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September 18, 2011

By Elizabeth Jamieson
As unassuming as Clark Kent, Bill Hammond entered his conference room for our recent interview, and I had no idea what a treat I was in for! Little did I know that right here on Martin Way exists the office of both, “The Hammond Group,” and “The Green Box,” with founder, technology and business guru William “Bill” Hammond acting as the brains behind them both.
A former Senior Technology Manager for Intel for over a decade, Hammond knows the entire process of technology development, from initial “buy …

September 17, 2011

By Diane Altman
Often, navigating the medical community involves a seemingly complex maze of phone calls, waiting rooms and challenging vocabulary. Unless, of course, patients are fortunate enough to connect with Dr. Gary Goin, one of only four 2011 Thurston County Health Care Champions and president of the Physicians of Southwest Washington, a collaborative network group founded in 1995.
“I enjoy the challenge of every different person and adapting what I know to meet their medical needs. It’s a lot like theater, where you have adaptability in each room,” says Goin, who …

July 17, 2011

By Diane Altman
After traveling more than 42 thousand miles during one trip and seeing every state in the country throughout the years, Olympia stood out. “I had never been in a town as friendly as Olympia,” says Sam Garst.
Even though they didn’t know anyone in Washington State, Garst and his wife Christine moved to Thurston County in the summer of 2004. They saw the value of the climate, outdoor recreation and naturally friendly people. “Not knowing anyone and meeting such genuine people who make you feel at home, is a …

June 20, 2011

Source:  Ryan Rutledge – Business Values Magazine
Todd Sebek of Quality Business Systems is a local Olympia guy who I found to be quite sharp and humble  He listens well.
Quality Business Systems, Todd’s employer, is a A Xerox Company and consulting firm that provides office solutions and specializes in managed print services, workflow assessment and optimization.  The company is all about going “green”.  He told me about a new product that is environmentally friendly in more ways than one.  It’s called the “Color Cube”.   Its toner for your …

June 20, 2011

Source:  Ryan Rutledge – Business Values Magazine
Joe McConkey, owner of Underground Custom Graphics is a local small business owner.  Joe’s grandfather, mother, father and sister are all business owners.  He is a one man show.  Low overhead allows Joe to pass on savings to his customers.  Joe works above and beyond to deliver a job well done without compromising his honesty and creativity.  If you don’t want to be charged for additional consultations to make sure the job gets done right then Joe is your man.  If you don’t like …

March 8, 2011

Doctors told her she would not be able to continue the physical activity necessary to train people and businesses how to be and stay physically fit.  If she couldn’t train for her own physical fitness how can she help other people train for theirs?  Business owners are resilient and Amanda Price at Fit4Life located on Olympia’s Westside is no exception.
Miss Price has had three unique experiences that shape her as a person and influence her as a professional.  First she was an obese teenager.  Second, after becoming physically fit Amanda …

March 8, 2011

With thirty five years of working in the financial industry in the Puget Sound area Jim Minder is a bedrock of information and wisdom when it comes to business lending.  Jim started with TwinStar CU about four years ago and is the Senior Business Relationship Manager.  A graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School I found Jim to be a surprisingly calm individual with a clever humor about him.  Jim values serving business owners who work hard.
Very approachable, Jim likes to build relationships with people.  Experience has taught Jim not to …