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Apr 28, 2023

Bates Group


Bates Group, a Portland-based firm that offers regulatory, compliance, anti-money laundering, and litigation consulting for the financial services industry, appointed Benjamin Pappas as chief executive officer. Previously, Pappas was Bates Group's president, where he was responsible for driving the firm's overall growth strategy. Pappas succeeds former CEO Jennifer Stout, who will be taking up new roles as vice-chair of the board of directors and senior executive advisor to the firm. Client engagement will remain a key priority for Stout. She will continue to maintain close relationships with clients and will be actively involved in conducting outreach to Bates Group's portfolio of financial firms and counsel. Pappas was appointed chief operating officer of Bates Group in 2016 and president in 2019. Before joining Bates, he was senior vice president and COO of D.A. Davidson Companies' Equity Capital Markets business, where he was responsible for implementing strategic growth initiatives and developing an annual financial budgeting and forecasting process. Stout's decades-long leadership at Bates Group includes successfully leading and diversifying Bates from a retail litigation-focused expert consulting firm to a nationwide consulting firm offering services and solutions for litigation, regulatory, AML, and compliance clients at broker-dealer, registered investment advisors, banks, insurance, money services business, and digital assets firms.

Davis Wright Tremaine


David Rice, an attorney with more than two decades of experience advising clients on a wide range of privacy and data security issues, has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as a partner in the firm's Seattle office. Over the past 20 years, Rice has counseled domestic and international organizations on emerging issues in data privacy and data security. He advises clients on compliance, handles incident response, and conducts employee training. His experience encompasses a broad range of international, federal, and state laws. Rice has also negotiated hundreds of complex information technology contracts. Rice has counseled clients across diverse sectors, including B2C, data brokers, adtech, SaaS providers, healthcare-adjacent companies, and franchise operations. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional - United States. Rice joins the firm from the Seattle office of Miller Nash, where he was a partner. He previously worked as an associate at Venable LLP and at a predecessor firm to K&L Gates. He received his B.A. from The George Washington University and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He currently co-chairs the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Federal Communications Bar Association.


Bellevue-based CoreStack, a global multi-cloud governance provider, announced it that it has won five Global InfoSec Awards from Cyber Defense Magazine, an electronic information security magazine, at the RSA Conference: Market Leader Cloud Security Automation; Most Innovative Cloud Security Monitoring; Best Solution Cloud Security Posture Management; Best Product Compliance Automation; and Most Innovative SecOps-As-A-Service. CoreStack offers a suite of NextGen Cloud Governance modules that leverage AI to provide continuous and autonomous governance for FinOps, SecOps, and DevOps across multi-cloud through one unified dashboard.

Apr 27, 2023

A rare SRO sale in Spokane

You don't see many sales these days for single room occupancy residential buildings. Such SROs were essentially outlawed in Seattle following the 1970 Ozark Hotel fire. Most have since been demolished, but a few do remain. One surviving example is the 39-unit Pioneer Pathway House in Spokane. The century-old, four-story building operates as affordable housing, accepting Section 8 vouchers, and also has a two retail bays. It also just sold for $1 million, in a deal entirely arranged by Max Frame and Henry Ruf at Kidder Mathews. The seller was Pioneer Human Services, whose Bob Thompson said in a statement, “It was our hope to keep the building in the affordable community. Timely communication, professionalism and knowledge helped both sides of the deal navigate the transfer process with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission with surprising ease.” The unnamed Spokane buyer will continue to operate the SRO as affordable housing.




Colliers announced the recent hiring of industrial specialists Talor Okada and Rich Sander, who make the move from NAI Puget Sound Properties. They'll be based in the brokerage's Bellevue office. Scott Blankenship of Colliers said in a statement, “Culturally, these two are an incredible fit, and I look forward to integrating their vast industrial experience with our well-rounded team, so that we can continue enhancing the services we provide our clients.” Okada added, “Rich and I look forward to working with this talented group to provide current and future clients with expert market knowledge and the highest level of service.”

NAI Puget Sound Properties


Kyle Schipper has been with NAI Puget Sound Properties for six years. Since then, he's become a VP who specializes in industrial leasing and sales in Pierce and South King counties. And now NAI has named him to be one of its 24 partners. The firm's Tina Pappas said in a statement, “Kyle's exceptional qualities are evident in his focus, collaborative spirit and relentless drive for success. He exemplifies the very best qualities of a real estate broker and now partner.”

Almeleh moves to Broderick

Veteran broker Larry Almeleh has joined the team at Broderick Group, the firm recently announced. He makes the move from Tishman Speyer, and was long associated with Washington Partners before its absorption into JLL. He'll continue to specialize in the Seattle office market.

Seattle 98.9 KPNW


Seattle radio station 98.9 KPNW added another DJ to its on-air line-up, according to Scott Mahalick, Hubbard Seattle operations manager. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Marco Collins, is taking over the air waves on weekdays from 3-7 p.m. starting May 1. Collins was the flagship DJ and music director at Seattle's 107.7 The End during the 1990s grunge explosion. His role breaking artists such as Nirvana, Beck, Weezer, Foo Fighters, and Garbage helped land him a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He joined the on-air staff at KEXP in 2009 and was there until his departure in mid-April. Started in 1923, Hubbard Broadcasting, is based in Minneapolis – Saint Paul, and operates radio and television stations in 10 states.


TEGNA announced that KING, its NBC affiliate in Seattle, and journalist Chris Ingalls received The Brooks Jackson Prize for Fact-Checking, awarded by the Annenberg Public Policy Center in partnership with USC Annenberg's Cronkite Awards, for The Fraud Crusade, an investigative series on a misinformation campaign that sought to undermine public trust in Washington state's elections. In the series, Ingalls vetted claims of voter registration anomalies in three Washington counties made by the Voter Integrity Project. His reports used public records requests, reporting and interviews to expose false and misleading claims about voter fraud. The award's judges called his pieces “important, thoroughly researched, well produced, very informative.” The Brooks Jackson Prize is named for the veteran journalist who covered Washington and national politics for the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, and CNN. TEGNA operates 64 television stations in 51 U.S. markets.

Reperio Health

Portland-based Reperio Health appointed Naomi Levinthal as chief growth officer. Levinthal will lead Reperio's commercial operations and strategy. Levinthal joins Reperio from Memora Health where she served as vice president of strategy and partnerships. Previously, she served as vice president of product strategy and partnerships with AVIA Health, and managing director at the Advisory Board Company (now Optum). Earlier this year, Reperio announced its first patent for the technology that powers the company's biometric home-based screening service.

Davis Wright Tremaine

Davis Wright Tremaine announced new members of its Executive Committee. At the firm's annual partnership meeting, the partners elected new members to all three leadership positions: Camilo Echavarria as chair, Jaime Drozd as vice chair, and Sanjay Nangia as secretary. Echavarria will become the first Latino in the law firm's history to be elected to chair its Executive Committee. An employment litigator, he also is the firm's Los Angeles partner-in-charge and a member of the firm's Diversity Executive Council. Based in Seattle, Drozd is the firmwide co-chair of the Litigation practice and is a complex commercial litigator who advises and defends clients against a variety of consumer class actions. Based in San Francisco, Nangia is an experienced trial lawyer who represents a variety of high-profile companies with a special focus on the technology, financial services, energy, and healthcare industries. Davis Wright Tremaine has more than 600 lawyers representing clients throughout the United States and around the world.

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