Movers & Shakers 11/2/2020


Jordan Ramis PC recently welcomed Jeffrey P. Kapp to the firm’s real estate team.

Kapp advises his clients on a variety of complex commercial real estate and finance transactions. He represents real estate owners, business owners, and developers in the development, financing, leasing, and acquisition/disposition of their projects. In addition, he regularly counsels his clients on any issues relating to their business such as entity formation, corporate governance, joint venture and partnership agreements, business operations, contracts, and business and asset sales and acquisitions.

Kapp is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was on the Editorial Board for the Virginia Law Review, and he earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.


The business leaders group Identity Clark County has elected Steve Kenny as chair in 2021, succeeding Tom Mears who served in the role for six years.

Steve Kenny

Kenny is the president and CEO of Columbia Credit Union, a position he has held since 2009, guiding the credit union out of the great recession to a record $2 billion in assets and largest holder of Clark County deposits, while providing banking services to more than 100,000 individual and business members. He has 33 years of experience with Columbia Credit Union and nine with First Independent Bank. He has served on the Identity Clark County board for 12 years, including roles as treasurer, secretary and vice chair.

Tom Mears

Mears was elected as chair emeritus. He is just the second person to hold the honorary title, recognizing his six years as chair as well as his continuous service since becoming a founding director when the group was formed in 1993. Mears is chair of The Holland Inc., which holds assets associated with the regional restaurant Burgerville, which features locally grown food ingredients. He oversaw Burgerville’s expansion from three locations in 1966 to 40 in 2013 when he stepped away from operational involvement.

Helen Devery

Identity Clark County also elected Helen Devery to the role of Vice Chair. Devery serves as Northwest planning and environment manager for the professional services firm WSP. Also reappointed to the executive committee were: Mark Mantei of The Vancouver Clinic, Mike Nieto of Catworks Construction, Esther Liu of LSW Architects and Tyson Fuehrer of Biggs Insurance.

ICC reappointed Matt Bisturis, a business attorney with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, to a second year in the Ed Lynch honorary board seat. The seat honors longtime business leader and philanthropist Ed Lynch which is reserved for a rising business leader who is actively involved in the community.

Identity Clark County is a 27-year-old nonprofit organization comprised of influential business leaders who pursue initiatives that build a better community. The privately funded organization maintains an office in Vancouver and a lobbying presence in Olympia.

Joanna Yorke-Payne
Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start

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