Appointments, promotions and awards in the business community.

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Banking/finance: Fernando Hernandez was named senior vice president for multicultural and diversity strategy at Washington Mutual. Geoff Owen was named vice president/loans at Prime Pacific Bank, Lynnwood.

Engineering: Robert Hillebrand joined Hammond Collier Wade Livingstone as a project surveyor.

Ferries/tour boats: Bruce Eckfeldt was hired as vice president of marine operations at Clipper Navigation.

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Law: John Chun joined Preston Gates & Ellis as a partner. Karl Oles joined Stoel Rives.

Public relations: Natalie Quick was promoted to vice president and Lora Lee to account supervisor at The Fearey Group.

Real estate: Michele Guidinger was promoted to regional operations manager for the West Coast at Cushman & Wakefield. Doug Daley was named president and CEO and Denny Onslow executive vice president and chief development officer at Harbor Properties, and Tom Gehrig and Geralyn Vannoy joined the company.

Shopping centers: Dennis Zook was named general manager of the Pacific Place shopping center by the Pine Street Group.

Technology: Steve Gordon was appointed chief financial officer at Trumba.

Traffic information: Thomas Sexton was named vice president of sales and Kush Parikh vice president of business development at Inrix.

Youth services: Guy Williams was appointed director of YMCA Transitions, a program of the Downtown Seattle YMCA. Sue Arrant was promoted to group vice president and Barbara Chamberlin to vice president of information systems at the YMCA of Greater Seattle.


Biotechnology: John Kliewer was appointed corporate vice president at Icos, Bothell.

Publishing: Janet Corson was named publisher at Eaglemont Press, Bellevue.

Restaurants: Marcie Becher was named catering director at Yarrow Bay Grill, Kirkland.

Software: Tom Yosick was appointed director of development at Orrtax Software Solutions, Bellevue.

Technology: Byron Springer Jr. was named general counsel of Digeo, Kirkland.

Wireless communications: Ivar Michelsons was appointed vice president of product management at Thumbspeed, Bellevue.

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