The Washington State Department of Revenue has selected 15 members to serve on its Business Advisory Council, which aims to facilitate a dialogue between the department and representatives of Washington’s business community around tax policy and operational issues.

The council meets in public four times per year, and each member serves terms of two to three years.

Thirty-three people applied to serve on the council.

South Sound representatives selected to join the council include Patrick Connor, Washington state director of the National Federation of Independent Business; Clayton Hill, government affairs director at Olympia-based Association of Washington Business; Danny Mollas, owner of Olympia-based George & Sons Fruit Market; and Mark Johnson, government affairs vice president at Olympia-based Washington Retail Association.

The other representatives appointed to the council include Michele Baisler (KPMG); Vicki Baker (Yakima Grocery Outlet); Lois C. Cook (America’s Phone Guys); James Dixson (Friendly Computers); Chris Falco (Falco Sult); Wendy Gillihan (Gryffin Consulting); Damian Hunt (Amazon); Darcy Kooiker (Ryan); Robert L. Mahon (Perkins Coie); William C. Severson (Law Offices of William C. Severson); and Gary Smith (Independent Business Association).

“We have selected an impressive and diverse group to serve on our council,” Washington State Department of Revenue Director Vikki Smith said. “I look forward to hearing their feedback and working with them to better understand their experiences working with our agency.”