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Jun 22, 2018

Fisher Phillips

Attorney Jeffrey Winchester joined the Seattle office of Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers. Winchester worked in the firm's Las Vegas office from 2006 to 2010, and most recently was in-house employment counsel for Caesars Enterprise Services. The Seattle office opened in 2015 and has 14 attorneys.


BECU will open a neighborhood financial center next year in Gig Harbor. The 2,800-square-foot branch will be in the Village at Harbor Hill, near Harbor Hill Road and Borgen Boulevard. It will have a “tellerless” layout, and offer mortgages, personal loans, auto loans and business services. BECU is a community credit union.

Ernst & Young

Eight Northwest people won 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year awards from Ernst & Young. The Pacific Northwest region winners are eligible for national awards. Here are the NW winners: Claudia Mitchell, co-founder and CEO of Universal Cells in Seattle; Cole Morgan, co-founder and CEO of Snap! Mobile in Seattle; David Wasielewski, managing partner of Din Tai Fung Restaurant in Bellevue; Eugenio Pace, co-founder and CEO of Auth0 in Bellevue; Mike Fritz, CEO of DWFritz Automation in Wilsonville, Oregon; Olowo-n'djo Tchala, founder and CEO of Alaffia in Olympia; Sean Muller, founder and CEO of iSpot.tv in Bellevue; and Werner G. Nistler Jr., founder and chairman of Touchmark in Beaverton, Oregon.

Jun 21, 2018

WSU Vancouver College of Nursing


Dawn Garzon Maaks, a clinical professor at Washington State University Vancouver College of Nursing, will become president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Garzon Maaks has worked in pediatric primary care and nursing education. She will focus on mental health and youth suicide as association president.

Cairncross and Hempelmann

Lindsey M. Pflugrath on July 1 will become a partner at Seattle-based law firm Cairncross and Hempelmann. Her practice focuses on design and construction, with services such as risk management, contract negotiation, conflict resolution and defending against claims.

Smashing Ideas

Luxoft Holding, a Swiss IT service provider, bought Seattle-based design and innovation agency Smashing Ideas from Penguin Random House, which has owned the company since 2011. Smashing Ideas helps bring new products, services and businesses to market. Luxoft operates in 21 countries.

Jun 20, 2018

Decisive Data


Alissa Seiple is the new CEO of Decisive Data, a Redmond-based data analytics firm. Seiple has 20 years of business management experience, including stints as a principal at OneAccord Partners in Kirkland and CIO at Sovereign Intelligence. She succeeds Luke Hartsock, who remains as board chair.

City of Kent

Marli Larimer was appointed to Kent City Council, and serves on the Economic Development and Parks and Human Services committees. Larimer is a digital product manager for Starbucks.

Tulalip Resort Casino

Tulalip Resort Casino opened Tula Bene Pastaria + Chophouse. Perry Mascitti is executive chef. His team includes chef Jeremy Taisey, pastry chef Nikol Nakamura and sommelier Tom Thompson.

Salish Sea Expeditions

Alex Adams, Grant Novak and Caitlin Olmsted joined the board of Salish Sea Expeditions, a Bainbridge Island marine science education organization for middle and high school students. Adams is a senior environmental program manager at the Port of Seattle and a licensed captain. Novak is a natural resources management specialist at Confluence Environmental Co. and has worked as a commercial fisherman. Olmsted is a communications professional at bgC3, a Seattle think tank founded by Bill Gates.

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