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Jan 15, 2021

AAA Washington


AAA Washington elected Greg Bever, lifelong Spokane resident and retired publisher of Spokane's Journal of Business, as chair of its board of trustees. Bever has served on the AAA Washington board since 2011. He previously chaired Greater Spokane Incorporated, Visit Spokane, Forward Fairchild, Washington State Parks Foundation, and the Community Colleges of Spokane. Also elected to the board was Ken Ryals, executive director of the King County Library System Foundation. Kirk Nelson was re-elected as president and CEO of AAA Washington until his retirement this summer.


Seattle-based health tech startup Saykara received a 2021 BIG Innovation Award for its voice assistant that uses conversational artificial intelligence to automate clinical charting. Named Kara, the assistant is accessible via a mobile app that extracts meaning and intent from what it hears, then populates both structured and narrative data to the electronic health record. BIG Innovation Award nominations are judged by a panel of business executives across multiple domains. Saykara was honored in the health care category.


Bellevue-based Auth0 added Sue Barsamian, Sameer Dholakia and Simon Parmett to its board. Barsamian has more than three decades of experience and was the former chief sales and marketing officer for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software. Dholakia most recently was CEO of SendGrid. Parmett was CEO and general manager of MuleSoft. Jennifer Ceran, former CFO of Smartsheet, joined the board in May 2020. Auth0 provides a platform to authenticate, authorize and secure access for applications, devices and users.


Vacasa, a vacation rental management platform, appointed Jamie Cohen as the company's chief financial officer. Cohen is the former CFO of ANGI Homeservices, a digital home services marketplace, and will join Vacasa at the beginning of March. Vacasa is headquartered in Portland.

Jan 14, 2021

Carney Badley Spellman




Seatle law firm Carney Badley Spellman announced the election of Chris Wright as vice President of the litigation department on its board of directors. Wright's legal practice focuses on construction law and commercial disputes. In addition, Patrick Lamb has been re-elected as director at large and Joe Wallin has been elected as director at large. Lamb focuses his practice on corporate, commercial, and business matters. Wallin focuses his practice on early stage and growth companies.

Columbia Sportswear

Portland-base Columbia Sportswear has appointed Tim Sheerin as senior vice president of U.S. sales for the Columbia brand. Prior in joining Columbia, Sheerin spent twenty years in various senior-level sales and strategy roles at Nike, most recently as Nike's vice president of North America sales,


Local company Neptune has introduced a new product, Neptune Fish Jerky, according to CEO and founder Nick Mendoza. Neptune Fish Jerky is sustainably and 100% sourced from rockfish and Wild Alaska pollock in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Manufactured just outside Seattle, Neptune produces four fish jerky flavors, Neptune Fish Jerky is available at the following Pacific Northwest retailers and markets: Emerald Water Anglers: Fly Fishing Seattle, The Food Co-Op – Port Townsend, Oceana Natural Foods Co-op, Astoria Co-op, Seattle Fish Co., Central Co-Op (Seattle), Fly Fishing Co., San Juan Island Food Co-Op, Crimson Cove Smoked Specialties and Olympia Food Co-Op, and on the company's website, oneforneptune.com.

Jan 13, 2021

Central Washington University


Central Washington University Professor Anderson Parks was named a Kuolt Distinguished Professor of Business. Parks is a management professor based at CWU-Lynnwood. Parks began teaching following a career in global management with The Coca-Cola Company. After guest lecturing at Bellevue College and teaching at Edmonds Community College, he began leading a marketing and management course at CWU-Lynnwood in 2017. The Kuolt Distinguished Professor in Business is named after Milt Kuolt II, the founder and former president and chief executive officer of Horizon Air. The focus of the professorship is to help the College of Business retain a faculty member with business experience who can connect the college and others at CWU with industry.


Bellevue-based Ossia has retained Citigroup Global Markets to serve as its financial advisor. In addition, Ossia has appointed Doug Stovall as chief executive officer and Marty Feuerstein as chief operating officer. Ossia's founder and chief technical officer, Hatem Zeine, will now also serve as the company's president. Ossia's Cota technology is a patented smart antenna technology that automatically keeps multiple devices charged without any user intervention.

Cyemptive Technologies

Cyemptive Technologies named former USAF and NSA network and security system specialist Alan Yarusevich as principal security solution architect. Following his time with USAF and NSA, Yarusevich was at FalconStor Software and Hitachi Data Systems, where he served in senior pre-sales engineering and operations roles. Founded in 2014, Cyemptive is a provider of pre-emptive cybersecurity products and technology.

Tacoma Dome and Convention Center

Tacoma Venues & Events announced that it has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the venue industry's premier outbreak prevention, response and recovery certification. Under the guidance of GBAC, a division of the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, the Tacoma Dome and Greater Tacoma Convention Center have adopted the stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. The program certifies that the Tacoma Dome and Greater Tacoma Convention Center have demonstrated compliance with the program's 20 core elements ranging from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment, emergency preparedness and response measures.

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