Movers and shakers 3/6/2021 | Vancouver Business Journal
The City of Vancouver will welcome a new Deputy City Manager to its leadership team this summer.
Lon Pluckhahn will assume the role of Deputy City Manager, Community and Economic Development, effective August 2. This deputy position is one of two deputy city manager roles that are part of the city’s new organizational structure to build leadership capacity and better serve the organization’s needs.
In this role, Pluckhahn will oversee community development, parks, recreation and culture, economic development, and policy and program management teams.
Pluckhahn brings more than 25 years of experience in the public sector to Vancouver, including economic development, parks and planning, collective bargaining and capital project financing.
He has served as city manager for the past 14 years in Marion, Iowa – a growing community of 40,000 residents in the state’s second largest subway. Pluckhahn has also served as city manager in Platteville, Wisconsin, and West Liberty, Iowa.
âWe are delighted to welcome Lon, his experience and his compassionate leadership style to Vancouver later this summer,â said Eric Holmes, City Manager of Vancouver.
Pluckhahn is an International City Manager’s Association-accredited manager and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in public administration, and a master’s degree in community and regional planning, all from Iowa State University.
âI can’t wait to start a new chapter and be a part of the Vancouver community,â Pluckhahn said. âThe city has built a solid foundation for well-managed growth and abundant opportunity and I am delighted to be a part of its continued success. “
The city is also currently looking for an Assistant City Manager, Business Services, who will lead human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, corporate services and information technology. Current Deputy City Manager Brian Carlson has announced he will retire this summer after 20 years with the city.
JIM THE KING
WellHaven Pet Health recently announced that Jim King has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. King was previously senior vice president of finance and has been with WellHaven from the start. He brings a unique blend of accounting, acquisition and operational finance experience to WellHaven and the veterinary profession.
Previously, King worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in their audit and insurance practice before working as Senior Director of Acquisition Integration at Banfield Pet Hospital. His professional background in operational finance, public accounting, and relationship building in individual veterinary clinics has prepared WellHaven Pet Health for continued growth in the years to come. King is also the Treasurer and Board Member of the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.
CEO Jenni Jones said, âJim has the unique ability to apply operational thinking and also take a corporate culture perspective into account when making financial decisions. I am excited about his continued leadership within the WellHaven team and am confident in his ability to lead our business development efforts. It will play an important role in our growth strategy.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, a global leader in engineering polymer solutions that seal, moisten and protect critical applications in demanding environments, recently announced Chris Perrault as Head of ServicePLUS in Vancouver, Wash.
Trelleborg’s ServicePLUS centers support its customers by offering them a full range of engineering activities, streamlining manufacturing processes, ensuring product availability and providing exceptional customer service. In his new role, Perrault will manage a variety of value chain and manufacturing activities for customers in the Portland metro area, freeing them up to free up capital and manpower to focus on things more. important.
Will Bacon, ServicePLUS Segment Manager, said: âChris has a positive and dynamic attitude, which is extremely important in helping customers optimize product performance, improve their supply chains and maximize throughput. . He also brings with him the warehouse and management skills needed for this role. With Chris on board, we are well positioned to deliver critical, value-added solutions to our customers. “
Perrault has over 23 years of experience managing warehouse operations. Most recently, he served as Director of Operations for the National Performance Warehouse, where he managed more than 50 employees, negotiated with freight suppliers to reduce costs, improve staffing inefficiencies and implement training process.