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"InterWest names Straus executive VPOak Harbor-based InterWest Bancorp recently announced the appointment of David Straus to the position of executive vice president and chief credit officer of Interwest Bancorp and its banking subsidiary, InterWest Bank.Straus will be responsible for the credit administration and loan approval activities for the corporation. He most recently served as chief credit officer of Pacific Northwest Bank, which he helped form in 1988 and was merged with Interwest in 1998. He now reports to Patrick Fahey, president and CEO of InterWest.Straus brings over 30 years of banking experience to InterWest. He has been affiliated with several Northwest financial institutions in numerous managerial and executive positions, working in the loan administrative and credit fields. He's a graduate of the University of Denver, received his MBA from the University of Arizona and is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.Bailey speaks at national meetingBarbara Bailey, President of Bailey & Associates of Oak Harbor, recently was a featured speaker at Affordable Meetings 2000, held in San Jose, Calif. Bailey spoke on Building Today's Relationships for Tomorrow's Success. More than 1,100 meeting planners from throughout the western United States and Canada attended the two-day event, which included educational programs and a trade show. Affordable Meetings, an annual event, is sponsored by Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. This is the third time that Bailey has been a speaker at this event. Bailey & Associates provides customized programs, seminars, and training in the areas of customer relations, team building, leadership, diversity and personal development. Call 240-0844Whidbey trade fair lines up participantsAnyone on Whidbey Island who wants to show off their products and services is invited to participate in the ninth annual Uniquely Whidbey Trade Fair and Home Show.While the fair isn't until Oct. 14 and 15, those interested in having a booth at the event need to start thinking about ideas and register by Sept. 8. The organizers encourage unique, elaborate booths and promotional things like samples and door prizes.The purpose of the fair, which takes place at Coupeville High School, is to promote local people and business. It's sponsored by the Coupeville Port District, the South Whidbey Port District and the Island District Economic Development Council. Last year over 3,000 people attended. Over 125 businesses and organizations are expected to participate. Admission is free to the public. Call 678-6889 or (888) 506-7999.Captain Whidbey dining open to publicHungry for upscale, northwest cuisine? You're in luck. The Captain Whidbey Inn on Madrona Way is now serving dinner seven nights a week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The ever-changing menu may include such delicacies as breast of duck, king salmon, ginger-steamed mussels or Captain Whidbey's clam chowder.The chart room lounge is also open for lunch and drinks from noon to 4 p.m. daily. Or stop in for a cold drink, a glass of wine or appetizers from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the chart room or out on the scenic deck.Attention candle and wax lovers: Oak Harbor resident Dawn Cole, an independent consultant with PartyLite, recently attended the annual PartyLite National Conference in Las Vegas, July 19 to 20. PartyLite is the world's leading direct sales marketer of candles and candle accessories.As a PartyLite independent consultant, Cole manages her own business of providing local customers with expert decorating advice, and of course, selling candles. Call Cole at 679-3143.Windermere offers wireless searchWindermere recently launched Rolling Search, which enables users of the wireless Internet to search the company's home listings at www.Windermere.com via a Web-enabled cellular phone. Technology strategists project the total number of installed mobile phones will exceed 1 billion sometime after 2003, and by 2004, 70 percent of cellular phones will have Internet capability. Windermere is the Northwest's largest real estate company with 200 offices and more than 5,000 agents serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia."