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Nov 17, 2017

Semiahmoo Resort

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa in Blaine named Nicole Newton general manager. Newton has 30 years of experience in catering, conference services and banquets, and will oversee three restaurants, the spa and two golf courses. She previously worked at Semiahmoo before working at Columbia Hospitality and several Northwest hotels, including Hotel 1000, Sorrento Hotel and Willows Lodge.

Jones Soda Co.

Seattle-based Jones Soda Co. named Steve Gress executive vice president of U.S. sales. He has worked for Big Geyser and Vitamin Water, and opened his own distribution company, Exclusive Distribution, before being named executive vice president of New England Beverages. He will focus on building the Lemoncocco brand in the U.S.

Nov 16, 2017

Skagit Bank


Skagit Bank hired Andy Egloff as a commercial loan officer in the Burlington office. He has worked as a commercial lender for 13 years, primarily in Snohomish and Island counties.

Ashbaugh Beal


Ashbaugh Beal has hired Sean Leake as an associate in the Construction Law Group. He is a 2017 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.


MicroVision, a Redmond company focused on ultra-miniature projection display and sensing technology, named Perry Mulligan chief executive officer, replacing Alexander Tokman who resigned as CEO and director. Mulligan has been a director at MicroVision since 2010. Tokman remains as president through the end of the year. Mulligan was SVP of operations for Emulex and QLogic.

Nov 15, 2017

City of Bellevue

St. Germain

Joy St. Germain has been appointed Bellevue's human resources director. Bellevue has about 1,300 full-time employees. She was human resources director for Tacoma for 10 years, and also worked for Ecology as human resources director. Bellevue's previous human resources director, Kerry Sievers, retired in June.

Central Washington University


Central Washington University has selected Ediz L. Kaykayoglu to serve as executive director of CWU's Office of International Studies. Kaykayoglu was director of education abroad at Kent State University, and has worked in higher education since 2003. He has a master's in computer technology from Kent State University.

Nov 14, 2017

Housing and Urban Development


The Trump administration named Jeffrey McMorris of Issaquah regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Region X, which covers Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. He started the job Monday. McMorris has served as chief of staff to King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert. HUD annually oversees about $1.4 billion in funding for housing.

Small Business Development Center

Kathy Rupert, an entrepreneur with more than 30 years' experience in small business accounting and finance, has joined the Washington Small Business Development Center. She will focus on clients in Snohomish County, offering help with financing, profitability, marketing and business systems. Taryn Hornby, a former banking executive, has joined SBDC at Green River College to help entrepreneurs start, grow or transition businesses. SBDC is a network of advisors and trade specialists.

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