14 Honored at 2013 Executive Excellence Awards

 
 

Fourteen leaders from enterprises and nonprofits across Washington state became the first recipients of Seattle Business magazine’s Executive Excellence Awards on Thursday night at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Jerry Lee, chairman of MulvannyG2 Architecture of Bellevue, received the program’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong dedication to community service.

“Our intent with the Executive Excellence Awards is to start a conversation about leadership,” said Seattle Business Associate Publisher Michael Romoser. “This inaugural class says a lot about the caliber of leaders we already have, and about the type of people our state and region must attract to remain competitive well into the future.”

During a banquet attended by more than 300 people, honorees spoke about their leadership experiences, linking their remarks to themed videos featuring 10 leaders from the state, including Norman Rice, president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, William Gates Sr., co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rev. Stephen Sundborg, president of Seattle University, and Christine Gregoire, Washington’s 22nd governor.

Seattle Business partnered with Leadership Tomorrow in presenting the event. Sponsors were Towers Watson, the Executive Education Programs of the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, and AmericanWest Bank.

 

2013 Executive Excellence Award Winners

Colleen Brown, president and CEO, Fisher Communications, Seattle

Jeff Christianson, executive vice president and general counsel, F5 Networks, Seattle

Melanie Dressel, president and CEO, Columbia Bank, Tacoma

Ezra Eckhardt, president and COO, Sterling Bank, Spokane

Kathryn Flores, chief administrative officer, Child Care Resources of King County, Seattle

Megan Karch, CEO, FareStart, Seattle

Dara Khosrowshahi, president and CEO, Expedia, Bellevue

Jerry Lee, chairman, MulvannyG2 Architecture, Bellevue

Marcia Mason, vice president and general counsel, Esterline Corporation, Bellevue

Bryan Mistele, president and CEO, INRIX, Kirkland

Kathleen Philips, general counsel, Zillow, Seattle

Peter Rose, chairman and CEO, Expeditors International, Seattle

Steve Singh, chairman and CEO, Concur Technologies, Redmond

Mary Ellen Stone, executive director, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Renton

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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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.