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Mountain West Financial branch opens in LO

Mountain West Financial, a California-based West Coast mortgage lender, recently opened its newest branch in Lake Oswego at 4800 Meadows Road, Suite 300, Lake Oswego, 97035.

The firm hired Nattaya Wells as its branch manager for the Lake Oswego office. Prior to joining Mountain West Financial, Wells had been promoted to sales manager with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. She holds more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage field. And before that, Wells worked in both the real estate and banking industries.

She is responsible for all branch operations, managing her team and building the branch as it moves forward.

Mountain West Financial Inc., founded in 1990, is a full-service, privately held Mortgage Banker. It is local to Lake Oswego but serves all of Oregon, most notably the Portland Metropolitan area.

The firm offers a wide-range of conventional loan programs, as well as approvals with FHA, VA, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae (and others). To learn more about the various programs offered through Mountain West Financial, visit: lakeoswego.mwfinc.com/loan-programs.

To learn more about Mountain West Financial in Lake Oswego, visit LakeOswego.mwfinc.com or call 503-534-3617.

HBF offers scholarship at construction college

Home Builders Foundation will offer one deserving student a $2,500 scholarship for the new residential carpentry program to be offered at Northwest College of Construction (NWCOC) for the first time this fall. This program is aimed to train students for a career in the residential home building industry.

“We’ve heard from countless members of the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland that the lack of skilled, trained workers is approaching a critical level,” Ken Cowdery, executive director of Home Builders Foundation, said. “This new program offered by NWCOC will help builders meet growing demand.”

Home Builders Foundation will also honor retiring NWCOC CEO, Dan Graham, by naming the scholarship in his honor.

“Dan’s nine years of wisdom and guidance has truly transformed NWCOC, and we are excited to recognize his contributions with this scholarship,” Cowdery said.

For more information on the residential carpentry program or to apply for this scholarship, visit nwcoc.com.

Energy Trust helps save on energy bills

With technical assistance and cash incentives, Energy Trust of Oregon helped utility customers make clean energy improvements at 69,000 locations throughout Oregon in 2013, resulting in the saving of $309 million on utility bills.

“Oregonians rely on Energy Trust to help them get more from their energy in their homes and businesses,” Margie Harris, executive director of Energy Trust, said. “Each year, we drive innovation and create opportunities for all types of customers to benefit from energy savings and renewable generation.”

For detailed 2013 results and customer success stories, visit Energy Trust’s 2013 annual report website, energytrust.org/annualreport.