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2020 Rising Stars: The Great PNW’s Joel Barbour

Joel Barbour, owner and creative director of The Great PNW Inc., spent his youth in Spokane skateboarding, riding dirt bikes, and surrounded by art. Combining those interests with his love for the Pacific Northwest led Barbour to create...


2020 Rising Stars: Downtown Spokane Partnership’s Elisabeth Hooker

Elisabeth Hooker, marketing director for the Downtown Spokane Partnership and 39-year-old Rising Star, says she feels blessed to show up at work every day, doing what she loves in her hometown. “I’m happy to be part of something larger...


2020 Rising Stars: West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s Toby Broemmeling

“You always want to have that leader that you rally to in the center of a whirlwind,” says Brian Newberry of 38-year-old Toby Broemmeling, the executive director of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce....


2020 Rising Stars: Multifab’s Rochelle Marsh

Rochelle Marsh’s most vivid childhood memories of going into Multifab Inc., the company her father Tim Smith founded in the 1980s, involve hanging out at her favorite pop machine and riding forklifts around the warehouse. ...


2020 Rising Stars: Medcurity’s Joe Gellatly

Joe Gellatly has what he calls a “heart for entrepreneurship.” “The most rewarding part of my job is being part of the start-up community here in Spokane,” he says. “I’m always excited to meet, interact with, and encourage people who ...


2020 Rising Stars: Drive509’s Jason Boudreau

When Jason Boudreau founded Drive509 truck driving school in 2016, he expected slow growth for the first few years. “My business plan was: Hire one more instructor by year three and have one more truck,” Boudreau says....


2020 Rising Stars: MultiCare Health System’s Amy Sargent

Amy Sargent has worked for Rockwood Clinic for the past 13 years through its transition from a physician-owned health care clinic, to its purchase by Community Health Systems Inc. in 2010, to its most recent iteration as MultiCare Rockwood Clinics since...


2020 Rising Stars: Kalispel Casino’s Alia Russell

Alia Russell says she was led to her current position of casino operations manager at the Kalispel Casino, in Cusick, Washington, by her desire to be involved at the beginning of something new....


2020 Rising Stars: Community-Minded Television’s DaShawn Bedford

Working as a roofer in the construction industry in his early 20s, DaShawn Bedford often found himself daydreaming about what he really wanted to be doing. And that was shooting video....


Spokane Conservation District moves forward with new building

The Spokane Conservation District has broken ground on its planned new facility in Spokane Valley, says Vicki Carter, director of the district. The project will be a multiphase development, Carter says. ...

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