March 23, 2017

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AAA Washington hires Harry A. Thomas as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer to Achieve Aggressive Marketing Goals

AAA Washington, the preeminent provider of emergency roadside assistance to more than 1.1 million members in Washington and northern Idaho, is intensifying its strategy to increase membership, grow its travel and insurance businesses and expand its mobile presence. To help accomplish these goals, AAA Washington has chosen entrepreneurial leader Harry Thomas as its new vice president and chief marketing officer to lead its creative, web, public relations, social media, publication and discount teams.

“Harry’s broad experience as a marketing executive in the wireless industry and track record of driving long-term strategic visions fits with AAA’s desire to be more agile on mobile platforms and deliver products and services in new ways,” said Kirk Nelson, AAA Washington’s president and CEO. “We plan to leverage Harry’s experience leading innovative brand building efforts for large- to small-scale businesses to take AAA Washington to the next level with campaigns that reflect who we are today and who we will be in the future.”
Harry A. Thomas joined Bellevue-based AAA Washington as vice president and chief marketing officer on January 11. Thomas is an accomplished marketing leader who specializes in developing highly effective marketing teams and creating strategic marketing initiatives to support, strengthen and grow key business objectives and drive brand differentiation.
Prior to joining AAA Washington, Thomas worked for T-Mobile as the Director of Product Marketing, where he was responsible for the products and messaging that supported their “Un-carrier” positioning, which resulted in them becoming the fastest growing wireless carrier. He also has impressive experience running key marketing campaigns and brand positioning efforts for Verizon, General Mills and Johnson & Johnson, as well as consulting with many small businesses. A couple of highlights from Thomas’ career include: turning around the Bisquick franchise by developing and executing a new marketing plan based on consumer insight and behavior, which increased product usage by 10%; and winning an Effie award for building T-Mobile’s brand recognition to 80% when he managed their U.S. market launch efforts.
Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Seattle with his wife and two children.
AAA Washington has been serving members and the traveling public since 1904.  The organization provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps and personalized trip planning, to its 1.1 million members. In addition, its full-service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public.

6 Ways to Secure Enough Money for a Happy Retirement

Ways to a Happy RetirementAs the song goes ‘You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt.’ Well, it doesn’t need to be that way.   In fact, having enough money for a happy retirement is not a mirage. It just takes some planning, hard work, and dedication to make it happen. With that in mind, here are six ways to turn that dream into a reality.

  • Start Investing Early

Don’t wait until your 50’s or early-60’s to start socking money away. Get into the habit of investing early on. Maybe all you can afford is $10 per week, but at the end of the year that is $520 and after 10 years, you will have $5,200 and that is not counting any returns on your investment. [Read more…]

Boost Your Productivity With Rebecca Howard

There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is key. As someone who’s been self-employed since the age of 23, Bella Bambino founder Rebecca Howard knows the ins and outs of fostering productivity. Inheriting her late husband’s business put her face to face with plenty of challenges, but with an eye for entrepreneurship and perseverance, she was able to take the company to the next level – watch Rebecca tell her story on MSNBC!

On her journey, she’s learned a few major lessons. First, there’s no magic potion to increase productivity [Read more…]

WGU Washington Launches New Scholarships

WGU Washington logoCompetency-based university WGU Washington plans to award 25 scholarships to working adults hoping to finish their degrees 

WGU Washington is seriously recruiting adults back to college.  Back-to-school season is almost here, and while young people all over the state are returning to the classroom, WGU Washington allows working-age men and women to achieve their educational goals – and earn the skills and knowledge our economy demands to remain competitive.

To smooth the pathway to high-quality higher education, the state-endorsed, online university has launched its Back-to-School Scholarship. WGU Washington’s goal is to award 25 scholarships – worth up to $2,000 each – to new students who are accepted to the university by the end of the calendar year.  [Read more…]

John Gillespie Joins Stantec’s Bellevue Office as Senior Project Manager

John Gillespie StantecJohn Gillespie New Senior Project Manager for Stantec

Stantec has hired John Gillespie as a senior project manager in their Bellevue, WA office. With more than 31 years of experience John Gillespie is now responsible for managing diverse sewer, water, storm water, and facility type projects, promoting business development, providing client support services, and managing project staff. [Read more…]

Former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong to emcee Bellevue College Foundation Luncheon

Bellevue College Foundation Become Exceptional Luncheon 2015: Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong.

Bellevue College Foundation Become Exceptional Luncheon 2015: Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong.

Sports analyst and former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong is set to emcee the Bellevue College Foundation’s 17th Annual “Become Exceptional” Luncheon April 27 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. This is the second year Strong will emcee the Foundation’s marquee fundraising event.  

Strong, a sports analyst with Root Sports Northwest, is the NFL’s Pacific West Director of the newly founded Legends Program. Strong and his wife Zoe’s passion for youth motivated them to establish the Mack Strong TEAM-WORKS Foundation, a nonprofit providing mentoring programs that assist urban youth from at-risk communities to develop strong minds, strong bodies and strong character in order to succeed. The program reaches over 350 students annually throughout the Northwest. [Read more…]

Amazon Reverses Position on Pay Equity Fight, Shareholder Resolution to Be Withdrawn

Amazon logoAfter Initially Opposing Resolution at SEC and Losing Fight, Amazon Responds to Shareholder Pressure and Now Says It Is Addressing Gender Pay Gap

Online retailing giant Amazon.com is now the third major US tech company this year to commit to gender pay equity.  As a result, a shareholder resolution filed by Arjuna Capital and Baldwin Brothers Inc., and co-filed by Pax World Management, will be withdrawn.

The Amazon response to shareholder pressure follows earlier steps by Apple and Intel.   [Read more…]

Local Veteran Owned Business Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Ben Bare Window Genie FranchiseeAfter serving in the Army for 8 years, Ben Bare bought a franchise in Redmond so he could be his own boss. One year later, he reflects on his biggest accomplishments and shares his goals for year two.

Before he opened a Window Genie franchise in Redmond last spring, Ben Bare spent eight years as an Army Ranger. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant during his service that included nine combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his transition out of the Army, Bare and his fiancé decided that starting a business in the community they loved was the key to their happiness and success. Almost one year later, Bare shares what he’s learned and how he and his team plan to grow the home service business that serves Eastside communities of Redmond, Bellevue and Kirkland in year two. [Read more…]

Kathleen Spitzer Elected to the Board of Directors of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Kathleen SpitzerDistinguished Washington resident Kathleen Spitzer has been elected to the board of directors of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU).

Spitzer is the principal and owner of two companies: Viviane Skin Care and Don’t Call Me Ma’am Skin Care.

“On behalf of the entire AABGU board, I would like to welcome Kathleen Spitzer,” said AABGU President Lloyd Goldman.” Kathleen Spitzer’s longtime family involvement with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has inspired a unique perspective and an enduring commitment. I appreciate the time and contributions she will make to advance University goals in Seattle and support AABGU’s national fundraising initiatives.” [Read more…]

U.S. Bank Wealth Management Recognizes Peter Skovron of The Private Client Reserve in Seattle

Peter Skovron - US Bank SeattleU.S. Bank Wealth Management, ranked among the top 20 U.S. wealth managers,* congratulates Peter Skovron in The Private Client Reserve’s Seattle market who has been named a 2015 Reserve Elite award winner. He is a wealth management advisor.

The annual Reserve Elite award was created to recognize top performing employees on client teams from The Private Client Reserve. It celebrates outstanding customer service, exceptional leadership and strong overall performance.  [Read more…]