About Us

Seattle Business magazine and seattlebusinessmag.com deliver insight into the key people, enterprises and trends that drive business in the Pacific Northwest. We provide a perspective critical to businesses operating in this region’s ever-changing economic environment. To pitch us for story ideas, please read: “How to pitch a story.” You can send story pitches to John.Levesque@tigeroak.com or Leslie.Helm@tigeroak.com.

We also sponsor several business awards, including Executive Excellence Awards, Washington Manufacturing Awards, Best Companies to Work For, Leaders in Health Care, Tech Impact Awards, Community Impact Awards and Family Business Awards. To enter your company, click on the appropriate link and fill out the nomination form. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Michael.Romoser@tigeroak.com.

Our team:

Seated from left, Hayley Young, Cris Deco, Leslie Helm, Lauren Madeja and Nola Palmer. Standing from left, John Kueber, Matt Cole, Michael Romoser and John Levesque.

Leslie Helm, executive editor. Helm is a veteran reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience working for local and national publications. As executive editor of Washington CEO magazine, he led a major relaunch that raised the design and editorial quality of the publication and won it widespread recognition, including the prestigious MAGGIE award from the Western Publishers Association. Helm began his career with BusinessWeek magazine, reporting first as Tokyo correspondent and later as Boston bureau chief. He returned to Tokyo to cover Japan and Korea as correspondent for The Los Angeles Times before moving to Seattle for the Times to cover business in the Northwest. As an Abe fellow with the Social Science Research Institute, Helm conducted research on the Internet that was published as a chapter in the book Creative Destruction, published The MIT Press. Helm earned an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He also has a bachelor’s degree in political science and an M.A. in Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Helm was born and raised in Japan and speaks fluent French and Japanese. He is the author of Yokohoma Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan. Reach him at leslie.helm@tigeroak.com

John Levesque, managing editor. Levesque became managing editor in March 2010 after a year as managing editor of our sister publication, Seattle magazine. He hails from Rhode Island and has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University. He spent 18 years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in a variety of positions, including arts and features editor, business editor, TV critic and sports columnist. Favorite pastimes: reading geeky books on word origins and going on long walks with his wife. Reach him at john.levesque@tigeroak.com.

Matt Cole, art director. Matt joined Tiger Oak Media in January 2013 as art director of Seattle Business. Most recently, he was art director of School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines. Examples of his award-winning work have been featured in The Big Book of Green Design and The New Big Book of Layouts. He has also served as a judge for the AZBEE Awards of the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and has always dreamed of living in the Pacific Northwest.

Hayley Young, photo editor. Young shoots most of the images for Seattle Business magazine as well as Seattle magazine. She studied fine arts at Southern Oregon University before graduating at the top of her class from Seattle Central Creative Academy’s commercial photography program.

John Kueber, publisher. Kueber joined Tiger Oak in 2008 and is now the firm's chief operating officer and publisher of its Pacific Northwest publications, which include Seattle, Seattle Business and Seattle Bride magazines. The University of Washington-educated entrepreneur has made Seattle Business a central platform for a broad franchise encompassing events, a website, a popular Facebook page, a large Twitter following and an iPad app.

Michael Romoser, associate publisher. Romoser grew up in Michigan, where he launched his career in the highly competitive outdoor advertising arena, gaining attention for his ability to turn around underperforming markets. His varied career included a stint in the late 1990s as publisher of Seattle magazine. Romoser, who enjoys playing ice hockey and golf, wants to boost advertising to support a compelling editorial product for the business community.

Chris Deco, marketing and events director. Deco is the magic behind the many events Seattle Business puts on annually. Originally from Long Island, he has a double degree in marketing and management from the University of Delaware. He worked for David Sonenberg’s music management company, which joined with Yoko Ono to produce the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Deco plays for the Easy Street Wreckers in the Industrial Softball League.

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