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Tuesday, January 7

AWB welcomes Greg Welch as finance director

Longtime financial controller for Washington State Association of REALTORS ® joins state’s largest business organization

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business has hired Greg Welch as its director of finance, bringing a proven financial leader to oversee the fiscal side of the state’s largest business organization.

Welch joins AWB after 18 years at the Washington Association of REALTORS®, where he served as the association’s financial controller.

AWB President Kris Johnson said Welch can hit the ground running at AWB and its business services arm, Forterra, thanks to his experience in similar organizations.

“Greg brings nearly 20 years of financial leadership and experiences with him,” said Johnson. “He will provide financial leadership to both AWB and Forterra. Both organizations have numerous projects, from combined coordinated financial statements to integrated and coordinated financial practices and accounting.”

Welch, who has a degree in accounting from Western Washington University, said he came to AWB for a new challenge, having always admired AWB’s reputation in Olympia and its big-picture commitment to improving the economy for the benefit of the entire state.

With three teenaged children who will soon enter the workforce, Welch said he wanted to help AWB’s efforts to improve the state’s business climate and employment outlook.

Welch will manage all of AWB’s accounting and auditing, including external audit communications. He will also manage cash flow and investments.

Welch lives near Rainier, in southwest Thurston County, with his wife of 22 years and their three children. An avid basketball player, he manages and assists in a variety of community basketball programs.

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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