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Feb 21, 2020

Lane Powell

In Seattle, Lane Powell selected Lisa Poplawski to participate in the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity's Fellows program and Geoff Palachuk for LCLD's Pathfinders program. LCLD Fellows are a select group of attorneys from diverse backgrounds who have been recognized for their potential as leaders in their organizations. They participate in a year-long program that includes relationship building, in-person training and peer-group projects. Pathfinders trains high-performing, early-career diverse attorneys in critical career development strategies including leadership and networking.

Davis Wright Tremaine

Seattle-based Davis Wright Tremaine hired Stacie Neroni and Hope Levy-Biehl as partners in the national health care industry team in the Los Angeles office. Neroni and Levy-Biehl come from Nelson Hardiman, where Neroni was the firm's co-managing partner. Both lawyers have worked together for nearly 20 years, focusing on health care issues.

Sea-Tac Airport

American Airlines is adding two nonstop international flights out of Sea-Tac Airport: to London-Heathrow and Bangalore, India. Bangalore will be American's only India service from the U.S. and Sea-Tac Airport's first nonstop connection to India. Bangalore service will start in October, while London service will begin in March 2021.

Brightwork Consulting

In Seattle, Brightwork Consulting was awarded WBE certification from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. Brightwork is a health care IT consulting firm providing risk management, project management and business strategy.

Lithia Motors

Medford, Oregon-based Lithia Motors acquired two Lexus stores: one in Sacramento and one in Roseville, California. The stores are expected to generate $160 million in revenue. Lithia has 189 car stores nationwide, with 42 California locations representing 21 brands.

Feb 20, 2020

MDG's Luna apartments opening in W. Seattle

The PCC Community Market has already opened in the nearly completed mixed-use Luna, which replaced the old store at 2749 California Ave. S.W. in West Seattle. Now developer Madison Development Group has announced that the 108 apartments above the store are pre-leasing; some tenants have already moved in. The residences include 27 affordable units. MDG's Jim Gallaugher said in a statement, “Bringing this new PCC to the neighborhood, in addition to the opportunity to live above the store, has been an exciting project for us.”

The four-story Luna was designed by Hewitt. Chinn Construction is the general contractor. The building has 158 underground parking stalls (78 for residents), plus another 30 surface stalls across the alley for PCC shoppers.

Chambers joins UW Runstad board


Ryan Cos. announced that its Christa Chambers has been appointed to the advisory board for the University of Washington's Runstad Department of Real Estate. The industry veteran is VP of capital markets with Ryan, where she specializes on the West Coast.

NWMLS jungles board positions

Northwest Multiple Listing Service has announced some changes to its board and leadership. Robert Wasser of Windermere Real Estate has been elected chairman of the board of directors. Joining him are new board officers Randall Fischer of Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate (vice chairman), Stuart Heath of Bellmark Real Estate (treasurer), and Chris Millsap of ReMax Advantage (secretary). Other new board members are Jill Himlie (also of Windermere) and Jeff Pust of Van Dorm Realty. Continuing is Jason Wall of Lake & Co. Real Estate.

Condo buyers begin moving into Nexus

Burrard Properties announced that the first wave of homeowners began moving into its new Nexus condominium tower last week. Burrard, of Vancouver, B.C., began construction at 1808 Minor Ave. in March 2017 with Skanska USA as general contractor. Weber Thompson designed the 41-story, 389-unit building. Erik Mehr & Associates is marketing the residences, of which only 30 remain unsold, said Burrard. The move-ins will be phased; about 600 people are ultimately expected to occupy the Denny Triangle tower.

(Editor's note: The address and broker have been corrected.)

Cornell joins Gibraltar


Veteran broker Tracy Cornell has joined Gibraltar, the firm announced. She makes the move from JSH Properties.

Clearwater Analytics


In Boise, Clearwater Analytics hired Subi Sethi as chief client officer. Sethi previously led operations at UnitedHealth Group's Optum Global Solutions. At Clearwater, she is in charge of the company's global delivery, data, reconciliation, client services and strategic account management teams. Clearwater provides automated investment accounting and reporting for banks, insurance companies and other entities.



CRN Magazine named Gregg Machon of Qumulo to its 2020 list of Channel Chiefs. Machon is vice president of worldwide channels and OEMs at Qumulo, a Seattle-based provider of hybrid cloud file storage. It's the second year in a row that Machon has been on the list, which honors accomplishments in promoting the importance of IT sales and distribution channel partnerships.


Shoe and apparel giant Nike is making some changes to its senior leadership: Heidi O'Neill, president of Nike direct, will become president of consumer and marketplace; Andy Campion, executive vice president and CFO, will become COO; and Matthew Friend, CFO of operating segments and vice president of investor relations, will become the new CFO. O'Neill has been with Nike for over 21 years, holding vice president roles for Nike stores, global women's and training businesses, and U.S. apparel. She will succeed Elliott Hill, who will retire later this year. Campion joined Nike in 2007 as vice president of global planning and development, and served in senior finance and strategy roles before becoming CFO in 2015. He will replace Eric Sprunk, who will retire later this year. Friend joined Nike in 2009, working on corporate strategy and development, before being appointed CFO of emerging markets in 2011. All will transition to their new roles on April 1 at the Beaverton, Oregon-based company.

First Choice Health

Seattle-based First Choice Health promoted Heather Ford from account executive to director of the employee assistance program. Ford was an active duty military social worker for almost 10 years, and has worked in inpatient units, primary care, outpatient clinics and private practices. First Choice Health is a health plan administrator.

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