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Gina Smith Rejoins SPVV Landscape Architects |

Categories: 2000s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Featured | Professional or career event

Gina Smith '07. Courtesy SPVV Landscape Architects

Gina Smith ’07. Courtesy SPVV Landscape Architects

Gina Smith ’07 Landscape Architecture, has rejoined SPVV Landscape Architects of Spokane, Wash., as a landscape designer. Smith, who previously served as a landscape designer, holds a LEED accreditation, and will be responsible for designing, estimating and managing the development of landscapes for governmental, commercial and educational commissions.

Initial projects for which Smith will be providing landscape design services include Northwood Middle School for the Mead School District; Corbin Park renovations for the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department; and Franklin Elementary for Spokane Public Schools.
Established in 1995, Spokane-based SPVV Landscape Architects provides professional landscape architecture and planning services to clients throughout the western United States and internationally. Market sectors served include healthcare, continuing care, higher education, K-12 education, government, corporate, commercial, technology and multi-family housing. For more information, visit www.spvv.com.

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Northwestern Mutual Honors Ebel with Forum Membership |

Categories: 1960s | Award or honor | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Featured

William Ebel. Courtesy Northwestern Mutual

William Ebel. Courtesy Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual is honoring Albuquerque financial representative William E. Ebel ’65 Ag. Econ., CLU, ChFC, MSFS, AEP with membership to its 2015 Forum Group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients plan for and achieve financial security. Ebel is affiliated with Albuquerque Network Office based in Albuquerque, NM. This is the 15th time that Ebel received the Forum honor.

“We’re proud of financial professionals like Bill who excel at guiding their clients on a path to financial security,” said Northwestern Mutual President Greg Oberland. “According to our 2015 Planning and Progress Study, people who work with an advisor are twice as likely to feel ‘very financially secure.’ Financial experts like Bill are helping to make the goal of financial security a reality for many Americans.”

Forum honorees will be recognized at a leadership conference held in November. At the conference, honorees will learn new insights from prominent speakers, gain access to advanced training and leadership development and share knowledge with fellow colleagues.

The annual Forum conference is an exclusive achievement, with approximately 5 percent of Northwestern Mutual’s more than 6,000 financial representatives invited to attend.

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Steve Kealy receives Local Legend recognition from Northwest Golf Media Association |

Categories: 1980s | Award or honor | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Featured

At their 16th annual awards luncheon, the Northwest Golf Media Association (NWGMA) recognized longtime golf course superintendent Steve Kealy ’87 of Seattle with the Association’s Local Legend award. The luncheon was held at historic Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood, Wash. on October 8.

Steve Kealy '87 recognized by the NWGMA

Steve Kealy ’87 recognized by the NWGMA

Kealy began his career in golf as a caddie at Seattle’s Broadmoor Golf Club in 1972 and has since gone on to become one of the region’s most respected golf course superintendents. In 1987 he earned his BS in Agronomy from Washington State University, and has been the golf course superintendent at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, Wash. for over 25 years.

He is currently serving on several golf industry boards that include the Northwest Turfgrass Association, Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, and The First Green Foundation. Since 2000, he has hosted over 100 field trips to his golf course to teach schoolkids hands-on environmental education through the First Green program, and serves as a mentor to golf course superintendents and clubs in setting up their First Green field trips.

Kealy serves numerous hours of community service, donating his time and talents to educate local area high school students on agronomic and environmental issues, and is a community volunteer for schools going to Glendale for field trips and when he goes to schools to judge science fairs and serve as a high school environmental program advisor.

Kealy is a past recipient of two national awards from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the Excellence in Government Relations Award and the President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship.

The NWGMA also honored Kent “Cookie” Gilchrist of Vancouver, B.C. with the 2015 NWGMA Distinguished Service Award, the Association’s highest honor. Gilchrist, a retired sports editor and columnist at the Vancouver Province who is already enshrined in the Canadian Football League’s Hall of Fame wing for reporters, did most of his golf coverage from 1988-2011 during his 37-year career at The Province. Before that, he was the B.C. Lions beat reporter for 11 years and sports editor for six years in the 1980s before becoming a columnist and starting his considerable golf reporting. He covered everything from PGA Tour majors to British Columbia amateur championships before retiring in 2011.

Although he covered Canadian golfers who won on the PGA Tour, Gilchrist considers James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. “the best competitor I ever watched.” Lepp won the 2005 NCAA championship as a Washington Husky and was twice named the PNGA Men’s Player of the Year, turned pro for a couple years and then formed a golf shoe and apparel company while twice appearing on Golf Channel’s Big Break.

Gilchrist, who shares the same nickname and last name with the former Buffalo Bills and CFL running back, began his journalism career as a high-school graduate at the Brandon Sun in Manitoba. It was a career that took him from the Grey Cup to the Stanley Cup, from the Super Bowl to the U.S. Open before he retired.

The Northwest Golf Media Association consists of over 125 golf media and industry professionals. It is a 501c7 non-profit organization that was founded in 1995 to assist the coverage of golf among colleagues in the region. For more information, visit www.nwgma.org.

Legend Award for Steve Kealy, with Jeff Shelley and Tom Cade

Legend Award for Steve Kealy, with Jeff Shelley and Tom Cade

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Capstone Nutrition Appoints Partha Kundu as CEO |

Categories: 1990s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Professional or career event

Capstone Nutrition, a leading turnkey developer and manufacturer of nutraceutical and OTC products, announced today the appointment of Partha Kundu as Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive national search. Partha has over 25 years of supply chain, manufacturing and technical (engineering, quality) experience from Starbucks, where he headed the global end-to-end supply operations, Nestle, and Nabisco Brands. Most recently, Partha managed sports nutrition producer Dymatize. Partha is certified in lean manufacturing with a six-sigma black belt and has a BS in chemical engineering from BITS India, an MS in Food Sciences from Washington State University and an MBA from University of Southern California.

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Perishing Gold Corporation Board of Directors Gains Another |

Categories: 1980s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Professional or career event

Pershing Gold Corporation (OTCQB:PGLC) (“Pershing Gold” or the “Company”), an emerging Nevada gold producer, today announced that it has appointed Alan Branham (“Branham”) and Ed Karr (“Karr”) to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Branham has more than 30 years of exploration and mine development experience. This has produced several gold discoveries totaling over 10 million ounces of gold. He is a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He has a B.S. in Geology from Stanford University and a M.Sc. In Economic Geology from Washington State University.

Mr. Branham was a founder of American Vanadium Corp., which developed new techniques for recovering vanadium. He has over 20 years’ experience exploring and developing mines in the Americas with Newmont Mining. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Midway Gold Corp. from 2004 to 2009. Currently, Mr. Branham runs American Innovative Minerals, a private exploration group developing mines in Montana and Nevada. Mr. Branham has served with a non-profit group installing deep water wells in Tanzania, to help alleviate poverty.

Mr. Karr is based in Geneva, Switzerland and has more than 20 years of capital markets experience as a financial analyst, money manager and investor. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of three private Swiss financial management companies; Strategic Asset Management SA, Strategic Swiss Advisors Sarl and Rampartners SA. His former capital markets experience includes positions at Parthian Securities, SA, Prudential Securities Inc., and Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc.

“We are excited by the addition of Alan and Ed to our Board of Directors,” commented Stephen D. Alfers, Pershing Gold CEO and Executive Chairman. “Alan’s extensive Nevada geologic experience will prove invaluable as the Company proceeds with the planned re-opening of the Relief Canyon Mine and its transition into a profitable gold producer. Ed’s extensive capital markets experience and his being based in Geneva, Switzerland puts Pershing in an ideal location to communicate with our growing European and international shareholder base.”

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