Diana Pacheco, 30 Years Living with Dialysis, to Accept the Pioneer in Excellence Award for Her Commitment to Home Dialysis Care

On February 28, 2016 during the Annual Dialysis Conference (ADC) in Seattle, WA, Fresenius Renal Technologies will present Wyoming resident, Diana Pacheco, with its annual Pioneer in Excellence Award to recognize her commitment to home hemodialysis (HHD) and her role as a patient advocate.
Pacheco, who has been on dialysis for more than 30 years, lives with chronic renal failure.

She is an advocate for home hemodialysis and sets a fine example for others living with chronic kidney disease.

She has worked full time at the Rawlins National Bank in Wyoming for over 30 years, undeterred by her need for dialysis treatments. She has consistently shown her community that her chronic disease has never defined who she is.
The annual Pioneer in Excellence Award is a national award presented by Fresenius Renal Technologies to patients with exceptional resiliency and commitment to the modality of home hemodialysis. Diana Pacheco embodies all of the characteristics this award represents and for this reason, she will be honored in 2016.
If you or a colleague will be at the Annual Dialysis Conference and would be interested in attending the patient award presentation, please see below for details. If you are not attending the conference and think your audience may be interested in hearing Diana Pacheco’s story, we would be happy to work with you. Please contact us at your earliest convenience.
What: Presentation of the Pioneer in Excellence Award
Who:   Pat McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Renal Products Sales & Marketing
Maureen Lynden Green, Vice President, Home Marketing
Diana Pacheco, 2008K@home machine patient and 2016 Pioneer in Excellence Award recipient
Date:  Sunday, February 28, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Annual Dialysis Conference in Seattle, WA, Fresenius Renal Therapies Booth #301
Contact: Ed Auzenbergs ed.auzenbergs@fmc-na.com 781-699-9022
About Fresenius Renal Technologies
Fresenius Renal Technologies is a division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, the leading provider of renal care, dialysis equipment, and major supplier of renal pharmaceuticals. The company has been designated as Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2011, 2012 and 2013. For more information about Fresenius Renal Technologies and Fresenius Medical Care North America, visit www.fmcna.com.

Classic Pianos in Bellevue to Host $750,000 Piano

Classic Pianos is hosting a Bösendorfer Factory Selection Tour event, which features a special collection of uniquely beautiful pianos from the world’s oldest premium piano manufacturer, March 10-13. This event, taking place at Classic Piano’s showroom (10635 NE 8th St., Bellevue, Wash.), represents one of the largest groups of Bösendorfer pianos ever to be displayed in a single location in the United States.
            “The Bösendorfer Factory Selection Tour is an incredibly rare opportunity for our customers to play such a large and varied collection of stunning instruments

from this famed company,” said Ben Klinger, sales manager of Classic Pianos. “Bösendorfer represents the epitome of fine piano making, an instrument of extraordinary beauty allowing the player to achieve the highest level of musical interpretation. We encourage people to come out and see this spectacular display that will inspire the ears and eyes of musicians and music lovers alike.” 

Among the instruments featured are several limited edition Bösendorfer models, including the 200 “Klimt,” Opus No. 50.000 Semi-Concert Grand and the 280 Vienna Concert Grand Piano. The Klimt model was made in cooperation with the Belvedere Museum, Vienna, which has the most extensive collection of Klimt paintings in the world, including the world famous “Kiss.” Bösendorfer used a very high resolution image of the painting and, through advanced reprographic techniques, reproduced it on the inside of the lid of the company’s best selling 200 model.
In addition to this image, craftsmen applied elements of real gold leaf to dazzling effect. The model on display at Classic Pianos Denver is one of only 25 manufactured by Bösendorfer and there are no more available.
With a remarkable $750,000 price tag, the Opus No. 50.000 is inspired by two instruments created for the 1867 World Exhibition in Paris, and incorporates two bronze cast 24-carat gold-plated caryatids and an extensive use of gold into its exquisite design. This opulent 225 Semi-Concert Grand model for the 21st century is distinguished by four singular veneers–burr French walnut, French walnut, pear wood and maple–and hand laid gold leaf covering the entire piano frame. Its distinctive marquetry inlay features a traditional harp motif and the keyblock bears a 24-carat gold plated commemorative Opus No. 50.000 plate. This golden wonder produces an orchestral sound spectrum with a wealth of tonal colors, from sensitive pianissimo to powerful fortissimo, with four additional keys in the bass to subcontra F enhancing its dynamic range. 
The handcrafted 280VC Grand Piano possesses the distinctive Viennese sound, responsive action and sophisticated dynamic response that have made Bösendorfer a beloved piano for generations of pianists, yet the instrument benefits from many new technical developments instituted during a multi-year refinement process. This exceptionally versatile concert stage instrument holds its own against the power of a large orchestra, but also has the sensitivity to offer nuanced accompaniment to chamber music.
The eminent pianist and composer, Sir András Schiff, recently completed his most recent two-year concert tour cycle this month with performances on a 280VC Grand Piano. 
“The exc
lusivity of owning a Bösendorfer brings with it a pride, satisfaction and enjoyment known only to collectors of fine art and fine musical instruments,” said Simon Oss, premium piano marketing manager, Bösendorfer. “These pianos are steeped in a rich European musical legacy – straight from the home of Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, W.A. Mozart, Johann Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn and many more.”

Freshii Opens First Puget Sound Location This Spring at The Bellevue Collection

This spring, Freshii, a health-casual restaurant franchise chain with many locations inside Target stores across the country, will open its doors at The Bellevue Collection in Bellevue Square.  Freshii will be offering shoppers fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go. (and hopefully get them buying more stuff). Located on the second level, the new restaurant brings to the community a diverse and completely customizable menu of breakfast, soups, salads, wraps, bowls, burritos, frozen yogurt, juices and smoothies.

Freshii caters to every dietary and taste preference and is on a global mission to help individuals live longer and healthier lives by making fresh food convenient and affordable to all.

“Freshii caters to the millennial generation and all people who pay attention to the fuel they put into their bodies. We know the community will welcome our brand and menu with open arms,” shares Freshii Bellevue Owner Melissa Barnes. Many people in the Puget Sound region embraced vegan-friendly eateries before the dietary preference went mainstream. The region is accustomed to catering to a health-conscious community, and Freshii’s mission is on target with the growing focus on health and wellness.
About Freshii
Eat. Energize. That’s the Freshii mantra. Freshii is a health-casual restaurant brand that serves fresh food designed to energize people on the go. With a diverse and completely customizable menu of breakfast, soups, salads, wraps, bowls, burritos, frozen yogurt, juices and smoothies served in an eco-friendly environment, Freshii caters to every taste and dietary preference.
Today there are over 200 Freshii restaurants globally in Toronto, Vancouver, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dubai, Vienna, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala and 80+ cities and 15 countries around the world, with three new restaurants opening every week. Freshii restaurants can be found in all locations from cosmopolitan cities, college campuses, suburban neighborhoods and malls to fitness clubs, airports and small towns.

5 Ways to Deal with Startup Setbacks

Setbacks. Every small business owner and entrepreneur encounters them at some point as they build their startup. What separates successful businesses from those less likely to succeed is their ability to overcome adversity, learn from their mistakes and come back better than ever.
Donald Cyprian, Founder of Instant Christ™, the first-ever Christian and faith-based social media platform, offers 5 ways to deal with startup setbacks:
1.        When dealing with a Setback, Take a Step Back – When a situation

arises that negatively impacts us it is natural to want to wallow. That is why the road to recovering from a setback, starts with taking a step back. Take some time to deal with stress, clear your mind and prepare yourself for more challenges.  Setbacks WILL happen but it is your attitude that will propel you forward.

2.       Back to the Drawing Board– Now is the time to ask yourself the tough questions like, “Do I have the right people? The right practices?” Often times setbacks help to expose the holes in our business. Plug them up. You can do this by re-evaluating and prioritizing your business objectives.

3.     Actively Seek New Business– When business is going well it is easy to let recruiting new accounts and clients fall to the wayside. However, you should always chase new business. If you only have a handful of clients and one goes elsewhere, the financial impact can be detrimental. Actively seeking new business helps to ensure that even if you experience the loss of a key client, you will still have a source of revenue. 

4.        Money Matters- Make sure that you have a financial plan in place. When setbacks strike, they normally hit your business right in the wallet. That is why you need to have a solid understanding of your finances, what you’re spending your money on and how much you would need to keep your business functioning properly should a setback occur. Put together an emergency fund, money that you’ll be able to use to help you get through financially tight times and pay for unexpected business expenses.

5.     Utilize Your Network- Family, friends, and industry contacts are all part of your network. When setbacks occur don’t hesitate to reach out to them. You will be pleasantly surprised at the outpouring of help you receive, whether help comes in the form of moral support, advice or an introduction to new clients.

Vermont Favorite Ben & Jerry’s to Open in Bellevue Square

The fresh and sometimes surprising flavors of Ben & Jerry’s will soon be available at The Bellevue Collection. Scheduled to open April 2016, the new ice cream classic will be located across from McDonald’s on the first level of Bellevue Square.  The new store will feature the full selection of long-time favorites as well as new additions such as the new flavors of

non-dairy frozen desserts like Chocolate Fudge Brownie, P.B. & Cookies, Chunky Monkey and Coffee Caramel Fudge in pints. Known for its innovative flavors with colorful names, the Bellevue Ben & Jerry’s location will not disappoint. Two of its latest flavors – Brownie Batter and Bourbon Brown Butter – add to the array of tasty delights.

“Ben & Jerry’s has for decades been the leader in creating flavor combinations that surprise and thrill our customers,” says Mark Mullet, Ben & Jerry’s co-owner with Jonathan Stebbins. “This brand celebrates ice cream and non-dairy desserts in a way that is unmatched by other ice cream makers. I am thrilled to be opening in Bellevue Square and I know our customers will be ready for anything that we can dish out.”
About Ben & Jerry’s
Ben & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. They used to be cool until they sold out and are now showing up everywhere – even the snootiest of malls.  The company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2012 totaled $1.8 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com.


 Weego, innovator of portable jump starters and rechargeable battery packs, is quickly emerging as the premier portable power brand across specialty retailers throughout the U.S. The Weego Jump Starter Battery+ line, including accessories, are powering the automotive, powersports, motorcycle, outdoor and marine industries. Weego is the ideal tool for all drivers, bikers, off-road trailblazers, and boaters

by eliminating the need for jumper cables, bulky jump packs or calling for a tow. Worrying about dead batteries is a thing of the past – high-quality, ultra-convenient, portable power is in! And when we say power, we mean power, as in jumping a 500 cubic-inch, big-block engine.

Of the three Jump Starter Battery+ models available, the Professional model can jump start gas engines up to 9.6L (4.8L diesel). Now that’s big power! Plus, Weego jump starters are incredibly long-lasting – created to withstand 1,000 charging cycles and losing only 2 to 5 percent charge per month when stored. All models feature a built-in flashlight to help you see through the jump and the two largest models have SOS and strobe light functions for emergencies.
Outside of emergencies on the road or water, Weego is there no matter what. Jump Starter Battery+ will also charge anything with a USB port: phones, speakers, tablets, etc. And the two largest models also charge laptops. No more excuses traveling salesperson!
“Since launching in 2014, thousands of motoring enthusiasts, from mom to mechanic have been turning to Weego as the go-to jump starter for their power needs. It’s that kind of excitement that is helping us become a top brand in the marine, powersports, outdoor and auto markets,” said Gerry Toscani, CEO of Weego. “Consumers turn to us for the convenience, safety and reliability promised by our products. All of our Jump Starter Battery+ models are so compact, they can fit in your pocket, in your glovebox or under your bike’s seat. So with Weego, you can ‘ditch the cables Mabel’ and your heavy, bulky, jump pack. You’ll never have to call for a tow again!”
Weego is committed to safety and quality. Lithium battery products have been in the news a lot lately with all the frightening implications of transporting, storing and in general, simply using them. Lithium-powered jump starters are no exception, particularly since many have flooded the U.S. market in the past few years with sub-par, poor quality batteries and questionable safety protections. Good batteries aren’t cheap and cheap batteries aren’t good.  So why take chances?  Weego takes great pride in the overall quality of every one of their jump starters. Their in-house engineers and independent labs monitor the manufacturing process and test them to ensure they are made to the highest quality and performance standards. Weego products may not be the least expensive on the market, but they are guaranteed to be the best value around. This quality commitment is backed by their crazy-long, 18-month warranty.
Starting at $99 SRP, Weego Jump Starter Battery+ is very affordable, paying for itself with just one use. Weego is available throughout the U.S. in marinas, auto and motorcycle dealerships, boat service and supply shops, sporting goods and outdoor outfitters, in addition to online retailers.

About Weego
Weego is a brand of  portable power products including compact, lightweight, lithium-polymer jump starters for cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, ATVs and more, complementary jump starter accessories, as well as rechargeable battery packs that charge phones, tablets, speakers, and more. Founded in 2014 by Paris Corporation, Weego has already received awards in product innovation and branding excellence in consumer electronics, auto and office supply channels. For more than 50 years, Paris Corporation has built a reputation on quality stationery products and excellent service and support, serving more than 30 years in the food, drug, mass, consumer electronics and hardware channels.

Bellevue College to host Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Fair encourages k-12 students to explore careers in STEM fields
More than 200 students from King and Snohomish counties will compete Saturday, March 12 in the seventh annual Bellevue College Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CSRSEF) in the Bellevue College gymnasium. 
Fair organizers are encouraging public participation in this free event between 1 – 3:30 p.m. and will present a “People’s Choice Award” to the project receiving the greatest number of public votes. Those in attendance

will see science and engineering investigations in topics ranging from computer science, chemistry and physics to entomology and more.

Participants spend the months leading up to the fair conducting independent research, either individually or in teams, in one of 12 science, math and engineering categories. Projects will be evaluated for creativity, depth of content, thoroughness, clarity, and other criteria set by local science and engineering professionals.
The grand prize and category winners, will be announced at the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m., with the top two projects receiving an all-expense paid, week-long trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held this May in Phoenix. 
Gokul Gowri from Inglemoor High School was awarded the 2015 Grand Champion prize for his project, “Designing a Novel Influenza Vaccine using in silico Analysis.”  Ethan Perrin, Sonia Murthy and Sophia Tevosyan from Tesla STEM High School were awarded 2015 First Runner-Up for their project, “Implementation of a Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration System as a Cogeneration Appliance and Alternative to Halocarbon-based Refrigeration systems.” The trio also earned third place at ISEF, receiving prize monies of $1000 from a special award given out by NASA, and a third place prize in their category of Environmental Engineering.
The Science and Math Institute (SAMI) at Bellevue College, which runs the fair as its flagship program, is now in its eighth year. The program’s main mission is to encourage local K-12 students in their studies of science, technology, engineering, and math, and to explore career opportunities in technical fields.
For more information about the fair, visit http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sciencefair/ or contact Dr. Jennifer Pang at SAMI@bellevuecollege.edu or (425) 564-3055. The Bellevue College main campus is located at 3000 Landerholm Circle SE and parking is available.

Paul Schmidt Joins Fresh Healthy Vending as CMO

Paul Schmidt CMO Fresh Healthy Vending San Diego
San Diego-based Fresh Healthy Vending a pioneer in healthy vending recently announced that industry veteran Paul Schmidt has signed on as the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer. Paul will oversee and lead all brand, strategy and marketing initiatives for the company’s two brands, Fresh Healthy Vending (FHV) and Reis and Ivry’s.

“With such an impressive background, we’re confident Paul will direct our marketing strategies toward great success in his new role as CMO,” says Nick Yates, Chairman of Fresh Healthy Vending. “Paul will be responsible for handling all developments and creative direction for our existing brand, as well as our new brand, Reis and Irvy’s. He’ll focus on building strategies that pertain to consumers and our franchisees in order to drive Fresh Healthy Vending’s overall growth.”
Paul comes to Fresh Healthy Vending with 24 years of industry experience as a global marketing and brand development specialist. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of cohesive brand and marketing initiatives for organizations including Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical, and El Torito Restaurants. Most recently, Paul was Chief Operating Officer for Balboa Brands Inc., franchisor for the Juice It Up! concept, directing and overseeing a national franchise network. His experience outside of the industry includes work with global clients such as Marriott International, Yamaha Motor Corporation and Monster Energy.
“I’m thrilled to be here. Fresh Healthy Vending is a great company and we have a lot of opportunity that lies ahead of us for marketing improvements,” says Paul Schmidt. “My passion for branding, mixed with Nick’s passion for company growth is a merger that will surely lead to success for both Fresh and Reis and Irvy’s as a whole.”
Paul graduated from St. Thomas University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising communications. He resides in Encinitas, California, and enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his daughter.
About Fresh Healthy Vending
Fresh Healthy Vending, based in San Diego, California, is a pioneer of healthy vending franchising. Fresh Healthy Vending brought the concept of vending machines stocked with tried-and-tested fresh, healthy snack options to serve the growing market of health-conscious consumers. The Company has over 240 active franchisees throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, and continually looks to partner with like-minded entrepreneurs who share its vision.

Bellevue-Based Home Care Assistance of Seattle Hires Paul Hatherley Director of Client Services

 Home Care Assistance of Seattle, a  provider of in-home care for seniors, has hired Paul Hatherley as their new Director of Client Services. Paul brings over ten years of professional experience in home care to his new role after having managed successful home care operations in Nevada, California and now Washington.
He has a background in health care and has fulfilled a variety of roles within home care organizations which has given him a strong appreciation for his caregivers and the clients they serve. His strong communication skills and dedication to helping others also make him a perfect proponent of the company’s mission to change the way the world ages.

“At Home Care Assistance, our mission is to change the way the world ages,” said Hatherley. “I am thrilled to be a part of a home care team that is supporting our mission through unique offerings such as the Balanced Care Method™, a holistic approach to care, and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, an in-home activities-based program to promote brain health.”
Based on the scientific studies of the world’s healthiest seniors, the Balanced Care Method promotes five key lifestyle behaviors correlated with healthy longevity: healthy diet, physical exercise, active social ties, mental stimulation and a sense of purpose and calm. Caregivers are professionally trained to incorporate the Method into daily care to encourage healthy mind, body and spirit. In addition, the Cognitive Therapeutics Method is a research-based program designed to promote long-term brain health and prevent cognitive decline by stimulating the five main cognitive domains with fun and engaging activities.  
As the leading provider of live-in care, Home Care Assistance staff is available 24/7 to provide experienced, trustworthy caregivers to help with all home care needs for seniors including transportation, healthy meal preparation, companionship, socialization, activities, personal care, medication reminders and dementia care services. Home Care Assistance caregivers are bonded, insured, covered by Workers’ Compensation and screened for criminal backgrounds and driving histories to ensure that clients receive the best care from the most qualified, trustworthy caregivers. Professional, compassionate caregivers encourage independence and engage clients in physical, mental and social activities, providing safety and comfort to seniors and respite and peace of mind to their family members.
The office is located at 219 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue, Washington.
Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States and Canada. Our mission is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff, and our expertise in Live-In care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults.  Home Care Assistance is honored to have received numerous awards for its strong focus on delivering responsive services to its clients, and educational outreach to the public. 

43,000 Pounds of Unified Grocers Food and Household Items Donated to Emergency Food Network

Unified Grocers hosted their annual Unified Sell-abration Pacific Northwest – a private selling show showcasing quality food and products available to their customers, suppliers, and brokers. The event was held on February 17 and 18 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. This year, vendors were given the opportunity to donate products left over at the end of the event to help people in need. Emergency Food Network, with the help of twenty volunteers, filled an entire semi-trailer and box truck with roughly 43,000 pounds of food and household items.
Families and individuals in need visiting local food banks, meal sites, and shelters these next few weeks will be eating quality meats, produce, dairy, and packaged foods including: chicken, steak, lamb, gourmet cheeses, yogurt, tomatoes, pineapple, oranges, quinoa, rice and more! They will also receive household goods including, pots, pans, cleaning supplies, makeup, shampoo, as well as other toiletries.

“We are so grateful to receive such a wonderful donation,” said Helen McGovern-Pilant, Executive Director of Emergency Food Network. “We rely on donations from our community to help us provide food for hungry children, adults, and seniors throughout the year.”
This donation will add to the 1.3 million pounds of food Emergency Food Network distributes each month to 70 partner food programs in Pierce County.
To learn more about Emergency Food Network, volunteering, or to how to host a food drive, visit www.efoodnet.org or call(253) 584-1040.