Business news for Feb. 1, 2011

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Riverview appoints new board member

Bess Wills is honored for her work in the community

The general manager/co-owner of Gresham Ford is the newest addition to the Riverview Community Bank and Riverview Bancorp, Inc. board of directors.

Bess Wills is credited for her leadership as well as finance, marketing and community relations experience.

“The addition of Bess will bring diversity and a unique perspective to our strong board,” said Riverview Bancorp Chairman and CEO Pat Sheaffer. “Her experience from a decade of managing and growing an umbrella of car dealerships in challenging markets will be extremely valuable.

“She spent the previous 10 years managing a real estate construction company so she understands not only the needs of our retail clients, but also our builders and developers,” he added. “The bank is determined to grow its brand of community banking throughout the Gresham area and east Multnomah County and she will play an important role.”

In addition to Wills, the Riverview board of directors includes Chairman Sheaffer and Lead Director Michael Allen, along with Gary Douglass, Edward Geiger, Gerald Nies, Jerry Olson and Ronald Wysaske.

With assets of $863 million, Riverview Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Riverview Community Bank, Riverview Mortgage and Riverview Asset Management Corp. There are 17 branches, including twelve in the Portland-Vancouver area.

Riverview Community Bank was founded 88 years ago in Camas.

Women in Networking to meet at Camas Meadows

Free event is Feb. 9

The next Women in Networking NW event will be hosted by Camas Meadows Golf Club.

Female business owners are invited to network Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Camas Meadows will provide appetizers and a cash-only wine bar in the banquet room. There is no cost to attend, and there will be several prize drawings.

Barry Leung, co-owner of FastSigns Vancouver, will talk about marketing.

Camas Meadows is located at 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive. For more information or to make required reservations by Monday, contact WIN Coordinator Cindy Johnson at 448-6018 or

Sears grand opening is set for Saturday

Event will include gift card giveaways

The Sears Hometown Store that opened in October is having additional festivities Saturday. The grand opening event will include discounts, giveaways and complimentary refreshments. The store, owned by Craig and Colleen Cancilla of Washougal, sells TVs, lawn tractors, snow throwers, appliances, treadmills, toys and Craftsman tools.

Camas Sears Hometown Store, 224 N.E. Third Ave., is open Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 844-5521.