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Braden Draggoo, agent for New York Life in Wenatchee, earned membership in the The Premier Association of Financial Professional’s 2017 Million Dollar Round Table.

Russell J. Speidel has been named in Washington Super Lawyers, 2017 edition as one of the top attorneys in Washington. Five percent of Washington lawyers will receive the annual distinction. Speidel has been selected for the honor for 11 years.

Anita Van Stralen, escrow officer at Central Washington Title, has received the president’s award and the member of the year award from the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women.

Danica Ready was hired by Methow Housing Trust as executive director. Ready is the former program manager for Methow Trails and has worked for several nonprofits including The Methow Conservancy, the Brainerd Foundation, Teton Science School and The National Audubon Society.

Priscilla Selden, Limited License Legal Technician of Entiat, presented “Incorporating Legal Technicians Into the Delivery of Civil Legal Aid” at the 2017 Access to Justice Conference in Yakima.

Rep. Dan Newhouse was awarded the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Award for Conservative Achievement. The organization gave Newhouse a congressional rating of 86 percent for his 2016 voting record.

David W. Parsons, CLU, ChFC, CASL, managing director and financial adviser with Northwestern Mutual in Wenatchee, has been named to the Premier Association of Financial Professionals’ 2017 Million Dollar Round Table. Parsons has been named to the list for 25 years. The list includes the top 3 percent of financial services professionals.

Todd Radwick, president of Radwick Financial Group LLC, and Sean Cresap, owner of Cresap Orthotics & Prosthetics, were featured in a video produced by Illinois Mutual Life to educate people on the need for and importance of disability income protection. The video is available at radwickfinancial.com.

Matias Rudback and Aaron Johnston, both of Pacific Engineering & Design in Wenatchee, recently passed the Washington State Principles and Practices of Engineering exam and are now licensed professional engineers.

Tanner Whitaker graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Whitaker graduated from Royal City High School in 2012 and attended Eastern Washington University.

Banner Bank has announced that five Wenatchee branch employees received its 2016 Banner’s Best Award:

  • Cori Bautista, assistant vice president and loan officer specializing in residential lending
  • Larry Leach, vice president and affordable housing northwest manager
  • Brette Sangster, vice president and loan officer specializing in residential lending
  • Monica Simmons, loan officer specializing in residential lending
  • Vickie Sullivan, assistant vice president and East Wenatchee branch manager

Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services has announced the following distinctions:

  • Robert Hunter of Hunter Law Firm, April volunteer attorney of the month
  • Shannon Moreau of Cozart Moreau Law, May volunteer attorney of the month
  • Christina Davitt of Ogden Murphy Wallace, six years of board service
  • David Bentsen of Speidel Bentsen, six years of board service
  • Judge Roy Fore, six years of board service

John Kruse, host and producer of Northwestern Outdoors Radio and American Outdoors Radio, has won the Outdoor Writers Association of America’s annual president’s award. Kruse won the prestigious award for “Recording the Sounds of Nature and Yellowstone National Park,” a 2016 broadcast featuring an interview with Jennifer Jerrett.

Steve Wright, general manager at Chelan County PUD, was elected to the Alliance to Save Energy board. Wright has led the development of a community-based strategic plan for energy efficiency at the PUD.

Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services announced new board members: Vanessa Arno Martinez of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Ryan Smolinksy of Collier Redal and Travis Brandt of Brandt Law Firm.

CliftonLarsonAllen of Wenatchee recently hired:

Janet Boen, bookkeeper. Previously, Boen was the human resources manager at Washington Tractor, Inc.

Jana Bryan, bookkeeper. Bryan recently received an Associate of Technical Studies degree in accounting from Wenatchee Valley College.

Michael Graves has been hired as a door and millwork specialist at Bagdons, Inc. Graves recently worked at CUI Doors and Millwork in Seattle.

James Adam O’Dell has joined CliftonLarsonAllen as a tax associate. He formerly worked for Alcoa and recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Elizabeth Weaver has joined John L. Scott Real Estate in Leavenworth. Weaver has been a licensed Realtor for 17 years.

Numerica Credit Union has recently hired:

  • Greg Olson, senior home loan officer. Olson was assistant branch manager for Washington Federal.
  • Sarah Whaley, external recruiter. Whaley was a senior recruiter at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.

Ray Sandidge has been appointed as head winemaker for Tsillian Cellars Winery, Chelan. Sandidge has over 30 years of experience in the wine industry.

Todd Radwick, President of Radwick Financial Group LLC, recently spoke at the annual conference in Leavenworth for NAIFA, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Radwick’s presentation discussed the ins and outs of disability income protection and disability business overhead expense protection.

Michael Renick, corrections deputy for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Correction Officer Academy in Burien. Renick graduated third in his class.

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