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Dec 05, 2019

Summit Bank


Eugene, Oregon-based Summit Bank promoted Chris Hemmings to senior vice president and chief administrative officer. Hemmings was vice president and controller at the bank, and is a member of the government relations committee of the Oregon Banker's Association.

Sound Transit


In Seattle, Sound Transit appointed Mary Cummings as chief administrative officer and deputy CEO. Cummings was senior vice president and interim CFO at Waynesburg University, a private school near Pittsburgh. Prior to that, she was an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and served as program director of the Carnegie Bosch Institute.


Mike Gregoire is the newest board member at Bellevue-based Smartsheet. Gregoire is a partner at Brighton Park Capital and a 25-year technology industry veteran. Prior to his investing career, Gregoire was chair and CEO of CA Technologies. At Smartsheet, he is also on the board's compensation committee. Smartsheet is a cloud-based platform for work execution.

Oregon Bioscience Association

In Portland, the Oregon Bioscience Association named four winners of its 2019 Research Fast Pitch and Company Pitch Fest competition. The winners were: Sparrow Pharmaceuticals of Portland (Company Pitch Fest award); Curadite of Beaverton (people's choice for Company Pitch Fest); Xinyue “Lucy” Lu, a Beaverton resident and graduate student researcher at Clemson University (Research Fast Pitch award); and Lael Wentland, a graduate student at Oregon State University (people's choice for Research Fast Pitch). Oregon Bio promotes growth and quality of the region's bioscience industry.

King County

King County is testing a six-month pilot program called King County Conservation Corps that hires people experiencing homelessness and poverty to pick up garbage in unincorporated urban areas. The county is partnering with the Millionair Club Charity on the program, which will send five-person crews to clean up areas in White Center, Skyway, Fairwood and east Federal Way. Workers will earn $18-$20 an hour.

Dec 04, 2019

Department of Ecology

Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon says she is stepping down at year end after nearly seven years of leading the agency. Bellon has worked for the state for 25 years. She plans to take some time off and then become a lawyer focusing on environmental law and policy. Ecology did not say who would replace Bellon.


Middleby Corp. acquired Seattle-based Synesso, a designer and manufacturer of semi-automatic commercial espresso machines. Terms of the deal were not announced. Synesso has about $10 million in annual sales. Elgin, Illinois-based Middleby develops, manufactures, markets and services commercial and residential food service equipment.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo and Co. is expanding its NeighborhoodLift program to the city of Portland and Multnomah County. Wells Fargo Foundation is making a $7.1 million philanthropic commitment to the Oregon program, which will create more than 270 homeowners by offering $20,000 down payment assistance grants. Partners in Oregon include NeighborWorks America and its network member Portland Housing Center. More information is at http://www.wellsfargo.com/lift.

Group14 Technologies

Woodinville-based Group14 Technologies received $18 million in financing from Amperex Technologies, Showa Denko, Cabot Corp., BASF Venture Capital and OVP Venture Partners. The new funds will be used to scale up manufacturing of Group14's next generation anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

Rolluda Architects


Seattle-based Rolluda Architects hired Kathryn Bost as a marketing specialist. Bost has 25 years of marketing experience for local engineering and architecture firms. She is a member of SMPS, is a Certified Professional Services Marketer, and is on the board of directors for the Society of American Military Engineers Seattle Post. Rolluda provides master planning, programming, architectural design and construction support.

HNTB Corp.


HNTB Corp. said it appointed three new executive vice presidents in response to ongoing growth within the U.S. transportation market. They are John Friel, president, Western Region; Keith Hinkebein, president, design build; and Scott Butzen, enterprise operations officer.

Friel will lead the Western Region, which includes HNTB's Northwest and West Divisions, and is in charge of all of the firm's business lines in the Western Region, concentrating on the aviation, highway, transit, tolls and architecture practices.



Theo Prince joined Parametrix as a senior engineer in its Seattle surface water group working on stormwater basin planning, highway drainage design and fish passable culvert projects. He has 19 years of experience providing stormwater management and surface water design and analysis, most recently in the Northwest. Prince has worked on storm drainage improvements, culvert replacements, and low impact development retrofits in King, Snohomish and Whatcom counties, and has experience in green infrastructure and design-build projects. Parametrix provides engineering, planning and environmental services.




Kirkland-based Blueline hired Ruby Mohammadi as an engineer to work on residential projects and Libby Wallace as an office coordinator. Mohammadi was with Core Design. She has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Tabriz in Iran. Wallace was with Shimmick-Parsons Joint Venture/Aecom, and has administrative experience with engineering, construction and landscape design companies. Blueline provides civil engineering, land use planning and landscape architecture services.

Rice Fergus Miller



Bremerton-based Rice Fergus Miller hired Elizabeth Salas as a designer in its senior living studio and Becky Wall as an interior designer in its senior living, health care and community studios. Rice Fergus Miller is an architecture, interior design, planning and visualization firm.

Bernardo Wills Architects




Spokane-based Bernardo Wills Architects hired James Davis as a landscape architect and Cathi Lamb and Meranda D. Morris as BIM/CAD technicians.

Davis is working on Atlas Waterfront Park in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and the Spokane Parks & Recreation North Bank Regional Playground. He has seven years of experience and was a landscape architect/estimator with Land Expressions. Lamb is providing drafting, design and construction support for two new buildings: South Hill Pediatric Dentistry Clinic in Spokane and Fairways Plaza Retail B in Cheney. She has 35 years of drafting experience, and was CAD manager for Wayne C. Siu Architects in Brea, California. Morris is supplying BIM and CAD services for The Farm at Mill Creek mixed-use development in Mill Creek and interior modifications to the Transitions EduCare Facility in Spokane. She has an associates degree in architectural technology from Spokane Community College. Bernardo Wills provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning.

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