Dec 08, 2017
Jay Terry has been named director of litigation at Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle. He works with general contractors, subcontractors, developers and design professionals on construction disputes. Terry has experience with construction claims, defect litigation, contracts, and construction site personal injury cases. He is LEED accredited.
Creative marketing and strategic communication agency JayRay has hired Allison Mattson. Her focus is creating content across social channels for South Sound destinations, and entertainment and recreational groups. She learned social media, writing, research and public relations as JayRay's intern before joining the staff.
Dec 07, 2017
Brian Surratt, director of the Seattle Office of Economic Development, is resigning after 12 years with the agency and joining Alexandria Real Estate Equities. In a statement, he said, “Alexandria is one of the largest urban developers focused exclusively on collaborative life science and technology spaces in our nation's leading innovation cities. Clearly, I am neither a scientist nor a technologist, but I am excited by the opportunity to help create places for the smartest people in the world to find cures, push new ideas, and transform lives.” Surratt worked on the KeyArena deal with Oak View Group, and community partnerships for the Liberty Bank Building and AfricaTown Plaza. The city named Rebecca Lovell as interim director for the OED.
Though it has been active in Seattle, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler is opening an office here. Thomas Wilson will come up from the HFF Portland office to co-lead the Seattle team along with Ira Virde, who will remain in the Portland office. The Seattle team will be Evan Kovac, Dave Otis, Christopher Ross and Scott Gilson. From HFF's Chicago office, Matthew Lawton said in a statement, “HFF has been very active in the Seattle market for more than 20 years and strongly believes in the city's economic strength and growth prospects into the future.” This will be HFF's 25th U.S. office.
Local brokerage firm Redfin issued its annual diversity data. Over the past year, the company reports an over six percent increase in women on its technology team, which includes engineers, product managers and product designers. Women now hold 32 percent of those titles. In all corporate ranks, women's representation has grown to 60 percent of the workforce. Gains in racial diversity were also reported. Company CEO Glenn Kelman said of the progress, “Folks in these roles have an unusual amount of power, determining what millions of online visitors see on our website and our mobile application. While recruiting and developing women for technical roles continues to be important, in 2017 we decided that racial and ethnic diversity would become a higher priority.”
Cascade Sotheby's International Realty says in the first three quarters it has closed $1 billion in deals. CSIR's market is central and western Oregon, including Portland, and southwest Washington, including Vancouver and the coast. The company hired 81 new brokers, according to CEO Deb Tebbs.
Seattle Repertory Theatre said Associate Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski will leave the organization in June 2018 to become artistic director of Pittsburgh Public Theater. She joined Seattle Rep in 2014, and is a director, writer, and producer. Kaminski co-founded Washington Ensemble Theatre in 2004 and was co-artistic director there for five years.
Dote Coffee Bar has opened on the second floor of Bellevue's Lincoln South Food Hall. The co-owners are Sarah Doud, who worked for Seattle Coffee Co. UK, and Chef Ewald Notter. Doud oversees coffee products and Notter creates chocolates and ice cream.