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Jan 18, 2019

City of Kenmore



The Kenmore City Council named Suzanne Greathouse and Nathan Loutsis as planning commissioners. Greathouse recently retired from AT&T as senior technical director, and serves on the Kenmore Heritage Society and Northshore Senior Center boards. Loutsis is student body treasurer at Inglemoor High School, and a volunteer sergeant with King County Sheriff's Explorer Program.

Madrona Venture Group


Venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group promoted Hope Cochran to managing director, Troy Cichos to COO and partner, and Jennifer Chambers to administrative partner. Cochran joined Madrona two years ago as a venture partner. She has more than 25 years of experience and was CFO of King Digital, the creator of Candy Crush. Cichos, previously CFO and administrative partner, joined the company in 1999. Chambers was director of fund administration and has been with Madrona since 1997.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines has three new vice presidents: Constance von Muehlen, Ron Calvin and Jenny Wetzel. Von Muehlen is senior vice president of maintenance and engineering. She has nearly 30 years of industry experience, most recently as COO of Horizon Air. Calvin, a 32-year veteran at Alaska, is vice president of inflight operations. He had been managing director of inflight since 2012. Wetzel is vice president of labor relations. She comes from Kaiser Permanente/Group Health, where she was vice president of employee and labor relations since 2015.

USG Insurance Services

Kelsi Chambers was promoted to producer/broker in the Seattle office of USG Insurance Services. Chambers has 12 years of insurance experience, six with USG. She will help with USG's Northwest expansion, including support for the Sandpoint, Idaho, branch.

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Principal dancer and artistic director Jonathan Porretta is retiring from Pacific Northwest Ballet at the end of the season. Porretta has been with the company for 20 years. He ruptured his Achilles tendon last year, leading to his decision to retire. His final performance will be June 9.

Jan 17, 2019

Benaroya Research Institute



Kirk Nelson and Dr. Robert Williams joined the board of Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason in Seattle. Nelson is CEO and president of AAA Washington and previously was Washington president of Qwest. Williams managed Windows and Windows Phone groups at Microsoft, and directed Amazon's Appstore prior to that. He holds 10 U.S. patents in chemistry. The institute advances science that fights immune system diseases.

Carney Badley Spellman


Attorney Catherine Woods joined Seattle-based Carney Badley Spellman. Woods focuses on insurance and health care law.

Cardiac Dimensions

Cardiac Dimensions, a developer of minimally invasive treatments for heart failure, hired Carmelo Mastrandrea as vice president of sales. Mastrandrea has 20 years of industry experience, most recently as vice president of European sales for REVA Medical. He also held global sales management positions at Biosensors International, Biotronik, Guidant and Avintos. Cardiac Dimensions has operations in Kirkland, Sydney and Frankfurt.


Bellevue-based Smartsheet acquired TernPro, the Seattle-based maker of Slope, an application for sharing creative work such as photos and videos. The Slope team, including co-founders Dan Bloom and Brian Bosche, joined Smartsheet. Terms of the deal were not available. Smartsheet is a cloud-based platform for work execution.

Washington Wine Industry Foundation

Washington Wine Industry Foundation is offering over $30,000 in scholarships for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying viticulture, enology or related disciplines. Applications are due March 29. More information is at http://www.washingtonwinefoundation.org/scholarships.

Weidner names Jack O'Conner CEO


After 13 years with the firm, Jack O'Connor has been promoted from COO to CEO of Weidner Property Management. Firm founder Dean Weidner said in a statement, “Jack has consistently exceeded every goal set before him, and under his leadership our company has grown exponentially He has developed and led our property management team and processes to enable our expansion by 325 percent.” The company, which includes Weidner Apartment Homes, estimates that O'Connor has acquired or developed nearly 40,000 units. Weidner's portfolio now includes 260 properties and 52,250 units, owned and managed, in the U.S. and Canada.

TCC promotes three




Tom Woodworth is retiring from Trammell Crow Co. at the end of March. Previously with Schnitzer West, he joined TCC in 2013 to help reestablish its Seattle office. TCC is promoting Mike Nelson, Craig Dobbs and Mark Netherland to managing directors. That trio also came from Schnitzer West in 2012, when TCC reopened its Seattle office. TCC says that since 2012, the Seattle office has developed $615 million of projects including Midtown21, First Hill Medical Pavilion and 929 Office Tower in Bellevue.

Esterra Park apartments open in May

Lincoln Property Co. of Dallas is one of the developers busy at Esterra Park, the new 28-acre Redmond neighborhood near Overlake Village Station, where light rail service will begin in 2023. It's also quite close to Microsoft headquarters. Two years ago, Lincoln paid $33 million for two blocks where it's building the phased, four-building, 664-unit Parkside. Clark Barnes is the architect, and Venture General Contracting is the builder. The first phase will open in May. Nationally, Lincoln has over 190,000 units in its portfolio. It recently acquired South Seattle Business Park in Georgetown for $17.5 million, and an office building at 501 Eastlake Ave. E. for almost $59 million. Esterra Park, formerly the old Group Health campus, is a venture of Capstone Partners and Lionstone Investments. That venture has sold off some blocks, and developed others. The housing total could reach 2,600 units. A 181-room Starwood hotel has opened, and at least one office building is still planned.

NBS adds to loan team


Norris, Beggs & Simpson Financial Services hired Jeffrey Ballaine as vice president on its loan origination team. The 25-year industry veteran makes the move from Hunt Real Estate Capital. NBS estimates that, over his career, Ballaine has closed almost $800 million in loans, generating over $7 million in fee income.

NAIOP's South Sound forecast

NAIOP's annual South Sound Economic Forecast is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan 24 at Tacoma Convention Center, 1501 Broadway. Speakers are Lynn Michaelis of Forest Economic Advisors, Gregg Boehm of Black Creek Group, Greg Pearson of CenterPoint Properties, Drew Hess of Duke Realty and moderator Thad Mallory of NKF. Details and registration: naiopwa.org.

Land Advisors hires Pitzer, Ward



Land Advisors Organization has announced two recent hires. Vance Pitzer has 25 years in development, with an emphasis on mixed-use and infill projects. Nate Ward will focus on the same areas; he's newer to the field, and makes the move from Washington, D.C.

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