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2018 Rising Stars: Brandon Haugen

Brandon Haugen began working as a valet at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in early 2008, when the casino and hotel were in the midst of a massive $275 million expansion. A decade later, the casino is undergoing another expansion, but this time Haugen...


2018 Rising Stars: Christina VerHeul

Christina VerHeul, communications director at Washington State University’s Spokane-based Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, says she doesn’t take a moment for granted since returning last year to Spokane. “It has been one of the most rewarding...


2018 Rising Stars: Ramsey Pruchnic

Ramsey Pruchnic, 31, describes himself as both a creative thinker and a serial entrepreneur, having established two new businesses in Spokane—an online marketing company and a donut shop—within less than a year. Pruchnic says that for him, being a...


2018 Rising Stars: Deanna Tiemann

Deanna Tiemann created Squishy Peanut Marketing LLC six years ago out of her desire to have both a career and a healthy family life. “I really wanted to create a company where I could do good work for clients while having a family life,” Tiemann says...


2018 Rising Stars: Jeff vom Saal

Most of us view music as entertainment or a hobby, but for Spokane Symphony executive director Jeff vom Saal, it’s a way of life. “I’ve always enjoyed music,” he says. “As a young person, I liked it and was good at it and just kept gravitating...


2018 Rising Stars: Emily Arneson

Last year, employment and public records attorney Emily Arneson knew she needed a new line of work even though she enjoyed what she was doing for a Spokane law firm. “I really hated having to bill people for the work I was doing,” Arneson says. “I ...


2018 Rising Stars: Christopher Malde

After having begun his professional career in Seattle and on the East Coast, Christopher Malde, owner of Malde Capital Management LLC, says living in Spokane is a dream come true. Malde, 36, grew up in Ellensburg, Wash., and attended Washington State...


Resorting to recycling at the Coeur d’Alene Resort

Blue recycling receptacles located at bars, restaurants, catered events, and service elevators throughout the 334-room Coeur d’Alene Resort are filling up faster than ever. And it’s no wonder. The thousands of guests filtering in and out of the...


City’s water-saving incentive generates interest

Marlene Feist, City of Spokane director of strategic development for public works and utilities, says a program intended to help Spokane residents conserve water through landscaping is seeing some success. The SpokaneScape program incentivizes the use ...


A healthy buzz at BumbleBar

Spokane Valley-based gluten-free snack bar maker BumbleBar Inc. is abuzz with new growth this year, as it moves into a leaner model of manufacturing and works to expand both its own product line and co-packing relationships. “Our focus right now is...

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