Islander’s business receives ‘Patriot Award’ for assisting soldier

Islander Douglas Hansen, president of Airbag Service, an automotive safety and electronics services company, have received the Patriot Award acknowledging their sacrifice that made it possible for a Lakewood father of three to pursue his dream of military service. Second Lieutenant Dan Pierce of the 161 HHC Infantry Unit nominated Douglas Hansen and Airbag Service for the award. Airbag Service employs Lieutenant Pierce as an automotive technician.

Islander Douglas Hansen, president of Airbag Service, an automotive safety and electronics services company, have received the Patriot Award acknowledging their sacrifice that made it possible for a Lakewood father of three to pursue his dream of military service. Second Lieutenant Dan Pierce of the 161 HHC Infantry Unit nominated Douglas Hansen and Airbag Service for the award. Airbag Service employs Lieutenant Pierce as an automotive technician.

While working for Airbag Service, Lieutenant Pierce completed Basic Combat Training, Officer Candidate School and an associate’s degree.  With only seven employees in the Puget Sound area, Airbag Service needed to hire and train a temporary employee to cover Lieutenant Pierce’s civilian responsibilities while he earned his rank.

“We are proud of Dan’s accomplishments,” stated Doug Hansen, President of Airbag Service.  “It was our honor to support our country, to support Dan, and to support his family.”

“It has been rewarding, challenging and difficult since I joined the Washington Army National Guard,” stated Lieutenant Pierce, “Without the support, understanding and patriotism of everyone at Airbag Service, the challenge would’ve been nearly impossible.”

Dennis Newell and Bob DeWald of the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, presented the award.

 

More in Business

OfferUp founder Nick Huzar makes customer safety a core pillar

Bellevue-based CEO wanted a simpler solution to his own problems

Aljoya wins Mercer Island business of the year award

Au Courant, Caruccio’s, FASPS, King Insurance and S.R. Schill & Associates were also nominated.

Eastside tech companies Smartsheet, OfferUp, Apptio face challenging 2019

Here are a handful of companies from the Eastside that will be interesting to watch in 2019.

Microsoft’s Building 92. Wikimedia/Photo by Coolcaesar
Microsoft at top for 2018

Redmond-based tech giant closes year as most valued publicly-traded company.

The concepts from Mainstreet Property Group LLC (top) and Shelter Holding/Weinstein A+U were selected as finalists in an RFQ process for a commuter parking and mixed-use project in Mercer Island’s Town Center. Courtesy photos
Joint proposal announced for Mercer Island’s commuter parking and mixed-use project

The two ‘finalist’ companies will team up, with MainStreet Property Group leading the project.

Inside the lobby at the Google office in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Runner1928
Google, Facebook to pay more than $400,000 to Washington state in campaign finance cases

Both are in the top 10 largest campaign finance recoveries in Washington state history.

Island Books hits 45-year mark

Store celebrated on Nov. 3 with cake and community.

Inside the lobby at the Google office in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Runner1928
Kirkland employees protest sexual misconduct in Google walkout

Google’s Kirkland campus took part in the worldwide protest of sexual misconduct within the company.

Mercer Island’s Roanoke Inn receives first ever ‘legacy business’ award from the county

The Island’s oldest business received a 2018 John D. Spellman Award for historic preservation.

Mercer Island galleries debut new art at First Friday

Islanders enjoyed paintings, wine and conversation at the event.

Fall housing market shifts

Residential real estate snapshot for Mercer Island

Former Tully’s locations spring back to life

Following the coffee chain’s collapse earlier this year, other Eastside businesses are moving in.