2019 Policy Summit

Tuesday, September 17 - Thursday, September 19

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Sept. 17-19, 2019 - Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum

Gain insights on trade policy, small business leadership, entrepreneurship, and much more. Make connections and engage in high-level, statewide policy discussion. Learn about the current outlook on issues that impact your business and the communities where we live and work.


Tuesday, September 17 (PST)
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum

12:30 p.m. Registration Opens   Rialto Pre-function
  Networking Reception  
1:30 p.m. Welcome   Owens Ballroom
  Kris Johnson, President & CEO, AWB    
1:45 p.m. Governor Gary Locke
  Owens Ballroom 
2:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m. Trade Policy   Owens Ballroom 
  Lisa Brown, Director, Washington State Department of Commerce, Moderator
  Adeline Grenier, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Trade Commission
  Yoichiro Yamada, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan
3:30 p.m.
Trade Response Panel
  Lisa Brown, Director, Washington State Department of Commerce, Moderator    
  Todd Fryhover, President, Washington Apple Commission
  Alex McGregor, Chairman, The McGregor Company
4:15 p.m. Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction   Owens Ballroom
4:45 p.m. 
Closing Remarks   Owens Ballroom 
5:00 p.m. 
Afternoon Adjourn 
5:15 p.m. 
Reception Begins
  Rialto Ballroom 

Wednesday, September 18 (PST)
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum

7:00 a.m.
Breakfast     Owens Ballroom
7:30 a.m.
Summit Welcome
    Rialto Ballroom
  Policy Summit Chair
  Lindsay Fisher, VP of Administration, Evergreen Memorial Gardens
7:45 a.m.
Breakfast Keynote
    Rialto Ballroom
  Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere
8:45 a.m.
The State of Energy
    Rialto Ballroom
  Paul Read, Publisher, Journal of Business, Moderator
  Scott Madison, EVP Business Development & Gas Supply, Cascade Natural Gas Corp.
  Ron Roberts, Director of Generation & Natural Gas Storage, Puget Sound Energy
  Brad Sawatzke, CEO, Energy Northwest
  Jason Thackston, Sr. Vice President, Energy Resources, Avista Corp.
9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
Infrastructure Investments for Future Airport Growth
    Rialto Ballroom
  Mike Ennis, Government Affairs Director, AWB, Moderator
  Ryan Sheehan, Director Operations and Maintenance, Spokane International Airport
  Eric ffitch, State Government Relations Manager, SeaTac Airport      
  Arif Ghouse, Airport Director, Paine Field      
10:45 a.m.
Washington's Tax Structure - Is There a Consensus About Regression and Reform?
    Rialto Ballroom
  Dick Davis, President, Simeon Communications, Moderator
  Nikki Dobay, Senior Tax Counsel, Council on State Taxation 
  Andy Nicholas, Associate Director of Fiscal Policy, The Washington Budget & Policy Center
  Jared Walczak, Senior Policy Analyst, The Tax Foundation
11:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
    Rialto Ballroom
12:30 p.m.
Debbie Sterling,
Founder & CEO, GoldieBlox
    Rialto Ballroom
1:35 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
Morning Consult
    Rialto Ballroom
  Jordan Marlatt, Managing Director, Client Services, The Morning Consult
2:45 p.m.
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Overtime Rule
    Owens Ballroom
  Tim O'Connell, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP, Moderator
  Julia Gorton, State Government Affairs Director, Washington Hospitality Association
  Laura McKinney, HR, NW Government Affairs & Public Relations, Alcoa Corporation
  Kim Pope, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of the Columbia Basin
  Childcare Economic Study
    Miller Ballroom
  Amy Anderson, Government Affairs Director, Moderator
  Dru Garson, CEO, Greater Grays Harbor Chamber
  Ryan Picco, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Child Care Aware
  Nicole Sohn, Executive Director, Journey Discovery Center
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Cap and Trade
    Owens Ballroom
  Lance Hastings, President & CEO, California Manufacturers & Technology Association
  Mikhael Skvarla, Government Relations Advisor, The Gualco Group, Inc.
  Youth in the Workplace
    Miller Ballroom
  Annette Herup, Head of Human Resources, SGL Composites LLC
  Wade Larson, Director of Human Resources, Wagstaff, Inc.
  Sarah Patterson, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  Richard Schwarz, CEO, SAFE Boats International, LLC
  Update Social Media Profile
    Venera Ballroom
  Headshot Station
6:00 p.m.
    Rialto Pre-function
6:30 p.m.
    Rialto Ballroom
7:15 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
    Rialto Ballroom
7:30 p.m.
Dinner Keynote
    Rialto Ballroom
  Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff (2017), Republican National Committee Chairman (2011-2017)
  Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff (2013-2017)
8:30 p.m.
Dessert Reception
    Rialto Pre-function

Thursday, September 19 (PST)
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum

7:30 a.m.
  Rialto Pre-function
8:00 a.m.
Board Meeting
  Rialto Ballroom
11:00 a.m.

Dates, times, and content are subject to change.