Profiles

Val Kiossovski co-owns the Solo Bar on Lower Queen Anne and Saint John’s Bar and Eatery on Capitol Hill. Since 2000, he has played lead guitar in the “gypsy punk” band Kultur Shock, which mixes rock, metal and punk with traditional music of the Balkans. 

Initially specializing in 20th century photography, Gail Gibson has since expanded her gallery to include contemporary artists working in a variety of media. After 25 years in Pioneer Square, she relocated to a new space in Lower Queen Anne (104 W Roy St.) last fall.

Founded in 1989 as the Cascade Land Conservancy, Gene Duvernoy’s conservation and stewardship organization known as Forterra, now boasting a staff of 50, has managed more than 400 transactions on $500 million worth of real estate to conserve more than 250,000 acres of land. 

Since taking over in 2015 as CEO of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, which administers the ports of Tacoma and Seattle, CEO John Wolfe has navigated stormy seas while simultaneously improving the operations of the fourth-largest container gateway in North America.

Nealy Blau owns A Mano, a shoe and fashion accessories boutique in downtown Seattle.

Harvey Kanter has taken Blue Nile, a struggling online jeweler, and returned it to a growth trajectory.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one in a monthly series of miniprofiles featuring local executives “off the clock.”

Leslie Alexandre, whose leadership of the state-funded North Carolina Biotechnology Center helped strengthen that state’s life sciences sector, hopes to revitalize Washington’s biotech sector as CEO and president of Life Science Washington.