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Nov 21, 2018

Quantum Consulting Engineers






Seattle-based Quantum Consulting Engineers promoted Scott Tinker to principal and Frank Unocic to associate. It hired Travis Michaud as a project engineer, Thanh C. Nguyen as a staff engineer and Aiko Hollinger as marketing manager. Tinker has over 20 years of experience in structural design and seismic engineering. He specializes in commercial, residential and mixed-use projects. Unocic has over 20 years of experience in structural design and seismic engineering, specializing in residential, commercial and telecom projects. Michaud has a bachelor's in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire and six years of experience. Nguyen has a bachelor's in civil engineering from Washington State University and four years of experience. Hollinger has a bachelor's in public relations from Gonzaga University and 10 years of experience in marketing, graphic design and public relations. Quantum provides structural design, seismic analysis and value engineering services.






In Seattle, McKinstry promoted James Miller to director of risk management, Thomas Tellefson to director of mechanical construction in Western Washington, Joan Smith to business development director for mechanical construction, Matt Nelson to director of preconstruction for mechanical construction and Sean Kennedy to chief estimator for mechanical construction. Miller was director of operations for mechanical construction. He will direct risk management for self-perform construction departments and projects in the Northwest. He has worked on commercial, industrial and critical facilities. Tellefson was business development director for mechanical construction. He now leads all Western Washington mechanical contracting teams with specific responsibility over client service delivery and pipeline development. He has worked on commercial, data center, health care, manufacturing and higher education projects. Smith will use her engineering capabilities and guidance to serve clients. She joined McKinstry in 2007. Nelson will streamline preconstruction activities with a focus on technology and process improvement. He has worked in the industry since 1999. Kennedy is a 17-year industry veteran with experience as an estimator and project manager. He joined McKinstry in 2007.

Trindera Engineering


In Spokane, Trindera Engineering hired Ricardo Munoz as an electrical project engineer. Munoz will work with the commercial group. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Northwest Nazarene University. Trindera is an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm.

UW Bothell

Carrie Tzou, an associate professor at the University of Washington Bothell School of Educational Studies, is the new director of the school's Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal. Tzou takes over for professor Tom Bellamy, the founding director in 2008, who is moving to emeritus status. The institute works with school districts statewide, helping students become better citizens.

HomeStreet Bank

Seattle-based HomeStreet Bank signed a deal to acquire the San Marcos, California, branch of Silvergate Bank. Silvergate's chief banking officer, Dino D'Auria, and his staff are expected to become HomeStreet's San Diego commercial banking team. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019. It will give HomeStreet five branches in San Diego County.

MOD Pizza

Seattle-based MOD Pizza on Friday will open its 400th location, in Kalispell, Montana. The 10-year-old company operates in 28 states and the United Kingdom.

Nov 20, 2018






Staffing Industry Analysts named four executives at TrueBlue companies to its Global Power 150 Women in Staffing list. They are: Taryn Owen, president of TrueBlue's PeopleScout; Shannon Kahn, senior vice president of specialty services at PeopleReady; Loree Lynch, senior vice president of operations for Staff Management | SMX; and Kristy Willis, senior vice president and chief sales officer for PeopleReady. Tacoma-based TrueBlue operates several companies that provide workforce solutions.


Sandi Lin, CEO and co-founder of Seattle-based Skilljar, was named Top Woman Leader in SaaS for 2018 by The SaaS Report. The annual awards honor 50 women in SaaS, the software as a service industry. Skilljar is an online training software provider.

Coast Hotels

Coast Hotels added the 115-room Hilltop Inn in Pullman to the 10 properties it operates along the West Coast and Hawaii. The Pullman hotel was renamed Coast Hilltop Inn. Erin Wilson is general manager.


Advancing Women in Product, a group empowering women product and tech leaders, launched a Seattle chapter. AWIP says 15 percent of its members are based in Seattle.

Walsh Construction Co.







Walsh Construction Co. promoted James Conway to estimator; Anthony Sherman to assistant superintendent; and Drew Mixter, Jason Wilson and Blake Flury to superintendents. It also hired Matt Elliott as project engineer. Conway is working with Walsh's self-perform earthwork crew. Sherman and Wilson are working on the Liberty Bank project. Mixter is working on the Ainsworth & Dunn project. Flury is working on the LIHI Little Saigon project. Elliott is working on a residential project in Bellevue's Spring District. Walsh has offices in Seattle, Portland and Tacoma.

Trico Companies


In Burlington, Trico Companies hired Travis Binschus as project engineer. Binschus was an architectural designer and manager for A/E firms at a semiconductor fabrication plant in Oregon. Before that, he was a GIS analyst for Microsoft and helped build a state-wide road network database for WSDOT in Spokane.


The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington opened a training facility in Pasco off Road 90. The building has classrooms and labs for electrical and sheet metal trades. It was designed by Rhodes Architecture + Light of Seattle and built by Elite Construction & Development of Pasco. Absolute Power of Pasco was the electrical contractor and Jacob & Rhodes of Kennewick was the mechanical contractor. The new training facility joins others in Marysville, Vancouver, Spokane and Bellevue.

Central Welding Supply

Marysville-based Central Welding Supply bought Axium Gases Northwest in White City, Oregon. Bruce Tozer, former owner of Axium, continues with Central's team. The new location is Central's 23rd outlet in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

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