• October 2019 Member Spotlights

    September 27, 2019
    Board Member Spotlight: Mary Jo Sanders of Skagit River Steel and Recycling

    Mary Jo Sanders is the assistant manager at Skagit River Steel and Recycling. She was raised in Burlington and graduated from BEHS. She began as a teen working in the family business before taking time off for further education and travel. She graduated from SVCC, WWU and CWU with degrees in history and education. She was a substitute teacher in the Skagit Valley area for over 4 years before committing full time to SRSR. Her son, Jackson, was born in 1999 and most volunteer commitment revolved around his growing up. She taught faith formation at St. Charles Catholic Church in Burlington, coached T-ball, was President of the PTO and Board member at Immaculate Conception Regional School in Mount Vernon, volunteered and ran at the local fun runs, and was an avid supporter of anything her son chose to participate in. Her travels have taken her across the US, England and Tasmania. She loves to garden, hates housework, and is obsessed with giant pumpkins. Finally, she is excited for the opportunity to be able to help the community she grew up in by being on the Burlington Chamber of Commerce BOD.

    Ambassador Spotlight: Cameron Stewart of Minuteman Press

    Cameron Stewart is Minuteman’s bulk-mail specialist with more than 20 years of experience.
    According to Michael Tilley, owner of Minuteman Press ”Cameron’s knowledge of U.S. Postal Service regulations and available databases will save our customers time and money. Their message can be sent precisely to their desired audience based on location, age, interests and other demographics.”
    Located at 1616 Cornwall Ave., Suite 121, Minuteman Press produces a vast array of items, including business forms, banners, reports, posters, fliers, books, calendars, pads and more. It also has an on-site graphic designer, handles embroidery services for apparel and offers many promotional products.
    For more information, call (360) 738-3539 or visit www. minutemanpress.com.”

    Member Spotlight: Gale Soblesky of Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

    Gale Sobolesky is a lifelong and proud native of the Pacific Northwest. After growing up in the south Everett area she attended Everett Community College where she received her Registered Nursing Degree. She worked in nursing for 4 years at the Everett Clinic and then took a leave to start her family. She was a stay at home mom for 10 years and loved the undivided time with her family.
    In 1985 after many years of visiting the Skagit Valley to view the Tulip Fields, shop in the small towns and antique stores and travel through, to go to the San Juan Islands the family decided to move to the Skagit Valley, they decided on Conway and moved there in 1986. While raising her 4 children in Conway, she decided to look for a part-time job and became the Manager of the Stanwood – Camano Community Fair for 10 years and then moved to Chehalis to manage the Southwest Washington Fair for 17 years. She has been the Executive Secretary of the Washington State Fairs Association since 1994. While in Chehalis she kept her home in Conway, always knowing she would return to live and retire in the Valley. She moved back in the Spring of 2016, with her husband Robert.
    In the fall of 2016, she was hired by the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival as the Staff Assistant and in 2018 moved into the Sponsorship Coordinator position. She is very honored to be working for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and is enjoying and looking forward to working with the community and the supporter of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
    The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival brings in people from around the globe each April to celebrate spring. Going strong for over 35 years, we are proud to promote our community and support tourism throughout the county, including Burlington. Stop by our Poster Unveiling sponsored by Heritage Bank at Skagit Valley Gardens on Nov. 7, starting at 5:30 pm. And, of course, put your group or business in front of 350,000+ people attending the festival by joining us in our brochure or on the Tulip Festival website. Contact Gale at 360-428-5959 or gale@tulipfestival.org to get more information.
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