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  People & Companies

Dec 07, 2016

Puget Sound Partnership


Gov. Jay Inslee named Jay Manning chair of the Puget Sound Partnership's Leadership Council. He was appointed to the council in 2013 and succeeds Martha Kongsgaard as chair. Puget Sound Partnership is a non-regulatory state agency charged with mobilizing efforts to protect and restore Puget Sound. Manning is a partner with Cascadia Law Group, and was director of the state Department of Ecology.

Peoples Bank


Peoples Bank hired a new senior real estate loan officer, Jim Hruza, in the Bellevue Real Estate Loan Center. He has over 30 years of experience in financial services, and specializes in jumbo and construction loans. Hruza is a member of A Regional Coalition for Housing. The Bellingham-based bank has 26 branches and three loan production offices in Washington.

Dec 06, 2016


The law firm of BakerHostetler said Timothy D. Casey has been named partner-in-charge of the Seattle office effective Jan. 1, succeeding Michael Swope, who has served as co-head since 2004. BakerHostetler established a presence in Seattle in 2014 by combining with Woodcock Washburn. Casey has experience as both in-house IP counsel and outside general counsel. BakerHostetler has 14 U.S. offices.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County named Marie Gill chief development officer. Her background is in fundraising, business development, marketing and leadership. Gill is on the Pike Place Market Foundation board and has worked at Starbucks Coffee Co.

Dec 02, 2016

City of Bothell

Jennifer Phillips will become the new city manager for Bothell on Jan. 17. Phillips currently is city manager for St. Helena, California, and has been assistant city manager in Santa Rosa, Santa Monica and Fullerton, California. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School. Phillips' starting salary will be $179,000.

Thurston County Chamber

Thurston County Chamber of Commerce announced the Boss of the Year honorees: Kevin Johnston, Capital Mall; Rozanne Garman, RHD Enterprises; and Ed Galligan, The Port of Olympia. Honorable mentions are: John Doan, city of Tumwater; Dr. Ricord Torgerson, Joint Animal Services of Thurston County; and Winfried Danke, CHOICE Regional Health Network.

Dec 01, 2016

Skagit Bank


Skagit Bank hired a new residential real estate loan officer, Dean Butler, who will work in the Lynden office. He has lived in Whatcom County for over 30 years, and has 20 years of experience in banking and mortgage industries. Skagit Bank has offices in Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom and King counties.

K&L Gates

The law firm K&L Gates LLP has established a firmwide cross-disciplinary artificial intelligence initiative. It will be headed by Seattle partner David McDonald, who is in the intellectual property practice, and Pittsburgh partner David Lehman. The focus will be on automation, robotics, machine learning, predictive analytics, computer vision and the “Internet of Things” such as autonomous vehicles, robots, unmanned aircraft and intelligent learning systems.

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