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Rob Spitzer named president of King County Library board; Wendy Spektor elected president of dental fraternity; Paul Allen purchases another Island home.

Spitzer named president of King County Library board

Rob Spitzer, an Islander and owner in Garvey Schubert Barer’s Seattle office, has been named president of the King County Library System (KLCS) board of trustees.

“Our libraries are treasured community resources, giving the people of King County access to a world of ideas and information,” Spitzer said. “KCLS provides great traditional library services and I’m especially proud of the innovative mobile services targeted at populations which have not patronized libraries in the past, developing young minds and providing language resources for our immigrant populations. It’s an honor to work with KCLS.”

Spitzer is an experienced real estate, finance, and business problem solver. He has practiced in these areas for more than 30 years, has also personally developed real estate properties, overseen manufacturing and real estate lending businesses and bought and sold a number of enterprises. He is also a contributing author on Northwest Land Law Forum blog and on Family Business Bulletin.

KCLS serves residents of King County through 48 branches and is the second-busiest library system in the United States, with circulation of 20.89 million items in 2014.

Spektor elected president of dental fraternity

Mercer Island resident Wendy Shultz Spektor, DDS, will serve a one-year term as president of the board of directors of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. The term began Jan. 1. Alpha Omega (AO) provides continuing education for its members and philanthropy worldwide. Spektor is a past-president of the Seattle chapter and has served on the international board of directors and on many committees over the years.

“I am excited about the future of Alpha Omega. I see that we are striving to build a community that supports and cares for its members and the people we serve,” said Spektor, who practices in Bellevue. “We want to grow by opening up membership to all health care providers who share our same values: fostering leadership, fighting discrimination and social injustice of all kinds, and improving the health of our local and global communities.”

Spektor received her dental degree from the University of Washington in 1982 and maintains a full-time dental practice in Bellevue. For information, visit or call 425-454-1322.

Allen purchases another Island home

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen purchased a $5.4 million house on Mercer Island this month, according to The site estimates that he already owns 11 residences on the Island. With an $18 billion fortune, Allen is ranked No. 26 on the Forbes 400.

His newest house on Mercer Island is a 1948 waterfront bungalow, which measures 3,320 square feet. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms.


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