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Feb 05, 2019

Powell Construction Co.





Bellevue-based Powell Construction Co. added Matt Davies as project manager, Ryan Gellerson and Jon Rector as field superintendents, and Keilah Palmer as construction accountant. Davies, Gellerson and Rector all have over 20 years of construction experience. Palmer has 12 years of experience in accounting and construction finance.

Trico Companies


Jason Solie is a new principal at Trico Companies. Solie is a senior project manager and member of the company's leadership team. He has over 20 years of construction experience, completing projects using public works design-bid-build, private design-build, and design-assist.

Sprague Pest Solutions

Tacoma-based Sprague Pest Solutions promoted Ross Treleven to vice president of operations. Treleven has been at Sprague for over 20 years, starting as a field technician and working his way to general manager. His promotion is part of a transition to the fourth generation of the Treleven family to run the 93-year-old company, which operates in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and California.

City of Tacoma

Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards is the new vice chair of a U.S. Conference of Mayors' committee focusing on jobs, education and the workforce. A goal of the committee is to help cities build skilled workforces for the global economy.

Tool Gauge

Tool Gauge received a $125,000 Work Start grant from the state Department of Commerce to hire and train workers for its Tacoma factory, which is undergoing a $20 million expansion. Tool Gauge makes plastic and metal assemblies for the aerospace industry. The expanded factory will open this fall. Grant partners are the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and Impact Washington, a nonprofit small business manufacturing consultant.

Feb 01, 2019

Cornish College

Christene James joined Cornish College of the Arts as vice president of finance and administration. James was assistant dean of finance and administration at the University of Washington's School of Pharmacy. Prior to that, she was a project manager in global infrastructure for Amazon.

Glass Distillery

In Seattle, Glass Distillery hired Thomas Woodley as director of national sales. Woodley comes from Woodward Canyon Winery, where he managed national and export sales for over 15 years, building a network of over 30 distributors. Glass Distillery sells artisanal vodka in the U.S. and Canada.

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum selected mixed-media artist Aaron Fowler for the 2019 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize. Fowler will receive $10,000 and will get a solo exhibition in SAM's Gwendolyn Knight & Jacob Lawrence Gallery in the fall. Based in Harlem, Los Angeles and St. Louis, Fowler makes large-scale sculptures from found materials.


Seattle-based business tax software developer Avalara bought Compli, a provider of compliance services to the U.S. alcoholic beverage industry, based in Paso Robles, California. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Avalara has 12 offices around the world and employs over 1,500 staff.

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