Chef Thomas Alexander
Sous Chef
Motif Seattle

Chef Thomas Alexander is an industry professional with a wide variety of culinary skills.  Starting his career at the classical Dubrulle French Culinary School in Vancouver Canada, Chef Thomas travelled and worked from Bermuda to Sydney, Australia, London, England and Florida before settling in Minnesota to raise a family.   Here Thomas began his management positions at one of the Nation’s premier Golf Courses advancing to become the Executive Chef at the Minnesota Zoo and Science Museum, handling events of up to 7,000 people. 

His reputation garnered him an exclusive position of Executive Chef to the Governor of Minnesota.  Chef Thomas was responsible for the entire residence’s culinary needs ranging from State dinners to the personal dining and entertaining of the Pawlenty family.

During his tenure at the Governor’s mansion, Chef Thomas and his wife owned and ran the highly successful Rose Arbor “Bed and Dinner” Inn.  A stint with Regions Hospital Minnesota headed Chef Alexander back to the large-scale catering world and until his exciting, new job with Motif Seattle, Thomas was the Executive Personal Chef to the Polhad Family of the Minnesota Twins and held executive positions at both Target Center, MN and Century Link Field, Seattle. 

Happy to return to his roots in the Pacific Northwest, Chef Thomas is excited about the amazing local produce, small suppliers and farm to table cuisine for which the Seattle area is so well known.

Chris Maly
Vice President of Product Management

Zumobi, a leader in mobile content marketing solutions, today announced the appointment of digital media veteran, Chris Maly, as Vice President of Product Management. With 17 years of experience as a top-performer in digital marketing at well-known publishers including NBC, MSNBC, Microsoft, and Cox Communications, Chris has a proven track record of delivering highly effective and engaging digital marketing products. In his new position, Chris will be leading the strategy and growth behind Zumobi’s suite of products, including the award winning Zumobi Brand Integration (Zbi) Platform.

Nick Timchalk
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.

A recent law school graduate, Nick assists clients with financing and commercial transactions, with an emphasis on commercial real estate and residential construction. He regularly prepares and negotiates loan documents for complex financing transactions. He also counsels clients regarding general business matters. Nick received his J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law and B.A. from University of Idaho. 

Brandon Pond
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.

Brandon’s practice focuses on public finance and municipal securities law. He serves as bond counsel to a variety of governmental entities and counsel to underwriters and national banks for various tax-exempt and taxable bond financings. Brandon also advises issuers, underwriters and banks on compliance with SEC securities laws and MSRB rulemakings affecting the municipal securities market. Prior to joining HCMP, Brandon served as an associate for Chapman and Cutler, LLP in Salt Lake City. He received his J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, magna cum laude, and B.A. from the University of Utah, magna cum laude. He has been named a Rising Star by Mountains States Super Lawyers for 2014 and 2015.

Ann Watson
Chief Operating Officer
Cascadia Capital

As the COO for Cascadia Capital, Ann Watson oversees the firm’s finance, operations, human resources, technology and compliance. Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and business acumen from her global leadership experience in the financial services sector. Prior to joining the Cascadia Capital executive team, Ann was the Chief Financial Officer at Moss Adams LLP and Chief Human Resources Officer at Russell Investments.

Tom Hanly
Board Member
Cascadia Capital

Tom Hanly has joined Cascadia Capital’s board of directors. Tom is the CEO of Two Eagle Investments. Previously, Tom served in multiple executive roles at Russell Investments over a decade of very strong growth for the firm, including Chief Investment Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Brendan Connolly
Member of the Board & Executive Committee

Growing National Design Firm Mithun Elevates New Executive Team, Marking 4th Generation Of Practicing Designers Leading the Company

Seattle / San Francisco – Following multiple years of strong growth, Seattle- and San Francisco-based Mithun, a 66-year old integrated design practice including Architecture, Interiors, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, announced today a new chapter in its leadership.  Partner Brendan Connolly, AIA joins the Executive Committee with Firm President Dave Goldberg, AIA and Partner Anne Torney, AIA in guiding the firm’s daily operations. Bert Gregory, FAIA and Bruce Williams, AIA, CEO and COO for the last 15 years, will remain shareholders, and will continue to serve on the firm’s Board of Directors.   These planned changes are in keeping with Mithun’s long history of being run by its design leaders.  Based in Seattle, and with 20 years at the firm, Dave Goldberg, AIA, has served on Mithun’s Board since 2003, and will continue to lead projects including sustainably-focused corporate office, education and non-profit work. Torney will continue to lead the firm’s Mithun|Solomon office in San Francisco, with her focus on project leadership for urban design, affordable and market-rate housing. Connolly, in Seattle, continues his role in leading the design of education, student housing, and corporate workplace environments. Gregory will continue to serve as Board Chairman guiding the Board’s responsibility for strategic direction, and remain an active Design Partner, withprojects in transit oriented development, mixed use, workplace, and urban design. Williams has served as firm COO since 2000 and will continue on as a Partner, leading key operational initiatives for the firm.

Tomas Isaksson
President and CEO

Ivycorp names Tomas Isaksson as president and CEO. Isaksson, a 30-year veteran of the international telecommunications industry, will lead Ivycorp into its next stage of growth. Under Isaksson, Ivycorp is poised to fulfill its mission to enable mobile technology to connect, protect and simplify communication.

Isaksson has held executive positions at Ericsson Radio Systems, Europolitan Holdings AB and Vodafone. He also served on the Verizon Wireless Board of Directors as well as boards for a number of mobile telecommunications companies.

Most recently, Isaksson supported several Silicon Valley companies as a consultant, board member and/or advisor. Drawing upon his international background, Isaksson provided key strategic advice to companies on expanding into global markets.

“This is the optimal time to bring Isaksson to Ivycorp’s helm,” said Ivycorp Chairman Nick Kauser. “He is a seasoned leader, experienced in securing funding and building profitable companies through the development of innovative products and services. Isaksson’s leadership will benefit Ivycorp as the company expands, introducing new services for both corporate and personal use.”  

John Koetsier
Mobile Economist

As Mobile Economist at TUNE, John Koetsier forecasts and analyzes trends affecting the mobile ecosystem. John is a journalist, economist, and researcher by trade and has chronicled the rise of the mobile economy. Before joining TUNE, John built the VB Insight research team at VentureBeat and managed teams creating software for partners like Intel and Disney. In addition, he's built social sites and mobile apps, and also consults businesses on social media, mobile, and web development. In 2014, John was named to Folio's top 100 of the media industry's "most innovative entrepreneurs and market shaker-uppers.” He lives in British Columbia, Canada with his family, where he coaches baseball and hockey, though not at the same time.

Vanessa Alcantara
Relationship Manager
Leading Retirement Solutions

Leading Retirement Solutions is excited to announce that Vanessa Alcantara, former Retirement Plan Maintenance Manager, is moving into a new role as Relationship Manager. Ms. Alcantara has been an integral contributor to Leading Retirement Solutions (LRS) over the past two years, supporting a team of Retirement Plan Professionals and assisting clients with regulatory changes and industry issues. She possesses the ultimate "can do" attitude; taking on all tasks with unmatched positive energy. Ms. Alcantara’s role at LRS requires commitment and constant communication to referral partners, team members, clients and vendors. Her ability to condense a large amount of information into readable, easy-to-understand data is unparalleled. No detail is overlooked; she is innovative, resourceful and has a strong understanding of expectations. It is very obvious that Ms. Alcantara takes a great deal of pride in her work, and this is reflected in the final product she delivers on every project and to every client and team member. In her new role, she will now be responsible for Plan onboarding and implementation as well as coordinating and supporting other services providers to Plans (e.g. Investment Advisor, CPA, Attorney, etc.)