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March 7, 2014
Matheus Lumber Co. of Woodinville hired Bryan Ashbaugh to head up its outside sales and marketing efforts throughout the Puget Sound region. Matheus is a major supplier of lumber, sheathing, form board, and engineered wood products to many of the region's largest construction projects. It is a private company that has been in the lumber business continuously from its founding in Seattle back in 1932. Ashbaugh has been the CEO of Street of Dreams, which produced 88 of its trademarked “Street of Dreams” events in major cities throughout North America since 1985. He previously worked for Burlington Northern's real estate subsidiary Glacier Park Co.
Zillow announced Errol Samuelson will join the company in the new position of Chief Industry Development Officer to lead the company's real estate industry relations strategy. He will report directly to CEO Spencer Rascoff.
As former president of Realtor.com and chief strategy officer of Move Inc., Samuelson, 47, brings more than 20 years' experience in technology and the real estate industry to this role. In addition to building and strengthening Zillow's relationships with brokerages, franchisors, MLSs and trade associations around the country, Samuelson will also assume executive oversight for Zillow's real estate business-to-business products and tools.
Seattle Rotary Service Foundation announces the recipients of its 2013-14 Major Grant awards. They include:
Edward Thomas House, $100,000 grant
Millionair Club Charity, $50,000 grant
USO Northwest, $50,000 grant
“The foundation's commitment will address the needs of our most vulnerable, those who end up in myriad emergency rooms with mental health, addiction and homelessness issues. The grants will also target access to long term employment for the unemployed and serve our military men and women who now, more than ever, need our support,” said Maureen Brotherton, president of the foundation.
March 6, 2014
After 16-years of leadership, Port of Everett Executive Director John Mohr announced his plan to retire in January 2015 at the Port Commission meeting on March 4, 2014.
He has led the Port through a major resurgence in its shipping business, moving from a declining wood products port to a key aerospace and breakbulk port. It is now ranked 5th on the West Coast for export value, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division.
Mohr is looking forward to being a snowbird in Arizona with his wife of 30 years Shirley. Prior to coming to the Port of Everett, Mohr was the executive director of the Ports of Olympia, Washington and Newport, Oregon. He began his career in port management at the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay in 1981.
The Port of Everett Commission has hired Jensen and Cooper to conduct a search for the next executive director of the Port of Everett.
Sound Transit has hired Craig Davison, former senior marketing director for Microsoft's Xbox, as its new Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs.
Davison brings 18 years of marketing experience to Sound Transit. Davison's roles include overseeing marketing, creative services, customer outreach, media relations, public information, and programs for involving the public in deciding where the regional transit system expands.
Davison is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Business and a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 1990 Gulf War. He succeeds former Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs Ron Klein, who will retire at the end of the week.
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced the appointment of Michael Filipovic as the new federal public defender for the Western District of Washington.
Filipovic assumed the post effective March 1, 2014, following the retirement of veteran Thomas W. Hillier, II. A swearing-in ceremony was held March 4, 2014, with Chief District Judge Marsha J. Pechman of the Western District presiding.
A native of Chicago, Filipovic received his B.A. in criminal justice administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1974 and his J.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, in 1977. In 2010, he was named Outstanding Assistant Federal Public Defender by the National Association of Federal Public Defenders.
March 5, 2014
Aecom Technology Corp. announced four local practice leaders will be joining its Seattle office.
These key hires include Dr. YuJung Chang, vice president and director of water treatment technology; Scott B. Blunt, vice president and district manager of its Mountain Northwest District, environment; Gary Maynard, Mountain Northwest planning and natural resources leader; and Mark Landrigan, senior program manager.
YuJung Chang, Ph.D. has 28 years of experience in water quality and wastewater treatment facilities. Chang is an expert in membrane technology and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Membrane Technology Association. He received a Ph.D. in civil engineering and a master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Washington.
Scott B. Blount has 30 years of experience in technical, operations, managerial and executive positions. Blount earned his bachelor's degree from Trinity University and master's degree in Geology from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Society of American Military Engineers.
Gary Maynard has 28 years of planning, environmental compliance and permitting experience. Maynard received his BA in Geography from the University of Washington, is a certified planner and a member of the American Planning Association.
Mark Landrigan has 30 years of experience in development and implementation in several treatment technologies. Landrigan earned a Master of Science Degree at Northeastern University and has a US patent for solvent extraction of metals via chelation.
Aecom is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Aecom has approximately 45,000 employees.
For a third consecutive year, K&L Gates LLP has been identified among the top 20 law firm brands in the United States, according to legal market research company Acritas' U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2014. Based on interviews with more than 700 in-house counsel at organizations both in and outside the U.S., the report ranks firms on such factors as top-of-mind awareness, favorability, consideration for both major M&A and top-level litigation, and overall level of use.
WALLA WALLA — Banner Bank announced that it has entered into a business relationship with Coldstream Capital Management, Inc., a Bellevue based independent wealth management firm.
The new relationship between Banner Bank and Coldstream enhances the overall suite of services available to Banner Bank customers and is an important element in addressing the advisory needs of the bank's affluent customers. Coldstream provides comprehensive wealth management services to high net worth clients seeking holistic wealth management and sophisticated financial planning support.
MGAC announced that it has completed a merger with Basis LLC, a cost and risk consultancy headquartered in Los Angeles. Basis is made up of former directors of Davis Langdon/Aecom and led by Nick Butcher. Prior to founding Basis, Butcher was the national leader of Davis Langdon's U.S. practice.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, MGAC has offices in New York, Seattle and Toronto.
Basis is a consultancy focusing on the built environment.
March 4, 2014
Pacific Northwest regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt announced that Gillian Bunker, Christiane Fife, Sara Kobak, Peter Ricoy, Averil Rothrock and Kelly Walsh have been named shareholders of the firm. Bunker, Fife, Kobak and Ricoy are located in the firm's Portland office, Rothrock in the firm's Seattle office, and Walsh in the firm's office in Vancouver, Wash.
Bunker is an experienced patent attorney whose practice focuses on the preparation, prosecution and commercialization of U.S. and foreign utility and design patents.
Fife focuses her practice on product liability litigation, representing businesses involved in automotive, pharmaceutical, and medical device cases in federal, state, and multi-district proceedings.
Kobak specializes in appellate litigation. She has significant experience before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ricoy focuses his legal practice in health care law, data security and privacy, insurance regulation, and general corporate and business transactions.
Rothrock focuses her practice on appellate law and is responsible for the Appellate Practice Group in the firm's Seattle Office.
Walsh focuses her practice on the areas of commercial and business litigation, as well as construction law.
McMillen announced that Kelly Tilford has joined its Boise office. Tilford brings 30 years' experience in hydro-related engineering and construction, including alternatives analysis, primary design, construction oversight, cost estimating, scheduling and financial analysis. As a member of McMillen's senior team, Kelly will manage new and existing projects to strengthen McMillen's growing presence in hydroelectric design and construction throughout the Western United States, Alaska, and Canada.
Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Scott Hoggarth has been promoted to vice president, West Coast harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. He has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley's tug services offered in major U.S. West Coast ports.
Hoggarth will remain based in Seattle and continue to report to Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum distribution and marine services.
February 28, 2014
Moss Adams Wealth Advisors LLC announced that John de Carvalho has joined the firm as its chief investment officer.
A CFA charterholder with more than 10 years of capital markets experience, de Carvalho will be responsible for overseeing more than $1.6 billion in managed assets. He will work with clients across the nation from the firm's Seattle office.
“As we continue to grow and our clients' needs become more sophisticated, it has become necessary to have a chief investment officer who can drive the future of our expanding asset portfolios,” said Rebecca Pomering, CEO of Moss Adams Wealth Advisors. “John is an incredible asset to the firm, and his thought leadership is going to bring a tremendous amount of value to our clients.”
Most recently de Carvalho served as director of portfolio management and research at Rainier Group Investment Advisory
Starbucks Coffee Company announced new leaders for two key positions. Starbucks Canada president Annie Young-Scrivner has been named executive vice president and president, Teavana. Retail operations executive Rossann Williams has been appointed executive vice president and president, Starbucks Canada. Teavana founder and CEO Andy Mack, having helped with the integration of Teavana with Starbucks, has decided to retire from the company.
“Tea is the second most-consumed beverage in the world and represents a sizeable opportunity for Starbucks as we continue to grow around the world,” said Cliff Burrows, group president, U.S., Americas and Teavana. “We are grateful for Andy's leadership establishing Teavana as a world-class leader responsible for bringing premium tea to millions of customers over the past 17 years. Under Annie's leadership, we plan to do for tea what we did for coffee by significantly expanding the availability of new and innovative Teavana products in Starbucks and Teavana retail stores and through other channels.”
A civilian worker for the Coast Guard has been named Juneau's new harbormaster. David Borg has worked seven years as a recreational boating safety analyst. He was among five finalists for the harbormaster position. The position has been vacant since November. Borg is scheduled to begin his harbormaster post in late March.
February 27, 2014
Dr. Rijuna Menon has been named medical director of Northwest Kidney Centers' Enumclaw dialysis clinic, one of 15 dialysis clinics operated by the nonprofit kidney care organization.
In that role Dr. Menon will be in charge of quality assessment, performance improvement, staff education, policies and procedures, water quality and safety, and medical leadership for the Enumclaw clinic. She is also staff nephrologist at Valley Medical Center in Renton, where she is involved in primary care, inpatient hospital consultations, transplant and dialysis care.
Wells Fargo & Company announced it will invest a $100,000 grant to FareStart in support of its commitment to workforce development and job creation.
“Wells Fargo understands the importance of workforce development and helping create sustainable communities that have been hard hit with unemployment,” said Mark Dederer, VP of Community Affairs in Washington and Oregon. “FareStart has an outstanding reputation and they have produced results that have transformed people's lives. We hope this grant will go a long way to help strengthen and reinforce their efforts.”
West Business Concepts, a Tacoma-based performance consulting and executive coaching firm has rebranded under the new name: Prosperity Logic. It also has a new website at www.prosperitylogic.com.
The Board of Regents of Washington State University has given a five-year contract extension to school president Elson S. Floyd. The regents voted Monday to extend his contract from 2016 to 2021. Board Chair Connie Niva says the extension was a result of Floyd's exemplary service to WSU and the state.
February 26, 2014
The Bioremediation Specialists, L.L.C. board of directors has promoted Troy Fowler to President and Chief Technology Officer. Fowler has a background in biochemistry and has focused on advanced chemical and biological environmental remediation techniques for the past 12 years. The company also appointed Julie Wilson, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Dr. Wilson brings 35 years of environmental experience, including extensive natural resource, stormwater, and public engagement achievements to the firm. Bioremediation Specialists is a remediation products company with offices in Seattle and Beaverton, Oregon.