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Jun 04, 2021


Panopto, a video management system provider in the enterprise and higher education markets, announced that Adrianna Burrows, a technology and marketing veteran, has joined its board of directors. Burrows is CMO of Payscale, where she is accountable for all marketing plans and programs including branding, product, positioning, corporate communications, demand generation, and go-to-market strategy. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Stack Overflow. Burrows also served as CMO of Cornerstone OnDemand and CMO of Stack Overflow. Previously, Burrows worked at Microsoft, serving as general manager of Windows Global Marketing, where she led the global launch of Windows 10. Panopto is headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Pittsburgh, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney.

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill two positions on the Planning Commission, the District Nos. 3 and 5 positions. Applicants seeking a district position must reside in that district and will serve a term of three years from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024. The Planning Commission develops and updates the Comprehensive Plan and its elements and formulates effective and efficient land use and development regulations and processes that implement the Comprehensive Plan. The commission also reviews various planning issues, such as area-wide zoning reclassifications, moratoria, interim zoning, pre-annexation planning, historic district designation, urban design, and transportation and capital facilities programs. Applications must be submitted to the clerk’s office by the end of day Friday, June 18, 2021. To apply, visit, and direct questions to Katie Foster at [email protected]

Greater Seattle Partners in coordination with 200 regional community leaders in academia, business, government and not-for-profit from Snohomish, King and Pierce counties launched a new regional economic recovery framework to accelerate recovery from Covid-19 and build a more resilient, equitable and inclusive economy. Chaired by former Governor Gary Locke, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, and Betsy Cadwallader, market president for US Bank, the “Partners for Prosperity” Task Force assembled a portfolio of initiatives and metrics focused on: improving the quality and diversity of jobs in key sectors, developing diverse talent, creating more good jobs and successful minority and women-owned firms, and connecting people to jobs by reducing geographical barriers.

Greater Seattle Partners is a public-private partnership that leads regional economic development through global business attraction, site selection and investment and trade opportunities in the greater Seattle region.

The board of directors of StanCorp Financial Group, and primary operating subsidiary Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) announced that Dan McMillan, president and chief operating officer, will become president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors effective July 1, 2021. J. Greg Ness, chairman and chief executive officer, who announced his decision to retire as CEO, will continue to serve as executive chairman of the board. Ness joined The Standard in 1979, and was appointed president and COO in September 2008 and then president and CEO in May 2009. He became chairman of the board in December 2011. McMillan, who joined The Standard in 1989, was appointed president and chief operating officer in December 2020.

Jun 03, 2021


Shiftboard, a provider of workforce scheduling software, appointed Travis Shipley as chief revenue officer. As Shiftboard’s CRO, Shipley is responsible for driving worldwide revenues for both new and current customers. He joins the company’s executive leadership team, reporting to Shiftboard’s president and CEO, Sterling Wilson. Before joining Shiftboard, Shipley was vice president of sales at Wrike, a SaaS collaborative work management solution provider recently acquired by Citrix. Prior to Wrike, Shipley was vice president of sales at IT solutions provider Zones. Before that, he served as vice president of sales at CompuCom and was the founder of the international business consultancy, Portelo. Shipley also spent nearly a decade in various sales leadership roles at Microsoft.

D.A. Davidson announced that the firm has hired Christopher Brendler as managing director, senior research analyst. Brendler will be responsible for covering payments, balance sheet oriented fintech and crypto. Brendler has decades of experience in equity research with the bulk of his time spent at Stifel Nicolaus and most recently with Seaport Global. D.A. Davidson Companies is an employee-owned financial services firm offering a range of financial services and advice to individuals, corporations, institutions and municipalities nationwide. Founded in 1935 and headquartered in Montana, with corporate offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle, the company has approximately 1,400 employees and offices in 28 states.

The Downtown Issaquah Association (DIA) has been designated as an affiliate Main Street program. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of nationally recognized affiliate programs in recognition of their commitment to creating meaningful improvements in their downtowns and commercial districts using the Main Street Approach, a framework for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization. The Downtown Issaquah Association’s performance is annually evaluated by Washington State’s Main Street Program, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that are committed to comprehensive revitalization and achieving meaningful community outcomes. DIA is known for events and activities such as the ArtWalk and Music Stroll, Gas Station Blues, Artisan Market, Fenders on Front, and last year’s Streatery. This summer DIA will reprise the outdoor dining concept as Al Fresco on Front, featuring distinctive shopping and diverse restaurant offerings.

Symetra Life Insurance has been named a 2021 Corporate Champion by the Puget Sound Business Journal as part of the publication’s annual Corporate Citizenship Awards recognizing nine companies that “give back to their communities and inspire real change.” Symetra was honored as the Economic Opportunity award recipient for its support of two programs: United Way of King County’s “Bridge to Finish” initiative, which helps low-income students get the assistance they need to stay in school and complete their education; and “Care & Feeding,” a Symetra initiative which supported struggling small restaurants during the pandemic by funding meal preparation and delivery to healthcare facilities and homeless shelters. Symetra Life Insurance is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue.

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