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Jul 20, 2023

Harbor Custom Development


Harbor Custom Development announced a raft of key personnel changes last week. First, the firm's founder and CEO Sterling Griffin announced his retirement at the annual shareholders meeting. Jeff Habersetzer will now serve as interim president and CEO. Griffin said in a statement, “I am confident in interim CEO Jeff Habersetzer's ability to manage this transition successfully. His determination and strategic vision for Harbor's future will provide the company with a solid platform for prosperity focused on enhancing shareholder value.” Second, four new promotions were announced. Yoshi Niino becomes chief accounting officer. Kyla Sawtell has been elevated to VP of operations. Mark Long is now VP of development and construction. And Jennifer Lang rises to VP of marketing.

City of Tacoma

City Manager Elizabeth Pauli appointed Nicole Emery City Clerk effective Aug. 14. Emery will oversee the City Council's agenda and business meetings, the official record of all formal meetings of the City Council, and the incorporation of all passed ordinances into the Tacoma Municipal Code. She will also serve as the city of Tacoma's municipal election official, and assist in the initiative and referendum process. For nearly four years, Emery served as an office administrator in the City Manager's Office providing direct support to the Office of the Mayor with duties related to public records and public meeting administration and support. Prior to that position, she spent six years in the City Clerk's Office where she acquired first-hand experience supporting the City's Charter Review process, onboarding new staff, and finalizing the City Council's agenda and meetings. The City Clerk position is appointed by the City Manager pursuant to City of Tacoma Charter.

The Standard

The Standard promoted Tony Soble to regional vice president for Defined Contribution Investment Only sales, where he will work with advisors, outside platform wholesalers and third-party administrators. Soble has more than 17 years of experience in the retirement plan and financial services industry. He held previous roles at The Standard and as an advisor at Principal Financial Group and OneAmerica working with retirement plans supporting plan sponsors, participants, advisors and TPAs. Soble earned an Associate of Arts degree from Broward College in Florida, in addition to FINRA Series 6, Series 7 and NASAA 63 and 65 licenses. Soble also earned the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor designation. The Standard, based in Portland, is a family of businesses providing financial products and services for groups and individuals.


Redmond-based Perimetrics, an artificial intelligence dental diagnostics company, announced the creation of its Clinical Advisory Board consisting of industry leaders in general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics. Made up of eight founding members, the Perimetrics Clinical Advisory Board will provide strategic and clinical insights as the company seeks regulatory approval for InnerView Technology, a dental diagnostic system to detect cracks, failing restorations and mobility in teeth. The Clinical Advisory Board Members include: Jeffrey Dalin, who practices general dentistry at his private practice in St. Louis; Jack Ferracane, professor and chair of the Department of Oral Rehabilitation and Biosciences at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland; Robert Kelly, professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences, Institute of Materials Science; Kenneth Malament, clinical professor of Dental Medicine and Prosthodontics at Tufts University; Linda Niessen, vice provost for Oral Health Affairs at Kansas City University, and founding dean and professor for the KCU College of Dental Medicine in Joplin, Missouri; Clifford Ruddle, founder and director of Advanced Endodontics, an educational organization focused on endodontic technologies and techniques; E. Todd Scheyer, board-certified periodontist at Perio Health Professionals in Houston; and John West, founder and practicing endodontist at the Center for Endodontics in Tacoma, and an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington.

NAIOP focus on Fremont

Circle Aug. 24 in your calendars. That's the date of NAIOP's annual Change Makers event. This year the focus will be on “how Seattle's neighborhoods are coming back from the pandemic, and encouraging sustainable practices around commuting and community building,” says NAIOP. The event will center on Fremont, the self-proclaimed center of the universe, and it'll take place at the handsome Fremont Crossing complex, just south across the Fremont Bridge in what's actually north Queen Anne. That project, which incorporates landmarked 1921 Bleitz Funeral Home (now fully leased), was designed by SkB Architects and built by Foushee. Newmark represents the vacant new west addition, and the NAIOP event will be held in its fourth-floor penthouse. Details and registration: naiopwa.org.

Jul 19, 2023

Ankrom Moisan


Wheary Brown

Architecture and interior design firm Ankrom Moisan announced two big leadership promotions — Leah Wheary Brown to vice president of Interior Design Strategy, and Alissa Brandt to vice president of Interiors. With over 40 years of combined experience, Wheary Brown and Brandt will guide and implement design strategies for both the interiors group and overarching firm-wide initiatives and foster a culture of creativity and mentorship.

Wheary Brown has been at the firm for over 20 years and has worked across different market sectors and held various roles. She has led the interiors market rate housing studio and developed a new identity called Urban Living with a focus on trend forecasting and thought leadership. As the firm's first interiors principal of design and its first managing design principal, Wheary Brown's other notable achievements include developing the design identity for the PRS Mirabella brand and leading Mirabella PDX Portland South Waterfront, second of its brand, to reach the first LEED Platinum status for a continuing care retirement community in the United States.

After joining the Ankrom Moisan team in 2000, Brandt has worked her way from an emerging professional to now, the vice president of Interiors. In this new position, she will be a leading force in encouraging the professional growth of her team members while driving the firm's vision and strategy. Brandt will be responsible for nurturing an environment focused on creativity, inspiration, and empowerment.

Brandt's portfolio of work includes Aegis Lake Union, which passed the Living Building Challenge, and student housing projects that have allowed the firm to push its designs even further to create highly imaginative, experiential residences for students. Brandt is currently set to work on another Living Building Challenge senior housing project with Aegis.

Barghausen Consulting Engineers





Barghausen Consulting Engineers, Inc. has recently expanded its team by hiring four new employees as of June 2023. In Kent, the firm has welcomed one design engineer, one project architect and two project planners.

The new hires are Louis Gannon, Joseph Knight, Malissa Paulsen, and Colin Crumbley.

On June 12th, Gannon joined Barghausen as a design engineer. Gannon recently earned a B.S. in civil engineering from WSU in May 2023 and has also obtained his E.I.T (Engineer in Training) certification. Before joining Barghausen, Gannon worked as a project engineer intern at Granite Construction, where he contributed to a variety of substation projects across the Pacific Northwest.

Knight joined Barghausen on June 19th as a project architect. Knight has over 15 years of commercial architectural experience and has a wide variety of experience on large K-12 projects and civic projects. His background also includes volunteering with the Seattle Architectural Foundation, mentoring with the ACE Mentor Program, and mentoring at Cleworth Architectural Legacy.

Paulsen started at Barghausen on June 19th as a project planner. She graduated from Central Washington University with an environmental policy degree in 2018, and Arizona State University with a B.S. in urban planning and a GIS certificate. She began her career as a planner with Mason County, working on permit review and water resource planning before moving to a consulting firm in Lacey.

Crumbley joined Barghausen on June 26th as a project planner. He completed his undergraduate in urban planning at the University of New Orleans, and then worked as the planning and zoning manager in St. John the Baptist Parish outside of New Orleans for almost 3 years before moving to Washington.

RMC Architects


Kelsey Gates has joined RMC Architects as a project manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 2011 from the University of Washington.

Gates will be working on multiple community college projects in her new role, including several remodels for Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and Skagit Valley College. She is also working on the new Pioneer Pavilion project in Ferndale, the Phase 2 expansion of City of Bellingham Public Works, Lummi Salish Village, and Whatcom Community Foundation's Millworks 2 at the Bellingham Waterfront.

Department of Ecology

In what would be a first for Washington state, the Department of Ecology is proposing to classify four water bodies as “Outstanding Resource Waters” – a special designation under the federal Clean Water Act that carries extra water quality protections and recognition.

The four water bodies are:

Soap Lake in Grant County

The upper watershed of the Cascade River in Skagit County

The upper watershed of the Green River (near Mount St Helens) in Skamania County

The Napeequa River in Chelan County

Outstanding Resource Waters have exceptional water quality, ecological and recreational values, or unique attributes that distinguish them among state water bodies and warrant special protection. These waters are assigned additional protections to prevent further degradation except for certain temporary projects or discharges, or to protect public health or property in an emergency.

Ecology is accepting public comments on the proposed Outstanding Resource Waters designations through Sept. 27.

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