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2017 President's Award: Meade Thayer

by Greater Seattle Business Association
| Dec 28, 2017

The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards honor businesses and business leaders who are successful, exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and invest time and resources into their community.

Presidents_award2017 President's Award: Meade Thayer

Meade Thayer has been part of the GSBA Scholarship Steering Committee since its inception a decade ago. His expertise in the field of education, admissions, and financial aid, as Executive Director of Northwest Association of Independent Schools for 16 years, has made him one of the most valuable resources in growing the Scholarship Fund to what it now is. Meade’s philosophy is to ask a lot of questions to better understand what someone wants to accomplish, and then help them find the resources to accomplish their goal.  Meade asks the hard questions, then rolls up his sleeves to do the hard work to figure out the best answers, all with compassion and generosity. Beyond his professional expertise, he is also personally one of the most generous financial donors to the fund. In his ‘retirement’ this self-avowed sports junkie (with emphasis on the Seahawks) continues to serve as a Consultant with NWAIS’ Leaders Supporting Leaders program and to volunteer in his community and, we hope for years to come, to share his expertise and dedication to helping the Scholarship Fund improve the lives of countless scholars. This year to honor his contribution, we will award the Meade Thayer Scholarship to a deserving future leader.

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