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Clearwater Casino Resort part of a thriving enterprise

Cover Story 2408: Russell Steele, CEO Port Madison EnterprisesTo the visitors and locals looking to “get away,” Clearwater Casino Resort is a place where they can escape from the world for a few hours or days. To Kitsap County, it is part of the economic base — Port Madison Enterprises, which operates the casino and hotel as the business arm of the Suquamish Tribe, is the county’s third-largest private employer, behind only Harrison Medical Center and Walmart (based on 2010 numbers from the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance). But to the Suquamish Tribe, Clearwater is not only a way to be sustainable, it is also one of the avenues that help provide programs for tribe members.

“The goal is to make a profit but also to help provide for the needs of the tribe and create jobs — as well as diversify,” said Port Madison Enterprises CEO Russell Steele. read more »

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Old Sears Auto Center "recycled" as architect's new LEED Platinum headquarters — renovation fuses old and new, pays tribute to building's history

Cover Story 2407: From left to right, Founding partner, Steve Rice; Mike Miller; Dave Fergus.When Rice Fergus Miller Architecture and Planning moved into its new headquarters at the beginning of June, one of Bremerton’s long-abandoned buildings came back to life, housing one of Kitsap’s fastest-growing businesses. The building, which in its former life was a Sears auto center, was built to LEED Platinum standards (the highest possible) and once certified, will become the first Platinum commercial building on the Olympic Peninsula.

The architectural firm is not new to the idea of repurposing old buildings — it had previously transformed a vacant Good Guys retail box into a medical building and headquarters for The Doctors Clinic, an efficiently functioning space that features innovative design. Neither is the company new at designing a super-green building: read more »

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Weathering a real estate downturn is nothing new for experienced agents

Georg Syvertsen, managing broker, Coldwell Banker McKenzieHundreds of real estate brokers have left the business in the past three years as the business became tougher and tougher. But many local Realtors not only held tight for this ride, they’ve done it several times before.

We spoke with a few local veterans who have been in the industry for three decades or longer and asked them why they still like their jobs.

Georg Syvertsen, managing broker with Coldwell Banker McKenzie on Bainbridge Island, started out in sales when he was young. He stumbled into real estate after getting tired of bouncing from one location to another around the country following a corporate career. read more »

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Gold Mountain Golf Club caters both to local golfers and world-class events

L-R: Daryl Maheny and Scott Alexander, Gold Mountain Golf ClubThis July, visitors from all over the world will come to the Bremerton area for what may be Kitsap Peninsula’s top major sporting event ever. Gold Mountain Golf Club will host USGA’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, which will bring more than 150 top youth golf players from as many as a dozen countries, along with their families, about a hundred USGA officials, another hundred college coaches and an international press contingent (the event is also televised).

The championship, which will be free for spectators to watch, is estimated to bring an impact of about $1.3 million over one to two weeks to the local economy. read more »

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Poulsbo radiology practice uses cutting-edge technology unique to Puget Sound

Cover Story: Dr. Manfred Henne, founder, InHealth ImagingIt’s fairly common for Kitsap Peninsula residents to drive across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge or take the ferry across the water for medical services — even though in many cases they are available locally — but one Kitsap practice is seeing the reverse commute. Poulsbo-based InHealth Imaging (www.inhealthimaging.com) has been popular with the Seattle crowd recently, thanks to its cutting-edge thyroid-cancer screening.

Dr. Manfred Henne, the founder and managing member at the independent practice, began offering a new type of fine needle aspiration (FNA) analysis for thyroid nodule assessment about two months ago. Henne was the first radiologist in Western Washington to offer the Afirma thyroid FNA test, in partnership with San Francisco-based research company Veracyte. read more »

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Kitsap Bank’s strategy focused on telling its story better

Cover Story 2403 - Shannon Childs, senior vice president and marketing director – Kitsap BankWhen Kitsap Bank celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2004, the locally owned financial institution had more than half-billion dollars in assets and deep community history. But over the years, the brand had been diluted a bit, with various departments within the bank using inconsistent logo and collateral materials.

“We have a great story — safety and soundness, longevity, locally owned by the same family for over 80 years (nearly 90 now), and our strong commitment to community,” said Shannon Childs, senior vice president and marketing director. “However, we felt we could do a better job telling it.” read more »

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Business partners build a successful dental practice balancing work and life

Cover Story 2402: L-R: Dr. Miranda Dageenakis and Dr. Marta CostaPort Orchard dentists Marta Costa and Miranda Dageenakis have been partners in their practice for nine years. Working together has allowed them to balance work and family: Both are parents and by working only three days a week, each is able to spend time with their children as well as their patients.

Dageenakis contacted several dentists in the area when she found out her husband, Michael, was being transferred with the Navy to Puget Sound from Chicago. When Costa replied, the two women met for coffee — and became friends.

“We hit it right off the bat,” Dageenakis said.

They say a business partnership is just like a marriage — it comes with give and take. “It has to be 50-50,” Costa said. read more »

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After 46 years of public service, Mahan will assist local non-profits, especially those who create jobs.

Cover Story: Bill Mahan, Port of Bremerton CommissionerPort of Bremerton Commissioner Bill Mahan told the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal in December he planned to retire on Dec. 31, 2011, when his current term expires. The announcement ends speculation on whether he was planning to run for a third term, and Mahan said he made his decision public early so any other candidates are aware of his intentions and have enough time to campaign.

Mahan started his career in public service in 1964 after being elected as the commissioner of the Annapolis Water District, which later became part of West Sound Utility District. He served as Kitsap County commissioner for 20 years starting in 1968 — the only commissioner to be reelected four times. He has served as port commissioner since 1999, now in his second term. read more »

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Watson Furniture is growing profitably, with an eye on environment and buying locally

Cover Story: Clif McKenzie, president Watson Furniture Group Inc.While the economy has stifled growth for most companies, at Watson Furniture Group Inc. in Poulsbo, the downturn has brought nothing of the sort. And in the eyes of company president Clif McKenzie, what people see as the economy turning around is really a paradigm shift.

“Our world has changed… Once we realize the world has changed, we’ll be fine,” he says. “We should all agree the recession is not over, but rather it’s a new world, a new tomorrow — let’s grow from there.”

For Watson Furniture Group (www.watsonfurniture.com), the new tomorrow means responding to the changed market by becoming more efficient, adding new products and continuing to “grow profitably,” according to McKenzie. read more »

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