2018 Federal Affairs Summit

Tuesday, August 14


Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma

Connect with Washington’s congressional delegation at AWB’s Federal Affairs Summit this Aug. 14 in Tacoma.

Ask questions and learn more about international trade, immigration, taxes, defense spending and other federal issues that impact your business. This is a special opportunity to make your voice heard and engage our elected officials on positive solutions to help Washington thrive.

Please join us for a day of conversation, networking receptions and more at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. For questions, please contact Kelli Schueler at KelliS@awb.org or 360.943.1600.

AWB Room Block Information

Room Reservations for the AWB room block can be made by calling 253.591.9100 or--use the link below Courtyard Tacoma Downtown.


7:30 am   
Registration Opens Pre-Function
  Breakfast Buffet  
8:00 am Welcome – Opening Remarks Ballroom
  Kris Johnson, President & CEO, AWB
  Dr. Steven Ashby, Lab Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  
8:30 am Rep. Derek Kilmer Ballroom
9:00 am Rep. Adam Smith Ballroom   
9:30 am Rep. Rick Larsen Ballroom
10:00 am Break                       
10:10 am Rep. Denny Heck Ballroom
10:40 am Trading with Canada and Mexico – Discussions on Tariffs and NAFTA   
  Rep. Derek Kilmer, Moderator  
  Lewis Coughlin, Consul & Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada  
  Dr. Roberto Dondisch, Head Consul of Mexico, Seattle  
11:50 am Break Pre-Function
12:20 pm Lunch                       
12:45 pm
Sen. Patty Murray (video)

1:00 pm   
Trade Today in Washington State              
  Paul Read, Publisher, Journal of Business, Moderator
  David Konz, Risk Management & Government Affairs, Tidewater Transportation & Terminals  
  Olowo-n’djo Tchala, CEO, Alaffia and US Trade Ambassador to Africa  
  Kristin Kershaw, Kershaw Companies/Domex Superfresh Growers, Director of Corporate Affairs  
2:10 pm Break
2:30 pm   
The State of the U.S. Supreme Court
The Honorable Slade Gorton
Senator from Washington state, 1981-1987 &1993-2001
3:15 pm Sen. Maria Cantwell (video)
3:30 pm   
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers               
4:00 pm Rep. Suzan DelBene

4:30 pm         
Reception   Pre-Function

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