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Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

People Watching

EVERETT — Kurt Batdorf, editor of The Herald Business Journal since May 2010, has left the publication to become assignment editor of the Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon.

EVERETT — Wes Pringle has been named president of Fluke Corp. Pringle, who has been serving as president of Fluke Industrial, is now responsible for all Fluke global businesses, including Fluke Calibration, Fluke Biomedical and Fluke Automation. Pringle succeeds Barbara Hulit, Fluke president since 2004. Pringle joined Fluke in 2012 from Whirlpool Corp.



EVERETT — Fluke Corp. has named Ernie Lauber vice president for the Americas. Lauber succeeds Dominic Ivankovich, who now becomes president of Fluke Portfolio Brands. All country managers in North and South America will report to Lauber. He comes to Fluke from Matco Tools, where he served as senior vice president of sales.



EVERETT — Ben Harnetiaux has joined the home lending division of EverBank as a retail branch sales manager. Harnetiaux works in Everett servicing the north Puget Sound area and Snohomish County. He offers residential mortgage solutions to local customers and builds awareness of EverBank’s products and programs in the local community. Harnetiaux has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry, previously working as the producing sales manager to the north Puget Sound area for Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking, and as a branch manager for HSBC.



EVERETT — Global Spectrum, management for the Comcast Arena at Everett, and the Everett Public Facilities District named Rick Comeau as the facility’s new assistant general manager and director of operations. In his new role, Comeau will work closely with the arena’s general manager, Jeff Schumacher, to oversee day-to-day operations including event conversions, building maintenance, and community relations.



BURLINGTON — Whidbey Island Bank has announced that Bob MacIsaac joined the bank as vice president and Commercial Lending officer in Whatcom County. Prior to joining Whidbey Island Bank, MacIsaac was with the Bank of Washington in Lynnwood. He is also a board member of the American Red Cross for the Snohomish County Chapter.



MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Professional Service Industries, an independent engineering and testing firm, has announced that Michael Place has joined their Mountlake Terrace operations office as a project engineer. Place is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering.



EVERETT — The KSER Foundation has announced the election of five directors who will serve three-year terms on the nonprofit’s governing board: Heather Bennett, Ed Gasparini, Brenda Mann Harrison, Kari King and Sandy Thompson, Everett. Retiring from the KSER Board are John Thielke, the founding president of the KSER Foundation, and Candace McKenna, a previous four-year president.



BOTHELL — Bjong “Wolf” Yeigh is now installed as the new chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell campus. He took over the office on Sept. 2. Yeigh succeeds Kenyon Chan, who served as UW Bothell chancellor for six years. Yeigh was previously professor and president of the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.



BOTHELL — WHPacific has announced the addition of Jim Collier as graphic designer to the company’s Bothell office. Collier has more than 27 years of experience in graphic design and holds a degree from the University of Washington. His project experience includes logo, ad, exhibit, info-graphics and web design. Collier will be working on WHPacific’s corporate marketing team.



EVERETT — Accounting and consulting firm Moss Adams has added several professionals to its partnership throughout its 22 national offices. Dustin Birashk was named a partner in the Everett office. He provides audit, tax and consulting services to credit unions, mortgage companies and community banks.



LYNNWOOD — Sparling, a design firm with offices in Lynnwood, has hired Nathan Ellis as project manager for the firm’s Technology Services Group. His focus is technology infrastructure, audiovisual systems, and electronic security systems design. Ellis brings a strong background in working with technology systems and also has specialized experience as an end-user of large Class A data-centers.



EVERETT — Everett Community College administrative assistant Carol Tompkins of Marysville received the Washington State Staff Training for Technical and Community Colleges Exemplary Staff award on Aug. 8. She was applauded for her work coordinating the division’s move from Index Hall to the new Liberty Hall and her dedication to faculty and staff and care for students.



EVERETT — Dr. Doug Nowak, of Everett Bone & Joint Proliance Surgeons, has received board certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Nowak is the first orthopaedic surgeon in Everett who is trained to perform arthroscopic surgery of the hip. An avid athlete, Nowak is also known for competing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, and the USA Triathlon National Championships.



EVERETT — Glenn Deutsch, president and CEO of Snohomish County-based Prime Pacific Bank, was re-elected as a member of the Board of the Community Bankers of Washington during the group’s annual meeting Sept. 13. Deutsch has previously served in many capacities for the organization, including past chairman.



EVERETT — The Bank of Washington has appointed veteran banker Sheri A. Peña as senior vice president of Community Banking. In her new role, she will oversee the bank’s branch network in Snohomish and King counties with a focus on deposit growth. She will also be responsible for deposit operations, branch compliance and the client services team.



EVERETT — Esterline has announced that Curtis Reusser, president of United Technologies’ multibillion dollar Aircraft Systems business, will succeed Brad Lawrence as Esterline’s president and CEO and be elected to its Board of Directors effective Oct. 28. Lawrence will continue as Esterline’s executive chairman of the Board until the company’s March 5, 2014 annual meeting.



EVERETT — Pacific Crest Savings Bank has named Fred Safstrom to the bank’s board of directors. Safstrom is former president and COO of Cascade Bank. He is an Everett native who attended local schools and earned his degree in Business Administration from Seattle University.