• Redmond Chamber of Commerce has hired Ben Montgomery as its new marketing director. Montgomery joins the Redmond Chamber after serving nine years as special projects managing editor at The Bulletin/Western Communications in Bend.

• Paul Leapaldt, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference. Leapaldt is one of 640 individuals who qualified out of 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide. He works in the company’s Pacific Cascade Regional Financial Office and serves members in Bend and surrounding areas.

• DVA Advertising & Public Relations has hired Suzanne Bell as account supervisor. Bell has over 20 years of strategic marketing and communications experience. She teaches courses on blogging and Pinterest for businesses and guest lectures for the masters in communications program at the University of Oregon.

• Mark Arnett was the top selling agent at Coldwell Banker Mayfield Realty for the month of April.

• Cec DeClerck was the top listing agent at Coldwell Banker Mayfield Realty for the month of April.

• Pinnacle Architecture has hired Timothy Clem as its new project manager. Clem specializes in health care architecture and brings 19 years of experience to the firm.

• Prineville resident Derek Johnson graduated from Goshen College in April with a degree in accounting.

• Krista Appleby joined Ascent Architecture & Interiors as a senior project architect. She will help manage the firm’s national senior-living community projects and will lead commercial projects in Central Oregon.

• Eric Andrews was the top listing agent at the Windermere Bend office for the month of April.

• Debbie Tallman was the top selling agent at the Windermere Bend office for the month of April.

• Audrey Cook was the top listing and top selling agent at the Windermere Redmond office for the month of April.

• Brooks Resources Corp. has promoted Chief Financial Officer Jade Mayer to vice president. He will continue to serve as CFO. Mayer also serves as a budget committee member for the city of Bend and on the boards for the Central Oregon Trail Alliance and the Deschutes River Conservancy.

• Brooks Resources Corporation has promoted Valerie Yost to director of marketing. She has served as the company’s marketing manager for nine years and is also a board member at the Family Access Network.

• Buckingham Elementary hired former student services coordinator Sunshine Dandurand as its next principal. Dandurand currently serves as assistant principal at the International School of Panama and will assume her new role on July 1.

• Brittaine Hunter, an account manager at Juniper Insurance, completed training and testing to obtain her Property and Casualty insurance producer license.

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