Welcoming new vice president Suzana Sakay

The WAC’s executive team added a new member this winter with the promotion of Suzana Sakay to Vice President, Business Excellence & Development. Suzana has held numerous jobs at the WAC since starting at the Club in 2011.

“This is an exciting time for the WAC and for downtown Seattle,” Suzana says. “As we emerge from the last two years of the pandemic, we have the opportunity to reinforce the Club’s role in Seattle and in our members’ lives.”

After managing several WAC departments, Suzana’s new focus includes building business efficiencies across the Club as well as working with the membership team to help attract and retain new WAC members.

“The WAC has proven its lasting power for more than 90 years, through times of prosperity and uncertainty alike,” Suzana says. “We look forward to embracing our role as one of the keystones in the recovery of downtown Seattle.”

Suzana completed her MBA from the University of Washington in 2013 after previously earning a global studies degree from UW Bothell. She continues to guest-lecture at the UW Bothell School of Business.

Suzana started at the WAC as Spa Manager with more than a decade of experience in the spa and wellness industry. Under her guidance, the Spa at the WAC earned the North American Association of Club Athletic Directors Spa of the Year Award. She was subsequently promoted to Wellness Director, where she helped create the award-winning Wellness 360 program before recently joining the Club’s executive team.

“I can’t think of a better person to lead our efforts to be an efficient and productive business,” WAC President & CEO Chuck Nelson says. “Suzana has proven her value through more than a decade of leading WAC teams, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to her now role.”

Suzana moved to Seattle in 1999 from her native Croatia, where she also spent two years as a translator and interpreter for the NATO peacekeeping mission after the Balkan conflicts. She and her husband, Robert, met in Croatia while he was deployed there. One of Suzana’s assignments was to work with local authorities and NATO generals as they drew borders between newly established states and counties in the wake of the Dayton Accords. At the time, she was 19 years old.

“It was quite cathartic to be a part of history in the making as the region began to recover and rebuild after much turmoil,” she recalls.

Suzana, Robert, and their two daughters, Madelynn and Ella, live in Bothell. They enjoy travel and family activities, including keeping up strong connections with relatives in the states and Europe.

As published in the April/May/June 2022 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted March 25, 2022

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