Appointments, promotions and awards in the business community.

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Accounting: Drew Graville, Faruk Punjani and Benjamin Thomas were hired at Peterson Sullivan.

Banking: Leslie Rae joined HomeStreet Bank as a senior project manager. Brian Ellefson was hired as vice president and business-banking officer at Cascade Bank, Everett. Kari Stenslie was hired as vice president and chief financial officer at First Financial Northwest, Renton.

Biotechnology: Kavita Reddy joined CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics, Mukilteo, as its laboratory director.

Finance: John Cruz Iglesias was named CEO of Group Health Credit Union.

Health care: Tom Mitchell was named administrator of skilled nursing at Providence Mount St. Vincent. Ken Lizzi was hired as respiratory-therapy-program director at Pima Medical Institute, Renton. Jim Tinney was named chief technology officer at Zynchros.

Insurance: Thomas Newgarden was named senior vice president of underwriting for Safeco Personal Insurance at Safeco.

Online publishing: Gloria Baldino was appointed vice president of sales and Rob Voce vice president of business development at All Star Directories.

Organizations: Kathleen Brooker was hired as executive director at Historic Seattle.

Restaurants: Peter Tremblay was appointed vice president retail operations at Organic To Go.

Technology: Young Lee was hired as vice president of business development at Ken Willner was appointed vice president of market development at Zumobi.

Universities: Steve Suzuki was hired as director of finance at the University of Washington Alumni Association.

Wealth management: Nona Battistella was hired as sales director, Christine Benson as a director of fiduciary services and Liz Parrott as a real-estate asset manager at BNY Mellon Wealth Management.


Banking: Jackie Neether was hired as vice president and commercial-banking officer and George Brace as senior vice president and business-development team leader at Pacific Continental Bank, Bellevue.

Energy: Andy Wappler joined Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue, as a senior public-relations manager.

Real estate: Genni Reilly was hired as vice president of leasing and marketing, Irma Doré as senior project manager, Shannon Christiansen as controller and George Lenes as senior project manager at Port Blakely Communities, Issaquah.

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