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People in Business, May 23, 2016

Residential loan officers Richard Knight and Toby Atkeson have joined Banner Bank.  Atkeson has more than 25 years of banking and finance experience, including specific expertise in mortgage lending. Atkeson is a Veteran of the United States Army Reserves. He was senior vice president for financial operations at Safu Al-Malath, a heavy industrial construction company serving the oil and gas industry in Baghdad and Al-Garraf, Iraq. Prior to that, he was senior finance and banking director for Ameri-Loan Financial Services Corp., business and finance director for American Mortgage Lending and a branch assistant vice president at Citi Financial. Knight is a seasoned mortgage lender with more than 25 years of experience. Most recently, he was a real estate lender for People's Bank of Commerce and a mortgage Loan officer at Bank of the Cascades in Grants Pass. Before that, he was with Nationstar Mortgage, PremierWest Bank, TruWest Credit Union and Rogue Credit Union. Knight has degrees in business administration and accounting from Cal State University-San Bernardino and business administration and managerial accounting from Southern Oregon University

The Rogue Valley Association of Realtors has named Kim Hurley of Coldwell Banker Pro West Real Estate its Realtor of the Year and Brandy Jennings of First American Title as its Affiliate of the Year. Hurley became an Oregon real estate licensee in 1988. He earned a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and is currently a managing broker at Coldwell Banker Pro West Real Estate. Jennings is a business development representative at First American, where she's worked three years. Prior to that, she was a senior sales representative at AmeriTitle and sales representative for Lawyers Title.

Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership has named senior manufacturing consultant John Lamy its Medford office manager. OMEP is a statewide not-for-profit that helps small and medium-sized manufacturers make efficiency and operations improvements. Lamy brings more than 30 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, consulting and product quality management to the position. He previously was Executive Director of the Southern Oregon Sustainable Business Network, 2008-2012 and most recently operated his own consulting firm, Lamy Consulting, in Jacksonville. Prior to that, he had a 29-year career with Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, Calif., where he worked as a product development manager, quality manager and a corporate consultant. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Cornell University with a concentration in finance and business strategy.

—Email People in Business items to Greg Stiles at business@mailtribune.com.

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