Clark Nuber Named As An IPA

Clark Nuber PS, a CPA and consulting firm headquartered in the Seattle metropolitan area, has been recognized as an INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) “Top 100 Firm in the U.S.”

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Now in its 28th year, IPA’s annual rankings of the Top 100 through 300 largest firms in the U.S. are listed from the multi-billion-dollar Big 4 to firms of roughly $10 million in net revenue. The rankings are compiled from data gathered in the annual IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms, which attracts participation from nearly 600 firms.
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Dale Chihuly As A Master Collector

America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) will confer the title of Master Collector to Dale Chihuly, an avid car enthusiast and world-renowned blown glass artist, during the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala at America’s Car Museum (ACM) on September 8.

Dale Chihuly as a Master Collector

Dale Chihuly

AAT’s Master Collectors are auto enthusiasts whose passion for cars lead them to preserve and protect automotive heritage through the restoration and maintenance of historic automobiles. Chihuly, a Tacoma native and one of the world’s leading glass sculptors, is being recognized for his a commitment to automotive heritage and collection of many iconic vehicles.

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BBB International Torch Awards for Ethics Winners

The Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust announced the winners of the 2018 BBB International Torch Awards for Ethics. These awards are presented to businesses in recognition of best practices in leadership character, and organizational ethics. Honorees will be celebrated at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the International Assembly of Better Business Bureaus in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on September 17, 2018.

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The winners are:

Health Savings Associates, Encinitas, CA (category 1 – 1-10 employees)
Gary’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Amarillo, TX (category 2 – 11-99 employees)
WebPT, Phoenix, AZ (category 3 – 100-499 employees)
Computer Aid, Inc., Chicago, IL (category 4 – 500 or more employees)
“This year’s winners provide proof that success in business does not happen by accident and is not accomplished through short-cuts. It requires a commitment and dedication to ethical leadership, to fairness in the marketplace, and to honesty and trustworthiness in day-to-day operations. Those are the very hallmarks of this year’s BBB International Torch Awards honorees,” said Melissa Trumpower, executive director of BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust.

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FastSigns Bellevue Top Sales Performance

Melissa Christiansen and Garan Ingersoll, both Outside Sales Professionals at FastSignsⓇ of Bellevue, received the Bronze Sales Award at the 2018 FastSigns Outside Sales Summit recently held in Arlington, Texas. This award recognizes sales employees who achieved sales of $300,000 to $499,999 during the 12-month period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

FastSigns Bellevue Top Performance
FastSigns

With almost 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS centers worldwide, only 82 Outside Sales Professionals received the Bronze Sales Award. Catherine Monson, President and CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., presented the award.
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World Pool Championship Won By San Diego

Some local residents are $10,000 richer after a recent visit to Sin City. But their good fortune didn’t happen in the casino. The team of Q-Bert 222 won the 2018 APA Team Captains World Pool Championship in late August in Las Vegas.

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Q-Bert 222 were one of only 384 teams worldwide to qualify for the American Poolplayers Association’s (APA) Team Captains Championship held at the Westgate Resort & Casino.

Q-Bert 222 brought home $10,000 and ultimate bragging rights upon returning home to their pool room. Team members include: Blake Kamiab, Phil Oh, Scott Zuckerman, Melanie Roach and Jay Roach.

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Kyocera ‘s Award for Third Consecutive Year

Kyocera has been awarded Mexico’s highest honor for environmental protection — the national “Recognition of Environmental Excellence” award — for the third consecutive year. Presented by Mexico’s Federal Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA), the award recognizes state-of-the-art environmental compliance practices at Kyocera’s manufacturing facilities in Tijuana, Baja California, especially the reduction of energy and water consumption. Kyocera was one of 58 companies in Mexico to receive the “Excellence” award, and one of just seven to receive the award for three consecutive years.

Kyocera ‘s Award for Third Consecutive YearKyocera

This award recognizes Kyocera’s ongoing environment programs in multiple areas including environmental management systems, social participation, education, emergency preparedness, and emergency response. It strives to increase water-use efficiency at its Tijuana facilities each year as well.

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SageMedic As The Most Valued Company

Keiretsu Forum’s Northwest Region recently announced that the organization’s recent Angel Capital Expo event experienced record attendance. SageMedic (www.sagemedic.com) was named the recipient of the group’s prestigious “Most Valued Company Award,” which was presented at last week’s event. Healionics (www.healionics.com) received second place and CleanFiber (www.cleanfiber.com) came in third place.

SageMedic As The Most Valued CompanySageMedic

The top three companies were selected by investor members and guests and were among the hand-picked entrepreneurial companies from all over the U.S. and Canada who presented their distinct innovations at the Expo. Event attendees heard exclusive insights from award-winning speakers and executives from such hot industries as healthcare, blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI and software innovations.
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Mira Mesa ‘s FastSigns Top Performance Award

Patricia Caro, Outside Sales Professional at FASTSIGNSⓇ of San Diego – Mira Mesa, received the Bronze Sales Award at the 2018 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit recently held in Arlington, Texas. This award recognizes sales employees who achieved sales of $300,000 to $499,999 during the 12-month period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Mira Mesa ‘s FastSigns Top Performance Award
Mira Mesa

Caro is one of 82 Outside Sales Professionals to receive the Bronze Sales Award. Catherine Monson, President and CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the franchisor of almost 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS locations worldwide, presented the award.

Caro was also recognized with the Outside Sales Certification Award, which is presented to sales professionals who complete an extensive certification program including curriculum and activities designed to heighten and expand sales skills. Upon completion of the program, recipients receive the distinction of ‘Certified FASTSIGNS Sales Executive.’

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Bill Warner ‘s Nicola Bulgari Award

America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) has announced that Bill Warner will be awarded its highest recognition, the Nicola Bulgari Award, as part of its annual Wheels & Heels AnnualGala, taking place September 8 at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

Bill Warner ‘s Nicola Bulgari Award

Bill Warner

Warner – who founded the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, published countless articles across a wide swath of enthusiast publications and participated in the Cannonball Run, the American Road Racing Amateur Championships at Road Atlanta and the IMSA Firehawk Series – will join the likes of other industry influencers as Bulgari Award recipients.

Since founding the Amelia Island Concours in 1996, the organization has raised more than $2.25 million for charitable organizations including the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the Shop with Cops Program of Fernandina Beach & Nassau County.

“Each year we look at who exemplifies the spirit of our nation’s motoring tradition when choosing a Nicola Bulgari Award winner,” said AAT Vice Chairman David Madeira. “This year, we are proud to recognize the immense contribution Bill has made to the promotion of America’s automotive heritage through the course of his life. He is a tremendous individual who is well-deserving of this recognition.”

Prior Bulgari Award winners include Jay Leno; GM Designer Ed Welburn; Hemming’s publisher Jim Menneto, RM Group founder Rob Myers, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick; McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty; Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone Automotive Museum; and Edward Welburn, former vice president of global design for General Motors.

The Nicola Bulgari Award – named after the famous luxury goods magnate, renowned car collector and AAT board member – is presented annually in recognition of an individual’s lifelong efforts to promote America’s automotive heritage through education, car restoration and/or collecting classic cars.

“Nicola Bulgari’s commitment to preserving America’s automotive treasures are unparalleled as exemplified by his wonderful collection, his efforts to create the NB Center for Automotive Heritage, his long service to America’s Car Museum and America’s Automotive Trust, and his generosity to countless heritage organizations,” added Madeira. “We are proud to once again confer this tremendous honor in his name.”

Warner will receive the Award trophy at the Wheels & Heels AnnualGala, taking place atAmerica’s Car Museum on September 8. Proceeds from the event will support AAT’s commitment to preserving America’s automotive heritage through America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto, and the Concours Club.

For more information about the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, visit americascarmuseum.org/gala.

BETTY BOWEN AWARD ‘S FINALISTS

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Betty Bowen Committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced today the five artists selected as finalists for this year’s Betty Bowen Award: Natalie Ball, Amy Bernstein, Bruce Burris, Deborah Lawrence, and George Rodriguez. The juried award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The award was founded in 1977 to honor the legacy of Betty Bowen (1918–1977), who was an avid champion of artists in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by Bowen’s friends, the award is administered by SAM.

The Betty Bowen Committee—comprising Northwest curators, collectors, and artists—reviewed 461 applications from visual artists residing in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. One of this year’s finalists will receive an unrestricted cash award in the amount of $15,000 and will have their work displayed at the Seattle Art Museum. At the discretion of the committee, up to two Special Recognition Awards of $2,500 may be granted.

Last year’s winner was Jono Vaughan, whose work memorializes transgender individuals whose lives were cut short by violence. Her solo exhibition (April 21–August 5, 2018) featured her ongoing series Project 42, in which she creates handmade garments that are then worn in collaborative public performances.

The winner of the 40th Annual Betty Bowen Award will be announced in September 2018. The award will be formally presented in a free and open to the public celebration at the Seattle Art Museum on November 8, 2018. The winner’s solo exhibition will be on view at SAM in spring 2019.

FINALISTS

Natalie Ball – Chiloquin, OR

BETTY BOWEN AWARD

Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but has since relocated to her ancestral homelands of Chiloquin. As a multidisciplinary artist, Ball positions her work as a reorientation of conversations that shape Native American identities. Through figurative sculpture and assemblage, Ball makes installations that deconstruct dominant narratives to create new texts, new histories, and new manifestations that add to the discussion of a complex racial narrative.

Amy Bernstein – Portland, OR

BETTY BOWEN AWARD

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Amy Bernstein is an artist and writer living and working in Portland, Oregon. Bernstein’s abstract paintings encourage the viewer to reposition themselves in relation to who they are, what they see, and where the body exists in time and space. The works vacillate between the histories of philosophies, art, and design, searching for the space in which we will discover new vision and thus new thinking.

Bruce Burris – Corvallis, OR

Bruce Burris has worked at the intersection of art and cultural equity for marginalized groups for over 35 years. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Burris has served as founder, director, or owner of a number of agencies and programs in Kentucky and Oregon noted for creating innovative supports that enable people to assume roles of significance in their communities. Burris’ current work of collage and found objects stems from observations of class and philosophical divides between those who are proponents of dying industries, including coal and logging, and those who are adamant that these industries must adapt.

Deborah Lawrence – Seattle, WA

BETTY BOWEN AWARD

Deborah Faye Lawrence uses the medium of collage to analyze, categorize, and make meaning. She boldly reports and comments on social, historical, and current events through the process of cutting, manipulating, and composing found information. Her appropriation and re-contextualization of found images, including maps and flags, points to a tradition of politically engaged collage, while satirically and incisively addressing contemporary concerns.

George Rodriguez – Seattle, WA

BETTY BOWEN AWARD

George Rodriguez was born in El Paso, Texas and currently lives and works in Seattle. As a sculptor, his large-scale ceramics are a celebration of the individual against the backdrop of community and the modern world against the backdrop of the ancient. Through the creation of guardian figures, tomb sculptures, and shrines, Rodriguez depicts his community current and forthcoming. His most recent works explore themes of protection, inclusion, and sanctity using the Chinese Zodiac as framework.

2018 BETTY BOWEN COMMITTEE
Gary Glant (Chair), Mark Calderon, Mike Hess, Denzil Hurley, Sonal Khullar, Isaac Layman, Mark Levine, Catharina Manchanda, Llewelyn Pritchard, Greg Robinson, Norie Sato, Bill True, Maggie Walker, Dan Webb, and Merrill Wright.