March 2017

From this Issue

It’s impossible to pinpoint the moment at which the phrase “tech company” ceased to have meaning. It’s easy to detect that, wherever and whenever that point was, we’re well beyond it now.

Executive confessions with Matt Sauri, founder and CEO of Wimmer Solutions.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Made in Washington is a monthly photo feature about a Washington manufacturer.

Madeline Haydon is one of thousands of entrepreneurs across the country betting that more healthful, planet-friendly foods and beverages will make them good money. Many are cashing in with tech-like returns, thanks to an ecosystem of investors eager to buy in, consumers ready to try new, “clean” food and food giants hungry for acquisitions.

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

The least confusing way to describe the differences between lakeside newcomers The 100 Pound Clam and The White Swan Public House is that the former serves lunch and the latter serves dinner.

You’d have to go all the way back to the heady days of the dot-com boom in 2000 to match the amount of new office space coming on to the Seattle/Bellevue market this year.

With multinationals like Nike capable of moving production from one cheap source to another — shifting production from Japan to China and now to Vietnam — and with uber-efficient importers like Costco, Walmart and Amazon bringing goods straight from factory to consumer, the United States has become the bargain basement of the world.

Seattle-based Convoy has been busy since it launched — with a splashy roster of investors — an online service linking shippers and truck-freight carriers in October 2015.

How many transgender people are employed in your business? Do you know how their coworkers are treating them? Surveys show that large numbers of transgender employees report having endured harassment or discrimination, or having hidden their identity at work to avoid insults or to protect their safety.

Harvey Kanter has taken Blue Nile, a struggling online jeweler, and returned it to a growth trajectory. In November, the publicly traded company with 350 employees reached a $500 million agreement to be taken private by an investor group composed of funds managed by Bain Capital Private Equity and Bow Street LLC.

Textio uses a machine-learning engine to tailor job postings so companies get more candidates who are better suited to job openings.

Imagine getting a call inviting you to work for your country. Now imagine your new boss is Donald J. Trump. Would you move to Washington, D.C., to work for the president of the United States? For this president of the United States?

Dr. Paul Ramsey begins most weekday mornings by rowing on Lake Union. On weekends, he’s likely to do bike rides of 50 or 100 miles. These rituals — daily journeys, if you will — have helped prepare him for a 40-year-plus career in medicine and administration.

In a partnership with the Washington Health Alliance (WHA), Seattle Business magazine this year selected one category from the WHA’s annual Community Checkup ranking of health care organizations and looked at the overall performance of the medical groups serving commercially insured patients.

For Fred Hutch researcher Dr. Oliver Press, academic medical research is all about sharing and collaborating. “If enough people work together on a problem,” he asserts, “we can conquer it.”

Through a range of treatment programs and support services, Navos Mental Health Solutions transforms the quality of life of people vulnerable to mental illness and substance use disorders.

Through innovative and empowered antibody-based therapies, Seattle Genetics, the largest biotechnology company in the Pacific Northwest, is improving the lives of people with cancer.

Former Microsoft employees Anne Weiler and Mike Van Snellenberg transformed the quality of patient care in 2012 with their Seattle-based technology startup, Wellpepper. They were motivated to improve patient experiences and reduce health care costs after seeing firsthand how the system failed their own loved ones.

Quality and respect. These are the words Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) employees live and work by.

Former Seattle Seahawks football coach Chuck Knox once said: “Nothing speaks so loudly as your actions.” Dr. Jeff Tomlin refers to that quotation when describing his leadership position at EvergreenHealth.

Growing up in a family of surfers chasing the perfect wave on the California coast wouldn’t seem a likely path into health care. But for Dr. Pete McGough, that perfect wave has been a lifelong commitment to medicine and patient wellness.

Dr. Al Fisk has helped position The Everett Clinic, a division of Denver-based DaVita Inc., as a national leader for high-quality medical care and best workplace practices. He motivates his teams by helping them focus on why they got into the health care field: to provide their patients with great care.

As the new chief operating and administrative officer for Providence Health & Services Western Washington market, Preston Simmons is driven by the complexity and challenges of today’s health care system.

Norm Hubbard’s passion to eliminate cancer in his lifetime is a constant motivator in his stewardship of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. As EVP, he is responsible for overall strategic leadership and operational management of SCCA, one of the nation’s top 10 cancer centers.

Whether it’s fighting cancer, treating the mentally ill, lowering health care costs, improving patient experiences or keeping up with technological advances, practicing medicine today has transformed from individual-led volume care to a team effort — doctors, nurses, researchers, executives and even patients — focusing on deriving the greatest value from the health care experience.