Kitsap Business Briefs

Home Builders
Install Officers


Rick Caldwell of Drury Construction was installed recently as president of Home Builders Association of Kitsap County at a dinner at the Silverdale Beach Hotel.

Also installed were Ron Perkerewicz of Inspection & Permit Services/JCM Property Management, first vice president; Justin Ingalls of Kitsap Trident Homes, second vice president; Randy Biegenwald of Randy Biegenwald CPA PS, treasurer; and Dee Coppola of Wet Apple Media, secretary.  

Newly installed directors were Robert Baglio of The BJC Group and Wayne Keffer of WRK Construction. Installed as associate directors were Jason Galbreath of John L. Scott Real Estate, and Robert Simonoff of West Shores Interiors.

State directors installed were Dale Armstrong of JAFA Enterprises; John Armstrong of Armstrong Homes of Bremerton; Lary Coppola of Wet Apple Media; Robert Coultas of Coultas General Contracting; Rick Courson of Cedar Bay Homes; Gale Culbert of Ironwood Builders; Walter Galitzki of Sun Path Custom Construction; Ingalls; Greg Livdahl of Fairbank Construction; Charlie Mackall of JAFA Enterprises; Brent Marmon of Pacific Northwest Title; Perkerewicz; and, as alternate state directors Judy Mentor Eagleson of The Mentor Company and Robert Lubowicki of Arborview Construction. 

National directors are Caldwell; Jeff Coombe of JCM Property Management; Ingalls; and Robert Lubowicki of Arborview Construction. Alternate national directors are Mike Brown of FPH Construction and Dave Smith of Central Highlands.

Outgoing president Lubowicki honored 26th District state Rep. Jan Angel as the Public Official of the Year in recognition of her leadership and contribution to the community and industry during her eight years of service as a Kitsap County commissioner. Kitsap County Community Development Director Larry Keeton was recognized for his leadership and efforts to improve customer service at DCD. Mike Haley of the Kitsap Credit Union was recognized for his leadership with both the Peninsula Home and Remodel and Peninsula Home and Garden Expos. 

Home Builders Association government affairs director Teresa Osinski was recognized for her dedication and commitment to her office. Home Builders membership services director Tamra Ingwaldson was recognized for her dedication and commitment to her office.

Each year the group also recognizes members for their outstanding contribution and efforts on behalf of the association. The 2008 Remodeler of the Year was Wayne Keffer of WRK Construction; the 2008 Associate Member of the Year was Leslie Peterson of Liberty Bank of Washington; and the 2008 Builder Member of the Year was Caldwell.

Vendor Signup
for Spring Military
Appreciation Day
Is Being Accepted


The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce is accepting vendor applications for its annual spring Military Appreciation Day.

This annual salute to the armed services is a chance for businesses and organizations to show their appreciation through offering significant discounts on products and services.

Along with the commercial booths, there will be displays and demonstrations from local military commands. Service members and their families are also eligible to win gifts donated by local merchants.

Vendor registration forms are available online at

Appreciation day is scheduled for 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. April 4 at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion. For more information about the event, contact the chamber office at (360) 692-6800.

Silverdale Firm
Wins $50K Grant


The Washington Technology Center has awarded a $50,000 research and technology development grant to Washington State University in collaboration with Applied Technical Systems Inc.

ATS, a Silverdale-based provider of intelligent search software and services, is working with WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to develop data merging algorithms.

The school will receive money and another $17,500 from ATS for the project titled “Schema mapping for a flexible graphical data mining platform.” 

The project with WSU holds the potential to significantly speed up the mapping process and position the state of Washington as a leader in the deep mining of the Internet and other large data sources. 

The new data mining algorithms will aid in the discovery of information vital to many fields including Homeland Security and law enforcement.

New Ownership
for Silverdale
Mortgage Firm


CFA Northwest Mortgage Professionals of Silverdale has joined Guild Mortgage of San Diego, and is now doing business as Guild Mortgage. 

The move will make the company more stable financially, according to company officials. Guild is a nationally-recognized mortgage banking company with more than 40 branch offices and four decades of providing loans, service and expertise to homebuyers.

Local Child
Care Wins Accreditation


Kitsap Child Care and Preschool of Bremerton is one of the first early-childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early-childhood professionals.

The center is the oldest child care program in Kitsap County, serving families and children in Bremerton since 1966. The school went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. 

The program received accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the program standards. The accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

Registration Opens
for VCB Meeting

Registration is now open for the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau’s 2009 annual meeting and awards presentation. 

The meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Harborside Conference Center in Bremerton.

The luncheon is open to the public. For information or to register, go to

On the Job

Claudia Prince and Paula Cook have joined the staff of RE/MAX Town and Country. Prince brings with her more than 20 years in customer service in the areas of real estate to retail. Her specialty is buyer representation, having relocated with the military more than 10 times. Cook specializes in residential properties in Kitsap County and military moves. She has five years as a Realtor and 25 years in the mortgage and banking industries. She is an associate broker and is notary for the state of Washington.

Stephanie Brisendine, a medical assistant for Dr. Robert L. Caulkins of Olympic Family Practice, has been honored as employee of the year. She has worked for the firm for the past 18 months and is lauded for giving her “very best every day with great care and compassion.”

Debbie Posey, an accounting clerk with Kitsap Bank, has been honored for 25 years of service. She is a South Kitsap native who worked as a proof operator, teller and customer service representative before transferring to the bank’s accounting department in 1986.

Business Calendar


Jan. 21

What: North West Business Connections will feature guest speaker Paul Mueller, an independent associate for AFLAC. Miller will speak about how you can get cash when you are sick or hurt. Visitors are welcome.

When: 7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Where: Bay View Java Coffee Shop, 1213 Bay St. in Port Orchard. 

Info: Call Marie Wohlert at (360) 876-5005.


Jan. 21

The North Mason Chamber of Commerce will have an after hours social for chamber members and their families. The store will offer a 30 percent discount on purchases made that evening. Enter to win a $50 Rite Aid gift card. Refreshments will be served next door at the chamber office starting at 6 p.m.

When: 6 p.m. refreshments; 7 to 9 p.m. event.

Where: Rite Aid, 23940 NE Highway 3 in Belfair.

Info: Call Frank Kenny at (360) 275-4267.


Jan. 22

What: Olympic Business Exchange will host Shannon Corin with APB, who will make a 10-minute presentation about setting up books and accounting systems for small businesses. The group gathers every Thursday morning to network and pass along business referrals. All business professionals interested in increasing their business are encouraged to attend. Visitors are welcome.

When: 7:30 a.m.

Where: Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale. 

Info: Contact Shannon Corin at (360) 908-1098, Shannon. Corin


Jan. 28

What: The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce will host Ruth Ann Halford of the Kitsap Community Development Corporation as guest speaker. She will discuss “Business Survival in Tough Economic Times.” The meeting will also feature a business showcase, highlighting businesses offering financial services and products. Membership meetings are open to the public and all are invited to the networking opportunity. 

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale. 

Cost: $18 if paid before Jan. 23; $22 at the door. Advance registration is requested.

Info & Registration: Call the chamber at (360)
692-6800 or visit 

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