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Dec 06, 2022

Habitat for Humanity





Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County has four new board members: Brian Cullin, Todd Hutton, Nils Pedersen and David Rinn. Cullin has been a senior advisor at the Pentagon and State Department, and led communications for two Fortune 500 companies. Hutton was president of Utica University for 18 years and was vice president for academic administration at Willamette University for eight years. Pedersen returned to the board after a two-year hiatus. He is a private practice attorney in Port Townsend, and has served on Habitat's resource development, finance, and governance committees. Rinn has 30 years of experience in a range of financial, corporate, development and executive management roles at Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Ancestry.com and Pendrell Corp. The Habitat for Humanity branch is planning a permanently affordable community of up to 120 homes in its locality.



Audrey Eustice, PHR, SHRM-C, joined UMC as human resources director. Eustice has over 26 years of HR experience, including HR management, organizational effectiveness and strategic organizational leadership. She previously worked at an aerospace company managing change, developing leaders, and strategically providing solutions to complex issues. Her past accomplishments include integrating intern and apprenticeship programs, creating formal leadership programs, and developing an extensive training program that allowed employees to create clear career paths. She has also been a key member in implementing and executing succession planning for five leadership levels for Fortune 500 companies. Mukilteo-based UMC is a mechanical engineering, facilities maintenance and construction company.

Ritchie Bros.

Vancouver, B.C.-based equipment auctioneer Ritchie Bros. launched the Ritchie Hub blog and the Inside Edge podcast, which it calls two new ways to get insights into the equipment market. The blog and podcast cover topics such as pricing and volume trends, auction results and inspection tips. The blog can be found at Ritchie-Hub.com; and the podcast is also available on Ritchie Hub, as well as Spotify and Apple.

Nov 29, 2022

OAC Services


Longtime OAC Services employee Dan Chandler is retiring at the end of the year. Chandler, currently senior vice president, will remain on the company's board through 2023. He joined the firm as director of project management services in 1996, when OAC had 15 employees, and has been a key contributor to OAC's growth to over 140 staff and eight offices since that time. OAC provides design and construction management services, as well as forensic architecture and engineering.


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers earlier this month inducted the late Sherman Ward “Bud” Bushnell, founder of Genie Industries in Seattle, into its AEM Hall of Fame. AEM noted that Bushnell made a broad range of contributions in developing and advancing technologies that support the construction and agriculture industries worldwide. In 1966, Bushnell founded Genie Industries, which today is the Genie brand of Terex Corp. Genie makes mobile elevating work platforms, which enable people to work safely and productively at height. Bushnell's first lift operated on compressed air, and customers referred to the hissing noise it made as “Genie magic in a bottle,” leading to the company name.


Watsonville, California-based Granite says its Alaska Region received the Associated General Contractors of Alaska's 2022 ConocoPhillips Excellence in Safety Award. The awards program encourages and honors excellence in construction safety throughout Alaska, recognizing builders in five divisions. Granite won the Highway Division award. It also won this award last year.

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