December 16, 2019
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AWB welcomes Tommy Gantz as government affairs director

Tommy Gantz has joined AWB as the newest member of the Government Affairs team as the government affairs director for tax and fiscal policy.

Gantz comes to AWB from the private sector, most recently as a supply chain strategy analyst for Boeing Global Services in Renton, where she evaluated markets and trends while communicating strategy and evaluating performance metrics.

She has also worked as a supply chain specialist and sales/contracts administrator at Zodiac Aerospace in Redmond and a marketing administrator/sales coordinator at Toyota Tsusho America in Kent. Before entering aerospace she was a jeweler, with certifications in gemology and diamondology.

Gantz is active in community leadership roles. She serves on the Aerospace Futures Alliance as the vice chair of the business development committee (and will serve as chair in 2020). She is networking chair of Royal Aeronautical Society's Seattle chapter and the outreach chair of the Women in Aviation's Seattle chapter.

She is a member of the King County Airport Authority Board and is a longtime docent at the Museum of Flight, with nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer service. She is also a member of the Museum of Flight's Speaker's Bureau.

Contact her at to learn more.

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Spreading Christmas Joy
Holiday Kids Tree

Sharing the Spirit of the Season Across Our State

By AWB President Kris Johnson

As the state's business and manufacturing association, AWB is proud to lead a number of statewide efforts. Perhaps the most heartwarming is our job each December to coordinate the decorations and lighting of the state's holiday tree. Those decorations are always bundled up after the new year and donated to a local children's hospital.

Washington employers have donated a total of $438,000 to the Holiday Kids' Tree project over the last three decades. Just before the annual tree-lighting ceremony, we give bags of toys and checks to representatives from rural fire districts who distribute the food and toys to families in need. This year we were able to spread holiday cheer to families across the state, from Camano Island to Chelan and Walla Walla.

And speaking of trees, your state Capitol this year was filled with the greenery of a 34-foot noble fir, donated by Weyerhaeuser from its Vail Tree Farm near Rainier.

The tree was harvested from a small area that is being cleared to make room for a series of wind turbines at the new Skookumchuck Wind Farm. This 38-turbine project, a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES, will generate 137 megawatts of power -- enough to power 48,000 homes. That will be a gift for generations to come...

Read the full guest column in The (Centralia) Chronicle