Featured Movers: 08/05/2011



Tidewater names new human resources manager

Vancouver-based Tidewater Holdings Inc., parent company of Tidewater Barge Lines, recently named Sheryl Blunck its new human resources manager.

In her new role, the company said Blunck’s responsibilities will consist of planning and directing programs for all human resources areas including staffing, compensation and labor
& employee relations.

Blunck most recently served as human resources administrator for Warn Industries, an off-road equipment manufacturer and distributor in Oregon. She administered HR programs and policies for over 500 employees, managing worker's compensation, recruiting, disciplinary situations and counseling management on personnel related matters.

"As we continue to expand and grow the company, it will be beneficial to have someone with Sheryl's expertise to further enhance our HR Department," said Tyler Kopet, Tidewater's CFO. "Sheryl's broad range of talents will help us continue our focus on fostering a culture of excellence and ensuring that Tidewater continues to be a rewarding place to work."



The Fort Vancouver National Trust has hired attorney and Trust volunteer Jennifer Kampsula to serve as director of gift planning.

Kampsula has worked for the Portland firm Kell, Alterman & Runstein, LLP since 1999, according to the Trust. Her practice included general and business litigation, as well as business and employment practice and experience in education and government relations.

“We are so pleased to have Jennifer transition from her role as a Trust volunteer to staff member,” said Elson Strahan, president and CEO of the Trust. “She is passionate about our mission and with her extensive legal experience Jennifer will easily be able to focus on gift planning instruments, regulations and opportunities to provide the greatest benefit to our donors on behalf of the Trust.”

Kampsula’s hiring follows the announced retirement of Tom Bashwiner, who served as director of gift planning since 2007.



Columbia West Engineering has announced the addition of Paul Matera as their special inspection division manager.

The Vancouver-based geotechnical & environmental engineering, materials testing and special inspection firm said Mr. Matera brings 23 years of experience to the firm, providing leadership and technical expertise in construction inspection.

Matera will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and business development efforts of the special inspection division.



Chris McKinney of Vancouver-based Entek Corporation has earned the Building Energy Assessment Professional certification from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. 

The company said McKinney is responsible for the development of its new division, Entek Energy Solutions. Additionally, he manages a certification with the Comfort Institute, an International Consumer Protection Group on behalf of Entek. 



Downtown Vancouver Edward Jones Financial Advisor Andy Nygard and Branch Office Administrator Kimberly Schenck have been ranked within the top 25 percent of the country for excellence in client service at Edward Jones.

The ranking is based on the results of a company-wide survey in which random clients were asked to grade the service they received from their local Edward Jones branch offices.

"We are particularly honored by this award as it is one bestowed upon us by our clients," said Nygard.


Realtor Jodie Sharp and licensed assistant Katie Lingo have joined the Southwest Washington branch of Hasson Company Realtors.

The company said Sharp has been working in combined real estate and land planning for 30 years, and has listed, sold and leased residential and equestrian properties, distressed or bank-owned properties and commercial and vacant land. Additionally, she owns and operates J Sharp Land Use Consulting, which handles permit processing, land division and development consulting.

Lingo, a Vancouver resident, is a member of the Greater Vancouver Luxury Homes team. She joined the real estate community after working extensively with children with special needs during and after graduate school at Gonzaga University.

(Not pictured: Kimberly Schenck, Jodie Sharp and Katie Lingo)