2016 Judges

Bill Becker

Washington Environmental Council

Bill has more than 30 years business experience in large and small corporations and is the founder of several companies. He was an environmental attorney, is adjunct professor of law at Seattle University, and has judged several business plan contests at SU’s Business School.

 Dick Binns

Retired (Intel)

Dick is a native Northwesterner who grew up on the North Olympic Peninsula.  After graduating from the University of Washington he served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy for six years with assignments on a Destroyer and a staff in London, England.  Following his Naval service Dick returned to the UW for his MBA and then joined Intel Corporation in Oregon for a 25+ year career primarily in marketing but also finance and operations.  His marketing roles at Intel spanned both market & sales development and product definition & launch with his favorite area being new business development.  Following his retirement from Intel and the Naval Reserve, Dick and his wife retired to the Olympia area where he volunteers with Enterprise for Equity and is working to restore his property with native plants and oysters.

Mark Bowman

Independent Business Consultant

Mark Bowman is a consultant working with businesses, NGO’s, and Indian Nations specializing in rural resource development for sustainable growth. His current projects focus on strengthening Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s) and Native Credit Unions lending abilities. Mark sits on the Board of Jefferson Land Trust Resources, a for-profit land holding company owned by Jefferson Land Trust located in Port Townsend, WA. Previously, Mark was Senior VP and Loan Officer of Craft3 CDFI for 7 years. Concurrently, he was the Board Treasurer for Northwest Natural Resource Group, a small forest land-owner management organization focused on FSC certification and sustainable forestry practices. Prior to joining Craft3, Mark spent five years as a small business owner. He spent 10 years as a Loan Officer and Branch Manager with Farm Credit Services in CA during the 1990’s. Mark received his education in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

David Brentlinger

New Forests, Inc.

David has been in the private equity business for the past 15 years. He served on Investment Committees for Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors and New Forests, Inc. where he served as Senior Vice President and Executive Director, respectively. Most recently, David served as interim Director of Economic Development for the Stillaguamish Tribe, and has been active in enrolling tribes nationally into the California Forest Carbon Credit program to reduce greenhouse gases. David served as a judge in last year’s Washington Coast Works competition, as well as competitions in Colorado and California. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Stanford.

Garrett Dalan

The Nature Conservancy

Garrett joined The Natural Conservancy in October of 2016 as the Washington Coast Conservation Coordinator. For the decade prior he worked for the Grays Harbor County Division of Environmental Health, which included being the staff coordinator for the Grays Harbor County Marine Resource Committee since its creation in 2009. Garrett strives to build strong working relationships throughout the coastal communities. He serves as chair of the Washington Coast Marine Advisory Committee and participates on the Coast Salmon Partnership, Marine Resource Advisory Council and many other groups along the coast.  TNC efforts on the coast focus on improving habitat for wild salmon runs and advancing economic possibilities in coastal communities through restoration efforts. Garrett grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and lives in Montesano with his awesome wife and four, hopefully awesome, kids.

Anthony Gromko

Washington State University Extension

Anthony has worked for over 15 years with under-resourced entrepreneurs and small business start-ups throughout the Northwest on developing financially viable business models and securing sources of funding and financing. As faculty with Washington State University Extension, Anthony focuses on outreach and engagement that supports community sustainability. Prior to WSU, Anthony worked for a decade with Mercy Corps Northwest, a nonprofit dedicated to the resiliency of entrepreneurs throughout Oregon and Washington states.  Anthony also designed and taught a second year elective course at Pinchot University (now Presidio Graduate School) on Business Solutions to Poverty, which examines how business can address issues of poverty, economic development, and social inequality.  Anthony holds an MBA in Sustainable Systems with a focus on Organizational Leadership and a certificate in Sustainable Energy Solutions.

Jennifer Whitener Ulrich

The Whitener Group

Jennifer has earned her MBA with an emphasis in sustainable business and entrepreneurship from Pinchot University. Jennifer has focused her career in Indian Country concentrating on economic development and strategic planning. Jennifer has led numerous groups through strategic sessions, writing business plans and economic development plans for tribes that have led to the refinement and successful start-ups of economic ventures for tribes in Washington State, California and Louisiana. Jennifer has also owned and operated two small businesses.

Rachel Williams

Gift of Good Work

Rachel is a strategic idealist who lives to create alignment between big ideas and practical action. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot, where she also served as a Teaching Fellow in Finance. Her breadth of experience includes managing sales for her family’s organic farm and supervising home construction for Habitat for Humanity. Her passion is creating vibrant and resilient rural communities. Rachel is the owner of Gift of Good Work, where she offers business coaching and facilitation. She lives in Port Townsend.