Financial Services

June 25, 2009

By Myke Folger

List of winners in the Midsize Companies category Clark Nubers CEO and president David Katri (front) ensuresa workplace where employees can help each other and manage their careers. Withhim are (from left) audit manager Christie Kutcher, tax associate ColleenRaklios, senior director of human resources Tracy White, shareholder VincentStevens and audit senior Hilary Parker. Winner: Clark…

  • July 2009

April 15, 2009

By Niki Stojnic and Leslie D. Helm

When the housing boom of the 1920s ended with the Great Depression, Washington state, dependent as it was on the timber industry, suffered far worse than the rest of the country. As part of the New Deal, the United States government invested huge sums to erect dams and to build an expansive transmission grid. The…

  • May 2009

March 3, 2009

By Karen Epper Hoffman

To find a sobering example of how precarious Washington states relatively healthy banking sector is, one need look no further than Sterling Financial. The Spokane-based bank, one of the states largest independent financial institutions, received $303 million in federal money last year, the most of any of the half dozen or so banks that have…

  • March 2009

January 11, 2009

By Nick Horton

Throughout last fall’s epic Washington state gubernatorial campaign, there was a single issue that loomed larger than any other: the oncoming state deficit, which seemed to be growing by the day. Dino Rossi, the Republican candidate, was merciless in his criticism of Gov. Christine Gregoire’s spending, claiming that she had turned a “$2 billion surplus”…

  • January 2009

January 11, 2009

By Jeff Bond

Even in these crazy days for stocks, it’s hard to find a local company whose shares have moved up and down faster than Spokane’s Sterling Financial. Sterling, which is the parent company of Sterling Savings Bank and Golf Savings Bank, has 175 branches scattered from Washington to Montana and down to Northern California. It specializes…

  • January 2009

January 10, 2009

By Dana Blozis

With the economy in a state of turmoil, businesses want to know what they can expect from both the incoming administration of Barack Obama and the second term of Gov. Christine Gregoire. The answer isn’t a simple one. We don’t know what tax proposals will go to the Legislature, but we do know that change…

  • January 2009

January 8, 2009

By Myke Folger

When developing our list of The Connectors, one theme continued to surface: the power of karma. As touchy-feely as that might sound, the idea of doing good deeds for business associates without necessarily expecting anything in return is a thread that runs through the practices of the people we profile in this section. The art…

  • January 2009

November 20, 2008

By Myke Folger

Life has been good to commercial banks in the Northwestif, of course, you ignore the last eight months when the waves of the subprime fiasco finally broke over Washington state. Still, many local banks that have identified their problems have remained relatively healthy amid this falls financial crisis. According to J.D. Delafield, founder of Seattle…

  • December 2008

September 18, 2008

By Manny Frishberg

Unions and lawyers love Democrats. Big business and developers prefer Republicans. That may be a well-worn stereotype, but lists of endorsements and major campaign spenders for Gov. Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi illustrate the basic truths behind the cliche. According to the lists of contributors in the campaigns filings with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC),…

  • October 2008