Seattle local business news and data – News – Laird Norton – Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Dec 14, 2022


CAST architecture announced two new hires, George Lee and Connor Stein. Lee has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, commercial, and institutional projects in Seattle, San Francisco, and Singapore. Originally from San Francisco, he received a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed architect in the State of Washington.
Stein is a Pacific Northwest transplant from his native Alabama. After studying ecology and climate change as an undergraduate, he earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington where his studies focused on both the practical and philosophical character of dwelling.


PACE Engineers, Inc. announced nine promotions.
Nick Manusos has been promoted to survey technician V. Manusos joined PACE in 2006 and provides all aspects of field surveying, including topographic, boundary, ALTA, and construction staking. His work has taken him across Washington state, including Yakima, Asotin, Bothell, and Everett.
Stephanie Welch, PE, is now a project engineer. Welch has seven years of civil engineering experience and specializes in stormwater management design for WSDOT design-bid-build and design-build projects. Her recent experience includes providing drainage designs for WSDOT’s SR 509 project, which is part of the Puget Sounds Gateway program.
Russ Dodge is now a survey technician V. Dodge has 20 years of land surveying experience. During that time, he has worked for various private and public agencies. His recent notable experience includes surveying the Clinton Trail in Island County.
Tyler Christofferson, PE, has been promoted to senior project manager. Christofferson is a civil engineer with over 16 years of experience. Since joining PACE in 2012, he has become one of PACE’s lead engineers for street, site development, pedestrian improvement, and utility projects. Christofferson has been busy working on two major projects: Terrace Station in Mountlake Terrace, a project nominated for NAIOP’s Night of the Stars awards, and the Covington Connector.
Brandon Northrop has been promoted to survey field technician I. Northrop joined PACE in March of 2022. He has worked on numerous projects with just a few months of experience, including the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Asotin Wildlife, Seattle Public School’s Sacajawea Elementary School, and Everett School District’s Jackson Elementary School projects.
Matt Pillsbury is now tech services manager. Pillsbury has been the industry for over 25 years. His experience includes drafting, design, and documentation and working on large-scale projects. Pillsbury manages PACE’s drafting team and provides technical support, drafting, and modeling to the structural engineering team.
Wyatt Brown is now a survey technician IV. After joining PACE in 2019, he has become a vital part of the firm’s Wenatchee surveying group.. He is active in the community, volunteering at a local high school’s engineering class to teach and share the surveying profession. Brown’s recent projects include the WDFW Asotin Wildlife Area, Panghorn Airport General Aviation Building, and on-call services for the City of Leavenworth.
Josh Kallstrom has been promoted to engineer I. Kallstrom joined PACE in 2020 after graduating from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Kallstrom is skilled in predicting stormwater behavior to prevent flooding and enhance water quality. He is working on several WSDOT projects, including I-90/SR 18 Interchange and Widening and SR 522 Tributary to Evans Creek.
Karen Schauss, LIST, has been promoted to project surveyor. Schauss joined PACE in 2020 with over 30 years of experience. She recently provided construction surveying for the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage project for Garco Construction, Inc. She played a vital role in the project to ensure the precise measurement of construction materials, so the new dam operates correctly.
Seattle Opera has selected Shannon Rolbiecki, a seasoned development professional and Certified Fundraising Executive, as its new director of development. As a classically trained singer and opera performer, Rolbiecki brings a musical background to Seattle Opera. Rolbiecki previously served as senior director of advancement for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, where she was responsible for a portfolio of more than $3 million dollars in annual contributed revenue, as well as the $139 million A Grand Future campaign. Most recently, she was the director of development, marketing, & communications at the Tacoma Art Museum, where she oversaw the development and marketing strategy and led a team of eight in spearheading operational functions. She also guided the museum’s $10 million dollar Imagine More campaign. Established in 1963, Seattle Opera is committed to serving the people of the Pacific Northwest through music, storytelling, and programs for people of all ages.
Bank of America named Jim Morehead president of Bank of America Seattle. The company also announced that Alex Yang will become Seattle market executive, replacing Jeremey Williams who was recently promoted to community relations manager (CRM) executive. As president, Morehead is responsible for connecting the banking and investment resources offered through the bank’s eight lines of business to people and companies across King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. He will also lead the effort to deploy Bank of America’s resources to address social concerns, strengthen economic opportunity, and build strong communities, as well as support the health, safety and engagement of local employees. In addition to his responsibilities as Seattle president, Morehead will remain global commercial banking market executive for the Western Washington & Pacific Rim market at Bank of America. Morehead joined the bank in 2016, and throughout his banking career, he has held client facing and leadership roles in multiple lines of business. He currently serves on the boards of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Special Olympics Washington, and he will be taking a position on the Washington Roundtable board. Yang will work in partnership with the Seattle president and leadership team directing local market strategy, employee engagement, business integration and investments that help to drive and respond to community and economic development and needs across King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Yang joined Bank of America in 1997, and most recently served in the company’s Global Transaction Services group. After serving as Seattle market executive for three years, Williams has accepted a national role as CRM Executive. In his new role, Williams is responsible for 49 CRMs across the company’s Local Market Organization. Williams has been with Bank of America for more than 15 years, holding a variety of leadership positions.
Oregon Pacific Bank announced the hiring of a new commercial banking team as the bank expands into the Portland market. The bank has existing branch locations in Coos Bay, Florence, Eugene, Medford, and Roseburg. Joining Oregon Pacific Bank in the Portland market are: Kyle Baisch, Portland market president; Eric Deisler, senior vice president/commercial lending team leader; Stephanie Cannon, senior vice president/relationship banking officer; and Christina Evans, vice president/portfolio manager. The new commercial banking team will join Oregon Pacific Bank before the end of December. The Bank intends to secure an immediate temporary office space in the general SW metro area. Oregon Pacific Bank is committed to a full-service banking model and will proceed with the regulatory approval required to convert the temporary office to a commercial banking branch. Once the regulatory application process has been completed, the bank’s full suite of lending, deposit and online treasury management services will be made available immediately, with the ability to accept in-branch deposits.
Dec 13, 2022


NuScale Power, a provider of small modular reactor nuclear technology, appointed two new board members, Bum-Jin Chung and Shinji Fujino. Chung is a professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Kyung Hee University in South Korea. He is an expert in nuclear thermal hydraulics and safety and began his career at South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Technology. While at Kyung Hee University, Chung has served on various government and industry committees on nuclear safety, research and development, and national energy and electricity planning. Fujino works as a senior advisor at Unison Capital. From 2016 to 2021, he worked as the managing executive officer and global head of Equity Finance Group at Japan Bank for International Cooperation, a Japanese governmental agency. Previously he served at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan. Founded in 2007, NuScale is headquartered in Portland, and has offices in Corvallis, Oregon; Rockville, Maryland; Richland; and London.


Seattle-based Skytap appointed Rahul Tripathi as chief product and technology officer to lead the company’s Product and Engineering teams. Tripathi was the CTO and general manager of services and solutions engineering at Nutanix. Before Nutanix, Tripathi was VP of product management and engineering at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He also worked at Cisco for over a decade, where he brought the first cloud router and virtualization-enabled branch servers to market. Skytap is a cloud service purpose-built to natively run traditional systems in Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. Skytap was recently named to the Microsoft Global Independent Software Vendor Program and certified by SAP for Cloud and Infrastructure Operations. Skytap is also used by hundreds of enterprises worldwide to run virtual labs for training, sales demos and POCs.
Snohomish-based Cyemptive Technologies announced a business expansion, including the opening of a new regional office in North Carolina to support its growing East Coast customer base. The new office, which is the second in a series planned by the company, is located in Wilson, North Carolina, near the Raleigh-Durham business corridor. This is part of a set of strategic actions, including building infrastructure, the company is taking to position itself for its next level of growth. Rob Pike, founder of the company and recently named “Cybersecurity CEO of the Year” by CEO Monthly Magazine, is overseeing the opening and implementation of the office. Assisting him is Gary Zelanko, former chief computer architect for the NSA and Cyemptive chief information security officer.


Mukilteo-based UMC hired Kyle Tilley, Colton Richards and Matthew Zambon as project engineers in the Major Projects Group; and Ryan Jacoby as a building automation technician and Corey Clausen as an engineer in the Building Automation Group. Tilley, Richards and Zambon are supporting project managers in tracking and reporting labor hours, document control, schedule coordination, submittals and other project-related duties. Jacoby is responsible for programming controllers, building graphics and equipment installation. Clausen’s focus is on hardware and software engineering, as well as supporting equipment installations. UMC is a mechanical engineering, facilities maintenance and construction company.
The National Utility Contractors Association of Washington recently held its annual Dinner Auction, which included an awards program for members. Award winners were: Johansen Construction of Sumner for Ditch Digger of the Year (project over $2 million); Northwest Cascade of South Hill for Ditch Digger of the Year (project under $2 million); Mike Smith and Steve Hart of ELM Locating, Locator of the Year; and Brian Beverly of USIC, Locator of the Year. The Locator of the Year award is new this year. Last month’s event included a fundraiser for the organization’s scholarship fund, which benefits those enrolled and seeking a degree or certification in construction-related fields.
In Seattle, Skanska raised over $255,000 to benefit Rainier Scholars during the 10th anniversary of its Bricks + Books fundraiser. The auction brought together Skanska employees, clients, subcontractors, industry partners and members of the community to raise education funding for underrepresented students of color from the greater Seattle and Tacoma areas. This year’s event was in-person after being online for two years due to the pandemic. The event has raised more than $2.3 million over 10 years.
Plumbing company Harts Services last month supplied an apprentice team to install a complete home water and sewer pipe system as part of a Habitat for Humanity renovation project that is renovating a Tacoma home for the holiday season. Tacoma-based Harts Services focuses on the residential plumbing market.
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