Cellular company hosts 'Crush the Valley' events

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Inland Cellular is hosting an array of sales and community events this week in a three-day promotion dubbed "Crush the Valley."

The community is invited to join the wireless communications company for the free events that kick off Wednesday with the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce's quarterly luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Inland Cellular is a sponsor of the event, which will focus on "Public Safety and its Impact on the Business Community." Speakers will be Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner, Walla Walla Police Chief Chuck Fulton and Jim Sporleder, who serves on the Community Council Task Force on Gang Prevention. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members; $30 for nonmembers. They're available at the Chamber, 525-0850. Other "Crush the Valley" events this week:

Inland Cellular Bowling Night: The event takes place Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Stardust Lanes, 330 S. Second Ave. Inland Cellular will take over the bowling alley for the night. Businesses, organizations and families can form teams of five or six players for fun, food, drinks and prizes. Those interested in participating can call 629-1549 to reserve a lane.

Wine Walk and Business Social: On Thursday between 5 and 6:30 p.m. the public is invited to attend a wine walk in historic downtown Walla Walla. Complimentary wine tastings will take place at Mansion Creek Cellars, DaMa Wines and the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman shop. Participants will receive a validation card. Those who hit up all three spots will be entered into a drawing for a prize during the business social event that runs 6-8 p.m. For that part, Inland Cellular will be at the Red Monkey Lounge, where drinks and appetizers will be provided for participants. Inland Cellular staff will feature promotions, games and giveaways. Some will get a shot at over $700 in cash and prizes in the Inland Cellular Money Machine at Friday's Crush the Valley Sale.

Crush the Valley Sale: The company's retail shop, 1605 S.E. Meadowbrook Blvd, College Place, will feature sales throughout the day Friday starting at 8 a.m. Coffee and pastries will be served to morning guests; lunch will be available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Inland Cellular Money Machine will be up and running for lucky guests chosen to participate. Friday and Saturday only, clients will be eligible for a $200 switchover credit per line; waived activation fees; buy-one-get-one-free phones and more. For more details visit InlandCellular.com.

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A new senior vice president is joining the team at Key Technology.

Louis C. Vintro has been appointed new senior vice president of business development and global operations, the Walla Walla manufacturing firm announced. Starting Oct. 26, he will take over development of strategic partnerships and oversee the company's global operations.

The workload is a critical part of Key's overall growth strategy, officials said in an announcement. Key Chief Executive Officer David Camp said Vintro's "extensive manufacturing leadership experience," particularly in the field of laser-based inspection, will add depth to the senior management team.

Vintro has served over the last two and a half years as vice president and general manager of the semiconductor division of ESI Inc., a laser-based wafer fabrication equipment manufacturer. Before that, he was with KLA-Tencor Corp., a California firm that made laser-based particle inspection equipment. He's also worked for BOC Edwards Kachina, now Applied Materials Inc., a provider of semiconductor processing services.

Vintro has a doctorate in physics from Stanford University and a master's in business from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His undergraduate degree in physics came from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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

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