Movers & Shakers 1/30/2015

Susanne Cox


Vancouver-based Vesta Hospitality has hired Susanne Cox to serve as director of human resources.

In her new role, Cox will be responsible for personnel development and engagement, performance management and compliance with employment laws and benefits.

Cox’s career includes 25 years in the hospitality industry, including time previously spent at Vesta. She joined the organization in 1999 and spent two years at the property level. In 2001, she was relocated to the corporate office where she served as vice president of administration and as an executive assistant. In 2011, she moved on to pursue her passion for human resources as an independent human resources consultant.

“We are thrilled to welcome Susanne back to the Vesta Hospitality family,” said Rick Takach, Vesta Hospitality president and CEO. “She has always been a valuable team member. Her experience as an independent consultant will complement what we already know to be Susanne’s greatest strengths – her strong professional skills and her ability to work with and relate well to others.”

Cox holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration and management from Bavaria College in Germany. Additionally, she is a Leadership Clark County Class of 2014 graduate and a past president of the Rotary Club of Vancouver.


Gibbs & Olson, a Longview-based civil engineering and land surveying firm, has hired Stephen McWilliams as a project engineer.

McWilliams graduated from the University of Portland’s civil engineering program and holds an engineer-in-training certification in Oregon.

In his new role, he will work on road, site, sanitary sewer, and water design project elements, as well as performing the analysis and design of stormwater detention and infiltration systems.


The Washington Timbers Football Club, Southwest Washington’s largest soccer club, recently announced the addition of three new staff members: Sean Janson as the club’s new executive director; Brett Jacobs as technical director; and Kat Tarr as Junior Academy coordinator.

As executive director, Janson will be responsible for day-to-day management of the club. Jacobs, as technical director, will be responsible for all aspects of the club’s U8-U19 Junior Academy and Academy programs. AS Junior Academy program coordinator, Kat will be responsible for day-to-day management of U8-U10 Junior Academy programs, providing players the technical skills necessary to be successful in U11 and beyond.

In addition to expanding staff, the club announced that it is working on significant facility upgrades of its headquarters and home fields, located at the Harmony Sports Complex at 1500 NE 192nd Ave.