The Crew Crew


Crew has always been the ultimate team sport. Football has its star quarterbacks, basketball its Michael Jordans, but even the best athletes won’t win at crew if they can’t all row in synch. So it’s no surprise that when they graduate and move on to other pursuits, there’s still a network of rowers connecting business, medicine, law and other occupations.

John Nordstrom

John Nordstrom (seated in bow) with the UW’s “coxless fours” team during his University of Washington days. He graduated in 1958. 

“Crew tends to create the sort of friendships you don’t get in other sports, and that spills over after graduation into social and business relationships,” says John Wilcox, a retired executive compensation specialist who rowed for the University of Washington from 1958 to 1961 and now chairs its board of rowing stewards. Washington has always been a hive of rowers and ex-rowers. It is hard to do business here without bumping into a former Husky rower, Wilcox says. In Seattle, he says, “crew is an absolute door opener.”

“Of all the many things I did to prepare for a career as a physician and administrator, rowing has been a principal contributor,” says Dr. Paul Ramsey of UW Medicine, who rowed for Harvard from 1967 to 1971 and still gets out on his single at 5 a.m. daily. “In rowing, you quickly learn that success depends on everyone doing their role.”

Here’s a list of Seattle rowers—until the advent of Title IX, mostly men—and where they are now.

Carl Lovsted, UW ’52, retired owner Lovsted-Worthington, local insurance brokerage (1952 Olympic bronze medalist)

Chuck Alm, UW ’58, retired senior executive, Olympic Stain

Lou Gellermann, UW ’58, retired “Voice of the Dawgs” announcer

John Nordstrom, UW ’58, retired senior executive, Nordstrom

Lex Gamble, UW ’59, New York investment banker, former managing director of Smith Barney, Morgan Grenfell, and Kidder Peabody & Co.

Michael O’Byrne, UW ’61, retired executive, Paccar

John Wilcox, UW ‘61, retired executive compensation specialist

Ron Wolfkill, UW ’61, retired owner, Wolfkill Feed & Fertilizer, Monroe

George Akers, UW ’62, partner, Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin

John Magnuson, UW ’62, founder, Magnuson Management Co., residential real estate management company

C. Kent Carlson, UW ‘64, partner, K&L Gates

Jon Runstad, UW ’64, founder, Wright Runstad

Dr. Paul Ramsey, Harvard ’71, CEO, UW Medicine, and dean, UW School of Medicine

Jesse Franklin, UW ’77, partner, K&L Gates

Mike Hess, UW ’78, partner, First Western Development, commercial real estate development

Ginny Gilder, Yale ‘79, co-owner, Seattle Storm (1984 Olympic silver medalist)

Tom Hull, Dartmouth ’79, telecom executive (1980 Olympic team)

Dr. Douglas Wood, Harvard ’79, chief of general thoracic surgery, UW Medical Center

Charles Clapp, UW ’81, investment banker, Boston (1982 World Championship gold medalist, 1984 Olympic silver medalist)

Jim Pugel, UW ’81, Assistant Chief of Police, city of Seattle

John Zevenbergen, UW ’81, investor (1981 World Championship bronze medalist)

Blake Nordstrom, UW ‘82, president, Nordstrom

Betsy Beard, UW ‘84, MD, pharmacist, Swedish (1984 Olympic silver medalist)

Kyle Enger, UW ’92, principal, BBI Financial

Trevor Vernon, UW ’92, owner, Vernon Publications

John Kueber, UW ’93, associate publisher, Tiger Oak Publications

Phil Henry, UW ’94, sales manager, Guidant Financial (World Championships 1997, ‘99 gold and ‘98 bronze medalist, 1999 Pan Am Games gold medalist, 2000 Olympic team alternate)

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The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.