• June 2019 Member Spotlights

    May 28, 2019
    Board Member Spotlight: Justin Kulhanek of Fortiphi Insurance

    Justin began his professional insurance career in 1997. A graduate of Western Washington University, where he earned degrees in Communications and History, Justin has focused his attention within the Employee Benefits marketplace- gaining experience with sales and retention management, Multiple Employer Trusts administration and Association Health Plan underwriting. Justin joined Fortiphi Insurance in 2008 and presently holds a position of Principal and Practice Leader for their Employee Benefits Department. 
    He and his wife Christina are the proud parents of two amazing sons, Luke and Cole. Most weekends you will find them at the soccer field either supporting Luke in the WFC Rangers “Blue” or Cole in the Sounders FC “Rave Green.”  

    Fortiphi Insurance is a locally owned and operated brokerage firm specializing in employee benefits and commercial insurance services. Fortiphi has served Skagit County for over 30 years and also has offices in Blaine and Everett. 
    Justin can be reached in the following ways:
    360.424.5507 | justin.kulhanek@fortiphi.com | fortiphi.com

    Ambassador Spotlight: Kathryn Starkovich of Morgan Stanley

    athryn Starkovich has enjoyed being an active member of the Burlington Rotary Club for the past 15 years. As President, she was able to guide the club in a project to build a Greenhouse at 4 elementary schools!! Through this project Kathryn hopes kids will learn the value & pride of growing vegetables!  Giving back to the community is essential to both Kathryn and her husband Aaron, as is family!
    Kathryn and her husband have 5 amazing kids they enjoy spending time with. An avid gardener, she loves playing in the dirt, traveling and spending time with family!

    As a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Kathryn works with clients who love life and can't wait to do the things that are meaningful to them. They want a financial advisor to whom they can delegate the heavy lifting of their investment planning which gives them freedom to focus on other, more important things in life. Kathryn offers each client a customized financial plan as their guiding document to help keep them on track toward goals that are significant and substantial to them. Investments are just one important piece of the overall wealth management strategy.  She helps ensure an inclusive approach by considering and coordinating support in providing lending strategies, estate planning strategies, tax considerations, life insurance and long term care alternatives in a way that always keeps client's best interests in mind. 

    Kathryn greatly enjoys the process of financial planning and is excited to see her clients realizing their goals! Over time she has formed long lasting relationships built on respect, integrity and trust.

    Member Spotlight: Ruth Ehrhardt of R & B Bookeeping Services LLC

    “Comprehensive Bookkeeping with Integrity”
    What is “comprehensive bookkeeping” : Complete, including all elements or aspects of bookkeeping. 

    We are committed to meeting all of you needs in bookkeeping so you will be able to promote and perform your business.  We will adapt to your needs, you don’t have to adapt to ours.  There is no job too small, we will meet with you to discuss your needs at no charge to you for the first meeting. “No job too small” could mean that you just may need to understand how to correct an entry in QuickBooks, or we can correct it for you so you can continue doing you own bookkeeping. We are here to help.

    We also offer full-service bookkeeping:
    Accounts payable, which includes management of your vendors and payable responsibilities.
    Accounts receivables, which includes management of your clients and/or customers that you provide products and services for.
    Bank and credit card reconciliations.
    Payroll with full service online cloud-based payroll.
    Financial reports, which includes providing monthly reports, so you are always aware of the financial health of your company.
    B & O, and sales tax report filing. 

    As small business owners, we are very aware of all the challenges involved in being an entrepreneur in the State of Washington.  We have owned and operated a retail store, a General Contracting Business, and a Bookkeeping business. Being self-employed and managing all the responsibilities of running a business and keeping up with the bookkeeping can be overwhelming when you don’t seem to have enough hours in the day to be “all things to all people”.

    We will partner with you to achieve your business goals for success.