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May 23, 2024

ULI gathers at RailSpur

If you haven't ventured into the alleyways at RailSpur, in Pioneer Square, our local chapter of the Urban Land Institute is offering an occasion. It's hosting a “Between Two Firs” talk from Pat Foley, of Lake Union Partners, at the Cassette Club. You can find that cozy bike shop (and coffee shop) in the alley at 115 S. Jackson St. Topics may include the nearby and recently opened Washington Park building, a historic renovation project on the waterfront that LUP did with Unico Properties. The event takes place at 5 p.m. Weds., May 29. Details and registration: northwest.uli.org.

NAI Puget Sound Properties



NAI Puget Sound Properties recently announced two new hires. Matt Le makes the move from Marcus & Millichap, where he specialized in self-storage investment sales. At his new perch, he'll join the NAI retail team. And Ally Braden departs Cushman & Wakefield to continue her focus on industrial properties. NAI's Tina Pappas said in a statement, “We are thrilled to welcome Ally and Matt to our Bellevue office. Their enthusiasm and fresh perspectives make them invaluable additions to our team. We are confident that their presence will further enhance our capabilities and client services.”



JLL's Bill Honsaker is moving from its Phoenix office to Seattle, that brokerage recently announced. He's a 35-year industry veteran, with experience up and down the West Coast. His background includes leasing and sales, for both users and investors, in the industrial, tech, logistics, R&D and office markets. He said in a statement, “I'm excited to join our team in greater Seattle and help JLL clients throughout the U.S. and abroad.” JLL's Chris Spofford added, “Bill brings a unique background to the negotiating table, having successfully marketed several million square feet of properties for both private and institutional owners, run seven national corporate real estate portfolios, and served as a commercial property manager. His experience and knowledge allow him to effectively and creatively structure competitive and aggressive transactions.”

Avatar Financial Group


Locally based Avatar Financial Group announced its recent hiring of Richard Caldwell, a 25-year industry veteran who'll remain based in Northern California. There, his focus will continue to be the origination and underwriting of commercial real estate loans, and new business development. He makes the move from Extensia Financial. Avatar's T.R. Hazelrigg IV said in a statement, “As a longtime member of the upper echelon of the industry, Richard is well-versed in both commercial real estate and capital markets, as well as with the decision-making process when it comes to investment and financing.”

Dark Light Design



Dark Light Design added two lighting designers, Christine Cornelius and Kana Takagi, to its Seattle office. Cornelius brings six years of experience in lighting design for corporate and technology projects as well as eight years in interior design experience to the Dark Light team. As a project manager, she will provide in-depth design, delivery for project milestones and interdisciplinary coordination from concept through construction. Cornelius received a Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration in Interior Architecture from Cornish College of the Arts. Takagi joins Dark Light as an architectural lighting designer. She will be working to support design efforts through production support, developing lighting calculations, and product research. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design form the University of Washington, and will soon graduate with her Master of Architecture with Lighting Design Certificate, also from the University of Washington. Dark Light is a certified woman owned lighting design firm with offices in Seattle and St. Louis. Established in 2008, Dark Light serves owners, developers, and the design community.

SSA Marine

SSA Marine, an independent marine terminal operator, appointed Nicolas Gauthier president of the company's global container division. In this new role, Gauthier will leverage his executive level international port and logistics operations experience to oversee SSA Marine's container terminal concessions across the United States, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Colombia, and Vietnam. Gauthier is a member of the Seattle-based executive team, where he reports to Uffe Ostergaard, CEO of Carrix, the parent company of SSA Marine. Gauthier joins SSA Marine from DP World, where he served as CEO of DP World Peru. He started with the company in 2019 as CEO of DP World Ecuador. Prior, Gauthier spent seven years as CEO of PortSynergy Group, the largest container terminal operator in France. SSA Marine is an independent, privately held marine terminal operator, with activities at more than 250 terminal facilities and rail yards in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Asia. Its subsidiary, Tideworks Technology, offers technology solutions for the transportation industry. Founded in 1949, the company has continuously expanded its global footprint, and now employs more than 19,000 people worldwide.

May 22, 2024

Architects West


Michelle Widner has joined Architects West as an interior designer in the Spokane office. Her 22-year career includes multiple project types throughout the Inland Northwest and beyond.

Widner received her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and Minor in Art History/Business Administration from Washington State University and is a Professional Member of International Interior Design Association. She previously worked for Bernardo Wills Architects.

The Riley Group


The Riley Group has hired Mark Washington as an administrative assistant. Washington is a California native and received his associate degree in Computer Science from Fresno City College.

Previously, he worked as an assistant community manager for Housing Hope, as well as a document analyst for a CA based firm.

Salas O'Brien





Salas O'Brien announced the following promotions. Arnold Morrison has been promoted to senior vice president; Mark Knoke has been promoted to vice president; and David Morales and Ken Malette have been elevated to associate vice president.

Morrison has been with Salas O'Brien for six years as an architect in the firm's Seattle office. He is a key professional on the leadership team with project management and technical design skills in the commercial, corporate, civic, federal, and critical environment project sectors. Morrison has more than 18 years of business management experience and has delivered several large-scale projects to market.

Knoke has been with Salas O'Brien for 24 years and has been the project architect on numerous technically complex data center and telecommunications facility additions and remodels. His experience has given him an intricate understanding of specialized facilities projects, such as organizing multi-year building upgrades on continuously active operation centers.

Morales, BIM manager, has been with Salas O'Brien for two years. He is a digital delivery expert with 15 years of experience in Building Information Management, modeling, and digital delivery methodologies for multiple disciplines in the AEC design industry. He leads design teams and project stakeholders to leverage BIM workflows on projects. Morales has comprehensive knowledge and technical design capabilities with parametric and intelligent modeling systems.

Ken Malette has been with Salas O'Brien for two years and has 25 years of combined experience as an architect and as a construction manager. He has led projects in a variety of markets, from public works projects to commercial and industrial buildings. He is currently specializing in two large data centers for a major client.

Rock Project Management Services


Renton-based Rock Project Management Services hired Francis Jordan Gaspay as a project assistant. RPM provides owner's representative services to public and private clients throughout Washington that have education, technology, health care, transportation, and municipal projects.

Jubilee Women's Center

Seattle-based Jubilee Women's Center named Elisabeth Jarrard as its new executive director. Jarrard brings extensive experience in the affordable housing and emergency services provider sectors. Over the past decade at Compass Housing Alliance, she has held multiple leadership roles including director of advancement, interim executive director, and director of human resources. Jarrard earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on trauma at Northwest University. Her background includes providing clinical support to women exiting homelessness and serving individuals facing domestic violence. For the past several months, Liz Swanson, senior associate with the Valtas Group, has served as interim executive director, providing leadership and stability during the transition. Jarrard officially joins Jubilee Women's Center at the end of May. Jubilee Women's Center, established in 1984, supports women experiencing poverty to build stable futures, and provides programs and services that empower women to make positive life changes.

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