Jul 02, 2019
OVG-Seattle and NHL Seattle hired three senior leaders: April West, vice president of human resources; Don Graham, vice president of events; and Katie Townsend, vice president of communications. West is an experienced professional with stints at JW Marriott Chicago, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. and the Chicago Cubs. Graham has managed events for large venues including the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Townsend is a former BBC senior news producer with over a decade of experience in multi-platform storytelling. OVG-Seattle is the local office of the Oak View Group, which is leading redevelopment and operations of the new arena at Seattle Center.
In Bellevue, Puget Sound Energy named Mary E. Kipp as president. Kipp is CEO and president of El Paso Electric in Texas. Prior to joining El Paso Electric, she was a prosecuting attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a lawyer at El Paso Natural Gas Co. and a lawyer at Greenberg Traurig. At PSE, Kipp is expected to assume the additional role of CEO when Kimberly Harris retires from that position next January.
In Auburn, Orion Industries rebranded itself as a social enterprise to better represent its business and mission — to change the lives of people with barriers to employment through training, education and other programs. Orion's customers include Fortune 500 companies like Boeing and Microsoft.
Bellevue-based CPA firm and consultant Clark Nuber was named to the Accounting Move Project's Best CPA Firms for Women and Best CPA Firms for Leadership Equity. Also, Seattle Business magazine placed Clark Nuber in the top 10 of the 2019 Washington 100 Best Companies to Work For in the large company category.
In Seattle, Lease Crutcher Lewis hired Mark Henninger as project manager, and Pratik “Pat” Magar and Philip Jaedicke as project engineers. Henninger has nine years of construction experience, with a strong background in field operations, preconstruction and project management. Magar interned at Lewis in 2018 and recently graduated from the University of Washington with a master's in construction management. Jaedicke served two years as an engineering officer in the Army after earning a bachelor's in mechanical engineering at West Point.
In Stanwood, Heckman Insulation hired Justin James to lead its multifamily/tower division. James has extensive experience in mechanical insulation, on both the contracting and the material supply sides. He also is an industry leader in life safety/firestopping assemblies.
In Burlington, Trico Companies promoted Roger Kee to project manager. Kee joined Trico last year as a senior project engineer. He has over 25 years of experience in procurement, contract management and construction project management, and is a Naval ROTC graduate of the University of Washington, serving seven years as a Supply Corps officer.
Jun 28, 2019
Dr. Joseph Williams is the new director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Seattle office. Williams advised Gov. Jay Inslee for three years on tech industry policy. Before that, he was an executive with Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, and was dean of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University.
Leafly, a Seattle-based cannabis technology company, hired Leslie Grandy as chief product officer. Grandy has led product development for Apple, T-Mobile, Best Buy and Discovery Communications. She also advised Starbucks, Oracle Utilities and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers on product development and customer experience.
Bellevue-based Symetra Life Insurance Co. is the first founding partner and sponsor of the National Hockey League's 32nd franchise, New Arena at Seattle Center and Northgate Ice Centre. Symetra recently inked the deal with Oak View Group and Seattle Hockey Partners.
Jim Crawford is the new CFO of Washington Health Benefit Exchange, operator of the state's online health insurance marketplace Washington Healthplanfinder. Crawford has over two decades of public service, including senior level fiscal positions in state agencies, the Legislature and the governor's office. Most recently he was assistant director of the Budget Division of the state Office of Financial Management. He replaces Carole Holland, who is retiring after four years with the exchange and 26 years in the public sector.