Jan 25, 2022
Columbia Bank announced that a five-person commercial banking team has joined its Seattle office. The financial services professionals joining include: Robert Boswell, Jocelyn Stockton, Riley Gaffney, Anna DeCaterina and Miranda Jones. Boswell joins as a commercial banking team leader and senior vice president responsible for overseeing client relationships, business development, and risk management practices for the new Seattle Commercial Banking Team. Most recently, he was the commercial banking division manager at WaFd Bank. Stockton joins as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager. She has focused her banking career on industries including contractors, manufacturers, and professional services. Gaffney joins as a senior vice president and commercial banking relationship manager responsible for new business development. Prior to joining Columbia Bank, he worked in commercial banking at both WaFd Bank and KeyBank and in HomeStreet Bank’s underwriting division. DeCaterina joins as a vice president and commercial relationship manager responsible for tailoring credit solutions to align with client goals. DeCaterina is experienced in analyzing a company’s cash flow, performance metrics and market position across a variety of industries. Jones joins as a vice president and portfolio manager. She will support the commercial banking team with new deal approvals and ongoing portfolio monitoring. Prior to Columbia Bank, Jones was a senior credit analyst at WaFd Bank. Headquartered in Tacoma, Columbia Bank is Washington state-chartered full-service commercial bank with locations throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Northern California.
Everett Community College’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer the interim presidency to Darrell L. Cain, Ph. D. Cain has accepted, pending the outcome of contract negotiations. Cain, currently the president of Pierce College Puyallup, has worked in higher education for almost 20 years with leadership roles at community and technical colleges around the country. In addition to serving as president, Cain has taught at least one class at Pierce College Puyallup every year. Cain, whose start date will be determined soon, will take over from EvCC Vice President of Human Resources Joseph Whalen. Whalen has served as acting president of EvCC since Jan. 1. The college’s previous president, Daria Willis, resigned to become president of Howard Community College in Maryland. Cain will serve 12-18 months while the college conducts a search for a permanent president. Prior to Cain leading Pierce College Puyallup, he served as vice chancellor for student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. He also served as vice president for academic affairs at Eastfield College in Dallas and was dean for academic affairs at Atlanta Technical College.
Harbor Capital Advisors announced that Stephanie Shuler joined the firm as senior vice president, regional investment consultant. She is responsible for new business development as well as relationship management with registered investment advisors, regional banks, broker-dealer advisors, family offices, and institutional consultants in Northern California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Shuler joins Harbor team from Blue Owl Capital where she served as the vice president of the Pacific Northwest region. Previously, she has worked for a number of firms including Manulife, PGIM, RiverSource, and Neuberger Berman. Harbor Capital has been developing portfolio strategies for clients for over 30 years.
In Seattle, general contractor JTM Construction promoted 12 staff: Torrey Davis and Kyle Nevils to project executives; Aaron Ball to VDC director; Cohen Morris to director of project controls; Justin Scott to IT director; Torben Christiansen and Matt Olson to project managers; Madison Austin and Jacob Lawson to senior project engineers; Morgan Drivas to VDC field manager; Joni Baker to marketing manager; and Heather Jack to accounts payable coordinator. JTM says its team members “have brought their passion and energy, commitment with integrity, and experience to tailor solutions to projects of all types.” JTM provides preconstruction, self-perform work and construction management. It was founded in 2005.
Aaron Wagenaar transitioned from project manager to business development director at Tiger Construction. Wagenaar is now responsible for setting strategy, developing plans and implementing activities that drive growth. He is also serving in the same role for Pearson Construction, a Bellingham contractor specializing in custom home builds that Tiger acquired last year. Wagenaar has been with Tiger since 2015. Tiger is based in Everson, Whatcom County.
Kennewick-based Apollo Mechanical Contractors announced the formation of its National Facility Services Division. This move brings all facility services groups into one division headed by newly appointed vice president Dale Hollandsworth, a 30-year employee of Apollo. The company has facility services groups in Kennewick; Tigard, Oregon; Spokane; Renton; and Denver. Apollo Facility Services performs mechanical, plumbing and HVAC work, including preventative maintenance, service and repair.
Jan 21, 2022
The SeaTac city council selected Jake Simpson as mayor and Senayet Negusse as deputy mayor at its first regular meeting of the year. The city has a seven-member council elected by residents. The council chooses from among themselves who will serve as mayor and deputy mayor for a two-year term. The mayor is recognized as the head of the city for ceremonial purposes and is the chair of the council meetings. Currently, Simpson works as an organizer with SEIU 1199NW, the health care workers’ union. For more than a decade he worked at small businesses as a professional cook and began his organizing career with UNITE HERE Local 8 as a rank-and-file leader. Negusse is the language equity program manager at King County. The council makes policy, land use and budget decisions for the city, and appoints a full-time city manager to oversee the daily operations of the city.
Seattle-based wealth management firm Fulcrum Capital has a new leadership team: Michelle Mathieu, chief executive officer; Matthew Wilkins, chief operating officer; Kathryn Haggitt Fisher, chief wealth strategist; and Tim Clark, chief investment officer. Firm co-founder and former CEO Darcy Johnson announced that she will retire in December. Janet Welcher will leave the leadership team, but will continue to serve clients and will remain in her current role as a managing partner. Prior to becoming CEO, Mathieu was Fulcrum’s chief investment officer for five years. She led three investment firms, co-managed two equity mutual funds, and served on a half-dozen nonprofit boards during her more than 25 years in the investment industry. Throughout his career, Wilkins has held roles in relationship management, sales and marketing, operations management, and systems management at both large and small wealth management companies. Fisher has been providing philanthropic and financial planning services to clients for over 15 years. She is a member of the University of Washington’s estate and gift planning council. Clark joined Fulcrum in 2017. He directs the research and security selection process, manages the firm’s U.S. Core Equity portfolio, and advises several of the firm’s institutional clients. Fulcrum Capital was founded in 2007, and is an employee-owned and women-led organization.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Noelani Pantastico has announced that after a 25-year dancing career, she is retiring to accept a position on the faculty of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Pantastico trained at CPYB before being hired at PNB in 1997. She was promoted to soloist in 2001 and principal in 2004. In 2008, she left PNB to join Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. In 2015, she returned to PNB as a principal dancer. Pantastico plans to continue as co-artistic director of Seattle Dance Collective, the company she founded in 2019 with fellow PNB principal dancer James Yoichi Moore. PNB audiences have at least two more opportunities to watch Pantastico perform, in the lead role of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s “RomÃ©o et Juliette,” Feb. 4–13. Pantastico is scheduled to dance on opening night and closing matinee, as well as additional performances to be announced. Visit PNB.org for up-to-date casting.
The Port of Bremerton commission elected commissioner Axel Strakeljahn as president of the board of commissioners for 2022-2023. Strakeljahn has served on the port’s board since January 2012 and has focused on economic development and job creation. During this time, he has represented the port at various organizations, most recently by serving on the executive board of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, the executive board of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and as vice president of the Central Puget Sound Economic Development District Board. The port comprises Olympic View Industrial Business Park, Bremerton National Airport, Port Orchard Marina, Bremerton Marina, and several parks, piers and boat launches. Commissioners Cary Bozeman and Gary Anderson also serve on the board. With Strakeljahn becoming president, Anderson is now vice president and Bozeman is secretary.