Ikeda, Executive Director
Tom Ikeda has served as Executive Director of the Japanese
American Chamber of Commerce of Washington State since 2003.
Tom Ikeda is also the founding Executive Director of Densho,
a project that teaches young people about democracy by sharing
the stories of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated
during World War II.
Prior to working at the JACC and Densho, he was a Product
Group General Manager at Microsoft Corporation where he
developed multimedia CD-ROM titles. Tom also worked as a
research engineer developing hemodializers (artificial kidneys)
with Cordis Dow Corporation and as a financial analyst at
the Weyerhaeuser Company. Tom graduated from the University
of Washington with a BS in Chemical Engineering, BA in Chemistry
and an MBA.
Handley, Consulting Director
Brenda L. Handley is a founding partner and CEO of Northwest
Suites & Housing Services. Since launching the company
in 1988, her objective has been to become the premier interim
housing provider in the Puget Sound region and the nation.
Brenda recognized the strong potential of the interim corporate
housing market early on and has applied her entrepreneurial
spirit, passion for excellence, and strong work ethic to
build the largest company of its type in the region. Today,
the company is among the fastest growing private companies
in the Puget Sound region, according to the Puget Sound
Business Journal's annual lists for 2001 and 2002.
is a member of the Pacific Northwest Relocation Council
and the Association of Interim Housing Providers. She serves
on the board of directors for the Benaroya Research Institute
at Virginia Mason and is chairperson for the Education Committee
for Corporate Housing Providers Association -- a national
Handley lectures frequently on business issues and particularly
enjoys inspiring young women to recognize their career passions
and apply their business savvy, relationship skills, empathy,
and intuition to achieve their highest career and life goals.
Brenda was named a finalist in the 2002 Nellie Cashman Woman
Business Owner of the Year Competition in recognition of
her extraordinary leadership in the business community and
her contributions to the community. The company is also
a finalist in the 2002 Better Business Bureau Business of
the Year Awards Competition, recognizing the company's innovative
customer service strategies, business ethics, and contributions
to the community.