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May 11, 2022




Darigold has hired Kristi Kangas as its chief operating officer, and promoted Duane Naluai to chief customer officer. The moves come as the 104-year-old dairy producer looks to accelerate some transformative initiatives aimed at modernizing and globalizing the co-op, including the construction of a new processing facility in Pasco, and the rebuilding of a fire-damaged facility in Caldwell, Idaho. Kangas served as president and chief operating officer at Readington Farms, a multi-product line producer of dairy products and other packaged goods for its parent company, Wakefern Food. Before joining Readington, she held senior leadership positions in manufacturing with one of the nation's largest dairy producers, and operational leadership positions with a global food production company. Naluai joined Darigold in 2017 as senior vice president for sales and marketing, and head of the co-op's consumer products division. He was promoted to president of the consumer products division in 2020. In his role as chief customer officer, Naluai oversees the co-op's business planning, customer experience, partner development, and domestic and global sales functions. Prior to joining Darigold, Naluai held senior leadership positions in the consumer-packaged goods space, and in professional services, including marketing and investment banking. Headquartered in Seattle, Darigold is the marketing and processing subsidiary of Northwest Dairy Association, which is owned by nearly 350 dairy farm families in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Perkins Coie

David Lawson has joined Perkins Coie's Trust & Estate Planning practice as a partner in the Seattle office. Lawson focuses his practice on advising tax-exempt organizations, philanthropists, and companies engaged in philanthropy and social-impact efforts. He provides tax advice to tax-exempt organizations, and counsels clients on matters related to nonprofit governance, philanthropic structuring, and charitable trust and solicitation compliance. Lawson also has experience handling investigations and examinations by the IRS and state attorneys general, and he frequently works closely with federal and state agencies that oversee tax-exempt organizations and nonprofits. Lawson received his J.D. from Harvard University. He serves as the chair of the Washington State Bar Association Nonprofit Corporations Committee. Lawson joins Perkins Coie from Davis Wright Tremaine.


Seattle-based Mason appointed industry veterans Trevor Pagliara as vice president of sales and Samuel Northway as head of product design. Pagliara and Northway bring to Mason their collective expertise in global sales strategy and product design, enabling Mason to continue on its mission to empower innovators to quickly develop and deliver connected smart devices across industries including healthcare, government, retail and hospitality. Mason also announced that the Mason Smart Device Platform has been recognized as a Bronze Stevie Winner in the “Emerging Technology” category of The 20th Annual American Business Awards. Pagliara has 20 years of experience executing rapid revenue growth for companies in the SaaS, security, hardware, and enterprise software space. Northway has a broad background across industries in data-driven design systems, software and hardware development, as well as product and brand strategy. In his career, Northway has built products and brands for companies such as Goldman Sachs, AT&T, HBO, Time Warner and Google.

May 10, 2022

Boise Cascade



Boise Cascade announced the promotion of two of its business leaders. Joanna Barney has been promoted to vice president, Western Operations, Building Materials Distribution (BMD) division. Barney began her career at Boise Cascade in 2005 as an admin manager at the Salt Lake BMD branch. She was promoted to senior location controller in 2012, to branch manager in 2015, and to general manager of BMD Western Operations in 2021. Prior to joining the company, Barney worked at Novell and Ion Laser Technology. She holds a bachelor's degree in business finance from the University of Utah. Troy Little has been promoted to vice president, Finance and Commodity Sales, Wood Products division. Little joined Boise Cascade in 1990 as an internal auditor. He has a broad range of experience on both the financial side and the operational side, including serving as regional manager for six manufacturing facilities in Oregon. Little became Wood Products Division controller in 2016, division financial manager in 2018, and added commodity sales to his responsibilities in 2021. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of Idaho. Boise Cascade is one of the largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products.

Carney Badley


Christina Shin joined Carney Badley Spellman as an associate attorney. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, having experience in a broad range of litigation matters, including breach of contract, real estate, labor and employment, and construction disputes.


Avalara, a provider of cloud-based tax compliance automation for businesses of all sizes, announced the appointment of human resources leader Ee Lyn Khoo as its new chief people officer. Her responsibilities include overseeing all global people and culture-related initiatives, including human resources, talent management and acquisition, diversity and inclusion, learning and development, total rewards including compensation and benefits and organizational development. Khoo brings two decades of human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion experience to Avalara. She has held human resource leadership roles at global companies, including Amazon and General Mills. She most recently served as chief people officer at Redfin. Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and around the world in Brazil, Europe, and India.

May 06, 2022

Lane Powell




The attorneys and staff of the boutique health care law firm The Nathanson Group will join Lane Powell effective June 1. The Nathanson Group's team of eight attorneys collectively has over 100 years of experience handling the real estate, corporate, and finance aspects of a variety of health care transactions, with particular expertise in the long term care and senior housing industry. The Nathanson Group's founder, Randi Nathanson, will co-chair Lane Powell's newly formed Health Care Transactions Team with Lane Powell shareholder Gabriela Sanchez. The Nathanson Group's nine-person regulatory team operates under the Approvalign tradename. Approvalign is a unique service offered by The Nathanson Group to assist long term care and senior housing owners and operators throughout the U.S. in securing the regulatory authorizations needed to close a transaction. By using a proprietary database developed by The Nathanson Group known as Approvatrack, the Approvalign team is able to streamline the process of applying for and obtaining required licensure and ancillary permit approvals. Lane Powell, currently headed by Barbara Duffy, opened its doors in 1875 and has grown to be one of the largest law firms headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, with nearly 180 attorneys across more than 35 practice areas and industry groups.

Ultra Safe Nuclear


Ultra Safe Nuclear hired Roland Backhaus as vice president of strategic engagements. In this role, Roland will apply his commercial, legal, and technical expertise to strengthen the company's partnerships and develop new alliances. His efforts to expand the company's strategic partners will position Ultra Safe Nuclear to deploy, service, and support its Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) and Fully Ceramic Micro-capsulated (FCM) fuel initiatives across the globe. Backhaus has more than 20 years of experience in the nuclear industry, first as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and more recently as a nuclear energy attorney with several multinational law firms. As a Navy officer, he served on the USS FLORIDA, a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, as the reactor control assistant and the assistant chief engineer. As an attorney, Backhaus has advised commercial entities and foreign governments on various aspects of nuclear power programs and related infrastructure issues. His expertise includes vendor procurement, agreements for the construction, operation, and fueling of nuclear power units, and the protection of sensitive technical and corporate information. He received a BS degree from the United States Naval Academy, an MA degree from George Mason University, and a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Ultra Safe Nuclear is a Seattle-based global leader in the deployment of micro reactors, and a strong vertical integrator of nuclear power technologies, committed to bringing safe, commercially competitive, clean and reliable nuclear energy to markets throughout the world.


Seattle-based Qumulo, a data storage and management firm, announced two executive hires that will bolster customer momentum and product innovation within the expansive unstructured data market. Qumulo appointed Eric Brodersen as chief customer officer and Kiran Bhageshpur as chief technology officer. Prior to Qumulo, Brodersen served as COO and president of Impinj, leading the launch of the company's industry-first Internet of Things (IoT) platform, expanding company operations and revenue, guiding its IPO in 2016, and establishing category leadership in item-level connectivity for the IoT. Brodersen also served as the senior vice president of marketing and business development for the Isilon Storage Division of EMC from 2010 to 2013. Bhageshpur was the founder and CEO of Igneous whose unstructured data management solution was deployed across many Fortune 500 companies. Previously, Bhageshpur was an engineering leader at Isilon Systems and the VP of engineering at the Isilon Storage Division of EMC.

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