The Washington Roundtable is pleased to announce a new board leadership team for 2018. Betsy Cowles, chairman of the Cowles Company in Spokane, will serve as our chair this year. Ron Armstrong, CEO of PACCAR, will serve as vice chair, and Brian Stading, west region president for CenturyLink, will serve as secretary/treasurer. Thank you to our 2017 chair, Kimberly Harris of Puget Sound Energy, who guided us through a marathon series of legislative sessions as well as extensive research projects regarding economic development and postsecondary education. We are finishing those projects up now. Look for both to be released in the coming months.
We are also excited to announce the addition of three board members: Amy Lynch, vice president of Comcast’s Washington region; Jeff Roe, president and CEO of Premera Blue Cross; and Geoff Wood, CEO & co-president of Windermere Services Company. Thank you for your commitment to improving public policy in our state, and welcome aboard!
Amy Lynch is vice president of Comcast’s Washington region, which serves more than 1.3 million customers. In addition to overseeing 2,000 employees, Lynch is responsible for technical operations, engineering, business operations, marketing, external affairs, sales, and the overall financial health of the Washington region. Lynch has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications, media and technology industry and has been with Comcast for 14 years. She has been named to Cablefax Magazine’s Top 100 Regional Power Players list for the last eight years and was named one of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women.
Jeff Roe is the president and chief executive officer of Premera Blue Cross. Roe joined Premera in 1996 and has served in roles leading the company’s Employer and Individual market segments. He became president in January 2014. His leadership in insurance also includes positions as co-president of Safeco Insurance and chief marketing officer for Torrent Technologies. Roe started his career in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Senator Slade Gorton and later consulted as a member of The Gallatin Group, a public affairs firm.
Geoff Wood has served as chief executive officer of Windermere Services Company since 2003. Wood is responsible for the core infrastructure functions of the company. Under his leadership, Windermere has moved into new markets in California, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Utah, and Hawaii. Wood joined Windermere Real Estate in 1993 to manage the five Jacobi family-owned real estate offices in Seattle. Prior to joining Windermere, he worked in construction and business management for Timberland Homes.