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Aug 21, 2019


Kirk Beardsley is the new COO of Leafly, a Seattle-based cannabis technology company. Beardsley has more than 20 years of experience in digital commerce, most recently as executive vice president of strategic growth and head of Trunkclub at Nordstrom. Leafly also opened an office in Austin, Texas, with over 30 employees coming from online retailer Spreetail.

Brandon Elliott, former head of engineering at Spreetail, leads the new office as vice president of technology.

Northwest Seaport Alliance

Readers of Logistics Management magazine picked Northwest Seaport Alliance as the top port on the West Coast. Readers evaluated North American ports for the 2019 Quest for Quality awards using five criteria: ease of doing business, value, ocean carrier network, intermodal network, and equipment and operations. The alliance is a marine cargo partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Steepologie Teas

Seattle-based Steepologie Teas will open its fifth store in November, at 3420 Fremont Ave. N. The 2,000-square-foot store will have over 300 loose leaf teas, as well as hot and iced tea made to order. It also will become the company's headquarters.

Aug 20, 2019



The American Society for Radiation Oncology selected Dr. Ramesh Rengan as a fellow for his service to the organization and contributions to radiation oncology. Rengan is medical director at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance's Proton Therapy Center. The fellow honor requires commendable contributions in one of four areas: leadership/service, research, patient care or education.

Seattle Public Schools

Greg Narver was appointed chief legal counsel for Seattle Public Schools. Narver has been chief counsel for the past four years for the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney's Office, and has been with that office for 13 years. He will start his new job on Sept. 3, replacing Noel Treat, who joined public affairs firm Strategies 360. Ronald Boy has been acting chief legal counsel for the school district.

CPA Consulting

BPM LLP, an accounting and advisory firm based in California's Bay Area, combined with CPA Consulting of Bellevue. Founded in 1997, CPA Consulting works with clients in western Washington, Hawaii and Alaska. Its 10-person team continues to work out of Bellevue, with former president Jeff Mock now partner-in-charge of the new BPM regional office.

Aug 16, 2019

Port of Everett


Lisa Lefeber will become the Port of Everett's first female CEO on Oct. 16. Lefeber currently is deputy executive director at the port and was chief of policy and communications for over 13 years before that. She will replace Les Reardanz, who plans to move back to Bellingham to focus on his aging parents and expanded military responsibilities.

Frye Art Museum


In Seattle, Frye Art Museum appointed Michelle Cheng to the newly created role of director of education and community partnerships. Cheng was manager of integration-level education programs at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

Air Canada

Air Canada is planning nonstop daily service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Montreal beginning May 4, 2020. Montreal will become Sea-Tac's seventh nonstop destination in Canada, adding to service to Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. Montreal is a hub for Air Canada.

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