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Promotions And Recognition

Adele FergusonShe could have waited for a nice, round 50-year anniversary. Instead, she decided 48 years was close enough.

After nearly five decades of writing a political column and expressing her not-always-appreciated opinions, Adele Ferguson is taking a bow.

“Actually, I wanted my obituary to read that ‘she never quit writing to the end’ when the time comes, but I also want to spend some of my life not having to meet a deadline,” she wrote in her farewell column.

Ferguson began her career as a political reporter in 1943 for what was then the Bremerton Sun, covering topics from City Hall to the shipyard. read more »

 

Don BrunellPR Newswire

TACOMA — Don Brunell, who is retiring at the end of the year after 28 years as president of the Association of Washington Business, will join the governmental affairs staff at the Gordon Thomas Honeywell law firm.

The firm announced Dec. 18 that Brunell and Diana Carlen, senior staff counsel for the Washington State Senate Republican Caucus, will join the company effective Jan. 1. Both will primarily focus on providing governmental affairs services to selected clients through the Washington State Group of the law firm.

Brunell, whose weekly AWB columns are published in the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal and on kpbj.com, will become a vice president at Gordon Thomas Honeywell and will focus on providing business clients with governmental affairs and communications services. read more »

 

Darryl Baldwin, owner of MoonDogs, Too restaurant and bar in Port Orchard, smiles while greeting friends at a Jan. 2 gathering in his honor held at Amy's on the Bay restaurant. (Photo by Tim Kelly)Darryl Baldwin brought the Port Orchard community together again for a special night — and this time, sadly, may have been his last time to do so.

Wearing a black MoonDogs, Too hoodie, the 57-year-old Baldwin smiled warmly as he greeted and hugged scores of friends who turned out Jan. 2 for an event to recognize him for all he’s done for his community.

It was just a week after the free Christmas dinner that MoonDogs has hosted as a benefit for South Kitsap Helpline food bank every year since 2007 when Baldwin read more »

 

International wine judge Andy Perdue, wine writer for the Seattle Times and publisher of Kennewick-based Great Northwest Wine, has included a vintage from Belfair’s Mosquito Fleet Winery on his annual Top 50 list of Pacific Northwest wines, selecting their Sophia — a Syrah/ Mourvedré blend — at number 30.

“It all starts with great fruit and we’ve been fortunate enough to get into some of the state’s best vineyards,” said Dr. Brian Petersen, a Belfair chiropractor who is co-owner and winemaker for Mosquito Fleet.

The winery produced 250 cases of Sophia, which was made with fruit grown on Elephant Mountain in Yakima County. Mosquito Fleeet has sold out of four of their six 2010 wines with only a bit of Sophia and Meritage remaining. read more »

 

Gena LeeJason Ritter-LopatowskiTwo employees at Rice Fergus Miller, an architecture, interior design and planning firm in Bremerton, recently earned additional professional credentials.

Gena Lee, an interior designer, has been certified by The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers. This organization certifies interior designers who, through qualification, demonstrate the knowledge, excellence and commitment required read more »

 

Devin PageRush Cos. has announced the hiring of Devin Page of Gig Harbor as vice president of Rush Commercial. He has replaced Chris DeWald, who has transitioned to a new role as Vice President of Rush Development.

As a construction manager, Page has overseen commercial construction work in the Puget Sound Region, and he most recently served as special projects division manager at Andersen Construction’s Seattle office. His primary focus has been business development, operational practices, overall regional strategy, project execution and client relations.

 

Paul SabadoKitsap Bank announced that Paul Sabado has joined the company as Senior Vice President and SBA Manager. Sabado comes to the bank with over 39 years of experience, and his portfolio includes extensive experience in business banking, commercial lending and SBA lending.

He has spent his entire career in the Puget Sound market, most recently as president and CEO of Pacific International Bank. Sabado is a graduate of the University of Washington, The National Commercial Lending School, Northwest Banking School and Pacific Coast Banking School.

“Paul brings an extensive range of experience and a wealth of knowledge in SBA lending,” Kitsap Bank CEO Steve Politakis said. read more »

 

Don BrunellPR Newswire

TACOMA — Don Brunell, who is retiring at the end of the year after 28 years as president of the Association of Washington Business, will join the governmental affairs staff at the Gordon Thomas Honeywell law firm.

The firm announced Dec. 18 that Brunell and Diana Carlen, senior staff counsel for the Washington State Senate Republican Caucus, will join the company effective Jan. 1. Both will primarily focus on providing governmental affairs services to selected clients through the Washington State Group of the law firm.

Brunell, whose weekly AWB columns are published in the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal and on kpbj.com, will become a vice president at Gordon Thomas Honeywell and will focus on providing business clients with governmental affairs and communications services. read more »

 

Tom McCabeTom McCabe has been named by the Freedom Foundation as its new chief executive officer. He succeeds Bob Williams, who held that post for many years after leaving the state legislature.

McCabe, a staunch conservative who is perhaps best known for his take-no-prisoners political style, brings a track record of extensive nonprofit and political experience to the Olympia-based conservative think tank. After being appointed by President Ronald Reagan as director of congressional affairs for the U.S. Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C., McCabe moved to Washington state, where he served as Director of Public Affairs for the Washington Association of Realtors. read more »

 
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