Business in Brief

Peoples hires Tony Steadman

Peoples Bank has hired Tony Steadman as vice president and commercial lending officer for the Bank’s Skagit-Island County Business Banking Team.

Steadman has over 30 years of experience in financial services, 15 of which have been in commercial lending. In his new position, he will be working to develop new business banking relationships throughout Island County, as well as supporting the Bank’s existing clients in these markets.

He received his degree from Portland Community College and is active in the local community, as a member of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Rotary. Steadman has also been involved in the Economic Development Council and a number of non profits in Island County.

Peoples Bank is a family owned, independent community bank with over $1 billion in assets, headquartered in Lynden. The Bank was founded in 1921 and operates 28 branches throughout Washington.

Skin doctor buys clinic

Amber D. Fowler, M.D., is the new owner of Rosario Skin Clinic. The Skagit Valley native began seeing patients at her Mount Vernon clinic on Jan. 5. It’s located at 1600 Continental Place, just off E. College Way.

Fowler will continue to offer solutions for skin rejuvenation, complexion enhancement and treatment of all medical and surgical conditions of the skin, hair and nails.

Prior to this move, Fowler provided dermatology services at three Northwest clinics: Fidalgo Dermatology in Anacortes, Island Medical Spa, and Whidbey Dermatology in Coupeville.

Dr. Fowler said she will continue to offer the same dermatology skin care services at Rosario Skin Clinic she provided prior to this move. These services include a special interest that she has for skin cancer screening, diagnosis, and both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.

Andy Hines, M.D. founded Rosario Skin Clinic in 2005. He will continue practicing at Rosario, but on a limited basis.

Farm joins

Angus Assoc.

Bethany Ridge Farms, Oak Harbor, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, chief executive officer of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The American Angus Association, with nearly 33,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef cattle registry Association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on nearly 16 million registered Angus.

Agent returns

to Remax Acorn

Remax Acorn Properties, Inc. in Oak Harbor, welcomes back agent Cheri English.

An Oak Harbor High School graduate, English said she is is excited to be working again in her hometown. “I love Oak Harbor, she said in a news release. “It is a beautiful place to live and the community is very giving.”

She is a member of Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor and the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and supporter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Boys & Girls Club. She is most proud of her work with the Tree of Hope which provides Christmas gifts to children in our community who are less fortunate.

For more information email or call 360-320-9764.

Groesbeck becomes

Internet specialist

Jean Groesbeck, with Coldwell Banker Deception Pass Realty, has earned the designation of Internet Marketing Specialist. The IMS designation includes applications of new technology targeted specifically for the real estate field.

“I learned learn how to attract more buyers to view our listings by using the latest technology tools. We have always been able to track how many on line views our listings receive, but now we determine what parts of the world they are from,” Groesbeck said.

She is consistently one of the top listing agents in Skagit County, according to a company news release. “Today’s real estate market is more complex than ever before, and the use of technology in real estate has become a critical tool to help our sellers in this very competitive market,” she said.

Iverson wins

Hands awards

Matthew Iverson of Oak Harbor was recently awarded an Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering. With this award comes a $500 grant from The Allstate Foundation to the non-profit organization at which he volunteers.

Iverson volunteers regularly with the Island County Historical Society.

“Allstate believes that it is very important for corporations to take an active interest in the communities they serve. Allstate is proud to support such worthwhile causes through the Allstate Foundation,” said Michelle Lee, vice president for Allstate’s Northwest Region. “The grant from the Allstate Foundation will provide much needed support for the Island County Historical Society.”

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