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Apr 23, 2014

Federal Way Asset Management

Salim Shariff, chief investment officer of Federal Way Asset Management, said Michael J. Phillips has joined the company as chairman and CEO. Phillips spent 25 years with Russell Investments, serving as chairman from 2002 to 2008 and CEO from 1993 to 2003. He started in the London office in 1981, and became president in 1990. Federal Way Asset Management started in 2012 and manages approximately $5 billion in assets.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Private Bank named Allison Bren Ferris head of Special Needs Trust Services, one of nine lines of services offered by Wells Fargo Private Bank. The goal is to maximizing eligibility for public financial and medical benefits, meet cash flow needs and enhance clients' quality of life. Ferris has worked in the department as vice president and senior trust and fiduciary specialist.


Kelly Kraus has joined PMI as vice president of Stanley. Kraus was with REI as director of private brands for all categories including bikes, tents, packs, outerwear and accessories. She also worked at Werner Paddles, Cascade Designs and MSR. Seattle-based PMI manufactures, markets and designs food and beverage gear, including Stanley brand products.

Apr 22, 2014



Becauz.com, a Seattle-based consulting firm, named Caroline Kay chief operating officer. Her background is in organizing leadership programs, conferences and events in 29 countries. She joined the firm in 2011 as client experience director.

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art President Tom Manley said Namita Gupta Wiggers is stepping down as director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland. The museum operates in partnership with PNCA. Wiggers served for 10 years at the museum, including overseeing its move to the North Park Blocks and new partnership with PNCA.

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.

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