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Marni WhiteKitsap Bank recently promoted Marni White to branch manager at the Pioneer Way location in Gig Harbor. White has been with the bank since 2011, previously as a customer service representative in South Kitsap and the Pierce County region. Last April she was promoted to a Senior Customer Service Specialist.

With eight years in the banking industry, White has served as a manager at US Bank and Wells Fargo prior to joining Kitsap Bank.

“Marni has proven herself to be an effective leader who is focused on providing our customers with the best possible customer service every day,” said Dave Jeffcoat, Kitsap Bank Vice President/Regional Operations Manager. read more »

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Elizabeth RobertsonLiberty Bay Bank in Poulsbo announced the promotion of Elizabeth Robertson to vice president.

Robertson, who’s been with the bank since 2009, and as vice president and credit administrator she leads credit analysis activities and supports overall lending administration.

Robertson has been in banking for over 17 years with experience in credit; commercial, consumer and residential lending; loan servicing and documentation; and new accounts. She has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. read more »


HBA New Officers 2013The Home Builders Association of Kitsap County held its annual Installation & Awards Banquet on Jan. 10.

2014 president Judy Mentor Eagleson and all the group’s new officers are shown at left. The evening also included presentation of HBA awards for the Remodeler, Associate, and Builder Member of the Year.


David GitchKitsap Bank announced that David Gitch retired from his position on the bank’s board of directors effective Dec. 31. Having served on the board since 1998, Gitch reached the mandatory retirement age for active board members, and in 2012 he transitioned into the role of director emeritus. In honor of his retirement, Kitsap Bank is donating funds to the Harrison Medical Center Foundation in Gitch’s name.

“Dave Gitch has been an invaluable asset in his role on the bank’s board and as a member of the board’s audit committee,” said Cydly Langer Smith, chairwoman of the board. “Dave’s leadership, integrity, insight and wisdom have been instrumental in the growth of the bank. All of the Kitsap Bank community extend their gratitude to Dave for his years of faithful service.” read more »


Watson announced that it received the 2013 Boeing Performance Excellence Award at the Gold level. The Boeing Co. issues the award annually to recognize select suppliers for their on-time delivery and exceptional customer care. Watson, a furniture manufacturer in Poulsbo, maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2013.

Watson was one of only 124 suppliers to receive the Gold level of recognition for 2013.

“The Boeing Performance Excellence Award reflects the hard work and effort of the men and women of Watson,” CEO Clif McKenzie said. “Our company is an example of American manufacturing — of America at work. We operate locally and keep jobs here while meeting rigorous performance standards for aerospace suppliers. It’s the beauty of a vertically integrated model.” read more »


Eric BehlingTed Brown Music in Silverdale started the new year with Eric Behling promoted to be the store’s new manager.

Formerly the assistant manager, Behling has been with Ted Brown Music for over 10 years. His involvement with music has spanned most of his life, with performing in school bands and growing up with musician parents.

Born and raised in Silverdale, Behling also teaches private bass guitar lessons and runs the Trinity Records recording studio in Bremerton.

Tacoma-based Ted Brown Music provides instrument sales, band/orchestra instrument rentals, repairs, private lessons and more. read more »

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Women achieve goals in traditionally male professions

Rochelle Stockwell is slots manager at Clearwater Casino Resort.Angel WunderAngel Wunder was raised in a family of healthcare providers — her mother was a radiologist and her father a pharmacist. Growing up around the pharmacy, she said she noticed that many people would start out with one or two prescriptions, then kept adding more — they were not getting better. She wanted to go into the medical field, but also wanted to do something to help people heal.

She started out doing marketing for a chiropractic clinic, and soon was helping patients in the physical therapy bay. read more »

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Val Hawryluk wears a special jersey showing her Seahawks spirit at the newly opened Evergreen Home Loans office she manages in Silverdale.It’s not quite the same as Christine McVie rejoining Fleetwood Mac for a reunion tour, but veteran mortgage loan officer Val Hawryluk says her move to manage a newly opened Evergreen Home Loans office is “kind of like getting the old band back together again.”

Coincidentally, Hawryluk began working in the mortgage business the same year that Fleetwood Mac released the classic album Rumours. read more »

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Berni Kenworthy is a developer and one of the partners in Team 4 Engineering in Poulsbo.When a proposed development strikes a chord with the community for one reason or another, the atmosphere can get quite passionate. For Berni Kenworthy, that kind of pressure is just part of the job. As one of four partners at Team 4 Engineering based in Poulsbo, Kenworthy is frequently the face of a new project.

“I’ve learned to get a thick skin and I’ve learned to be confident we can find a compromise,” she said.

A thick skin may be required often in her profession, which is typically a man’s arena. But Kenworthy is equally comfortable managing civil engineering projects and leading a council of up to 30 people representing area developers. read more »

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