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Mar 24, 2017

Madrona Venture Group

Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm, said Maria Karaivanova is joining as a principal focused on new investment opportunities, and Alice Ryder is joining as director of investor relations and business development. Karaivanova has nearly a decade of tech experience at Cloudflare, Intel and Boeing. Ryder was most recently VP of investor relations at King Digital Entertainment, the maker of Candy Crush, and also worked for Clearwire, Expedia and Nextel Partners.

Washington State University

Nancy Swanger, associate dean and director of the Washington State University School of Hospitality Management and an associate professor with the Carson College of Business, is the new faculty athletic representative. Swanger succeeds Agricultural Economics Professor Ken Casavant, who has held the position since 1999.

Mar 23, 2017

Cairncross and Hempelmann



Cairncross and Hempelmann said Ryan D. White and Jennifer K. Faubion have been named principals. White's practice is focused on real estate transactions, including representing developers, lenders and public-sector clients. Faubion provides litigation services and dispute resolution assistance, including for receiverships and commercial bankruptcies.

Puget Sound Bank

Puget Sound Bank said Suzanne B. Santora joined the company as vice president, human resources manager.

Mar 22, 2017

First Sound Bank


First Sound Bank hired Geri Bullard as executive vice president and chief financial officer. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a controller and CFO in Washington, Idaho and California.

Gen Con

Gen Con, which produces a tabletop game convention, said David Hoppe has been named its new president, based in Seattle, eplacing Adrian Swartout, who will continue on the board of directors. Hoppe comes from Blastworks, a mobile games developer and publisher.

JND Legal Administration

JND Legal Administration, a legal management and administration company based in Seattle, hired Tom Hoffman as a senior consultant in the class action and mass tort administration services division in Los Angeles.

Mar 21, 2017

Carney Badley Spellman


Christopher A. Wright has joined Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle as a principal in the construction department.

Workforce Information Advisory Council

Cynthia Forland, director of the Washington Employment Security Department's Labor Market and Performance Analysis Division, has been named the new chairperson of the Workforce Information Advisory Council. The federal committee includes workforce and labor market experts, and makes recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

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