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Join us for the 25th Anniversary of AWB's Policy Summit

Tuesday, September 16 - Thursday, September 18
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

AWB's annual Policy Summit is a chance for entrepreneurs, executives and policy makers to meet in one of Washington's most beautiful locations. This year's event will highlight 25 years of Policy Summits. The biggest business and policy event of the year is now less than two months away. Register now for the silver anniversary of the AWB Policy Summit, to be held Sept. 16-18 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.

Gov. Jay Inslee will address the summit. He'll be joined throughout the three-day event by other dynamic and insightful speakers, including Brad Tilden, CEO of the nation's sixth-largest carrier, Alaska Airlines, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal (retired). McChrystal will share anecdotes and insights from his time as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan

Online registration is open for the 2014 Policy Summit, Sept. 16-18. This event is a great way to spread the word about your business; consider sponsoring this enjoyable, valuable and highly visible event. Contact Anne Haller for sponsorship information. Also check out this video rewind of highlights from the 2013 Policy Summit.

Stay tuned for updates on our Policy Summit mobile app, and follow the preparation on twitter @AWBsummit.


Tuesday, September 16

6:30 p.m.
Legislative Candidate Reception

Wednesday, September 17

7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Conference Welcome
8:15 a.m.
State of the State
Gov. Jay Inslee
9:00 a.m.
Priorities4Prosperity Listening Tour Highlights
9:45 a.m.
2015 Session: Top Funding Issues
11:00 a.m.
Washington's Emerging GenX Leaders
12:15 p.m.
12:45 p.m.
Keynote: Washington's Homegrown Airlines Soars
Brad Tilden, President & CEO, Alaska Airlines
1:30 p.m.
AWB Annual Awards Presentation
2:00 p.m.
Climate Change: What Are the Options?

3:00 p.m.
When Politics Impact State Politics

4:30 p.m.
AWB Wellness Activity
Fun Run & Walk                             Suncadia Lodge
Cornhole Competition & Hard
Cider Tasting                             Suncadia Amphitheatre
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Keynote: Lessons in Leadership
Retired Four-Star Gen. Stanley McChrystal
8:30 p.m.
Dessert Buffet & VIP Sponsor Reception

Thursday, September 18

7:30 a.m.
Passing of the Gavel
8:00 a.m.
Board Meeting
11:30 a.m.


Spokane Mayor David Condon grew up in the Lilac City and returned home after a varied career that included working as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and nine years of serve in the 25th Infantry Division. As mayor he has focused on making Spokane a city of choice for businesses and residents.

Gov. Jay Inslee grew up in the Seattle area but entered public service in 1985 when he helped lead the effort to build a new public high school in Selah. He went on to serve in the state Legislature and Congress. Inslee co-wrote “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean-Energy Economy.” He was elected governor in 2012.

Laura Lawton-Forsyth is president of Lawton Printing and File-Ez Folder, makers of directories, folders and tabs. She is the fourth generation to join the family business in Spokane. She is active on the board of directors for Greater Spokane Inc., the Independent Colleges of Washington, AWB and many other civic groups.

Retired four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal was commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and earlier led the Joint Special Operations Command, which is credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein. A former Green Beret, McChrystal is author of the memoir and leadership book “My Share of the Task.”

Scott Morris is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Avista Corp. in his hometown of Spokane. He is chair of Innovate Washington and on the boards of the Washington Roundtable, Greater Spokane, Incorporated, Gonzaga University, the Western Energy Institute and many others.

Mike Schwenk is retired from a career in technical and business management, including serving as vice president of Battelle and as director of technology deployment and outreach for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is a vocal advocate for connecting government research and private-sector know-how to solve the nation’s most pressing challenges. He continues to work realizing that aspiration with technology-based companies such as Kurion, UniWest and Meier.  He also remains active in formulating national innovation policy. Schwenk is secretary-treasurer of the AWB board and will serve as the 2014-15 AWB board chair.

Michael Senske, president and CEO of Pearson Packaging Systems, previously worked at Microsoft in product support. Senske is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Harvard Business School’s owner/president management program. He is chair of Greater Spokane Incorporated and serves on the boards of AWB and the Colmac Holding Company.

Brad Tilden is chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, a Fortune 500 company which employs nearly 13,000 people flying more than 180 aircraft. Tilden grew up watching airplanes near Sea-Tac Airport and is a licensed private pilot. He also serves on several charitable boards, including at his alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University.

Make your reservation by Aug. 16 to secure the AWB Group Rate of $299 night. For reservations at Suncadia Resort call 866.904.6300 or got to and use Promotion Code: AWB2014.

For additional lodging options, please click here.

Three day attendees will receive a complimentary Cutter & Buck jacket (women) or pullover (men).  Apparel will also be available for purchase on site.

Men's Pullover: $68 + tax
Women's Jacket: $64 + tax

Please Note: Photos will be taken throughout the event for use on our website and in event marketing collateral. Please let our event staff know if you do not wish to have your picture made public.

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Avista Corp.
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company
Costco Wholesale
First Choice Health
Gingold Law Firm PLLC
International Paper
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Puget Sound Energy

Regence BlueShield

SSA Marine
Washington State Hospital Association

Wells Fargo
Western States Petroleum Association 



Associated Industries

Daniels-Brown Communications
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington
Hewlett-Packard Company
Koch Companies Public Sector LLC
Lilly USA
Lodi Water Company
Millennia Public Affairs, Inc.
Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company
Rubatino Refuse Removal, Inc.
Sprague Pest Solutions

The Partners Group, LTD

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Washington State Potato Commission