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In Basket

February 3, 2014

Yakima Herald-Republic


* Petersen CPAs and Advisors has hired Angela Richardson and Jessica Walkenhauer for its audit practice.

Richardson is a licensed certified public accountant with 15 years of experience. She most recently worked at a national CPA firm and specializes in helping nonprofit organizations with consulting, tax compliance and assurance services.

Walkenhauer is a licensed certified public accountant with six years of experience. She most recently worked with nonprofit clients at a national CPA firm.


* Holtzinger Fruit Co. has hired Steve Black as its sales manager. Black comes to Holtzinger with more than 20 years in the produce industry and from an apple family with more than 100 years in the industry.


* Yakima Federal Savings and Loan Association recently elected Leanne Antonio to its board of directors. Antonio, who is executive vice president of the association, has been with Yakima Federal for 33 years.

The association also promoted Janette Smith to assistant treasurer. She has 10 years of service with Yakima Federal and currently works in the auditing and compliance department.


* Jennifer Bliesner will be recognized at the Allied Insurance Women's Leadership Summit in Denver. Bliesner, vice president and partner of Terril, Lewis & Wilke Insurance in Yakima, was one of just 30 insurance agents nationwide invited to attend the event, which provides educational seminars and networking opportunities.


* The First Tee of Yakima has selected John "JR" Rothenbueler as chairman for its Breakfast with the Pros event. Rothenbueler has nearly 37 years of experience in public accounting and is a senior partner at Alegria and Co. Breakfast with the Pros is the largest fundraiser for the organization.

The organization has also selected three generations of Yakima Valley natives to speak at the event: Jake Kupp, Craig Kupp and Cooper Kupp. Jake Kupp played in the National Football League from 1964-1974; Craig Kupp, Jake Kupp's son, also played in the NFL. Cooper Kupp, Craig Kupp's son, is a wide receiver for the Eastern Washington University football team.

Real Estate

* Coldwell Banker has added three real estate agents.

Mariana Cuevas has been a licensed bilingual real estate broker for eight years and specializes in residential real estate.

Candy Stump, who specializes in new construction, residential and investment real estate, has been a licensed real estate broker since 2009 and also has experience in new home construction and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's underwriting department.

Javier Cardenas has been a bilingual real estate broker for three years and specializes in both residential and commercial real estate.


* Gerson Lehrman Group, a New York-based knowledge brokerage and primary research firm, has invited Robert E. Holtfreter to serve as a forensic accounting/fraud, cybersecurity and identity theft consultant for its research advisory council. Holtfreter, who is a professor of accounting and research at Central Washington University, also served as an identity theft detection and prevention analyst for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


* John Cooper received the Tourism Concierge Award during the Washington State Wine Awards in Seattle last week. Cooper, president and CEO of Yakima Valley Tourism, was recognized for his service to the wine industry and wine tourism and for his work advancing the wine tourism industry as a whole.

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Source: Yakima Herald-Republic (WA)

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