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2019 Rising Stars: Lacy Crowder

“A shooting star,” says Tom Simpson. “She travels fast, she’s bold, leaves a trail, and she lights up the room.” It’s easy to see why these words come without hesitation about the 31-year-old Lacy Crowder, though she’s more apt to describe...

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2019 Rising Stars: Lars Gilberts

Lars Gilberts has headed the nonprofit University District Development Association for more than two years. In that time, former U District board chairman Karl Otterstrom says, Gilberts has accelerated progress on several projects and goals, including ...

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2019 Rising Stars: Mary McDirmid

Mary McDirmid, managing director and special care planner at MassMutual Northwest, says nothing is more important to her than time, and that being able to set her own schedule is the key to her success. “Time is the most important thing to me right ...

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2019 Rising Stars: Adam Jackson

Ask Adam Jackson, Mountain West Bank’s assistant vice president of professional and commercial lending, how he arrived at this place in his life and you’ll hear more about others than you will about him. Growing up on Spokane’s South Hill as the ...

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2019 Rising Stars: Rosemary Warnick

Rosemary Warnick, owner and president of Premier 1031 Inc., says she became a business owner almost by necessity, after her mentor died, leaving a void in service providers for Spokane-area commercial real estate transactions known as 1031 exchanges. ...

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2019 Rising Stars: Dan Wadkins

At age 35, attorney Dan Wadkins already has put in 10 years helping prominent Spokane-based law firm Lee & Hayes PLLC law firm broaden its corporate intellectual property services. “I’m technically the first person they hired as part of this ...

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2019 Rising Stars Bee Simonds

Bee Simonds credits the success of her natural skin-care line to following her passion. While she launched H Is for Love LLC in Spokane in 2015, her journey began about 10 years ago, when a family member was diagnosed with a serious illness that require...

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2019 Rising Stars James Krejci

It’s not just about the numbers for banker James Krejci. It’s about the relationships. “You have to be able to manage the interaction with customers and the people side of it, but in order to do it very well, you have to understand the numbers side...

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Avista moves toward carbon-free future

Avista Corp. has been focused on environmentally sustainable practices for most of its 130-year history, Avista president and incoming CEO Dennis Vermillion argues, and the Spokane-based utility provider intends to invest heavily in renewable energy ...

Millennials said to value sustainable apartment features

In an industry where trends come and go with the seasons, Spokane-area real estate experts say sustainable apartments are here stay. ...

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