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Rowing Alum Blake Nordstrom Featured in Seattle Times - Washington Huskies

Rowing Alum Blake Nordstrom Featured in Seattle Times

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Featured in today's Seattle Times website, former oarsman Blake Nordstrom discussed with a reporter the evolution of the "Nordstrom Way" of doing business in the Pacific Northwest.

Nordstrom, who graduated from Washington in 1982 and rowed for the Huskies, is now the president of Nordstrom Inc. As a member of one of Seattle's preeminent families, he's felt a duty as head of one of the Puget Sound's most successful company to serve the region.

"We're proud of our Northwest roots, and we really feel like it's served us well," Nordstrom said.

Much like his dedication to the Seattle-area, Nordstrom is a proponent of the Husky rowing program. His father, Bruce ('55), also rowed at UW when the team still featured a lightweight boat, and was recently honored with one of the most distinguished awards the UW bestows on a graduate - the 2010 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus.

In the wide-ranging interview, Blake Nordstrom touches on a variety of topics that have affected the company in the modern business climate. But he remains committed to Nordstrom's core values, such as a positive shopping experience for the customer.

"We take great pride in being a part of something that we think is pretty special," Nordstrom said.

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