Harold Gilkey, chairman of the board of Sterling Savings Association, was elected to lead the Downtown Spokane Partnership’s board of directors.
The partnership is a coalition of business, government and community leaders that promotes downtown. The partnership also manages downtown’s self-taxing business improvement district.
Others elected to serve with Gilkey on the partnership’s executive committee are: JoAnn Matthiesen, vice president of human resources for Washington Water Power, vice chairman; Ned Barnes, an attorney with Witherspoon, Kelley, Davenport and Toole, secretary; Jerry Hagood, president of Kiemle and Hagood Co., treasurer; and Karen Valvano, president of the partnership; Stacey Cowles, publisher of The Spokesman-Review; and John T. Wagner, executive vice president of SeaFirst Bank, committee members.
Gilkey has been chairman of Sterling since 1981 and was previously senior vice president of Old National Bank from 1974 to 1981. Gilkey also serves as chairman of the board of Medical Service Corp. and is on the Eastern Washington University President’s Council and the Gonzaga University Board of Regents.