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Nov 26, 2015

EndoGastric Solutions

Redmond-based EndoGastric Solutions, a provider of therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), said Michael K. Burke has been named chief financial officer. Burke has over 30 years of experience, and most recently was senior vice president and CFO of Landauer.


Bryan Rush has joined the Washington Partner Group at Gallina in Bellevue. He has 20 years of experience, specializing in taxation with an emphasis on construction, real estate and related industries. He was a principal at Clark Nuber PS focused on the real estate industry.

Nov 25, 2015

Threshold Group

Cohn Rupp

Threshold Group hired Stephanie Cohn Rupp to fill a new position: managing director of impact investing. Cohn Rupp will work with Chief Investment Officer Ron Albahary. She was CEO of Toniic and has more than 15 years of experience in global impact investing, fund design, microfinance and crowd funding. She spent five years with Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, and was a consultant to the World Bank and UNESCO. She is based in San Francisco. Threshold Group is a family-owned wealth management firm with clients in 25 states and offices in Seattle, Gig Harbor and Philadelphia.

Plaza Bank

Plaza Bank promoted Michael J. Clabby, executive vice president and chief credit officer, to acting president and CEO. Clabby succeeds Michael Paul. He joined Plaza Bank in 2012 and before that was regional chief credit officer for First Interstate Bank. Plaza Bank's headquarters are in downtown Seattle, and it serves businesses, professional firms, nonprofits and individuals.

Nov 24, 2015



Annette Jacobs joins Sprint as president of the Pacific Northwest Region, responsible for sales strategy, network oversight, customer service, marketing communications, and general operations in Washington and Oregon. Sprint is restructuring into four geographic areas: West, Central, Northeast and South. Jacobs was with Newport Board Group as managing director Northwest. She also was president of the West Area at Cricket, and has worked at Qwest, Verizon Wireless and GTE Wireless.

Madrona Venture Group

Madrona Venture Group said S. “Soma” Somasegar is joining as a venture partner after 27 years at Microsoft, where he most recently was corporate vice president of the Developer Division. He will help the venture capital firm identify investments and advise companies, and has been an active angel investor here and globally. Madrona has been investing in early-stage tech companies since 1995.

Nov 20, 2015

Washington State University Spokane

Jonathan Potter is the new director of the library at Washington State University Spokane, replacing Bob Pringle, who retired July 1. Potter was located in the WSU Spokane library but worked for Eastern Washington University, which shares the campus and library. He was appointed interim director after Pringle left.

Inland Northwest Partners

Inland Northwest Partners, a regional nonprofit economic development organization, named the winners of its Hometown Hero Awards. The Community Award goes to the town of Fairfield for creating a community advisory board to improve the town with services and projects. The Partnership Award goes to Palouse Knowledge Corridor, which brings together public and private groups to work on issues that affect the region. The Hall of Fame Award goes to Dr. Gene Merrell of the University of Idaho. The Hometown Hero Award goes to The Jacklin Family and its grass growing business.

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