The talbots host PNW friends

TAKING TATEUCHI CENTER’S STORY ON THE ROAD

Many people describe Randy Talbot’s decision to move Symetra’s headquarters to an office tower on the corner of 8th and 108th as launching the revitalization and growth of downtown Bellevue. Though long retired from his position as Symetra’s president and CEO, Randy continues to actively foster Bellevue’s long-term vitality. Most recently, this involved hosting a gathering at the La Quinta, CA home that he shares with his wife Margaret.

Bellevue-and-desert-resident families gathered to hear about Tateuchi Center and the rich cultural life it will bring to the Eastside. Board Chair Alex Smith pointed out that from a distance, it’s perhaps easier to see the Eastside for what it is today: a thriving urban center that’s missing this one key element – a world class performing arts center.

While spending as much time as possible at their Tradition Golf Club home, Randy and his wife Margaret also enjoy time in Bellevue with friends and family. “Of course we’ll appreciate Tateuchi Center when we’re in Bellevue, but we’re the most excited about the memorable experiences it will offer to our grandchildren and generations of Eastsiders.”

Regarding his role with Tateuchi Center, Randy remembers, “I joined the then-PACE board in 2008 because I understand the crucial role a facility such as Tateuchi Center plays in the life of a community. Margaret and I still believe this so it was easy to say ‘yes’ when Campaign Chair Cathi Hatch asked us to host an event for others with ‘dual citizenship.’ As I said that day, Tateuchi Center is a game-changer for the Eastside that people will treasure.”