Around the Table: Rowley Properties, Puget Sound Energy, Boeing

Happy to share recent news from some of our member companies!

Rowley Properties, Inc. receives 2019 Family Business Award

Congratulations to Skip Rowley and Rowley Properties, Inc. on receiving a “2019 Family Business Award” fromSeattle Business Magazine. As noted in the magazine’s December issue, “Rowley Properties Inc. is a family-run property management and development firm that defines its mission as helping ‘businesses succeed, families belong and communities prosper.”’ The article goes on to say that, “Also, as a family business, Rowley Properties believes strongly in supporting the community of Issaquah, where it is based.” Read more.

Puget Sound Energy moves closer to coal-free electricity years ahead of schedule

Puget Sound Energy is one step closer to having a coal-free generation mix with the sale of its share of Colstrip Unit 4 to NorthWestern Energy. This deal will allow PSE to move further and faster to supply clean energy for its customers by eliminating nearly 50 percent of coal from its portfolio years ahead of schedule. Under Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act, all electric utilities must eliminate coal-fired electricity from their portfolios by 2025. “This is what our customers have been asking for, and we have been on a path to for years,” said David Mills, PSE senior vice president of Policy & Energy Supply. “We’re excited to take this major step forward in creating a better energy future for our customers and the state of Washington.” Read more.

Boeing and NASA approach milestone orbital flight test

When Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test (OFT) launches on Dec. 20, 2019, it will be a major step toward returning human spaceflight capability to the U.S. The uncrewed mission for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will rendezvous and dock Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft with the International Space Station and return to Earth on Dec. 28. Starliner will launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. “This test flight will give us valuable data about Starliner’s performance in the actual environment through each phase of flight and demonstrate its capability to transport crew to the space station and bring them home safely,” said Trip Healey, NASA’s mission manager for OFT. “Being on the cusp of this huge moment in history is really exciting.” Read more.

Welcome New Members!

We are excited to announce the addition of six members to the Washington Roundtable board. Collectively they bring decades of experience across multiple industries that are fundamental to Washington’s economy. We look forward to their engagement! A warm welcome to:

  • Sue Anderson, Vice President of Operations, Washington, Century Link
  • Stan A. Deal, Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Mary E. Kipp, President, Puget Sound Energy
  • Rodrigo Lopez, Regional Senior Vice President, Washington Region, Comcast
  • Erik Nordstrom, Co-President, Nordstrom Inc.
  • Dennis Vermillion, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avista Corporation

We are also excited to announce leadership changes for 2020.  Brian Stading, COO of Northwest Fiber LLC, has will lead our organization as chair.  Craig Dawson, president and CEO of Retail Lockbox, will serve as vice-chair.  Betsy Cadwallader, market president for U.S. Bank, will serve as secretary/treasurer.  Check our our full board roster here!