Chairman and CEO, retired
Class of 2017 – Inaugural Inductees
January 7, 1925 – June 28, 2021
Former Owner, Emeritus Chairman
York. There she worked for Stouffer’s Restaurant Group and General Foods, later returning to Seattle to work for Western International Hotels (now the Westin), where she was the company’s first female food and beverage director. Eventually Mathers went into partnership with Schwartz Brothers Restaurants, developing Shoebox Express (whose fleet of red vans can be seen all over town), Schwartz Brothers Bakery, and Columbia River Bakery, under the corporate umbrella of Gretchen’s of Schwartz. She helped develop Cool Whip, won the Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year award, and was the first woman president of the Washington Restaurant Association. And though she grew up wanting to be the next Betty Crocker, she instead became a brand name herself. “I’ve never heard one bad word said about Gretchen in her whole life, and you know how restaurant people talk,” said her youngest brother, Jack Mathers, owner of Jack’s Fish Spot in Pike Place Market. “She was the big sister who watched over everybody.”
chairman of Procurepoint Travel Solutions and as a private business consultant. He was a director of Glenborough Realty Trust Inc. and served as a board member on the Foundation Health Systems Inc., Nuvine Logistics Inc., New Vine, Inc., V-Commerce Inc., Del Monte Corporation, and Vcustomer. He served as a director of Health Net, Inc. (1997-2015) and was a member of Flextronics International Ltd.’s Board of Directors. He also served as a director of Continental Airlines Inc. and as a director of FHC, a neuroscience and neurosurgery solutions company, during his distinguished career.
Roundtable, the Seattle Children’s Hospital board, currently serves on the WSU Board of Regents, and led the development of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities.
Epsilon Fraternity and U.S. Army ROTC while at WSU. After graduation he was hired as a salesman for the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, which marked the beginning of a long, successful career where he traveled the world, met dignitaries, but most importantly, had a profound impact on the people he met. He had a genuine interest and caring for people that led to sincere connections and life-long friendships throughout the hospitality industry and beyond. During his career Newman worked at the Seattle Olympic Hotel (1961), the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego (1963), and the Arizona Carefree Inn (1964). Ultimately his career took him and his family back to Seattle where he became executive vice president of Westin Hotels and Resorts. Throughout his career, Newman remained a passionate Cougar and stayed actively engaged with WSU in leadership and fundraising. In 1993 he was recognized by WSU for outstanding service and leadership in enhancing the quality and visibility of WSU’s Hotel and Restaurant program. Newman and his wife, Leone, were married 58 years and had four children, 10 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. The family enjoyed adventures ranging from dude ranches in Montana and skiing in Whistler to tours of the White House and plays on Broadway.
Anthony Anton (’91 Poli. Sci.) is president and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association, a member-based organization that works at the state and local level to find solutions to challenging issues facing the hospitality industry and workforce. Anton has been with the association for more than 20 years and draws on experience from being raised in a family with more than 70 years of hospitality experience in the state.
As CEO, Anton has helped the association expand, launch initiatives to help the workforce succeed, and focus on protecting and enhancing the hospitality business climate. Throughout the pandemic, when hospitality was hit the hardest of any industry, he and his team at the association helped secure hundreds of millions in relief dollars for Washington hospitality businesses and dozens of regulatory relief measures. This effort reduced the number of closures in the second six months of the pandemic by nearly 400 percent, compared to the first six months.
Prior to his role at the association, he was the CEO of Washington Lodging Association, manager of Washington State Relations at The Boeing Company, and director of government affairs for the Washington Restaurant Association.
Hospitality professional Clarice Turner is a board director for Delicato Family Wines, the fifth largest wine company in the United States, Blaze Pizza, and the National Restaurant Association. She is also a trustee of the Culinary Institute of America and an advisor on the dean’s development council for the San Francisco State University Lam Family College of Business.
Turner is the former president of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, a family-owned winery crafting world-class estate wines since 1973. Prior to Joseph Phelps, she was chief executive officer of Boudin Bakery and held executive leadership positions with Starbucks Coffee Company, YUM! Brands, and PepsiCo.
Earlier in her career, as president and chief operating officer for Papa Murphy’s International, Turner was one of a small group of female leaders in the foodservice sector. This group of 13 women executives attended the inaugural meeting between the White House Council on Women and Girls and the White House Business Council to address the barriers to advancement for women.
Tuner earned her MBA and undergraduate degrees from San Francisco State University and attended Fudan University and The University of International Business in China. She has been a member of or led diversity and inclusion efforts throughout her career.
A ninth-generation Californian, Turner enjoys judging wine competitions and mentoring future generations of women leaders.