College Place firm garners industry honors


College Place marketing and communications firm CMBell Company has been feted with six awards in two competitions -- four from the annual Healthcare Advertising Awards and two from the Aster Awards competitions.

A national panel of judges reviewed 4,000 entries for the Healthcare Advertising Awards competition.

The firm, led by President DeLona Lang Bell, received Gold awards for the development of a Colorado hospital's patient menu; a logo and business system developed for a Los Angeles-based electrophysiology institute; and for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital's heart and vascular care radio spot.

The company earned a Bronze Award for a logo and business system for a Colorado pain management center.

CMBell also received two Golds from the Aster Awards competition.

One was for a promotional piece and one was for the logo and business system for the L.A.-based Pacific Rim EP Institute.


Three Banner Bank employees have been promoted in recent months to new positions, the company announced.

Laura Dobbins, former vice president and manager of the Ninth Avenue and College Place branches was named vice president/division operations manager for the Walla Walla, Tri-Cities, Yakima and Wenatchee areas. Dobbins joined Banner in 1998 and has more than 20 years banking experience. She is a member of the Exchange Club of Walla Walla.

Misty Bailey, former assistant vice president/customer service manager at the main Walla Walla branch, was promoted to assistant vice president/branch manager of the Ninth Avenue branch. A Banner employee since 2000, Bailey is also a member of the Exchange Club and serves as treasurer and vice president of education for Young Professionals of Walla Walla, among other professional and community service commitments.

Former Customer Service Supervisor for the main Walla Walla branch Lori Coers was named College Place branch manager. She joined the Banner team in 1999 and is active in the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Walla Walla.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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