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Former Executive Directors, Steve Hyer and Linda Mackintosh, along with current President and Executive Director, Herman Calzadillas

Washington Business Week is pleased to announce that one of its own, Herman Calzadillas, has been named President and Executive Director. With more than a 20-year career in higher education administration, student and community engagement, and international programs, Herman is poised to provide WBW with the leadership needed for long-term success.

“We are grateful that Washington Business Weeks’s new executive director comes from within. We appreciated his stability and professionalism during this time of transition, allowing the board to fully assess its options.” Raf Wong, WBW’s Board Chair, said of their decision. “Herman has been instrumental in the development of the pathways curriculum when he joined the organization seven years ago and has intimate knowledge of WBW operations and programs. We are confident that a high level of service and attention will be given to all that have been involved in the ‘Magic of Business Week.’”

Herman joined Washington Business Week in 2010 to help start programs such as Manufacturing week, Energy Week, and Agri-Business Week, a compliment to programs such as Business Week, Healthcare Week, and Advanced Business Week. “I’ve enjoyed seeing the positive impact these programs have on our young people. To think that for over 41 years this organization has helped both businesses and students connect and learn from each other – it’s a win-win situation!” Herman said. “I knew from the day that I was a Company Adviser (program mentor) that WBW was special and that this program needs to be experienced by everyone.”

Washington Business Week was founded by Association of Washington Business in 1976, and is governed by a board of community and business members representing broad business sectors including aerospace, banking, insurance, education, and healthcare. To date, Washington Business Week has served over 71,000 students through residential university programs, in-school community programs, and international programs. For more information about Washington Business Week and its programs – go to or call 253-561-1840.

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