South Sound Business People

Washington Patriot Construction in Gig Harbor, has recently announced staff hires.

Aaron Ngwashi is the new IT administration and is responsible for maintaining the company’s network, servers and security systems. He received his associate degree in networking and convergence technologies from Tacoma Community College and has an aas degree from ITT Technical Institute.

Kari Beck has joined the firm as administrative assistant to the accounting, marketing and business development teams. She received an aas degree in accounting.


Ben Martinez

has joined Columbia Bank in downtown Tacoma as vice president, commercial banking. He will manage a portfolio of clients in the southern region of the Puget Sound. Martinez has more than 15 years of banking experience and received an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and has international work experience in Mexico and Canada. Previously he worked at Bank of the West in Seattle.

• The University Of Washington Tacoma School Of Nursing has recently honored

Julie Peerboom

, advanced registered nurse practitioner with its 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award. She works at Franciscan Gynecologic Oncology Associates in Tacoma and was honored for her work as an expert clinician and leader within her medical practice and throughout the region.