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About Curtis

I was raised here, am a Puyallup school district graduate, parked cars at the Puyallup Fair, and picked strawberries as a child. I have been a business owner for 22 years, located in downtown Puyallup for 20 of those years. My wife of 21 years, Dr. Maija Thiel, is the Career & Technical Education Director, for the Puyallup School District and a former Vice Principal at Puyallup High School. I have been involved in a wide variety of business and community organizations many of which are listed below. My experiences have helped me to understand in a unique way how city regulations and taxes affect growth, business climate, and quality of life for citizens of all ages.

Our public safety is vital to the City of Puyallup.  We have an outstanding public safety program, and one of my priorities will be to support our first responders as they continue to keep us safe.  I will advocate for empowering our police force to fight crimes related to homelessness, drug use, mental illness and additional community concerns. We deserve safe streets, parks, and trails for all.

With a homeless population that has exploded, I will continue to work with city officials and community leaders to find solutions to these challenges. We have been slow to find effective ways to keep our community safe while showing compassion.

My years of community leadership mean I'm already connected, trusted, and ready to bring common sense solutions to Puyallup. Working with business owners, non-profits, and residential clients keeps my finger on the pulse of the community. I will make an effective council member by tackling challenges and opportunities in our city. I respectfully ask for your vote.


Awards and Noteworthy:


          "Rotarian of Distinction" - Rotary Premier Regional Award 

            Awarded by the Rotary District 5020 Area Governor, 2019

"John Porter Award - Chambers Premier Award"
  Awarded by Puyallup/Sumner Chamber, 2018

"Young Professional of the Year" Award
  Awarded by Puyallup/Sumner Chamber, 2010

"Peer Power, Powerful Ideas for Partners from Peers"
  Co-Author, 2007

"Business Person of the Year" Award
  Awarded by Eastern Piece County Chamber, 2005

           Nominated for the “Golden Apple" Volunteer of the Year Award
           Nominated by Career & Technical Educ. Director, Puyallup School District 2006

           Featured on fall cover of Pierce Community College - 2005
           Designed a class on "The Low Down on High Tech for Small Business"

 "40 under 40 Leadership" Award
 Awarded by Business Examiner, 2004

 "Helping People Help Themselves" Award
 Awarded by Mayor of Olympia, 1992

Civic/Community Leadership & Roles:

Puyallup Police Citizens Academy
Class of 2018
13 week overview of departments, policies, building layout, and staff

Puyallup Pioneer Park Condominium Association
Board President | 2018
$11 million building | 39 units | Senior Center

Service Clubs of Puyallup
Founder/President | 2015-Present
15 local clubs meeting and working together monthly

          Puyallup Cares | Formerly One Another Foundation
          Board Member, 2015-2016

Puyallup School District Bond and District Planning Committee
Member at Large, 2014-2015
Committee recommend $290 million bond that passed by voters for 6 elementary schools

Pierce County Library Foundation
Board Member, 2010-2012

Young Professional Group
Founder/President, 2010-2011

Puyallup School District Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee
Technology & Engineering Chair, 2006-2013
Marketing & Business Chair, 2003-2006

Business by Referral Networking Group
President, 2004

TACID - Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities
Board Member, 2004-2005

Puyallup Business Leaders Association, 2004-2005

Business by Referral Networking Group
President, 2003

Special Olympics
State, Regional, and City Volunteer, 2002, 2003, 2005

Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce:

Board Member | 2010

Ambassador Committee | 2004-2006

Finance Committee | 2004-2007

K-12 Education Committee | Chair | 2006
(Co-founded Education Summit with Puyallup School District)

Chamber Planning Retreat | 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010

Rotary Involvement:
Member since 2000

District Council |Member | 2016-2018 (District of 5000 members | (90 Clubs)

District 5020 Area 12 | Assistant Governor |2016-2018 (7 Clubs)

Puyallup South Hill Rotary | Board Member | 2002-2004, 2014-2017

District Governor Selection Committee | 2011-2013, 2016

Puyallup South Hill Rotary Club | President |2007-2008

Membership and Active involvement in Community Groups:

         Veterans of Foreign Wars Puyallup | Auxiliary member | 2017-2019

         Eagles - AERIE #2308 | 2017-2019

         Association of the United States Army (AUSA Puyallup) | 2016-2019

         Transportation Club of Tacoma | Member 2015-2016, 2019

         Master Builders Association | Member 2002

         Puyallup Sumner Chamber | 2004-current

         Puyallup Main Street Association | 2005-2006, 2017-2019


Strategy Computers | Bellevue, WA
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certification of Completion, 1998

Western Washington University | Bellingham, WA
Computer/Business Courses, 1994-1995

South Puget South Community College | Olympia, WA
ATA Business Administration Degree, 1994
Associate of Arts Degree, 1993

Professional Experience:

Hard @ Work Computers, LLC
Founder/President, 1996-Present
Award winning technology company serving the Puget Sound region

Dwyer Pemberton and Coulson
Director of Technology & Management Information Systems Manager, 2005-2008

Circuit City
Computer Sales, 1995-1999
Awards Received: Employee of the Month, Presidents Club, and 4-time Customer Service Award

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