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People in Business

People in Business

Hiram Kinney has been named senior loan manager at South Valley Bank & Trust's Navigators Landing Rogue Region Commercial Group.

Kinney has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Before joining South Valley, he was area manager for Washington Mutual/Chase Bank. Previous to that, he served as business banking manager for Wells Fargo Bank overseeing the business banking team for Southern Oregon. Kinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Southern Oregon University. He has pursued specialized training in sales, sales management and sales program development. His previous community involvement includes serving on the Cascade Christian High School Board and as a board member for the Risk Management Association.

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Alexander Mann, a tax auditor and senior tax auditor at the Oregon Department of Revenue office in Medford for 30 years, has been hired as a tax supervisor at Michael L. Piels Certified Public Accountants.

Mann served as a senior tax auditor for 17 years and another 13 years as a tax auditor for the state. As senior auditor, he mentored, trained and reviewed the work of all audit staff in the Medford office. He has led several audit projects, including ones that focused on S corporations, estates and trusts, partnerships and specific issues on personal returns. He has led projects that gathered evidence that the Department of Justice needed to convict fraudulent, unlicensed tax preparers.

Mann earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southern Oregon University in 1980. He is in the process of obtaining his license to be an enrolled agent, which is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of audits, collections and appeals.

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Western States Insurance Agency has acquired Mission Bisnett Insurance Agency and has added two employees — Phyllis Hite and Alyssa Banta — to its Medford staff. Hite is a commercial service agent with nearly 30 years in the insurance industry. Banta joined Western States Insurance as a personal lines insurance agent and began her insurance career with Mission-Bisnett Insurance in Medford in 2007.

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Edward Felan has joined Waddell & Reed as a financial adviser in the Medford area. Previously, he was a financial adviser for Edward Jones. Prior to that, he was a bank manager for KeyBank.

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