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Mar 08, 2019

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn


Attorney Andy Murphy joined the Seattle office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. Murphy focuses on cannabis and other highly regulated industries. He comes from Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson in Seattle.

Pace International

Salman Mir on April 1 will become executive vice president and COO of Pace International in Wapato, Yakima County, where he will oversee the global postharvest business. Mir headed up Sumitomo Chemical Co.'s AgroSolutions Division International and was general manager for Asia. Before that, he was vice president of global marketing and business management for Valent BioSciences. Pace is a subsidiary of Valent BioSciences, which is a Sumitomo company.


New York City-based Sia Partners acquired Loft9, a management consultant with 70 staff in Bellevue and Denver. Loft9 managing partners Mark Birzell, Ed Beals and Ronan Walsh joined the management team of Sia. Loft9 has tech, utility, healthcare and airline clients. Sia consults in banking, energy and utilities, insurance, tech, transportation and healthcare. Sia said it wants to double its presence in Seattle.

Washington Wine Industry Foundation

In Kennewick, Washington Wine Industry Foundation raised over $237,000 at its annual Party + Auction fundraiser to support the state's growing wine industry. Since 2002, the Cashmere-based foundation has funded projects addressing education, risk management, winery safety, clean plants, cost-of-production calculators and integrated pest management.

Mar 07, 2019

Benaroya Research Institute


Dr. Margaret McCormick is the new executive director and COO of Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. McCormick replaced Homer W. Lane Jr., who retired. BRI also named McCormick as vice president of research at Virginia Mason Medical Center. She previously was the institute's chief administrative officer. Prior to joining BRI, she was CEO of Seattle biotech company Matrix Genetics. The institute advances science that fights immune system diseases.

Sarcos Robotics

Sarcos Robotics appointed retired Adm. Michael S. Rogers to the its strategic advisory board and hired retired Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza as senior vice president of defense. Rogers is a former National Security Agency director and oversaw the U.S. Cyber Command. Lanza was commanding general of the Army's I Corps at JBLM. Sarcos makes full-body exoskeleton robots for industrial and military applications. It is headquartered in Salt Lake City, with an office in Bellevue.


Bellevue-based BitTitan hired Brad Rosairo as director of business development in the Asia Pacific region. Rosairo was vice president of business development in the Asia Pacific region for Neota Logic. Before that, he was managing director at Corwin Press and held a leadership role at ProQuest. BitTitan helps IT service companies automate cloud technologies.


Columbia, Maryland-based Advarra bought Quorum Review IRB, a Seattle provider of institutional review boards. The deal included Quorum's research and technology consulting division Kinetiq. Advarra provides institutional review boards, institutional biosafety committees, and research quality and compliance consulting services to the medical industry.

The evolution of modern tech space

That's the topic for CREW's lunch this month, which will be held March 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Motif Seattle hotel, 1415 Fifth Ave. Speaking will be Lori Noto of Sugar Mountain, Tony Castillo of BNBuilders, Julia Park of Google, Susana Covarrubias of Gensler, and Laura Lohman from Seneca Group. Details and registration: crewseattle.org.

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