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Mar 23, 2023

Buffington Mohr McNeal


Buffington Mohr McNeal, an Idaho-based wealth management firm, added Ali Dang as their newest portfolio manager and wealth management advisor. Dang has more than 8 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Buffington Mohr McNeal, Dang was a portfolio manager and vice president at J.P. Morgan's Treasury and Chief Investment Office in New York City. In this role, she was responsible for credit research, trading, security selection, and risk management for the firm's municipal fixed income portfolio. Prior to her time in New York City, Ali spent 4 years at J.P. Morgan's London office, where she worked as a FX trader and portfolio manager for the branch's European government bond portfolio. Dang has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from The College of Idaho. Dang will be responsible for portfolio analysis and management, developing new client relationships, and helping current clients of the firm define and implement their wealth management strategy.

Seattle Opera

Christina Scheppelmann, Seattle Opera general director, appointed Marissa Betz-Zall chief financial officer, and Angela Gist chief operations officer. Betz-Zall and Gist succeed Jane Repensek, who had served as COO/CFO since 2017. As CFO, Betz-Zall will manage the financial health of the company, seeking new funding strategies and overseeing the $25 million budget. Betz-Zall began with Seattle Opera in 2013 as a senior accountant and later as a controller, before serving as associate director of finance from 2019–2021. In her most recent position as CFO client consultant for RADAR Nonprofit Solutions, Betz-Zall oversaw the onboarding of multiple new organizations, including Seattle Opera, to the remote finance platform. As COO, Gist will oversee the company's facilities, IT, and human resources departments, and will work closely with the board to chart the company's future. Gist joined Seattle Opera in 2021 as director of human resources. Previously, Gist served as artistic director of Vashon Center for the Arts and as managing director of Freehold Theatre. Seattle Opera was established in 1963.

Alaska Pacific University

Ameresco, a cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, announced its partnership with Alaska Pacific University (APU) to design and upgrade existing infrastructure at the institution's Thomas Training Center on Eagle Glacier, a training ground for APU Nordic Ski Center's winter Olympic athletes and world championship cross country skiing hopefuls. In partnership with Olgoonik Construction Services, an Alaska-based Native Corporation, Ameresco will work to install a new boiler, baseboard heaters, convection heaters, water heaters and retrofit the facilities' existing 750-gallon water tank with a new 500-gallon water tank. Implemented upgrades will help reduce Thomas Nordic Training Center's energy consumption, which will work to advance and improve the facility's wastewater treatment and water conservation efforts. The majority of Ameresco's work will be performed during the summer and fall of 2023. Upon completion, the Thomas Training Center will have the capacity to house 16 residents, including athletes and coaches. Ameresco is based in Framingham, Massachusetts. APU Nordic Ski Center is located on the campus of Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. It was established in the 1960's as a new model for creating international success in American Nordic skiing.

Mar 22, 2023

Suquamish Tribe


The Suquamish Tribe reelected Leonard Forsman as Tribal council chairman and elected Irene Carper as Tribal council secretary. The election was part of the tribe's annual General Council gathering, which also included honoring new Tribal Elders and hearing reports from government and tribal enterprises staff. Outgoing secretary Windy Anderson, opted not to run for reelection this year. Members of the Tribal Council are elected for staggered three-year terms by adult citizens of the Suquamish Tribe. Forsman was first elected to Tribal Council more than 30 years ago and he has served as chairman since 2005. He is also president of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians and serves on the numerous boards across the state and region. In 2021 he was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Board of Regents for the University of Washington. Carper has been on the forefront of the Indian gaming industry in Washington state since operations first began in Suquamish. Now, with more than two decades of experience working for the tribe's business ventures, Carper currently serves as the chief operating officer of Port Madison Enterprises. Carper is also a veteran of Suquamish Tribal Government service. Her election marks her second tour on Tribal Council after being first elected in 2009.

Advanced Vapor Devices


Seattle-based Advanced Vapor Devices (AVD), a vertically integrated manufacturer and distributor of cannabis vaporizer technology, appointed Doug Fischer as general counsel. His addition will enhance AVD's capabilities to offer greater client support and proactively lead industry regulatory matters. In this new role, Fischer will work alongside AVD's leadership team to be a resource for the company's clients, collaborate with them in navigating the complexities of the cannabis industry, and keep them updated on important regulatory matters. He will direct all aspects of the company's legal affairs, including the global expansion of AVD's intellectual property portfolio. Additionally, Fischer will be supporting corporate development, including partnerships and M&A activity. Fischer has legal executive experience inside and outside the cannabis industry navigating novel regulatory matters, leading complex corporate transactions, and designing and implementing compliance programs. Prior to joining AVD, Fischer served as the general counsel of Ascend Wellness Holdings, a multi-state operator with cannabis assets in seven states. Previously, he was general counsel of Greenlane Holdings, where he led the first-ever IPO of an ancillary cannabis company on a major exchange and the acquisition of publicly traded KushCo Holdings. He has also served as the chief legal officer of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses and sat on the Policy Council of Marijuana Policy Project and the Policy Committee of the U.S. Cannabis Council.

Mar 21, 2023


The Executive Committee of Smartsheet's Board of Directors appointed Smartsheet director Mike Gregoire as board chair. Gregoire succeeds Geoffrey Barker, who served as board chair since 2017 and will remain a member of the board. Gregoire has over 25 years of experience in the software and technology industries. He is a founding partner at Brighton Park Capital, an investment firm founded in January 2019. Prior to that, he served as CEO of CA technologies. Gregoire has been the chair of the World Economic Forum's IT Governors Steering Committee, and a member of the Business Roundtable's Information and Technology Committee. He currently serves on the Executive Council of TechNet, an organization of CEO's that represent the technology industry in policy issues critical to American innovation and economic competitiveness. He also serves on the board of the Women's Sports Foundation, which is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring all girls access to sports, as well as the board of AMD, a multinational semiconductor company. Bellevue-based Smartsheet is an enterprise platform for modern work management.

City of Tacoma

The Tacoma City Council is currently seeking applicants to fill six positions on the Human Services Commission: five member positions and one youth position, between the ages of 16 and 18. The Commission reviews competitive funding applications, rates project applications, and makes human services funding recommendations. The Commission also serves as a resource to the City Council and staff for implementation of programming related to human services and community wellness. The Commission is comprised of 15 members serving three-year terms, except the youth position which has a one-year term. The appointed applicant is required to complete five Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act trainings provided by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, within 90 days of being appointed. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office by end of day Thursday, March 30, 2023. To apply, see cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication.

Clearwater Paper

Spokane-based Clearwater Paper Corporation announced the planned departure of Michael Murphy as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Murphy will continue to serve as the chief financial officer and assist the company in the transition through the second quarter of this year. Clearwater Paper is a supplier of private brand tissue to retailers, including grocery, club, mass merchants, and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting, and cutting.

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