Snohomish has been named a financial representative for Country Financial. He recently completed the organization's extensive training to help clients become financially secure. The training also focuses on guiding clients toward successfully setting and achieving their goals. Stjern will serve clients from his office in Arlington.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Bob Bolerjack of Lake Stevens to Everett Community College's Board of Trustees. Bolerjack recently joined the Snohomish County PUD as a public relations and media liaison after nearly 25 years in leadership positions at The Daily Herald in Everett, including 10 years as editorial page editor.
Sparling has announced the return of 20-year Sparling veteran Arne Berger as chief operations officer in its Washington headquarters office. After a three-year absence, he has returned as a full-time staff executive to run the firm's operations. Berger's leadership was instrumental in growing Sparling from a 34-person electrical engineering firm to a 130-employee, multidiscipline firm.
Bill Brayer, founder and former CEO of MS Helping Hands-MSHH and the MSHH Donor Closet, received a proclamation from Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling for his many years of advocating for and providing services and resources to people with Multiple Sclerosis who reside in Washington state. Brayer has had Multiple Sclerosis symptoms for more than 59 years and was officially diagnosed in 1987.
Coldwell Banker Bain has announced the addition of real estate broker Michele Harps to its Edmonds office. Harps returns to real estate after owning and operating her home-staging business from 2004 to 2011. She was a broker with Windermere from 1993 to 2005. She is also an artist with several paintings on display at the Edmonds' branch of 1st Security Bank of Washington.
Everett native Navkiran Aujla recently presented her findings on the neurology of drug abuse at the Murdock College Science Research Conference at Whitman College. The 2009 graduate of Mariner High School spent 11 weeks conducting research for her thesis at the Schoenbaum Lab at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Sterling Bank international trade services consultant Tim Rasmussen to serve on the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington Board of Directors for the term ending Oct. 1, 2016. The Puget Sound native has more than 30 years of banking experience, working in international sales, trade operations, foreign exchange and retail banking.
On Nov. 15, the Zonta Club of Everett honored former club member Darlene Conkle of Mukilteo as their 2012 Founders Day recipient. The annual award is presented by the club to a current or former member in recognition of their service to Zonta and the community. Conkle was recognized for her years of service to Zonta as a tireless recruiter of new members as well as her years of volunteer service to many community organizations, including the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival (where she served as vice president), Mukilteo Kiwanis and Mukilteo Farmer's Market. “She exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism with the heart of a true Zontian,” club member Deborah Nedelman said when she presented Conkle with her award.
Everett Community College Student Activities Adviser Lindsay Hudson received the U.S. Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award Oct. 15 for her support for student veterans and active duty military service members. “Lindsay's strong and unrelenting support is why I'm able to serve as a reservist and get a college education,” said U.S. Navy Reserve Chief Petty Officer Stephanie Anderson, who nominated Hudson for the award. Anderson, who is a student employee in the college's Student Activities Office, thanked Hudson for helping her manage a demanding work, school and military training schedule. Hudson, of Mukilteo, has worked for EvCC since 2001. “I'm just so honored,” she said. “We are very happy to support Stephanie in her dual role as student and reservist. We have such pride at EvCC in our student veterans and active-duty personnel.” The award was presented by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Employer Outreach Coordinator John VanDalen, a U.S. Air Force retiree and EvCC graduate.
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