Monthly Archives: November 2015

Washington Restaurant, Lodging Associations announce joint operating agreement

The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the Washington Lodging Association (WLA) have taken a further step in strengthening a partnership that will lead to the creation one of the state’s largest trade associations.
On Oct. 1, the WRA and WLA began operations under a joint operating agreement, combining staff and operational functions in the WRA’s Olympia office. Under the agreement, the associations remain separate legal entities with independent Boards of Directors. However, the two boards will hold joint board meetings and are governed by a joint executive committee.  WRA’s President & CEO Anthony Anton is now also serving as WLA’s chief executive officer.

The next step in the WLA and WRA collaboration will be the launching of a unified hospitality association under a new brand in 2016. The decision to join forces comes after an extensive, two-year due diligence process which focused on the common interests of the state’s restaurant and lodging sectors.
“This is an exciting time for our membership and the businesses they represent across Washington. Combined leadership capabilities and viewpoints also creates more opportunities for innovation,” said Anton. “By joining forces, we now have an expanded government affairs team that is increasing our influence and effectively addressing the challenges facing our industry at both the state and local level.”
The new, unified hospitality association will have more than 6,000 members and advocate on behalf of an industry that employs more than 250,000 Washingtonians and generates $17.7 billion in revenue each year. It will also serve as the primary source of hospitality information for the state’s restaurants and hotels.
“This alliance delivers even more value to members, and we are excited to be joining forces with the Washington Restaurant Association,” said Matt Van Der Peet, WLA chair and general manager of the Westin Bellevue Hotel. “By coming together, we are better able to leverage the strength and resources of both associations, benefiting our members, their employees and, ultimately, the state as a whole,” he said.

About the Washington Restaurant Association
Founded in 1929, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) is the leading business association representing the state’s restaurant industry, which includes more than 5,700 member companies. Restaurants are the largest private employer in the state, with more than 218,000 employees. Washington’s 13,832 restaurants annually contribute $15.1 billion to the state economy, generate $757 million in state taxes, and pay more than $3.8 billion in wages each year. Washington restaurants are the cornerstone of the economy, vital to communities and fundamental to careers. 
About the Washington Lodging AssociationFounded in 1920, the Washington Lodging Association (WLA) is the trade and professional association for Washington’s lodging industry. WLA is an advocacy organization and works toward a favorable legislative and regulatory environment for lodging and tourism. It serves 500 lodging members representing 40,000 guestrooms, as well as more than 125 allied members who serve the lodging industry. WLA also works to promote Washington as a tourism destination and publishes the Washington State Visitors’ Guide and its online companion, 

Washington Capitol Christmas tree-lighting ceremony set for 6 p.m. Friday as AWB celebrates 27th annual Holiday Kids’ Tree program

The Association of Washington Business welcomes the arrival of the 2015 holiday season Friday with a 6 p.m. Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at the Capitol rotunda. The festive event marks the conclusion of the association’s 27th annual fundraiser to benefit children and families in rural communities throughout the state. Since 1989, AWB’s Holiday Kids’ Tree project… Continue Reading

President Obama Signs Bill Recognizing Asteroid Resource Property Rights into Law

 Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, applauds President Obama who signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262) into law. This law recognizes the right of U.S. citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain and encourages the commercial exploration and utilization of resources from asteroids. “This is the single greatest recognition of property rights in… Continue Reading

Tickets for 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish Now Available

Tickets for the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to be held at Sahalee Country Club from June 7-12, 2016, are now on sale. Ticket prices for the Championship range from $10 for each practice round (June 7 – 8) to $75 for a six-day weeklong pass. Ticket options include: Practice Rounds (Tuesday & Wednesday, $10 each day) Weekday Championship Grounds… Continue Reading

Just one third of CEOs believe their organization has the resilience to succeed

Global study by the Economist Intelligence Unit for BSI finds that 88% are prioritising investment in resilience to ensure long-term survival A new report released today (November 30th) by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of BSI identifies a worrying gap in the capability of firms to maintain long-term growth. The global study of… Continue Reading

Latest DEXA Scan: Mixed Results and New Direction

Earlier this week, two days before Thanksfeast Day, Stacia and I went back to the Washington Institute of Sports Medicine to get another DEXA body composition scan.  It was our second experience there and like the first time, I felt like my results were less than optimal. Two years ago at my first DEXA scan,… Continue Reading

Holiday 2015 Survey: A Majority of Americans to Shop on Thanksgiving Day

I really hope that this survey about Thanksgiving shopping is not true.  I know that I will not be shopping at all (except for groceries) during the next 5 days just because of my beliefs against shopping on holidays, “Black Friday”, “Cyber Monday” and especially American Express ‘s “Small Business Saturday”.   REI’s response to Black… Continue Reading


MainStreet Property Group LLC, the Developer of The Carter Apartments in Redmond, WA, seeks to Procure Art by Local Artist, Dudley Carter, for Potential Restoration and Display MainStreet Property Group LLC has issued a public call for Dudley Carter artwork, a Redmond artist and woodcarver whose artwork has gained international recognition through his life-long work. The… Continue Reading

NEW QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has released the pilot edition of their new Graduate Employability Rankings. Designed to provide new insight into how universities are preparing their students for employment, they show Stanford University leading the way. The first eight places on the pilot rankings are occupied by universities from the UK and the US, cementing the position these… Continue Reading

Student David Kook Named to Bellevue College Board of Trustees

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has named student David Kook, of Bellevue, to the Board of Trustees of Bellevue College. Kook is the fourth student to serve on the Bellevue College board. “As Bellevue College continues to grow, I want to be a part of the new advancements and help the Board provide and sustain a… Continue Reading