Spokane Journal of Business

Journal names 2020 class of Business Icons

Five Spokane business legends to be honored at March 26 ceremony

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The Journal of Business has selected five stalwarts of the Spokane business community as its 2020 class of Icons.

This year’s honorees are: 

•Larry Brown, founder of The Onion restaurant and Frank’s Diner;

•Phil Kuharski, formerly executive of Fidelity Mutual Savings Bank;

•Pam Senske, former CEO of R.A. Pearson Co., now Pearson Packaging Systems;

•John Stone, co-founder of SRM Development Co.;

•Tom Tiffany, former CEO of Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories.

The five honorees will be recognized at the Journal’s Icons awards presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Davenport Grand Hotel, at 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Individual tickets to the lunch event are $40, and tables of 10 are $400.

The Journal selected award recipients from nominations received from Journal readers in recent months. To be eligible, Icon honorees have to be over 70 years old and retired or no longer involved in day-to-day operations in careers in which they spent the bulk of their time in the Inland Northwest. Also, because the awards aren’t given posthumously, recipients must be living. 

The current cohort marks the second class of Icons recognized by the Journal. The inaugural Icons class involved David Clack, formerly of Old National Bank; Harlan Douglass, of Douglass Properties; LeRoy Nosbaum, of Itron Inc.; Paul Redmond, formerly of Washington Water Power, now Avista Corp.; Larry Stanley, formerly of Empire Bolt & Screw Inc.; and Bill and Judi Williams, formerly of Telect Inc. 

Icons is the first of five events the Journal plans to host this year. Others are the Workforce Summit, on April 22; Women in Leadership, on June 3; Rising Stars, in September; and Best Places To Work, on Oct. 7.

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Editor Linn Parish has worked for newspapers and magazines since 1996, with the bulk of that time being at the Journal. A Montana boy who has called Spokane home for some time now, Linn likes Northwest trails, Deep South foods, and lead changes in the ninth inning.

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