Around The Table: Port Blakely, Laird Norton, Avista, Boeing

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. In this edition, we shine the spotlight on Port Blakely Co., Laird Norton Co., Avista, and Boeing.

Port Blakely and Laird Norton Recognized by Puget Sound Business Journal

Congratulations to René Ancinas, CEO of Port Blakely Co. and Jeff Vincent, CEO of Laird Norton Co. for receiving Family Business Awards from the Puget Sound Business Journal. Seattle-based Port Blakely, which has been led by fourth-generation family member René Ancinas since 2010, was named the PSBJ’s Family Business of the Year. Jeff Vincent received the Family Business C-Level Leadership Award. These two and other local leaders were honored at the Family Business Symposium on Feb. 1 in Seattle. Click here for a PSBJ profile of Port Blakely’s history, and click here to read a Q&A interview with Jeff Vincent.

Scott Morris: How do you get there from here? Career Connect Washington

Avista CEO and Roundtable board member Scott Morris wrote a guest op-ed in the Spokesman Review about better connecting students with career opportunities. “We expect 740,000 jobs to open in Washington in the next five years,” wrote Morris, along with Mike Brown, Assistant Business Manager of IBEW Local 77. “The challenge is that 70 percent of them will require some kind of advanced credential—high school is not enough preparation for most current jobs, much less the jobs of tomorrow.” Read the full op-ed here.

Latest “By The Numbers” Report Reinforces Boeing’s Investments in People and Infrastructure in Puget Sound

A new report, “Boeing in Washington by the Numbers,” provides a detailed look at Boeing’s contributions and impact in Washington state over the past year. “This report is just a snapshot of Boeing’s deep commitment to its people, and local partners,” said Bill McSherry, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Government Operations. “As the state’s largest private employer, we are proud to call Washington our home, and are honored to tell the story of Boeing’s dedication to education, veterans, diversity and inclusion. With immense facilities and investments from Everett to Renton to Frederickson and many points in between, we are proud of the profound and positive impact we are able to have in the Puget Sound.” Click here to read the report, and here to learn about Boeing’s hiring of 8,500 new Washington employees in 2018.