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Aug 22, 2018

State Insurance Commissioner

The state Office of the Insurance Commissioner named AnnaLisa Gellermann the new chief deputy commissioner. Gellermann is deputy commissioner for the Policy and Legislative Affairs division, and joined the agency in 2013 as deputy commissioner for Legal Affairs. Before that, she was executive manager of insurance services at the state Department of Labor & Industries.


Fat Brands is opening a co-branded Fatburger and Buffalo's Express restaurant in a new casino being developed by Quinault Indian Nation near Ocean Shores. The restaurant is one of a dozen co-branded stores that will open within a year. The others are in Southern California.

Primrose School

Primrose School of West Bellevue is holding a grand opening celebration Saturday. The 14,400-square-foot school, formerly a conference center, is at 1150 114th Ave. S.E. in Bellefield Office Park. It has 13 classrooms and three playgrounds for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old. Shannon and Erik Peterson are the local franchise owners. Primrose has 375 schools in 29 states.

Aug 21, 2018

Kent Municipal Court

Attorney Michael Frans is judge appointee for Kent Municipal Court, subject to confirmation by Kent City Council. Frans has been a trial lawyer in private practice for more than 18 years, and served as a judge pro tem in King County for the last two years. He will take over for Judge Karli Jorgensen when she retires at the end of the year.

Layfield Group

Layfield Group hired Joshua Venters as engineering business manager in the Seattle office. Venters has over 20 years of experience in the geosynthetic industry, including business development with Tencate's research and development department. Layfield makes polymer-based products for construction, environmental containment and consumer packaging.

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.

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