Chamber Board & Staff
Prior to joining the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce Linda was the President/CEO of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. Linda was involved in growing the membership from 100 to 400, and the staff from 2 to 4. She was also involved in the creation of a $2 million-dollar visitor center facility and the emergency efforts to reconstruct the I-5 Skagit River bridge in 2013. She is particularly proud of the partnerships that were formed to make these efforts possible.
Linda started her chamber career with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. It was there she saw the difference a strong chamber could make to the business community.
Outside of work Linda spends time with her parents, her three children and their growing families. Travel and caring for her two dogs fill the rest of her time.
Jerry Irwin, Board Chair
Kathy Hashbarger, Vice Chair
Her central guide in formulating marketing communication then and now has been based on how to best enhance relationships and user experience. She uses analytics as an essential support to targeted marketing. This is particularly important in her present position as a digital ad sales specialist.
Her work with the My Neighborhood News Network, a publisher of local digital news, is intently focused on developing authentic client relationships. The sectors she works with include non-profits, private businesses, entertainment venues and those that provide professional services.
As divergent as these sectors are, she falls back on something that someone instructed years ago, “They don’t care what you know until they know you care.” She is passionate about helping local businesses and non-profits thrive and grow so that all boats can rise!
Beth Hagen, Past Chair
Beth is known as a professional and dedicated team player who builds strong relationships with clients, colleagues, and vendors. Specializing in accounting system integration, her expertise in team development, project management, training and documentation makes her an excellent resource. As a highly respected leader, she excels at driving positive change across organizations while effectively managing expectations. She is also highly adept at developing and implementing strategies which improve overall performance, productivity, and company-wide profitability.
During the course of her career, Beth has developed comprehensive business plans, established operations and procedures manuals, developed employee rewards and recognition programs, and has implemented transitions from decentralized to centralized accounting and operations through an accounting conversion project encompassing over 300 locations. She has written operational procedure manuals, engineered employee training through multi-tiered processes, as well as developing team support and recognition programs at a corporate level to ensure business sustainability.
Beth currently is a member of the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce where she has served as Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair as well as the Seattle Chamber of Commerce where she has worked with Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau and Cruise Terminals of America to capture a larger portion of the over $15 billion travelers spend in Washington State each year. She continues to work with the Association of Washington Business to develop relationships both with AWB and its membership.
Her varied experience coupled with her driven, results-oriented approach to business makes Beth a highly respected and revered finance professional.
Scott Kelly, Secretary
Clients come to me wanting to plan for the future. I answer that need with a holistic approach for building financial security over a lifetime.
My holistic advising approach is inspired by my family. We are an outdoors-loving, active family with strong community ties. I am involved with Scouts BSA where I am Scoutmaster. My proudest volunteer accomplishment thus far is spreading the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program through nineteen schools throughout Snohomish County.
Cathy Samuelson, Treasurer
His previous work stints include Economic Alliance Snohomish County and the Puget Sound Business Journal. A former Everett Public Schools Board Director, he also serves on the board of the Bothell-Kenmore Chamber of Commerce and Snohomish County’s Partnership to End Homelessness Board. He is a former President and Board Member of the Tibetan Association of Washington.
He is a Tibetan born in Nepal, studied in India and now lives with his family in Bothell. He considers himself to be a global citizen, enjoys riding his bike to work and playing soccer.
My background is in restaurant management. I owned and operated a Sub Shop in Bellevue, was the Regional Developer and trained our franchisees for 14 years. I’ve worked for Compass Group, the largest contractual food service company in the world, managing cafes on the Redmond Microsoft Campus where we served about 40,000 people daily. Also involved in a few start-ups and catering services.
And now, I get to play! As the Marketing & Events Coordinator for Mr. Kleen 76 Stations, I create fun events involving the community, networking meetings and parties and promote all the wonderful assets of the Mr. Kleen 76 Stations!
Gardening, jazz, old rock ‘n roll, wine tasting, antiques, volunteering at the Washington Park Arboretum and oil painting fill up my free time.
Mike has a long history of working with technology – from very early computing platforms and networking systems in the early 80’s, to helping develop the first wireless data networks, and then being a part of AT&T Wireless (later Cingular and AT&T Mobility) as a leader in the development of the 2G/3G/4G voice and data systems and devices we have used and know today.
Mike really enjoys living in the diverse environment of the PNW, from beaches to mountains and all the activities he can share with his extended family. The Army sent him to Ft. Lewis 41 years ago and he just couldn’t leave. You may also hear him on the air as he is an avid Amateur Radio enthusiast with callsign K7MHL.
David Kleitsch City of Lynnwood
Carol Anne Lee
While not out in the community building business , Jennifer has been acting in the Puget sound area for over 33years. She has worked in children’s theater, television, voice-over, improvisation, movies, dramatic and musical theater. Jennifer enjoys teaching workshops and classes in dramatic acting, improvisation and character development. She has worked with Students, Adults and Business Professionals and has taught improvisation, team building and communication workshops to Students, Businesses and Non Profit Organizations.
Dr. Amit Singh
Prior to joining the college, Dr. Singh served as provost and senior vice president, chief academic officer, dean, and full-time faculty at four different community colleges in three different states, and as an adjunct faculty at three universities. Before joining academia, he worked as a senior financial analyst, an investment analyst, and as the CEO of a startup company.
Dr. Singh holds four graduate degrees – a doctorate in economics and master’s degrees in finance, business administration, and economics. In addition, he has completed the Management Development Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Presidential Fellowship offered by the Aspen Institute in collaboration with Stanford University.
Dr. Singh and his wife Rani live in Mukilteo with their two children and German Shepherd, Hope.
Build It Better!
"I've had the distinct privilege to work with Ben Hershey through much of his progression from component business owner/operator to trusted consultant. I've directly observed the candid and results-oriented counsel that he has provided top business leaders. And I've seen him successfully transcend challenging environments with the highest degree of professionalism and aplomb. Ben Hershey and the 4Ward Solutions Team are far-and-away the top independent component industry resource. You can count on Ben."
Joe Kannapell, Retired SVP and shareholder, MiTek Industries
"4Ward has been a game-changer in the launch of our volumetric modular factory. Their passion, vision, and agility helped to convert a concept into a reality! I am so thankful we decided to engage them in the process."
Ethan Fernhaber, CEO, VoluMod
"Ben and I worked together at various times throughout Ben's impressive career from Alliance TruTrus, where he actually Managed day-to-day business operations, to SBCA and to 4Ward Consulting.
Ben is a fount of information about the latest technology, competitive strategies and creative ways to turn current operations into opportunities. Ben is a talented, hard-working and a joy to collaborate with. He's a top-notch consultant and a wise businessperson who I'd recommend without hesitation."
Steve Shrader, VP Business Development, Hundegger USA
"Ben is a trusted advisor with a deep knowledge of the building components industry. Ben can develop a product from concept to launch, evaluate the feasibility, and design and monitor the testing. If he has never worked with a particular product set, he has all the industry contacts to get the answers needed to do the job right the first time. He is also fun to work with, which is an added bonus when you are simply expecting expertise. It is for these reasons that I continue to work with Ben."
David Phillips, Director of Business Development at Kemin Human Nutrition and Health
"Over the years, I have come to admire the way Ben has led and managed his business. He consistently demonstrates the highest level of integrity, with attention to technical precision and quality. It's because of these characteristics that Ben has earned the respect of his team and the industry.
Ben's leadership is solid … the industry could use more Ben Hershey's."
Randy Goruk, 360 Leadership Coach / Speaker
"Ben and I have worked mostly on SBC industry related activities, but I have known Ben for many years. I have come to know and appreciate Ben's servant leader approach to leadership. In Jim Collin's book "Good to Great" he talks about Level 5 leaders and I can honestly say that Ben is one."
John Chipman Dean-President, Component Runner, LLC - Building Modeling Services
"I met Ben through our involvement with the Machine Stress Rated Lumber Producers Council (MSRLPC). Ben had the foresight to take a product which was being poorly distributed (glu-laminated columns for post frame buildings) and not readily available in most markets, manufacture them using under utilized species which was readily available near his facility, and manufacture columns."
Mike Momb, Technical Director at Hansen Pole Buildings, LLC
"Ben has been a friend for the last 20 years. He is committed to the improvement of the structural building components industry and the time he devoted to serving as president of SBCA, the industry's trade association, has been very valuable. He has great experience in all facets of business operations, including operational management, financial management, sales leadership, personnel development, marketing and strategic planning."
Kirk Grundahl, Owner, Qualtim, Inc.