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Around The Table: Avista, Chateau Ste. Michelle, McKinstry, Retail Lockbox, Starbucks, TrueBlue

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. This week, we shine the spotlight on Avista, Chateau Ste. Michelle, McKinstry, Retail Lockbox, Starbucks, and TrueBlue.

McKinstry Execs, Avista announce Catalyst project for Spokane’s U District

McKinstry executives, including Roundtable board member Dean Allen, are partnering with a subsidiary of Avista to build a new $50 million “Catalyst Building” in Spokane’s University district. The 150,000 square-foot development will be the first in a series of related projects and it will house Eastern Washington University’s computer science, electrical engineering, and visual communication design programs. As the Puget Sound Business Journal reports, “The Catalyst project aims to show the potential of the region’s legacy industries, like timber, and match them with innovations from the construction and education sectors.” Read more.

Roundtable Board Members Receive Executive Excellence Awards

Washington Roundtable board members and their organizations were well represented at the 2018 Seattle Business Executive Excellence Awards. The awards “recognize leaders for exemplary performance in the day-to-day operation of complex corporate ecosystems as well as in the larger context of providing a moral compass to the people whose lives they influence directly and indirectly.” Of the 13 winners, three currently serve on the Roundtable board: Ted Baseler, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Craig Dawson, Retail Lockbox; and the Board of Directors for TrueBlue, led by CEO and Roundtable member Steve Cooper. Former Starbucks executive Howard Behar also received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations, and thank you for your many contributions to our state!

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