Appointments, promotions and awards in the business community.

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Event facilities: Jeff Dolan was hired as food and beverage director and Ivan Balbuena as assistant food and beverage manager at Washington Mutual Leadership Center at Cedarbrook.

Film: George Brumder was named vice president of finance at IndieShares.

Finance: Christopher Allen was hired as a vice president and senior banker at Chase Auto Finance.

Health care: Dr. Maha Coles joined Group Health’s Northgate Medical Center. Dr. Patrick Bufi was appointed director for cardiovascular and pulmonary research for Northwest Natural Health Specialty Care Clinic.

Hotels: Jennifer Magnusen was appointed director of sales and Jesica Strong associate director of sales at The Westin Seattle.

Insurance: Robert Ingram was named executive vice president and chief information officer at Safeco.

Law: Rebecca Anderson joined Graham & Dunn. Lawrence Costich joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Karl Ege joined Perkins Coie.

Nonprofits: Ingrid McDonald was hired as Washington state advocacy director at AARP Washington. Michael Beneke was hired as communications director by United Way of King County. Sylvia Fuerstenberg was appointed executive director of The Arc of King County.

Professional services: Mike Pongon was named chief operating officer at Point B Solutions Group.

Property investment: John Shaw joined Hendricks & Partners as an associate.

Public relations: Jaime Quick was hired as an account manager at Scoville Public Relations.


Construction: Chris Geer was hired as senior project manager and Mike Oliver as project manager at Express Construction, Mercer Island.

Grocery stores: Lynda Tickner was appointed store manager of Larry’s Market at Redmond Town Center.

Universities: Marilyn Cox was appointed vice chancellor for administration and planning at the University of Washington Bothell.

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