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Purpose Before Profit

Purpose Before Profit

Campbell & Co. thrives as an egalitarian workplace

Being employee owned, everyone at Campbell & Co. has a stake in the consulting firm’s financial performance. But copresidents Julia McGuire and Kate Roosevelt realize the company can’t function as a democracy. One of the first initiatives they launched after creating their unique organizational structure two years ago was a leadership council consisting of about…

Statshot: Cruise Control

Statshot: Cruise Control

Seattle is one of the nation's busiest hubs for cruises

Tourism season is in full swing in Seattle, and officials expect a record cruise season after several down years due to the pandemic. The season runs through Oct. 30. “The cruise season in Seattle makes a real difference for downtown businesses,” Mayor Bruce Harrell says, “allowing us to share what makes our city special with…

On Reflection: Life's More Than a Beach at Bahama

On Reflection: Life’s More Than a Beach at Bahama

The Seattle company offers a lot more than just island wear

If you’ve ever been to a concert at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, you’ve certainly noticed the colorful Hawaiian shirts and folding chairs emblazoned with the name “Tommy Bahama.” The Seattle-based company — it turns 30 this year — is about a lot more than that. Though primarily an apparel manufacturer (it operates 160 retail stores),…

Deep Knowledge

Deep Knowledge

Expert warned of submersible risk years ago

Rob McCallum has been on seven expeditions to the Titanic. He’s dived 35,000-plus feet to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point of the seabed. He was test manager for Jim Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge 3D documentary. McCallum is the founder of EYOS Expeditions, widely considered the world’s foremost provider of marine-based private expeditions. The company…

'Quietly Awesome'

‘Quietly Awesome’

Pillar Properties employees do their jobs without fanfare. That’s just the company way

Pillar Properties employees are humble, not cocky. They’re service- and solutions-oriented. And they’re “Quietly Awesome.” The Seattle-based multifamily developer’s internal mantra began as a commitment to customers. It now guides daily decisions and is included in every job description, interview, and performance review. “It’s going above and beyond without recognition. It’s doing the right thing…

'No Jerks Allowed'

‘No Jerks Allowed’

Public relations firm Fearey’s culture is thriving, in no small part in response to the pandemic

Aaron Blank doesn’t pretend to know what the future of work looks like. Right now, however, Blank — CEO and president of Seattle PR agency Fearey — has no plans to bring his firm’s workers back into an office. “I’m enjoying this lifestyle we’re offering our employees, and we’re trying to meet our employees where…

On Reflection: On Brand

On Reflection: On Brand

What's the top brand in Seattle? Think hot dogs and chicken

Maybe it’s the $1.50 hot dogs. Perhaps it’s the $4.99 rotisserie chicken. Or other fast-selling items such as bacon, gas, or toilet paper. Whatever it is, Issaquah-based Costco is among the best-known brands in the United States. The warehouse retailer — it operates 33 stores in Washington, 848 worldwide and boasts 123 million members —…

Statshot: Biopharma Bonanza

Statshot: Biopharma Bonanza

State boasts diverse areas of expertise

Washington’s life science industry is thriving. The sector includes academic and nonprofit research institutions and companies conducting research and development in biotech, medical devices, digital health, bioagriculture, biofuels, and veterinary medicine. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News ranks the state’s life science cluster among the top 10 in the United States. The Numbers 11,000 Life science…

The X Factor

The X Factor

Health tech startup takes an unusual path

Xealth is not your typical startup. Its main backers aren’t venture capital firms but more than a dozen health systems, including the Cleveland Clinic, Atrium Health, and Banner Health. Oracle-owned Cerner, one of the largest electronic medical records companies globally, is another investor. Its customer base is varied, ranging from health providers, hospital systems, and…

On Reflection: Bringing ’Em Back

On Reflection: Bringing ’Em Back

Hotel operators anticipate bump as bumbershoot and bite return

The return of Bumbershoot and the Bite of Seattle have hotel operators optimistic about the second half of 2023. A report by commercial real estate firm Marcus & Millichap also notes that international tourism “is likely to ramp up” with China loosening travel restrictions. More than 175,000 Chinese tourists came to Seattle in 2019 and…

Statshot: Washington wineries, restaurants pack economic punch

Statshot: Washington wineries, restaurants pack economic punch

It’s probably the last thing on your mind when dining at your favorite restaurant or enjoying a Pinot at your go-to winery, but you’re providing a big boost to Washington’s economy. 2: National rank as wine producer in U.S. 80: Varieties produced 90: Percent of wineries making fewer than 5,000 cases per year 400: Wine…

Parametrix: All for One

Parametrix: All for One

As an employee-owned company Parametrix has its perks, but staffers also embrace the work

It sounds counterintuitive: Seattle engineering company Parametrix thinks “beyond the dollars.” So says Jeff Peacock, who recently vacated his position as CEO to become chairman of the board of directors. It’s why Parametrix moved to become employee-owned more than 30 years ago. And it’s a key reason why employees voted the firm onto the Best…

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