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People's Bank of Commerce has named Amy Bullion manager of its Central Point branch, due to open this spring, at Pine and 10th streets.

Bullion joins the bank with more than 13 years of financial experience, most recently working for Oregon Pacific Bank in Roseburg as its branch operations manager. The Central Point native began her banking career at Jackson County Federal Savings in 1989 as a customer service specialist. In 1994, she worked with Western Bank as a customer information specialist and in 2001 she moved to PremierWest Bank where she held posts in electronic banking, product development and business development.

During construction of the Central Point branch, Bullion will work at People's Bank of Commerce Medford location on Biddle Road.

Garrett Hall is a State Farm agent at 507 S. Front St., Suite 2, in Central Point. Hall comes to Central Point from Laramie, Wyo., where he was a financial services representative for a State Farm agent. Before that, he worked for three years in credit union management, overseeing the teller department. Hall is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.

Karla Jefferson, licensed in life, health, and property and casualty lines of insurance, is office manager. Howard Moore comes to Hall's agency with more than 25 years of experience in financial services. He also is licensed in life, health, and property and casualty insurance.

They can be reached at 664-3301.

Cory Dalpra has opened a State Farm agency at 202 Talent Ave. in Talent. Dalpra comes to Talent from State Farm management in Greeley, Colo., where he has spent more than eight years handling fire underwriting and health claims. Before that, he worked for four years in employer relations for the Weld County, Colo., government. He is a University of Northern Colorado graduate.

He is joined by Anna Moeller, who brings four years of property and casualty insurance experience and two years of lending and financial services experience, along with Michelle Dalpra, who has seven years of experience with long-term care and health insurance.

The agency number is 535-5505.

Robert Bartalini, senior loan consultant with Equity Home Mortgage, has been elected president of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon's board.

Other officers for 2008 are: Tom McDonald, Rogue Federal Credit Union, vice president, and Bambi Powers, Windemere Investor's Marketplace, secretary/treasurer.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service is a nonprofit that provides free counseling and education in the areas of budgeting and money management.

Tom Fischer, a top producing broker in Southwest Oregon, has affiliated with Coldwell Banker Commercial Pro West Real Estate.

Fischer, who is moving from Keller Williams Real Estate in Medford, previously worked with BT Commercial in San Jose, Calif., and founded Catalyst Real Estate there in 1993. He can be reached at 944-8174.

Compiled from staff reports

Cheryl Breeden, group marketing manager of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has been selected to serve on the 2008 National Tour Association Leadership Team.

NTA is the premier association for packaged travel and provides education, advocacy representation, and business opportunities to thousands of tour operators, hotels, restaurants, attractions, destination marketers and other worldwide travel industry professionals.

Kim McNamara has been named executive chef at Avamere at Waterford, a senior living community.

McNamara has worked in the Rogue Valley for more than a decade, acting as executive sous chef for the Rogue Valley County Club for seven years and as chef for the Harry and David Country Village, developing food and wine events. McNamara served as the culinary arts instructor at North Medford High School, and culinary program director of the Culinary Professionals Institute in Grants Pass developing vocational education programs.

She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America located, Hyde Park, N.Y., earning her A.O.S. Culinary degree in 1991. She also earned a bachelor's degree in English at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, in 1987.


The Home Builders Association of Jackson County named Lori Magel, of Lori Magel Homes, Builder of the Year for 2007.

The association board and officers for 2008 were installed in December. The officers are: Mark Knouff, Knouff Inc,, president; Ron Howard, LTM Inc., vice president; Mary Van Horn, Van Horn Real Estate Inc., associate vice president; Mark Gallagher, Tico Title, treasurer; Lori Magel, Lori Magel Homes Inc., secretary; Pete Cislo, Leave Your Mark, parliamentarian. Other board members are: Devian Aguirre, Sage Development LLC; Dana Chitwood, LandAmerica/Lawyers Title; Gary Dorris, Gary W. Dorris Inc.; Garr Erskine, Shower Doors & More; Gerry Greer, Keith Brown Building Materials; John Hanson, attorney; Scott Overy, Sterling View Construction; Eugene Schulzke, Hometown Mortgage and Development; and Gary Whittle, Whittle Construction.


Peggy M. Hanson has joined Bank of the Cascades as assistant vice president and branch manager of the Ashland branch on North Main Street.

Hanson joined the Bank of the Cascades team in October and has more than 30 years experience in the financial services industry. Her professional experience includes branch management with Wells Fargo, consumer and commercial lending and branch operations. She has served as a board and loan committee member for the Southern Oregon Women's Access to credit and is a past advisory board member for Junior Achievement.

Peterson Machinery Co., has named Bryan Barnes sales manager.

He will oversee the prime product sales force for the organization, reporting to sales general manager Michael Tougher. Barnes worked in the oil fields California and Alaska, where he worked on the pipeline project, before moving into sales. His 15 years of experience in equipment sales covers all Caterpillar machines.

LibertyBank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Fenstermacher has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Bankers Association.

The election was held at a recent ABA convention in San Diego. The ABA recently merged with another trade association, America's Community Bankers, and now represents more than 95 percent of the industry's $12.7 trillion in assets — making it the nation's largest bank trade association.

LibertyInvestment and Insurance, located at Liberty Bank, has named Dennis Silva financial consultant at the bank's south Grants Pass office.

Silva has more than six years of experience as a financial advisor in the Rogue Valley, most recently with Raymond James Financial services in Ashland. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics at California State University at Chico.

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