Who are the people making things happen in our region? Who has the means and the vision and the talent to truly effect change locally? Who is holding the power now, and who is taking over the reins next? We turned to our readers for their input as to who the most powerful and influential men and women in the Inland Northwest are, and out of 500 nominations; here are your Power 50:
1. David A. Condon, Mayor of the City of Spokane
David A. Condon is the 44th Mayor of the City of Spokane. Born in February, 1974, the same year that Spokane was preparing to shine on the world stage at the Expo ’74 World’s Fair, Condon grew up watching the fireworks off Cliff Drive on the 4th of July, helping his mom at the House of Charity, and spending Friday nights in the fall at Joe Albi Stadium watching high school football games. It was the Spokane that Condon grew up in, a place that was safe for families, fertile for businesses and naturally stunning, that gave him a passion for the City.
David Condon’s career has spanned everything from starting four of his own coffee shops during his college years in Boston, to managing his father’s dental practice in Spokane, to working as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Eastern Washington’s U.S. Congresswoman, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. Additionally, Condon served in the 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii; the 62nd Medical Brigade, Fort Lewis, WA; the 396th Combat Support Hospital and the Mann Reserve Center in the Hillyard neighborhood.
2. Walt Worthy
Walt Worthy’s local business investments began back in the early 1970s and continue to enhance the region today with each new project. These investments and developments have included duplexes, condominiums, student housing, mini-storage units, commercial refurbishing of office properties and more, with future plans to develop a 15-story mixed-use hotel across from the INB Performing Arts Center in downtown Spokane.
3. William Stacey Cowles, Publisher of The Spokesman-Review
William Stacey Cowles represents the fourth generation of his family to oversee The Spokesman-Review, the 125-year-old daily newspaper in Spokane.
4. Scott L. Morris,
President, Chairman & CEO of Avista Corp
Scott Morris is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Avista Corp. He was elected president in 2006 and named chairman and chief executive officer in 2008. Morris also serves as chairman of the board of Ecova, a subsidiary of Avista Corp. Morris is an experienced utility executive who has served in a variety of leadership positions since joining the company in 1981. He began his career in the company’s utility marketing division and has served in leadership positions throughout the company, including in customer service, construction and as general manager for Avista’s Oregon and California utility business. He held that position until being named president of Avista Utilities in 2000.
Morris serves as chairman of Innovate Washington, having been appointed by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in 2011. He serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Seattle branch, the Washington Roundtable and Greater Spokane Incorporated. Morris also is a member of the board of trustees for Gonzaga University and serves on the boards of the Edison Electric Institute, Western Energy Institute (past chairman) the American Gas Association and ReliOn.
5. Lisa Brown,
Chancellor of WSU Spokane
Lisa Brown has been the chancellor of WSU Spokane since January 2013. Prior, she represented Spokane in the Legislature for 20 years, first in the House and later in the Senate where she was the majority leader for seven years. Dr. Brown is credited with securing critical state funding for health sciences education and research on the WSU Spokane campus, as well as for the Fox Theater and YMCA/YWCA. She is known for passionately protecting human services funding in Washington.
6. Peter F. Stanton,
Chairman and CEO of Washington Trust Bank
Peter Stanton was named president in 1990, becoming the fourth generation head of the bank that is now the oldest and largest privately owned commercial bank in the Northwest. Stanton was 34 when he assumed the role of president, making him the second youngest bank president ever in Spokane, second only to his father, Philip Stanton, who had become president of the bank in 1962 at age 31. Stanton serves as chairman of the board for W.T.B. Financial Corporation, and is a board member for Greater Spokane Incorporated, and Inland Northwest Council, Boy Scouts of America. In addition to holding positions on numerous civic boards, Stanton was president of the Washington Bankers Association from 1995 to 1996 and State Chairman of the American Bankers Association for 1997 and 1998. Stanton is also the chairman of the Advisory Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County and serves on the Board of Trustees of Gonzaga University.
7. Kevin Parker,
State Representative for Spokane’s 6th District, and Owner of Dutch Bros. Coffee
Kevin Parker is an entrepreneur who owns Dutch Bros. Coffee in Spokane, serves as a leadership instructor at Fairchild Air Force Base, an adjunct business professor at Whitworth University, and he serves as the State Representative for Spokane’s 6th District. He studied political science at Whitworth, earned an MBA at George Fox University and studied leadership at Harvard in the Kennedy School of Government – (Executive Education program). Parker is currently a Rodel scholar through the Aspen Institute into which 22 elected officials from across the United States, who are seen as rising political stars in the United States, are accepted annually.
Parker has won numerous awards for his work in the legislature, business and in the community. As a survivor of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, he has spoken internationally about his experience and views on leadership.
8. Jack Heath,
President and COO of Washington Trust Bank
Jack Heath is the president and chief operating officer of Washington Trust Bank. He was elected to this position in March 2000. Prior to this, Heath was senior vice president, Retail Banking—September 1998, senior vice president, North Idaho Market Manager—February 1996, and vice president, Commercial Loans—October 1989. Prior to joining the Commercial Banking Group, Heath held numerous positions in Marketing, Investment Services and Branch Banking. Heath is active in the community, currently serving on the Gonzaga Board of Regents and Gonzaga Forum Board, Pacific Coast Banking School Board, PREMERA Board of Directors, and the Mobius Science Center Board. Heath is also past Chairman of the Washington Bankers Association and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
9. Duane Hagadone,
President, CEO and Founder of the Hagadone Corporation
Duane Hagadone was born in Idaho. After dropping out of college, Hagadone began working for his father’s newspaper and eventually became the owner of that publication as well as many others. He is the head of the Hagadone Corporation, a very successful company with branches dedicated to publishing, hospitality and real estate.
10. Rich Hadley,
President and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated
Rich Hadley is the leader of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), the region’s chamber of commerce and economic development organization. Under Hadley’s leadership, GSI has been able to work with various community leaders to establish four years of medical education in Spokane, ensure construction of the North Spokane Corridor, advocate for and protect Fairchild Air Force Base, and raise the Spokane region’s standing with elected officials in Olympia and Washington D.C.
11. Mark Few,
Head Coach of Gonzaga University Men’s Basketball
Gonzaga University Men’s Basketball head coach Mark Few has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA Division I basketball annals in his 14 seasons at the helm, and in the process has made Bulldog basketball a household name across the country. Few first joined the Bulldogs for the 1989-90 season as a graduate assistant under former head coach Dan Fitzgerald, then was promoted to a fulltime assistant for the 1991-92 season. He was named associate head coach in April of 1999 following a season in which the Bulldogs became the basketball darlings of the nation on their March run, which saw Gonzaga come within a few ticks of the clock of advancing to the Final Four.
The Bulldogs made a 15th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2013. With 24 years on the Gonzaga bench, Few is the longest tenured men’s basketball coach in Bulldog history. Few’s contract assures his presence on the Bulldog bench through 2022, his long-term agreement reflecting the university’s commitment to Few and his commitment to Gonzaga.
12. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers
Growing up, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers worked on the family orchard side by side with her parents and younger brother. She was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. She worked her way through Pensacola Christian College in Florida and later earned her Executive MBA from the University of Washington. McMorris-Rodgers served five terms as a citizen legislator in Olympia, eventually being elected to minority leader. In 2004 she was elected to Congress where she now serves in her fourth term representing Eastern Washington’s Fifth Congressional District. She was chosen to be a member of the Republican Leadership team in 2009, where she is vice chair of the Conference.
13. Ben Stuckart,
Council President at City of Spokane
Ben Stuckart is serving his second year as City of Spokane Council President. He is a Spokane native and graduate of Lewis and Clark High School and Gonzaga University (undergraduate and graduate). His prior experience includes starting the Communities In Schools of Spokane County. Under his leadership the organization grew to a half-a-million dollar agency providing services for thousands of Spokane’s students. He has also enjoyed unique opportunities in the ticketing industry working for the Oakland Raiders, the Sydney Olympics and TicketsWest. As council president, Stuckart serves on 15 community boards and commissions.
14. Jerry Dicker,
Owner of GVD Commercial Properties, Inc.
Jerry Dicker moved to Spokane in the mid-2000s. Originally from the Bronx in New York City, Dicker later moved to California, where he graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles and became involved in real estate. Projects followed in California, New Mexico and Texas. In the Inland Northwest, his empire has grown. He owns the Hotel Ruby, The Bing, the Burgans block on Division Street, antique homes such as the Comstock-Shadle House (where he lives) and the Moen House (where GVD Commercial Properties keeps its Spokane offices), the Dance Center of Spokane and the property of the Red Lion Hotel on Division Street.
15. Elizabeth A. Cowles,
Chairwoman of Cowles Company
Betsy Cowles is chairwoman of Cowles Company, a diversified family-owned media, forest products, insurance and real estate company headquartered in Spokane. In addition to working on long-term corporate strategy, she directly oversees several divisions of the company, including broadcasting, a national insurance agency and real estate (including River Park Square). Cowles is active in the community and has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including past Chair of Greater Spokane Incorporated, past Chair of the Spokane Symphony, and founding member of The Fox Theater and TVW boards. She is a director of the Laird Norton Company. She received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from George Washington University, where she is a past trustee.
16. Elaine Couture,
CEO of Providence Health Care
Elaine Couture has been in health care since 1977, first as a bedside nurse and nurse manager at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Health Center in Billings, MT, and then as director of an occupational health and wellness program. She held her first administrative position at Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, serving 15 years in advancing leadership roles including chief nursing officer, then accepted a role as vice president at Providence Sacred Heart in 2002. She advanced to chief operating officer and then was named chief executive for Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals.
17. Vincent Bozzi,
Publisher at Bozzi Media
Vincent Bozzi is president of Bozzi Media, publishers of this magazine, as well as Prime and Spokane CDA Woman magazines. He and his wife, Emily, also own Chocolate Apothecary, the Bozzi Collection art gallery, and the events center Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill. Bozzi says he is well aware that in a survey sent to the database of his own magazine, there is a bias effect at play, and he takes his showing in the survey with a huge grain of salt, but appreciate every vote received.
18. Jim Frank,
Principal and CEO of Greenstone Corporation
Jim Frank grew up in Coeur d’Alene and received first an engineering degree and then a law degree both from Gonzaga University. He practiced environmental and natural resource law for ten years, and then founded Greenstone in 1983, applying his passion for economic and environmental sustainability to the development of planned communities in our region. He has over 30 years experience in land entitlement and management in the real estate development and construction industry.
19. Theresa Sanders,
City Administrator of the City of Spokane
Theresa Sanders, a native of Spokane, has a strong background in management, economic development and local government. She attended North Central High School and Eastern Washington University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Government. Earlier in her career, Sanders worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, in various leadership roles including product marketing and international business development. Upon returning to the Spokane area, Sanders served in both rural and urban Economic Development positions before being appointed as Economic Development Division Director by then-Mayor Dennis Hession. Her current role as city administrator is the City’s highest appointed position.
20. Kevin J. Twohig,
CEO of Spokane Public Facilities District
Kevin Twohig is a Gonzaga University graduate who has worked in Spokane ever since his graduation. He owned and operated a touring concert production company that provided services for Expo ‘74, the World’s Fair. In 1975, he accepted a position with the City of Spokane at the Spokane Opera House. He has been operating public assembly facilities in Spokane ever since. He developed the Ag Trade Center, the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, the INB Performing Arts Center remodel, the Spokane Convention Center Exhibit Hall and is just starting the Convention Center completion project. The District operates three facilities profitably and manages over 1,000 events each year with over 1,000,000 annual attendees.
21. Ted S. McGregor,
Jr., Publisher of The Inlander
McGregor grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga Prep High School and the University of the Washington. While studying for his Master’s in journalism at the University of Missouri, he completed a professional project on starting a weekly newspaper in Spokane. In 1993, he turned that project into reality by founding The Inlander and has served as its editor and publisher ever since.
22. Marty Dickinson,
Executive Vice President and Marketing and Communications Executive at Sterling Bank
Dickinson was hired at Sterling in 2011 after spending six years as president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, where she led a comprehensive downtown marketing and revitalization program including planning, advocacy, enhanced municipal services, project development and business development.
Prior to that, she was vice president of both the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and Spokane Area Economic Development Council. Dickinson also has a background in telecommunications, working in management and marketing for NEXTLINK, XO Communications, Cellular One and AT&T Wireless. She currently serves on the WSU Spokane Advisory Board, State of Washington Regence/Blue Shield Foundation Board and the Mobius Spokane Board of Directors.
23. Todd Mielke,
County Commissioner for Spokane County
Todd Mielke has a diverse business background. He had an excavation business for a number of years in the Spokane area, and more recently has had a government affairs consulting business. In that role, he assisted businesses, trade associations and individuals with state legislative and regulatory issues. He has also been responsible for securing hundreds of millions in state funding for a number of the projects you see in the Spokane area. Prior to opening his government affairs business, Mielke was the director of State Government Affairs in the Northwest for Johnson & Johnson.
24. Tom Simpson,
Co-Founder & Chairman of GreenCupboards, Managing Partner at Kick-Start
With more than 25 years of experience as an investment banker, venture capitalist, angel investor and entrepreneur, Tom Simpson is strongly focused on working closely with emerging companies in the Spokane region to achieve growth and profitability. He is president of the Spokane Angel Alliance whose members have invested $3.1 million in 12 Spokane area companies over the last few years. These companies have raised an additional $16.3 million from other investors and currently employ 320 people. Tom is a co-founder of GreenCupboards, an on-line retailer of environmentally friendly products for homes and businesses. Kick-Start is an angel fund focused on companies headquartered in the Spokane area. Simpson serves on the boards of Berg Manufacturing, GenPrime, Gravity Jack, Telect and the Mobius Science Center and on the advisory board of the Foster School of Business (University of Washington).
25. Frank G. Straub, Jr., Police Chief of City of Spokane
Frank G. Straub came to Spokane to serve as Police Chief in the fall of 2012 with decades of experience in law enforcement, working in both regional and national public safety. He previously served as the Public Safety Director for the City of Indianapolis, where he led 3,200 sworn and civilian personnel assigned to the Department for Public Safety’s police, fire, homeland security, animal care and control, communications and EMS divisions.
26. Ed Clark,
Owner of The Clark Company
27. Bob Adolfson,
Owner of Glover Mansion Catering and Events
28. Bobby Brett,
Sports Team Owner and Real Estate Investor
29. Irv Zackheim, President/Chief Executive Officer at Zak Designs
30. Mark Richards, President of Downtown Spokane Partnership
31. Deena Moe-Caruso, Owner of Finders Keepers
32. Kent Caputo,
Chief Operating Officer of the Kalispel Tribe
33. Harry Sladich,
Executive VP, Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Revenue Management for Red Lion Hotels Corporation
34. Sandi Bloem,
Mayor of City of Coeur d’Alene
35. Kim Pearman-Gillman,
Director Strategic Market Development at McKinstry
36. Harlan Douglass,
President of Harlan D. Douglass, Inc.
37. Don Barbieri,
Chairman of Red Lion Hotels Corporation
38. Dick Wendle,
Owner of Wendle Motors
39. Mark Hurtubise,
President at Inland Northwest Community Foundation
40. Ron Wells,
Owner of Wells and Company
41. Susan Meyer,
Chief Executive Officer of Spokane Transit Authority
42. Mollie Dalpae,
Executive Director at Mid City Concerns/Meals on Wheels Spokane
43. Jerry Jaeger,
Partner at Hagadone Hospitality
44. Ozzie Knezovich,
Spokane County Sheriff
45. Shane Hurley,
CEO of Merchant Services Direct
46. Larry Krauter,
CEO/Airport Director of Spokane International Airport
47. Jane E. Brown,
Managing Partner at Paine Hamblen
48. Al French, S
pokane County Commissioner
49. Cheryl Kilday,
President and CEO at Visit Spokane
50. Leroy Nosbaum,
President and Chief Executive Officer at Itron