The Strideline story starts a long time before Strideline did. Riley Goodman and Jake Director were born in the same hospital, just a few hours apart, attended the same elementary, middle, and high schools, and studied at the University of Washington together. As early as they can remember, they dreamed of starting a company.
In the last two decades we have seen a dramatic increase in tech start-up activity and the allure of participating in the associated wealth generation. A lot of value has been created, and the role of tech start-ups in our world is becoming increasingly important. For investors and start-up entrepreneurs it is vital to understand the myths and realities of the tech start-up world. What worked in the past does not work anymore. Investment strategies, business models and success fundamentals are shifting rapidly.
Annette Clark, Dean and Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, “Re-imagining Legal Education at Seattle University School of Law”
After receiving an M.D. with Honors from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and her J.D. summa cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law, Dean Clark joined the School of Law faculty in 1989. In addition to her duties as a faculty member, she is a long-time administrator, having served for ten years as Associate Dean and then Vice Dean, overseeing the academic program, including the curriculum and centers and institutes, as well as the faculty. She was the Interim Dean at Seattle University School of Law from 2009‑2010, a Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University Law School for Fall 2010, and Dean and Professor of Law at the Saint Louis University School of Law from 2011‑12.
Jombi Kivuyo, sole proprietor of Tanzania Outdoor Adventures, was born in a small Maasai village in Tanzania. With his tribal initiation to manhood to become a Maasai warrior, he obtained extensive bush experience and expertise in animal behavior. After working as head safari guide with a large commercial company, he decided to offer clients a more personal African experience. He obtained the necessary education and training, and speaking four languages fluently, he began his own business.
Now, with 17 years of experience, he tailors private safaris to the interests, time, and budgets of his guests. Safari locales include all the parks in Tanzania, Zanzibar Island, with it’s rich history and beautiful beaches, and stunning Rwanda, to visit the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their own habitat.
Wilfred Moshi has teamed up with Jombi to offer a different and spectacular Tanzanian experience, through his own company Kili-Treks. A trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro, highest mountain in Africa, ranks among the greatest outdoor experiences available.
Wilfred is from the indigenous Chaga tribe and lives in Moshi, at the foot of Kilimanjaro, with his wife and two children. He has 18 years of experience leading groups to the top of the mountain on 5- to 10-day excursions. He has climbed the mountain more than 100 times and knows each route to the top. Porters handle the tents, food, and gear as the group makes a gradual ascent, camping along the way.
A fourth generation Puget Sound native, Kurt is an entrepreneur and investor with a track record for identifying and capitalizing on emerging business-to-business and consumer products trends. During his 16-year tenure with Print Northwest, Inc. (known as Quebecor Integrated Media), Kurt advanced through the organization, eventually becoming President/CEO. In this role, he led the repositioning of Print Northwest, Inc., from a regional commercial printer to a national software manufacturing and distribution company, resulting in significant growth from $2 million to $90 million in annual revenues.
In 1998, Kurt formed Sugar Mountain Capital LLC (SMC), managing portfolios in real estate, private equity, and public equity. Since its inception, he has held the role of SMC’s Chief Executive Officer, providing long-term strategic direction as well as management of its day-to-day operations.
Health care payment for service coverage and delivery has been a topic of deep debate and legislation in this country since the 1940’s. The latest iteration of federal policy in the form of the Affordable Care Act is an indication that access to health care for all people is now viewed as more of a right than a privilege, compared to the years just after WWII. How we pay for this “right,” both publicly and privately, and what value we expect for the national expenditure continues to be an issue of intense debate.
Olwen Morgan retired from Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Redmond facility on February 18, 2016. She has been at the rocket factory for 37 years, initially as a Development Engineer at Rocket Research Co., and more recently as a Business Development Manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne.
She started work after Voyagers 1 and 2 spacecraft launched, but worked some of the support tasks, such as testing the thrusters on the ground when the camera was temporarily stuck on Voyager 2, just prior to the Uranus fly-by, and Magellan, which included refurbishment of spare Voyager hardware for the mission to Venus.
Steve Mylett, Bellevue Police Chief, “Building a Modern Bellevue Police Department for the 21st Century”
Chief Steve Mylett was sworn in as Bellevue’s Chief of Police in April 2015, after an extensive national search. Chief Mylett joined the Bellevue Police Department from Texas, where he led the Southlake Police Department from 2011 until early 2015, following 23 years with the Corpus Christi Police Department. During Chief Mylett’s tenure at Southlake, property crimes decreased by 30 percent.
Doug MacDonald served from 2001 to 2007 as Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), leading the delivery of billions of dollars of transportation projects and also building national recognition for WSDOT in environmental stewardship, habitat conservation, and preservation, as well as infrastructure facility construction, operation, and maintenance.
Brendan Benzing, Co-Founder & CEO, MyNeighbor, “The Sharing Economy: What is it? And What Will It Become?”
Brendan Benzing is Co-Founder and CEO of MyNeighbor, a Seattle-based start-up facilitating the borrowing and lending of goods and the accessing of services between neighbors. As an early adopter of the collaborative or sharing economy, Brendan embraced ventures like AirBnB, Lyft, and RelayRides in the early days. He started MyNeighbor because he felt the time was right for a dedicated platform to help neighbors borrow and lend — a concept as old as mankind.
Stuart Vander Hoek is President of Vander Hoek Corporation, an independent family-owned real estate development and property management company specializing in retail, office, and multifamily properties, located in the heart of Old Bellevue. Now in its fourth generation, the Vander Hoek family is recognized for its stewardship to promote a thriving business environment in Bellevue and throughout the Eastside.
Vander Hoek Corporation currently owns and manages more than 30,000 square feet of commercial space in Old Bellevue—the city’s oldest shopping district renowned for its eclectic collection of independent shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Susannah Frame, KING 5 Chief Investigative Reporter, “How Investigative Journalism Impacts the Northwest”
Susannah Frame is the Chief Investigative Reporter at KING 5. Her stories have exposed many wrongs, including cases of government waste, real estate fraud, homeland security breaches and the mismanagement of nuclear waste. Frame’s investigations have led to changes in public policy, congressional investigations, federal indictments and created new state laws.
Bryan Mistele is the co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of INRIX, a leading provider of real-time traffic information, connected car services, and analytics worldwide. INRIX is at the forefront of connecting cars to smarter cities and serves more than 450 blue-chip customers in more than 40 countries around the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion.
Amber Busch, CPA, Clark Nuber, “Keeping This Year From Being Too Taxing: What You Need to Know About Your 2015 Tax Return”
As a principal in the Clark Nuber’s tax practice, Amber uses her extensive experience to manage and solve a wide range of tax compliance and consulting issues for privately owned mid-market clients, focused on the healthcare, senior living, real estate, and hospitality industries. Prior to joining Clark Nuber, Amber spent time at a Big Four accounting firm, a large regional firm, and most recently was with Clothier & Head in Seattle.
Michael S. Stevens, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Washington, “Nature’s Role in Our Region’s Future”
The relationship between people and nature is the foundation of our region’s prosperity. For thousands of years, a wealth of natural life and diverse people, cultures, and economies have been supported by the rich resources and natural beauty of the Northwest.
But today, we face extraordinary challenges. Unprecedented growth is placing new demands on land and water. A changing climate is compounding that stress. To continue to thrive, we must take action.
Cyrus Oskoui was born in Northeastern Iran in 1942. He was raised in a Muslim family, which was typical of the culture. Upon completing his rigorous primary and secondary education in Iran, he left for England, where he learned English and studied engineering from February 1962 to a August 1963. He then moved to the United States on a student visa.
Rod Skaar, Chief Production Pilot, Boeing Test & Evaluation, Engineering, Operations & Technology, “From the Factory to the Sky, Getting 6 Million Parts to Fly in Close Formation for the First Time”
Captain Rod Skaar is the chief production pilot for Boeing Test & Evaluation, a centrally-managed organization that verifies and validates all Boeing products. In this role Skaar is responsible for the flight test and initial validation of all newly manufactured commercial airplanes, working closely with airline customers from around the world to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of new airplanes.
David B. Williams is a freelance writer focused on the intersection of people and the natural world. He writes about natural history, primarily focusing on geology and how it impacts our lives in myriad ways, from earthquakes to the stone we use in buildings to the hills that make riding a bike more challenging.
Williams will talk about his recently published book, “Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Landscape” (University of Washington Press), which explores how Seattleites shaped the city via projects such as filling in the Duwamish tide flats, rejiggering the drainage of Lake Washington, and regrading Denny Hill.
In this role Smith plays a key role in representing the company externally and in leading the company’s work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability, and digital inclusion, among others. He also leads a team of business, legal, and corporate affairs professionals, spanning 55 countries. These teams are responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, and the company’s government affairs, public policy, corporate citizenship, and social responsibility work. He is also Microsoft’s corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer.
Kirk Nelson is the President and CEO of AAA Washington, a position he has held since April 1, 2011. AAA Washington is the pre-eminent provider of roadside assistance to more than one million members. Its full-service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public.
Nelson was previously the Washington President for Qwest. He started his business career with Pacific Northwest Bell in 1979 in Seattle and held a wide range of management posts in Washington, Colorado, Utah, and Minnesota.