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Apr 11, 2017

Trico Companies




Burlington-based Trico Companies made COO Michelle Hurteau a principal, and promoted Lisa Yandrich to administrative manager, Brian Jones to assistant project manager and Savannah Phillips to project engineer. Yandrich has more than 10 years of experience in human resources, technical and business support. She holds a bachelor's degree in humanities and social sciences from Western Washington University. Jones has 14 years of architectural design experience on supermarkets and commercial and food processing projects, and five years of construction and management experience on retail, supermarkets and cold storage. He's a LEED Green Associate and holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Idaho. Phillips holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, and has interned at several general contracting and civil engineering firms.

Compton Lumber

Seattle's Compton Lumber is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The company was founded by Horace F. Compton, who got his start working at the lumber mill run by Seattle pioneer David F. Denny. The company is now run by Horace's great grandson, John Compton, in the Sodo area.

City of Fife


Fife City Council has appointed Lisa McClellan to a vacant council seat. She will serve until a successor is selected and confirmed in either the 2017 primary or general election. McClellan has been on Fife's Planning Commission since 2016, and was on the Fife Parks & Recreation Advisory Board from 2014 to 2016.

Kirkland Arts Center


Kirkland Arts Center said Kelly Dylla has been named executive director. She was VP of education and community engagement for Seattle Symphony from 2012 to 2015. She also worked at Pacific Symphony.

Apr 07, 2017


BECU credit union said Melba Bartels will join the company as chief financial officer effective May 1, overseeing accounting and treasury teams.

Bartels was CFO and senior executive vice president at HomeStreet Bank in Seattle, responsible for an asset base of more than $6 billion. She spent six years at JPMorgan Chase, serving as CFO of the Auto Finance and Student Lending Division, and also worked at Washington Mutual Bank and Ragen Mackenzie Group. BECU has 45 locations in Washington and two in South Carolina.


CarMax, a used car retailer, opened stores in Lynnwood and Puyallup that are its first locations in the Puget Sound region. The Puyallup store is at 202 Valley Ave. N.W. and the Lynnwood store is at 21317 Highway 99. CarMax operates more than 170 stores in 39 states.

Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

Here are the winners of the 28th Annual Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Awards: Eastside Business of the Year: Point Inside, a digital in-store product location service; Small Business of the Year: WiggleWorks Kids Bellevue; Entrepreneurial Spirit, Startup of the Year: RBC Signals; and Innovative Service of the Year: iSpot.tv, ad data and analytics.

Apr 06, 2017

CBRE adds to retail team



CBRE Group has announced the addition of two members to its retail leasing team. Newly named senior VP, Scott Blankenship comes from Wallace Properties, which six years ago merged with Cascade Commercial Properties, where he was founder and CEO. He has 26 years experience in the field, and counts over 400 transactions during that time. Joining CBRE as senior associate, Kathleen “KT” Taylor also comes from Wallace. She has over 20 years experience in the industry. In a statement, CBRE's John Miller said, “With these two strategic additions to our retail leasing team, we feel poised to take advantage of the upward retail market trajectory here in the Seattle market. Scott, and KT bring vast retail real estate experience within the Puget Sound region, and we look forward to collaborating to deliver more world-class retail outcomes to clients.”

Heartland staffs up




The 30-year-old real estate advisory and investment firm Heartland continues to grow. The company has announced three new project managers. Lee Striar comes from Philadelphia, where he specialized in public and private real estate financing and transactions. Craig Johnson previously worked in real estate private equity in New York. And the UW Runstad School-trained Amy Hartman was until recently working with a real estate investment firm in Austin.

William Lyon to be active in Lacey

Three years ago, the Newport Beach, California-based William Lyon Homes bought Polygon Northwest for $520 million. The combined company continues to be very active in the single-family sector, and it has announced a new 55-plus community in Lacey. There and in three other West Coast markets, the Ovation brand will depart “from traditional ‘cookie-cutter' active adult communities by cultivating an appealing brand lifestyle for 55-plus buyers who prefer a more intimate, unconventional and contemporary residential environment.” In a release, the company added, “Each community location will be less remote and self-contained than typical active adult settings and will ensure lifestyle priorities are accommodated with access to retail, restaurants, outdoor recreation, medical centers, airports and more. Since approximately 70 percent of this market segment expects to postpone retirement, they will also be within comfortable proximity of business centers.” Ovation at Oak Tree, in Lacey, will offer two- and three-bedroom homes with attached two-car garages, along with trails, green spaces and a fitness center. A start date wasn't specified.

Andover grows, gains recognition

The Andover Company has announced the hiring of Jake Monroe, who joins the company after interning at Rosen Harbottle. At the same time, the firm announced that it has been recognized by CoStar as a top leasing firm in the Puget Sound area for the 14th year in a row. In addition, CoStar has honored the firm's Brian Bruininks and David Baumer as Industrial Power Brokers. Founded in 1978, Andover has 14 agents. It is a division of CORFAC International.

Free rent for winning prose

It sounds too good to be true. In its third annual essay contest, Walls Property Management will provide a year's free rent to the winning respondent, in 350 words, to the following question. “How would a free apartment for one year allow you to give back to the community?” The contest deadline has been extended to Saturday. The one-bedroom apartment will be in Ballard, Magnolia, Wallingford or Queen Anne, in a building managed by Walls. The winner will be announced April 30, with a move-in date of June 1. Certain conditions apply. More details can be found at essayforfreeapartment.com.

First California Mortgage


First California Mortgage named Bellevue Branch Manager Wayland Coleman to the Presidents Club for customer service and performance for 2016. Based in Petaluma, Calif. and active in more than 20 states.

UW Bothell

The University of Washington Bothell has given Alan Boss, an assistant professor in the School of Business, the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award. He has taught courses in leadership, decision-making, organizational behavior, managing teams, entrepreneurship and strategy.

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