Francis Montojo, Seattle Native Plays a Key Role in Unique Navy Mission

A 1998 Fairfield High School graduate and Seattle native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard Commander, Submarine Group 9.

Francis Montojo
Lt. Cmdr. Francis Montojo, a strategic weapons officer, serves at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington, not far from Seattle. 

As a strategic weapons officer, Montojo is responsible for overseeing training, operations and certification of the submarine force with expertise in strategic weapons systems matters.

“I enjoy the people I work with,” Montojo said. “They are very motivated, talented and a close-knit group of people. Submariners are a very special group of people in respect to the skills and how close we become through adversity.”

Montojo draws from lessons learned growing up in Seattle.

“Commitment, perseverance and looking out for one another has helped me to continue to push forward and ensure mission accomplishment,” Montojo said.

Guided-missile submarines provide unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy platform. Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, the submarine performs its mission with a much lower level of risk than what would normally be experienced when deploying this level of capability from surface or air platforms. 

The Ohio-class platform capitalizes on its existing strengths of endurance and stealth in maintaining long-term station-keeping duty while forward deployed. In addition to having the ability to deploy more than 150 tactical missiles, the platform can also be configured to support dedicated accommodations for significant numbers of special operations forces, such as Navy SEALs.

Guided-missile destroyers were converted to their present configuration from Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines. And like their nuclear-deterrent predecessors, the decades-old fleet is aging, with the oldest submarines now more than 30 years old, well past their planned service lives. A new and effective successor is critical to national security, and the Navy is well into the process of designing and fielding a more advanced ballistic missile submarine, which will provide the necessary sea-based nuclear deterrence into the 2080s and beyond.

Submarine sailors are some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy. The training is highly technical and each crew has to be able to operate, maintain, and repair every system or piece of equipment on board. Regardless of their specialty, everyone also has to learn how everything on the ship works and how to respond in emergencies to become “qualified in submarines” and earn the right to wear the coveted gold or silver dolphins on their uniform.

“The men and women from across our nation who volunteer for military service embody the fundamental values of honor, courage and sacrifice that are the bedrock of our republic,” said Rear Adm. Blake Converse, Commander, Submarine Group Nine. “They protect and defend America from above, below, and across the world’s oceans. The entire nation should be extremely proud of the hard work that these sailors do every single day to support the critical mission of the Navy and the submarine force.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Montojo and other sailors know they are part of a legacy, one that will prove a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving means I’ve been able to do something to help contribute to others and do my part for my country and the rest of the world,” Montojo said. “We have such a big responsibility on the world stage and through my service I’m able to do my part.”

DexCom Appoints Kevin Sayer As New Chairman of the Board

DexCom, Inc. an innovator in continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes, recently announced that Terry Gregg has retired as the Company’s Executive Chairman and from the Company’s Board of Directors after 13 years with the company. Kevin Sayer has been appointed Chairman of the Board, in addition to his current duties as President and CEO.

DexComDexCom Appoints Kevin Sayer As New Chairman of the Board

“My retirement and today’s transition represent the final steps of the vision we established several years ago. The Company is ideally positioned to drive Continuous Glucose Monitoring (“CGM”) to the objectives we always contemplated – the standard of care for all insulin-using patients and ultimately a key technology across healthcare. Our Board is strong and very excited for Kevin to assume these additional responsibilities,” said Terry Gregg.

Mr. Gregg joined the company’s Board of Directors in 2005 and served as the CEO from June 2007 through January 2015. He has been the Company’s Executive Chairman since January 2015. During his tenure, the Company launched six generations of CGM technologies and grew from nominal revenues to a currently estimated $925 million in 2018 revenues (based upon the Company’s updated financial guidance). Dexcom’s footprint has expanded to more than 40 countries around the world and to approximately 2,300 full-time employees worldwide.

“We all want to express a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to Terry for his many years of dedication to Dexcom,” said Kevin Sayer, Dexcom’s Chairman, President and CEO. “His commitment to ’patients first’ and intense drive to advance CGM technology leave an indelible imprint on Dexcom’s culture. We all understand and participate in his vision for Dexcom. We look forward to achieving those goals and going much further.”

Andrew Oram Joins Alliant’s Employee Benefits Group

Andrew Oram has joined the Employee Benefits Group of Alliant as Vice President. As Alliant continues to expand its West Coast benefits presence, Oram will deliver solutions that help clients reduce healthcare spending, increase productivity, and enhance overall profitability.

Andrew OramAndrew Oram Joins Alliant’s Employee Benefits

“Andrew has the innovation and flexibility needed to service clients in California’s diverse economy,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Employee Benefits Group. “His experience servicing both the public and private sectors will serve as a key advantage as we grow our client base across the West Coast.”

Andrew Oram joins Alliant with a far-reaching expertise that spans cost reduction strategies, fully-insured group benefit plans, self-insured benefit plans, pharmacy benefit management renegotiation, trusts, and employee engagement. Prior to joining Alliant, he was a Benefits Consultant with a national insurance brokerage and risk management firm. There, he designed and delivered customized benefits and group healthcare insurance solutions for manufacturers, schools, and a range of midsized companies.

Oram attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of California, San Diego and has held various leadership positions as a board member of the San Diego Society of Human Resource Management.

Oram can be reached within the San Diego office of Alliant at (619) 849-4740 or at Andrew.Oram@alliant.com.

Brent McCarty ESET New Appointed Executive North America Region

Brent McCarty, a technology industry veteran and former vice president of global sales at Ingram Micro, has been appointed president of ESET North America.

Brent McCartyBrent McCarty ESET New Appointed Executive North America Region

In this top leadership role, which replaces the role of CEO North America, McCarty will be based out of the ESET North America headquarters in San Diego, Calif.

Prior to joining ESET, Brent McCarty served for 12 years in a variety of leadership roles at technology distributor Ingram Micro. Most recently, he was vice president of global sales solutions at Ingram Micro, where he spearheaded the company’s global sales solutions team and won multimillion-dollar global customers. McCarty also formerly served as country chief executive for Ingram Micro UK and Ireland, vice president and managing director for Ingram Micro UK and Ireland, managing director of DBL Distributing, Ingram’s North American consumer electronics business and was senior director of VAR Sales in Canada.

As Ingram Micro’s vice president of global sales solutions, McCarty grew targeted global customer revenue 54 percent in just one year, expanding market share and significantly improving profitably of the division. As country chief executive of Ingram Micro UK and Ireland, Brent McCarty oversaw $1.7 billion in revenue, 1,600 employees and the successful acquisition of Comms-Care. McCarty also completed Ingram Micro’s General Management Program and earned a General Management and Leadership Certificate from Stanford University. He is a graduate of Centennial College in Toronto, Canada.

“Cybersecurity continues to be a growth industry, and ESET continues to gain momentum in the US and Canada in a big way; it’s exciting to now be a part of that,” said McCarty. “When you look at the fact that ESET protects 110 million people in 200 countries and territories, it’s nothing short of impressive. I can’t wait to continue to drive the momentum for ESET North America’s business.”

“With the US making up more than 20 percent of ESET’s global revenue, all eyes are on this region,” said Richard Marko, CEO of ESET. “We spent a long time and vetted many candidates and found that Brent has the tenacity and leadership skills to lead and grow ESET in the North American market.”

ESET has long been a security leader in the EU and is well established as the number one endpoint security vendor in the region. In the North American market, ESET has experienced significant momentum, including acquiring some of the most iconic companies as customers; being named a Leader in the 2018 Forrester Wave Report; witnessing significant channel partner growth (recently announced); becoming the security vendor to power the Google Chrome Cleanup tool; and cementing its dedication to its B2B segment with the debut of its enterprise solutions and services.

Airman Charles Heitz Kirkland Native Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center

Airman Charles Heitz Kirkland Native Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center. A 2017 Bishop Blanchet High School graduate and Kirkland, Washington, native is serving at the Navy’s largest aviation training center.

Kirkland Native Airman Charles Heitz Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center

Airman Charles Heitz
Airman Charles Heitz serves with the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.
Undesignated airmen have the opportunity to be assigned to different types of job fields until they choose their final job.
Heitz credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Kirkland.
“I learned how to work with people and get along with others,” said Heitz.
NAS Pensacola, “The Cradle of Naval Aviation” is best known as the initial primary training base for all U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers pursuing designations as Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers.
Once these service members finish training they are deployed around the world putting their skill set to work flying jets from aircraft carriers, submarine-hunting helicopters, serving as aircrew operating sophisticated radar and weapons systems, electronic warfare and more. Operating on land, air, or sea, they represent the best of operational and training support. Continue reading “Airman Charles Heitz Kirkland Native Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center”

Matt Zimmerman Named Registrar at WAZZU

WSU Officially Hires Matt Zimmerman as Registrar

Matt Zimmerman WSU RegistrarMatt Zimmerman was named Washington State University’s registrar following a national search, provost Dan Bernardo announced Thursday, July 19.

Zimmerman has served as interim university registrar since July 2017.

“It has been a pleasure to serve as interim registrar for the past year, and I am very honored that WSU has provided me the opportunity to serve as registrar,” Zimmerman says. “I look forward to leading the Registrar’s Office in our mission to compassionately implement university policy and procedures, and to provide innovative support to WSU students and faculty.”

A WSU employee since 2008, Zimmerman was the associate registrar from 2013 to 2017. He previously served as the university’s veterans coordinator and assistant registrar. Continue reading “Matt Zimmerman Named Registrar at WAZZU”

Paul LaPonte and Quality Sewing and Vacuum Earns Top Bernina Dealer Award for 2017

BERNINA Honors Paul LaPonte and Quality Sewing and Vacuum

Paul LaPonte Quality Sewing and VacuumBERNINA of America has announced its top Dealers for 2017 that demonstrated exemplary sales, service, and customer education.  These Dealers including Paul LaPonte of Quality Sewing and Vacuum were recognized at the BERNINA University Dealer training conference, which was held in Chicago.

“Our top Dealers for 2017 represented BERNINA with truly outstanding sales and first-class customer service and educational support,” said Paul Ashworth, president of BERNINA of America.  “They are a model of success for other BERNINA Dealers to emulate.  We congratulate them on a job well done.” Continue reading “Paul LaPonte and Quality Sewing and Vacuum Earns Top Bernina Dealer Award for 2017”

Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager

Debra Montgomery Joins Union Bank as Managing Director

SEATTLE, July 10, 2018 – Union Bank today announced that Debra Montgomery has joined the bank as Managing Director, Pacific Northwest Region Manager for the Private Mortgage Division of Union Bank Home Loans. Montgomery will manage the team of Private Mortgage consultants who specialize in offering home lending products and services to the bank’s Private Bank clients and prospects. She is based in the Bellevue office and reports to William (Bill) Bilicki, Private Mortgage Division Executive.

“Union Bank is committed to growing its mortgage portfolio, which is now the sixth largest in the nation,” said Bilicki. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome Debra to our Private Mortgage Division. Her successful industry track record, proven leadership capabilities and deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market make her ideally suited to lead our Pacific Northwest Private Mortgage team, deepen our client relationships and grow our presence in the region.”

Montgomery has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Continue reading “Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager”

Debra Montgomery New Pacific NW Region Manager at Union Bank

Debra Montgomery Union Bank Union Bank recently announced that Debra Montgomery has joined the bank as Managing Director, Pacific Northwest Region Manager for the Private Mortgage Division of Union Bank Home Loans. Montgomery will manage the team of Private Mortgage consultants who specialize in offering home lending products and services to the bank’s Private Bank clients and prospects. She is based in the Bellevue office and reports to William (Bill) Bilicki, Private Mortgage Division Executive.

“Union Bank is committed to growing its mortgage portfolio, which is now the sixth largest in the nation,” said Bilicki. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome Debra to our Private Mortgage Division. Her successful industry track record, proven leadership capabilities and deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market make her ideally suited to lead our Pacific Northwest Private Mortgage team, deepen our client relationships and grow our presence in the region.”

Montgomery has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry.  Continue reading “Debra Montgomery New Pacific NW Region Manager at Union Bank”

Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager

Debra Montgomery headshotDebra Montgomery is New Managing Director for Union Bank

SEATTLE, July 10, 2018 – Union Bank today announced that Debra Montgomery has joined the bank as Managing Director, Pacific Northwest Region Manager for the Private Mortgage Division of Union Bank Home Loans. Montgomery will manage the team of Private Mortgage consultants who specialize in offering home lending products and services to the bank’s Private Bank clients and prospects. She is based in the Bellevue office and reports to William (Bill) Bilicki, Private Mortgage Division Executive.
“Union Bank is committed to growing its mortgage portfolio, which is now the sixth largest in the nation,” said Bilicki. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome Debra to our Private Mortgage Division. Her successful industry track record, proven leadership capabilities and deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market make her ideally suited to lead our Pacific Northwest Private Mortgage team, deepen our client relationships and grow our presence in the region.”
Montgomery has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Continue reading “Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager”