Dec 23, 2021
Columbia Bank announced the promotion of Heather Seppa to retail market manager for the Columbia/Willamette market in Oregon. She also joined the retail leadership group. Seppa is a 17-year veteran of Columbia Bank with more than three decades of leadership experience in the financial services industry. She formerly was a regional manager for the bank’s Oregon Coast/Southwest Washington region. Prior to joining Columbia in 2004, Seppa was an executive vice president at Bank of Astoria in Oregon. After the acquisition of Bank of Astoria, she served as president of Bank of Astoria from 2009-2013 when it operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Bank. Seppa is the past president of the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. Columbia Bank is headquartered in Tacoma.
Seattle-based bttn, a health-tech startup, announced the addition of Steve Nielsen, a healthcare industry veteran, to its advisory board. Nielsen has served as CEO for McKesson Medical, Activus Medical, and LABSCO. He has experience managing multiple billion-dollar healthcare and medical supply business units, and served as a board member to Golden State Medical Supply, Concordance Healthcare, Core Scientific Creations and TopRx. He has been an advisor to a wide range of healthcare companies across the spectrum, including medical/surgical products distribution, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Nielsen will serve a two-year term, and joins bttn’s other advisors, including Amol Deshpande, CEO and founder of Farmers Business Network and Divergent Investments, and Brendan Fallis, founder of Leawood Capital.
Tanium announced that Jim Whitehurst has joined the company’s board of directors as an independent director. Whitehurst is a senior advisor to IBM and special advisor to Silver Lake, a global technology investment firm. Prior to being named president of IBM in 2020, Whitehurst served as president and CEO of Red Hat, an open source software company, for over 12 years. In July 2019, he led the acquisition of Red Hat to IBM for $34 billion, marking the largest software acquisition in history, and the largest premium ever paid for a large-cap software asset. Whitehurst is the 2001 recipient of the Thomson-IVR “Deal of the Year” award, an accolade he achieved as acting treasurer of Delta Airlines. Whitehurst held several titles at Delta Airlines including chief operations officer, where in addition to taking full responsibility of all the airline’s operations, he led the company turn around through bankruptcy restructuring. He currently sits on the board of directors for United Airlines and Duke University Health Systems as well as Rice University board of trustees and Bank Santander’s international advisory board. Tanium, headquartered in Kirkland, is a platform used to gain visibility and control across all endpoints in on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments.
Dec 22, 2021
Cone Architecture promoted Summer McEneny to principal and Emily Terzic to project manager. Cone also hired Tori Haynes, Hailey Helms, and Connor Stein as project designers. McEneny is a licensed architect in Washington and North Carolina and earned a BArch from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She joined Cone in 2016, leads the design and management of a wide variety of residential and mixed-use projects, and is managing Cone Architecture’s office in Charlotte, NC. Terzic earned a MArch from the University of Washington and has over 6 years of multifamily, mixed use, and tenant improvement experience. Cone?provides?architectural design, planning, project management, and construction administration services.
The Miller Hull Partnership announced its newest principal, Danielle Buttacavoli. Buttacavoli joins the Miller Hull San Diego studio with nearly 20 years of experience designing dynamic and equitable spaces as an architect, urban designer, and community planner. Her work spans a wide array of sectors such as affordable housing, education, multifamily, civic, and mixed-use.
PH Consulting LLC, a traffic engineering firm serving clients in both the public and private sectors, has hired Ken Lauzen, PE, as principal and senior project manager. He joins the PH consulting team with over 20 years of engineering expertise. Lauzen is a civil engineering graduate from the University of Washington. At PH Consulting, he will apply his experience to the full suite of design, planning, and engineering services offered by the firm.
Weisman Design Group announced the promotion of four team members: Taber Jossi Caton, Dorte Martinez, Abby Jones, and Kaylin Cline. Caton has been promoted to principal, with over 20 years’ experience in multi-disciplinary project management, construction administration, nonprofit and public design. With over ten years at WDG, Martinez has been promoted to chief financial officer. Her role will continue to focus on financial management and fostering strong company culture that promotes communication, planning, individuality, and accountability. Jones and Cline have been promoted to associates.
Akana was recognized as one of Bechtel Corporation’s top subcontractors for the companies work on the US Army Pueblo Chemical Agent Pilot Plant Project in Colorado. Akana supported Bechtel by providing independent third-party quality assurance audits of facility changes required to process a new munition type through the plant. Akana was able to quickly field a team of chemical agent processing experts to complete the audit and was successful in getting state approval to begin operations. Akana is a Native American owned professional services firm helping clients plan, design, engineer and manage projects in the built environment.
Madrona has appointed three new strategic directors: Sunny Gupta, Charlotte Hubbert and Mark Nelson. Gupta, Hubbert and Nelson will work with Madrona portfolio company founders and executives, sharing their insight and operating experiences as leaders in their industries. Gupta is the co-founder and CEO of Apptio. Since founding Madrona-backed Apptio in 2007, he pioneered a market category, Technology Business Management, and led Apptio to an IPO in 2016 and through its subsequent acquisition by Vista Equity Partners. He is a current board member at Gainsight. Hubbert is senior director of business development and strategic alliances at Nanostring. She was previously partner and head of Gates Foundation Venture Capital, a $500M initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Strategic Investment Fund. Hubbert currently holds board seats at City of Hope, LUCA Biologics and Entrinsic Health Solution. Nelson is the president and CEO of Tableau, a Salesforce company. Prior to that, he was the CTO at Concur, working closely with Madrona managing director Steve Singh. Additionally, Madrona recently added full time investment professionals Aseem Datar, Maria Gilfoyle, Sabrina Wu and Birkan Uzun. Madrona is a venture capital firm based in Seattle, and invests predominantly in seed and Series A rounds across the information technology spectrum.
Seattle-based Era Software, a company that helps enterprises observe cloud services and infrastructures, was named the winner of the 2021 Tech Trailblazer Award in the Big Data category. Founded in 2012, the Tech Trailblazers Awards is an independent awards program dedicated to enterprise technology startups, helping identify innovative companies, concepts and individuals in a range of categories. Winners are identified by a combination of judging panel opinions and public vote. Era Software received the award for its real-time and cost-optimized observability and analytics platform that empowers enterprises to move from petabytes of log data to insights in seconds.