December 21, 2015
2015 Year in Review

Saying Goodbye to Tom Fritz, a Visionary Leader, Community Steward and Friend

Tom Fritz, AWB’s vice chair and incoming chair of the board, died July 13. He was 63. AWB President Kris Johnson offers a personal take on the loss of his friend and mentor in the summer edition of Washington Business magazine.

Fritz retired last year as CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), an organization that he transformed into a regional force in health care services during his 16-year tenure. He was also a national leader in his field and served on numerous boards, including Greater Spokane Incorporated, the Spokane Area Economic Development Council and Spokane Workforce Development Council. He also served as chair of the American Hospital Association Governing Council Section for Rehabilitation, Long-Term Care & Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals.

He served his country as a Marine during the Vietnam War as part of a search-and-rescue helicopter squadron. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Anne. His full obituary is available here.

“Tom will be missed by the many who knew him well and by those that may not have known him well, but benefited from all the good he did in his community and statewide,” Johnson said. “He had a strong vision for AWB. Our opportunity now is to see that it's carried out.”

“The greater-Spokane community lost a true visionary, ” wrote Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), noting that Fritz helped put Spokane on the map for health IT. He also was an integral part of the merger between the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and Spokane Area Economic Development Council that created Greater Spokane Inc. GSI runs down some of Fritz's contributions to Spokane here.

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Legislative Summit

Opportunity Washington

State of Manufacturing tour

Leadership Washington Class of 2015

Spring Meeting

Regional Meetings

Remembering Tom Fritz

Policy Summit

Opportunity Score

Manufacturing Summit

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