• September 2019 Member Spotlights

    August 29, 2019
    Board Member Spotlight: Gary Englund of Skagit Skate

    Established in 1999 by owners Gary and Karen Englund, Skagit Skate has been providing family and community entertainment and sport in Skagit County for almost 20 years. Coming from a long line of rink operators, the Englund's are well versed in what it takes to successfully run a roller skating establishment. Owner Gary was introduced to the skating business at age 7 when his father Eric opened a Rink in Everett.
    His love for the skating and entertainment industry grew throughout his childhood and drove him to purchase his own rink with his wife Karen in Centralia, Washington in 1990. The Centralia Rollerdrome became the Englund's life. The family lived and Breathed their business and skating. From running the business to playing hockey with their 3 boys, from speed skating to roller derby. The Englund's were never far from their beloved rink.
    In 1998 Gary and Karen were presented with the opportunity to move their rink and expertise to the beautiful Skagit Valley. Knowing how much the community had enjoyed and appreciated recreational skating with the previous rink (Roller Frolic), they jumped at the chance. In 1999, Skagit Skate was born and with it, skating came back to the valley. The expertise and devotion the Englund's provided made Skagit Skate extremely successful.
    Gary and Karen Englund are very proud of what Skagit Skate has become. They are extremely excited to celebrate the rinks 20th birthday with the valley that helped make it such a success.
    Skagit Skate is a roller Skating family fun center. The roller rink opened its doors in December of 1999 by owners Gary and Karen Englund. We strive to help the community be better by providing a safe and affordable fun center for all families. We offer many different opportunities to skate and stay fit including family skate nights, tiny tot “play and skate” for the little ones, daycare field trips, school night fundraisers, a birthday party venue both for public and private parties, special holiday skating events, and business group parties for their employees. On top of all of that, we offer Roller Sports such as roller hockey, speed skating, artistic figure skating, learn to skate classes; all of which plays a big part in the self-growth and improvement of skaters of all ages. Our skaters have brought home many championship titles and have competed at various World Championships!

    Member Spotlight: Kevin McEntee of LaQuinta Inn & Suites Burlington

    We are proud to be the newest hotel in Burlington – opening our doors in July 2019! Our team is very excited to be a part of the Skagit community and take great care of any guests that walk through our doors.
    Our hotel is conveniently located right off I-5 near the Outlet Shoppes and the Costco shopping center on Burlington Blvd. Surrounded by hundreds of shops and restaurants, the possibilities of places to visit around the hotel is endless. In addition, our location provides easy access to the Bellingham airport, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and to Highway 20 and the glorious scenic views that await in either direction. We are located right at the gateway to both the North Cascades as well as Deception Pass State Park.
    One thing that sets us apart is our love for our furry friends. Pets are welcome at the hotel with no fees. We also are proud to offer a complimentary breakfast buffet and lightning fast Wi-Fi—plus an indoor pool, onsite laundry facilities and state of the art fitness center. Each of our rooms features a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, flat-screen HDTV, desk, ironing amenities, and hair dryer.
    The hotel features a 792 square foot meeting room with state of the art A/V equipment and flexible meeting space to accommodate business meetings, conferences, holiday parties, weddings and other functions. We’d love to host your next meeting!
    Brand new and centrally located our customer service will create a lasting and memorable impression. Come see for yourself all we have to offer at your new home away from home in Burlington. Give us a call at 360-205-9205 or reach out to our Sales Manager Kevin McEntee at 360-395-5583 to set up a personal tour. We look forward to seeing you soon!

    Ambassador Spotlight: Monica Craig of CPI Plumbing & Heating

    CPI Plumbing & Heating provides high-quality repair, installation, and maintenance services for plumbing, heating, and cooling all around the Skagit, Island, Whatcom & N. Snohomish Counties. CPI has built a reputation for outstanding customer service and quality workmanship for both residential and commercial customers.
    CPI Plumbing & Heating was founded by Steve Olsen in 1986. Kelly Schols joined CPI in 1990 and took over ownership in 2001. In January 2019, Brad Tully and Michael ‘Oly’ Olsen took over ownership, but our vision hasn’t changed, we continue to strive to be a company that focuses on both our employees and the community as the core to our continued success. This foundation can be found in our mission statement which reflects our core values: "We are committed to creating a positive impact in the communities we serve while providing a secure and satisfying workplace for our team members."
    CPI’s Award-Winning Services for Your Home & Business
    Over our more than 30 years in business, CPI Plumbing & Heating has won numerous prestigious awards, including the National Plumbing Contractor of the Year Award in 2013 and the George Brazil Trailblazer Award in 2014. We have also made our presence known in the lives of our team members and community through the CPI Charity Club, which has supported various local non-profits and charities.
    Our leadership also believes in employee education, and every single technician at CPI Heating & Plumbing receives the training they need to excel when it comes to serving your home or business. Everybody at our company attends numerous training and leadership conferences each year, including our leadership team, and our daily training program spans every subject from plumbing code to customer service to personal development.
    We value our customers, and we strive to make sure we are doing whatever we can to better their lives. If you have any questions about our services or the CPI Charity Club please don’t hesitate to call us at (360) 428-5636 or email us at office@cpiplumbing.com.
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