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Nov 16, 2017

Magazine honors Sharon Lee


Seattle Magazine's November issue includes its annual list of most influential Seattleites. Alongside names like Governor Jay Inslee and Amazon's John Schoettler is the Low Income Housing Institute's Sharon Lee. The magazine praised her efforts to create both affordable housing and tiny house colonies in Ballard, Interbay, Georgetown and four other locations. Lee told the magazine she wants to have 200 tiny houses in place by the end of this year. Also on the list of honorees is Pike Place Market Authority's Ben Franz-Knight, who oversaw the MarketFront expansion.

RSIR hires new director of sales


Realogics Sotheby's International Realty hired Stacia Smith as director of sales and Seattle branch manager. She will oversee 85 brokers. Smith moves from Coldwell Banker Bain's Bainbridge Island office.

CREW topic: What's next for Vulcan?

The title of CREW's Dec. 14 luncheon talk will be “What's Next for Vulcan Real Estate?,” and everyone in Seattle surely wants to know. Four Vulcan executives will speak on the panel: Kiki Gram, Pearl Leung, Lori Mason Curran and Megan Murphy. It starts at 11:30 a.m. at Motif, 1415 Fifth Ave. Details and registration are at crewnetwork.org.

Mercedes-Benz expanding here


Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America now has about 20 engineers in its Western Avenue office near the waterfront, but the company said that number will soon grow to around 150. The R&D lab will be headed by veteran local software engineer Mike Dosenbach, formerly of Amazon and Okta, who said in a statement, “We believe Seattle is the right spot to attract the best cloud talent for us. As the first OEM with a lab for cloud development in Seattle, we commit to this area and see the new office as a long-term investment.” The company didn't disclose whether it would expand at its present location or move.

Nov 09, 2017

Rush launches development arm

Proctor Station, in Tacoma

The Rush Companies of Gig Harbor ordinarily build and develop for themselves or their partnerships. Now the organization has announced that Rush Properties, led by Ben Tweet, will add advisory services for outside clients to its business model. One of six related businesss in the Rush Companies family, Rush Properties has a 30-building portfolio in several asset classes, reaching from Port Orchard to Puyallup, and from Olympia to Kent. A recent addition to that portfolio is Proctor Station, in Tacoma. Rush Properties is owned by founder Gordon Rush, Matt Smith and Larry Melsness.

NAIOP Dec. 13 event on hotels

Mark your calendar for NAIOP's December breakfast meeting about hotels. The event is set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Four Seasons, 99 Union St. Speakers will include Greg Duff of Garvey Schubert Barer, Chris Burdett of CBRE Hotels, David Blandford of Visit Seattle and Carla Murray of Marriott International. Moderating the panel discussion will be industry veteran Andy Olsen of Columbia Hospitality. Registration and info at: naiopwa.org.

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