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Apr 18, 2014

Seattle Hospitality Group


Seattle Hospitality Group named Marka Waechter chief executive officer. Founded by H.S. Wright III, SHG is a holding company of hospitality and transportation organizations including SHWorldwide, MTR Western, Emerald City Trolley LLC and MC&A Inc. She worked with Rue La La as general manager and head of the Experiences Division, and also was executive director of Broadway Bound Children's Theatre. SHG is involved in event planning, chartering motor coaches, a sightseeing trolley, and events and conference logistics in Hawaii.

Seattle Repertory Theatre


Seattle Repertory Theatre named Jeffrey Herrmann as the Rep's incoming managing director, effective July 1. He succeeds Benjamin Moore, who has led the organization for 28 years. Herrmann has been managing director for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co. in Washington, D.C., since 2007.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank named Terry Jones market president for U.S. Bank in the South Sound, based in Tacoma. She will lead U.S. Bank teams from Kent to Olympia. Jones was the head of U.S. Bank's commercial banking team in Seattle.

Apr 17, 2014

Stoel Rives


Stoel Rives named Alex Oh of counsel in the Seattle office. Oh is a registered patent attorney and focuses on patent strategy, preparation and prosecution in a variety of technologies.

Ater Wynne



Ater Wynne's Business Group added Ava (Xiaoqiu) Wang as senior counsel and Ashley K. Long as of counsel in Seattle. Wang's practice is focused on American immigration law including employment visas and the EB-5 investment program. Long's practice focuses on trademark law, copyright law and tech transactions. The firm has offices in Portland and Seattle.

Apr 16, 2014

Red Lion Hotels


Red Lion Hotels hired Angela Landgraf as senior vice president of business development to help expand into major U.S. markets through acquisitions and development. She will also work on hotel conversions. Landgraf has more than 20 years of business development and sales experience, and was senior vice president of business development and management for Richfield Hospitality. She also worked for Sage Hospitality, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and InterContinental Hotel Group.


Modumetal, a Seattle-based manufacturer of nanolaminated metal alloys, named John Beaver chief financial officer. He was CFO of Silicor Materials and Sterling Chemicals. Modumetal said it is developing materials for structural, corrosion and high wear applications using an electrochemical manufacturing approach that reduces the cost and raw material consumption while improving performance.

Apr 15, 2014

Opus Bank

Opus Bank hired Kevin Geraci as managing director of Income Property Banking for the Pacific Northwest. Geraci is a 20-year banking and finance veteran, and worked for the National Real Estate Group of Zions Bank as regional director for Alaska, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Western Washington University

Christopher “Kit” Spicer has been hired as dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washington University. Spicer has been interim CFPA dean.

Whidbey Island Bank

Christine Heckert has been named senior vice president and SBA manager for Whidbey Island Bank. Heckert will lead an expanded SBA lending team in Lynnwood. The bank also hired Steven Evans, VP/SBA commercial lending officer, Renee Petit as AVP/SBA credit supervisor and Jennifer Stoves as SBA credit assistant. Whidbey Island Bank has 32 locations in six counties.

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