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Nov 16, 2022




FSi Engineers announced the hiring of two new team members. Faheem Gaballah has joined the firm’s electrical engineering team. Gaballah brings eight years of professional experience and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Electrical Machines from Benha University.

FSi also welcomed Mike Wierusz as an engineer in the firm’s Seattle office. Wierusz brings a BSME from the University of Washington, four years of service in the US Army, and eight years of mechanical design experience to the team. He is a returning employee who left FSi to spend time teaching engineering to high school students.

FSi also announced the promotion of Rick Himmel to principal. In 2018, Himmel joined FSi as a Sr. Associate, bringing with him more than three decades of industry experience and a passion for mechanical engineering. In the four years he has been at FSi he has moved to the Inland Northwest to lead the Spokane office. Himmel has broadened FSi’s portfolio. His expertise, backed by FSi’s portfolio of higher education labs, has created opportunities for FSi to design new private sector life sciences buildings. His work at FSi also includes large-scale projects for The Boeing Company, Sound Transit, and King County Harborview Medical Center.











PACE Engineers, Inc. announced ten promotions. Nick James was promoted to project designer II and Everett CAD lead. James has 16 years of experience and has been with PACE for 11 years. He works on commercial, municipal, and residential site development projects. He currently provides utility design for the WSDOT SR 167, I-5 to SR 509 – New Expressway design-build team.

Brian Way, PLA, ASLA, LEED® AP, is now a project manager at PACE. Way’s 25 years of landscape architecture experience includes LEED® certified and low-impact development projects. He has incorporated and designed green roofs, permeable pavements, bioretention, rain gardens, and stormwater planter systems. Way recently worked on the NAIOP’s Night of the Stars Award-nominated Terrace Station project. Additionally, his recent project with Housing Hope in Sultan, WA, broke ground at the beginning of 2022.

Jack Seeds, PLS, has been promoted to principal surveyor. Seeds has played a key role in the firm’s land surveying department for the last six years. With 28 years of experience, he manages various projects and mentors survey staff. Seeds provides valuable oversight and recommendations for schools, special purpose districts, cities, state and private PACE clients.

Jay Pullen was promoted to engineer II. Pullen joined PACE three years ago and is responsible for utility design and grading, report writing, and assisting project managers. He has been busy working on multiple Aegis Living projects, townhomes, and apartment projects.

Chris Anderson, PE, SE, has been promoted to senior principal engineer. Anderson joined PACE in 2014 and manages the firm’s Lake Oswego Office. He has 17 years of experience completing structural designs in the consulting engineering field. During his tenure at PACE, four other firms requested him to lead their in-house engineering teams from project design through construction. He spent 12 months leading a team of international engineers to design a large overseas industrial facility.

Matthew Lemley, EIT, is now an engineer II. Lemley joined PACE three years ago. Lemley served in the United States Navy and retired as a Lieutenant Commander after twenty years of service. While in the Navy, Lemley earned a chemistry degree and most of his engineering degree. Following his Navy career, Lemley finished his engineering degree and subsequently joined PACE. At PACE, Lemley is responsible for developing safe and code-compliant structural designs, with emphasis on constructability, economy, and responsiveness to client goals. Currently, he is working on the Portland International Airport redevelopment project.

Aaron Rapozo, PE, has been promoted to project engineer. Rapozo joined PACE in 2016 and has seven years of experience providing civil engineering for transportation, water, sewer, and storm drainage projects. Recently, he has specialized in small water system designs for agricultural clients. He is located in PACE’s Wenatchee office and works on projects for the Cities of Pasco, Cashmere, and Quincy.

John Forba, PE, is now a senior project manager at PACE. Forba is a civil engineer with 15 years of experience. He is a key member of PACE’s municipal department. He specializes in plan review and surface water design, including LID and Green Stormwater Infrastructure solutions. He currently leads projects for the Cities of SeaTac, Brier, Kenmore, Mukilteo, and Tukwila.

Kayla Yepez has been promoted to marketing coordinator. Yepez joined PACE at the beginning of 2021. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2020 with a degree in Business Administration with a marketing concentration. Yepez’s everyday tasks include developing proposals, coordinating events, creating advertisements, executing public relations, and strategizing and managing PACE’s social media.

Kristen Mohr is now a CAD technician II. Mohr joined PACE in 2020. One of her most notable projects is the Portland International Airport Terminal Core Redevelopment, where she models structural and seismic mechanical supports, verifies geometry, and coordinates with other disciplines. Mohr was recently named a Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon Women of Vision Honorees.


Symetra Life Insurance promoted Mindi Work to executive vice president, Individual Life Division and Emerging Solutions. Most recently senior vice president and chief of strategy, Work reports to Margaret Meister, president and chief executive officer, Symetra Financial Corporation. She succeeds Jon Stenberg, who has left the company. A member of the Symetra Leadership Team, Work has played a key role in multiple corporate initiatives since joining the company in 2006 from Ernst & Young. As vice president, finance, she led Symetra’s SEC reporting team during the company’s initial public offering in 2010 and was involved in the accounting for Symetra’s 2016 acquisition by Sumitomo Life Insurance. Work was promoted to senior vice president and chief of strategy in December 2019, with oversight for corporate strategic planning, including the development, design and execution of strategic initiatives supporting Symetra’s customer-centric business focus. In March 2022, her role expanded to include leadership of Emerging Solutions, the team responsible for emerging opportunities, experiences, new lines of business and technologies, enterprise wide. She will retain her emerging solutions responsibilities in addition to her role leading the Individual Life business at Symetra. Symetra Life Insurance is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue.

Ossia has been featured in TIME’s list of the Best Inventions 2022, featuring 200 innovations changing our lives. To compile the list, TIME solicited nominations from TIME’s editors and correspondents around the world, and through an online application process, paying special attention to growing fields—such as the electric vehicle industry, green energy, and the metaverse. TIME then evaluated each contender on a number of key factors, including originality, efficacy, ambition, and impact. Ossia’s Cota Power Table leverages Cota Real Wireless Power for table charging. The wirelessly powered table is designed with hospitality businesses, such as hotels, airports, quick service restaurants, and coffee shops, in mind, and provides a flexible in-store experience for powering (or charging) multiple guest and employee devices simultaneously while eliminating competition for scarce outlets. The Cota Power Table can charge many devices simultaneously and automatically without wires, plugs, or charging pads. Ossia is headquartered in Redmond.

Nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis announced that the firm’s Seattle office has earned a Tier 1 Metropolitan designation in the Labor Law – Management category by U.S. News and Best Lawyers for 2023 Best Law Firms. The Best Law Firms rankings are based on the opinions of general counsel at major U.S. corporations as well as prominent legal practitioners. Focused on labor and employment law since 1958, Jackson Lewis employees over 950 attorneys in offices nationwide.

Nov 15, 2022


Yesler hired Michael Welch as vice president of sales, where he will lead the sales and customer experience program. Welch has over 25 years of sales experience, and prior to joining Yesler held roles at New Relic, Thales, Verivo, Safenet and Microvision. Yesler Marketplace is a platform of software tools built specifically for managing and optimizing the buying and selling of lumber and building materials. Matt Meyers is the CEO and founder of Seattle-based Yesler.

Ascensus Specialties acquired the business and certain assets of Strem Chemicals UK, the independent distributor of Ascensus high-purity, research-grade catalysts, ligands, organometallics, metal carbonyls and CVD/ALD precursors for the UK market. The senior leadership of Strem UK will continue to work with Ascensus to ensure the smooth transition of customer relationships. Ascensus Specialties is headquartered in Bellevue, and operates production sites in Elma, Washington; Evans City, Pennsylvania; Newburyport, Massachusetts; and Cambridge, UK,

Washington Federal and Luther Burbank jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement. Washington Federal will acquire Luther Burbank and its subsidiary Luther Burbank Savings in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $654 million. The transaction is anticipated to close as early as the second calendar quarter of 2023, and will expand Washington Federal’s franchise into California. The combined institution will have approximately $29 billion in total assets, $23 billion in total loans and $22 billion in total deposits with over 210 locations in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. Washington Federal was advised in the transaction by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company as financial advisor and Davis Wright Tremaine as legal counsel. Luther Burbank was advised by Piper Sandler & Co. as financial advisor and Holland & Knight as legal counsel. Washington Federal is headquartered in Seattle. Luther Burbank is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California.

Schnitzer Steel Industries announced that its board of directors has appointed Gregory Friedman as a new independent director. Friedman will serve on the audit committee and the compensation and human resources committee of the board. Friedman currently serves as the chief financial officer of Mura Technology, a plastics recycling technology company supported by investments by multiple petrochemical and industrial companies. Friedman served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Corteva Agriscience, a spin-off of DowDuPont. This appointment brings Schnitzer’s board of directors to nine members. Schnitzer Steel Industries manufactures and exports recycled metal products, with operating facilities in 25 states, Puerto Rico, and Western Canada. Schnitzer has seven deep water export facilities located on both the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The company was founded in 1906 in Portland.





Tacoma-based Colvos Construction promoted Sara Smith from accounting manager to controller, a newly created position; Casey Angeline from senior project engineer to project manager; Brian Page from project engineer to senior project engineer; and Michael Stuthers from assistant superintendent to superintendent. Smith has been with the company since 2017. In her new role, she overseas all billing, administrative, human resources and operations activities. Angeline started as a project engineer with Colvos in 2020. Page began at Colvos as an intern while attending Central Washington University and started as a full-time employee in 2019. Stuthers joined the company in 2021 and has 24 years of construction experience. Colvos says it prioritizes promoting staff from within. It specializes in hospitality, multifamily, office, health care and tenant improvement projects throughout Puget Sound.

Unimark Construction, with offices in Seattle and Bellevue, has changed its name to Skyline Construction. Unimark operated as a sister company to San Francisco-based Skyline Construction for several years. Two other sister companies — Accend Construction in Illinois and Skyline Capital Builders in California — also changed their names to Skyline Construction. All three companies are owned by Skyline Enterprises, which says the rebrand unifies the companies under one name, making it easier for clients to identify Skyline teams in all locations they serve. All daily business operations, registered entity names, local teams and office locations remain the same. “In Seattle, changing our name to Skyline Construction is the final step in solidifying our acquisition,” said Chris Henderson, president of Skyline’s Seattle office, in a news release. “Skyline acquired Unimark back in early 2020 amid the pandemic. Since then, we have been fortunate to share clients and partners between locations, and have benefited from the organizational infrastructure and financial strength provided by Skyline. This name change comes down to recognizing and valuing that our business and brand are stronger as a unified front than as separate, local brands.”

Idaho Environmental Coalition helped establish a workforce training center to cater to the health care, agriculture, manufacturing, construction and public safety industries in the Bonneville County area of Idaho. Through the center, prospective employers sponsor students as they learn skills needed by the employers. In exchange for the sponsorship, students commit to work for their sponsors for a prescribed time. The center opened in September. It benefits vocational-technical students who don’t want to attend a college or university after graduation. In addition, the center is used by industry to provide upskill training to existing employees. Idaho Environmental Coalition is managing cleanup operations at the Idaho National Laboratory Site in Idaho Falls.

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