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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

Thanks to our amazing members, AWB's 25th Annual Policy Summit is now sold out!  Online registration is now closed.  To be placed on a wait list please call 360.943.1600.  Thank you!

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 Karlee Keith 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.


Claudia Balducci is mayor of Belleuve and has served on the City Council since 2004. She is active in regional transportation issues and is a member of the Sound Transit Board of Directors. An attorney and graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, she manages the Criminal Justice Improvement Section in the King County Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget.

Marty Brown is executive director at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, which administers the state’s 34 two-year colleges. Brown has spent more than 35 years developing policy and budgets in the Legislature and for governors Gary Locke and Chris Gregoire. He served as director of the Office of Financial Management in 2010 before moving to the SBCTC in 2012.

Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, has served in the House for 15 years. He is the ranking Republican on the Appropriations Committee and also serves on the Subcommittee on General Government and the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. Chandler owns and operates a commercial fruit orchard in Yakima County.

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 service in the 25th Infantry Division. As mayor he has focused on making Spokane a city of choice for businesses and residents.

Melanie Hoefer is the owner and general manager of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times publications. She volunteers with many nonprofits, including United Way and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Eastern Washington University, she is pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis on servant leadership through Gonzaga University.

Zach Hyder, a partner at Quinn Thomas Public Affairs, is a brand strategist and creative specialist. He has managed communications campaigns for Nike, AT&T, Daimler and Intel. He had a long career at Fleishman-Hillard. Previously with Fleishman-Hillard, he also has worked as a research assistant for Cokie Roberts and George Stephanopoulos at ABC News.

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.

Jenna KaluzaJenna Kaluza is a senior leader in the Seattle office of Quinn Thomas Public Affairs. She has worked with Walmart, YarrowBay Holdings and many other clients on complex communications strategies. She focuses on economic development, land use planning, retail and manufacturing issues. Kaluza studied political science at Linfield College, and previously worked as Oregon state director for the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Kevin Klock has lead Talking Rain Beverage Company the last three years as president and CEO. A native of Washington state, Klock was born and raised in Wenatchee and went to Oregon State University earning his degree in chemical engineering.  Recently, Klock was recognized for his innovative approaches to building a brand, having been named both BevNet’s Person of the Year and a 2014 Pacific Northwest finalist for the coveted Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

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.

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt returned home after college to become active in local politics. As mayor, he has successfully led the charge to re-engineer city programs.  Council’s ongoing effort to create a more efficient and effective local government for Vancouver residents and businesses are his pride and priority. Leavitt is also a full-time civil engineer and serves on various community boards.

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.”

Su has 16 years of experience in all phases of public opinion research, including questionnaire and sample design, field administration, focus group research, online survey research, and analysis and reporting. Su has managed and designed qualitative and quantitative community and service assessment projects for city, county, and regional governments around the Northwest.

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.

Keith Phillips is Gov. Jay Inslee’s special assistant for climate and energy policy. Phillips previously served as Inslee’s senior policy advisor on energy and the environment, and held similar policy advisory positions for Gov. Chris Gregoire. An oceanography graduate of the University of Washington, Phillips spent 10 years as an environmental planner for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 17 years at the state Department of Ecology.

Paul ReadPaul Read, publisher of the Journal of Business, has covered business news in his hometown of Spokane area for 27 years. Read has taught journalism at Whitworth University and is a leader with the local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America, the Better Business Bureau, Greater Spokane Incorporated, and many other groups.

Dorothy Rothrock works with policy makers on energy, civil justice, workers compensation, labor, tax, environmental quality and education issues, helping explain the importance of manufacturing investment to economic prosperity. Since 2006 she has chaired the AB 32 Implementation Group, a coalition of business and taxpayer organizations interested in California’s groundbreaking climate change law.  An attorney, she began her career at Portland General Corporation.

Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, is the Senate majority leader and members of the Rules, Agriculture & Water, and Ways & Means committees. Schoesler was elected to the House of Representatives in 1993 and to the Senate in 2004. He is a fifth-generation dryland wheat farmer on land his family has farmed since the 1880s. 

David Schumacher was appointed director of the Office of Financial Management by Gov. Jay Inslee in January 2013. He has more than 20 years of experience in budgeting and policy development, including service for the Senate Ways & Means Committee and the Department of Revenue. Schumacher also worked as Northwest government affairs director for The Boeing Company. 

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.

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.

Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, is House majority leader and serves on the Appropriations Committee. Sullivan was first elected to the Legislature in 2004. He served as the first mayor of Covington and chair of the city’s Economic Development Council. In addition to his legislative service, he is active in community education issues.

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.


Room block at Suncadia Resort is full --  please contact Karlee Keith at 360.943.1600 if you want to be on the waiting list.

For additional lodging options, please click here.


9:00 a.m.
Golf Registration opens at
Tumble Creek Golf Course
10:30 a.m.
Golf Tournament Shotgun Start

1:30 p.m.
Conference Registration Opens
4:00 p.m.
Swiftwater Cellars Tour and Tasting
4:30 p.m. Golf Awards Reception
6:30 p.m.
Legislative Candidate Reception

Wednesday, September 17

7:30 a.m.  Breakfast

8:00 a.m.  Conference Welcome
  Laura Lawton-Forsyth, President
    Lawton Printing Services, 2014 Policy Summit Chair
8:15 a.m.   2015: Challenges & 
  Gov. Jay Inslee
9:00 a.m.  Priorities for Prosperity
         Listening Tour Highlights
  Scott Morris, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Avista Corporation; Chair, Washington Roundtable
Mike Schwenk, AWB Chair-Elect

9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m.  2015 Session: Top Funding Issues
  Rep. Pat Sullivan, 47th, Covington
Rep. Bruce Chandler, 15th, Granger
Sen. Mark Schoesler
, 9th, Ritzville
David Schumacher, Director, Office of Financial Management

Moderator: Marty Brown, Executive Director, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
11:00 a.m.  Washington's Emerging
GenX Leaders
  Michael Senske, President & CEO, Pearson Packaging Systems
Kevin Klock, President & CEO,
Talking Rain

Moderator: Melanie Hoefer, Owner, Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times.
12:15 p.m.
12:45 p.m.  Keynote: Washington's
Homegrown Airline Soars
  Brad Tilden, President & CEO, Alaska Airlines
1:30 p.m.
  AWB Annual Awards Presentation
1:45 p.m. 
2:00 p.m.  Climate Change:
What Are The Options?
  Keith Phillips, Special Assistant on Climate and Energy, Governor's Office
Dorothy Rothrock, Vice President of Government Relations, California Manufacturers & Technology Association

2:45 p.m.  AWB's Climate Change Legislative Strategy
  Zach Hyde, Quinn Thomas Public Affairs
Jenna Kaluza, Quinn Thomas Public Affairs
Su Midghall, President, DHM Research
3:15 p.m.  When Local Politics Impact
  State Politics

  Mayor Claudia Balducci, Bellevue
Mayor David Condon
, Spokane
Mayor Tim Leavitt, Vancouver

Moderator: Paul Read, Publisher,
Journal of Business
4:30 p.m.  AWB Wellness Activity

  Fun Run & Walk

6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 

7:30 p.m.  Keynote: Lessons in

  Retired Four-Star Gen. Stanley McChrystal

8:30 p.m.

   Dessert Reception

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

25th Anniversary Apparel

Three day attendees will receive a commemorative Cutter & Buck 25th Anniversary Policy Summit jacket (women) or pullover (men). 

Guests and one-day attendees may purchase apparel on site.
Men’s Pullover $68 + tax
Women’s Jacket $64 + tax


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Thank You Sponsors


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Avista Corp.

Banner Bank
Canyon Creek

  Cabinet Company
Costco Wholesale
First Choice Health
Gingold Law

  Firm PLLC
International Paper
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Puget Sound Energy

Regence BlueShield

Schweitzer Engineering

  Laboratories, Inc.


SSA Marine

State Farm Insurance



Waste Connections of

  Washington Inc.

Wells Fargo
Western States Petroleum     


Weyerhaeuser Company

WGU Washington


Associated Industries

Daniels-Brown Communications
FirstFruits Marketing

  of  Washington

G.Loomis, Inc.
Hewlett-Packard Company
Koch Companies Public

  Sector LLC
Lilly USA
Lodi Water Company
Millennia Public

  Affairs, Inc.

Northwest Gas Association

Physicians Insurance A

  Mutual Company

Port Blakely Tree

  Farms L.P.
Rubatino Refuse

  Removal, Inc.

Shining Ocean Inc
Sprague Pest Solutions

Starbucks Coffee Co

The Partners Group, LTD


Virginia Mason Medical Center

Washington Policy Center
Washington State

  Potato Commission