Appointments, promotions and awards in the business community.

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Aerospace: Kris Kutchera was named managing director of applications development and Shannon Alberts managing director of investor relations at Alaska Airlines.

Architecture: Jonathan Chang was named an associate principal at Callison Architecture. Mark Cork was named a principal at Mahlum Architects.

Banking: Chris Heman was promoted to senior vice president and region manager at U.S. Bank. Gerry Hatler was named president and chief executive at EvergreenBank’s new office in downtown Seattle. Peggy Agress was hired as an assistant controller at HomeStreet Bank.

Engineering: Robin Nelson was elected president of the board of directors at Hammond Collier Wade Livingstone.

Health care: Lori Anderson was named divisional director of women’s services at Highline Medical Center, Burien.

Law: Marisa Bavand and Michael Grace became partners at Groff Murphy Trachtenberg & Everard. Ruby Hou Alexander joined Perkins Coie as an associate. Miyuki Yoshida joined Lane Powell as an associate. Aaron Brown joined Cozen O’Connor as an associate. Nathan Hoerschelmann joined Gordon Thomas Honeywell Malanca Peterson & Daheim as an associate. Lance Losey was appointed chairman of the estate-planning and probate group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland. William “Skip” Fisher joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as a shareholder.

Technology: Alix Erickson was promoted to vice president, programs, at WSA (formerly the Washington Software Alliance).


Banking: Mike Ralph was hired as a vice president and loan officer at HomeStreet Bank, Bellevue. Chris Vanbellinghen was hired as a vice president and banking center manager at First Mutual Bank, Issaquah. Jeffrey Porter was promoted to assistant vice president and banking- center manager at First Mutual Bank, Juanita. Ann Snow was promoted to assistant vice president and banking-center manager at First Mutual Bank, Sammamish.

Convention centers: Krystal Turney was hired as human- resources manager at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue.

Wireless communications: Mike Kent was appointed vice president at Action Engine.

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