Steven Anderson, Chair
Meier Architecture & Engineering, Pasco
Small Business, East of Columbia River – Position #9
Steve Anderson is the President/CEO of Meier Architecture & Engineering. He has been an Eastern Washington, Tri-City resident for over 30 years and has spent the majority of his professional career with Meier Architecture & Engineering. He has served as Meier’s President since 2006, responsible for leadership and quality control, as well as business and financial management of the firm. Steve provides leadership within the community as a Board of Directors member for the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Foundation since 2008. He is also the current President of the Tri-Cities Local Business Association working with other local businesses leaders to create opportunities for business growth in the region. Steve is an active member of the Tri City Chamber and a longtime supporter of the Three Rivers Road Runners, the local multi-sport club promoting physical fitness for all ages.
RH2 Engineering, Inc. ,
Large Business, East of Cascades – Position #11
Randy Asplund is the Vice President of RH2 Engineering, Inc. and the Principal-in-Charge of their East Wenatchee office. He has been an engineer in Washington State for nearly 33 years, with the last 23 years focused on Central and Eastern Washington. As a Professional Engineer, he has expertise in the design and analysis of water, transportation, irrigation and wastewater systems. Randy currently serves on and is the chair of the City of Wenatchee Planning Commission. He has also served on a number of local committees and organizations and is a long-time member of the Wenatchee Central Lions Club.
| Richard Bogert,
Small Business, East of Cascades and West of Columbia River – Position #4
Richard Bogert is the President of The Bogert Group in Pasco. He was born into Farming and became a Pilot, Aircraft Mechanic, Airworthiness inspector, Business owner, Inventor, Innovator and Manufacturer. In 1983, he started Bogert Aviation as a service based business and shifted the company’s focus in 1986 to manufacturing o aircraft parts. The Bogert Group also manufactures marine products, commercial hydraulics, commercial jacks, and special items for the U.S Department of Defense. Richard is a Board Member of the Association of Washington Business (2013). He has received a number of awards including Manufacturer of the Year for 2008, 2009, 2010 and in 2010 the Manufacturing Excellence Award for Innovation. In 2011, The Bogert Group was selected by NIST as a “Hero of Manufacturing”.
Washington State University, Pullman
Public or Private Sector Economist – Position #7
Ken Casavant is a Professor in the School of Economic Sciences and a nationally renowned transportation economist, after spending 43 years at Washington State University. He has received numerous teaching, research and service awards throughout his tenure at Washington State University, including recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute 2006, the "Washington State University Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award" 2004 and being named "Distinguished Scholar" by the Western Agricultural Economics Association in 2003.Task Force.
Mayor, City of Palouse
City Official – Position #2
Michael Echanove is the mayor for the City of Palouse, Washington. He has 19 years of experience in City Hall as both mayor and as a former city councilman. He is a 29 year staff member in the Information Technology department of Washington State University, Pullman and along with his wife Paula co-owns the Green Frog Café in Palouse. Michael holds a BS in Business from the University of Idaho.
Small Business, East of Puget Sound and West of Cascades – Position #10
Ollie Garrett, President and CEO of PMT Solutions, has more than 15 years of collection experience. Prior to PMT, Ollie was responsible for the development of the Recovery Services Department for SCAN/EFunds, one of the largest check verification companies in the country. Ollie also served in various capacities at a National Check Guarantee Company based in Southfield, Michigan, most recently as V.P. Of Financial Recovery overseeing the Operation of Collections.
Certified Electrical Workers of WA, Kent
Public Representative – Position #6
Nicole Grant is currently the Public Policy Advocate for Certified Electrical Workers of Washington. She has been active in public policy for the last five years. Nicole represents a workforce that lives in every county of Washington and because of her service to these workers she understands the need for growth and development in rural communities.
Port of Pasco, Pasco
Port Official – Position #3
Randy Hayden, Executive Director at the Port of Pasco, has been with the Port since 2000. Randy graduated from the University of Washington in 1988 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining the Port, Randy worked as a private consultant in the Tri-Cities Washington. Randy serves on the Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Benton-Franklin Good Roads Association, Ex-Officio member of the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce and Olive Crest Foster Care Board of Trustees.
| James Jaime,
Quileute Tribe, Forks
Federally Recognized Indian Tribe Representative – Position #12
James Jaime has been involved with tribal affiliations for 25 years. He was the tribal chair and executive director with the Quileute Tribe in LaPush, Washington. He has also served as the Executive Director with the Hoh Tribe. Previously, he was the Director of Energy for the Affiliated Tribes Of the Northwest Indians.
| Michael Karnofski
County Official – Position #8
Mike Karnofski has been a Cowlitz County Commissioner since September, 2010. Mike retired from Weyerhaeuser after 37 years working in a variety of positions, including environmental manager, utilities operations manager, human resources manager, and region services manager. Mike is also active in the community as a member of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council Executive Board and United Way Board.
| David Rhoden, Vice Chair
Esterline Control Systems, Everett
Large Business, West of Cascades –Position #1
David Rhoden has 18 years of manufacturing and operations experience, the past eight of which have been in the aerospace industry. He is currently the V.P., Operations at Esterline Control Systems – Korry in Everett, WA, where he is responsible for all company operations. He also serves on Snohomish County’s Aerospace in Action committee.
Daniel J. Seydel
Platinum Group, Shelton
Small Business, West of Puget Sound – Position #5
Daniel Seydel is the owner of Platinum Group, a business development and business capacity building organization serving Washington state small businesses since 2001. Dan serves on multiple boards including the Washington State Project Review Committee, the Entrepreneurial Institute of Washington, Associated Builders & Contractors (National Diversity Committee), Association of Washington Business and as Chair of the Washington State Capital Projects Advisory Board - Small Business Task Force. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University, and participates in continuing education courses around entrepreneurship, legislative policy, program development, construction and development.
Senator Brian Hatfield
Senate Majority Caucus.
Senator Hatfield Washington State Senate (19th District). He has a B.A. in public administration, Washington State University and an A.A. in political science, Grays Harbor College. Senator Hatfield as served on the Joint Select Committee on Junior Taxing Districts, Municipal Corporations and Local Government Finance, Council of State Government Legislative Council on River Governance Committees, Coastal Caucus Chair, Western Legislative Forestry Task Force, Washington State Tourism Advisory Council, Title & Registration Advisory Committee, and 19th District Democratic Chair.
Representative Dave Hayes
House Minority Caucus
Representative Hayes is serving his first term representing the 10th Legislative District, which encompasses all of Island County and parts of Snohomish and Skagit counties.
Representative Hayes is a Sergeant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and is past president of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs serving over 4,500 law enforcement officers statewide. Before entering law enforcement, Representative Hayes served in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted Aircraft Mechanic. Representative Hayes also teaches part time at Everett Community College.
Senator Mike Hewitt
Senate Minority Caucus
Senator Hewitt represents the 16th District, comprised of Walla Walla and Columbia and parts of Franklin and Benton Counties. He serves on the Ways & Means; Commerce & Labor; and Natural Resources & Parks Committees. Since being elected in 2000, he has served in leadership as Assistant Whip, Majority Whip and Republican Leader. Mike is the former Executive Director of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and former chairman of the Walla Walla Planning Commission. He retired after 23 years as a small business owner in Walla Walla. His wife, Cory, manages the Walla Walla county fairgrounds and they have two grown sons. In his spare time, Mike enjoys fly fishing and photography.
| Representative Marcus Riccelli
House Majority Caucus
Marcus was born and raised in Spokane, graduating from Mead High School (’96) and Gonzaga University (’00). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2007, he received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington. Outside his duties with the legislature, Marcus is the Operations Manager for the Northeast Community Center. Marcus is active in Spokane’s downtown Rotary 21, and he is deeply committed to fostering opportunities for young people in Spokane. He serves on the Spokane advisory board for Daybreak Youth Services, and has served as a City Plan Commissioner. Marcus believes strongly in building relationships and working across the aisle.
| Elizabeth Robbins
WA Department of Transportation
Elizabeth joined the Washington State Department of Transportation in 1992, after working for several years in the Texas Department of Transportation. Elizabeth and her staff worked to establish the WSDOT’s first context sensitive design policy and strategy. Now as Community Transportation Planning Manager, Elizabeth and her team work on issues of land use and transportation, the state’s economy vitality, and sustainable transportation. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor and a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
| Chris Thomas
WA Employment Security Department
Chris has 12 years of experience as an economics analyst with the Employment Security Department and has worked on state economic issues related to mass layoffs, green jobs, Business Employment Dynamics data, and the state monthly economic reports. Chris has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
WA Department of Commerce
Mary has been with Commerce since 2008 and she currently manages the Business Services Division, overseeing business recruitment, retention, expansion, rural development, international trade, marketing, loan programs and ADO relations. Before taking on this new role, she served as the Managing Director for the Business Recruitment, Retention & Expansion team in the Department of Commerce. Mary’s background is in finance and commercial film production, working in New York, Baltimore, D.C., and North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in finance.
Department of Revenue
Patti is the Department of Revenue’s Local Government Liaison. She manages the Department’s statewide local government relations and serves as the primary point of contact for local governments. She is also responsible for developing, recommending, and implementing statewide policy and procedures that impact local governments. Patti has worked for the Department for more than 23 years.