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2020-2021 Board

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Committee Appointments

Chair Michael NassirianARVR Studio
Chair Elect Kendall AndereggMutual Materials
Vice Chair, Events Randi BrazenCentral Bar & Restaurant
Vice Chair, Membership Nancy HeenAxelerate
Past Chair John MilbrathAAA Washington
Vice Chair, Advocacy Beth OsborneSymetra
David AllenMcKinstry
Executive Vice President
Jared AxelrodAmazon
Patrick BannonBellevue Downtown Association
Putter BertKidsQuest Children’s Museum
Jim BlundellT-Mobile
Ryan BromsSynergy, Inc.
VP of Development
John CarlsonKemper Development Company
Vice President
Eddie ChangThe Chang Group
Commissioner Sam ChoPort of Seattle
Jennifer ClarkAlaska Airlines
Jessie ClawsonMcCullough Hill Leary, P.S.
Terry CookParcion Private Wealth
Raymond CullomEastHub
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Catherine CushinberryHopelink
Sue DeFlorioGMI
Melissa deVitaBellevue School District
Deputy Superintendent, Finance and Operations
Karen DohertyWSP USA
Area Manager
Joe FainBellevue Chamber
President & CEO
Brian FranklinPMF Investments
Carl GipsonAT&T
Gary GuentherKidder Mathews
Executive Vice President
Dave HamiltonDelivery Express
Jennifer HarePNC Bank
Head of Corporate Banking Washington State
Azmeena HashamVerizon
Paul HerberAscend Prime Steak & Sushi
Jill JamisonSweeney Conrad, P.S.
Audit Manager
Leigh JohnsonFalco Sult
Brad JonesVisit Bellevue
Jason JonesKING5-TV
Director of Digital Sales
Betsy KippenhanComcast
Brandon KirkbrideBank of America – Global Corporate Social Responsibility
Sandeep KrishnamurthyUniversity of Washington – Bothell
David LawyerInslee Best
Amanda LockeVirginia Mason Franciscan Health
Gary LockeBellevue College
Kari MagillRowley Properties, Inc.
Michael MarshOverlake Hospital Medical Center
Josh MartiPoint Inside
Dave MasinCatalyst Workplace Activation
Scott McClellanSeattle University
Tim McKeySellen Construction
Brad MiyakeCity of Bellevue
Jimmy NgKeyBank – Bellevue Main Key Center
Emil PaguiaKING5-TV
Craig PankowThe Partners Group
Managing Partner
Benjamin PetterAvara Construction
Pam RockSeattle Children’s
Alex RuleArthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Greg RussellPeterson Russell Kelly PLLC
Matthew SamwickInnovation Realty Partners, LLC
Operating Manager
Barney SilverBitTitan, Inc.
Gary SmithThe Seattle Times
Leslie SmithVulcan
Mike SoteloEthnic Chamber of Commerce Coalition
Brandon StoneParker Smith & Feek
Andrew TubbBanner Bank – Bellevue Downtown
Senior Vice President
Stephen UyFacebook, Inc.
Head of Public Policy & Community Engagement, Northwest
Kevin WallaceWallace Properties Inc.
Andrew WapplerPuget Sound Energy
Vice President, Customer Operations and Communications
Alison WashburnREI
General Manager
Leshya WigWig Properties
Tony WilliamsW2A
Barb WilsonMicrosoft Corporation
Puget Sound Local Government Affairs
Executive Vice President
David Allen

David serves as Chief Storyteller for McKinstry, a national consulting, construction, energy and facility services firm based in Seattle. During his more than 40-year tenure at McKinstry, he has led the company’s brand development including strategic positioning, overseeing business development, community engagement and client services company-wide.

David is a respected thought leader and well known for his presentations on branding, business development, workforce strategies and regional economic development. He is a popular keynote speaker and guest lecturer for business, educational and community service organizations. He serves on the boards of several industry associations, trade groups, community organizations and government-business alliances.

Of note, David is a Trustee for the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Board Member and Founding Chair of the Clean Tech Alliance Washington, a Board Trustee On Peter Byck’s Carbon Nation, a founding member of Western Washington University’s Energy Advisory Board, a Board Member of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and is active in The Seattle Chamber’s Community Development Roundtable and the Eastside Business Roundtable.

His career has seen David serve three terms as Board Chair of the Economic Development Council of Seattle/King County, terms on Board of the Seattle Chamber, Board Member and Chair of the Green Skills Panel for the Workforce Development Council of Seattle/King County, two terms as Board Chair of the Mechanical Contractors Association and more than 30 years as a Board Member of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Seattle, Bellevue and Portland.

Mutual MaterialsChair Elect Kendall Anderegg

Kendall Anderegg is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Mutual Materials. She came from Intel to join Mutual Materials in 2002 and advanced into leadership roles working across the company in Information Technology, Operations, Sales, and Marketing before being promoted to company president in 2014. Today, Kendall is responsible for running all facets of Mutual’s business and has been instrumental in driving the strategic plan determining Mutual’s future growth plans. Kendall is also a fifth generation shareholder of the closely held private company.

As a graduate of the University of Washington, Kendall has a BA in Creative Writing and an MBA with an operations emphasis. Active in national industry associations, Kendall is the Chair of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), the first woman to be elected to that role.

Locally, she serves on the board and executive committee for the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the board of the Northwest Concrete Masonry Association, and on the Advisory Board for Girls on the Run of Puget Sound. She is also a member of Vistage International and coaches for the Cascade Striders youth cross country and track teams. She was recognized by Puget Sound Business Journal as one of their Women of Influence in 2016.

Jared Axelrod

Jared Axelrod is the Senior Manager of Public Policy for Amazon. He works with policymakers at the local, regional and state levels in Washington state. He also works with trade associations and policymaker organizations throughout the United States to better serve Amazon’s customers and advance Amazon’s public policy priorities and worldwide operations.

Prior to joining Amazon, Jared was the Government Affairs Manager for philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. There, he was responsible for day-to-day government relations activities at the state and federal levels on a wide variety of projects, worked to implement legislative and public affairs initiatives for Vulcan and Vulcan-affiliated organizations, and represented Mr. Allen in various legislative, political, and business settings.

Prior to that, Jared worked at Ceis Bayne East Strategic, a local government relations and public affairs firm in Seattle, where he supported various public, private, and non-profit clients. He also previously served as a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Patty Murray in her Washington, D.C. office; handling the Senator’s defense, veterans’ affairs, technology, telecommunications, space, science, and judiciary portfolios.

Jared received his Masters of Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, and his B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Oregon. He currently resides in Seattle.

Bellevue Downtown Association
Patrick Bannon

Patrick Bannon has been president of the Bellevue Downtown Association, a membership organization of business and civic leaders who champion a strong economic and cultural heart for Bellevue and the Eastside, since 2013. He was the communications and public affairs manager there for seven years before moving into his current role. Patrick and the BDA team support members with advocacy, marketing and major community events, and strategic programs to help the Downtown area thrive.

Prior to the BDA, Patrick was an account executive for the Seattle and Los Angeles offices of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. He also worked for a year in Hokkaido, Japan as an English teacher for junior high students. Patrick serves on the board of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and he is a past chair and board member for Leadership Eastside. He graduated from Pepperdine University, where he also met his wife, Sunni. They are Eastside residents with two fast-growing kids and a yellow Lab.

KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Putter Bert

Putter Bert joined KidsQuest Children’s Museum (KQCM) in 1999 as Executive Director and lead the plan to create a new children’s museum in Bellevue. KQCM opened in Factoria in 2005. Built to serve 60,000 visitors, KQCM served almost double the projected patrons in its first year. Putter then led a $12.7M capital campaign to secure a downtown Bellevue location for an expanded facility that opened in January 2017; it serves over 225,000 people annually welcoming families from King County as well as Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties and visitors from across the country.

Putter Bert has over 30 years of experience serving in leadership roles at The Children’s Museum of Tacoma, The Children’s Museum of Arkansas, The Portsmouth Children’s Museum and The Boston Children’s Museum. As KidsQuest President & CEO she has been a leader in the museum’s community collaborations with partners such as the City of Bellevue, Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, ACM (Association of Children’s Museums) and NWAYM (Northwest Association of Youth Museums). Putter Bert is active on boards for ACM, Eastside Pathways, Bellevue Downtown Association, Inspire WA, Washington State Leadership Board , and Visit Bellevue.

Jim Blundell

Jim serves as Senior Manager of State Legislative Affairs for T-Mobile, at its headquarters in Bellevue, WA. He is responsible for government affairs in several western states, including Washington. Prior to T-Mobile, Jim built the state government affairs program at Western Wireless and led that group until it was acquired by Alltel Wireless. He also led the public affairs practice groups at two communications agencies in Seattle—Edelman and Nyhus. Clients included Microsoft, PhRMA, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Washington Lottery, Sapphire Energy, Fate Therapeutics, Allied Waste, the Innovation Alliance, and the Space Needle.

Jim also served as House Counsel to the Washington State House of Representatives and Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton. Early in his career, he clerked for Court of Appeals Judge, Gerry Alexander and practiced law at the law firm of Owens Davies Mackie in Olympia. Jim received his law degree from Santa Clara University and was Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Law Review. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle

Central Bar & RestaurantVice Chair, Events Randi Brazen

Randi (Brooks) Brazen was a well known actress in the 80’s appearing in over 60 TV shows and movies during her 11 year career in Hollywood.  She starred in Murder She Wrote, Magnum PI, Designing Women, and Mancuso FBI just to name a few.  After moving to Bellevue in 1993 with three young daughters and her husband Joseph, their family has become pillars in their West Bellevue community.  They are one of the dominant forces in the residential real estate market with their Brazen@Windermere team; their legendary 520 Bar and Grill on Main Street, a place where Bellevue has gone for the past 15 years for Food, Fun & Cocktails; and most recently opened their newest venture Central Bar + Restaurant located at the base of the W Hotel.  Serving on numerous boards and charities, the Brazens are deeply entrenched in Bellevue and great ambassadors of this amazing place they call home.

Synergy, Inc.
VP of Development
Ryan Broms
Kemper Development Company
Vice President
John Carlson

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!

The Chang Group
Eddie Chang

Eddie Chang’s accomplishments in his 14+ years in real estate are extensive and diverse, affording him unparalleled knowledge when it comes to serving his clients. As a Senior Global Real Estate Advisor with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty since 2015, he reigns as a consistent top producer at the firm and was instrumental in establishing its Asia Services Group and Government Affairs Advisory Council, for which he serves as Chair as well as the Steering Committee. A results-driven Broker specializing in Seattle and Eastside communities, Eddie represents buyers and sellers of new construction, residential homes, condos, townhomes, vacant land and waterfront properties, plus handles relocation. Head of The Chang Group, he continually delivers stellar professionalism and superior service that exceed all expectations. Acting an advocate and consultant to his clients, Eddie goes beyond selling a particular home, but rather strategizes and assists with the entirety of their “real estate health,” lifestyle and investment goals. This along with his attentive care and dedicated “service after sale” philosophy is why he is so greatly sought-after and trusted as a lifelong real estate partner. Eddie’s success began at a previous firm where he was a top salesperson every year. He opened the Bellevue office which became the flagship, before founding and developing the brokerage’s luxury arm. In addition to being a Licensed Managing Broker and Real Estate Instructor, Eddie advanced his expertise to better serve his clients, earning such prestigious industry designations and certifications that set him apart as: • Accredited Buyer’s Specialist (ABR) • Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) • Green Realtor Certification • Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE) • Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) • Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) • Sellers Representative Specialist (SRS) • 2017 Graduate of the Washington REALTORS® Leadership Institute • 5-Star Award Winner for the last eight years and counting Eddie has also been honored with high-profile appointments by the Washington State and King County REALTORS® Associations including Director for both Seattle King County REALTORS® and Washington REALTORS®, Seattle King County Government Affairs, Washington REALTORS® Legislative Steering, Co-Chair of the Diversity Presidential Advisory Group, and recognition as the 2017 Government Affairs “Volunteer of the Year.” Raised in Taiwan and the USA, Eddie speaks Mandarin Chinese and works with a loyal domestic and international clientele. He is truly full-service, with a host of top resources at his fingertips and experience that spans from real estate investments to Feng shui! Eddie grew up in the Puget Sound area, attended high school on the Eastside, and lives in Bellevue with his wife and kids. Outside of work and family, he volunteers with the Bellevue Schools Foundation sitting on multiple committees and serves as one of their Honor Roll Realtors. Eddie is a member of the board of directors of the Seattle Aquarium as well.

Port of Seattle
Commissioner Sam Cho

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.

Alaska Airlines
Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark is General Manager of specialty sales at Alaska Airlines. A Pacific Northwest aviation professional, she is directly accountable for steering the strategic and tactical efforts of Alaska Airlines’ corporate sales efforts with a staff of professionals. She is responsible and accountable for all sales and revenue for Alaska’s private charter agreements, wholesale business, group sales, seafood customers and small and medium-sized business customers. Jennifer works in tandem with other business sales leaders to drive incremental revenue through the business travel community and travel management companies, leveraging aspects of Alaska’s commercial offerings and alliance partnerships.

Jennifer was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, she worked in the telecommunication industry from 1989 – 2015 where she worked for McCaw Cellular Communications which was later acquired by AT&T. During this time, Jennifer became a Director of Sales and developed and hired a large, national sales team across the country.

Jennifer stayed with AT&T until 1999. She then joined Nextel Communications as a Sales Director and worked to build their first national accounts team. Nextel was later acquired by Sprint in 2005 where Jennifer served as Director of Sales over a 10-state region in the Pacific Northwest and Desert Mountain area managing a team of over 75 sales professionals.

McCullough Hill Leary, P.S.
Jessie Clawson

Jessica Clawson is a land-use attorney with McCullough Hill Leary.

Her focus is land use entitlements in complex urban regulatory environments. Born and raised in the Puget Sound area, she has assisted in permitting thousands of residential units and several million square feet of office space in the region.

Jessica enjoys spending weekends on Hood Canal with her husband, two young children, and a very large cat.

Parcion Private Wealth
Terry Cook

Terry Cook is the Managing Principal of Parcion Private Wealth; an independent multi-family office that partners with business owners, entrepreneurs, and their families to optimize wealth events and beyond through smart planning, strong advocacy and prudent investment management. With more than 28 years of experience, Terry has designed Parcion Private Wealth as the next step in helping his clients preserve the legacy they’ve built to support their families and communities.

Prior to founding Parcion, Terry was a managing director and founder of the Cascade Group of UBS Private Wealth Management. Throughout his career, Terry has focused on providing advanced planning around cash flow modeling, wealth transfer goals, customized investment policies and guiding through major liquidity events.

As a leader in the community, Terry serves on the national board for the Institute for Functional Medicine and is a board member and past board chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and the Ducks Unlimited Seattle Chapter.

He also supports Seattle Children Hospital, Hopelink, and lectures regularly for the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon. Terry has a son and two daughters. A resident of Yarrow Point, Washington, Terry is an avid cyclist, is committed to fitness and nutrition, and enjoys hunting and fishing.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Raymond Cullom

Ray is an accomplished and charismatic Arts Management professional with an international reputation & industry connections, and extensive experience with both commercial and not-for-profit artistic programming/production and venue senior management positions
Core competencies include high-level achievement in the following areas:
* Venue Management
* Fundraising and Sponsorship Development
* Artistic Programming
* Strategic Planning
* Construction and Project Management
* Marketing
* Production Management
* Staff Leadership
* Contract Negotiation
* Budgeting
* Building Operations
* Theatrical Production

Catherine Cushinberry

Dr. Catherine Cushinberry is the CEO of Hopelink. A native of Memphis, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Human Development and Family Studies in 2004. Her Master of Arts, from the University of Memphis, and Bachelor of Science from Murray State University, are in Organizational Communication. She is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over twenty five years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors. Prior to her current role, she served for almost four years as the Vice-President/Executive Director of City Year Memphis where she founded the site for the national office. She has served as the National Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools. Prior to that role, she served for five years as the Director of Research for the National Office of Girls Inc. where she created and led research and evaluation initiatives for the more than 80 affiliates in the U.S. and Canada. For four years she led as the Executive Director of a Boys and Girls Club in Tennessee. She has worked in other nonprofits such as Children’s Home Society of California in Los Angeles and for the Missouri State 4-H. Additionally, she owned a consulting business and worked with clients in the U.S. and the Philippines, where she lived for a year. During her career, Dr. Cushinberry has published regularly on a wide variety of topics, including community engagement, diversity and STEM. She remains connected to the academy and serves on dissertation committees and will teach graduate level research methods courses and classes in sociology and family science. Dr. Cushinberry is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sue DeFlorio

With a career focus of enabling business growth through technology solutions, Sue DeFlorio is currently the VP of Operations for GMI. Sue focuses on business leadership to drive innovation. She is experienced deploying and managing the technology and personnel for datacenters, hosting environments, switching centers and consulting. Located in Bellevue, Washington, she leads the service delivery and system integration.

Prior to this role, Sue’s experience includes being the COO of General Microsystems Inc., providing IT and security solutions and at FiberCloud, an early stage cloud-based service provider. Throughout her career, Sue has supported innovation and business development, including her work nationally to enable a competitive telecommunications industry. She serves on the Executive Boards of Eastside Baby Corner and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce where she focuses her energy supporting economic vitality and the infrastructure required for business success.

Bellevue School District
Deputy Superintendent, Finance and Operations
Melissa deVita

Melissa deVita is the Deputy Superintendent for Financial Services and Operations. Melissa is responsible for the financial and general business operations of the district including finance, budget, payroll, information/ technology infrastructure, building projects, maintenance, custodial services, transportation, and nutrition services. Her role involves general oversight for the financial health of the district as well as the general business operational structure which impacts Bellevue’s ability to offer quality educational services.

Prior to Bellevue, Melissa was the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Mesa County Valley School District in Grand Junction, CO. Her career in education follows a 16 year career as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting—leading global resource planning and management projects for Fortune 50 clients such as McDonald’s, Eli Lilly, Caterpillar, Abbot Laboratories, and Proctor and Gamble. Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Administration from Kettering University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Melissa joined the district in 2013.

Melissa and her husband Jeff are parents to Gabriella and Nico. An active mom, Melissa spends her spare time traveling with her family, cooking and juggling the wide range of duties of an active hockey and dance mom.

Area Manager
Karen Doherty

Karen Doherty is the Northwest Pacific District Manager for WSP USA. As Senior Vice President, she oversees business activities for over 450 staff in six states and Guam. WSP is a global professional service firm specializing in providing technical expertise and strategic advice to clients in the Transport & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Industry & Energy sectors. WSP is passionate about doing purposeful, sustainable work that helps shape communities and the future.
Karen was the 2019-2020 Chair for the Washington American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). She is a member of the Seattle Chamber’s Community Development Roundtable and also served on the Advisory Board for the Puget Sound Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar. A supporter of the Sound Transit 3 infrastructure funding package, Karen was on the steering committee to pass Puget Sound’s largest transit funding package. She has been involved in several regional organizations’ activities to attract more businesses to the Puget Sound. A licensed civil engineer in several states, Karen is a proud graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane and is a native of Southeastern Washington.
Karen and her husband Pat have one daughter, Megan, who is a Cadet 1st Class (senior) at the United States Air Force Academy. Karen and Pat both hold Board positions in the Academy’s Parents’ Association of Washington State. Karen enjoys triathlons and spends much of her free time with her family training for that sport.

Bellevue Chamber
President & CEO
Joe Fain

Joe Fain is the President and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber. He previously served two terms in the Washington State Senate where he worked extensively on economic development, transportation, and education issues.

He was a leading negotiator of Washington’s 2015 statewide transportation package. He also led the negotiations and prime-sponsored Washington’s Paid Family Leave legislation, which passed in 2017.

Joe has also worked managing a boutique law and consulting firm in Seattle speciailizing in technology and healthcare; at the University of Washington office of technology transfer and commercialization; as a prosecutor for King County; and as Chief of Staff to a member of the King County Council.

Joe was selected in 2012 as one Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and was a 2017 Rodel Fellow with the Aspen Institute.

He has a Joint JD/MBA from Seattle University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

PMF Investments
Brian Franklin

Brian Franklin joined PMF Investments in 2009 and now serves as the company’s President. He specializes in large-scale project management, marketing and operations.

Carrying on the legacy created by his father, Nat Franklin, Brian’s focus is on expanding PMF’s portfolio of retail and mixed-use properties as well as the company’s geographic footprint. He prides himself on a commitment to structuring deals that benefit all parties involved. This means thinking creatively, balancing recognized national brands and unique local businesses as tenants, and always taking a team-oriented approach with each project partner.

Brian has led some of the firm’s highest profile development and redevelopment projects, including Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek Shopping Center, which is anchored by Washington State’s first Walmart Neighborhood Market. He has played central roles in revitalizing underdevelopment properties and creating new community gathering places that contribute vibrancy and economic activity to cities and neighborhoods.

Brian is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Brian lives in Bellevue with his wife Ashley and their two Golden Retrievers.

Carl Gipson

Carl Gipson is director of External and Legislative Affairs for AT&T in the state of Washington. He has two decades of policy, legislative and regulatory experience. Carl works regularly with organizations such as chambers of commerce, nonprofit organizations, and various trade associations to advocate on behalf of AT&T, its employees, and customers. Previously, Carl worked for Frontier Communications NW (now Ziply Fiber) in regulatory affairs, and before that spent almost a decade at Washington Policy Center, working on economic development and technology/telecommunications policy. A graduate of Western Washington University, he lives in Shoreline with his wife and three daughters.

Kidder Mathews
Executive Vice President
Gary Guenther

Gary Guenther, a shareholder and senior vice president at Kidder Mathews, is an expert in developing & implementing successful commercial real estate strategies for corporations, individuals, and investors in the greater Puget Sound region, with an emphasis on the Eastside market. His clients range from large corporate headquarters, healthcare organizations, startup to scaleup technology companies, and local & institutional investors.

In his 20 year career, Gary has been involved in hundreds of leasing and sale assignments worth billions of dollars, including corporate relocations, sale leasebacks, lease renewals, subleases, acquisitions/dispositions, and build-to-suits. His market knowledge, longstanding relationships, and creative strategic planning help his clients achieve maximum value and flexibility with all their commercial real estate needs.

Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, Gary worked with the real estate affiliate of the Government of Singapore. He previously served on the Kidder Mathews board of directors, is regularly asked to present on market real estate trends as a CRE expert, and has earned the title of CoStar Power Broker.

Delivery Express
Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton is President of Delivery Express, Inc. The company manages high priority freight around the US with a concentration in the NW. The company specializes in supporting healthcare, retail, and distribution supply chains that have critical deadlines.

Whether the shipment is a lab specimen that needs to move across town in an hour or hospital supplies that need to move during the night or parts that need to be delivered into a retail location before it opens for business in the morning, Delivery Express manages the entire process from beginning to end with a constant focus on on-time delivery.

Delivery Express also operates distribution/operations centers in Tukwila and Spokane and a warehouse in Kent.

Dave was born in Everett and moved to the Eastside as a youngster where he has lived ever since. He and his wife, Kristian, are guiding their youngest of 6 through his final 2 years of high school and live in Bellevue. Dave is active in philanthropic work and community service and currently serves as the Vice Chair of Bellevue’s Parks and Community Services Board.

PNC Bank
Head of Corporate Banking Washington State
Jennifer Hare

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.

Azmeena Hasham

Azmeena Hasham leads Verizon’s Community Engagement program in Western Washington, where she works to support the missions of nonprofits and community leaders across the state. She also actively advocates for Connected Communities, which enable smart cities and connected vehicles in order to save lives and prevent injuries, reduce harmful emissions, enhance public safety, and improve transportation and digital equity. Azmeena aspires to build deeper relationships with communities across Washington and ensure that Verizon employees have meaningful volunteer opportunities to give back and strengthen their community.

Azmeena has a background in both the business and technical divisions of Verizon. She has held multi-functional roles in R&D, Product Management, Enterprise Architecture and Public Policy. She has lived and worked in six countries and speaks four languages. She holds an MBA from Cambridge University, UK; MSc Computer Science from Carleton University, Canada; BSc Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University.

Azmeena has two sons and is an avid fan of the outdoors. She can be found year-round hiking and trekking in the mountains.

AxelerateVice Chair, Membership Nancy Heen

Nancy Heen is a seasoned executive who, prior to founding Axelerate in 2003, spent 17 years in the aerospace industry leading large, cross-functional technical teams responsible for the successful design and implementation of complex projects. She launched Axelerate with a focus on providing comprehensive project management support to organizations large and small in both the public and private sectors.

Over the years, she has expanded the company’s mission to include on and off premises contract support for business intelligence, content management, and information technology, as well as outsourcing, temp-to-hire, and direct placement services. Her ability to understand and successfully match the client’s needs and business culture with corresponding consultant skills and experience has resulted in Axelerate’s continuing growth and success.

A natural leader, Nancy has an inclusive communication style that allows multiple opinions to surface from which she can determine the essential problem to be solved and select the best consultant for the job. She is able to consume large amounts of information and winnow out the relevant pieces needed to understand what a client needs and what kind of resources will bring success. In order to ensure success for both her clients and for Axelerate, Nancy seeks out the most highly qualified and experienced people to fill Axelerate’s professional roster, putting them through a significant vetting process before assigning them to a client. The combination of her successful project completion stats, professionalism, and integrity has bred loyalty to Axelerate from both her client base and her staff.

Nancy takes great pride in giving back to the community. She has been a long-time year-round supporter of Hopelink and its mission to provide stability to those in crisis while equipping clients to exit poverty on a permanent basis.

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
Paul Herber

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.

Sweeney Conrad, P.S.
Audit Manager
Jill Jamison

Jill Jamison, CPA, provides audit, accounting, and financial advisory services to closely held businesses and their owners since joining Sweeney Conrad, P.S. in 2015. She serves clients in a multitude of industries including not-for-profits, construction, recycling and refuse collection, retail and wholesale, manufacturing, distribution, professional services, and employee benefit plans.

Jill has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Washington State University and is an alumni from the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Young Executives. She is also a past board member for The American Marketing Association – Puget Sound Chapter.

Falco Sult
Leigh Johnson

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.

Visit Bellevue
Brad Jones

Brad Jones is the Executive Director of Visit Bellevue. Visit Bellevue serves as Bellevue’s official Destination Marketing and Management Organization and exists to stimulate economic growth and development by attracting visitors, convention + event business and inspiring memorable visitor experiences.

Brad has a rich 26-year history as an Executive Director with Destination Management Organizations, most recently prior to Visit Bellevue serving 13-years as the Executive Director with Experience Rochester in Rochester Minnesota and before that 10-years as Executive Director with the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau in Michigan.

Brad was born and raised in Michigan and received his formal schooling at Ferris State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management with other degrees in Food Service Management / Culinary Arts and Marketing.

Brad has been married to his wife Shelly for 29 years: they have two children Samantha (age 22) and Max (age 21). Brad is an Eagle Scout and still enjoys being involved in the scouting program and enjoys hockey, golf, kayaking, and is an avid backpacker and wilderness explorer. Brad is also a former hockey player and USA hockey official and was fortunate to officiate and compete at high levels of hockey during his ice hockey career. Over the years, Brad has coached many youth and high school hockey & lacrosse teams.

Brad serves on several business, civic and organizational boards including currently as Vice President of the Washington State Destination Management Organization Association. In Minnesota, he was appointed to the Minnesota Tourism Council by Governor Tim Pawlenty and reappointed by Governor Mark Dayton. Brad was the 2016 recipient of Minnesota’s Outstanding Individual in Tourism.

Director of Digital Sales
Jason Jones

A sales, marketing and business development executive with experience building teams, leading sales professionals, growing brand loyalty, and managing advertising campaigns for SMB’s as well as Fortune 500 companies across diverse industries.
Tactical, goal oriented thinker prepared to address emerging and ever changing markets.

Betsy Kippenhan

Betsy Kippenhan is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for the Washington Region. Prior to relocating to Washington in 2018 she served as the Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Management since 2015. Betsy joined Comcast in 2012 as the Director of Talent Operations. Before joining Comcast, Betsy served as the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition for the US at Wolters Kluwer North America, which is a global leader in professional information services. She began her professional career in 1997 with Advantage Resourcing, where she spent 13 years in a number of HR roles with increasing responsibility, and last served as the Vice President of Field Solutions.

Betsy holds a Master’s of Science in Management with an emphasis on Organizational and Leadership Development from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

Outside of work, Betsy enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, hiking and fly-fishing.

Bank of America – Global Corporate Social Responsibility
Brandon Kirkbride

As Bank of America’s Pacific Northwest Credit Executive, Brandon Kirkbride is responsible for leading a regional organization and delivering a broad range of credit solutions to commercial customers in ten U.S. states.  Brandon’s organization is focused on structuring, underwriting, documenting, and delivering debt related transactions for private and public businesses.  He has regional accountability for all existing and new commercial lending for companies ranging from $5 million to $2+ billion in annual revenues.  Brandon has expertise in complex and structured transactions for clients in a broad range of industries.  He has delivered a full suite of debt and related solutions including working capital, real estate, leveraged lending, acquisition finance, and syndicated finance solutions. 

University of Washington – Bothell
Sandeep Krishnamurthy

Sandeep Krishnamurthy is the first Dean of the AACSB-accredited School of Business at University of Washington, Bothell. This role involves managing the School of Business as its chief academic, and, administrative officer, with primary responsibility for faculty, students, curriculum, budgets, and external engagement. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in marketing with a minor in Economics in 1996.

Inslee Best
David Lawyer

David is Managing Partner of Inslee Best. His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of civil issues with an emphasis in civil trial work, real estate and business transactions.

He has represented a wide range of clients in varied industries and market sectors. This includes automobile dealers, consulting firms, individual consumers, contractors and developers, franchisees and franchisors, journalists, property owners, homeowners’ associations, manufacturing companies, restaurant and bar owners, importers, retail store owners, and software developers.

To meet the unique needs of each client, David routinely provides a diverse and customized set of services — from business structuring and organization, and business transaction matters, to property, consumer, lease, construction, trademark, and commercial contract disputes, among others.

David’s nearly 30-year legal career representing such a broad client base provides his clients with the benefit of drawing on his deep insight, knowledge and experience to apply to the wide variety of issues, challenges and needs they face.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Amanda Locke

Dr. Locke is the Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager for the Clinic
pharmacist team and medication use management projects at Virginia Mason Medical Center. She is a graduate of Purdue University, completed a general PGY1 residency program with Providence Health and Service in Portland, OR and a Health Administration PGY2 program with Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Amanda and her team of 20 clinic pharmacist providers support six departments at eight different locations with clinical pharmacy services. She currently practices within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic in downtown Seattle. In addition to her clinical work, Amanda is part of the organizational group responsible for ambulatory quality metrics and partners with contracted payer groups on process improvement. She is currently serving a three year leadership term in the Ambulatory Care Academy, which she helped to initiate, and is an Associate Professor with the University of Washington. Dr. Locke has set the stage for improved and advanced pharmacy practice in the Ambulatory Setting. She has led in the development of quality metrics modeled after those used in medicine, and openly shared these techniques with colleagues in Washington State.

Bellevue College
Gary Locke

Gary Locke is the President of Bellevue College.

Locke is a former two-term Governor of Washington State (the first Chinese American to be elected governor in United States history and the first Asian American governor on the mainland), U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and most recently as America’s envoy to China, Gary Locke has been a leader in the areas of education, employment, trade, health care, human rights, immigration reform, privacy, and the environment.

As Washington’s 21st Governor from 1997-2005, the nation’s most trade dependent state, Mr. Locke expanded the sale of products and services by leading 10 productive trade missions to Mexico, Europe, and Asia. He successfully strengthened economic ties between China and Washington State, more than doubling the state’s exports to China to over $5 billion per year.

During his tenure, he achieved bipartisan welfare reform and oversaw the gain of 280,000 private sector jobs, despite two national recessions. Mr. Locke also had the most diverse cabinet in state history. And in filling judicial vacancies, more than half of his appointees were women and 25% were people of color. His accomplishments, management skills and innovations in government efficiency have won him acclaim by nationally recognized authors and organizations, including Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. During his time in office, Washington was ranked as one of the four best managed states in America.

Serving as the 36th Commerce Secretary from 2009-2011, he aggressively led the effort to implement President Obama’s National Export Initiative to double American exports in five years; assumed a troubled 2010 Census process but which under his active supervision ended on time and substantially under budget, saving taxpayers $2 billion; and achieved the most significant reduction in patent application processing in the agency’s history: from 40 months down to one year. Mr. Locke also oversaw a significant first step in the president’s export control reform effort that strengthened national security, while making U.S. companies more competitive by easing their licensing burden for high-tech exports to partners and allies.

As America’s 10th Ambassador to China from 2011-2014, he opened markets for made-in-USA goods and services; reduced wait times for visa interviews of Chinese applicants from 100 days to 3 days; and through the Embassy’s air quality monitoring program, exposed the severity of the air pollution in China, causing the Chinese people to demand action by the government and the government in turn beginning to address the issue.

Mr. Locke began his career in public service upon his election to the Washington State House of Representatives serving from 1983-1994. He was then elected as King County Executive, serving from 1994-1997.

Mr. Locke graduated from Seattle’s Franklin High School. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He attended Yale University, graduating with a Bachelor degree in political science and received his law degree from Boston University.

Rowley Properties, Inc.
Kari Magill

Kari Magill directs Rowley Properties vision, strategy and real estate activities in the Pacific Northwest and leads the re-development of approximately 80 acres in Issaquah’s Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center neighborhoods. Under her leadership, Rowley Properties negotiated a 30-year development agreement with the City of Issaquah which sets the framework for smart, sustainable growth envisioned in Forterra’s Cascade Agenda – transforming existing properties into a denser, more livable, walkable community that celebrates the unique and special character of Issaquah. The Homewood Suites Seattle/Issaquah® and the new, urban streets that border it (Hyla Avenue and Skipper Way) were the first projects to be officially delivered within this new framework. Prior to that was the development of the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Issaquah and the 28,000 square-foot, LEED Gold certified, John L Scott office building. More recently, construction of a 70,000 square-foot four-story mixed-use office building featuring Issaquah’s first commercial use of mass-timber and the urbanization of its I-90 frontage road, NW Poplar Way, will be complete by October 2020.

Founded in 1954, and through three generations of mainstay leadership, Rowley Properties has deep roots in Issaquah; nobody knows Issaquah better. In total, Rowley Properties owns, develops, leases and manages 65 buildings representing almost a million square feet in a wide assortment of uses – commercial, residential, retail, flex, light manufacturing, medical, storage, and two hotels. Approximately 900 tenants are represented within the Rowley portfolio.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Michael Marsh

J. Michael Marsh joined Overlake Medical Center in April 2014 to serve
as the organization’s president and CEO. With 33 years of experience
in strategy, business development and operations supporting hospitals
and health systems, Marsh has demonstrated success at all levels of
management within different markets and across the entire continuum
of care.

Point Inside
Josh Marti

Josh Marti is the Co-Founder and Chairperson of Bellevue based Point Inside, Chairperson of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Member of the United Rentals Advanced Solutions Group.

At Point Inside, we’ve built the most flexible and advanced indoor mapping and location technology but, mapping is not what we do – it’s how we do it.

Our mission at The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is to foster a healthy business environment by providing strategic leadership, advocacy, tools, and resources for business success.

United Rentals Advanced Solutions Group works to connect man, machine, material and environment for its customers by using innovative technologies to disruptively increase job-site productivity and safety.

Considered an expert in wireless location based systems, I was responsible for several of the largest consumer GPS deployments prior to co-founding Point Inside in 2009. I’m blessed to have so many cool colleagues, a beautiful wife, four rambunctious daughters and the funnest job on the planet!

Honored as a Seattle 40 under 40, I hold a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Seattle University and sit on EE & CE Advisory Board as Past Chair.

Catalyst Workplace Activation
Dave Masin

Dave Masin is the current Director of Sales, Marketing and New Business Development at Catalyst Workplace Activation, a commercial furniture company providing workplace solutions to companies both locally and nationally. Dave is a fourth generation Seattle-lite, growing up on Mercer Island, having attended Mercer Island High School and the University of Washington (aka – the Harvard of the West). Dave is a former President of Masin’s Fine Furnishings & Interior Design in Bellevue, Washington, a fourth generation, family-owned retail furnishings store and interior design firm. Dave has served on numerous boards and is an active volunteer. When he isn’t playing duck, duck goose with his three young children, Dave enjoys cooking, running, watching football (go Seahawks!), entertaining, and great wine.

Seattle University
Scott McClellan

Scott McClellan is Vice President for University Affairs at Seattle University and serves as a member of the university’s leadership team. From 2003 to 2006, he served as White House Press Secretary.

In his current role, Scott oversees marketing, communications and external affairs and provides strategic counsel to the university’s president and other university leaders. Prior to joining the university, he advised a variety of clients on public affairs and communications strategy.

Before being named press secretary, Scott served as the principal deputy White House press secretary from 2001 to 2003. Previously, he was the traveling press secretary for the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign.

Earlier in his career, Scott spent several years working in Texas politics as a senior aide to then-Governor Bush, chief of staff to a state senator and campaign manager for three successful statewide campaigns.

A native of Austin, Scott is a graduate of the University of Texas. In 2005, he received the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award, which recognizes graduates under 40 who have made significant achievements in their careers and in service to the University.

Sellen Construction
Tim McKey

Tim joined Sellen in 1986 and has held a variety of field supervisory positions including superintendent and senior superintendent. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, he recently completed the Leadership Tomorrow program and cares deeply about the development of the Puget Sound community. In 2014, he joined the Sellen Leadership
Team as Director of Field Operations, helping develop and manage our field team personnel and providing project teams with mentorship and building expertise. Today, he
serves as Sellen’s Chief Operating Officer of Field Operations, overseeing our project
operations and providing an operational perspective to strategic discussions as a member of Sellen’s executive team and our board.

Outside of work Tim enjoys bicycling, skiing, fishing, reading and travel.

AAA WashingtonPast Chair John Milbrath

Milbrath is responsible for delivering on AAA’s brand promises – trust and peace of mind — every day. He has been with AAA Washington for 30 years working in Travel, Automotive, and Human Resources.  Currently his areas of oversight include the delivery of Emergency Road Service (ERS), the Approved Auto Repair Network, operations of the ERS Fleet, the full-service leisure Travel Agency, and the Member Services in its 17 AAA Store locations throughout the Club’s territory. High quality service delivery in every interaction with members is his primary goal and responsibility.

Milbrath continues to work closely with the AAA National Office and other clubs, serving on workgroups and project teams to improve the overall AAA Association’s effectiveness. He has been involved since the inception in 2012 of AAA’s Automotive Engineering initiative, testing, and evaluating new vehicle technologies including the building blocks of fully automated vehicles.

Milbrath received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his MBA from Western Washington University. He also attended the Executive Education Program at Columbia University and is a graduate of the Leadership Tomorrow program.

City of Bellevue
Brad Miyake

Brad Miyake was appointed Bellevue City Manager by the council in 2013. Since then he has successfully guided the organization through a unique period of economic growth, increased demand for services, and long-term budget challenges.

Miyake has been instrumental in Bellevue’s focus on customer service through the One City/High Performance Organization program. In addition, he continues to champion the city’s Diversity Advantage Initiative which emphasizes equity, access, and inclusion for residents. Prior to his current position, Miyake served as a deputy city manager, director of the Utilities Department, and as a longtime budget manager for the city.

He is a member of the International City Management Association and the Washington City/County Management Association.

ARVR StudioChair Michael Nassirian

Senior Executive, Quality Architect, and Leader with over 30 years of experience building and inspiring teams that delight customers with innovative solutions spanning many emerging and existing technologies in US and International market. After receiving his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas Michael started his career at Texas Instrument where he led various teams in designing and delivering ASIC chipset used in Military applications, later on Michael took the leadership in delivering advanced processors used in SPARC stations. Michael joined Microsoft in 1997 where he held many leadership positions including managing Microsoft Office International quality development for more than 9 years. He then joined Microsoft Windows Division where he managed quality teams delivering Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 along with many other deliverables such as Surface and IOT line of products. His last few years at Microsoft Michael worked as Partner Quality Manager and Architect in Windows Analog Division where he played a major role in developing HoloLens. Michael is a serial entrepreneur with proven track record in disruptive technologies. He’s passionate about learning new technologies and consider himself life-long student, researcher, challenging the unknown, and explorer. After 19-year Michael, left Microsoft to pursuer future challenges in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality world. He is currently involved in training, consulting, developing, and innovation in Mixed Reality technologies in many industries such as Education, Medical, Automotive, manufacturing, and e-commerce.

KeyBank – Bellevue Main Key Center
Jimmy Ng
SymetraVice Chair, Advocacy Beth Osborne

Beth Osborne has over 18 years of experience in public policy, coalition-building, advocacy and community engagement through working in government, nonprofit and private sectors. As Director of Local Public Affairs at Bellevue-based Symetra, she leads the Symetra Empowers corporate giving program and manages the company’s local relationships with elected officials, business and nonprofit organizations within Symetra’s national footprint. She has worked on a variety of issues ranging from climate and energy, infrastructure, economy, education, and women’s issues while holding roles as Deputy State Director of Outreach for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Senior Federal Government Relations Manager for the Port of Seattle and Deputy Chief of Staff for then-U.S. Representative Jay Inslee. She volunteers on the Boards of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, The Sophia Way and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Leadership Group. Beth loves travelling internationally and spending time at her family’s cabin on Whidbey Island.

Emil Paguia

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.

The Partners Group
Managing Partner
Craig Pankow

Craig Pankow joined The Partners Group in 2016 with over 30 years of experience under his belt in the insurance field, including extensive expertise in team and operational leadership, strategic planning, and sales management. Craig draws from his insurance experience as President & CEO of PointSure Insurance Services, Western Region Marketing Officer of Willis of North America, Executive VP/Co-Founder of Penhurst Insurance Services, and Regional Marketing Officer of Eagle Pacific Insurance Company. Craig is a graduate of City University, with both a BA and Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management. Craig also has an Associate’s degree in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America. Craig was one of eight founding members of the Rick Pankow Foundation, an all-volunteer that is designed to help cancer patients and their families deal with the financial challenges of the disease. He stays busy raising funds for this organization through an annual golf tournament, a 5K run/walk, and the Trees of Hope campaign. In his free time, Craig enjoys the outdoors by hiking and boating with his wife and four daughters.

Avara Construction
Benjamin Petter

Benjamin Petter is the Founder and President of Avara Construction.

Avara was founded on the promise that creating an environment of support and trust leads to a better client experience. Ben works to foster a culture which promotes innovation, which empowers the team to make the best decisions for their clients, and which creates an alignment of priorities at every layer.

Ben is actively engaged in various community efforts which promote the freedom to pursue individual, voluntary choices in the market as well as create incentives for investments in our communities.

He resides in Kirkland with his wife and stepdaughter.

Seattle Children’s
Pam Rock

Pam Rock is a seasoned healthcare professional with a background in service line management, healthcare operations, and strategy, program and business development. She currently serves as the Vice President, Medical Service Lines and Specialty Programs at Seattle Children’s. She is responsible for the growth and development of the various pediatric medical sub-specialty programs, oversees operations of Seattle Children’s partnerships with community hospitals for contracted professional services, and has oversight for Seattle Children’s regional network operations. Prior to joining Seattle Children’s, she served as the Cancer Center Director at Overlake Medical Center. Pam has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Arizona State University, a bachelor’s degree in health education from the University of Utah and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She currently serves on the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Board, as well as on the Board of the Washington State Healthcare Executive Forum (WSHEF), the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Alex Rule

Alex Rule is the Area Vice President, Sales for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Northwest employee benefits consulting practice, where he supervises and supports a team of senior consultants serving more than 500 local, national and global companies.

With over 25 years experience in the health care and insurance field, Alex is an expert in employee benefits and an astute observer of health benefit trends and issues. He understands the challenges employers face in today’s market, including the need to balance increasing costs while maintaining high-quality benefit programs. He helps clients navigate complicated questions, including impacts of regulatory mandates, technology, a changing workforce and consumer demand, while finding solutions to best meet their needs.

In addition to his consulting work, Alex has held key management positions with insurance companies with a special focus on payer/provider relations, network and product development, and the delivery of cost and quality transparency initiatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, has earned CLU, ChFC and CEBS designations and is an active volunteer with Rotary International.

Peterson Russell Kelly PLLC
Greg Russell

Partner Greg Russell has been a business transactional attorney for more than 25 years. Much of his practice consists of serving as the functional equivalent of an external general counsel for businesses, ranging from “mom and pop” companies to those having more than $500 million in annual revenue. By learning about the business and operations of clients, Greg is able to provide alternatives and solutions to businesses consistent with their objectives in response to legal matters that arise.

With a broad-based corporate advisory and transactional background, Greg’s practice includes advising businesses and business owners concerning succession planning, shareholder and partner agreements, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate matters (including project financing and real estate syndications), asset and stock purchases (including purchases and sales of businesses), and commercial finance and related transactions (including private placements of securities under Regulation D). He also represents clients in the negotiation, drafting, and review of complex business agreements.

Greg also frequently advises businesses on executive compensation (including deferred compensation through option and other incentive programs) and shareholder disputes (including shareholder “divorces”).

Greg’s real estate practice includes representing buyers and sellers of real property, forming special purpose entities to hold and manage property, representing promoters and developers in raising capital, syndicating real estate transactions, and helping clients obtain project financing through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the SBA.

Aside from practicing law and family matters, Greg is passionate about helping to improve the community. He has been instrumental in a number of community programs, many for more than ten years. He has served as a volunteer lawyer at the Eastside Legal Assistance Program since 1991, and, since 1991, has been a board member and/or officer with the Downtown Action to Save Housing (where he is currently Chairman of the Board).

Innovation Realty Partners, LLC
Operating Manager
Matthew Samwick

Matthew Samwick serves as the Operating Manager of Innovation Realty Partners, overseeing it, STCA and other related development entities. Matt began his career as an attorney in Portland, Oregon. For seventeen years, his practice focused on corporate, real estate and construction law. During his career, he represented one of Oregon’s largest local builders. In 2010, after selling his law practice, he founded and managed a partnership which acquired and sold hundreds of finished or near-finished lots in the Metro Portland area. Out of that business, he founded and managed an apartment development company. His experience with those companies led to the founding of Innovation Realty Partners, LLC and STCA, LLC. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, including its Eastside Business Alliance Committee, its land use and policy committee (PLUSH) and its transportation committee. Matt also has been selected to chair the Bellevue Chamber’s Affordable Housing Steering Committee, which, together with the University of Washington, will address affordable housing issues facing the Seattle Metro area. Matt graduated cum laude from Duke University and holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

BitTitan, Inc.
Barney Silver

Barney Silver is the Vice President, Finance & Operations, for BitTitan, Inc., a Bellevue based SaaS software company. He is responsible for business operations including finance, legal, real estate, and corporate development. He began his career in New York in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley and has over 20 years of experience as a financial leader and CFO in the technology industry. He has advised businesses on capital raising (debt and equity), and complex mergers and acquisitions. He has worked for and advised early stage companies as well as large multinationals in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

Barney holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

The Seattle Times
Gary Smith

Gary Smith is a 29-year veteran in the media industry and has been involved with our industries digital technology and digital publishing since its inception. Gary is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a BS in Computer Science.

He spent his first 14 years in the industry at The News Tribune in Tacoma, WA. While in Tacoma, he led the newspapers development efforts first with Audiotext which migrated to bulletin board services and then the internet. Gary’s last role there was Interactive Media Director.

In 2003 Gary moved to Raleigh NC, where he became the Vice President of Interactive Media. Over the next 13 years, Gary continued to lead the N&O in digital publishing advancements while growing the business side of the operation. He became VP of IM and Classifieds in 2006 and VP of Advertising in 2014.

At the start of 2017, Gary joined The Seattle Times in Seattle, WA as Vice President of Advertising.

Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith is the Director of Public Policy at Vulcan Inc. and an integral member of the government and community relations team. In addition to building strong relationships with elected and civic leaders, she participates in regional policy deliberations on issues ranging from transportation infrastructure to homelessness and housing.

Prior to joining Vulcan, she was the founder of the Alliance for Pioneer Square; the economic development organization credited with the transformation of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood.

In addition to her roles in leading non-profits, Leslie has run her own consulting firm, served as COO of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, CEO of the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, and as the executive in residence for the Center for Disability Policy and Research. Leslie brings a track record of vision, strategy, and effective execution in senior leadership positions across sectors. She has a MA in organizational systems and is a certified executive coach.

Ethnic Chamber of Commerce Coalition
Mike Sotelo

Mike Sotelo grew up in East Los Angeles and moved to Seattle in 1985. Mike’s rags to riches story began one day when he was driving on Hwy 99 to buy a map at Seattle Auto Club. He got lost and ended up turning around in the parking lot of W.G. Clark Construction. While asking directions, Mike applied for a job and was hired by the construction firm as a carpenter. At the time, he lived in his car near Denny Park until he could save up enough money for a place to stay. Mike eventually worked his way up to being Vice President of Field Operations and partner of the Seattle-based construction firm. In 2000, while at W.G. Clark Construction, Mike started Approach Management Solutions, which now serves over 6000 companies in Washington State. Today, Mike is a nationally recognized leader in work place safety and workforce development and a visible leader in the Pacific Northwest construction industry.

After retiring at 55, Mike soon became restless and went on to create a new Seattle based business called, Consolidar. It is at the center of a larger network helping to build thriving communities of culture in Washington State. Consolidar is primarily concentrating on the Latino community, but Mike feels strongly to help anyone who wants to make a commitment to better themselves. Therefore, Consolidar is open to all. Partners include religious organizations, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Consolidar’s focus is on three areas Mike sees as critical to success: education and training, workforce development, and healthy living. Consolidar has recently formed a unique partnership with Sea Mar Community Health Centers, providing computer kiosks to assist job seekers with high quality employers across the state.

Mike has always been active in service organizations and after his second retirement in 2010, Mike dedicates more of his free time volunteering in the community. He’s the Founder, organizer, and Board Member of Plaza Bank, Past Chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Former Chair of the Seattle Police Foundation, Board Member of Regence, and is a member of the Board of Director of the Washington Business.

Parker Smith & Feek
Brandon Stone

As a Principal, Vice President, Benefits Elite Manager, and Account Executive in our Employee Benefits Department, Brandon is responsible for leading the strategic planning, gathering resources, and coordinating overall account services for our benefits elite team. He also provides the design, implementation, and administration of his clients’ employee benefits programs.

Brandon has worked in employee benefits for more than 17 years. He specializes in employing tailored benefit strategies and problem solving for clients located in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He is an expert in benefits technology resources, including benefits administration platforms. Additionally, Brandon specializes in consulting with mid to small businesses on a variety of subjects, including consumer-driven health plans, benefits education, technology, and client advocacy. Brandon has extensive experience helping countless clients navigate the complexity of the Affordable Care Act and the implications for their benefits programs, particularly those with fluctuating workforces.

Brandon joined Parker, Smith & Feek in 2008. He began his employee benefits career in 2003 with Navia Benefit Solutions (formerly Flex-Plan Services), a national TPA, where he was responsible for large key accounts as well as program management. Brandon is an active member of the Parker, Smith & Feek construction, technology, healthcare, and real estate practice groups.

Brandon is a member of the Employee Benefits Planning Association, Washington Association of Health Underwriters, Western Pension & Benefits Council, and the Pacific Northwest Insurance Council. He serves as the firm’s representative of the Assurex Global Employee Benefits Technology Solutions Group. Brandon also volunteers with Summit Assistance Dogs, a local non-profit organization, and serves on the board for his local little league.

Banner Bank – Bellevue Downtown
Senior Vice President
Andrew Tubb

Andy is the Commercial Banking Team Leader providing financing, Treasury Management, International and other needs for successful and growing businesses with local decision making and a knowledgeable and responsive support team.

Facebook, Inc.
Head of Public Policy & Community Engagement, Northwest
Stephen Uy

Stephen Uy is the Head of Public Policy and Community Engagement for Facebook. In this role he oversees public policy in over 11 states and territories in addition to executing meaningful community engagement strategies in areas where Facebook has a physical presence.
Prior to Facebook, he served as Deputy Director of External affairs for Governor Jay Inslee where he oversaw outreach for underrepresented communities. In his 6 years with the Governor, he played a pivotal role in assisting communities devastated by the Oso Landslide, Eastern Washington complex fires, and helped establish the first LGBTQI employee resource group for the State.

Stephen is a graduate of the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program.

Wallace Properties Inc.
Kevin Wallace

Kevin Wallace oversees all development and acquisition activities for Wallace Properties. Kevin is also responsible for all legal matters for the company’s three divisions: Brokerage, Property and Asset Management and Investment/Development.

Kevin began his career as a Real Estate Attorney at K&L Gates in 1997 then moved to Foster Pepper in 2001. Active in a variety of civic endeavors, he is a native of Bellevue, where he serves on the Bellevue City Council and lives with his wife Natalie and three sons: Gabe, Garrett, and Zachary.

Puget Sound Energy
Vice President, Customer Operations and Communications
Andrew Wappler

Andy Wappler is vice president, Customer Operations & Communications for Puget Sound Energy.

Andy leads the company’s customer care, customer engagement, communications, community engagement, and strategic business intelligence teams.

His groups are charged with coordinating outreach with customers, communities and stakeholders; enhancing our data capability; and developing our customer service platform.

Andy is also the chairman and president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation, dedicated to promoting safety and emergency preparedness within PSE’s service territory.

General Manager
Alison Washburn

Alison Washburn is an avid hiker, traveler, cyclist and kayaker. She’s also a mediocre skier, a terrible runner and is passionate about the outdoors. It was this love of adventure that inspired her career at REI, where she has been connecting co-op members to the outdoors in a variety of different communities for more than 20 years, most recently as General Manager at REI Coop’s Bellevue store since 2016. Alison also serves on the Board of Directors at Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the Advisory Board at Visit Bellevue.

Wig Properties
Leshya Wig

Leshya is a partner at Wig Properties and leads the development of mixed use and retail projects. Ms. Wig has worked in real estate development for over 10 years at companies including Colliers International, IDS Real Estate Group, and Blake Hunt Ventures. While at Wig Properties, Ms. Wig has led the development of 230K SF of retail property, and during her tenure at IDS Real Estate Group, she managed in excess of 500K SF of industrial and office properties. Ms. Wig holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

Tony Williams

As W2A’s Chairman, Tony has helped resolve public policy challenges for almost every major industry in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in executive counsel, serving as a strategic advisor to several elected officials, CEOs and top managers. Tony is known for his keen ability to diagnose, resolve and articulate sensitive internal and public issues.

Tony helped launch W2A after a 15-year career on Capitol Hill, where he managed political campaigns, worked as a press secretary and served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton. The Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, twice placed him on their “Fabulous 50” list of congressional staffers. He saw first-hand how public policy can positively or negatively impact our economy, environment and Northwest way of life.

An Oregon State University alumnus, Tony serves on the OSU Foundation’s Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Beaver Caucus, a volunteer-led group that advocates for higher education and OSU’s interests in Salem, He also serves on the boards of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Bellevue Downtown Association.

Cindi and Tony live in Clyde Hill and are active in their community. Their oldest son, Joshua, 20, is in his second year at The University of Iowa’s inclusive college program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Their youngest son, Jacob, is 14 and is an 8th grader at Chinook Middle School.

Microsoft Corporation
Puget Sound Local Government Affairs
Barb Wilson

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