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Columbia Credit Union welcomes Connie Preece as New VP Branch Manager

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Connie Preece, photo courtesy of Columbia Credit Union.

Columbia Credit Union announces the hiring of Connie Preece as Vice President/Branch Manager of the Salmon Creek Branch. Preece brings 23 years of industry experience and an award‐winning background in branch sales and service. Preece will be responsible for ensuring the branch’s overall success, meeting goals for production, sales, service and market growth. She will also have oversight of staff professional development; ensure branch compliance with regulations and policies; and assist in advancing the strategic direction of credit union.

“Connie has a successful history of in‐depth sales and service that make her the ideal leader for our Salmon Creek branch,” says Columbia Credit Union Vice President Branch Services, Paul Stednitz. “Her expertise will be central to growing our market share in the North Vancouver area.”

Preece has maintained a long career for a Utah credit union, most recently serving as a branch manager. She also holds experience in corporate leadership and loan training, and product marketing and development. Active in the community, Preece plans active memberships with the Salmon Creek Kiwanis and the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association.

Applications sought for Clark County PubTalk’s annual business pitch competition June 17

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


The Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) is currently accepting applications from startups related to the health care sector interested in participating in Clark County PubTalk’s annual business pitch competition on Tuesday, June 17.

Modeled after ABC’s popular Shark Tank(TM) television show, this event will provide four local companies with the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a judging panel of industry experts. The panel will determine the winner that receives $1,000.00 in cash and prizes and an exclusive invitation to a summer angel investor networking event. The audience will have an opportunity to weigh in on feedback to the presenters, and pick the runner-up entrepreneur, who will receive a non-cash prize.

Eligible startups include, but are not limited to: medical devices, health IT, biomedical research, and bioscience technology. Companies interested in participating should send an executive summary of their business plan to Kimberly Pincheira at by Wednesday, Apr. 30 for consideration. An executive summary template can be found at

Vancouver celebrates completion of Prestige Apartments

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


Community leaders, friends and guests were on hand today to commemorate the completion of Prestige Plaza Apartments, a 96-unit upscale multi-family complex developed two blocks west of the I-5 Mill Plain exchange by Elie Kassab of Prestige Development. Completion of the two-building complex was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with remarks by Mayor Tim Leavitt and an appearance by Okuda Toshiharu, the Mayor of Joyo, Japan, Vancouver’s sister city for two decades.

“We are delighted to be part of downtown Vancouver’s bright future where people can work and live with the latest amenities and technology,” said Kassab, owner of Prestige Development, the parent company of Prestige Plaza. Festivities included a demonstration of the property’s 1GB internet service, the first complex in downtown Vancouver to offer high-speed service. It also included dedication of a special Rain Garden honoring the late Vancouver businessman and philanthropist George Propstra.

Propstra’s wife Carolyn along with daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Tom Mears were on hand for the unveiling of “George’s Garden,” a 90-square-yard rain garden, irrigated with rainwater captured from the roof along the Prestige Plaza structure. The Rain Garden features three bronze statues created by Battle Ground sculptor Jim Demetro.

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Dean Watanabe appointed to Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Board of Directors

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) has announced that Dean Watanabe has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors. Watanabe is Vice President, Oregon Region for Washington Trust Bank in Beaverton.

“I am looking forward to being an integral part of the NWABA and representing Washington Trust Bank in the communities that the NWABA serves,” says Watanabe.

Watanabe will join other community leaders throughout the region in helping Northwest Association for Blind Athletes achieve its mission of providing life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. For information, visit