Established in 1910 by visionary business operators, Associated Industries is a leading employer association for small to mid-sized businesses. We are dedicated to helping employers mitigate risk, enhance their workplace culture, and provide experienced guidance on compliance, employment law, and HR matters. With a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary challenges business owners face, we offer a suite of services and resources to empower employers to navigate the ever-evolving business landscape and foster a positive and productive work environment for their employees.
Jim is a Washington native, he graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in pre-law and English. He also earned a Master’s degree in a MBA-Administration from the University of Washington.
Before leading the Associated Industries team, Jim served as President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Spokane, Vice President at Metwest Financial Services of Metropolitan Mortgage, and as President of Northwest Capital Inc.
Jim is an active participant in community affairs and is a member of several Eastern Washington University committees, and serves on the board of the Association of Washington Business.
Nicole joined Associated Industries in 1999. She leads the employment team as well as directly serves members with employment law consulting and reviews.
Nicole graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1999 and Washington State University in 1996. She is licensed to practice law in both Washington and Idaho. She is actively involved in community organizations and is a member of the Board of Directors for Mid-City Concerns. A regular presenter on employment law topics, Nicole has also authored numerous articles and teaching materials related to these matters.
Nicole is also the Board President of City View HOA (DBA City View Country Club), a Board Member and member of the Board Governance Committee – Project Beauty Share, and a Board Member – Breakfast Forum (monthly meeting of business leaders)
Angela joined Associated Industries in January 2009. She was previously a managing partner of Randall & Danskin, P.S., her practice areas included Civil Litigation, Trust and Estate Dispute Litigation, Guardianships and Medical Negligence Defense.
Angela graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law, and is also a registered nurse offering a unique healthcare perspective to her work with members. Angela is licensed to practice law in both Washington and Idaho, and is a member of the Washington State Society of Health Care Attorneys, the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Association of Nurse Attorneys.
Jennifer joined us in the summer of 2019, she was previously a principal at her former law firm where she focused on employment law, municipal law and general litigation. She earned her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law. Jennifer is licensed to practice law in Washington and Idaho.
Sabrina joined Associated Industries in June 2021 as the Vice President of HR and Business Solutions. She is a graduate of Whitworth School of Business, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2021 and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Sabrina has a broad range of experience in organizational management and leadership and has a passion for helping companies build better processes. She also serves as the CEO of Integris, our background screening partner. Sabrina previously worked in the background screening industry for 16 years and holds an Advanced FCRA Certification from the Professional Background Screening Association. As a leading expert, Sabrina brings a unique approach to help you build a system that better serves your company and your human capital.
Katie graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, majoring in Human Resources. She has been certified by Human Resources Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources.
Katie’s experience includes positions in the banking, sports facility, and retail industries. She served as a Human Resources professional and coach for Red and Associates. Katie now serves Associated Industries members and clients on HR projects, outsourced services, and provides member support.
Kandi Joined Associated Industries in 2019 and supports our leave management program for outsourced HR members. She brings with her thirteen years of experience as an Employee and Labor relations Representative in manufacturing and eight years of experience in international leisure and sporting goods manufacturing as an office coordinator and sales force liaison. Kandi graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Sara joined our HR team in 2021. She has worked in various HR roles including HR Generalist, Talent & Acquisition Specialist, and HR Manager. She also brings over 15 years of Sales, Training & Development, and Customer Support experience to the AI Team.
Sara now serves Associated Industries members and clients on HR projects, outsource services, and provides member support.
Julia joined Associated Industries in 2022 after a successful 17-year career with a large Spokane based commercial real estate and property management firm, ultimately handling all HR functions as a director of over 100 employees. She grew her career from the bottom up; starting as an executive assistant, and eventually becoming the Human Resources Director. She is excited to share that background and experience with the member businesses of AI as an HR Advisor. Julia truly considers HR policy and procedure to be a utilitarian venture. “Solid HR process can help facilitate organizational happiness and health.”
Julia has lived in Spokane since the 1974 World’s Fair attracted her family to the area. Traveling over the years to pursue her career outside of Spokane, Julia returned home permanently in 2005. Outside of work Julia finds joy in baking, cooking, gardening, the outdoors, browsing (and buying) in thrift stores, and spending time with friends and family.
Rachel joined Associated Industries in 2022, supporting the Leave Administration and HR Generalist team. She brings 15 years of work experience, including 11 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a supervisor of training and protocols, operations officer, and liaison to members. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Eastern Washington University, with a focus on Ancient History and Anthropology. She brings HR experience from the City of Spokane and diverse interpersonal skills from homeschooling her children during the Covid pandemic while also writing as a humanities lesson writer for Study.com.
Rachel will bring compassion and expertise to leave administration to support those who experience personal or familial medical hardship. She eagerly maintains the positive and generous environment AI demonstrates to its members.
Val leads our Human Resources team, develops and delivers HR programs for members, and provides on-site HR services to member organizations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University, and her experience includes HR and Benefit Management in manufacturing, customer service, and technology industries. Val’s background also includes the management of temporary staffing operations in Washington and Northern Idaho.
Stefanie has a bachelor’s degree from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication and Media Studies from Washington State University. She brings more than nine years of consultative sales and business development experience, previously working in the hospitality and technology industries.
Stefanie’s role is to help small and mid-sized organizations, across multiple industries, address employer related issues more effectively through Associated Industries’ membership support and services. She will connect you with the HR & Legal support you need to make operating a business easier, safer and more prosperous.
Emily joined Associated Industries in 2017, she began as an intern and has worked her way up to becoming our marketing generalist and social media manager. She is responsible for marketing and social media campaigns and is involved in member engagement as well.
Emily has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Washington University and has a second bachelor’s degree in Communications from Arizona State University.
Allison started with Associated Industries in 2019. She currently oversees the member experience and facilitates our workforce training courses. She is a graduate from Western Washington University with a bachelors in community health education.
Allison has experience in owning a small business which allows her to better relate to and advocate for those trying to navigate the challenges of owning and running a small business. With over 10 years of management and customer service behind her- helping facilitate employer relations and proactively creating efficient and successful work environments is something Allison excels at.
Michelle joined the benefit administration team in 2008. She has taken on the role of team lead for implementation of new groups. Michelle has more than 20 years experience in the health insurance industry, including flexible benefits and self-insured employers. She has a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of Montana and is a Life, Disability and P&C Licensed Producer.
If you are just starting out with our team, Michelle will get your coverage up and running.
Amanda joined the health benefits team in 2014, and has taken on the focus of managing accounts receivable and COBRA coverage services for our benefit plan groups. She has more than 12 years experience in the health care industry including customer service, accounts receivable, and collections.
Debbie joined Associated Industries in 2015, she brings more than 25 years of experience to our finance team. She has worked in accounting for the agricultural, construction, mining, and manufacturing industries. Debbie supports our team by taking care of accounts payable, financial reporting, and banking reconciliations.
Peggy joined us in 2021 to help assist our senior accountant with our daily accounting needs. She has a depth of experience in many areas of accounting, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, posting daily revenue reports, and tracking information to the budget.