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SEA 100th Anniversary Gala

SEA 100th Anniversary Gala
The Seattle Executives Association celebrated its 100th Anniversary on Thursday, November 2 at the Washington Athletic Club. Over 140 current and former members lifted a glass to toast this remarkable occasion.

Speakers included our master of ceremonies – Cameron Smock of Bonney-Watson, our 2017 Presidents Jared Stewart of Jared T. Stewart, Attorney at Law and Ron Allen of Socius Law Group and Corey Coffman of the Coffman Group brought the festivities to a humorous close. A special “Man of the Year” was presented to Jim Osborn of Paratex Pest Control by Rich Martin of RB Content Lab.

We thank again all who celebrated with us. Your participation and support keeps this organization healthy and strong. Cheers to another 100 years!

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Seattle Execs Golf Tournament

Seattle Execs Golf Tournament
Thank you to all 28 member companies who sponsored the annual SEA Golf Tournament on July 19. Your support helped make the day fun for all 98 golfers at Redmond Ridge. What a way to celebrate 100 years!

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Seattle Executives Association Celebrates its 100th Year

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The Seattle Executives Association will be celebrating its centennial anniversary year with a movie premiere telling the story of its 100-year journey, involving many of the most prominent and well-known Seattle companies.

At the movie premiere, attendees will go on a wondrous journey from 1917 through Seattle’s business history. Never seen film and original photography helps to tell the story of what life was like for a Seattle business forging its way through the Great Depression, World War I, World War II, Women in the Workplace and beyond. And for the first time, this short film shares the untold, Seattle business story. The film is produced by SEA member Rich Martin of RB Content Lab.

The premiere is scheduled for Thursday, March 16th in the tasting room of the historic Rainier Beer Brewery from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This prestigious association, which served as the first business networking organization in the state of Washington, was established in 1917 by a small group of business leaders looking to increase their sales by sharing information about ships coming to the port to buy goods. This concept remains strong today as more than 100 local business leaders meet weekly to get to know products and services, and share information about who is looking to buy from each other.

“It can become a substantial business growth machine for those who partake in the association,” said Melissa Bell, Seattle Executives Association executive director. “Members are invite-only and there is only one business in each of the industries that service our community.”

Many of Seattle’s most respected companies and longest standing brands have been or remain part of the Seattle Executives Association. Past and currents members include Nordstrom, Moss Adams, Bonney-Watson Company, Seattle Lighting, Yellow Cabs, Aqua Quip Pool & Spa, The Space Needle Corporation, ,American Solutions for Business, Don’s Group Attire, Holland America, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Seattle Mariners, NuLeaf Office Solutions, and many more.

“Membership in the Seattle Executives Association has been a vital link for our company to other quality businesses in the area for many years,” said Jim Osborn, President of Paratex Pest Control, a member of Seattle Executives Association since 1951. “It opens the door to candid business information and shared leads that would not be available from any other source.”

“I’m proud to serve as a member of an organization that has been meeting together in the community for more than 100 years,” said Aaron Blank, CEO of The Fearey Group, a Seattle-based public relations and public affairs firm. “I joined the association one year ago, and am amazed by the amount of business networking and references the group serves to each other.”

“You join Seattle Execs because of the business...the chance to generate leads and new sales,” said Jack Goldberg, President of Personnel Management Systems, Inc. “You stay in Seattle Execs because of the relationships and friendships that you make. These connections are what have helped me and my business grow over the long run, even in a struggling economy.”

Seattle Executives Association was established in 1917 by a small group of business leaders who believed that they could increase their sales by sharing information about ships coming to port to buy goods. In addition, each could refer their clients to others in the group and therefore reduce the time and resources needed for each to locate new business. So, by getting together weekly to share their knowledge, each prospered! 100 years later, the Seattle Executives Association continues to meet weekly to share leads, to collaborate and to network with other local business leaders.

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Ask a Pro Sales Tips

Ask a Pro Sales Tips
Seattle Execs hosted an informative seminar on March 8 on sales. Speakers included Dean Altaras of NAI Puget Sound Properties, Lisa Woodstock of Woodstock Media Group and Ralph Bruksos of Training Consultants Company.

Here are the top takeaways:
1. Learn what you are selling better
2. Don’t be indecisive. If you are indecisive, you will not be able to convince someone to be decisive.
3. Have a strong mentor in your life.
4. Seek that person whose insights and perspectives are relatable to you.
5. Do not have $$$ signs on your forehead
6. Learn how to share and cooperate with others in your salesforce
7. Be a good listener (very basic but super important) and let them talk.
8. Learn about what motivates them.
9. Be interested in them in their personal life and their business.
10. Work on the small deals. Always look at the big fish and elephants.
11. They are not long for your business.
12. Be responsive and attentive. Return calls. It is inexcusable not to! And stop texting!! Return emails and phone calls within 24 hours.
13. Treat your clients and prospect as if they are your family.
14. Learn how to say NO - it is very empowering.
15. Be pleasantly persistent! This is key...
16. Lunch and learns are good to do so do it!
17. Turnaround fast and you’ll turn around your competition
18. Make it their idea, not yours

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PSBJ Book of Lists Honorees

PSBJ Book of Lists Honorees
The Puget Sound Business Journal Book of Lists 2017 is out! The Book of Lists contains lists of top companies, arranged by industry. Here are the Seattle Executives Association member companies who made the esteemed list.

Accounting Solutions Partners
#12 Eastside Fastest-Growing Private Companies
#31 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Banner Bank
#2 Largest Banks
#3 SBA Lenders
#9 Banks by Marketshare
#15 Fastest-Growing Public Companies

Brown & Brown of WA
#7 Insurance Brokerages

CFO Selections
#36 Eastside Fastest-Growing Private Companies
#89 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Complete Office Furniture
#1 Office Furniture Dealers

Crowne Plaza
#10 Hotel

Gaspar’s Construction
#5 Home Remodelers

John L. Scott Real Estate
#2 Residential Real Estate Firms

Moss Adams
#1 Accounting Firms
#15 Largest Private Companies

NAI Puget Sound Properties
#6 Commercial Real Estate Brokerages

Pacific Software Publishing
#35 Largest Minority Owned Business

PC Bennett Solutions
#18 Fastest-Growing Minority Owned Business

Schwartz Brothers
#80 Largest Private Companies

#21 Corporate Philanthropists - Small
#16 Insurance Brokerages

Windermere Real Estate
#1 Residential Real Estate Firms
#8 Largest Private Companies

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Great Photo from October 12, 1951

Great Photo from October 12, ...
Here is a great photo from the SEA archives from 65 years ago. It was the Seattle Execs Fair and Ladies Night. A fun look back.

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Join SEA at the IEA Conference

Join SEA at the IEA Conference
Seattle Execs is a member chapter of the International Executives Association. Join SEA members as they travel to the 2016 IEA Leadership Conference from November 2 - 4 in San Francisco. Celebrate “100 years of The Power of Networking Past and Present”.

Enjoy inspiring keynote speakers, sharpen your skills during breakout sessions and network face to face with IEA members from around the United States and Canada. Plus enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

For more information about International Executives and the Annual Conference, visit

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Welcome New Classification - Acupuncture

Welcome New Classification - ...
At our August 10 luncheon, we officially welcomed a new member to Seattle Execs by presenting him with his yellow badge.

Phi Huynh is an Acupuncturist with Herban Qi and represents the Acupuncture classification.

Thank you Dr. Catherine Darley of The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine for sponsoring.

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Congratulations Jan Wooten

Congratulations Jan Wooten
Congratulations Jan Wooten, Rental Area Manager with Enterprise Holdings. He finished his "Fast Track and received his membership plaque at our August 10 luncheon. His mentor was Jeff Altchech of Temporarily Yours.

Jan is our contact for auto rental.

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Welcome New Member

Kim Cook pictured with her sp... Kim Cook pictured with her sponsor Kelly Cudworth of NuLeaf Office Solutions.
At our August 3rd luncheon, we welcomed a new member to Seattle Execs by presenting them with their yellow badges.

Kim Cook is the Owner of Anchor Healthcare Staffing and represents the Commercial Healthcare Staffing Services classification.

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