Introducing the 2016 GSBA Board of Directors

| Dec 04, 2015

The following is the 2016 slate of Directors approved by the GSBA Board at their December 2, 2015 meeting:

Chair: Kevin Gaspari (Real Estate Broker, Windermere)
Vice Chair: Drew Ness (COO, 1st Security Bank)
Secretary: Brandon Chun (Director of Human Resources, MDC)
Treasurer: Marci Flanery (CPA)
Scholarship Chair: Stephanie Dallas (Vice President, Morgan Stanley)
Public Affairs Chair: Jay Petterson (Principal, Blue Wave Political Partners)

2016 INCOMING BOARD MEMBERS (see below for bios)
Chris Befumo (Region Operations Manager, US Bank)
Rob Hampton (Senior Vice President, Visit Seattle)
Gladys Gillis (Principal, Starline Luxury Coaches)
Linda Marzano (CEO, Pacific Medical Centers)
Beto Yarce (Executive Director, Ventures)

Calvin Goings
(US Small Business Administration*)
Jenny Harding (New Chapter Weddings & Events)
David Hernandez (New York Life)
Dena Levine (DML Insurance Services)
Jay Petterson (Blue Wave Political Partners)
Paul Villa

BefumoOriginally from New Jersey, Chris graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Rhode Island in 1992.  He currently serves as the Region Operations Manager for Washington Metro Branches for US Bank. Chris has worked in the financial industry for 21 years, starting as a personal banker, Assistant Manager, Branch Manager and then 10 years as a District Manager in Minneapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Reno.

He moved to the Pacific Northwest in August of 2014 and fell in love with the region.  An avid runner, Chris has completed 6 half marathons this year.  He was joined the GSBA Corporate Advisory Board in March, 2015 and is now very excited to join the Board of Directors in 2016.  

Gladys Gillis, native to Seattle, started her career in the engineering department at Boeing where she worked for 13 years.

GillisIn 1998, she founded Starline Luxury Coaches with a vision and a limited fleet of three shuttle buses.  Over the years, she has become a respected leader in the national transportation industry.  She has served on the board of World Affairs Council of Seattle since 2010 and just recently finished her term as Chairman of that Board.  
In 2012, she expanded her operation to the Pullman and Spokane markets through the purchase of Wheatland Express bus company.  She currently serves on the GSBA Corporate Advisory Board and is recognized as the CEO of the largest, women-owned fleet in the Pacific Northwest.  She believes in community involvement and enjoys consulting with other enterprising business people to develop their financial management skills.

HamptonRob Hampton is Senior Vice President Convention Sales and Services at Visit Seattle, the private, nonprofit marketing organization that promotes Seattle as a destination for international and domestic leisure travel, meetings and conventions. Rob oversees Visit Seattle’s Convention Sales and Services departments, including 25 employees in the organization’s main Seattle office as well as sales offices in Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

Hampton has more than 25 years of progressive sales leadership experience in the convention and meeting industry, including at the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Jacksonville and Experience Columbus. Hampton is an active member of several meeting industry organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and PCMA.  

Hampton and his husband, Mark, enjoy their new home in Seattle, as well as traveling and having new experiences in unique destinations. 

Linda currently is Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Medical Centers at Providence Health & Services, responsible for oversight of the nine-clinic system serving the Puget Sound region. She also serves as the Executive Director of the US Family Health Plan, a Department of Defense health plan for retired military at Pacific Medical Centers.

Linda has over 25 years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings. Linda is a founding member of Project Access Northwest, a ground breaking non-profit that has significantly improved access to healthcare for underserved populations in the region. Under her leadership, Project Access brought together the major providers of care in the region to develop solutions to the challenges of providing specialty care to the underinsured and uninsured populations in the community.

Linda is Past Board President and current member of the Policy Committee for the Women's Funding Alliance. In 2014, she was recognized by GSBA as Corporate Leader of the Year for her leadership role in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also volunteers for Year-Up, supporting urban young adults for their future careers. Linda holds a B.S. in Nursing from University of Miami and an M.H.A. from Barry University.

Beto joined Ventures in March 2008 and serves as its Executive Director. Beto is passionate and inspired to support other entrepreneurs with their dreams and helping them realize their vision in a business. When Beto started his own business in Seattle, he did not have all the business support that he needed to navigate the system and that was the reason he decided to join Ventures (then Washington C.A.S.H.).

Beto led Venture’s Latino Business Program for seven years, growing a fledgling training course into a thriving model for Latino small business success around the country. An aspiring businessman since the age of 8, Beto is also the founder and owner of Cintli, an upscale Mexican art and retail store in Pike Place Market. These experiences give him unique insight into the challenges faced by aspiring entrepreneurs as they work to increase their financial self-sufficiency through small business ownership.

He received a degree in International Business from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

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