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Dec 08, 2023

Northwest Seaport Alliance


The Northwest Seaport Alliance named Jeff Bellerud chief operating officer. In this role, Bellerud will oversee marine operations including rail, road, terminals, breakbulk operations and management of the waterway. With strategic level experience in terminal operations and Class 1 railroads, Bellerud's career spans the West Coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver, B.C. Most recently, he was director of intermodal and port operations at CN Rail, where he led port operations, including 14 marine terminals across seven port authorities in North America. Bellerud holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and an MBA from the University of Northern British Columbia. The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Spectrum Effect


Kirkland-based Spectrum Effect announced that Boulder Ventures has invested in the company, and that Kishen Mangat has been appointed to its board. Mangat is general partner at Boulder Ventures, where he leads the firm's enterprise 5G investment strategy. Mangat previously served as Cisco Systems' vice president/general manager for mobility, and co-founded multiple startups, including BroadHop. Charles Immendorf is Spectrum Effect's CEO. Spectrum Effect created Spectrum-NET, which analyzes and mitigates radio frequency interference using machine learning.



Seattle's AM 770 KTTH is adding FOX News Radio's “The Guy Benson Show” from noon to 3 p.m. as part of a revamped lineup starting Jan. 1. Benson is the political editor of Townhall.com and a FOX News contributor. He joined the network in 2013, providing political commentary across FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network's daytime and primetime programming. Benson has served as a media fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. As part of the lineup shuffle, KTTH also is adding FOX News Radio's “FOX Across America with Jimmy Failla” to weekday overnights from midnight to 3 a.m. The radio station is operated by Bonneville International Corp., an integrated media and marketing company headquartered in Salt Lake City. Founded in 1964, Bonneville operates radio and TV stations, local websites, podcasts and other digital distribution assets in six western U.S. markets.

Dec 07, 2023

Boeing claims space at Frederickson One

In the Spanaway area, spanning some 3 million square feet in six industrial buildings, Logistics Property Company's phased Frederickson One has been steadily adding tenants in recent years. One recent lease deal for the new Buildings 4 and 7 now brings the development to full capacity. LPC made the announcement at the end of last month, but didn't name the tenant. Pierce County records show that Boeing claimed the duo, which total 845,618 square feet. Boeing's brokers were Patrick Mullin and Scott Alan at Cushman & Wakefield. LPC's own Drew Zaborowski and Joe Sandhu worked with the Colliers team of Matt McGregor and Bill Condon on the deal. Condon said in a statement, “LPC has had unparalleled success in the Frederickson market as they build best-in-class buildings.” Other tenants include Ashley Furniture, Ikea, Amazon, Ace Hardware and Holman Logistics.

Real Retail


Real Retail announced late last month a new addition to its team. That would be veteran broker Deborah Ross, who makes the move from Pine Street Group. Maria Royer leads the brokerage, and she said in a statement, “Real Retail has been a leader in retail leasing and planning in Seattle and the surrounding area for close to 20 years — and with Deborah's addition we are well-positioned to continue that leadership as we bet on the Puget Sound region's resiliency in the years ahead.” Ross added, “I couldn't be more excited for the future, and to be working with this exceptional team.” The firm also said that Eric Zuehlsdorff was recently promoted to associate broker, and that Jack Quigley joined Real Retail earlier this year.



Though based in San Jose, Newmark's Jon Mackey was recently promoted to oversee our region, meaning 13 offices in our state, Oregon and Northern California. Kevin McCabe leads the entire Western division for the brokerage; he said in a statement, “Jon's deep understanding of our culture, his commitment to our values and his proven industry track record make him the ideal candidate to lead as we continue to capitalize on Newmark's growth.” Said Mackey, “It is truly an honor to be appointed to this expanded leadership role.”

Home First



After nearly 15 years and close to 1,500 new homes built, affordable housing advocate and developer Rob Justus is stepping away from Home First, the affordable housing company he co-founded in 2009 with retired Portland General Electric executive Dave Carboneau. His last day with the company will be Dec. 31, 2023. A 1987 graduate of the University of Portland, Justus got his first experience working with Portland's homeless population as a volunteer in the St. Francis Dining Hall in Southeast Portland. In 1992, he started a service organization called JOIN. To date, Home First and its development partners have built 1,425 units of affordable housing with a development cost of more than $381 million. Most units are in the Portland metro region, but Home First has also developed affordable housing in places like St. Helens, Hines, Ontario, Salem, Tillamook and Vancouver, Washington. At present, Home First has another 530 units of affordable housing under construction and 359 more in the pipeline. Justus will continue to serve as a member of Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek's Housing Production Advisory Council. Ben Pray, a co-owner of the company who joined in 2015, will assume leadership. Home First partners with public and private investors to help make sure affordable housing is available and accessible across the Northwest.

Ben B. Cheney Foundation

Henry Cheney

Brad Cheney


The Ben B. Cheney Foundation has appointed Erika Tucci as executive director. She will succeed Brad Cheney, who is retiring from the role at the end of December after spending more than 20 years leading the foundation. Cheney will remain as the foundation board chair. The Ben B. Cheney Foundation makes grants in Washington, Oregon and Northern California communities where the family's lumber mills operated. Since 1975, the foundation has awarded more than 6,000 grants to over 1,500 organizations. Tucci has served as senior program officer for the foundation since 2019, and she will be the first female to lead the nonprofit. She is active on several nonprofit boards and committees, including chairing the governor's Serve Washington Commission. During the pandemic, Tucci's ties to the nonprofit sector led her to initiate the Pierce County Daily Report. The effort provided coordinated human services information to policymakers, nonprofit leaders and funders making critical intervention decisions. Tucci previously led community affairs at Tacoma Public Utilities, where she instituted a leadership program encouraging volunteerism and service. Cheney, the son of the foundation's founder, will continue to provide leadership on the foundation board and on other local boards and committees, including the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound and the Baseball Club of Tacoma. The board now includes three third-generation family members, and Cheney's son Henry Cheney will join the board in December. Henry Cheney played and coached baseball for the University of Portland while getting his undergraduate degree and then a master's in nonprofit management. He is the assistant athletic director at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma.

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