David Syre passes torch to son


A major transition at one of Bellingham’s biggest companies has resulted in a shuffling of its key positions.

At the end of July, David Syre passed the torch of Trillium Corp. to his son, Jonathan Syre.

Jonathan is now the president and CEO of the real estate development and timber company that David started in 1974 with his wife, Kay. He was previously working as the vice president of forestry and natural resources.

David will now act as chairman of the company’s board and will be less involved in the company’s day-to-day activities, but will still be involved in specific projects and will assist in making decisions, Jonathan said.

Jonathan said the changeover occurred because it seemed like an appropriate time to transition between generations.

The company has experienced a few other personnel changes as well. The project manager positions of Mauri Ingram and Blair Murray were eliminated from Trillium’s real estate department, Jonathan said.

Ingram’s position was eliminated because the two major projects she was working on — the Cherry Point and Lookout Mountain development proposals — were denied by the County Council, Jonathan said.  Murray’s position was eliminated because a number of his projects were completed as well. The rest of the positions’ workloads will be absorbed into the company, he said.

Also, company executives Wayne Schwandt and David Blair are transitioning to consultant roles as they look to move on from Trillium to pursue other interests, Jonathan said.

Jonathan said he has no plans to make any changes in the company and will continue focusing on real estate development and forestry.

“Trillium has shown leadership on both fronts and will continue to do so under my leadership,” he said.

Jonathan has worked for Trillium since he was 14, starting out clearing land and working in the real estate and forestry divisions since he was 17.

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