Bill, a long-time resident of Spokane, has over thirty-five years of successful business experience and community leadership. Bill became the CEO, after rising quickly through the ranks of Garco Building Systems. After many years of work with Garco, Bill transitioned to an active leadership role at Ignite Northwest. Among other community involvement, he has served as a Board Member and various Board Chairs for Greater Spokane Incorporated.
John’s passion has always been to help the Greater Spokane region develop its technology-based companies to create job opportunities and economic growth in the area. John has valuable expertise from creating successful back to back INC 500 companies and Directing Client Services at Sirti. John also founded or co-founded three companies, all of which were among the fastest growing companies in America under his leadership and were successfully sold. John received a BSEE degree from the University of Idaho.
Elaine has a range of experience in the investment and entrepreneurial fields. Through the Washington Technology Center, she spearheaded the Washington Bridge Fund, Regional Angel Network Program and Statewide Business Consulting Program. Previously, Elaine led deal sourcing and investment analysis at two venture capital firms: Buerk Dale Victor in Seattle and Artemis Ventures in the Bay Area. For fun, she started a wine business in Canada and had a great exit after five years. She holds an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business.
James A. Raeon
James Raeon received a Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, from the University of Buffalo and a Jurist Doctorate Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. While a law student, he volunteered for the Night Prosecutor Program in Chillicothe, Ohio and after graduation moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
He was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho from 1979 to 1985. In 1985 he went into private practice with the firm Dodson and Raeon and currently maintains said practice.
Mr. Raeon’s general practice involves civil and criminal litigation, business formations, and dissolutions, estate planning, contract formations, real estate and miscellaneous domestic relations matters.
Richard A. Repp
Richard Repp represents business clients ranging from start-ups to public companies.
He assists both public and private clients with issuing debt and equity to raise capital from investors, including private offerings for start-up and early-stage businesses. He also negotiates mergers, acquisitions, and sales of public and private businesses. Richard registers public company securities with the SEC and prepares public company periodic reports, including proxy statements, quarterly and annual reports, and other shareholder communications. He handles regulatory compliance and corporate governance matters, including entity formation for corporations and limited liability companies, and advises clients with regard to shareholder, officer and board fiduciary duties. Richard also prepares and negotiates complex procurement and service agreements.
A business lawyer with a business background prior to practicing law, Richard previously owned and operated a consulting practice providing inventory management services to domestic and international clients. He also has a background in restaurant management, food processing and agriculture production. A native of the Inland Northwest, Richard lived and worked in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Copenhagen, Denmark before returning to Spokane to begin his law practice.
Samuel T. Creason
Intellectual Properties Counsel
Mr. Creason received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in Mechanical Engineering in 2006, graduating as a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. He is licensed to practice in Idaho and Washington, and is also a licensed Patent Attorney. He maintains a practice primarily focused on civil litigation and business advising, although his practice also includes patent, copyright and trademark protection and select felony defense.
Mr. Creason is an attorney with Creason, Moore, Dokken & Geidl, PLLC. He came to the firm after serving as a law clerk for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Creason’s civil litigation practice includes government liability, personal injury cases, creditor’s recovery, contract disputes, land and timber disputes, wills and trusts litigation, civil rights claims, and patent litigation. In addition to trial work, Mr. Creason routinely practices in front of the Idaho Supreme Court.