Movers & Shakers 7/22/2016

Tom Teesdale


Ilani, the $500 million casino project in La Center, has hired Tom Teesdale as vice president of marketing.

Teesdale, who has more than 30 years of casino operations, management and marketing experience, will be responsible for all marketing activities for Ilani.

“We’re delighted to welcome Tom to our team,” said Kara Fox-LaRose, general manager and president of Ilani. “He has an impressive track record of driving increased market share, revenues and profitability within the gaming industry, and his experience in developing and executing marketing and communications initiatives and customer loyalty programs will be critical as we move toward our opening next year.”

Teesdale comes to Ilani from Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa in Kansas City, Missouri, where he also served as vice president of marketing. Previously, he served as vice president of operations at Bullwhackers Casinos in Black Hawk, Colorado; director of marketing at Argosy Casino Sioux City in Sioux City, Iowa; and vice president of marketing and player development at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles, Missouri.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Missouri.


Lisa Gibert, president/CEO of Clark College Foundation, was recently named to a three-year term on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) commission on philanthropy.

The commission provides counsel to CASE leadership to make certain that programs, products and services reflect current understanding and emerging trends. Additionally, the 17 members direct research related to development activities, evaluate practices and establish professional standards for the advancement profession. Commission members include senior leaders at four-year universities and foundations.

Gibert has been involved with Clark College Foundation for nearly 20 years. She has served in her current role since 2005, leading to multiple fundraising awards.

She serves on a number of community boards, including the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation.

Clark College Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving as the fundraising partner of Clark College.


Zenith Properties NW LLC, a Vancouver-based property management and real estate brokerage firm, recently announced the licensing of Mae Hofer, marketing and leasing lead.

Hofer started at Zenith two years ago as a leasing agent. She quickly played an integral role in improving and modernizing Zenith’s marketing collateral.

She will now be assisting designated broker Denny Miller with listings while continuing to develop her real estate expertise, the firm said.


Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) (formerly the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council) has added two new members to its board while appointed new officers.

John Vanderkin, president of Employers Overload, will continue as board chair; Bill Skidmore, a senior account executive at McKinstry, is vice chair; and Jim Lucey, controller of Linear Technology, is treasurer.

New board members are Darcy Altizer, executive director of the Southwest Washington Contractors Association; and Paige Lake, executive director of the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce. Both will serve a three-year term.

“We are fortunate to add the expertise and experience of Darcy and Paige to our board,” said Jeanne Bennett, WSW CEO, in a press release. A nonprofit organization founded in 2002, WSW contributes to regional economic growth by providing investments and resources to improve the skills and education of the workforce in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

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