Peterson & Jake CPA
Peterson & Jake is a tax and accounting firm that sets itself apart by the personal care offered its clients. It provides income, state, and payroll tax accounting, tax planning for businesses and individuals, non-profits, estates, and trusts. They are Quickbooks Pro accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll advisers as well.
After the Navy moved her from Italy to complete her Bachelor's degree at the University of Washington, Dawn Jake fell in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and decided to stay.
She and her husband subsequently raised two children. Chlesi, a graduate of Central Kitsap High School, is currently in college on the eastern side of the state, while their son is a junior at South Kitsap High School. When not dedicating massive amount of time to helping her clients acurrately and efficiently complete their taxes and manage bookkeeping, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family exploring the great outdoors that kept her here.
Kelly's Cafe & Espresso
Teresa Baker and her husband own this month’s member spotlighted company, Kelly’s Café and Espresso. The local restaurant has two branches. In Gig Harbor, the first storefront was opened in 2006, after Teresa worked under her brother at his Seattle restaurant, igniting her restaurant bug.
Teresa’s family has been in South Kitsap for decades, so when she was ready to expand, Port Orchard seemed a natural destination. Since opening in 2013, Kelly’s has won awards for Best Breakfast, Best Burger, Best Fish & Chips, and Best Ice Cream.
When not working, Teresa and her family enjoy supporting South Kitsap’s strong community, where their business invests in schools and valuable youth programs, her sons play basketball, and her entire family follows the Seahawks. Kelly’s Café & Espresso strives to be a place of community and warmth, where everyone from locals to visitors feel at home.
Air Masters Heating Inc.
While provide quality service to its customer, Air Masters, Inc. is also “giving back” to the South Kitsap community. President Mark Timmerman said it’s important to give back because Air Masters is thankful and
want to show it by our actions. “We feel it only makes sense to express our gratitude in ways that are helpful to the most
important members of our community — the children,” said Timmerman. “Without a properly supported, educated and loved generation of young people to come, our own lively hood and the
comforts of our community that we so enjoy are at stake.”
He said that young people should know that business and entrepreneurship is not the enemy that
is often portrayed. “It’s quite the opposite,” Timmerman said. “We look forward to a strong future for Kitsap, not
because of our doing but because of all the people and organizations that give so much so often.”
Lena Price, Air Masters sales marketing manager, said the company donated to several projects and programs this year. During the South Kitsap Back to School Celebration, Price said they donated 10 fully stocked
backpacks that were raffled at the celebration to raise more funds to support the children’s supply needs. “We had a booth at the celebration and we handed out 2,000 South Kitsap Wolves footballshaped
backpacks stocked with school supplies at our booth at the celebration,” she said. Price said the company has an ongoing food drive in the service department to help support
South Kitsap Helpline. They offer clients a $25 discount on a repair call with a non-perishable food donation to benefit the food bank.
“We have donated, from the generosity of the Air Masters clients more than 2,500 pounds of food,” she noted.
The company makes several donations annually to support the school’s sports teams in Kitsap
and donate annually to support the Puget Sound Youth Swim Club. Additionally, last Christmas they sponsored a child at Marcus Whitman Junior High School with
a brand new bike and Furby toy through The Shepherds & the Angels Secret Santa Program. The Shepherds & the Angels is a non-profit that is instrumental in providing help to the
community. Air Masters also sponsored the Lego Building Challenge Contest at the spring home and garden show sponsored by the Home Builders’ Association. They donate annually to help support the
cost of Hidden Creek’s Youth Camp Colman.
They also participate and support local organizations: Port Orchard Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders’ Association, Repower Kitsap, Northwest Ductless, and trade allies
of Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Cascade Natural Gas, Peninsula Light and Mason County PUD. In 2013, the company received praise from the Sunnyslope Improvement Association after two
employees donated and installed a new furnace in the Sunnyslope Community Hall. Steve Krecker started Air Masters in 1986. The New York native moved to Kitsap County in
1977 when he was hired at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Recently Krecker’s company merged with Mark Air, which was owned by Mark Timmerman. Timmerman became president
in 2010 and ownership of the company is shared between, Timmerman and his wife, Rosemarie, and Steve and Susan Krecker.“As owners and managers we make a great team and love working together to solve all the
challenges of growing a small business here in Kitsap County,” said Timmerman.
“There’s no doubt about it,” Krecker said. “Our vision statement talks about being the best in the county to retain the best people. I believe that we do that.”
Since then, the duo has continued to provide quality heating and cooling installation, along with other service to its customers. Residential work could take as little as a couple of hours, while
large commercial jobs can last several months. Krecker said he and his employees are not afraid of accepting challenging jobs, either. “I’ve always liked the challenge of thinking outside of the box and coming up with something
new, different and innovative,” he said. “The people around me are like-minded.” Krecker said his employees are “good, reliable people and their hearts are in the right place” and
the service and expertise that Air Masters provides is what “separates it from its competitors.”
While prices range because the magnitude of each job varies, Price said the company offers “products to fit everyone’s budget so they can experience energy savings.”
Timmerman said Air Masters is continually implementing new strategies for more growth and higher quality service. “We plan to be in the community for many years to come and have a staff that is capable of
growing and changing with the ever moving landscape of technology and business practices,” he added. “We are a company that welcomes change and new ideas that improve the customer and
Last year, Air Masters was named the “Best Heating and Air Company” by the Best of West Sound 2014. They also have earned an “A rating” from Angie’s List, Consumer Checkbook and
the Better Business Bureau. In 2012, they earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award which is bestowed upon the top 5
percent of all company rated on Angie’s List — a national provider for consumer business reviews.
In the past they have received top reviews from Checkbook and West Sound magazines. For more information about Air Masters, visit www.airmastersheating.com or Air Masters Inc.
on Facebook. They are located at 3210 SE Mile Hill Drive in Port Orchard. They can be reached at 360-895-2527.
-Feature article of Air Masters Heating in the Port Orchard Independent on 09/26/14 By Dannie Oliveaux.
Kitsap Veterinary Hospital
January's Member Spotlight is a little different, as beginning in 2015, each month will be host to multiple member spotlights. The first company or organizaion to be spotlighted on our website is Kitsap Veterinary Hospital, which has been in Port Orchard since 1947! The current lead veterinarian is Sarah Buck, who started working at Kitsap Veterinary School immediately after graduating from WSU in 1999.
Originally from Vermont, Sarah received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1999, and began subsequently training in high quality veterinary medicine and surgery under Dr. Christman and Dr. Holt at Kitsap Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Buck appreciates the sense of communiy and variety of outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer, and when not working, enjoys running, playing with her dog and cat, and running her sons to soccer and baseball games.
Kitsap Veterinary Hospital is proud to be a fast-paced veterinary practice that offers quality customer service and modern medical care. They see dogs and cats for everything from wellness care to spcialty medical and surgical procedures, and would love to make you and your pet a part of the Kitsap Vet family.
Port Orchard Auto Body
This month’s member spotlight honors Chamber member Port Orchard Auto Body, owned and managed by John and Janet Latham. Though Port Orchard Auto Body has been open only since April, John and Janet have over 30 years of experience in collision repair.
The company focuses on collision repair and painting. As owners, the Lathams emphasize their fantastic customer service. Being local enables them to know their customers personally. They always deal honestly, and take great pride in the quality of their shop’s work.
Though originally from the Seattle area, the Lathams have called Port Orchard their home for the last twenty years. In contrast to Seattle’s big city atmosphere and crime, they “love the hometown feel” of Port Orchard, and are thrilled to see what’s next in the revitalization of Port Orchard. When not working, Janet and her husband take full advantage of the many outdoor activities available around Washington, from fishing and camping, to motorcycling and riding ATVs. Additionally, they enjoy collecting and rehabbing classic cars.
Though in her previous career, she was often unable to dedicate a lot of time to networking, Janet has greatly enjoyed the networking opportunities made available through the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce. She and John look forward to continuing their involvement in the South Kitsap community as it expands, and hope you’ll remember them the next time you need body work done on your car.
Port Orchard Eagles Club
The Port Orchard Eagles Club is a branch of the international organization 'fraternal Order of the Eagles.' This group was founded when six Seattle theater owners banded togethr to resolve a musicians' strike. After a solution was found, the men decided to formalize their friendship with a club known as 'The Order of Good Things.' Upon a second meeting, they renamed their nascent organization 'The Fraternal Order of the Eagles.'
Locally, the Port Orchard Eagles Club participates heavily in charity, providing for our community through meals for first responders and fundraisers for the South Kitsap Helpline, Alzheimer's research, and other great causes. Money raised from dues, live bands/dancing, and other dinners go to helping great local non-profits support the community.
Past Member Spotlights:
As a military family, we truly appreciate another business that recognizes the sacrifice not only the military member gives, but how hard it can be on the family back home as well. DeFord Photography gives to our military community and we are so grateful for this beautiful family photo.
Barry & Debbie Doll: Port Orchard, WA
These beautiful wall portraits are displayed in many homes and offices throughout our area.
Photography has been a passion of mine for several years. I've enjoyed creating Family Portraits that Make Time Stand Still.
My family came to DeFord Photography for A Creation Session involving a 4 generation photo. Shirley candidly photographed this tender moment of Daniel, (my grandson), his great grandmother and myself in between poses. This single photo captured the heart of my family in a way we will treasure forever, especially since my mom passed away not long after this was taken. If you're even thinking about getting photos done with your loved ones, do it now! Moments like these are not here forever.
Louise Kohl: Silverdale, WA
Thank you, Shirley, for working with our large family, and special circumstances. You were amazingly flexible with the Creation Session that we wanted, changing directions quickly to accommodate dad when we realized that he didn't have the energy to do the different photo locations that we originally envisioned. We came away with some beautiful family portraits that we will always treasure, as they are the last photos we will ever be able to have with all of us together. And the extra effort on your team's part to get them edited and printed on such short notice were beyond expectations!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Dedra Fessler Morris: Port Orchard, WA
My name is Shirley DeFord with DeFord Photography and I specialize in Family Photography because our families are what's most important to each and every one of us! I've lived in and around this area all my life and have seen our town grow and expand, but what I love the most about this area is the people! I've met so many warm and caring families, that care about each other and this town as much and more than I do. If you are a woman who is in the small percentage who is really looking for something truly amazing, creative, and beautiful:
~ if you want emotions and feelings of this moment in your family's life
~ if you want to 'touch your heart' each time you glance at the portrait, and if you want to be truly proud of the portrait and its vision and design, then you will find this information very interesting and helpful.
Now of course, I'm biased, but I truly believe that a more artistic, carefully planned, and creative style of portraiture is much more meaningful and valuable to you than an 'everyday' photograph that you can have taken anywhere, anytime and by anyone. A finely crafted portrait ~ something that captures the true meaning of your life, and visually and emotionally expresses what your family is about, will grow in value to you and your family as the years go by.
Check out my website at http://www.defordphotography.com!
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