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November 22, 2022






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The Hermanson Co. ownership group has grown to include 10 new members – all current employees, representing a range of administrative and craft leaders across multiple disciplines and departments. They are: Neil Ammentorp, Director of Operations ; Eddie Baker, director of construction of residential, hospitality and office buildings; Chris Howard, general superintendent of sheet metal; Scott Ponsler, director of labor; Anthony Rogers, general superintendent of plumbing; Kyle Rogers, Head of the Tech Campus group; Scott Sinclair, Head of Critical Environments Group; Mike Stedman, assembly general superintendent; Matt Thibeau, head of the major technological projects group; and Eric van der Veen, Group Leader Highrise, Hospitality & Office. The new members of the partnership, representing the next generation of leaders at Hermanson, join the 12 existing members. Hermanson is a full-service mechanical contractor based in Kent, with offices in Seattle, Redmond, Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

From October 30 to November 14, the Low Income Housing Institute held its annual gala and auction virtually. LIHI has raised over $430,000 for Tiny Houses & Urban Rest Stops, a direct service program to benefit the daily lives of people experiencing homelessness in our area.

LIHI develops, owns, and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless, and formerly homeless people in Washington State.

The Mockingbird Society Board of Directors has named Natalie Lente its Executive Director, effective Monday, November 28. and ending youth homelessness. Most recently, Lente served as Director of External Affairs at Child Care Resources, leading the agency’s policy/advocacy, fundraising, public partnerships and communications. She was previously the Health Services Administrator for Public Health’s Homeless Health Care Network – Seattle and King County. Lente succeeds Interim Executive Director Peter Bloch Garcia, who assumed the role in 2021. For more than 20 years, Mockingbird has created, supported and advocated for racially equitable and healthy environments that nurture and empower young people who have lived – or live – with a host family. care or homelessness.

GOLFTEC is opening a new training center located at 3815 S Steele St. Suite H, Tacoma. The new center will have a dynamic interior, a green for TECPUTT lessons and the latest teaching technology. The new Tacoma center will also offer club fitting and sales services. GOLFTEC’s golf club fitting system adapts the ideal clubs and shafts to your swing, with equipment available for purchase directly from GOLFTEC. In addition to indoor services, GOLFTEC offers outdoor and on-course golf lessons.

The City of Tacoma is accepting applications for Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding from eligible Tacoma artists, working in all artistic disciplines, including but not limited to literary, performing, digital, new media, cinematographic, visual and interdisciplinary. TAIP funding helps artists create new work and develop their skills. Recipients must share their art or artistic practice with Tacoma residents through a free public stream. Artists selected for funding will each receive $4,000 to support their work and will have until December 31, 2024 to complete their project. Nominations must be submitted online no later than January 23, 2023. Eligibility extends to individual artists who reside in Tacoma, who are practicing artists who are dedicated to producing artwork on a regular and who are at least 18 years old. Artists who received TAIP funding in 2021 – 2022 are not eligible to apply. TAIP funding is determined through a competitive application process. More details, including all eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply, are available at

PCL Construction’s Seattle office is celebrating its 30th year as a general contractor in the Pacific Northwest. During that time, the company completed more than $7 billion in work, including the IDX Tower, Bell Harbor International Conference Center and Spire condo tower in Seattle, as well as the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett and the Bravern Signature Residences in Bellevue. His first local project was the McNeil Island Correction Facility. Looking ahead, the company recently won the Clackamas County Courthouse project, Oregon’s first county courthouse completed through a public-private partnership. PCL says it wants to do more of these P3 projects, as well as those using solid wood. Tyler Kautz is the district chief.

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington has three new members: Tenna LLC of Seattle; NW Cascade/Honey Bucket of Puyallup; and Ryan, Swanson and Cleveland PLLC of Seattle. Tenna provides construction management software, focusing on asset and equipment management, maintenance and dispatch, and dash cams. NW Cascade/Honey Bucket provides portable toilets, comfort stations, fencing, storage containers and portable offices. Ryan, Swanson and Cleveland is a full-service law firm representing businesses and individuals in a variety of practice areas, including construction law, labor rights, benefits and labor.

November 18, 2022



Thomson Reuters, a provider of business information services, announced Accountability Services of Seattle as the winner of its annual Luca Accounting Firm of the Year award. Dave Fischer is CEO, and Lera Kooper is director of Accountability Services.

The prize is named after Luc Pacioli, known as the “father of accounting”. Thomson Reuters recognizes the pursuit of innovation within the tax and accounting profession, honoring companies and individuals who combine their technology and accounting expertise to advance the profession. Accountability Services has decades of accounting and tax law experience and has offices in Seattle and Bellevue.

Stoel Rives has promoted four attorneys from his Seattle office to associate, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Veronique Keithley is a member of the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group and helps clients navigate environmental regulations for water quality, NPDES permits, stormwater, wastewater and wetlands. Keithley works closely with a wide range of clients in Washington and Alaska, including industrial, transportation, commodities, energy and resource development companies, as well as port and dam operators. She earned her JD, cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School. Emily Kelly is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Development and Construction group. His practice focuses on complex commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of multi-family mixed-use, retail and office projects. Its clients include private developers, technology and life sciences companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), non-profit organizations, institutional investors and government entities. Kelly earned her JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School. Claire Mitchell is a food and beverage regulatory attorney with extensive experience helping businesses navigate the complexities of food and alcohol laws. She advises grocery chains, national and regional restaurant groups, hotel operators, e-commerce retailers, entertainment venues, liquor brand owners, and beer, wine and spirits producers on state and federal liquor licensing strategies, related house compliance, regulation of business practices, promotion advertising and sponsorship ratings. Mitchell earned his JD from Hofstra University School of Law. Jenna Poligo is a member of the firm’s litigation group. His practice focuses on commercial disputes, representing clients in the technology, insurance, manufacturing and consumer products industries facing class actions, government actions, antitrust, bad faith and antitrust actions. other trade disputes. She is an experienced litigator, defending clients in individual lawsuits and class actions in state and federal courts across the country and advising clients through arbitrations, trials and appeals. She earned her JD, summa cum laude, from William & Mary School of Law. Stoel Rives has offices in seven states and Washington, D.C.

Seattle-based Gravitics said it has raised $20 million to build large, next-generation space station modules. The seed round was led by Type One Ventures and included Tim Draper from Draper Associates, FJ Labs, The Venture Collective, Helios Capital, Giant Step Capital (Chicago-based), Gaingels, Spectre, Manhattan West and Mana Ventures. Gravitics is developing the StarMax, a flexible use space station module. The StarMax module provides up to 400 cubic meters of usable habitable volume, nearly half the volume of the International Space Station in a module. StarMax’s family of modules is compatible for launch on any of the next-generation launch vehicles, including SpaceX’s Starship, ULA’s Vulcan and Blue Origin’s New Glenn. Bill Tandy, former mission architect for Blue Origin’s Orbital Reef space station, and Scott Macklin, former head of propulsion at Virgin Orbit, lead the StarMax development team. The Gravitics team has grown to nearly forty people, made up of both full-time employees and experienced contractors. To support development and early productions, Gravitics opened a new 42,000 square foot facility in 2022 north of Seattle. The company has already begun assembly of its first StarMax prototype and is preparing to conduct module pressure tests in early 2023 with plans for an upcoming orbital test mission to be announced soon. Gravitics is now taking StarMax pre-orders for delivery in 2026. Founded in 2021, Gravitics is an aerospace company that designs and manufactures large space structures.

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