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WMBA Presidents Message

Dear Members,

Our April dinner meeting was a busy night indeed. Being Past President’s night, we had the pleasure of having several past presidents join us for the celebration; Ken Larsen – WMLA 2015 & SMBA 2010, Francois Madath – SMBA 2014, Dean Dardzinski – SMBA 2008, Sharon Knowles – SMBA 2012, Anne Marie Bachman – WMBA 2016, Tony Blodgett – WMBA 2017, Rich Bennion – WMLA 1999, Kevin Lane – WMLA 2012, and Yanna Nelson – SMBA 2007.

SMBA, WMLA and now WMBA have a long tradition of serving our industry in the state, and it was a great honor to show our thanks to these leaders for the many years they have given, and continue to give to our industry. We kicked off the speaker portion of the night with WMBA’s Lobbyist, Jessica Fortescue, who addressed the gathering by providing us with an overview of this past legislative session and the many changes we saw there in Olympia. Jessica discussed the many issues we worked on including the Hirst decision fix, which to everyone’s delight and surprise was resolved early in the session, as well as the progress on Nationstar and other bills. With the “Dems” having now a slim majority in both House and Senate, Jessica reviewed these impacts as well as a preview of what’s expected to be on the calendar for next year’s session. One item which is being highlighted by our group and others is the Condo Defect Liability Laws which we are taking a role in working for a true improvement in the law to enable condominium development in the state.

Following Jessica, it was a real pleasure to have back Mike Flood, the Seattle Seahawk’s Community Outreach Director, this year accompanied by former Seahawk cornerback Marcus Trufant. Mike again shared with us the Seahawk’s vision and reminded us of how much community outreach the Seahawks do throughout the NW and Alaska. Marcus then came up to discuss his time as a Seahawk, his role as a former player in the community with his foundation, as well as his experience as a ten year NFL veteran entering private business. At the conclusion of the night, we presented Marcus with a donation from the WMBA to his charity.

Earlier in the evening Past President Sharon Knowles reminded all that this year’s WMBA Scholarship applications are available and the deadline for the awards is May 15th. Please do remind all employees of your companies that the scholarship is open and applications are being accepted. Robert Lipston and Anne Marie Bachman also reminded folks that this year’s Annual Golf Tournament registration is open and is expected, as always, to sell out. In addition there are a few sponsorship opportunities for the event. If your company is interested please contact Robert Lipston or Anne Marie Bachmann to check on availability.

Before ending, I want to take a moment to remind all that Tuesday, May 15th is our annual Charity Auction event. Registration is open now for the dinner event, which helps support a deserving local charity, Housing Hope. Please do come. Not only is our annual auction event one of our better attended and a night that we all enjoy, but it really has a big impact for the local charity. Your support means a lot and goes a long way. You may also consider donating items to the auction as well. Donations are being accepted for the auction. Please feel free to contact the office or the Auction Co-Chairs Jana Arnold, or Teresa Parco as well as Lindsay Larson if you have an item you would like to donate to a great cause.

Thank you for your continued support and membership,


Dan Rivisto


Dan Rivisto


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