May 14, 2021
Edifecs, a global health information technology company, added four executives to accelerate growth across multiple functions of the business. Dan Madden joins as chief financial officer, Lisa Anastos as general counsel, Sundar Shenbagam as senior vice president of engineering, and Scott Davis as associate vice president of product marketing and demand generation. Madden most recently was executive vice president and CFO for Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry. Anastos has over 20 years of legal expertise advising Fortune 100 companies and industry leaders in financial services, health care and technology. Prior to joining Edifecs, she was the general counsel of Prove, Acoustic and Falconhead Capital. Shenbagam joins Edifecs from Oracle, where he spent 24 years building multiple enterprise products and cloud services. Davis most recently was head of marketing for MedeAnalytics, a health care enterprise analytics software-as-a-service provider. Edifecs recently received several awards, including Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare, Puget Sound Business Journal's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, and Best in Biz Awards' Gold winner in the Best Place to Work category. The company is headquartered in Bellevue, with additional offices in Atlanta and Mohali, India, and an engineering center in Moldova.
Global launch services provider Spaceflight announced it will be launching 36 customer payloads to sun synchronous orbit aboard the SpaceX Transporter-2 mission, scheduled to launch no earlier than June. The company purchased three ports on the mission, dubbed ‘SXRS-5' by Spaceflight, and is managing the launch integration and mission management services for the 36 payloads, including six microsatellites, 29 cubesats and one hosted payload. The mission also represents the first time the company will fly two different orbital transportation vehicles and the launch of the industry's first-ever electric propulsion vehicle, Sherpa-LTE1. Spaceflight is managing the launch for 14 organizations' spacecraft from seven countries. Based in Seattle, Spaceflight has successfully launched hundreds of satellites and is part of the Mitsui & Co. portfolio, operating as an independent U.S.-based company.
Alaska Communications will participate in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which will help households struggling financially during the pandemic. The Federal Communications Commission recently established the program using COVID-19 relief funds. It will give eligible Alaska households a discount on broadband service of up to $75 a month. As a participating provider, the company will receive reimbursement for delivering broadband to eligible households. A household is eligible if one member qualifies for the Lifeline program, receives government assistance such as free and reduce-priced school lunch or a Pell Grant, or has experienced a substantial loss of income due to the pandemic. Alaska Communications provides advanced broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers in Alaska. Information about the program is at http://www.AlaskaCommunications.com/EBB.
May 13, 2021
Angela DeVita, a 20-year Portland-based banking veteran, has joined Summit Bank as vice president, relationship banking manager for the Portland Metropolitan and Southwest Washington market. DeVita has extensive experience reviewing, analyzing and supporting the ongoing needs of complex deposit account relationships. She is a 2018 graduate of the Executive Leadership program for the Oregon Bankers Association and a member of the Association for Financial Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington. Summit Bank, with offices in Eugene/Springfield, Central Oregon and the Portland Metropolitan area, specializes in providing service to professionals and medium-sized businesses and their owners. Summit was recognized in 2020 as the Top Small Business Administration Community Bank Lender in the state of Oregon.
The Tacoma City Council has reappointed Elizabeth Pauli to the position of city manager for a two-year period beginning May 16, 2021 and ending May 15, 2023. Pauli started serving as Tacoma's interim city manager in February 2017, until she was appointed to an initial two-year term as city manager in May 2017 and reappointed to another two-year term as city manager in May 2019. Prior to her appointment as city manager, Pauli served as Tacoma's city attorney. She first joined the city of Tacoma in May 1998 as chief assistant city attorney. Prior to joining the city of Tacoma, she was a partner at Tacoma law firm McGavick Graves.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama and former CEO of REI, has been appointed as the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership at the UW Foster School of Business for the 2021-2022 school year. Established in 2002, this faculty position is designed to bring distinguished leaders to campus to share their expertise with faculty and students. Jewell is currently on the boards of Costco, Symetra Financial, Green Diamond Resource and The Nature Conservancy, where she recently served as interim CEO. The Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership was established by Amgen as a gift honoring the career of Edward Fritzky, retired chairman, president and CEO of Immunex. Previous Fritzky Chairs include: Chris Petersen, former head football coach at the UW and Boise State University; Charles Pigott, former chairman of PACCAR; Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks North America; Dorrit Bern, former CEO of Charming Shoppes; and Paula and Steve Reynolds, former CEO's of Safeco and Puget Sound Energy, respectively.
May 12, 2021
Blount, a global manufacturer of professional grade cutting tools and equipment, has rebranded as Oregon Tool. The company was founded by Joe Cox in 1947 in the basement of his Portland home. Over the years, the company has grown into a multinational organization with numerous acquisitions and mergers. Today, the newly named Oregon Tool has over 3,000 team members and sells thousands of products in more than 110 countries across multiple consumer brands, among them Oregon, Woods and ICS Diamond Tools.
The shift from Blount to Oregon Tool will be effective June 2. The brands and product names will remain the same – they will simply operate under the umbrella of Oregon Tool instead of Blount.
Amazon released its 2020 Brand Protection Report which provides a comprehensive view of how it ensures customers shop from authentic products in its stores. Amazon makes investments in dedicated teams and machine learning technology to proactively protect customers, brands and its selling partners from counterfeiters, and to hold them accountable if they attempt to sell fakes through Amazon. In 2020, Amazon invested more than $700 million and employed more than 10,000 people to protect its stores from fraud and abuse. Only 6% of attempted account registrations passed Amazon's verifications processes and listed products for sale, and Amazon seized more than 2 million products that were sent to its fulfillment centers and that it detected as counterfeit before being sent to a customer. Amazon established its Counterfeit Crimes Unit to build and refer cases to law enforcement, undertake independent investigations or joint investigations with brands, and pursue civil litigation against counterfeiters.
Bellevue-based USAFacts, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan civic initiative making government data easy for all Americans to access and Understand, announced its Coronavirus Tracking Hub and Interactive Map earned an Innovation Services Gold Medal in the 2021 Edison Awards. It also won an honorable mention in the Pandemic Response category of this year's Fast Company World Changing Ideas competition. Both awards recognize the work that the USAFacts team did to inform the public throughout the global pandemic.
USAFacts Coronavirus Tracking Hub and Interactive Hub is still live on USAFacts and has been expanded to include a state-level vaccine tracker. USAFacts produces topical content throughout the year. The Edison Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison, and are operated by Edison Universe, a non-profit organization with the mission of recognizing, honoring and fostering innovations and innovators.