February 2013

January 30, 2013

Leslie Helm

Since taking over as CEO of Expedia in 2005, DARA KHOSROWSHAHI has led the charge to overhaul the companys technology to secure its place as the worlds leading online travel agent. In the past five years alone, Expedia has spent $1 billion on new technology. Nobody else [in travel] can spend that kind of money,…

  • February 2013

January 30, 2013

Gianni Truzzi

We dont have a right to win in the marketplace, says STEVE SINGH. As CEO of travel expense reporting pioneer Concur Technologies, Singh believes market dominance comes with delivering what customers want, even before they know it themselves. And in the rapidly evolving world of technology, its not just having a vision of what Singh…

  • February 2013

January 30, 2013

Sarah Hardy

In her 12-year tenure as the CEO of Seattle-based FareStart, MEGAN KARCH has seen it grow from an organization serving 200 people to an agency with nearly 1,000 clients. She has also grown business revenue by 300 percent, to $7.48 million in 2011. Whats the same [in the past 12 years] is the passion of…

  • February 2013

January 30, 2013

M. Sharon Baker

PETER ROSEs secret to success stems from a simple and transparent formula: Create a well-defined corporate culture, provide a good employee incentive package, avoid debt, invest in technology to boost productivity, and pursue long-term profits over short-term gains. His formula helped Seattle-based Expeditors International grow into a global transportation logistics giant with $6.2 billion in…

  • February 2013

January 30, 2013

M. Sharon Baker

JERRY LEEs record of business success is impressive. He joined Mulvanny Architecture as a draftsman and its fourth employee in 1975, and then went on to achieve partner, buy the practice, build it by designing big-box stores for Costco, Nike and others, merge with G2 in 1999, expand to China in 2002, and create a…

  • February 2013

January 30, 2013

Erik Smith

When Jay Inslee was running for governor last fall, he found himself backed into a corner. You dont get elected by promising to raise taxes, so he made a remarkable promise: I would veto anything that heads the wrong direction, and the wrong direction is new taxes in the state of Washington, he said. Now…

  • February 2013

January 30, 2013

Bill Virgin

RICHARD GONZALES HAS ON his shopping list many of the same items as consumers making their weekly trips to the supermarket: apples, cherries, potatoes, onions. The difference is in the quantities being purchased. Consumers are looking to fill a grocery cart. Gonzales is hoping to fill truck trailers and railroad freight cars. And while those…

  • February 2013

January 30, 2013

Bill Virgin

In Blaze, the 1989 biopic of Blaze Starr, the stripper turned consort to Bayou State politician Earl Long seeks a future for the irascible and bored former governor. So she asks two visiting reporters, Whens the next election in Louisiana? Answers one, Well, hell, theres always an election in Louisiana. Increasingly, it seems theres always…

  • February 2013

January 30, 2013

John Levesque

The Lewis ice crushing bag is an essential element in any serious bartenders toolkit. Made to withstand the kind of pounding Marshawn Lynch inflicts on people trying to tackle him, the Lewis bag and a sturdy wooden mallet are as important to your Mojito as the rum and the mint. Bartender/consultant Mike McSorley and his…

  • February 2013

January 30, 2013

Sarah Hardy

In situations where connecting to the internet can be difficult or costly, it becomes obvious how far our connected world still has to go. About two years ago, researchers at Intellectual Ventures (IV), Nathan Myhrvolds patent-hoarding collective, began looking at ways to enable faster and cheaper broadband internet service for fixed and mobile users. Redmond-based…

  • February 2013