About Us

Seattle Business magazine and seattlebusinessmag.com deliver insight into the key people, enterprises and trends that drive business in the Pacific Northwest. We provide a perspective critical to businesses operating in this region’s ever-changing economic environment. To pitch us for story ideas, please read: “How to pitch a story.” You can send story pitches to John.Levesque@tigeroak.com or Leslie.Helm@tigeroak.com.

We produce the region's most influential, high-profile gala awards events including the Executive Excellence Awards, Washington Manufacturing Awards, 100 Best Companies to Work For, Leaders in Health Care Awards, Tech Impact AwardsCommunity Impact AwardsFamily Business Awards and Retail Nexus. To enter your company or nominate worthy candidates, click on the appropriate link and fill out the nomination form. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Michael.Romoser@tigeroak.com.

Our team:

Seated from left, Leslie Helm, Hayley Young, Lauren Madeja, Miranda Scheitzach, John Levesque and Lori Kelley. Standing from left, Michael Romoser and Group Publisher Chris Deco.

Michael Romoser, associate publisher. Romoser grew up in Michigan, where he launched his career in the highly competitive outdoor advertising business, gaining national attention for his ability to turn around underperforming sales markets. A die-hard University of Michigan football fan, consummate leader and PR guy, Romoser was recruited as the publisher of our sister publication, Seattle magazine in 1997. Romoser enjoys playing old guy ice hockey, golf, hiking, gardening and time with his family. Reach him at michael.romoser@tigeroak.com.

Leslie Helm, executive editor. Helm is a veteran reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience working for local and national publications.  As executive editor of Washington CEO magazine, he led a major relaunch that raised the design and editorial quality of the publication and won it widespread recognition, including the prestigious MAGGIE award from the Western Publishers Association. Helm began his career with BusinessWeek magazine, reporting first as Tokyo correspondent and later as Boston bureau chief. He returned to Tokyo to cover Japan and Korea as correspondent for The Los Angeles Times before moving to Seattle for the Times to cover business in the Northwest. As an Abe fellow with the Social Science Research Institute, Helm conducted research on the Internet that was published as a chapter in the book Creative Destruction, published The MIT Press. Helm earned an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He also has a bachelor’s degree in political science and an M.A. in Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Helm was born and raised in Japan and speaks fluent French and Japanese. He is the author of Yokohoma Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan. Reach him at leslie.helm@tigeroak.com.

John Levesque, managing editor. Levesque became managing editor in March 2011 after a year as managing editor of our sister publication, Seattle magazine. He hails from Rhode Island and has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University. He spent 18 years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in a variety of positions, including arts and features editor, business editor, TV critic and sports columnist. Favorite pastimes: reading geeky books on word origins and going on long walks with his wife. Reach him at john.levesque@tigeroak.com.

Lori Kelley, art director. Kelley joined the team after working as art director at Politico magazine. A Nebraska native, she got her start in newspapers as a reporter before heading east to work as a designer and design team leader at papers in South Carolina and Virginia. Before her stint at Politico, she was managing editor for news at Express, The Washington Post’s commuter paper. She loves half-marathons, thrift stores and adventures in the PNW with her family. Reach her at lori.kelley@tigeroak.com.