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Aug 17, 2018



Eva Walker will be the new host of KEXP's local music radio show Audioasis. The show airs 6-9 p.m. on Saturdays. Walker is a member of the Seattle rock band The Black Tones and a music teacher. She will take over on Sept. 8 for Sharlese Metcalf, who is becoming the station's coordinator of education and community programs, but will be an occasional guest host on Audioasis.

Fikso Kretschmer Smith


Attorney John R. McDowall joined Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth in Seattle. McDowall spent 22 years at Carney Badley Spellman, where he chaired the real estate and business groups. His practice focuses on real estate transactions, business transactions and construction contracts.



Wally McClure, former director of the Division of Child Support at the state Department of Social and Health Services, won the 2018 Outstanding Leadership Award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association. McClure spent nearly 40 years helping children and families across the nation, including more than 30 years with DSHS.

Aug 16, 2018

Centri Technology

Robert Strickland is the new CEO of Seattle-based Centri Technology and its Atonomi arm. Strickland has more than 30 years of management experience and is a board member of Centri. He was CTO for Neustar and Grupo Televisa, and was senior vice president and CIO at T-Mobile USA. He replaces Vaughan Emery, who remains on the board and as an advisor. Centri and Atonomi provide security for devices in the Internet of Things.


Seattle-based SAGlobal completed its merger with Atlanta-based 360 Vertical Solutions. The new company is a single-source provider of Microsoft Dynamics 365 solutions and services to professional services firms. It operates as SAGlobal, but retains 360 Vertical Solutions brands such as AEC360 and Legal360. Whit McIsaac and Brian Lounds are co-CEOs.


Bellevue-based DigitalTown hired Dave Carter as CFO. Carter is experienced in finance and operations, with a recent focus on blockchain and cryptoassets. He is based in Toronto. DigitalTown supports communities with localized search engines, collaboration platforms and a free SmartWallet for payments.

Eat the Frog Fitness

Issaquah-based Eat the Frog Fitness signed an agreement with Canadian partners to develop 11 exercise studios in British Columbia. The company operates four studios — in Anacortes, Oak Harbor and Arizona — and plans to have 40 open by late 2019. It was founded in 2015 by former Olympian Bryan Clay and Joe Culver, who has experience in finance and corporate development.

Aug 15, 2018

Telerent Leasing


Telerent Leasing named Jeff Davis as CEO of its Avidex Industries and Digital Networks Group divisions. Davis was COO at AVI-SPL, COO at Kratos Defense, vice president at Stanley Black & Decker and vice president at ADT Security. Bellevue-based Avidex and California-based Digital Networks Group provide integration and design services for audio/visual and technology systems.

Columbia Pulp

Columbia Pulp appointed Mike Schock as vice president in the Dayton headquarters and Tony Waldo as production manager at the Lyons Ferry facility and Pomeroy pilot plant. Schock has over 35 years of paper industry experience, most recently as director of global product development at Sonoco in South Carolina. Waldo has over 20 years of experience in nuclear and pulp and paper industries. He was base mill manager for Boise Cascade in Minnesota, and mission analysis manager at Washington River Protection Services in Richland. Columbia Pulp converts wheat straw and seed alfalfa into pulp and biopolymers for paper and packing products.

NAVFAC Northwest

Capt. Chad Brooks has assumed command of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest at Naval Base Kitsap. Brooks took over for Capt. Chris Kurgan, who became commanding officer of the Civil Engineering Corps Officer School at Port Hueneme, California. Brooks was chief of staff of the Marine Corps Installations Pacific at Camp Butler, Okinawa.

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