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Aug 28, 2018

Cozen O'Connor

Frank Abramonte and Lorraine Linford joined the Seattle office of Cozen O'Connor. Both come from Seed IP Law Group and practice intellectual property law. Abramonte specializes in patents for electrical, software, electro-mechanical engineering and medical devices. Linford focuses on global patents and trademarks in the mechanical and aeronautical engineering, automotive, apparel, software and personal care products industries. Cozen O'Connor has 28 offices on two continents.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

In Woodinville, Jim Mortensen will become president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates when Ted Baseler retires Oct. 1. Mortensen held senior management positions at Philip Morris in Switzerland, Mexico, Japan and the U.S. Before that, he was senior vice president of sales and distribution for Miller Brewing Co. Baseler has been with Ste. Michelle for 34 years, including 17 years as president and CEO.

City of Kent

The city of Kent is taking grant applications Sept. 1 through 30 to help in promoting tourism. The program funds marketing and operations of activities, events or projects that bring more people to the city. Applications will be accepted at KentWA.gov/LTAC.

Aug 24, 2018


In Bellevue, Symetra Life Insurance Co. hired Trinity Parker as senior vice president of marketing, communications and public affairs. Parker was regional manager of government and community relations for Sound Transit, and vice president of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Symetra Life provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance. It is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corp.


Seattle-based nonprofit EarthCorps elected lawyer Frank Paganelli to its board. Paganelli is a shareholder at Lane Powell in Seattle, where he leads its Startups & Emerging Companies Team. EarthCorps brings young adults from the around the globe for leadership training in Seattle about climate change, pollution and ecological degradation.


Switch, a Seattle-based financial technology company, added former Mastercard executive Carol A. Cosby to its board and as an advisor. Cosby also was senior director at JP Morgan Chase and senior vice president at Visa.

Clearwater Paper

Spokane-based Clearwater Paper sold its Ladysmith, Wisconsin, plant to Dunn Paper for $72 million. Clearwater will use the funds to expand its Shelby, North Carolina, plant and pay down debt. It makes tissue, paperboard and pulp.

Aug 23, 2018



In Tacoma, JayRay hired Julia White as a graphic designer. White has designed logos, catalogs, apparel and exhibits for Tacoma's Grand Cinema, Federal Way Public Schools and Sonez International in Gig Harbor. JayRay is a branding, advertising and communications agency.

Theo Chocolate

Jason Harty joined Theo Chocolate as chief marketing officer and general manager of consumer direct. Harty was CMO at Nourish Snacks in Boston. Prior to that, he was vice president of marketing at Justin's and senior director of interactive and field marketing at Pretzel Crisps.

Momentum Indoor Climbing

With its bouldering gym opening next month in Sodo, Momentum Indoor Climbing hired Dylan Jones as assistant manager, Mark Mercer as head route setter and Moe Corbett as route setter. Jones was manager of Crux Climbing Center in Austin, Texas. Mercer was director of route setting at Aiguille Rock Climbing Center in Longwood, Florida. Corbett is a former competitive climber and was a route setter under Mercer at Aiguille Rock Climbing Center. Momentum is based in Salt Lake City.

Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory opened a restaurant at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, 3000 184th St. S.W., Suite 1140. The space has limestone floors and wood columns, hand-painted murals and modern lighting. The Calabasas, California-based chain has more than 250 items on the menu.

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