Board of Directors

jimmy-ng

KeyBank - Bellevue Main Key Center

jimmy-ng

Committee Memberships: Board of Directors, Finance,

KeyBank - Bellevue Main Key Center

emil-paguia

KING5-TV

emil-paguia

Committee Memberships: Board of Directors, Membership,

KING5-TV

As a seasoned sales executive, Emil has over 20 years of a well-rounded sales background in industries of marketing, legal, finance, accounting, technology, and investment banking. Currently at KING 5 and TEGNA, his current client base is comprised of direct clients and advertising agency businesses. The custom solutions created for clients comprise a mix of Broadcast TV, OTT/Connected/Streaming TV, and digital.

His responsibility is to put together the right combination of solutions to help clients achieve their required outcomes. KING 5 and TEGNA brings National brand experience, leveraging it locally to businesses needing that high level of expertise.

ryan-broms

Synergy, Inc.

VP of Development

ryan-broms

Committee Memberships: Board of Directors, PLUSH,

Synergy, Inc.
VP of Development

leigh-johnson

Falco Sult

leigh-johnson

Committee Memberships: Board of Directors,

Falco Sult

Leigh is a Principal with Falco Sult, having joined the firm in August 2011. She provides the firm’s business clients with financial reporting and consulting services. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She also leads the firm’s recruitment activities and serves as event planner.

Leigh received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Professional Accounting degrees from Western Washington University. She also holds an Associate of Technical Arts degree in paralegal studies.

Leigh serves as a board member on the Western Washington University Accounting Department Advisory Board and Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Leigh is a former member of the AFWA (Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance) Bellevue Chapter and served on their Board of Directors as the Publicity Director, Program Director, and Scholarship Chair. She is also a former member of Snoqualmie Valley Women in Business.

Leigh is an active member in the Theta Phi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at Western Washington University, which is the International Honors Organization for Financial Information Professionals. She is also an active member of Beta Gamma Sigma which is the honor society for business students and scholars, the largest alumni group in the world for graduates of business programs.

barb-wilson

Microsoft Corporation

Puget Sound Local Government Affairs

barb-wilson

Microsoft Corporation
Puget Sound Local Government Affairs

commissioner-sam-cho

Port of Seattle

commissioner-sam-cho

Committee Memberships: Board of Directors,

Port of Seattle

Sam Cho was elected to the Port Commission in 2019. Cho is the son of immigrants from South Korea, who came to the United States through the Port of Seattle.

Commissioner Cho was the Founder and CEO of Seven Seas Export, an international trading company that was headquartered in Seattle and exported to Asia. He identified an opportunity to sell eggs to Asian countries that were experiencing an egg shortage at the height of Asia’s avian influenza (bird flu) epidemic in the winter of 2016. He exported more than 2.5 million pounds of eggs to countries like South Korea.

Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavor, Commissioner Cho was a political appointee under President Barack Obama serving at the US General Services Administration. He helped manage a federal agency of more than 10,000 federal employees and worked on executing the administration’s agency-wide policies in real asset management, federal procurements, acquisitions, and technology.

Commissioner Cho also served as a Legislative Assistant to a Washington State Senator and a member of the United States Congress for whom he managed a portfolio of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Small Business, and Financial Services. He also served as an analyst at the US Department of State.

His priorities as a commissioner include promoting trade, working towards environmental sustainability, ensuring diversity and inclusion in the workforce and contracting, and stopping human trafficking.

elaina-morris

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

elaina-morris

Committee Memberships: Board of Directors,

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

Elaina M. Morris is the CEO, President, co-founder, and co-owner of Ascend Hospitality Group, a premier hospitality company headquartered in the Northwest. Morris is an accomplished CEO, business owner, consultant, innovator, and community leader with over 20 years’ experience developing concepts and creating value in various industries and holds a master’s degree in Technology Management. Morris has launched several local businesses in the hospitality sector, including WiggleWorks Kids and Ascend Hospitality Group (AHG), with crown jewel, Ascend Prime, recently named one of Architectural Digest’s Most Romantic Restaurants in the World. Morris currently serves as trustee for the Washington Hospitality Associations’ Education Foundation, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Samena Club, and is a member of YPO Seattle.

Under the AHG umbrella, there are currently eleven restaurants in operation and eight concepts in development, ranging from fine-dining to fast-casual. Each of the restaurants aim to provide guests with a unique and elevated dining experience, from Bellevue's 31st-floor Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi and Lincoln South Food Hall to five locations of award-winning Famous Dave's BBQ, and four Stanford's Classic American Steakhouse locations.

Ascend Hospitality Group employs more than 500 people in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Utah. Through the restaurant company, Morris strives to create and provide an environment that brings people together through culinary experiences, raises the bar, and improves standards in the hospitality industry. She believes in investing wholly in both her team members and guests to take service to the next level. Through the company's innovative approach to hospitality and ties to the community, Morris is also proud to support local education and associated charitable organizations.

john-carlson

Kemper Development Company

Vice President

john-carlson

Committee Memberships: Board of Directors,

Kemper Development Company
Vice President

John Carlson has long worked in Seattle radio, where he hosts “The Commute with Carlson” on 570 KVI during morning drive from 6am to 9am weekdays. Starting in 2014, John Carlson on The News debuted on sister station KOMO Newsradio, FM 97.7. Before radio, he was a television commentator on KIRO-TV(CBS) and KCTS (PBS). An award winning writer, John’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and every major daily paper in Washington State.

During the 90s, he co-authored and led the drive for America’s first “Three Strikes, You’re Out” initiative (he coined the term), and co-authored the state’s landmark anti-gun violence initiative, “Hard Time for Armed Crime”. In 1998 he led the campaign to qualify and pass Initiative 200, which prohibits discrimination preferences based on race and gender in public hiring and college admissions.

In the mid-80’s, he co-founded the Washington Policy Center, serving as its president from 1985 – 1993, and later as Board Chairman. WPC has received national and local bipartisan recognition as one of the Northwest’s most respected policy research centers.

John, his wife Lisa and two sons live in Bellevue, where he chairs the city’s Planning Commission. He also serves on the local boards of the Boy Scouts and the Salvation Army, and has raised over $200,000 to support the “The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer”.

He is listed as one of the University of Washington’s most influential graduates of the 20th century by the university’s Alumni Magazine, and their “Wondrous 100” alumni in 2008. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1981.

John’s very proud of his family! Here’s a slide show including Matthew’s 15th Birthday at Safeco Field, John and Lisa enjoying love in the Middle East, and an outdoor adventure at Lake Colchuck!

jennifer-hare

PNC Bank

Head of Corporate Banking Washington State

jennifer-hare

Committee Memberships: Board of Directors,

PNC Bank
Head of Corporate Banking Washington State

Jennifer is Executive Vice President, Managing Director and Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking at PNC Bank, one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the U.S. with over $560B in assets and a strong commitment to supporting Washington’s businesses and communities. Based in Bellevue, she is responsible for leading PNC’s corporate banking expansion and growth. In this role, she leads a team of seasoned bankers that provide lending, capital markets, treasury management, asset management and corporate advisory services to companies across Washington including specialized expertise across industries including Technology, Food & Beverage, Pharma/Life Sciences, Chemicals & Plastics, Transportation and Heavy Equipment.
Recognized as a financial services veteran, Jennifer has served the Pacific Northwest business community for over 20 years within the Banking, Communications and Technology sectors. Prior to this role, Jennifer served in a variety of leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, Microsoft and AT&T Wireless.
She earned an MBA from the Albers School of Business at Seattle University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington. She holds FINRA Series 24, 79 and 63 securities licenses.
Jennifer is actively involved in the community serving as Finance Chair and Board Director for Washington STEM, a non-profit organization focused on advancing excellence, innovation and equity in science, technology, engineering and math education for all Washington students. She is also active in the business community serving on the Bellevue Chamber Board as Director. Jennifer is also an advocate for entrepreneurship, serving as advisor, mentor and speaker to business owners and executives throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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