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Feb 02, 2024

Washington Federal Bank

WaFd, Inc., the parent company of Washington Federal Bank, and Luther Burbank Corporation, the parent company of Luther Burbank Savings, jointly announced that they received the required regulatory approvals from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions for Luther Burbank Savings to be merged with and into Washington Federal Bank, and from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for Luther Burbank to be merged with and into WaFd, Inc. This merger will expand WaFd Bank's footprint to nine western states with the addition of ten California branches of Luther Burbank. The merger is expected to be completed by February 29, 2024, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the remaining closing conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement. System and brand integration efforts are expected to be completed in the first week of March 2024 so that Luther Burbank customers can access the WaFd Bank platform and service offerings. As previously announced, two directors from Luther Burbank, Brad Shuster and Max Yzaguirre, will join the WaFd, Inc. and WaFd Bank Boards of Directors following the closing. Luther Burbank is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California.

Swire Shipping

Swire Shipping announced that Westwood Shipping Lines, a niche vessel operator specializing in the trade between the Pacific Northwest and Northeast Asia, will change its name to Swire Shipping. Swire Shipping acquired Westwood in June 2022 as part of a growth strategy to expand its liner network in North America.

The rebranding builds on Westwood's legacy, leveraging capabilities in containers, networks, and projects across the global Swire Shipping network to better serve customers throughout North America, Japan, South Korea, and China. Swire Shipping will continue to operate its Puyallup office as the regional hub for its North America operations. Seven vessels from the Swire Shipping owned fleet will operate on the Westwood service within the expanded global network, with four vessels retaining their existing Westwood name and green hulls in a nod to its 130-year legacy. Harry Stones is the president of Swire Shipping North America. In recognition of the strong ties with Japanese customers and their supply chains, as well as to strengthen its transpacific reach, Swire Shipping also announced the establishment of a new office in Tokyo, bringing representation in-house and enabling more direct engagement with customers. Headquartered in Singapore, Swire Shipping is the wholly owned, deep-sea ship-owning and operating arm of the multinational Swire group.

Alaska Power & Telephone

The Board of Directors of Alaska Power & Telephone named William Marks president & CEO. He will succeed Michael Garrett, who previously announced his planned retirement after more than 34 years with the company. Garrett will serve as the senior advisor to Marks through March 31, 2024, to facilitate the transition. Marks has over 30 years of experience the cable TV and satellite industries. He was a founder and president of DBS Direct/DIRECTV, a direct-to-home satellite television network, and CEO of Seamobile, the parent company of Maritime Telecommunications Network, which provided the first satellite broadband connectivity to the cruise ship industry, including the ships that frequent Southeast Alaska. In 2007 Marks won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his role as the CEO and chairman of the board of Seamobile. Alaska Power & Telephone is an employee- and investor-owned utility providing broadband, communications, and energy services in over 40 communities throughout rural Alaska.

Feb 01, 2024

Dorsey & Whitney



Dana Herberholz and Jordan Stott have joined Dorsey & Whitney as partners in the Intellectual Property group in Boise. Herberholz advises and represents clients in technology disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets. He comes to Dorsey from Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he chaired its Intellectual Property Litigation practice. Herberholz received his J.D. from the Gonzaga University School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Washington. Stott focuses on the protection of innovative products, the development of brands, and enforcement of rights. He has represented clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations, including in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation in federal courts and before the Patent and Trademark Office. He joins Dorsey from Parsons Behle & Latimer. Stott received his J.D. from the University of Idaho, College of Law, and his B.S. from Utah State University. Their arrival continues the growth of Dorsey's Boise office since it opened in 2023, bringing the attorney count in this office up to eight. This includes the expansion of its corporate group with associates Kristiana Lubomirova, Michael Pietruszewski, and J.B. Evans. Dorsey & Whitney has locations across the United States and in Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Shipbuilders Council of America


The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance and repair industry, announced its new board of directors leadership and the incoming chairs of the SCA Partners Committee. Brad Moyer, vice president of BAE Systems Ship Repair, is ascending from his vice chairman post to chairman of the board, assuming the position from Ben Bordelon, CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. David Carver, president of General Dynamics NASSCO, will serve as vice chairman. Mark Haller, CEO of Seattle's Tri-Tec Manufacturing has been named chairman of SCA's Industrial Base Partnership Committee. Haller was promoted from vice chairman and will lead the industrial base strategy for the association. Replacing Haller as vice chairman is John Rhatigan, chairman of the board at Marine Machinery Association. The SCA Partners Committee is charged with representing SCA's shipyard supplier members from across the country. SCA members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes U.S. Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other U.S. government agencies. In addition, SCA members build, repair and service America's fleet of commercial vessels. The Council represents 40 companies that own and operate over 80 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents 87 partner members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry.

Porch Group

Porch Group announced it signed a strategic business collaboration agreement with Aon Corp. and Aon Re Inc. to provide a variety of services to Porch Group companies, resulting in payments to Porch of approximately $25 million upfront and an expected approximately $5 million over the following four years. Aon Re is a reinsurance broker and provides a wide variety of services for insurance and non-insurance companies. Seattle-based Porch Group, a vertical software and insurance platform for the home, provides software and services to approximately 30,700 home services companies such as home inspectors, mortgage companies and loan officers, title companies, moving companies, real estate agencies, utility companies, and warranty companies.

Jan 31, 2024

CAST architecture


Lloyd Ramsay recently joined CAST architecture's team as a project designer where he will focus on residential and public projects.

Ramsay holds a Master of Architecture from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. After gaining valuable experience at several firms in Australia, he transitioned into a sole practitioner role in 2017, focusing predominantly on residential and hospitality projects.

Landau Associates


Ben Lee has been named director of Landau Associates' Water Resources Technical Service Group. In his new role, Lee will set and implement vision and strategy for the Water Resources team, as well as mentor and grow his team members. He will also continue serving his clients as a technical expert in the hydrogeology, groundwater supply, and water rights arena.

Lee joined Landau in 2013. He is a licensed engineer and certified water rights examiner. Areas of expertise include water rights application processing and portfolio management, groundwater supply engineering, numerical groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, and regional water resource planning.

Rice Fergus Miller






Rice Fergus Miller has promoted four individuals to the position of principal and two team members to associate principal.

The firm's newest principals are Sarah Gladics, Inkyoung Haley, Erin Hatch, and Jason Ritter-Lopatowski. The new associate principals are Susie Parsons and Becky Wall.


Gladics joined the firm in 2015, and quickly discovered a love for fire service design. She is an NCIDQ-credentialed interior designer who co-leads the firm's fire and emergency services market. She provides planning and interior design services for fire stations, training centers, 911 call centers, public agency capital facilities plans, and other civic projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Gladics also supports marketing efforts for the firm.

Haley is a talented architect with a diverse range of skills ranging from BIM management to graphic design. She joined the firm a decade ago and has worked on many project types including the brand-new Veterinary Life Saving Center for Kitsap Humane Society, and a range of multifamily housing, healthcare, and community impact projects. Haley has led firmwide volunteer days for Habitat for Humanity and mentored high school students through Bremerton School District's AVID program.

Hatch holds a degree in Interior Architecture and has worked in marketing since 2008. As director of marketing and now principal, Hatch will work alongside the other firm leaders to build and maintain strong relationships with clients, ensure positive community relations, and win work for the firm. She is a Certified Professional Services Marketer and has served in several positions for The Society for Marketing Professional Services Seattle and the Pacific Region. She is a member of the Downtown Bremerton Design Review Board and is a board member with Wayzgoose Kitsap.

Ritter-Lopatowski is a dedicated architect who has helped streamline processes at the firm including billing, invoicing, staffing and project delivery. He works primarily in the firm's hospitality and civic markets. A few notable projects include the 7 Cedars Hotel in Blyn and several fire stations for Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue. He is active in the Kitsap community and serves on the Greater Kitsap Chamber of Commerce board.

Parsons is an interior designer. She helps lead the firm's housing market and has been actively involved in business development efforts for the housing team. Parsons recently completed a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington and has dedicated her career to designing spaces that positively impact aging.

Wall is an interior designer who leads the firm's education market. She is a supporter of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) initiatives, community involvement, and introducing students to the design profession. She is actively engaged in a wide range of internal firm initiatives and external organizations. Wall is a board member of KidVantage, an Advancement Via Individual Determination mentorship program volunteer, and one of Leadership Kitsap's most recent 20 Under 40 honorees.

Wesley Homes




Wesley Homes is expanding its senior leadership team with the addition of vice president of operations, Kevin McNamara; Wesley Health & Home executive director, Kelly Pajinag; and Des Moines executive director, Ken Klotz. Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Wesley is a faith-based, nonprofit organization offering lifestyle options for aging-well. The organization has four Puget Sound residential communities: Wesley Des Moines, Wesley Lea Hill, Wesley Bradley Park, and Wesley at Tehaleh. Its continuum of care also includes Wesley Health & Home Care. McNamara brings more than 20 years of senior living and health services experience to his role in shaping and delivering the company's strategic plan and mission. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of Wesley's senior living communities. Pajinag brings his home health and hospice leadership to Wesley with a focus on driving profitability, strategic planning, business development, and patient satisfaction. As executive director, Pajinag is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, staffing, and controlling resources. Pajinag will oversee Wesley Homes Community Health Services, Wesley Homes at Home, Wesley Hospice, and Wesley Palliative Care. Klotz is a 20-year senior living and memory care expert. He will provide strategic direction, leadership, and management oversight of resident services, care delivery, and the structures of the retirement community.

Perkins Eastman


Global architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman announced that John Shoesmith, co-founder of Shoesmith Cox Architects, has joined as principal in its Seattle studio and is now a part of the firm's international senior living practice. With more than 30 years of experience, Shoesmith's work involves the full continuum of senior living including active adult, life plan communities, assisted living, long-term care environments, and intentional intergenerational communities. He is committed to creating high quality memory care environments that allow residents to continue to be active, successful, and have a sense of purpose. His advocacy and participation with nonprofit organizations and working groups, including the Facilities Guideline Institute, have helped establish policy and recommendations at the industry-wide level for the planning, design, and construction of senior living and healthcare facilities. In his role, Shoesmith will collaborate with clients on projects nationwide. Perkins Eastman ‘s practice draws on its 1,000 professionals networked across 25 studios worldwide.

Yesler Solutions

Seattle-based Yesler Solutions announced the addition of Adrian Blocker to the company board of directors. Yesler offers a suite of software tools built specifically for lumber and building materials sellers and their customers. Blocker joins Yesler CEO and founder Matt Meyers and existing board members: Mike Galgon of PSL Ventures (Seattle), Blake Patton of Tech Square Ventures (Atlanta), and Phil Boyer of Crosslink Capital (San Francisco). Blocker is the former senior vice president of Timberlands and Wood Products for Weyerhaeuser. In addition to his role on Yesler's board of directors, Blocker serves on the board of directors for lumber giant Tolko Industries (Vernon, Canada) and Conner Industries (Fort Worth, Texas). He also holds leadership roles across numerous industry associations, including president of the Working Forest Initiative, director of the Bi National Softwood Lumber Council, and director of US Endowment for Forests and Communities.

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