Sep 30, 2022
Emerald Communities, a nonprofit senior housing and services organization based in Redmond, hired Diana Jamison as vice president, chief financial officer. Jamison will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational aspects of finance, accounting and information technology. She will work closely with the president and CEO of Emerald Communities, senior management, the board of directors, residents and numerous community partners to ensure Emerald Communities and its senior living properties, Heron's Key in Gig Harbor and Emerald Heights in Redmond, all meet their financial and business goals. Prior to joining Emerald Communities, Jamison had nearly two decades of experience in nonprofit senior housing organizations. She brings extensive experience in strategic leadership, financial planning and analysis, reporting, financial modeling, risk management, accounting and team leadership.
Curator, a Seattle-based public relations agency specializing in lifestyle and consumer brands, announced that Elsa Fletcher has joined the firm as a Seattle-based assistant account executive. Additionally, Jessica Christopher, who works out of Bend, Oregon, and Xiamara Garza, who works near Phoenix, Arizona, have been promoted to account supervisor and account executive, respectively. All three will be responsible for the ideation and implementation of communication strategies for clients including PCC Community Markets, Gesa Credit Union, Qapital, Washington's Lottery and Ziply Fiber. Christopher joined the agency in 2021 as a senior account executive. Prior to joining Curator, she worked at Allied Global Marketing in Philadelphia. Garza joined Curator in 2021 as an assistant account executive after interning with the company during her senior year at Northern Arizona University. Fletcher is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon. Previously, she interned at an eco-friendly hair care and beauty company serving as a social media intern as well as a marketing intern at commercial real estate firm. Curator was founded in 2009.
Washington Federal, parent company of Washington Federal Bank (WaFd Bank), promoted veteran commercial banker Dan LaCoste to regional president for Southern Oregon. LaCoste joined WaFd Bank three years ago as senior vice president – commercial division manager. LaCoste started his banking career in 1997. He held leadership roles, including region president during his 21 years at US Bank leading private banking, commercial, retail and operations. LaCoste is a 2010 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School and has held board chair and board president roles at several non-profit organizations in the Eugene, Oregon region. Washington Federal Bank, a national bank with headquarters in Seattle, has more than 200 branches in eight western states.
Sep 29, 2022
Frazier Healthcare Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm focused on the health care industry, promoted Andy Caine to the new role of chief operating officer/partner for the Center of Excellence team. Caine joined Frazier's Growth Buyout team in the spring of 2018. In his new role, he is managing and leading Frazier's internally dedicated Center of Excellence team that provides Fortune 500 talent in support of its portfolio companies, including in the areas of human capital, information technology, artificial intelligence, data analytics, revenue cycle, M&A integration, finance, legal, and operations. Additionally, Frazier hired of two new partners in the Center of Excellence: Jeff Schwaneke, partner, finance and operations; and Michael Miraflores, partner, mergers and acquisitions. Founded in 1991, Frazier Healthcare Partners has offices in Seattle and Menlo Park, California, and invests broadly across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Portland-based PKI Solutions, a cybersecurity firm providing public key infrastructure (PKI) products, services and training, added Shawn Rabourn as chief technology officer. Rabourn worked 21 years at Microsoft. His most recent role was as a senior security consultant with the ACE Infrastructure Services team, the consulting arm of Microsoft IT Information Security and Risk Management. Rabourn has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Colorado State University.
On Friday, Starbucks will open its 6,000th store in the Chinese mainland at Shanghai Lippo Plaza. The company opened its first store in Shanghai more than 20 years ago. The new store marks Starbucks' 1,000th in Shanghai, making it the first city in the world to pass that milestone. The latest addition to Starbucks' portfolio of “greener stores” also features sustainability solutions and digitalized operations. The Shanghai Lippo Plaza store's back-of-house operations will have internet of things sensors and automation tools to simplify routine stocktaking tasks. Big data and machine learning algorithms have also been deployed to optimize inventory ordering and labor scheduling. These technologies have been scaled to all stores in operation market-wide, as the company continues to advance its digital transformation agenda. Starbucks expects to operate 9,000 stores across 300 cities in China by 2025.
Spokane-based Clearwater Paper elected Jeanne Hillman to its board of directors, effective Saturday. From May 2019 until her retirement in March 2020, Hillman was vice president of enterprise technology and governance at Weyerhaeuser. Prior to that, beginning in 1984, she served at Weyerhaeuser in many roles, including as vice president, chief accounting officer, and vice president of finance operations for a wood products business improvement initiative, where she was responsible for strategic planning, capital investment, and multiple acquisitions and divestitures. Clearwater Paper manufactures consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a supplier of private brand tissue to retailers, including grocery, club, mass merchants and discount stores.
Sep 28, 2022
Portland-based Airship appointed Cindy Davis to its board of directors. Davis is currently a board member of Destination Pet and serves on the board of trustees for William & Mary, Mason School of Business. Most recently, Davis was chief brand officer for Bed Bath & Beyond, while also serving as president of its sister company, Decorist. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and chief digital marketing officer for L Brands. Airship's current board members include Chris Moody of Foundry Group, Puneet Agarwal of True Ventures, John Johnston of August Capital, and Brett Caine of Airship. Airship has a digital platform for companies to manage customer communications.
Edifecs, a health information technology company, hired David Peterson as senior vice president of marketing, and Milla Rahmani as general counsel. Peterson is responsible for all aspects of Edifecs' brand, marketing strategy and execution. He has over 20 years of experience as a health care and technology executive. Prior to Edifecs, Peterson led marketing at several health care companies including AccuReg, Change Healthcare, and SpecialtyCare. As general counsel, Rahmani is leading the legal department with responsibility for the global legal affairs of the company including customer and vendor contracting, corporate governance, intellectual property, risk management, as well as providing legal counsel to internal functions. She has experience in commercial contracting and navigating the legal affairs of private equity-backed technology companies. Prior to joining Edifecs, Rahmani served as Litera's vice president and general counsel. Edifecs is headquartered in Bellevue, with additional offices in Atlanta, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Mohali, India; and engineering centers in Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine.
October marks the 21st anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month, a community celebration of the arts. Programming for all ages includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free. The opening celebration will be held 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St.). More information is at TacomaArtsMonth.org.