Bellevue College Students Akoto, Gonzalez and Tuttle Make All-Washington Academic Team

All-Washington Academic Team Features Three Earning Degrees at Bellevue College

Brenda Akoto All-Washington Academic Team
Brenda Akoto All-Washington Academic Team

Three BC students, Brenda Akoto, Alberto Gonzalez and Casey Tuttle have made the 2018 All-Washington Academic Team, and will be honored at a ceremony Thursday, March 22, at South Puget Sound Community College, in Olympia. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be the keynote speaker.
The All-Washington Academic Team program recognizes Washington state’s finest higher education students. Students who make up the All-Washington Team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to the community. Their stories are often inspiring, sometimes surprising, and always reflective of the larger story of the state’s community and technical college students. Continue reading “Bellevue College Students Akoto, Gonzalez and Tuttle Make All-Washington Academic Team”

Armando Almeida Joins Tupl Board of Directors

Armando Almeida TUPL Board of DirectorsTupl Adds Portugal’s Armando Almeida to Board

Bellevue-based Tupl, Inc. today announced that Armando Almeida has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Armando brings over 30 years of international executive leadership experience in the Communications and IT industries. He offers vast knowledge and experience within Corporate, Enterprise, SMB and Consumer sectors, has participated in various mergers and acquisitions, and is a Founder, Board Member and Investor in a number of companies. Armando was CEO of Portugal Telecom, the largest Communication Service Provider in Portugal. 


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Former Seahawk Attorney Richard Leigh Named to Bellevue College Board of Trustees

Richard Leigh Bellevue College Board of TrusteesRichard Leigh Newest Trustee for Bellevue College

Bellevue College (BC) recently announced that Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Richard Leigh to its board of trustees. The six-member board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, and approving budgets.

Leigh currently acts as general counsel for SEIU 775 Benefits Group, a non-profit healthcare entity, serving on their senior leadership team where he oversees all legal matters, including board governance, compliance, litigation and risk management.


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Michael Cooney Named One of the Nation's Top 100 Bank Advisors

Michael Cooney First Tech FedRaymond James Financial Services, Inc. and Addison Avenue Investment Services, the investment services division of First Tech Federal Credit Union, are pleased to announce that financial advisor Michael Cooney, CRPC was named 26th on the prestigious list of 100 that was revealed on December 6, 2017.
“It has been a great 13 years at First Tech. I love the friendships I have been able to form with my clients,” said Cooney. “It’s awesome to be recognized, but most of all I am grateful that so many have placed their trust in me.” Continue reading “Michael Cooney Named One of the Nation's Top 100 Bank Advisors”

American Income Life – Altig Names Troy Plummer and Lauren Coyne as Directors of Sales

American Income Life – Altig (AIL-Altig) has named Troy Plummer and Lauren Coyne Directors of SalesRedmond-based American Income Life – Altig (AIL-Altig) has appointed Troy Plummer and Lauren Coyne to Directors of Sales. As Directors of Sales, Plummer and Coyne will support the growth of all leaders in the North American Territories.
Plummer joined AIL-Altig in 2004 and with preparation, dedication, and excellent mentorship, found himself quickly rising through the ranks of AIL-Altig. “Based on his amazing results and commitment to Do More for Others, I know he will have nothing but success ahead of him,” said AIL-Altig CEO, Ilija Orlovic. Continue reading “American Income Life – Altig Names Troy Plummer and Lauren Coyne as Directors of Sales”

Bethany Payton-O’Brien Joins Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Law Firm As Partner

Bethany-Payton-OBrienTully Rinckey PLLC has announced that Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien has joined the firm’s San Diego, C.A. office as Partner. As a Partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC, she focuses her practice on security clearance representation and military law, including litigation, dispute resolution, criminal law and administrative law. She can represent clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, as well as military review boards and trial courts.

“I am honored to join the Tully Rinckey team and look forward to continuing my expertise in military law to help those in need of my legal services. If you are a serviceman or servicewoman facing a disciplinary hearing or a military legal matter, you can count on my sound and experienced legal representation,” said Payton-O’Brien. Continue reading “Bethany Payton-O’Brien Joins Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Law Firm As Partner”

Al Pesiri Joins Harland Property Management as Senior Property Manager

Al Pesiri Property Manager Harland Property ManagementAl Pesiri has joined up with Harland Property Management, a  La Jolla based property management firm. With over 20 years of professional real estate experience that includes management of over 1,500 units, functioning as regional manager/asset manager in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona, Al Pesiri joins Harland as a Senior Property Manager. Al will be performing and supervising management operations for rental properties of all types including single family homes, commercial properties and apartment communities. Continue reading “Al Pesiri Joins Harland Property Management as Senior Property Manager”

Itsuroku Kimura Now Heading Crab King in Bellevue

Chef Itsuroku Kimura 2017Internationally known Chef, Itsuroku Kimura, originally set out to be an artist.  Along the way, his direction turned from canvas to plate and he has never looked back.  The highly talented itamaehas worked in numerous distinctive kitchens throughout the world. He has recently been chosen from several applicants to head the kitchen in Crab King Restaurant at Bellevue Crossroads.   Continue reading “Itsuroku Kimura Now Heading Crab King in Bellevue”

San Diego Based Solar Gard Promotes Kendall Combs to General Manager

Kendall Combs Solar Gard General ManagerSan Diego-based Solar Gard  has announced it has appointed Kendall Combs as its new general manager of thin films. Through his previous role as marketing director, Combs gained an unrivaled understanding of the market and its customers, which allowed him to position himself as a leader with the capabilities and knowledge to help propel Solar Gard’s future growth over the next several years. Combs has also had the exclusive opportunity to modernize the existing business by focusing on the integration of new and advanced equipment to enhance the customer experience with a focus on the digital age and online resources. Continue reading “San Diego Based Solar Gard Promotes Kendall Combs to General Manager”

San Diego’s Generali Global Assistance Wins Two ACE/Claims Magazine Awards

Generali Global AssistanceGenerali Global Assistance’s Travel Insurance division, formerly CSA Travel Protection, recently announced that it took home two top honors at the America’s Claims Event (ACE Awards) on June 21 in Charlotte, N.C.

Recognized for going above and beyond to serve her customers in a way that provides a seamless, supportive experience, Michelle Bjarnson was awarded the Customer Champion Award. Taking a unique approach, Bjarnson created a new role for the Claims & Customer Service Departments as the “Voice of the Customer.” She is the customer’s biggest advocate and ensures the company has exhausted all avenues to resolve issues or complaints.

Presented to Brandon Kay, the Luminary of the Year award, honors a strategic claims leader who 


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