Around The Table: Gary S. Kaplan Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. In this edition, we shine the spotlight on Virginia Mason, Wells Fargo, and Boeing.

Gary S. Kaplan Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Gary S. Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason, is being honored with the 2019 Leaders in Health Care Lifetime Achievement Award from Seattle Business Magazine. Each year, the Leaders in Health Care Awards honor a remarkable assortment of compassionate people doing heroic work in Washington state. Since 2000, Dr. Kaplan has served as chairman and lead executive of Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle while continuing to work as a physician. “I am inspired by our responsibilities to our patients and team members and the opportunities to work with dedicated team members to effect much-needed change in health care,” he says. Read more about Dr. Kaplan and the award here.

Wells Fargo Donated $3.3 Million to Washington Nonprofits in 2018

Wells Fargo donated over $3.3 million through more than 250 grants to Washington nonprofits, schools, and community organizations in 2018 to help the communities and people of Washington. Wells Fargo’s philanthropic contributions build on a long history of collaboration with nonprofits and community leaders across Washington state to make a positive impact by addressing urgent community issues such as affordable housing, environmental sustainability, small business growth and access to education. When combined with the $761,500 donated by Wells Fargo’s Washington team members during its annual Community Support Campaign, nonprofits in the state received a total of $4.1 million from Wells Fargo and its team members in 2018. Read more about the company’s national philanthropic commitments here.

Boeing Hosts SkillsUSA Manufacturing Assembler Competition

Students from across the state came together in Everett on February 23 for the SkillsUSA Manufacturing Assembler State Competition. Hosted by Boeing, the competition featured a hands-on project that tested students’ knowledge and ability in skills common across all manufacturing industries. Competitors also participated in mock interviews with Boeing employees. “Boeing is proud to host this SkillsUSA competition and support the Core Plus Aerospace program,” said Dan Parker, Workforce Development K-12 Lead at Boeing. “This competition – and the aerospace manufacturing classes these competitors have been taking all year – will give students a clear advantage when they apply for a job, an apprenticeship program, or college.” Read more about the competition on the Core Plus Aerospace blog.


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.


Around the Table: Alaska Airlines, PNNL, Washington Federal

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. In this edition, we shine the spotlight on Alaska Airlines, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Washington Federal.

Alaska Airlines Hires 10,000th Washington Employee, Plans to Add 3,000 More in 2019

Alaska Airlines is announced this week that Alaska welcomed its 10,000th Washington state employee this November. The company also announced plans to add more than 3,000 positions here in 2019. These numbers are indicative of Alaska’s focus on creating a strong future for Washington – by growing jobs, supporting local businesses, and highlighting the benefits of economic diversity.  As shown by the results of this Economic Benefits study, Alaska’s impact on Washington’s economy totaled over $7 billion in 2017. Click here to learn more about Alaska’s impact and company plans in 2019.

PNNL’s Top 10 Research Accomplishments in 2018

From turning carbon-rich waste gases into commercial jet fuel to a sophisticated data tool that can detect patterns of cyberattacks, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory saw many impactful research breakthroughs in 2018. In an article published in the Tri-City Herald, Lab Director Steven Ashby, also a Roundtable board member, narrowed down the list of accomplishments to 10. These highlights, Ashby wrote, demonstrate how PNNL is advancing scientific frontiers and addressing challenges in energy, the environment, and national security. Read the full list by clicking here.

Washington Federal Offers Interest-Free Loans to Federal Government Employees Affected by Shutdown

Seattle-based Washington Federal will begin offering interest-free, 90-day loans to federal workers affected by the government shutdown. The program, which appears to be the first of its kind, is open to any affected resident in Washington and seven other states where Washington Federal operates. “We’re calling it a quick loan,” said Washington Federal  president and CEO Brent Beardall. “If they show us their pay stub that they’re … federal government employees and that they’ve been furloughed we will underwrite them for up to six of their paychecks.” Learn more about the program here.


Community Celebration in Honor of Blake Nordstrom to be Held Saturday

A community celebration of the life of Blake Nordstrom will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus. The celebration is open to the public. Doors open at 1 p.m., and space is limited. Blake, part of the fourth generation to lead his family’s namesake retail company, died in Seattle on January 2. We have been honored to have him as a member of the Washington Roundtable for many years and are grateful for his contributions as a member of our Executive Committee and our larger community. Click here to watch an archived Seattle Times video where Blake describes the evolution of the “Nordstrom Way,” from the company’s Northwest heritage to its future in the digital age. The Nordstrom family has requested that remembrance be made to United Way of King County or University of Washington Rowing.