Apr 20, 2021
Redmond-based electrical contractor Sequoyah promoted Ron Lambert to project executive. Lambert has over 30 years of experience in design, construction and management of major projects and programs. He has been a journeyman wireman, general foreman and senior project manager. He holds a Washington state electrical license and went through Local 46's electrical apprenticeship program. Sequoyah focuses on commercial, data center, higher education and health care construction.
Roswell, Georgia-based SiteOne Landscape Supply opened a branch in Poulsbo at 20149 Viking Ave. N.W. The new branch sells irrigation, lawn maintenance, hardscapes and landscape lighting materials to primarily residential and commercial landscape professionals. Olin Smith is SiteOne's area manager for the Pacific Northwest. SiteOne has about 500 wholesale branches across the U.S., according to its website. It also is growing in Canada.
Enumclaw-based Independent Electrical Contractors joined the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington. The firm specializes in electrical design, fire systems, access controls and fiber optics for new commercial installations, assisted-living and mixed-use projects. Kyle J. Belton is CEO.
Symetra Financial announced that its investment subsidiary, Symetra Investment Management (SIM), is now a Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Launched in January 2020, SIM will expand its existing relationship with Symetra, continue to facilitate the ability of Symetra's Japan-based parent, Sumitomo Life Insurance, to invest in U.S.-based assets, and begin to pursue third-party institutional clients. Mark Hunt, president of SIM and executive vice president and chief investment officer of Symetra Financial and its insurance subsidiaries, directs the company's investment policy and strategy. The SIM team includes Colin Elder, senior managing director and head of commercial mortgage loans; Nicholas Mocciolo, senior managing director and head of structured bonds and derivatives; and Evan Moskovit, senior managing director and head of corporate fixed income. SIM's fixed income team is based in Farmington, Connecticut, and its commercial mortgage loans operation is based in Bellevue.
With a goal of using more sustainable materials, two Lamb Weston Alexia brand products will use corn and potato starch in their packaging beginning this month. The packaging is partially made of potato starches, a byproduct of producing french fries, and will be identified with a label on the front of the package indicating it is partially made from plants. Sweet Potato Fries and Alexia's Organic Yukon Select Puffs will feature a special seal, identifying the plant-based packaging. Lamb Weston's packaging team spent two years collaborating to create a durable, sustainable packaging alternative and continue working to expand their sustainable packing efforts. Lamb Weston is a food processing company headquartered in Eagle, Idaho.
Willamette Valley Bank hired Ryan Allbritton, a longtime banking executive from Salem, Oregon, as senior vice president and chief banking officer. Allbritton has held various roles for a large national bank including regional president, which included overseeing the growth and development of branches throughout the Willamette Valley region. He has served as president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, president of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, and board member of SEDCOR and numerous other non profit organizations. Oregon Bancorp is the parent company of Willamette Valley Bank, a community bank headquartered in Salem. The bank conducts commercial and retail banking activities at four full-service branch locations in Salem, Keizer, Silverton, and Albany, Oregon. The bank also operates 13 Home Loan Centers located in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Portland-based Standard Insurance (The Standard) has been awarded multiple honors based on the results of the Plansponsor 2020 Best in Class Provider Survey, an annual survey of approximately 3,000 defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors across the country. The Standard received 48 Best in Class DC Provider awards and two top-five Net Promoter Score placements in the Micro Market and $25 million to $50 million categories. Plansponsor Best in Class Awards are based on client satisfaction within a given area of service. The three highest-scoring providers in each service category earned an annual Best in Class Award.
Apr 16, 2021
Robert Edstrom, executive vice president and chief credit officer, will be retiring from Oregon Pacific Bank on June 25th, 2021. Edstrom joined Oregon Pacific Bank in 2014, leading the loan approval process between 2016 and 2020, Edstrom also revitalized the bank's credit risk practices and implemented underwriting standardization procedures. In the wake of Edstrom's retirement, the position of executive vice president and chief credit officer will be filled internally by James Atwood. Atwood joined Oregon Pacific Bank in 2020 as senior vice president, senior credit administrator. He brings with him over eighteen years of experience in various facets of credit administration.
Auth0 has appointed Lucy McGrath as the company's first vice president of privacy. McGrath has 20 years of diverse data privacy experience working with Fortune 500 brands, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Promontory Financial Group, NBCUniversal, Salesforce, and TJX Europe. As Auth0's VP of privacy, she will lead global data privacy programs, further embed privacy-by-design principles into Auth0's products and processes, and continue to shape a culture of privacy for the company and its customers. McGrath holds degrees in science and law, and is based in London. Auth0, whose North American headquarters is located in Seattle, provides a platform to authenticate, authorize, and secure access for applications, devices, and users.
Washington Trust Bank announced that it will open a new branch in Central Oregon. The new financial center, located at 1203 NE 3rd Street in Bend, will be completed in September 2021 and will include approximately 12 team members offering commercial, mortgage, private and retail banking and wealth management services. The current team is now serving clients at a temporary office space until the financial center opens in the fall. Senior vice president Cory Allen heads the Central Oregon team which includes assistant vice president credit analyst Audrey Belden, alongside relationship managers Mike Groza, Paul MacMillan and Ashley Mears. The bank has been a growing presence in Oregon since it first entered the Portland market in 2005. Headquartered in Spokane, Washington Trust Bank currently has 42 branches and offices in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.
NW Natural Water Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwest Natural Holding, completed two acquisitions and signed three additional agreements to acquire utilities near its existing service territories, furthering the company's growth strategy in the water utility sector. Closed acquisitions include Morning View Water in the Idaho Falls area and Del Bay Association in Freeland, Washington. In addition, NW Natural Water subsidiaries have executed the following acquisition agreements: Troy Hoffman Water in northern Idaho; Belle Oaks Water & Sewer in southeast Texas; and Pelican Point Water in Washington. Northwest Natural Holding Company is headquartered in Portland and has been doing business for over 160 years in the Pacific Northwest. It owns NW Natural Gas, NW Natural Water, and other business interests.