John Thompson Chairman of Microsoft


John W. Thompson joined the Microsoft Board in February 2012 and became independent chairman of Microsoft Corporation on Feb. 4, 2014.

Thompson is the chief executive officer of privately held Virtual Instruments, whose products are designed to ensure the performance and availability of applications deployed in virtualized and private cloud computing environments. Thompson is also the former chairman and CEO of Symantec Corp.

Since 2009, Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley.
During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec.


Loop Capitol CEO James Reynolds

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James Reynolds, Jr., CFA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

James Reynolds, Jr. is founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital. Mr. Reynolds, along with Albert R. Grace, Jr., founded Loop Capital in 1997 with a simple motto as a guide: “To provide client service beyond expectations.” The motto still serves as the foundational driving force of the firm.

Mr. Reynolds currently oversees all aspects of Loop Capital, including investment banking, brokerage and financial advisory services.

Mr. Reynolds has worked in the financial services industry for more than 27 years. Early in his career, Mr. Reynolds established and headed the Midwest Municipal Bond Sales Desk at PaineWebber. Subsequently, Mr. Reynolds joined the Corporate and Institutional Client Group at Merrill Lynch where he managed the municipal sales team responsible for the distribution of all tax-exempt products to institutions in the Midwest. In 1997, Mr. Reynolds collaborated with Albert R. Grace, Jr. to form Loop Capital Markets, where he has led the firm to becoming the largest minority-owned financial services firm and one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States. Mr. Reynolds is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Mr. Reynolds strongly believes that successful executives have a responsibility to give back to the community. He currently serves on the boards of buildOn, Chicago United, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and The University of Chicago Medical Center. Additionally, Mr. Reynolds serves as Vice-Chair of the board for the Chicago Urban League and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Levy Institute/ Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Previously, he was appointed by the Governor to sit on the board of the Illinois Economic Recovery Commission in 2009, and was appointed to serve on the boards of World Business Chicago and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority by the Mayor in 2011.

Mr. Reynolds holds a Masters of Management in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He holds series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.

Loop Capital’s latest transaction highlights

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Wal-Mart’s $5 billion Senior Debt Offering / April 4th, 2013

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, hit the market with a $5 billion four-part offering that included $1 billion of 3-year, $1.25 billion of 5-year, $1.75 billion of 10-year and $1.0 billion of 30-year senior notes.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Everglades Re’s $250 million Class A Principal-at-Risk Variable Rate Notes
March 25th, 2013

Everglades Re, a licensed special purpose insurer, followed up on its inaugural hurricane catastrophe bond offering last year, a $750 million 2-year offering – the largest single tranche CAT bond ever done − by issuing another $250 million of CAT bonds to further enhance and reinsure its surplus.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on PepsiCo’s $2.5 billion Senior Debt Offering

February 25th, 2013

PepsiCo Inc. hit the market with a three-part offering that included $625 million each 3-year fixed and floating rate notes and $1.25 billion of 10-year fixed-rate notes.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Zoetis $2.6 billion Initial Public Offering

January 31st, 2013

Pfizer’s former animal health subsidiary, Zoetis, raised $2.6 billion in its initial public offering on January 31, 2013, becoming the largest IPO by a U.S. company since Facebook in May 2012, and the largest carve-out to list on a U.S. exchange in over five years.

Verizon Wireless Announces Sale of Spectrum for $2.1 billion

January 25th, 2013

On January 25, 2013, Verizon Wireless announced that it had signed agreements to complete a number of spectrum license transactions, including sales of licenses to AT&T and Grain Management, a Sarasota, Florida-based private equity firm that invests in the telecommunications sector.

Loop Capital Serves as Senior Manager on $126.2 million offering by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority

November 23rd, 2012

Loop Capital Markets successfully priced and sold $126,230,000 of The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority’s (“TBTA” or the “Authority”) General Revenue Bonds on November 5-6, 2012, despite the widespread property damage and unprecedented interruption to financial market operations caused by Hurricane Sandy during the prior week.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Wal-Mart’s $5 billion Senior Debt Offering
April 4th, 2013

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, hit the market with a $5 billion four-part offering that included $1 billion of 3-year, $1.25 billion of 5-year, $1.75 billion of 10-year and $1.0 billion of 30-year senior notes.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Everglades Re’s $250 million Class A Principal-at-Risk Variable Rate Notes

March 25th, 2013

Everglades Re, a licensed special purpose insurer, followed up on its inaugural hurricane catastrophe bond offering last year, a $750 million 2-year offering – the largest single tranche CAT bond ever done − by issuing another $250 million of CAT bonds to further enhance and reinsure its surplus.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on PepsiCo’s $2.5 billion Senior Debt Offering

February 25th, 2013

PepsiCo Inc. hit the market with a three-part offering that included $625 million each 3-year fixed and floating rate notes and $1.25 billion of 10-year fixed-rate notes.
Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Zoetis $2.6 billion Initial Public Offering

January 31st, 2013

Pfizer’s former animal health subsidiary, Zoetis, raised $2.6 billion in its initial public offering on January 31, 2013, becoming the largest IPO by a U.S. company since Facebook in May 2012, and the largest carve-out to list on a U.S. exchange in over five years.

Verizon Wireless Announces Sale of Spectrum for $2.1 billion
January 25th, 2013

On January 25, 2013, Verizon Wireless announced that it had signed agreements to complete a number of spectrum license transactions, including sales of licenses to AT&T and Grain Management, a Sarasota, Florida-based private equity firm that invests in the telecommunications sector.

Loop Capital Serves as Senior Manager on $126.2 million offering by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority

November 23rd, 2012

Loop Capital Markets successfully priced and sold $126,230,000 of The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority’s (“TBTA” or the “Authority”) General Revenue Bonds on November 5-6, 2012, despite the widespread property damage and unprecedented interruption to financial market operations caused by Hurricane Sandy during the prior week.

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Marc Allen is senior vice president of The Boeing Company


Marc Allen is senior vice president of The Boeing Company and president of Boeing International. He is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council.

As president of Boeing International, Allen, 42, is responsible for the company’s international strategy and operations, and oversees 17 regional corporate headquarters in key markets around the world. Reporting to the chairman and CEO, Allen leads development of the company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside the U.S. and new business and industrial partnerships. His responsibilities also include overseeing international affairs, enhancing local presence and providing global functional support. Allen was appointed to the role in 2015.

Previously, Allen served as president of Boeing Capital Corporation, a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary that arranges, structures and provides financing for Boeing’s commercial airplane, space and defense products.

Prior to Boeing Capital, Allen served as vice president, of Boeing International and president of Boeing China, responsible for leading the company’s business in China from its Beijing headquarters. Leading Boeing China, Allen oversaw the company’s largest market outside the U.S. as its annual delivery pace doubled.

Before that, Allen served as Boeing’s vice president for Global Law Affairs and general counsel to Boeing International, leading the company’s international legal practice group from its inception, with responsibilities for Boeing’s international operations’ legal issues, cross-border trade regulation matters, and international legal policy matters including the U.S.-EC WTO dispute on aircraft subsidies.

Prior to joining Boeing, Allen practiced law with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Kellogg Huber, litigating complex commercial cases for domestic and international clients.

Previous government service includes an appointment as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s law clerk.

A Southern California native, Allen received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, majoring in political science with a certificate in economics, and received his law degree from Yale Law School.

Allen is married and has four children.

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SWFI NAIC Institutional Investor Forum 2015 Miami


Join us, February 9, 2015 – Miami Beach, FL

Keynote Speaker Highlight Robert F. Smith

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners
As Vista’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Smith directs Vista’s investment strategy and decisions, firm governance and investor relations.

Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of over $14 billion and oversees a portfolio of over 20 software companies that employ a combined 22,000 employees worldwide. Since Vista’s founding in 2000, Mr. Smith has overseen over 140 completed transactions by the firm. During that time, Vista has managed capital for hundreds of limited partners, including many prominent public, private and corporate pension plans, endowments, family offices, and high net worth individuals. The firm has consistently performed in the top measures of PE firms. In 2012, Buyouts magazine awarded the firm’s Vista Equity Partners Fund III the Gold Medal as the top-performing 2007-Vintage Buyout Fund in the U.S.

Under Robert Smith’s leadership, Vista has exclusively focused on the enterprise software, data and technology enabled solutions sectors. Mr. Smith currently serves on or participates on all the boards of Vista’s portfolio companies, including Misys, Active Network, and Omnitracs. Prior to founding Vista, Mr. Smith worked for Goldman Sachs, M&A, from 1994 to 2000, in New York and Silicon Valley. As Co-Head of Enterprise Systems and Storage, he executed and advised on over $50B in merger and acquisition activity with companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, eBay and Yahoo.

Mr. Smith has also been a leader in the philanthropic sector, serving as Chairman of the Robert F. Kennedy Center, as a Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, a Member of the Cornell Engineering College Council, and. Mr. Smith is a Board Member of Carnegie Hall.

Hear from experts who have massive amounts of capital at work on both the private and public side.

Other Speakers include but not limited to:

Mark Gordon, State Treasurer of Wyoming
Robert L. Greene, Vice Chairman, Virginia Retirement Systems
Amir Dossal, Chairman and Founder, United Nations Global Partnerships Forum
Frank Baker, Managing Partner, Siris Capital
Tony Oliveira, Former Board Member, CalPERS
James Griffin, Managing Director, American Capital
Ana Maria Jul, Consultant to the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Panama
Jose Feliciano, Managing Partner, Clearlake Capital
Cheryl D. Alston, Executive Director, Employees’ Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas
Jason Lamin, Partner, Lennox Park
Stephen Braverman, Director, Business Development, DTE Energy Resources
Reeta Kapani Holmes, Co-Founder, Silverfern Partners
Ole Kjems Sørensen, Vice President, Head of Commercial Transactions & Market Development, DONG Energy Wind Power
Celeste Cecilia Moles Lo Turco, Strategic Committee on SWFs, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

February 9, 2015

Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, FL, United States

An event for asset owners:
Public Pensions, Corporate Pensions, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Central Banks, Endowments, Superannuation Funds, Afores

Registration(private delegate)
Public Delegate Registration Here (i.e. pensions, SWFs, etc)
Register Before Early Bird Ends. Seating is limited.
If you plan on sending more people, please contact for more options.

Date: February 9, 2015
Venue: Fontainebleau Hotel

For information regarding the program, please contact Carl Linaburg at

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Public Investors including Sovereign Funds
Alberta Investment Management Corporation
APG Asset Management
British Columbia Investment Management Corp.
California Institute of Technology Investment Office
Central Provident Fund (Singapore)
China Investment Corporation
CPP Investment Board
Emirates Investment Authority
Employees’ Retirement System, State of Hawaii
Fonds de réserve pour les retraites
Fonds Marocain de Développement Touristique
Fundo Soberano de Angola
Future Fund (Australia)
Government of Singapore Investment Corporation
Government Pension Investment Fund (Japan)
Hellenic Pension Mutual Fund Management
JSC Partnership Fund (Georgia)
Khazanah Nasional
Korea Investment Corporation
Kuwait Investment Authority
Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions
Mubadala Development Co.
Mumtalakat Holdings
National Development Fund of Iran
National Fund for Veterans, Cambodia
National University of Singapore
New Mexico State Investment Office
New Zealand Superannuation Fund
Norges Bank Investment Management
North Carolina Department of State Treasurer
Oman Investment Fund
Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Palestine Investment Fund
Public Investment Corporation (South Africa)
Queensland Investment Corporation
Russian Direct Investment Fund
San Jose Police and Fire Retirement Plan
Saudi Fund for Development
State Capital Investment Corporation (Vietnam)
State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Temasek Holdings
Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)
Utah Retirement Systems
VER The State Pension Fund (Finland)
Virginia Retirement System

Central Banks & Finance Ministries
Bank for International Settlements
Bank of Finland
Bank of Italy
Bank of Papua New Guinea
Bank of Thailand
Banque Central du Luxembourg
Bank Indonesia
Banque de France
Banque de la République d’Haïti
California State Treasurer
Central Bank of Egypt
Central Bank of Ghana
Central Bank of Iceland
Central Bank of Malta
Central Bank of Mauritania
Central Bank of Mongolia
Central Bank of Suriname
Croatian National Bank
Czech National Bank
Deutsche Bundesbank
European Central Bank
HM Treasury
Ministry of Finance, Panamá
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Norwegian Ministry of Finance
Turkish Treasury
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Agency and Other
California High-Speed Rail Authority
CERN (Pension)
City of London
City of Los Angeles – Mayor’s Office
Estonian Development Fund
Eurasian Development Bank
European Commission
European Financial Stability Facility
European Investment Bank
Government of Australia
Greater London Authority
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Invest HK
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Defence (Singapore)
Nevada Commission on Economic Development
Office of the Turkish Prime Minister
Singapore Tote Board
SME Development Fund of Mongolia
Stanford Management Company
WestSummit Capital
Ministry of Finance, Chile* Non-Public Attendees
Abraaj Capital
Acadian Asset Management LLC
Adams Street Partners
Adelante Capital Management
Adveq Management AG
Alignment Financial Services
American Capital
American Capital Infrastructure
American Century Investments
AMP Capital Investors
Analytic Investors
Aquiline Capital Partners
Arcus Infrastructure Partners
Avica Property Investors
AXA Rosenberg Investment Management LLC
Axiom International Investors LLC
Baring Asset Management
Berenberg Bank
BDO Consulting
BMO Global Asset Management
BNP Paribas
BNY Mellon Asset Management
Cain Brothers Asset Management
Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP
CapMan Real Estate
Cartica Management, LLC
CarVal Investors LLC
CBRE Clarion Securities
Citi Infrastructure Investors
CMEA Capital
Columbia Management
Condo Developer, LLC
Contrarian Capital Management, LLC
Corporate Finance Associates
CQS Management Limited
Crosswater Realty Advisors
Cushman & Wakefield
Danske Bank
Deutsche Bank AG
DIAM International
Dimensional Fund Advisors, LP
Diversified Global Asset Management
DuPont Capital Management
Eagle Investment Systems
Eastspring Investments
Egan-Jones Ratings Company
Enam Asset Management Company Pvt.Ltd.
Euroclear Bank
Everstone Capital Asia Pte Ltd
FactSet Research Systems
Federal Home Loan Banks Office of Finance
Financial Recovery Technologies LLC
First State Investments
Fisher Investments
FLAG Capital Management
FPM Frankfurt Performance Management AG
Fullerton Fund Management
Gavilon, LLC
GE Asset Management
Global Catalyst Partners
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Grant & Eisenhofer
Grayling Momentum
Grosvenor Capital Management
Hastings Fund Management
Heard Capital LLC
Henderson Global Investors
Highstar Capital
Hotchkis & Wiley
Hudson Clean Energy Partners
ING Investment Management
Intellectual Ventures
Islan Asset Management Jennison Associates LLC
JP Morgan Asset Management
Keller Rohrback LLP
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check
Keywise Capital Management
Kirby McInerney LLP
Kuwait Finance House
Labaton Sucharow LLP
Lakestar Capital LLP
Landmark Partners
Lasalle Investment Management
Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.
Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyd George Management
Lockheed Martin Investment Management Co.
Logan Circle Partners
Los Angeles Capital Management
LSV Asset Management
Martin Currie
Meketa Investment Group
Meta Alpha
MFS International
Mondrian Investment Partners Ltd
Montreal Exchange
Morgan Stanley
New Forests
NGP Energy Capital Management, LLC
NorCap Advisors, LLC
Northern Trust
Ocean West Capital Partners
ORTEC Finance Switzerland AG
Palladium Equity Partners, LLC
Partners Group
Pathway Capital Management, LLC
Pioneer Investment Management
Pramerica Real Estate Investors
Quantum Global Investment Management AG
Quoniam Asset Management
RBC Global Asset Management
RBC Investor Services
Record Currency Management Ltd
RMK Timberland Group
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Royal Bank of Canada
Royal Bank of Scotland
Royal London Asset Management
SaLu Capital
Sarasin & Partners
Sectoral Asset Management
Société Générale
Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited
S&P Dow Jones Indices
SKYPATH Capital Partners
Standard Bank
Standard Life Investments Ltd.
Starwood Capital Group
State Street Global Advisors
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd.
SummerHaven Investment Management
T Rowe Price
Toron AMI International Asset Management
Tradeweb Markets
The Gracia Group
The Sentient Group
TorreyCove Capital Partners LLC
Towers Watson
V&S Investment Co., Ltd
Vertex Venture Management
Virage Capital
Waddell & Reed Asset Management Group
Wells Capital Management
Wilshire Associates
World Gold Council

Starbucks Names Blair Taylor Chief Community Officer


Renowned civic leader to direct community, diversity, government relations and global responsibility efforts

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced it has appointed renowned community leader Blair Taylor as chief community officer. Taylor currently serves as President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, an affiliate of one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations.

“At Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in March, I reiterated the company’s long-standing belief that there is a direct relationship between Starbucks success and the strength and vitality of the communities in which we do business,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo. “As a distinguished community advocate and an accomplished, entrepreneurial leader in the public and private sectors, Blair’s vision, experience and innovative thinking will enhance and elevate our commitment to Starbucks mission and work in the diverse communities we serve. We are honored that Blair is joining Starbucks, particularly at this important time for our company and for the world, and look forward to the meaningful contributions he will make as we pursue new opportunities that use Starbucks scale for good.”

Taylor will report to Schultz and be a member of Starbucks Senior Leadership Team. In this newly created position, he will lead the company’s Community, Government Relations, Diversity and Global Responsibility teams. He will also serve as a member of the Starbucks Foundation Board of Directors.

Taylor is a visionary leader and coalition builder with nearly 25 years of public- and private-sector experience, including deep expertise in education, urban development, business and community empowerment. His previous experience includes working at both PepsiCo and IBM, where he held numerous brand marketing, strategy, and executive sales positions.

“I have always admired the vital role Starbucks plays in the community and its socially responsible approach to doing business, especially in these tough economic times,” said Taylor. “This is the perfect opportunity to combine my community, public and corporate experience at one organization. I am grateful for the privilege to work at such an extraordinary company and look forward to helping Starbucks continue making a meaningful difference in communities around the world.”

Taylor has led the 90-year-old Los Angeles Urban League, which focuses on education, workforce development and community advocacy, since 2005. During this period he is credited with transforming the agency through innovative nation-leading community engagement programs, such as Neighborhoods@Work™, a holistic community reform model coordinating more than 150 public- and private-sector partnerships. Taylor also initiated international relationships in business and government, including leading the country’s first high-level African American delegation to China. Within Taylor’s first few years with the agency, one of the city’s most troubled high schools, Crenshaw High, achieved paradigm-shifting outcomes, including a more than 50 percent increase in graduation rates and a nearly 20 percent reduction in dropout rates.

Taylor presently serves on the Board of Trustees for Amherst College, the Board of Councilors for the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, and as an appointee by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). He has recently served on the Board of the California Charter School Association, and on the Boards of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Forum, the Los Angeles Civic Alliance and the KIPP Charter Schools in Los Angeles.

Taylor will be based in Seattle and start his new role at the end of July 2012.

Starbucks is committed to helping communities thrive. Among its most recent initiatives was the company’s second annual Global Month of Service in April 2012, when more than 230,000 hours of service were volunteered by Starbucks partners (employees) and customers in an effort that spanned 34 countries, 2,157 service projects and 1,120 nonprofit organizations. During that month, the Starbucks Foundation also earmarked $4 million, which was directed to 124 U.S. nonprofit organizations by partners and customers who participated in an innovative online voting process.

Other ongoing community engagement initiatives include the opening last fall of the company’s first two “Community Stores” – one in Harlem and one in Crenshaw – from which a portion of each customer transaction is directed to local education and youth development programs. And to address the jobs crisis in America, last November Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network teamed up to launch Create Jobs for USA – a national campaign designed to help jumpstart the economy with a focus on job creation in many of America’s most underserved communities.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at

Source: Starbucks Coffee Company

Starbucks Coffee Company
Jim Olson, 206-318-7100

DBE contracting opportunities


WSDOT is committed to seeing that all Washingtonians have access to the thousands of family-wage jobs generated by our projects. We establish goals for each project for disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation, so that smaller, minority-owned businesses have a level playing field when competing for work.

This page contains information about active contracts within the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. If you have questions or concerns, or would like to learn more about DBE opportunities within the program, please contact Bobby Forch, DBE Administrator for the AWV Program, at 206-805-5418 or

SR 99 Tunnel Project (main contract)
Prime contractor: Seattle Tunnel Partners
Contract type: Design-build
Construction period: Early 2011 to late 2016 (contingent on STP meeting its proposed schedule)
Contract amount (base value): $1.14 billion
DBE goal: $91.2 million, or 8 percent
DBE requirement: $96 million (contract modified by change order to establish this requirement)

DBE opportunities on this project: To learn about upcoming DBE opportunities with Seattle Tunnel Partners, receive information about their procurement process, obtain a list of subcontractors, or request any other information or assistance, please contact Erin Lopez Nielsen, STP’s DBE Compliance Manager, at 206-971-8214 or STP also hosts monthly meetings (pdf 220 kb) to discuss DBE opportunities on the project.

Seattle Tunnel Partners is launching a series of monthly meetings that will update community stakeholders on overall project status,DBE goal accountability,future opportunities, bid dates, and otherongoing opportunities for involvement. Join project staff andpartners for these monthly interactions.
For project updates, visit
For employment opportunities or business information please contact Seattle Tunnel Partners at or 206-971-8210.

93 DBE firms have received contracts with STP

1 Alliance Geomatics Lorache CAD/IT Services LLC
3D InFusion Maks Dump Truck
AAR Testing Laboratories Inc. Marshbank
Adept Mechanical Marine Vacuum Service Inc.
Advanced Underground Utilities MindSeekers LLC
Amaya Electric Mobile Electrical Distributors Inc.
BC Traffic Neppel Electrical
Bear Wood Windows Nolan Morrison
Berona Engineers Inc. Novito Construction Inc.
BEST CCLS Inc. NVL Laboratories
Birch Equipment Rental & Sales Inc. Oatridge Security Group Inc.
Bolima Drafting & Design Inc OMA
C & E Transport Corp. Oneill Service Group
C2PM On-Site Environmental Inc.
Cascade Concrete Products Co. Inc. Osborn Consulting Inc.
Casseday Consulting Osborn Pacific Group Inc.
Catherine Bassetti Osiris Enterprises LLC
Chudgar Engineering Company Pacific Geo Engineering
CivilTech Engineering Ponglia Trucking Inc.
Convergent Pacific Pro USA
DBE Electric PRR Inc.
DHD Trucking Puget Sound Utilities
DKA Quality Discount Supplies & Services
Duncan Asphalt Rebar International Inc.
Earth Mechanics Inc. Rose Super Clean and Park Mgmt. Inc.
Emerald City Weatherproofers Saez Consulting Engineers Inc.
Environmental Management Training Savage Logistics LLC
EPC Consultants Inc. Scheduling and Information Services
Excel Supply Company Schemata Workshop
Exeltech Consulting Inc. Sea-Tac Sweeping Service
Fryer-Knowles Inc. SSB Trucking & Construction
Garner Construction ST Fabrication/Jabez
Gibson Door & Millwork Steelkorr
Global Concrete Cutting Sundancer
Global Geophysics Sunset Welding Inc.
Grady Excavating Tan Trucking
Greylock Consulting LLC The Bag Lady Inc.
Highway Specialties LLC Transcon
Integrated Design Engineers, LLC Trinity Development
J. Harper Contractors Inc. TripleNet Technologies
J. Keiser & Associates United Professional Caulking
JMR Trucking Wakerobin
JP Francis & Associates Washington State Trucking
KBA Inc/Kristen Betty & Associates Inc. Wayron
Kiawa Trucking LLC West Coast Printing
Leajak Concrete Construction Inc. Yonemitsu Geological Services
Magnum Crane LLC


Middle East Congress 2015


H.E. Hussein Rasheed Jamal al-Kaf
Oil & Minerals Minister YEMEN

H.E. Reem Al-Hashimi
MD WORLD EXPO 2020 & Minister of State

Middle East Congress
Investment in world-class infrastructure will play a critical factor in supporting change across the Middle East. The Middle East Congress will bring together business leaders and key figures from government to explore how the international community can nurture an economic revival across the region.


The Innovation Hub


Board of Directors
Dr Nhlanhla Msomi

Mr Abel Mawela
Alternate Director to Mr Ngwenya

Non – Executive Director
Mr Jameel Chand

Alternate Director to Mr Ngwenya
Mr McLean Sibanda

Executive Director
Ms Mavis Thomani

Executive Director
Mr Siphiwe Ngwenya

Non – Executive Director
Ms Doris Dondur

Non – Executive Director
Mr Mmboneni Muofhe

Non – Executive Director
Mr Ramateu Monyokolo
Non – Executive Director

Media Releases

Tshwane, 23 June 2014: The Innovation Hub has partnered with the City of Tshwane to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics closer to the youth especially those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. The youth initiatives developed through the partnership are FabLab which will be launched on Monday, 23 June 2014 at The Innovation Hub., eKasi LABS will be launched on Friday, 27 June at the Ga-rankuwa Arts & Crafts Centre and the Kusile Mobile Labs will be distributed between the 23 and 27 June at various schools.

There is currently a shortage of skills in these sectors and one of the major causes is the inaccessibility to the facilities that allow young people to engage and explore. These youth initiatives offer a pragmatic solution to the highly inflated number of unemployed youths as entrepreneurial mentorship is offered as well as workshops to guide them on the process of commercializing an innovation.

A Fab Lab, which is an abbreviation for fabrication laboratory, is a miniature factory for digital fabrication where prototypes can be created and will be strategically located at The Innovation Hub as it is the first accredited science and technology park in Africa.
eKasi LABS which will be piloted at the Ga-rankuwa Arts and Crafts Centre in an area that can be easily accessed by the broader community where young people will create tangible solutions that address their community’s problems.

Kusile Mobile Science Labs are an innovative and cost-effective solution to the inadequate science laboratories available in primary and secondary schools which were designed and manufactured by local entrepreneurs from Kusile Labs & Technology and will be distributed at various local disadvantaged schools throughout the week from the 23 June.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said Tshwane is a progressive City that works towards igniting excellence and has demonstrated its readiness to introduce research and innovation in its operations.

“Our involvement in the innovation journey has seen us embrace digital technologies and includes a range of measures designed to facilitate access to connectivity. We owe it to the youth of 1976 to initiate programs that would liberate today’s youth from socio-economic segregation. I am glad that the introduction of the FabLab and Ekasi Labs will be the entry point into the exciting world of entrepreneurship, mathematics and science” said Ramokgopa. “One of the challenges faced by young people and budding entrepreneurs wanting to utilise facilities and services available at The Innovation Hub is access to our services as it is located in an area that is relatively inaccessible owing to the distance travelled as well as cost of transportation. This partnership was conceptualised from a strategic decision to ‘take innovation to the people’ by establishing co-creation spaces that will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial activities that better the lives of the community and create wealth” – Mr McLean Sibanda, CEO of The Innovation Hub

Issued by The Innovation Hub Management Company

For more information, please contact Linah Nematandani, Communication and Marketing Manager on alternatively call 012 844 0030 or 076 7179878, Follow us on twitter: @InnovHub and please like our Facebook page, InnovHubZA

About Gauteng Growth and Development Agency.

The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), previously known as Blue IQ and GEDA, is a merged entity by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED). GGDA is the implementation arm of the GDED and assists the department in leading, facilitating and managing sustainable job creation and inclusive economic growth and development in the Gauteng City Region. For more information on GGDA, please contact Mandy Rutgers, Acting Executive: Group Marketing, Communications and Strategic Promotions on (+27) 82 496 2457.

About The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub, a subsidiary of the GGDA, is Africa’s first internationally accredited Science Park and is a full member of the International Association of Science Parks. It is strategically located in Tshwane, South Africa’s executive capital in the ‘smart’ province of Gauteng. As the leading knowledge-intensive business cluster in South Africa, The Innovation Hub implements initiatives identified in the Gauteng Innovation Strategy and Green Economy Strategy to advance the economic development and growth of the province through innovation.

Friday, 25 April 2014: Gauteng Acting Head of Department for Economic Development, Mr Albert Chanee, attended the graduation of 60 postgraduate students from the Coachlab™ leadership programme at The Innovation Hub in Tshwane today.

The Innovation Hub, Africa’s first accredited science and technology park, is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), which is an agency of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development Department (GDED).

Acting HOD, Mr Albert Chanee said that the Coachlab™ programme has provided a crop of 258 leaders since its inception in 2001, who are now successful in the industry. “This programme eases the transition from tertiary education into industry, as students are exposed to innovation while they work on industry projects,” he said.

Coachlab™ is a postgraduate leadership programme in ICT and engineering run from The Innovation Hub in Pretoria; the University of the Witwatersrand’s Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering; and North West University in the Vaal Triangle Campus.

Coachlab™ is fully sponsored by Media Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) and industry partners who groom graduates to employ in their core businesses. The programme runs annually from March to November and it requires postgraduates to work on pre-determined projects while being supervised by industry experts in addition to providing students with work readiness assignments and mentorships.

Programme partners include the Jobs Fund, Cisco Systems South Africa, Cisco Technology and Services South Africa, BBD, Epi-Use, ZA-CR (previously known as UniForum SA), Hollard Insurance, Vodacom, State Information Technology Agency (SITA), South African Graduates Development Association (SAGDA),Standard Bank, Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering and our new sponsor for 2014/15, PwC. The Academic partners are: University of the Witwatersrand, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, UNISA and North West University.

Group CEO of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, Mr Siphiwe Ngwenya, said, “The collaboration between the private sector, academia and The Innovation Hub fits comfortably into our vision to position Gauteng as a smart province. This programme also indicates that we are committed to unlocking the potential of key growth and development areas to benefit South African youth, by tapping into skilled graduates and boosting their leadership and business acumen ”.
In 2013/14, the programme secured funding from the Jobs Fund which increased student participation from 31 to 70. The third CoachLab™ programme was launched in Vanderbijl-Park, at the North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus on 26 February 2014. For the year ended 31 March 2014, CoachLab™ had 10 industry sponsors and six academic partners. Media Information and Communication Technology Sectoral Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) has also been sponsoring the programme since 2007, which ensured that the quality of training and mentorship provided allows the students to compete effectively in the corporate world.

“We are pleased with the success and the impact of this programme to the postgraduates in the ICT and Engineering sector. Launched in 2001 as a pilot programme with the support from the University of Pretoria (UP), Epi-Use (Pty) Ltd,and The Innovation Hub as the facilitator. Its success led to a second Coachlab site (JCSE) and athird site, CoachLab@Vaal which was launched at the North West University, Vaal Triangle Campus on 26 February 2014”, said The Innovation Hub’s CEO, Mr McLean Sibanda.

One of the graduates from Coachlab@JCSE, Itumeleng Maimane, said “the CoachLab™ programme exposed me to real life industry projects, teaching us how to handle clients, deliverables and to be business savvy. The project management training was excellent because it gave me the structure in terms of how to approach any project (school and industry). I am now part of the graduate program at Rand Merchant Bank and CoachLab™ has given me this head start”.

-Ziphora Mosimane, CoachLab@JCSE 2012, said ‘CoachLab™ gave me the platform to learn and make mistakes in a protected environment. I have also received a bursary from the programme which helped me complete my BCom (Hons) IT Management studies. After my year at CoachLab™, I was approached by the Standard Bank Group IT Graduate programme in 2012 for a job interview and to join one of the best graduate programmes. Thereafter, I was offered a job as a Business Analyst in the Operations IT Rest of Africa team. In 2013, I joined Microsoft’s MACH (Microsoft Academy for College Hires) programme as a Service Delivery Manager within the Microsoft Services Division”.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014: The MEC for Economic Development (GDED), Mxolisi Eric Xayiya along with the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD), Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, toured the construction site of the BioPark at The Innovation Hub, in Tshwane, on Tuesday 8 April 2014.

Scheduled for completion at the end of May 2014, with occupation by start-up companies, the BioPark project has been a strategic project of the Gauteng Provincial Government since 2009, when GDARD led the development of a feasibility study.

Speaking at the site visit, MEC Mayathula-Khoza recognised the support of previous MECs for Economic Development, Qedani Mahlangu and the late Hon. Nkosiphendule Kolisile as well as the current MEC, Mxolisi Xayiya for ensuring that The Innovation Hub pursued the project to this stage. The Innovation Hub is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, an implementation agency of GDED. She noted “I am pleased that Phase 1 of the BioPark will focus on stimulating entrepreneurship and value creation in the agro-processing sector, as it offers great prospects for job creation and food security.”

MEC Xayiya, in turn, praised his counterpart for having laid a solid foundation and providing seed funding that facilitated the development of the feasibility study, the business plan as well as architectural designs that were used to apply for funding.

The BioPark plans to position Gauteng as the gateway of agro processed products to rest of Africa and the world; expand local and export supply of biosciences products and services for economic growth and job creation and to strengthen Tshwane as an anchor for the biosciences cluster in Gauteng amongst other objectives. Speaking during the tour, Xayiya said “The BioPark is a good example of a partnership between provincial government departments, their entities and the national government in support of entrepreneurs. In this case, we are excited by the fact that the BioPark will also be home to the Climate Innovation Centre, which will focus on the environmental aspects of the Bioeconomy.”

Following the feasibility study, the Gauteng cabinet resolved that GDED and GDARD should proceed with the development of a business plan for the establishment of the BioPark at The Innovation Hub. A Business Plan was subsequently developed by The Innovation Hub. In 2013, The Innovation Hub partnered with eGoliBio (its biosciences incubation partner), GGDA and GDARD in its successful bid for funding from the dti’s Incubation Support Programme (ISP).

The BioPark will focus on supporting the development of the Bioeconomy sector in Gauteng. It also aims to enhance multiple helix collaboration (government, public research and industry collaboration) as well as to develop and grow a biosciences cluster anchored at The Innovation Hub.

Phase 1 and part of Phase 2 are funded by the dti’s ISP and the GGDA. Phase 1, which is currently under construction, will accommodate food / bio-processing companies and the Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), another flagship project of the Gauteng provincial government and the Green Accord. Phase 2 involves the provision of facilities for pharmaceutical, cosmetics and diagnostic companies. Start-up companies in the BioPark will be supported through a biotechnology incubation programme that is anchored on the successes of both eGoliBIO and The Innovation Hub’s Maxum incubation programmes.

Senior officials from the Department of Science and Technology and its agency, Technology Innovation Agency, Ben Durham and Dr Sibongile Gumbi, respectively, also briefed both MECs on the importance of the BioPark for the implementation of the 2013 National Bioeconomy Strategy unveiled by Minister Hanekom earlier this year. Both MECs expressed excitement about the progress that has been made towards realising the vision of the BioPark and in particular its critical role towards ensuring delivery on the agriculture, health, and environmental objectives of the Bioeconomy Strategy.

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