History & Awards

Best of the West Award 

The Exchange was presented with 1st Place for "Best Promotion Ad for Publication" in the Best of the West Ad Contest which was presented during a PNAWAN (Pacific Northwest Association of Want Ad Newspapers) Conference held at Northern Quest in Spokane. Our award winning graphics team consists of Deborah Simpson, Shelly Wall and Devon McCarthy.




The Exchange was presented with the Hall of Fame "Friend of Hillyard" Award from the Greater Hillyard Business Association. Luke Tolley of the Association presented Helen Boyd-Schwartz the award and said "The business winner has their offices in downtown Spokane, but they are Hillyard at heart. They have reached out to our neighborhood for years to help us advertise events and businesses, especially through tough times."




Exchange Publishing of Spokane, received several awards from the Pacific Northwest Association of Want Ad Newspapers at the Fall Conference. First Place "Best Retail Store Ad" for Oxarc, First Place "Best Special Section" for the Big Horn Show Guide and Second Place "Best Self-Promotion Ad" for Power to the Papers. Jan Ryan, Sales Queen, accepted the awards in Las Vegas.




"Partner of the Year" Award for the Washington State Association REALTORS® is Barbara Harns Powers, of Exchange Publishing, an organization that provides affordable and effective media for real estate advertisers. She was nominated by Jim Palmer Jr. of Real Estate Marketplace NW, Deer Park, Washington. Creativity and resourcefulness are words that have been used to describe her. The award is presented annually to an active media organization or individual for their support of the REALTOR® profession. To quote one of her REALTOR® clients, "I have never known anyone in any business that understands customer service like Barb does. Barbara served for four years on the Board of Directors for the AFCP, the national Association of Free Community Papers, with a circulation of about 100 million. She has been on the Board of Directors for the PNAWAN, the Pacific Northwest Association of Want Ad Newspapers, and served as their Convention Chairman. She was a CASA volunteer in the past as well. Barbara was considered for this award alongside many other media professionals across the state as well.