Gary Guenther is a senior vice president, partner, and has served the board of directors at Kidder Mathews. Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, Gary worked with the real estate affiliate of the Government of Singapore. He is recognized as one of the most successful and trusted real estate advisors in the Puget Sound Region.
Judd H. Lees, Managing Partner, Sebris Busto James, “Dual Gates, Philadelphia Lawyers & Other Tales From the Picket Lines”
Judd Lees is the Managing Partner with Sebris Busto James LLC, located in Bellevue, Washington. He has been practicing management labor and employment law since 1979. Judd represents both unionized and non‑unionized employers in the private and public sector, including clients in the construction, manufacturing, and transportation industries, before federal and state agencies, including the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
Benedict Heywood, Executive Director & Chief Curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum, “New Directions for the Bellevue Arts Museum”
Before becoming the Executive Director & Chief Curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum, Benedict Heywood was Director of Pivot Art + Culture, a gallery and exhibition project of Seattle philanthropist Paul Allen. Prior to that, in Minneapolis, he was the founder of The Soap Factory, the largest space for emerging visual arts in the Midwest, a studio and laboratory for artistic experimentation across contemporary visual arts.
A native of Indianapolis, Rear Admiral Gary Mayes graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in 1987 and received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988. He was designated a naval aviator in 1989. He also earned a Master of Military Studies from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999 and graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in 2002.
At sea, Mayes flew the SH‑60B/R during tours with Helicopter Anti‑Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 and 46. He served as the executive officer and commanding officer of HSL‑44.
Glen A. Curda, DPM, MS, Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, “Footnotes: Debunking Some Myths About Common Foot Problems”
Glen is a foot and ankle specialist who has been in private practice in Bellevue for over 30 years. He treats all ages and all types of foot problems. If surgery is needed, he uses Overlake Hospital as well as a certified surgical suite in his office.
Dick Blumenthal began boating on the North shores of Lake Washington at age five. His “yacht” consisted of an eight foot homemade dingy and a pair of oars. He quickly learned how to row, spending many hours fishing and exploring the lake. By age seven, he graduated to a three-horse Evinrude, an engine that seemingly weighed as much as he did. Within a couple years, the family bought a small ski boat and Dick became proficient in that sport using bindings made from tennis shoes nailed to their homemade skis. From this early exposure to the water, Dick’s interests continued to grow. Throughout his childhood, and beyond, he cruised in the San Juans with family and friends, learning of the secrets held by the numerous islands.
Matthew B. Hayes, President & CEO, Museum of Flight, “Project Welcome Home, the Museum of Flight’s Vietnam War Memorial Park & the B‑52 Restoration”
Matt Hayes joined the Museum of Flight in March 2006. Since then Hayes has held many posts, from B‑17 restoration volunteer, to Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2017. In his current role as President/CEO, Hayes is responsible for directing the Museum’s long‑term strategic planning process and ensuring that the Museum reaches its goal of becoming the foremost educational air and space museum in the world.
From 2002 to 2006, Hayes worked as the CFO for Alliance for Education in Seattle as an Audit Senior Manager, where he played a key role in driving the organization’s strategic planning process. Hayes introduced business modeling to the organization, which resulted in making operating processes more cohesive and effective.
Jacques White grew up in Olympia, Washington, near Puget Sound. He earned a Ph.D. in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, and has conducted estuarine and oceanographic research along three major U.S. coastlines.
Jacques is a catalyst for wild salmon recovery and sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest, serving as Executive Director of Long Live the Kings and providing support and guidance for the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council and Washington Sea Grant.
Dr. Ivan Duran joined the Bellevue School District as Superintendent in July 2017. Prior to his role in Bellevue, Duran was deputy superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District in Texas, a district serving approximately 160,000 students. Duran has also served as assistant superintendent for elementary education for Denver Public Schools in Colorado, and as principal supervisor, director of instructional technology, principal, assistant principal and teacher, all at public school districts in Colorado.
Jean Bartell Barber, Vice Chairman & Treasurer, Bartell Drugs, “Staying Relevant in a Fast Changing Retail Environment”
Granddaughter of the company’s founder, George H. Bartell, Sr., Jean Barber works alongside her older brother, George D. Bartell (Chairman), and together they represent the third generation of the Bartell family to actively run the 127‑year‑old business. Bartell Drugs is the nation’s oldest drugstore chain. Prior to the hiring of an outside CEO in 2015, Barber’s areas of responsibility included finance, risk management, administration, human resources, real estate, and strategic planning.
Jean Bartell Barber began her career as a teenager, as her brother and father did before her, learning about the family business by taking store inventories and working at the chain’s old Triangle store in Downtown Seattle as a cashier clerk. She also worked as a bookkeeper at the office during her college years.