Press Release

Wednesday, May 14

AWB presents 2014 Service and Leadership Awards

Former Gov. Gary Locke, longtime Greater Spokane Inc. President Rich Hadley and lobbyist Pat Dunn honored for their contributions to Washington

SPOKANE — Former Gov. Gary Locke, who went on to serve as the nation’s commerce secretary and ambassador to China, received the C. David Gordon Award from the Association of Washington Business Tuesday for his many years of service. AWB also honored Rich Hadley, who retired this spring after many years of service as the head of Greater Spokane Incorporated, and longtime lobbyist and public servant Pat Dunn.

The three received AWB’s highest awards for service and leadership during the organization’s annual Spring Meeting at The Davenport Hotel in Spokane.

“Washington is a better place because of the contributions from Gov. Locke, Rich Hadley and Pat Dunn,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “These men have spent their lives doing important work for their communities and for the greater good. They are the definition of integrity and public service.”


Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is the recipient of the 2014 C. David Gordon Award, AWB’s highest award in recognition of Washingtonians who distinguish themselves in service to the state.

Locke has served the people of Washington and the United States for decades. Among his many contributions to Washington’s trade-dependent economy has been as a strong voice for Washington’s goods and crops.

Locke entered public service at age 32 as a member of the state House of Representatives. He went on to serve as King County executive, and was elected governor in 1996. He served two terms, leaving office in 2005. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him as U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Two years later, Obama tapped him to serve as the nation’s ambassador to China.

As ambassador, Locke promoted trade and American values of freedom and free enterprise. He also attracted attention for his self-sufficient style. A candid photo of him carrying his own backpack and ordering a Starbucks went viral in China, contributing to his stature and reputation as a no-nonsense man of the people.

Locke stepped down as ambassador in February to allow his family to move back to the United States and his children to graduate from high school in their hometown. He lives on Mercer Island with his wife, Mona, and their three children.


Pat Dunn, a longtime lobbyist and fixture in Olympia, received this year’s Judy Coovert Award for excellence in volunteerism to the association.

Dunn is a true advocate for Washington employers and for AWB, playing an active role in both the association and Washington’s business community.

One project he continues to lead for the association is the AWB Holiday Kids’ Tree Project, which raises money for toys and Christmas gifts for hundreds of rural Washington families. Over its 25-year history, the Holiday Kids’ Tree Project has brought in more than $316,000 in donations, and Dunn has been a big part of the program’s success.

Dunn’s public service dates back decades to his time as an assistant to King County Executive John Spellman. After Spellman was elected governor in 1980, Dunn came to Olympia to join the executive branch of state government. He held several roles, including assistant director of the Planning and Community Affairs Agency, special assistant to the governor, and director of the then-new Department of Community Development.

After leaving the public sector, Dunn entered private law practice. Since 1996 he has worked as a lobbyist with his firm, Patrick Dunn & Associates, Ltd. Dunn also serves on the AWB Board of Directors.


Rich Hadley, who retired this spring after 21 years leading Greater Spokane Incorporated, was awarded the Bruce Briggs Award. The Briggs Award is presented each year to the AWB member who continues to give back to his or her community.

Hadley led the growth of GSI and the entire Spokane area, successfully advocating for a medical school, staunchly defending the nearby Fairchild Air Force Base and pushing for completion of the North Spokane Corridor.

His leadership saw the development of a consolidated vision and sense of partnership for the Spokane area’s business groups, including the merger of the Spokane chamber and economic development council to create Greater Spokane Incorporated. Under his tenure GSI and all of the area’s leading business organizations came together under one roof, the Spokane Regional Business Center.

“Over his twenty-year tenure with the Chamber of Commerce and Greater Spokane Incorporated, Rich Hadley has been an incredible change agent for this community,” said Jeff Philipps, the chair of the Greater Spokane Incorporated Board of Trustees when Hadley announced his retirement. “His vision, leadership, collaboration and ability to create consensus have brought significant economic growth and quality of life improvements to Spokane and the region.”

Event photos will be posted online this week; video profiles of each honoree will also be available this week.

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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