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Jan 13, 2023

Carney Badley


Carney Badley Spellman elected Teva Sempel as a shareholder. Sempel focuses his practice on guiding clients through high-stakes business and construction disputes. He represents clients at arbitration proceedings, in state and federal courts, and on appeal. He often litigates breach of contract and other business-related claims, including claims involving unfair trade practices, trade secrets, non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty. He handles all aspects of construction law litigation, including claims related to pay applications, liens, change orders, public bids, delays, construction defects, and design errors. Sempel also represents commercial property owners in unlawful detainer actions, shareholders/members in judicial dissolution actions, and businesses/individuals in lease disputes and receivership proceedings. In additional to his civil litigation practice, Sempel represents corporate clients in internal investigations, government investigations, and enforcement actions regarding business crimes and civil frauds, including healthcare, government contract, and financial institutions fraud. He defends individuals in cases involving allegations of public corruption, fraud, money laundering, structuring, and other financial crimes.

Strong Tower Consulting

Strong Tower Consulting, a Bellevue-based management-consulting firm, was named one of Washington's Best Companies to Work for in 2022 by Seattle Business magazine. This annual program was created by the magazine and Best Companies Group to recognize the best employers in Washington, benefiting the area's economy, workforce and businesses. Ranked No. 2 on the list, Strong Tower was recognized through an independent, third-party employee survey for its dedication to “inclusion consulting,” an approach that leverages the power of diversity to solve problems, as well as creating opportunities for women, and its ongoing commitment to operating as a carbon-neutral consulting firm. As a certified Disability-Owned Business, Strong Tower is expanding and diversifying its projects in Washington and the West Coast, working with Fortune 100 tech companies, as well as small to mid-sized businesses.

Russell Investments

Russell Investments' dedicated non-profit practice was selected by the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCF) to manage its $52 million portfolio. Assets have fully transitioned. As the partnership develops, Russell Investments will build custom institutional portfolios for MCCF's endowed and restricted portfolios. Russell Investments delivers investment advice and solutions to clients of all sizes with particular focus on endowments, foundations, defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, and healthcare systems. Headquartered in Seattle, Russell Investments has offices in 19 cities around the world, including in New York, London, Toronto, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

Silver Creek Capital

Seattle-based Silver Creek Capital Management announced that Jessica Hans has joined the firm as a managing director. Most recently, Hans served as investment director at UC Investments, focusing on the endowments and retirement plans of the University of California. Earlier in her career, she held roles at The Blackstone Group, Credit Suisse Securities (USA), and Bain & Company. At Silver Creek, Hans will focus on investments across non-corporate debt and real assets as the firm seeks to strategically grow its private credit and real assets portfolios. She will also serve as a member of the Silver Creek's investment committee and real assets investment committee. The addition of Hans follows the firm's recent promotion of Amy Wells to chief client officer. Wells has been a member of the Silver Creek team since 2006, serving as a managing director responsible for investor intake, client reporting, and technology processes. Silver Creek is an alternative investment boutique with a focus on private credit, hedge fund and real asset strategies, which include timber and aggregate reserves.

Jan 12, 2023

Standard Insurance



Portland-based Standard Insurance (The Standard) promoted Graeme Queen to assistant vice president of policy administration transformation and supplemental operations. Queen joined The Standard in 2008 as an IT manager. He served in a number of IT leadership roles and co-led the Voluntary Products program, which introduced The Standard's Supplemental products to the market. Subsequently, Queen led the Strategic Account Services department. Before joining the company, Queen led an application development team at PacifiCorp and has served in various IT, business and customer service roles. Additionally, Michelle Hughes has joined the company as assistant vice president of supplier management and governance. In her new role, Hughes will lead the company's procurement, supplier governance and business process outsourcing teams. Prior to joining The Standard, Hughes was at USAA, where she served in various leadership and procurement roles for 15 years. Her procurement career began in the Air Force, where she was a contracting specialist.

Carney Badley


Carney Badley Spellman elected Randy Johnson as a shareholder. Johnson joined Carney in November 2015. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Washington State University, and graduated from Seattle University School of Law in May 2015. As a law student, Johnson worked for Carney Badley Spellman as a summer associate in 2013, spent the summer of 2014 in Olympia as an extern under the direction of Supreme Court Commissioner Narda Pierce, and in 2015 competed on Seattle University's 2015 National Appellate Advocacy Team, which won an ABA Regional Championship and advanced to the knock-out rounds of the National Competition. Johnson has experience litigating a variety of issues involving real estate development, commercial lease disputes, construction disputes, claims of unfair business practices, and personal injury. In addition to general litigation, Johnson is working to expand his practice into areas of law focused on helping businesses protect their market identity and intellectual property rights related to trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

City of Tacoma

At-Large Council Member Kristina Walker has been appointed to serve as Tacoma's deputy mayor in 2023. Walker currently is chair to the city council's infrastructure, planning and sustainability committee, vice chair of the government performance and finance committee, vice chair of the Pierce Transit board, vice chair of the joint municipal action committee, and on the Sound Transit board. Walker has served as an at-large council member since 2019. She succeeds Catherine Ushka.

Jan 11, 2023

MOViN 92.5

Seattle music station MOViN 92.5, announced a four-year contract extension of its morning show “Brooke & Jeffrey in the Morning”, featuring Brooke Fox, Young Jeffrey, Jose Bolanos, newest member, Alexis Fuller and producer Steve Boyd. “Brooke & Jeffrey in the Morning” airs weekday mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on MOViN 92.5 and is syndicated by Premiere Networks, airing on more than 50 stations nationwide. The show features conversation on the latest happenings in pop culture and entertainment, skits, and listener interaction..

Started in 1923, Hubbard Broadcasting is an American television and radio broadcasting corporation based in Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Minnesota. Launched by Stanley E. Hubbard, Hubbard Broadcasting operates radio stations and television stations in ten states. In addition to radio and television stations, other Hubbard Broadcasting companies include the satellite and cable network ReelzChannel, F&F Productions and 2060 Digital.

5G Americas

5G Americas, a wireless cellular industry trade association, announced Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile US has been re-elected as chairman of the 5G Americas Board of Governors for 2023. Barbara Baffer, Ericsson, vice president, government & policy advocacy has been re-elected as treasurer. Ray is responsible for the management and development of T-Mobile's wireless network, the company's information technology services, and technology operations. He has more than 30 years of experience building and operating wireless networks in the US and around the world. Ray has been a member of the 5G Americas Board for more than 12 years and previously served two multi-year terms as chairman. Baffer has been with Ericsson for 32 years working in several different roles. She leads Ericsson's regulatory and legislative advocacy efforts in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, she serves on the executive committee of Tech Titans. Headquartered in Bellevue, 5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to facilitate and advocate for the advancement and transformation of LTE, 5G and beyond throughout the Americas.


Bellevue-based CoreStack, a global multi-cloud governance provider, announced that Sanjeev Arya has joined the CoreStack leadership team as managing director – Europe. Arya will be charged with expanding CoreStack's global presence by developing relationships with customers and strategic partners across Europe. CoreStack was recently ranked the 78th fastest growing company in North America on the 2022 Deloitte Technology Fast 500. Arya has more than 27 years of global business experience, including nearly two decades in sales and management leadership positions with global systems integrators like Capgemini and Infosys. He also serves as a strategic advisor to multiple tech startups across the globe. CoreStack is backed by strategic advisors, including the ex-CEO of Wipro and ex-CIO of Microsoft. The company is a Microsoft Azure Gold Partner, Amazon AWS Advanced Technology Competency Partner, Oracle Cloud Build Partner, and Google Cloud Build Partner.

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