Appointments, promotions and awards in the business community.

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Airlines: Elizabeth Ryan was named managing director of labor relations — air and Gary Beck was named vice president of flight operations at Alaska Airlines.

Associations: Jack Goldberg, president of Personnel Management Systems, was elected president of the Seattle Executives Association.

Forest products: Claire Grace was named a vice president at Weyerhaeuser, Federal Way.

Insurance: Rauline Gonzales Ochs was named executive vice president for sales and marketing at Safeco.

Investing: Stephen Roche was named president and chief operating officer at Guidant Financial Group.

Law: Tana Lin and Amy Williams-Derry were named partners at Keller Rohrback. John Baier joined Davis Wright Tremaine. Cindy Caditz and Rodney Tullett joined Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness. Alice Wong was named a principal and Jessica Nguyen joined Cairncross & Hempelmann. Karl Quackenbush and Bryce Holland Jr. joined Riddell Williams as principals. Seth Berntsen and Akane Suzuki were promoted to owners at Garvey Schubert Barer.

Manufacturing: Eric Thormann was hired as managing director at Power Climber, a division of SafeWorks.

Real estate: Steve Fiksdal joined Ewing & Clark as managing director. Lars Anderson joined Wallace Properties as associate general counsel.

Retail: Jean Marie Benz was hired as head designer/director of design and development at Zovo.

Technology: Liviu Siteanu was hired as director of sales at LINK Conference Service.


Banking: David West was hired as vice president/income property lender at Banner Bank, Bellevue.

Social services: Alice Ferrier was named human-resources director at Hopelink, Redmond.

To be included in the On the Move column, send the information to Gary Dougherty by fax, 206-382-8879; e-mail,; or mail, The Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111. Photos will not be returned.