David Allen, McKinstray Construction

Seattle’s degree of growth and development is directly proportional to David Allen’s enthusiasm thereof. A scion of the McKinstray Family, he has done much to further the company’s fortunes.
Seattle leads the nation in growth and is at the convergence of an astounding array of top businesses, entertainment, education, shipping, aerospace, philanthropy, transportation, and a ferry system. He foresees the boom to extend into the ’20s and ’30s. It has encompassed WA, OR, and BC.


What engendered this state of things? He dates it to the era of Expo in the early ’60s. Leaders bearing the names, or affiliated with them, met with a vision. They included such as Weyerhaeuser, Nordstrom, Boeing, and the many others, all with an average age of 40.6. They laid the framework of clusters of industries, Indeed, several are spinoffs of original businesses. The work is still in progress.
68 cranes is the current count in the building sector. Each represents $10M to $15M. Overall sectors include Government, Civil, and Private.
Latter-day innovations are in Cyber Security, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence.  In every sense of the idiom, things are looking up.

Comment: Jobs abound. As has been averred, we must fill them with local manpower, else there will be dependence on outside talent. The pressing assignment is to keep the supply of local trainees current. Moreover, in this climate of prosperity, work needs to be done for benefit of the working poor,  those priced out of dwellings and—lest we forget—the homeless.

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Thursday’s speaker WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Bob Ferguson is Washington’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, he directs 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, Governor and Legislature.

General Ferguson’s ongoing priorities are:

  • Protecting consumers and seniors against fraud by cracking down on powerful interests that don’t play by the rules;
  • Keeping communities safer by supporting law enforcement;
  • Protecting our environment; and
  • Standing up for our veterans by advocating for service men and women and their families.

Bob received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, where he was student body president. Bob began his legal career in Spokane where he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge W. Fremming Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington. He then clerked for Judge Myron Bright of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Midwest. Ferguson returned to Seattle and joined Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates), one of Washington’s leading law firms.

In 2003, Bob was elected to the King County Council. In 2005, after the council was reduced from 13 to nine and Bob’s district was eliminated, he was re-elected. He was unopposed in 2009.

Bob is a fourth-generation Washingtonian. His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why Bob is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder. He has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state’s highest peaks.

Bob is an internationally-rated chess master. His games have appeared in local, national and international chess publications. Bob has twice won the Washington State Chess Championship.

Bob, his wife Colleen and their 9-year-old twins, Jack and Katie, reside in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of North Seattle.

Credit: http://www.atg.wa.gov/about-bob-ferguson

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David Ellingson, Outdoorsman

Having kayaked the Mississippi from its origin to Memphis, David Ellingson, outdoorsman extraordinaire, was not satiated. This ultimately enabled him to narrate and colorfully illustrate his journey through the Erie Canal in NY and down the Hudson to New York Harbor. He got as close to the Statue of Liberty as the law allowed.

In this aquatic odyssey, he took us through locks, under bridges, and places of rest. We also, got a glimpse of the fauna and flora, as well as geologic formations, i.e., the Palisades, that passed in review before his eyes and camera.

The presence and numbers of River Angels, those hospitable and of help to him, was heartening. They gave of their time, substance, and shelter to strangers in transit. One feels that such kindness is in the majority, despite those that the media hold before us as otherwise.

Unspoken but communicated was the courage involved in this endeavor. There is rough water, the presence of fatigue, fog, and the debt that muscles must pay for the constant need to paddle a frail craft safely.

Comment: While the many may float a loan, it is the few that float alone.

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