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| October 6, 2022 1:00 AM

Architects West hires Caleb Champion as Intern Architect

Caleb Champion has been hired as an Intern Architect at our Coeur d’Alene office. He brings over 10 years of leadership experience from the fabrication and construction industries to Architects West. Caleb earned his associate of applied science transfer degree in architectural technology from Spokane Community College. He previously worked for local design and fabrication companies in Spokane.

Caleb has a special interest in design as well as construction administration and is passionate about creating unique designs. Some of Caleb’s current projects include schools in Wallowa, Wash. and Ione, Ore., Mountain View Bible Church and Atlas Housing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Idaho Trust Bank welcomes a new member to banking team

Thomas Prohaska, chairman and chief executive officer of Idaho Trust Bank, has announced hiring Blake D. Fischer as a private banker. Idaho Trust has full-service banking and wealth management offices in Boise and Coeur d'Alene. In his role with Idaho Trust Bank, Fischer will be responsible for servicing existing clients, developing new relationships, and fostering growth.

"I truly value each person I come in contact with and will take this professionalism into a new role as a private banker with Idaho Trust Bank," said Fischer. "I'll be focused on bringing client relationships to the bank and growing the bank's overall commercial presence in the State of Idaho. I take the time to get to know my clients and pride myself on taking a genuine interest in helping them succeed."

For the past five years, Fischer has worked in various sales roles and as a mortgage loan professional, where he built a business based on referrals from clientele and trusted business partners. He was born and raised in Twin Falls and graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.

Idaho Trust Bank was founded in 1994 by brothers Daniel and Thomas Prohaska. The bank is one of only ten banks based in Idaho and the only bank headquartered in Boise.

Catherine Kardong and Casey Becker Riedner Simmons named principals at Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers

Catherine Kardong and Casey Becker Riedner Simmons have been named principals at Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers. Winston & Cashatt is a multidisciplinary, regional law firm with offices in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.

Catherine Kardong joined Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers in 2019 and focuses her practice on estate planning, probate, and guardianships. Catherine graduated first in her class from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2013 and began her legal career at the Washington State Supreme Court, where she clerked for the late Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary E. Fairhurst. Catherine is originally from Spokane, having graduated from Lewis and Clark High School before venturing to the east coast to earn her undergraduate degree from Boston College. During law school, she was a Thomas More Scholar and a member of the Gonzaga Law Review. She was admitted into practice in Wash. in January of 2014 and Idaho in 2019.

Casey Becker Riedner Simmons joined Winston & Cashatt in 2019 and focuses her practice on all aspects of litigation, including personal injury, TEDRA litigation, criminal defense and property disputes in both Idaho and Washington. Prior to joining the firm, Casey practiced as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Kootenai County for six years, handling a variety of criminal matters. She is an experienced trial attorney, having successfully litigated many jury and bench trials during her career. Casey is a Pacific Northwest native who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Idaho with a B.A. in Accounting in 2009 and cum laude from the University of Idaho School of Law in 2012. She was admitted to practice in Idaho that same year and was admitted to practice in Washington in 2019. She is the current president of the Idaho First District Bar Association and a board member for the John P. Gray Bench Bar Forum.

Rod Clugston of Recognized for Performance

Rod Clugston, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Coeur d'Alene, recently attended the firm's Financial Advisor Leaders Conference, which celebrates the contributions and achievements of some of the firm's most successful financial advisors. The conference was held Sept. 29 and 30, virtually.

"The care these financial advisors show for their clients is outstanding, as is the spirit of partnership they demonstrate with both clients and their branch teams. We applaud the positive impact they are making for their clients and in their communities," said Chuck Orban, an Edward Jones principal responsible for the firm's recognition events. "We always look forward to the camaraderie among attendees and the learning that takes place as we celebrate their hard work and the exceptional service they provide to our clients."

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