Ruth S. Lee Johnson
Lane Powell PC

Ruth S. Lee Johnson has joined Lane Powell as an Attorney in the Litigation Practice Group.  Johnson focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation.  She previously worked as an Associate for Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

Johnson earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her B.S. and B.A., magna cum laude, in Mathematics and Political Science, respectively, from the University of Washington. 

Gregg Makuch
VP of Marketing

Entomo Inc, a leading provider of channel management software and services, today announced that Gregg Makuch has joined the company to lead worldwide marketing efforts. Makuch ("May-kish") is a seasoned marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of industries, including software, online services, CPG, and consulting. His experience spans startup through Fortune 500 companies, and during the last 10 years he has focused on digital marketing while running his own consulting firm, andiamo marketing LLC.


“The Entomo opportunity is truly special,” said Gregg. “The team has done a tremendous job building a best-in-class platform to help companies solve hard channel problems that remove recurring hits to profitability. It’s not often in your career where you’re privileged to have the right product at the right time, with a large greenfield opportunity in front of us."


Previously, Gregg was GM of the SaaS website optimization business unit for aQuantive. Earlier, he spent five years at RealNetworks, the pioneer in Internet audio and video, where he launched new businesses—including its first SaaS offering—during a period of rapid growth for the software company. Gregg also served as VP of Marketing for Full Circle, a leading online organic food delivery service, where he grew acquisitions by over 100%.


He started his career at Braxton Associates, the strategy consulting arm of Deloitte, and moved to Kraft Foods where he managed P&Ls as part of the brand management organization. Gregg also served in executive marketing roles at several early stage companies, including Neah Power Systems and Widemile (acquired by Webtrends).

Gregg holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Makiko Coffland
Lane Powell PC

Makiko Coffland has joined Lane Powell as an Attorney in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group.  She advises and represents clients in patent, trademark, copyright and contractual matters, including negotiation, enforcement and defense.  Coffland is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has experience securing patents in the bio-tech, software and electronics industries, among others.


Coffland earned her J.D., from the University of Idaho College of Law, and her M.S. and B.S., in Aquatic Biosciences at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.

Gregg Makuch
VP of Marketing

Entomo Inc., a leading provider of channel management software and services, today announced that Gregg Makuch has joined the company to lead worldwide marketing efforts. Makuch ("May-kish") is a seasoned marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of industries, including software, online consumer services, CPG, and consulting. His experience spans startup through Fortune 500 companies, and during the last 10 years he has focused on digital marketing while running his own consulting firm, andiamo marketing LLC.


Jason Silverstein
Vice President of Product and Engineering

KIRKLAND, Wash., July 22, 2015 -- Rightside (Nasdaq:NAME), a leading provider of domain name services that advance the way businesses and consumers define and present themselves online, today announced that it has appointed Jason Silverstein as Vice President of Product and Engineering.

A veteran digital executive who has helped a number of teams create online products, services and experiences, Silverstein has worked at both venture-backed start-ups and top Internet companies.

He comes to Rightside from American City Business Journals -- a premier publisher of local business, sports and auto news -- which employs 1,600 people in over 40 cities. 

As Senior Vice President for Digital Operations at American City Business Journals, Silverstein’s teams developed and supported over 300 products, including responsive Web sites, mobile apps, email newsletters and the internal applications .

Earlier in his career, Silverstein was Vice President for Interactive Media at The Charlotte Observer; he also served in a number of roles at Yahoo, including Chief of Staff / Director of Business Operations in the engineering organization; and he was a co-founder of Internet SportsStations, an online media company, as well as an editor and online video producer for the National Basketball Association.

Silverstein earned a B.A. degree in Chemistry and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA in Information Technology, IT Operations Management and Strategy from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.   

Mike Katz
Puget Sound Market President
U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank has named Mike Katz market president and head of commercial banking for the Puget Sound region, effective August 1. Katz succeeds Chris Heman, who is relocating out of the market later this summer.

A seasoned commercial banker, Katz has been with U.S. Bank for 13 years having most recently led its team of relationship managers serving a diverse mix of companies in Denver. Over his career, he’s been recognized nationally among the bank’s top performers in the division. He is experienced in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions, including experience at CH2M Hill and Wells Fargo.

“Puget Sound is an important market for U.S. Bank,” said Michael Righi, senior vice president and regional commercial banking leader for U.S. Bank. “Mike is a community advocate whose wealth of commercial banking experience allows us to continue to demonstrate energetic and thoughtful leadership for our clients and community partners. We are pleased to promote and welcome him to Seattle, and we thank Chris for his leadership in building on our legacy and position in the market.”

U.S. Bank employs more than 1,300 people and has 91 branches in the market, including locations at Sea-Tac Airport and the Starbucks Center. Active in the community, last year its employees spent nearly 7,000 hours volunteering with local nonprofit organizations.

“I look forward to getting involved in the Puget Sound market through community and civic organizations. This region benefits from a diverse economy and continues to build on its national reputation as a hub for innovation,” Katz said.

Katz was a leader in the Denver community, serving as a board member for Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council and Junior Achievement, among others over the years.

Rakesh Narasimhan
Executive Vice President and General Manager to lead engineering, sales, marketing and operations
BlackSky Global

BlackSky Global, a satellite imaging-as-a-service company, announced today that it has tapped software and services veteran Rakesh Narasimhan as its executive vice president and general manager to lead engineering, sales, marketing and operations for its web scale satellite imagery data platform, effective immediately. 

Samantha Balin
Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Designation
The Partners Group

Samantha Balin of The Partners Group has earned the Designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)


The designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) has been conferred upon Samantha Balin, Personal Insurance Provider of The Partners Group in Bellevue, Washington. She has earned this designation through the successful completion of a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.


Carrie McHale, Director of Personal Lines, stated “Samantha has worked hard to earn the Certified Insurance Counselor designation. She has shown her commitment to advancing her education, in addition to obtaining important aspects of insurance knowledge that she can pass on to her clients.”


Samantha Balin has over 10 years of personal insurance experience. Her area of expertise includes: client service, developing new business, leadership, advising high value property coverage and construction, earthquake & flood risk consultation. She has been a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Producer in the state of Washington for over 10 years.


Founded in 1981, The Partners Group has been serving the financial and insurance needs of employers, medical professionals, and successful individuals for over 30 years. We are an independent consulting firm with services including employee benefits, business consulting, retirement planning and investment services, commercial and individual insurance. The Partners Group has offices in Bellevue, WA; Portland, OR; Lake Oswego, OR; Bend, OR; and Bozeman, MT. For more information, please visit http://www.tpgrp.com. 800-722-6339. 

Jim Eschweiler
New President and CEO
Restaurants Unlimited, Inc. (RUI)

With more than 20 years of experience in accounting, finance and strategy at high-growth retail and hospitality companies, Eschweiler will be responsible for developing long-term strategies and growth opportunities in his new position as the Restaurants Unlimited (RUI) CEO. 

Michael Friedline
Vice President of Development
Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to welcome Michael Friedline to the position of Vice President of Development. Friedline will oversee and implement a comprehensive program of building and maintaining institutional relationships with corporate and individual donors, foundations and government agencies as well as advance the organization’s position with relevant constituents to drive broader awareness and donor support.

For the last seven years, Friedline ran his own consulting company advising non-profits and colleges on fundraising and communication issues. Prior to that, he was the senior development executive at the Museum of Flight and Evergreen Hospital. ”It is an honor to join such a significant educational and conservation organization as Woodland Park Zoo,” said Friedline. “We have a great team of professionals here and I am excited to join them as we work to grow and enhance the zoo’s mission of saving wildlife and habitats.”

Friedline holds an M.B.A. from the Foster School at the University of Washington and a B.A. from Wheaton College in Illinois. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, currently sits on the board of directors for the World Association for Children and Parents adoption organization, and is a former member of Kiwanis and Rotary International.

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