Movers & Shakers (Oct. 26)

2009-10-26T01:30:00Z Movers & Shakers (Oct. 26)Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
October 26, 2009 1:30 am  • 

People on the Move

Yolanda Carrasco and Shantel Lindsey are beginning their careers as real estate brokers at the Albany/Corvallis branch of Prudential Real Estate Professionals. Carrasco was born and raised in Chile. She received a degree in sociology from La Universidad Catolica of Chile. Lindsey was born and raised in Albany, and studied business at Oregon State University.


Jessyca Banks, Tammy Ditgen and Kathy Frieze, real estate sales professionals, have joined Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette. Banks is a graduate of Oregon State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Ditgen has been a licensed real estate agent for the several years. Frieze has been a licensed real estate agent for the past five years, and is a graduate of Willamette University. The Keller Williams Realty Mid-Willamette office is at 815 N.W. Ninth St., Corvallis, 766-0260.

Take a Bow

Several local businesses and residents have received 2009 Excellence in Family Business Awards issued by the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University. This is the oldest family business awards program in the nation.

In the small family business category (10 to 24 employees), finalists were Fitzpatrick Painting and Second Glance/The Annex, both of Corvallis. In the micro category (nine or fewer employees), Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths took top honors. Olufson Designs of Corvallis was a finalist in this category. Donald Neubaum, an associate professor of management at OSU, will receive the Faculty Award. Mark Goracke of Goracke Farms in Monroe will receive the Undergraduate Student Award.

Winners and finalists will be formally recognized at an evening event Nov. 19 at the Oregon Zoo.

Family businesses are nominated for the award by employees, advisers and owners. Nearly 200 nominations were submitted and more than 100 completed applications were judged. The awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in innovation, entrepreneurship, commitment and community involvement. The Austin Family Business Program serves family-owned companies through workshops, seminars and family business management courses.


Oregon State University's Master of Business Administration program is once again among the top 100 in the world, according to the Aspen Institute's 2009-10 edition of "Beyond Grey Pinstripes," a biennial survey that ranks business schools based on proven integration of social, environmental and ethical issues into the curriculum. The OSU program was also ranked in Aspen's 2007-2009 survey. The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education, a program of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, compiled the report looking at how effectively social and environmental issues are incorporated into the training of future business leaders.


The Better Business Bureau Foundation recently awarded the BBB Charity Seal to Benton Habitat for Humanity for meeting all 20 of its standards, which measure honest, ethical practices and demonstrate a commitment to accountability, transparency and ethical practices. The full report is available on the Benton Habitat for Humanity Web site,

News & notes

A work tip submitted by Emma Kirk of Kirk Design and Construction is featured in the November issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine. Her technique for spraying a finish on 50 screwheads at once appeared in the "How To" section. Kirk is available at 758-0776 or


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