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Jan 15, 2021

AAA Washington


AAA Washington elected Greg Bever, lifelong Spokane resident and retired publisher of Spokane's Journal of Business, as chair of its board of trustees. Bever has served on the AAA Washington board since 2011. He previously chaired Greater Spokane Incorporated, Visit Spokane, Forward Fairchild, Washington State Parks Foundation, and the Community Colleges of Spokane. Also elected to the board was Ken Ryals, executive director of the King County Library System Foundation. Kirk Nelson was re-elected as president and CEO of AAA Washington until his retirement this summer.


Seattle-based health tech startup Saykara received a 2021 BIG Innovation Award for its voice assistant that uses conversational artificial intelligence to automate clinical charting. Named Kara, the assistant is accessible via a mobile app that extracts meaning and intent from what it hears, then populates both structured and narrative data to the electronic health record. BIG Innovation Award nominations are judged by a panel of business executives across multiple domains. Saykara was honored in the health care category.


Bellevue-based Auth0 added Sue Barsamian, Sameer Dholakia and Simon Parmett to its board. Barsamian has more than three decades of experience and was the former chief sales and marketing officer for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software. Dholakia most recently was CEO of SendGrid. Parmett was CEO and general manager of MuleSoft. Jennifer Ceran, former CFO of Smartsheet, joined the board in May 2020. Auth0 provides a platform to authenticate, authorize and secure access for applications, devices and users.


Vacasa, a vacation rental management platform, appointed Jamie Cohen as the company's chief financial officer. Cohen is the former CFO of ANGI Homeservices, a digital home services marketplace, and will join Vacasa at the beginning of March. Vacasa is headquartered in Portland.

Jan 14, 2021

Cushman & Wakefield


Cushman & Wakefield recently announced that its Alison Beddard has been named managing principal for our state; she'll move from the firm's Salt Lake City office to Seattle. C&W's West Coast president Dan Broderick said in a statement, “Alison embodies our firm's values and the highest qualities we champion in our leadership.” Said Beddard, “I am excited to join my new team at Cushman & Wakefield and work in the dynamic Seattle and Bellevue commercial real estate markets, well recognized as home to some of the most influential and leading companies in the world.”

Kidder Mathews




Kidder Mathews recently announced some changes to its West Coast property management team. Erin French will become executive VP for the firm's Northwest and Northern California regions. She previously managed properties in the south Puget Sound area. Succeeding her for that portfolio will be Jan Greene, a 25-year veteran in the field. And his prior responsibilities now shift to Shelley Ryan, also a practiced hand in property management. KM estimates that it now manages about 71 million square feet on the West Coast, spanning most if not all asset classes.

CenterCal Properties


CenterCal Properties, which has a significant local footprint, has announced that Craig Ramey has joined the firm to oversee its Bay Area and Pacific Northwest operations, which now total about 3.5 million square feet. He makes the move from Regency Centers. CenterCal founder Fred Bruning said in a statement, “Craig is an incredible talent. He has a knack for community-building, and will help continue in our tradition of creating spaces that complement the communities we serve.” Ramey added, “I consider the Pacific Northwest my home and look forward to building upon the impressive Pacific Northwest portfolio with new acquisitions, developments and redevelopments.” Here, CenterCal and Pacific Coast Capital are nearly done with the mixed-use Village at Totem Lake makeover. Its other holdings include The Terminal, in Ballard. Ramey will be based in Tigard, Oregon.

Carney Badley Spellman




Seatle law firm Carney Badley Spellman announced the election of Chris Wright as vice President of the litigation department on its board of directors. Wright's legal practice focuses on construction law and commercial disputes. In addition, Patrick Lamb has been re-elected as director at large and Joe Wallin has been elected as director at large. Lamb focuses his practice on corporate, commercial, and business matters. Wallin focuses his practice on early stage and growth companies.

Columbia Sportswear

Portland-base Columbia Sportswear has appointed Tim Sheerin as senior vice president of U.S. sales for the Columbia brand. Prior in joining Columbia, Sheerin spent twenty years in various senior-level sales and strategy roles at Nike, most recently as Nike's vice president of North America sales,


Local company Neptune has introduced a new product, Neptune Fish Jerky, according to CEO and founder Nick Mendoza. Neptune Fish Jerky is sustainably and 100% sourced from rockfish and Wild Alaska pollock in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Manufactured just outside Seattle, Neptune produces four fish jerky flavors, Neptune Fish Jerky is available at the following Pacific Northwest retailers and markets: Emerald Water Anglers: Fly Fishing Seattle, The Food Co-Op – Port Townsend, Oceana Natural Foods Co-op, Astoria Co-op, Seattle Fish Co., Central Co-Op (Seattle), Fly Fishing Co., San Juan Island Food Co-Op, Crimson Cove Smoked Specialties and Olympia Food Co-Op, and on the company's website, oneforneptune.com.

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