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  People & Companies

Oct 23, 2018

Prime 8 Consulting


In Bellevue, Prime 8 Consulting hired Michelle Hamman as director of talent acquisition. Hamman spent the last 11 years at Xtreme Consulting Group as technical recruiter, then recruiting lead and finally talent acquisition manager. She helped build the R4R (recruiting for recruiters) division at Xtreme. Prime 8 is a business consultant.

Theatre Puget Sound


Ruth Eitemiller won the 2018 Melissa Hines Backstage Award from Theatre Puget Sound. Eitemiller spent the last 10 years working with ACT, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Co., The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre and others. She also teaches stage management at Seattle University. The recognition was part of the 10th Annual Gregory Awards in Seattle.

Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools hired Tim Robinson as communications specialist and media relations lead. Robinson was a freelance writer and in marketing and public relations for Visit Spokane. Before that, he was a reporter for KING 5 News.

Oct 19, 2018

Sound Transit


Tracy Butler is Sound Transit's new CFO. Butler was interim CFO and joined the agency in 2007 as treasurer. She has 20 years of experience as a senior financial leader. While managing Sound Transit's debt program, she negotiated a $2 billion master credit agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Seattle Art Museum


Seattle Art Museum named Dr. Theresa Papanikolas curator of American art. Papanikolas, an expert in 20th century American art, is deputy director of art and programs at Honolulu Museum of Art. Before that she was curatorial fellow at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She starts at SAM in January, replacing Patricia Junker who retired after 13 years at SAM.


Boeing and Adient formed a joint venture called Adient Aerospace to make airplane seats. Alan Wittman is CEO of the new company, which has a customer service center in Seattle and product development operations in Germany. Wittman was director of business operations for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. His team is Jason Fahlbush (COO), Jorg Kaib (CFO) and Frank Toenniges (vice president of engineering) from Adient; and Gary Senechal (vice president of sales and marketing) and Stefanie Rautio (vice president of certification and regulatory compliance) from Boeing.

Seattle 2030 District

Seattle 2030 District, a public-private collaborative creating a high-performance building district downtown, handed out its 2018 Vision Awards. The winners are: Mayor Jenny A. Durkan/City of Seattle for leadership; Stone 34 (Brooks Running/Laird Norton/Skanska/Unico) for leadership; Cyrene (Mack Real Estate Development) for energy; 1201 Third Ave. (Wright Runstad & Co.) for water; and Expeditors downtown offices for transportation.

Oct 18, 2018

Washington State Parks


Washington State Parks Director Don Hoch was inducted into the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration. Hoch has 40 years of park and recreation experience, with 14 years at Washington State Parks. Academy members must have at least 15 years of high level administration in a park and recreation agency.

City of Tacoma

Tanisha Jumper was appointed media and communications director for the city of Tacoma. Jumper was program manager and, for the last nine months, was interim director. Before joining the city in 2015, she was senior vice president of community impact at United Way of Greater Dayton in Ohio.

Tacoma Venues & Events

Kim Bedier, director of Tacoma Venues & Events for the city of Tacoma, was named Venue Executive of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association. Bedier is responsible for the Tacoma Dome, Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Pantages and Rialto theaters, Theater on the Square and Cheney Stadium.


In Bellevue, T-Mobile has signed on to Puget Sound Energy's Green Direct program. The move gives it access to local wind and solar energy sources, which will be used to power its headquarters with 100 percent renewable energy by 2021.

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