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Jul 01, 2022

Emerald Communities


Emerald Communities, a nonprofit senior housing and service organization in Redmond, appointed Alexander Candalla as vice president of operations. Candalla has nearly three decades of experience in senior living. In his new role, he oversees operations for the senior living communities of Emerald Heights and Heron's Key. Candalla is also working with executive directors of each property to implement new programs and policies, develop strategic goals, and ensure that all operations are conducted in accordance with organization mission and values. Prior to joining Emerald Communities, Candalla was executive director of senior living properties in Des Moines and northern California.

Summit Bank


Summit Bank promoted Matt Dynice to senior vice president and credit administrator. Dynice has over 20 years of commercial banking experience. Previously, he worked as vice president and business client advisor in the bank's Central Oregon office. He continues to work out of the Central Oregon office as he transitions into his new role. Before joining Summit in 2020, Dynice worked for 13 years at Umpqua Bank. Summit has offices in Eugene, Central Oregon and downtown Portland.


Pemco Mutual Insurance appointed Vendula Linhart as the Seattle-based insurer's executive chief of staff. Linhart is working with Pemco executives and leaders as an advisor, facilitator, and driver of strategic projects, initiatives and processes. Linhart brings nearly a decade of business operations experience. In her new role, she is facilitating annual strategic planning and communications, and supporting strategic projects such as the company's culture transformation initiative. Most recently, Linhart was chief of staff at Trussworks, a software consulting firm. Previously, she held progressive leadership roles in business management, operations and external relations with Acronis, a global leader in the cyber protection space.


Seattle-based Convoy, a leading digital freight network, appointed Maggie Brady to its executive team as head of people. Brady oversees all aspects of the people and places teams at Convoy, including recruiting, total rewards, learning and development, DE&I, and workplace and facilities teams. In this role, she focuses on creating initiatives to foster growth and development for employees and leaders, with an emphasis on building an inclusive environment through leading-edge DE&I initiatives. Brady has over 20 years of HR experience. Prior to Convoy, she was group HR leader for the technology and business segments at Fiserv, a global fintech and payments company.

Jun 30, 2022

Moss Adams

Moss Adams, one of the largest accounting, consulting and wealth management firms in the nation, announced that it has agreed to combine with Mengali Accountancy, a boutique consulting firm specializing in the real estate industry located in downtown Healdsburg, Calif. Effective Aug. 1, 2022, the Mengali team, including Renee Mengali, its namesake founder, as well as principals Debbie Warren and Keith Hollander, will join Moss Adams. For the past 19 years, Mengali has built a strong referral network and is a streamlined tech-driven firm that has primarily helped small businesses, real estate funds, joint ventures and syndicators, and individuals capitalize on their resources by using outsourced accounting services. The Mengali team will join the existing outsourced accounting practice at Moss Adams, with plans to grow its service offering across a variety of industry sectors.

MolinaCares Accord

The MolinaCares Accord, in collaboration with Molina Healthcare of Washington, announced a $77,000 grant to Spark, an organization dedicated to providing a career pathway for youth and students to become certified peer counselors in the state of Washington. As of September 2021, just 16.8% of Washington's mental health care workforce need was being met and the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the need for behavioral health services. Spark's program works to resolve this shortage by empowering young adults who have dealt with mental health challenges to become certified peer counselors. The grant is just one component of MolinaCares' Behavioral Health Initiative, an over $700,000 philanthropic effort to expand access to behavioral health care across Washington. The funds donated to Spark will go toward the identification, outreach, training, and placement of youth peer supports in the state. Established by Molina Healthcare, The MolinaCares Accord oversees a community investment platform created to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations by funding meaningful, measurable, and innovative programs and solutions that improve health, life, and living in local communities. Molina Healthcare of Washington has been providing government-funded health care for over 20 years. The company serves members through Medicaid, Medicare and the Health Benefit Exchange programs throughout Washington.


Seattle-based Qumulo, a leader in data storage and management, announced it has been named Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) Global Storage Partner of the Year 2022. The HPE Partner of the Year Awards 2022 recognizes HPE partners who exemplify commitment and success in delivering value to their customers on their digital transformation journey. This recognition has been given to HPE partners who have achieved exceptional results in financial performance, innovative solutions and meaningful business results. During its previous fiscal year (FY22), Qumulo saw its customer base expand by more than 40%, and added over 200 new customers to its roster. In that same timeframe, Qumulo grew its business with HPE by more than 70% in a variety of industries, including media & entertainment, automotive, healthcare, government, and finance. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data.


Strive, a platform to optimize muscle performance for elite athletes and teams, announced it closed $6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Future Communities Capital, with participation from investors, including SeaChange Fund, SeedtoB Capital, Jas Ventures, Gaingels, Founders First, Macnica Investment Partners, fama Ventures, Biosphere Investment Group, and Thinkuvate. The round also included participation from Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts and former Heisman Trophy Winner quarterback Troy Smith. Future Communities Capital managing director Rohit Gupta has joined Strive's Board of Directors. STRIVE will use the funding to build out sales and marketing to accelerate and scale growth of its athletic and military customers, while helping the company advance efforts in the industrial sector. Founded in 2016, Seattle-based Strive currently works with NCAA, NFL, EPL, and MLS teams, along with the US Military.

A bit more about Harvest

As the DJC first reported early last month, the developers of the larger mixed-use Harvest (formerly Farmstead, formerly Woodinville Wine Village) sold about 2.7 acres to multifamily developer Trammell Crow Residential. Now Kidder Mathews has announced that its Dylan Simon, Jerrid Anderson, and Max Frame brokered both sides of the $19 million deal. TCR wasn't mentioned, and it hasn't announced its plans or possible start date. The city of Woodinville has already approved some 230 rental units. Jim Tosti of Harvest said in a recent statement, “Harvest is the realization of our personal and professional passions — wine and real estate.” KM's Simon added, “Woodinville is the perfect location for renters seeking more work-life balance.” Site work is now underway for the Marriot Autograph hotel and spa.

New chair for KM's Guenther


Kidder Mathews announced is recent promotion of Gary Guenther to managing director. The veteran broker was previously executive VP. He remains in the firm's Bellevue office, where he specializes in office and healthcare leasing and sales. Guenther said in a statement, “With our unparalleled entrepreneurial platform which combines best in class support and systems along with the top industry professionals, Kidder Mathews is in a strong position to help our clients succeed in the fast-growing Eastside market.”

ULI gathers in Belltown

Tuesday, July 14 will be the first summer social hosted by our local chapter of the Urban Land Institute. It'll take place at the Arrive hotel and apartment tower in Belltown, apparently on the top-floor deck. Corks are pulled at 5 p.m. Details and registration: northwest.uli.org.

Plymouth taps Lee to lead


It was announced last fall that Paul Lambros would retire as CEO of Plymouth Housing by this August. Now his replacement has been named: Karen Lee, who makes the move from Pioneer Human Services. She said in a statement, “Plymouth's work is unique and vital in our region, and it inspires me that we are a model to other housing organizations throughout the country and world. I am honored to build on Paul's legacy of advocacy on behalf of Plymouth.” Lainey Sickinger leads the nonprofit's board, and said, “Plymouth will continue to provide innovative, cost-effective, and compassionate care. Plymouth will continue to move people out of homelessness, permanently.”

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