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Oct 18, 2019



Pacific Star Communications CEO Peggy Miller is a finalist in the 16th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Miller is competing for Executive of the Year in the Business Products category. Winners will be announced Nov. 15 in New York City. Portland-based PacStar develops and supplies advanced communications solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Habit Design

Seattle-based Habit Design received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to focus on coaching new habits in people at risk of metabolic syndrome, which is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. The program was developed by clinical psychologists, behavioral scientists and tech industry experts.

City of Tacoma

The Tacoma City Council is seeking applicants to fill two positions on the Board of Ethics. Board members review complaints of ethics code violations and provide guidance in those matters. The membership term is three years and applications are due by Monday to the City Clerk's Office, or by visiting cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contacting Michelle Emery at (253) 591-5178, servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org.


Portland-based Smarsh hired Rohit Khanna as chief customer officer and Chris Morton as chief marketing officer. It also promoted Tricia Juettemeyer to general counsel. Khanna has over 20 years of tech security industry experience, most recently at SecureAuth. Morton has over 20 years of management experience with building information/software businesses. Juettemeyer has been at Smarsh for 18 months, as assistant general counsel and senior corporate counsel. Smarsh archives electronic communications for regulated organizations, including banks and government agencies.

City of Kenmore

The city of Kenmore won a Vision 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for its downtown creation project, which turned 10 acres into a village with mixed-rate housing, commercial buildings, restaurants, park space and a community building. Most of the village was developed with public-private partnerships, with MainStreet Property Group as the primary developer. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

Compass Health

In Everett, Compass Health's recent Building Communities of Hope Gala raised more than $288,000 to support hundreds of youth whose lives have been impacted by behavioral health challenges and family substance abuse. The money will support two of Compass Health's most transformational youth programs: Camp Outside the Box and Camp Mariposa. Compass Health provides behavioral health care.

Oct 17, 2019

Robert Chinn Foundation

Maki Hsieh is the new CEO of the Robert Chinn Foundation in Seattle. Hsieh spent 22 years in the media, entertainment and finance industries. She was executive director of Southern California's Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation and CEO for Pinnacle Group, whose holdings include tech startups and gaming. The foundation promotes Asian leadership and legacy, and in 2004 established the Asian Hall of Fame. Its new headquarters is at 316 Maynard Ave. S., Suite 112A.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Intellectual property attorney William F. Abrams joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt's technology industry group in Seattle. Abrams comes from Foster Pepper and has over 30 years of experience as lead counsel in over 100 federal and state trade secret, patent, competition and other intellectual property cases. He is also a member of the Stanford University faculty, where he has taught courses since 1996.

City of Tacoma

Here are the winners of this year's AMOCAT Arts Awards: Tacoma Creates Campaign, Arts Patron Award; Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Community Outreach by an Organization Award; and Aya Hashiguchi Clark and Randy Clark, Community Outreach by an Individual Award. The Tacoma Arts Commission hands out the awards every year to people and organizations that positively impact the community with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts.

Rainier Ave Business Coalition

The Hillman City and Columbia City business associations formed Rainier Ave Business Coalition — or RainierABC — to represent areas between the Mount Baker and Brighton neighborhoods of Seattle. RainierABC says there's a severe lack of service and representation in pockets of Southeast Seattle, especially for home businesses. It will focus initially on brick-and-mortar small businesses in and around Hillman and Columbia cities, spreading out into areas that aren't currently served by a business association, like Genesee and Brighton. RainierABC will co-host a District 2 neighborhood candidate forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S.; and a business resource open house 3-6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Columbia Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S.

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