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Apr 08, 2020

Lane Powell


Nate Koppelman joined Lane Powell in Seattle as director of its new business operations and pricing department. Koppelman is promoting best practices across the firm to maximize client value. He comes from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Perkins Coie LLP, where he worked in operations and client experience management.

University of Washington

The University of Washington announced Dr. Jodi Sandfort will become dean next year of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Sandfort is a professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and is in Denmark for the first half of this year on a Fulbright Fellowship to study effective efforts at public sector redesign. She also is founder and academic director of the Future Services Institute, a UM center for research and training on reforming the human services field. Her appointment is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.


Spokane-based SharperLending hired Joe Ware as vice president of sales. Ware is focusing on social distancing solutions for credit unions and banks to drive loan growth. He has over 25 years of experience in real estate appraisal and settlement services. Most recently, he was national sales manager for Xome appraisal management technology. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and national sales manager for SWBC Lending Solutions Division. SharperLending has developed a suite of technology products for banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders.


Global consulting firm Accenture bought Seattle business-to-business marketing agency Yesler. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Yesler has over 400 staffers around the world, with additional offices in Portland, Philadelphia, London, Toronto and Singapore. It comprises two business segments: Yesler B2B, which provides digital marketing and managed services; and Projectline services, which provides strategic resourcing solutions.

Apr 07, 2020



In Bellevue, BitTitan hired Kevin Serpanchy as sales director of North and South America. Serpanchy spent the past 15 years with educational technology company ProQuest, where he was senior sales director for the federal government sector across the U.S. and the academic sector in North America's southern region. He also led ProQuest's Asia Pacific south region sales team in Melbourne for 11 years and spent two years in Dubai managing the Europe, Middle East and Africa sales team. BitTitan helps IT service companies automate on the cloud.


Seattle-based Shiftboard is merging with Vancouver, B.C.-based EDP Software, the developer of workforce scheduling software called SchedulePro. Shiftboard develops scheduling software for employers of hourly workers. The new company will operate as Shiftboard, with Shiftboard CEO Sterling Wilson keeping that title and EDP CEO Sachin Agrawal becoming chief technology officer. The new company will retain its offices in Seattle, Vancouver and London. Financial terms were not disclosed.


A coalition of Seattle-area restaurants, foundations, organizations and individuals created ThePlateFund, an initiative to provide emergency financial aid to food-service workers who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund was created by the Schultz Family Foundation in partnership with #allinseattle, Seattle Foundation and UpTogether. It has $4 million in seed funding for in-need restaurant workers in King County. Donations can be made at http://www.theplatefund.com.

Oregon Community Foundation

The Nike Foundation pledged $1 million to help nonprofits and small businesses in Oregon affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Nike is part of a coalition of businesses offering over $2.5 million and in-kind equipment and support through two statewide funds set up by the Oregon Community Foundation and its partner philanthropies. The donations give immediate help to communities while federal and state assistance is in the works. In addition to Nike, some of the larger donors include The Standard ($250,000), Intel ($200,000), Portland Trail Blazers ($150,000), Wells Fargo ($125,000), Cambia Health Foundation ($100,000), Tillamook County Creamery Association ($100,000) and Umpqua Bank ($100,000).

Lattice Semiconductor

Hillsboro, Oregon-based chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor won Best in Show at the 2020 Embedded World Exhibition and Conference for its mVision solutions stack hardware and software package. It won in the Development Tools and Operating Systems category. The awards were presented by publishing company Open Systems Media.

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