Issue

November 2016

From this Issue

China-born Wong Tsu, pictured in the foreground, was the first aeronautical engineer Bill Boeing hired at his fledgling airplane company.

When I heard that Amazon.com is now offering tours of its buildings in Seattle, I couldn’t wait to sign up.

A new exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry called "Edible City: A Delicious Journey" promises to impart delicious information on the history of food in Seattle.

Congratulations to the recipients of Seattle Business magazine’s 2016 Community Impact Awards!

When Derek Orr left Microsoft last fall to join Uber in its new Seattle office, he was one of a handful of Uber employees who ate lunch at a makeshift picnic table in a small Pioneer Square office.

A company creates its training program and uploads it onto Skilljar. Customers can access training on computers, tablets and smartphones, anytime and anywhere.

Eighteen years isn’t much of a business lifespan, especially in a region that has companies from the Klondike gold rush still operating. But the dot-com boom and bust might as well date from the Paleozoic Era for all the notice and influence those events command today.

Wells Fargo & Co. remains the second-largest bank in Washington state by deposits, per the FDIC’s annual Deposit Market Share Report. Will that change next year, given the news of Wells Fargo’s recent, um, less-than-savory customer relations in recent month? Or will depositors have forgotten and forgiven by then?

Gold Award: 
Skanska USA
Location: Seattle  |  Employees: 858  |  Top Exec: Chris Toher, EVP & general manager  |  usa.skanska.com

Gold Award:
Kinzer Partners

Location: Seattle  |  Employees: 12  |  Top Exec: Craig Kinzer, founding partner  |  kinzer.com 

Gold Award: 
Savers
Location: Bellevue  |  Employees: 14,308   |  (22,000 total)  |  Top Exec: Ken Alterman, president/CEO  |  savers.com | valuevillage.com

Gold Award:
Optimum Energy
Location: Seattle  |  Employees: 60  |  Top Exec: Bert Valdman, president/CEO   |  optimumenergyco.com

Gold Award:
Theo Chocolate
Location: Seattle | Employees: 100  |  Top Exec: Joe Whinney, founder/CEO | theochocolate.com

Gold Award:
Bellevue College/Year Up Partnership Puget Sound

Locations: Bellevue / Seattle  |  Employees: 600 / 45   |  Top Execs: Jill Wakefield, interim president, Bellevue College; Amy R. Mack, executive director, Year Up Puget Sound   |  bellevuecollege.edu; yearup.org

Gold Award: 
FareStart
Location: Seattle  |  Employees: 130  |  Top Exec: Megan Karch, CEO  |  farestart.org

Gold Award:
Sleep Train
Location: Kent  | Employees: 340  |  Top Exec: Hernani Alves, divisional president | sleeptrain.com

Gold Award: 
Tree Top Inc.
Location: Selah  |  Employees: 1,100  |  Top Exec: Keith Gomes, CEO  |  treetop.com

Gold Award:
McKinstry
Location: Seattle  |  Employees: 1,800  |  Top Exec: Dean Allen, CEO  |  mckinstry.com

Today, we are seeing more sophisticated inquiries by founders of private foundations in line with the discussions surrounding social impact investing. For many years, high-net-worth individuals have used the same formula to set up private foundations.

We are all responsible for maintaining the highest possible ethical standards in how we conduct our business and serve customers. After all, our culture is centered on relationships, and those relationships are built on trust.

We all wear clothes. Most of the time, anyway. Some of us are more into making fashion statements than others. And some spend way more than anyone should to gild their forms.

Two years ago, when Urban Renaissance Group acquired Seattle’s Touchstone Corporation in a billion-dollar deal, Touchstone’s founders began transitioning out of the firm and installed A-P Hurd as president and chief development officer.

On a recent sunny autumn morning, Amazon.com opened the doors of the high-security meeting center at its massive new downtown campus to 70 nonprofit organizations, which set up tables at the “Nonprofit Expo” to compete for the attention of the 1,000 or so Amazonians who showed up to explore volunteer opportunities.

The secret is out that Seattle is a great place to live. We have water, mountains, coffee and no shortage of innovation. That’s led to a milestone: For the first time, we’ve joined the ranks of the 10 most densely populated big cities in the United States.

The first in a monthly series of miniprofiles featuring local executives "off the clock."