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