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What keeps Eliassen ticking? Sunday’s story looks into his post-retirement career

Jon E. EliassenPeople who know Jon Eliassen say he's the busiest retired person they know.

In Sunday's Business section of The Spokesman-Review, we take a look at how Eliassen, who retired in 2002 after 33 years at WWP and Avista, has become a very busy executive around the area.

Eliassen has plenty to say about retirement and what he expected to do once he left Avista.

He continues serving, for the time being, as CEO and president of Red Lion Hotels Corp.


After joining Red Lion in 2010 Eliassen said he’d stay on for roughly a year as interim CEO.

A year later Eliassen agreed to become full-time CEO at Red Lion. He is careful saying how much longer he’ll keep the job. He enjoys working on building a stronger management team, and he’s willing to take anywhere from six more months to a few years to get the company on firm economic footing.


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