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Two more reasons to get fit this summer -- Business Briefing

The Gym at the Pavilion adds Pilates equipment, therapists to its fitness program.

In time for the peak season in the fight against flab, the Gym at the Pavilion is expanding its services with the addition of two new therapists and a top-of-the-line Pilates machine, the business announced this week.

Among the new hires is Wendy Becker, LMP, who brings years of training and experience to the massage table. A USA certified coach, Becker believes in producing results by placing emphasis on elements often overlooked.

“I facilitate holistic growth, where the integrity of body, mind and spirit align,” Becker said in a news release. “I demonstrate that a healthy body is a rested body, recovered from stress and pain.”

Therapist Johnny LeBord specializes in reiki, a form of energy healing, relaxation, Swedish and systemic deep tissue therapy massage.

Massages are by appointment only and are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 855-0880 to make an appointment.

Augmenting the gym’s extensive line of equipment is a “Cadillac” STOTT Pilates Reformer, a gliding platform with a sophisticated system of springs, straps and pulleys that allows users to perform more than 100 exercises.

The apparatus figures prominently in Pilates, an all-ages conditioning program that simultaneously stretches and strengthens the deep abdominal and back muscles to trim and tone the body.

Betsy Emison, a STOTT Pilates-trained and certified instructor, is available to conduct private lessons on the new equipment, 7 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Wilson, Bennett expand charters

Islanders and longtime charter operators Geoff Wilson and Debbie Bennett have added new partners and a new ship to Alaska Yacht Charters, a Bainbridge-based company offering yacht tours of the Alaskan coast.

The firm runs nine-day, eight-night tours of the waters off southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia aboard two 90-foot cruising yachts, Alaskan Song and the newly acquired Alaskan Story.

The couple has owned and operated charter yachts in Alaska for 17 years. Formerly an attorney, Geoff is United States Coast Guard licensed and has chartered the waters of Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean and the north and south Pacific since 1974.

Bennett is a gourmet chef with a degree in business. She has cruised from Juneau, Alaska to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and back – twice.

Joining the team are D.K. Williams and Stacey Williams, who have operated a charter vessel together in Southeast Alaska for the past five years. They both have Naturalist Certificates through the University of Alaska. D.K. has a degree in economics and Stacy, a degree in business.

Tours run April through September. For more information, contact Alaska Yacht Charters at 780-0822 or aksong@alaskansong.com.

SunTrust shines for Mercury OLS

Bainbridge-based Mercury Online Solutions (www.mercuryonline.com), a worldwide provider of digital signage network solutions has entered into a three-year agreement with Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, Inc., to provide digital communications for the bank’s branch network.

“Digital signage as well as the ability to provide news, entertainment and marketing information via closed circuit TV, enhances the banking experience of customers visiting our branches,” said Mike Asbury, merchandising manager for SunTrust. “We chose Mercury Online Solutions as our partner because of its impressive experience, reliability rating, and expansion experience with nationwide networks.”

Digital signage is being recognized by a growing number of retailers as a powerful medium for information, advertising and entertainment, according to a report by Janju Khatri, a senior analyst with Suppli/Stanford Resources. She predicts nearly quadruple growth from 2004 to 2009 and cites the need of retailers to reach their target audiences with timely information and advertisements as the most important driver.

SunTrust’s digital communications network is currently launching at a branch in Atlanta, Ga. The network will provide dynamic marketing and news information, as well as employee education capabilities through digital signage. All content and screens will be managed through a single web-based network by Mercury Online Solutions.

“SunTrust Bank has a long history of providing superior customer service in financial services in the U.S.,” said John Eisenhauer, president and CEO of Mercury Online Solutions. “Mercury is looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with SunTrust.”

Founded in 1996, Mercury Online Solutions was recently ranked in the top 10 percent of Inc. Magazine’s 2003 list of the fastest growing private companies.

Susan joins Dahl Donnan outfit

Islander Susan Donnan has joined the Dahl Donnan Group as financial consultant.

She will specialize in total wealth management, including personalized individual asset allocation balancing. Series 7 and 63 licensed since 1988, she started with Smith Barney in Seattle.

She can be reached at 344-3555.

Olympic-Poulsbo

hosts MoneyWise

The new Olympic College branch campus in Poulsbo will host a free “Money Wi$e Women Forum,” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18.

Participants can choose from four one-hour breakout sessions on

• Starting your journey to financial empowerment

• Everything you ever wanted to know about investing, but were afraid to ask

• Developing a spending plan and debt reduction plan

• Making your mortgage work for you

• Protecting your family – wills and estate planning

• Understanding the community property laws

• Why your credit report and credit score are important

• Strategies for making car buying painless

An optional box lunch can be purchased in advance for $10.

Information, registration: Marcia Brixey, mww@silverlink.net, (360) 308-0056 or www.moneywisewomen.net.

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