Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 4, 2004

Avista Executive to Present Entrepreneur Speaker Series Lecture at Whitworth

Kim Pearman-Gillman, senior vice president of Avista Development, Inc., will present an Entrepreneur Speakers Series lecture, "Creating New Ventures: One Woman's Journey into Both the Public and Private Realms" on Wednesday, March 17, from 4-5:30 p.m. at Whitworth College. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Hixson Union Building Catering Rooms. For more information, please call (509) 777-3242.

Avista Development, Inc., a subsidiary of Avista Corp., is a venture company that manages and markets the corporation's community investments, including real estate and other assets. In addition to serving as senior vice president of Avista Development, Inc., Pearman-Gillman is leading community-development efforts around the University District at Riverpoint, in Spokane.

From October 2001 through May 2003 Pearman-Gillman served as economic development advisor to former Spokane City Mayor John Powers. As a loaned executive, she focused her efforts on developing tools and initiatives to advance economic development in Spokane, which resulted in the establishment of the permanent positions of economic development advisor and project manager for the city.

Prior to working for the city of Spokane, Pearman-Gillman completed the formation of the Inland Northwest Technology Education Center and served as its founding CEO. This start-up non-profit organization aims to increase the economic viability of regional technology initiatives by focusing on workforce training as a key infrastructure issue.

Pearman-Gillman was also responsible for the renovation of Spokane's Steam Plant Square, which won the National Historic Preservation Honor Award, and she completed the development of the Courtyard Office Center and led the redevelopment of the historic Davenport Arts District, in downtown Spokane.

Pearman-Gillman's areas of expertise include project management, economic development, community relations, communications, and marketing and sales; she has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech, manufacturing, consumer-goods and utility industries. She is the recipient of the 2002 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in the professional category.

The Entrepreneur Speakers Series lectures are part of Whitworth's Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies Program, which was recently established with a grant from the Seattle-based Herbert Jones Foundation. The on-campus speaker series provides Whitworth students and faculty, and members of the regional business community, with opportunities to learn from and interact with entrepreneurs and small-business professionals from industries throughout the region.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Jo Ann Nielsen, Herbert Jones Grant coordinator, School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3242 or joannnielsen@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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