Brandon Pedersen currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Alaska Air Group. In that role, Brandon oversees the finance, fleet management, accounting/tax, investor relations, financial planning, supply chain, internal audit, strategic execution and project management groups at the company. He is also a member of Alaska Air Group’s executive committee. Before assuming his current role in 2010, Brandon served as Air Group’s corporate controller for seven years.
Carol is responsible for leading Key’s resources across Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, while directing Key’s sales efforts to drive revenue and growth within our commercial and private banking businesses.
Please join us for a special Rotary Club of Bellevue luncheon revolving around the Inspiration Playground: PLAY FOR ALL Campaign (same time and location, 12:00 noon, Maggiano’s). There has been a tremendous amount of activity with this campaign, and we have raised, to date, in cash gifts and pledges, approximately $3,800,000.
At this week’s Rotary program, we will provide additional status updates, talk about the next steps for the campaign, and publicly thank you and others who have given so much of their time, talent, and treasure to this vital regional park project.
Dwayne J. Clark is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aegis Living. With more than 25 years of senior housing experience, Dwayne is nationally known for the quality of projects he manages, as well as his innovative flair. He has been involved in the development, construction, and/or management of over 200 senior housing projects.
Dwayne was raised from humble beginnings by a single mom who gave him his greatest gift: the confidence that he could do anything. Those early years of Dwayne’s life led him to the tireless pursuit of running a company in a different way, with staff satisfaction being a driving force. His success in creating an outstanding company culture has been chronicled in many publications. This passion prompted him to write a book, “Help Wanted: Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Exceptional Staff.” The book has been used for course curriculum in many leading Universities. Dwayne has written two additional books about his mom and her journey with Alzheimer’s, “My Mother, My Son” and “Saturdays with G.G.”
Dr. Justin (Tim) Mills joined the Bellevue School District as Superintendent in July 2012. Prior to his role in Bellevue, Tim was Superintendent of the North Clackamas School District in Oregon, a district serving more than 17,000 students. Tim has also served as superintendent in the Mesa Valley County (22,000 students) and Brush Public School Districts, both in Colorado, and was the Colorado Superintendent of the Year in 2009.
Fred Jarrett is the Deputy King County Executive and a former member of the Washington State Senate, representing the 41st District, after his election in 2008, until he resigned in December 2009. He worked in Finance for Manufacturing and Computing Systems Management for Boeing, before going on to become an officer in the United States Air Force.
Dr. Joseph Castleberry, President, Northwest University, “The New Pilgrims, How Immigrants are Renewing America’s Faith and Values”
Dr. Joseph Castleberry has been President of Northwest University since August 2007. A native of Alabama, he came to the Pacific Northwest after a transcultural career that took him and his family to New Jersey, New York City, Texas, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Missouri, before his soft landing on the banks of Lake Washington.
Sensing a dual call early in life to church ministry and higher education, Dr. Castleberry began professional ministry as a youth pastor in Princeton, NJ. For three years he was the Assemblies of God Chaplain at Princeton University, before beginning 20 years of missionary service in Latin America.
A fifth generation Bellevue native, Deputy Mayor Kevin Wallace has served on the Bellevue City Council since 2009. He currently serves as the council liaison to the Eastside Transportation Partnership Steering Committee, Economic Development Council, Metropolitan Water Pollution Abatement Advisory Committee, Regional Water Quality Committee and the Issaquah School District Board. Kevin has also served as the council liaison to the Human Services Commission and Parks Board. Before being elected to the city council, he served on the Transportation Commission.
Devin Liddell leads the brand strategy offer for design consultancy TEAGUE, working collaboratively with clients such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, The Boeing Company, Intel, JW Marriott, Microsoft, and SC Johnson to create research-driven brand strategies and consumer experiences.
Gene Duvernoy, President, Forterra, “How We Live, Work, and Play on Our Lands Today and What It Means for Tomorrow”
Gene Duvernoy has spent more than 30 years working on land conservation and building community, founding Forterra (then called Cascade Land Conservancy) in 1989 in his attic. Since then he has led the organization to national prominence by creating bold, innovative, and successful programs that improve the quality of life for all residents.
When you’re young and impressionable, in junior high school, and you watch in horror as your family home burns to the ground in less than 20 minutes, it forever changes you. “From that moment on, I determined in my mind to fight fires,” says Brett Miller. “By age 16, I was a member of the Williams, Oregon, Volunteer Fire Department. It was the beginning of a 17-year career.”
In 1998, Brett joined the Army National Guard. He says he felt right at home because the high-tension, adrenaline-filled environments for the military and for fighting wild land fires are very similar. Deployed to Iraq in 2004, Brett barely made it home alive.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, “Critical Legal Issues Facing the State of Washington”
Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the State’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. Bob is focused on standing up for consumers and defending taxpayers, supporting law enforcement to keep our communities safe, protecting our environment, and advocating for our veterans and military families.
Sheriff John Urquhart has served the citizens of Washington State as a police officer for nearly 40 years. His career has included stints as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Master Police Officer, Sergeant, street-level vice/narcotics detective, public information officer and administrative aide to two sheriffs. He has investigated everything from shoplifting to homicides. In 2012, he was elected as the 33rd King County Sheriff, in a special election, and re-elected in 2013 to a full, 4-year term.
There will be no guest speaker this week at our noon meeting at Maggiano’s. Instead, we will be holding our Annual President’s Celebration, passing batons, giving out thank yous, and honoring outgoing President Rick Taylor, and hailing incoming President T.J. Woosley for the new Rotary Year 2015-16.
Benson Porter has more than 25 years of experience within the financial services industry and became the President/CEO of BECU in May 2012. His prior experience includes serving as the President/CEO of First Tech Credit Union, Board chair of Essex National Securities, Chief Administrative Officer for Washington Mutual, and legal counsel positions with Key Bank and the Washington State Senate. He currently serves on the Boards of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle/Des Moines, COOP Financial Services, CU Direct, and Whitman College.
Patrick Bannon, President, Bellevue Downtown Association, “Core Work: Envisioning Downtown’s Future”
Downtown Bellevue had Patrick at “Hello.” He joined the BDA in 2005 as communications manager and remains deeply inspired by the city’s people and places, its shared vision for transformative growth, and the countless benefits of a thriving downtown. As BDA president, Patrick leads the organization’s full-time team and works closely with the board and members to advance the BDA’s strategic plan.
Since Concur Technologies was founded in a two-person Kirkland apartment 22 years ago, it has grown to become an Eastside success story.
- In May 2013, Concur moved its headquarters from Redmond to Bellevue.
- In December 2014, SAP acquired Concur for $8.3 Billion.
- Today, 30 million people use Concur Travel and Expense management solutions.
Elena Donio became President of Concur in December 2014 after serving in a variety of leadership roles at the company, including head of worldwide sales and marketing, head of product management, and her most recent position as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Worldwide Small & Midsize Business (SMB), a business unit she helped create.
John Schneider enters his sixth season as General Manager of the Seattle Seahawks having been named to the position January 19, 2010. In his role, he manages all aspects of the Seahawks roster and draft process while working collaboratively with Pete Carroll in all facets of the football operations department. Schneider’s philosophy is one of building through the draft while creating a competitive culture through a mix of youthful playmakers and veteran leadership. He is charged with piecing together a younger roster that will breed a sustained winning atmosphere for years to come.
Edward B. Murray, Mayor, City of Seattle, “Seattle and Eastside Cities: Advancing Regional Priorities”
Edward B. Murray became Mayor of Seattle on January 1, 2014, and promptly set the tone for his administration by signing an executive order raising the minimum wage of City government employees to $15 an hour, along with a vow to deliver the same raise to all minimum wage workers in Seattle. He followed through on that promise within the first six months on the job by convening a committee, comprised of business, labor, and non-profit stakeholders, to work out the terms of a deal that would benefit all involved and set the highest minimum wage in the nation. For this work, he was named one of Politico Magazine’s “50 thinkers, doers, and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction.”
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, Washington Policy Center for Health Care, “Alternatives to the Affordable Care Act”
Dr. Roger Stark is a retired cardiac surgeon and a health care policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center, one of the largest state-based think tanks in the country. He is the author of numerous health care studies, including The Impact of Federal Health Care Reform on Washington State and the book “The Patient Centered Solution.”