Michael P. Verchot, Director, University of Washington Consulting & Business Development Center, “Economic Imperative for Growing Minority‑Owned Businesses”
Michael Verchot is the founding director of the University of Washington’s Consulting and Business Development Center and a Lecturer in the Marketing and International Business Department at the Michael G. Foster School of Business.
The Consulting and Business Development Center, founded in 1995, accelerates the growth of minority-owned, women-owned and other diverse companies by engaging undergraduate and MBA students on consulting projects with these firms and by offering executive education courses. The Center focuses its work in south Seattle and south King County, the Yakima Valley, and the Tri‑Cities. Since its inception, the Centers work has created and retained more than 100,000 jobs and increased small business revenues by nearly $150 million.
David Loewe joined Seattle Humane in November 2006. He has held the position of Director of Facilities, Director of Operations, Chief Operations Officer, and has been Chief Executive Officer since 2011. David also acts as the Safety/L&I liaison and leads our Disaster Response and Recovery Program.
Dan Satterberg has served in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for more than three decades, and was first elected to lead the office in November 2007. He served as Chief of Staff to Norm Maleng for 17 years, and was responsible for the management and operation of the PAO. The KCPAO has 236 attorneys, and a total staff of more than 500.
King County has more than 2.1 million residents, making it the 13th largest county in the United States.
Vikram Jandhyala, University of Washington, “The Global Innovation Exchange: Developing Leaders in Innovation to Solve the World’s Greatest Challenges.”
Vikram Jandhyala is Vice President for Innovation Strategy at the University of Washington. He is Executive Director of CoMotion, UW’s collaborative innovation hub, and co-Executive Director of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). He is a Professor and former Chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor in the Information School. He serves on the advisory boards of UW Foster Business School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and Partners for Our Children.
Vikram received the BTech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1989, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and 1998, respectively.
There will be no regular noon meeting this Tuesday. Instead, Bellevue Rotary will be holding its Annual President’s Celebration, 5:30PM, at the Embassy Suites, 3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue. There will be a no-host bar, dinner, and free parking. Dress is business. Cost for guest is $60 per person, billed to your Rotary account.
We will be honoring outgoing President Barbara Morgan, and hailing incoming President Diane Tebelius, for the new Rotary Year 2017‑2018.
Liliana Alberto is President of the Rotary Club of San Justo, Argentina, a retired pediatric pulmonologist, and an international presenter on the topic of improving brain health. Joyce Shaffer is a psychologist, nurse, global bicyclist, speaker, and author of publications on driving neuroplasticity in a positive direction, for the health of it. The two met when Liliana came to our Rotary luncheon, during a visit with her family in Bellevue.
Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley‑Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders in efforts to improve learning and life outcomes for K‑12 students.
Bob Wallace is CEO of Wallace Properties, Inc., a firm active in the investment, development and management of some 3 million square feet of commercial real estate throughout Washington State.
Bob currently serves on the boards of PREMERA Blue Cross, Puget Sound Bank, Puget Sound Blood Center, and Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.
Ed Nixon grew up in the small Quaker community of Whittier, California, during the Great Depression. He was the youngest of the five Nixon brothers. Richard Nixon, 17 years older than Ed, was like a second father to him, as well as a teacher and mentor.
After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duke and North Carolina State, Ed served our country as a Naval Aviator, helicopter flight instructor, and Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Washington. In 1957, he married Gay Lynne Woods, who passed away in 2014.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Steve Heck is responsible for leading Getty Images’ Innovation Group, to spur further growth and new revenue streams for Getty Images, within new and existing markets. In this role, Heck oversees a dedicated research and development team that explores emerging technologies to generate new, or improve existing products in Getty Images’ portfolio.
Marcus Womack, Executive Vice President, Software & Services, Axon, “From Tasers to Body Cameras – a Company Transformation”
Marcus Womack is responsible for all software R&D at Axon, where he is dedicated to transforming the enterprise software experience for law enforcement, public safety, and justice professionals. In his role, he leads product management, engineering, design, and security for the Axon software platform. He is also the General Manager for Axon’s Seattle office.
Marcus joined Axon in 2013, after his company Familiar, where he was CEO and co‑founder, was acquired by Axon.
Jon Fine has been with United Way of King County as its President and Chief Executive Officer since 2000. Under Mr. Fine’s leadership, United Way of King County is one of the largest United Ways in the country and is also one of the leading human services organizations in the Puget Sound region.
Prior to United Way, Mr. Fine served a successful tenure as the CEO of the Seattle/King County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Before joining the Red Cross, Mr. Fine worked for Weyerhaeuser and then in the banking industry, with Puget Sound Bank, from 1981 to 1993. He served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Puget Sound Bancorp and as Managing Director of Puget Sound Securities.
Kimberly J. Harris is President and CEO of Washington state-based Puget Sound Energy, a subsidiary of Puget Energy.
Named president in 2010 and chief executive in 2011, Harris is focused on providing PSE customers with safe, dependable, and efficient energy service. Under her leadership, PSE has gained national industry recognition for its worker safety program and joined with the American Red Cross to launch the “Safe in the Sound” emergency preparedness initiative.
Steve Marshall, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Transportation & Energy Solutions, “The Future of Transportation: Smarter, Safer, Greener & Faster”
The Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions (CATES) is a Seattle-based think tank. Its Executive Director, Steve Marshall, is a former utility executive and utility chief legal counsel, with extensive experience in both the public and private utility sectors. He has been a leading advocate in moving from oil to electricity in transportation and other advanced transportation technologies, known as ACES (Automated, Connected, Electric and Shared).
Jonathan D. Mayer, PhD, Professor, Epidemiology & Geography, University of Washington, “Pain: The Largest Epidemic”
Jonathan Mayer is Professor of Epidemiology, Medical Geography, and Internal Medicine (in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) at the University of Washington. He is also Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Services. Jonathan’s major interests are in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, the use and development of clinical trials in several areas, including pain and psychiatry. He has been spending much of his research and teaching time on the epidemiology and treatment of pain and pain disorders.
Brent J. Beardall, President & Chief Banking Officer, Washington Federal, “Washington Federal: After 100 Years, What’s Next?”
Brent Beardall is President and Chief Banking Officer of Washington Federal (NASDAQ: WAFD), the largest bank headquartered in the State of Washington. It was recently announced that he will be appointed CEO on April 1, 2017. In March 2014, Beardall became Chief Banking Officer responsible for all client-facing activities, and in July of 2016, he was named President.
Beardall, age 45, joined Washington Federal in 2001, as Controller, after serving as Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche for three years. In 2003, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and joined the executive management committee.
The Rev. Dr. Lucas Mix, Evolutionary Biologist & Episcopal Priest, “Thinking Fairly: How We Reason in Science & Religion”
Lucas Mix studies the meanings of “life” in biology and theology. After receiving a PhD in evolutionary biology from Harvard (2004), he studied divinity and was ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. He has served as an inner city pastor, college chaplain, college professor, and consultant on interdisciplinary communication.
Joseph C. Todd, Chief Information Officer, City of Tukwila, “Cities & Businesses Providing Digital Equity Together”
Joseph Todd was hired by the City of Tukwila in 2016 as its Chief Information Officer. He brings a wealth of knowledge from the private sector, where he spent seventeen years in research and development, corporate audit, and implementing and operationalizing large scale enterprise systems for front and back office users.
Previously, Joseph was a Senior IT Manager, leading Collaboration Services at Alaska Airlines and a Senior Manager at the Boeing Company, where he spent 15 years and held several leadership roles in various organizations, which included: Shared Services Group, Information Technology, Phantom Works, Boeing Research and Tech, Boeing Corporate, BCA Airplane Programs, Boeing Defense and Spaces Systems, and Sales and Marketing.
Drs. Garrett Hyman & Gary Chimes, Lake Washington Sport & Spine, “Why We Started the Health Optimization Movement”
Garrett Hyman, MD, MPH, is the founder of Lake Washington Sports & Spine. Dr. Hyman and his business partner, Gary Chimes, MD, PHD, launched their Health Optimization Program in January 2017, with the intent of helping athletes of all ages live a healthy and optimized lifestyle.
Keeping people active is the mission at Lake Washington Sports & Spine, which Dr. Hyman founded in 2012 to help patients and staff live the best possible versions of themselves. LWSS specializes in sports medicine, plus health and wellness optimization, combining musculoskeletal expertise with vast clinical wisdom and a desire to incorporate happiness-based medicine into their treatment programs.
John V. Rindlaub, Former Executive Vice President/Regional President, Wells Fargo International Group, “Leveling the Playing Field on Trade With Asia, Including China”
John Rindlaub served as an executive vice president and Asia Pacific Regional President for the Wells Fargo International Group until July 2016, when he returned to the Pacific Northwest. Based in Hong Kong for five years, his responsibilities included ensuring enterprise-wide consistency and effectiveness of the bank’s governance framework and Asian platform, and John represented the interests of the company to bank regulators, central banks, financial institutions, Asian multi‑nationals, and U.S. companies with activities in Asia. Previously, John served as CEO for Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Canada. He joined Wells Fargo in the Pacific Northwest Commercial Banking role in 2002.