Nov 16, 2018
Genevieve Wozow, director of business development-government at Seattle's Remote Medical International, was elected to the International Stability Operations Association board. Remote Medical, part of Seattle's Columbia Pacific Management, provides medical services to work sites around the world. ISOA is a trade group for companies supporting the U.S. departments of State and Defense.
Rebecca Lovell is a new director at Create33, a center for technology entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. Lovell is an adjunct instructor in the University of Washington's Foster School of Business MBA program. She was acting director of Seattle's Office of Economic Development and chief business officer at GeekWire. Create33 was conceived by Madrona Venture Group and is in the same downtown Seattle building as the venture firm.
Accenture opened an innovation hub at 1191 Second Ave. in Seattle. The hub is a place where Accenture staff and clients work together to create products and services for the digital economy. Avanade, a joint venture of Accenture and Microsoft, is collocated in the new space. Gil Wootton is Seattle office lead for Accenture.
Aaron Terwedo of TFS Advisors in Edmonds earned a National Social Security Advisor certificate from the National Social Security Association. Terwedo specializes in financial planning for retiring professionals.
Nov 15, 2018
AJ Capital Partners of Chicago paid $44.6 million last year for the 87-year-old Hotel Deca (previously the Edmond Meany Hotel) in the University District. AJ Capital's Graduate Hotels has renovated and rebranded the 16-story, 154-room hotel as Graduate Seattle. It's the 12th in Graduate's mini-chain, which has locations near many major universities. Up to 13 more are expected to open in the next two years. Poindexter Coffee will open soon in the lobby, and the rooftop Mountaineer Club will open later this year. Graduate is still deciding what to do with the old District Lounge space facing 45th.
At the Affordable Housing Developers Summit in Chicago, Kim Herman was inducted into the national Affordable Housing Hall of Fame. He's executive director of the nonprofit Washington State Housing Finance Commission (which is not a government agency), and has been in the field for four decades. He has led WSHFC since 1984, and during that time it has financed 128,000 affordable units. Herman said in a statement, “I am very grateful and humbled by this recognition. Especially now that we are facing the biggest housing and homeless crisis since the Great Depression, it's more important than ever that we keep opening doors to a better life.”
Holly Yang, of Kidder Mathews' Bellevue office, won a Women in Real Estate Award from the online real estate news site Connect Media. Yang leads KM's China Service Group, and has brokered over 120 sales worth more than $400 million. She's also on the board of the Washington State China Relations Council.
Thrive Communities named April Syria VP on its property management team. Thrive is the property management arm of Rise Properties Trust, a Canadian REIT with a Seattle office. Thrive manages about 10,000 units. Rise now has about 2,000 units in its local portfolio. Among its recent acquisitions is the 135-unit Modera Capitol Hill.
Norris, Beggs & Simpson has secured $19.5 million to build a new FedEx Express distribution center in Everett. The borrower was Underwood Gartland Johnson, and the 122,286-square-foot building is called UGJ63. It will be on almost 10.5 acres at 7301 Hardeson Rd., in the Evergreen neighborhood north of Highway 526. NBS's Mike Wood and Colin Ceithaml arranged the loan from State Farm Life Insurance Co. It has a 7-year term and a 30-year amortization. FedEx is moving from a smaller facility in Bothell. Underwood Gartland Johnson acquired the Everett site last year for a little over $5 million. The start and completion dates for the FedEx facility weren't announced.
Leadership Thurston County named four winners of its 2019 Distinguished Leader Awards: Cheryl Fambles of Pacific Mountain Workforce Council; Drew Phillips of Forma Construction; and Meghan Goldenberger and Meagan Darrow of the nonprofit youth program Together. The awards honor initiative and impact. A ceremony will be held Jan. 17 in Olympia. Leadership Thurston County is part of Thurston County Chamber Foundation.
David LeBreton is the new vice president of operations at Seattle-based agricultural biotech company Phytelligence. LeBreton is leading lab, greenhouse and pre-production teams in North America. He has evaluated research and developed strategy for pre-production at Phytelligence. Before that, he worked in real estate and advertising.
Seattle-based Virence Health Technologies added Karl Salnoske as senior vice president of engineering and operations; Sal Mahbouba as senior vice president of professional services and support; and R.J. Timmons as senior vice president and general counsel. Salnoske was executive vice president and CIO at Laureate Education. Mahbouba is managing partner at Ratava Partners. Timmons was associate general counsel at Alorica. Virence provides software for health care providers.
In Seattle, Intrepid by VitalSource hired Geoff Curless as director of sales and Thom Robbins as director of marketing. Curless led sales at Rehearsal and Trivantis, and Robbins was chief marketing officer for MediaPRO. Intrepid operates a digital learning program.
Grand opening will be Saturday in Columbia City for Health Discovery Acupuncture & Yoga. The clinic is staffed with acupuncturists who specialize in holistic services, Chinese herbal medicine and hands-on therapies. It's at 4741 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle.