The Association of Washington Business began the start of the new fiscal year by announcing its new slate of officers for 2012-13. AWB is the oldest and largest statewide business organization, with more than 8,000 members representing a cross-section of industries across Washington state.
Joining the AWB Board of Directors as board chair is Doug Bayne, director of resource development for the Walla Walla Community College Foundation. Bayne has been actively involved in AWB since 2003, when he first joined the board as a representative of Banner Bank in Walla Walla.
Joining Bayne on the board is AWB Vice Chair Mel Russell, owner of Aldercreek Vineyards in Vancouver and AWB Secretary-Treasurer Lisa Janicki, chief financial officer of Janicki Industries in Sedro-Woolley. Tom Hosea, western region government affairs director for KeyBank, will continue on the board as immediate past chair.
“This past year, AWB achieved several major milestones, including surpassing our 8,000th member and hosting the first debates of the election cycle for the candidates for attorney general and governor,” said AWB President Don Brunell. “These accomplishments reflect the kind of professionalism and teamwork people have come to expect from an organization like AWB. Our leadership team continues to focus on policies that will create a healthy economy for everyone in our state by insuring our businesses provide jobs and the tax revenues our state needs for police and fire protection, schools, colleges and universities and to assist people in need,” added Brunell.
“Private sector job growth is the best way to help our economy recover, and our whole organization, from our leadership team to our staff and members, are focused on that goal.”
About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.