April 22, 2019
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PACCAR names Preston Feight new CEO

One of the world’s top truck manufacturers has named a new CEO. Preston Feight, an executive vice president at PACCAR, will take over on July 1. He replaces current CEO Ron Armstrong, who retires later this year. Armstrong has managed the company since 2014.

Executive Chairman Mark Pigott said Feight is an outstanding leader who has made significant contributions “to PACCAR’s excellent record of profitable growth and its industry-leading products and services.”

Feight has helped develop many of PACCAR’s vehicle and powertrain products. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Arizona University and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Colorado.

Pigott also thanked Armstrong for his “five excellent years of outstanding leadership and strategic vision as PACCAR’s chief executive officer.”

PACCAR is a world leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.



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By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington employers are entrepreneurs who build their companies for more than the product they make and the services they provide; they build them to fulfill their values of community, compassion and conscience.

That's the message behind Grow Here, the multi-media employer image ad campaign from the Association of Washington Business.

In its third year, Grow Here's goal is two-fold: to highlight the "why" that motivates Washington companies and share the employee experience within those businesses. And, to remind people that Washington state's competitiveness -- its ability to attract and retain employers -- is critical to an economy that works for all residents.

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Our communities depend on STEM-related fields. Ensuring a consistent pipeline of students interested in pursuing STEM jobs is critical. We believe that early exposure to STEM is impactful for school-aged children. At a time when our state needs more than 94,000 health care professionals over the next three years, we need more students to pursue health care related careers. We need a sustainable plan to inspire and excite young people. And, we must ensure an equitable pathway into these high-demand, high-impact jobs.

Currently, thousands of Washington students are on track to graduate high school unprepared for these jobs and are often unaware STEM jobs even exist. In the next five years, an estimated 225,465 jobs that earn a family-sustaining wage will require credentials that many of our Washingtonian students are not on track to earn...

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