Biggs Insurance chooses CEO, president
Greg Seifert has been named chief executive officer and president of Vancouver-based Biggs Insurance Services. Seifert was previously vice president of employee benefits at the 73-year-old agency.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and business from the former Yankton College. Seifert is a chartered life underwriter, has been a member of the Greater Clark County Rotary Club for more than 25 years and is a past state president of the Washington Association of Health Underwriters.
Seifert replaces Greg Anderson, who after 20 years as CEO and president, was named chief financial officer.
Port gains senior contracts manager
Julianna Marler is the new senior manager of contracts for the Port of Vancouver. She worked nine years for the city of Vancouver, including five years as procurement services manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business.
Vancouver Neurologists gains administrator
Lynne Combs has been hired as administrator of Vancouver Neurologists. Combs worked previously for Vancouver-based Southwest Washington Medical Center as the director of specialty care and surgical practices.
Scott A. Howard
Engineering firm names new project engineer
Scott A. Howard was promoted to project engineer at Vancouver-based Roggenkamp Erickson and Assoc. He was previously a design engineer and has been with the structural engineering firm three years. Howard’s work includes a new meeting house for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ridgefield and the renovation of McMenamin’s Kennedy School in Portland.
EOCF adds manager
Vancouver-based Educational Opportunities for Children and Families chose Holly Montague as its new special resources manager. Montague holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Colorado at Denver, specializing in mental health. Her experience includes directing private preschool programs, teaching early childhood courses at the community college level and teaching children up to 12 years old.
Lisa A. Schmidt
Housing center chooses board member
Lisa A. Schmidt was appointed to the board of directors for the Vancouver-based Community Housing Resource Center. Schmidt handles internal company development and marketing for Vancouver-based Nutter Corp. Schmidt serves on the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation board of directors and the Clark County Solid Waste Commission. She is the Vancouver facilitator for Seattle-based Women’s Justice Circles and represents Southwest Washington for the Women’s Commission of the Archdiocese of Seattle. She has a master’s degree in instructional design from the school of education at Purdue University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and management from the University of Southern Indiana.
Vancouver resident named best attorney
Two attorneys at the Portland office of Fisher and Phillips LLP were among those listed as the Best Lawyers in America 2009 in a peer-evaluated survey of 25,000 attorneys. Clarence Belnavis is a Vancouver resident who works as the firm’s managing partner, specializing in labor and employment law. He began his career as a law clerk for the office of the general counsel for the United States Navy and was a judicial intern for Judge A. Burnett of the Superior Court in Washington, D.C. Also on the 2009 list is Corbett Gordon. She is the Portland office’s founder and senior counsel, representing Washington and Oregon employers since 1982.
Insurance firm gains commercial insurance manager
Sandra Ramirez has joined the staff of Vancouver-based Davidson Insurance as commercial insurance servicing manager. She has worked for more than 20 years as a servicing agent, most recently with Equity Risk Partners in San Francisco, and is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent.
Loss Prevention Group gains director
Bill Woodard has joined Vancouver-based Loss Prevention Group as director of marketing and training. Woodard is the previous owner of Vancouver-based Hello World Travel and was executive director for The Club at The Historic Reserve in Vancouver. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Washington.
Upkes Group adds controller
Mary Wiens has joined Camas-based Upkes Group as a contract controller. Wiens has more than 20 years of experience as an accountant and controller. Prior to joining Upkes Group, she worked for Vancouver-based Sekidenko as an account manager and divisional controller. Wiens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University.
Windermere agent earns designation
Brian Pelky became a member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute, a designation earned by 6 percent of real estate professionals in the United States, according to Windermere Real Estate/Stellar Group. Pelky is a real estate agent at Windermere Real Estate/Stellar Group in Vancouver. He has worked in real estate since 1996 and was site sales manager for Hillsboro-based Riverside Homes.