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LGBTQ Businesses to Celebrate this June: PSBJ's Outstanding Voices & The List

| Jun 08, 2018

Each year during Pride, GSBA partners with the Puget Sound Business Journal to deliver the Business of Pride: an awards event recognizing honoring LGBTQ business leaders, advocates and allies for their support of diversity, equality and inclusion within the business community.

Fourteen LGBTQ business leaders receive the Outstanding Voices honor—and this year, ten of the fourteen are GSBA member businesses and individuals. We couldn’t be prouder to stand with our LGBTQ and allied business community in recognizing these leaders. See GSBA members recognized for their Outstanding Voices in the list below.

We also wait with anticipation each year for PSBJ’s announcement of the Puget Sound Region’s Largest LGBTQ-Owned Companies at Business of Pride—also known as ‘The List.’ The List ranks Puget Sound region-based companies with at least 51% LGBTQ ownership based on 2017 revenue.

We’re thrilled to see 22 of the 25 businesses on The List are GSBA members! Congratulations, in order of revenue, to:

1 –  Precision Garage Door, GSBA member and Gold Sponsor.

2 –  Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, GSBA member.

3 –  Olympic Hot Tub, GSBA member.

4 –  Herban Feast, GSBA member.

5 – Bulk FR8 LLC, GSBA member.

6 –  Marination, GSBA member.

7 –  Nyhus Communications, GSBA member.

8 –  Seattle Storm, GSBA member.

10 – TomboyX, GSBA member.

11 – Cupcake Royale, GSBA member.

13 – Metropolis, GSBA member.

14 – Urban Animal, GSBA member.

15 – Soaring Heart Natural Bed Co., GSBA member.

16 – Board & Vellum, GSBA member.

17 – Cone & Steiner General, GSBA member.

18 – Terra Plata, GSBA member.

19 – Choke Shirt Co. & Choke Print Shop, GSBA member.

20 – Poppy, GSBA member.

21 – Bang, GSBA member.

23 – True North Land Surveying Inc., GSBA member.

24 – A la Mode Pies, GSBA member.

25 – Broadcast Coffee Roasters, GSBA member and GSBA coffee sponsor.


Please welcome GSBA in extending a special congratulations to the 2018 Outstanding Voices, and the following GSBA members recognized for their contributions to our community!

  • Michael Bailey, Bank of America, GSBA member and Gold Sponsor: Small business banker Micheal Bailey helps provide LGBTQ-owned businesses with banking and lending solutions.
  • Sam Whiting, Boeing, GSBA member and Gold Sponsor: Sam Whiting oversees Boeing’s national strategy for education, grants and community partnerships.
  • Patrick Evans, Sound, GSBA member and Ruby Sponsor: Since his arrival at Sound in 2016, Patrick Evans has had a profound impact on the behavioral health organization.
  • Wakefield, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, GSBA member: Wakefield established The Legacy Project to increase racial and ethnic involvement in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center HIV vaccine trials.
  • Paul Lanbros, Plymouth Housing Group, GSBA member: Lambros, whose organization works to find homes for people experiencing homelessness, says businesses and nonprofits should be living and breathing equality and inclusion.
  • Nicki McCraw, UW Medicine, GSBA member and Emerald Sponsor: Nicki McCraw dedicates her time to ensuring the LGBTQ community has their needs met at UW Medicine and that the UW workforce has the training necessary to meet those needs.
  • David Johnson, Navos, GSBA member: Navos CEO David Johnson has been a leader in the mental health community and served on task forces and boards, innovating pathways for wellness and equity, including for the LGBTQ community.
  • Susan Mullaney, Kaiser Permanente Washington, GSBA member and Sapphire Sponsor: Susan Mullaney is passionate about making sure members of the LGBTQ community have access to the care they need to be as healthy as possible.
  • Luis Fernando Ramírez Limón, Entre Hermanos, GSBA member and community partner: Luis Fernando Ramírez Limón is executive director of Entre Hermanos, whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.
  • James Hing, GSBA board member; Starbucks, GSBA member and Silver sponsor: James Hing oversees the supplier diversity program at Starbucks, but outside of the office, he is the music and choir director for the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Renton and the award-winning Starbucks Chorus.




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