Ron has spent his entire professional career in the world of marketing communication. After graduating from the University of Washington, he started as a copywriter at the then largest Northwest agency, Cole & Weber. Having honed his management skills on accounts such as Boeing, Weyerhaeuser, and Westin Hotels, Ron left the comfort of his “job” to enter the world of “entrepreneurship” by co-founding ElginSyferd in 1981. The communications agency was a pioneer in the art and science of total integration which helped it become the region’s largest with quarter billion dollars of billings and 200+ employees serving such clients as Genentech, Holland America Line, Jansport, Microsoft, McDonald’s, Nordstrom and Swedish Medical Center. He sold the agency in 1989 and took on new roles as CEO for DDB West and national board member until his retirement in 2011.
During his long and storied career, he co-founded six successful companies including the region’s largest graphic design firm and the premier direct marketing company. He’s received numerous awards including Citizen of the Year from Big Brothers, a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Advertising Federation, and was recently inducted to the U of W’s School of Communications Hall of Fame. In his spare time, Ron serves on multiple boards and is a successful author.
John serves as managing director and partner at Delafield Hambrecht, Inc. (“DHI”), an investment firm headquartered in Seattle. DHI is a registered investment advisor that manages private investment funds and makes private equity investments. Prior to joining DHI, John served in multiple leadership roles in various industries with companies such as Saltmine, Northland Communications Corporation, and Xerox, and as director at Seattle Bank.
John graduated from Whitman College and received an MBA from the University of Washington. He is 58th person to climb the Seven Summits – the highest peak on each of the seven continents.
Ed Wallace is a founding member of the board of directors for Puget Sound Bank and is a former board member for St. Joseph Foundation of Phoenix, Star Industries, the west coast's largest independent construction rental supplier, and Youth Eastside Services in Bellevue. With a diverse entrepreneurial and business background, Ed is formerly the owner of Destination Harley-Davidson, owner of EEW Enterprises and EEW Holdings commercial properties, general manager of Kenworth Truck Company (a division of PACCAR), and executive vice president and general manager of PACCAR Leasing Corporation.
Ed is the author of two books: 52 Pick-Up, a guide to shaping organizational behavior for optimum financial performance, and Dysfunction to Function, a reflection on his personal business development. Ed earned his MBA from the University of Washington.