Spring Meeting

Wednesday, June 3
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Register for the Spring Meeting here >>

We know it’s not business as usual, but the Association of Washington Business is here for you and your business. At the Spring Meeting, Washington employers come together (virtually) to gain new insights into the economic and policy issues that impact their business.

As we address the pandemic and start planning for recovery, there are many relevant topics and resources employers need in order to keep their businesses going or get their business back up and running. This interactive, virtual gathering will cover many of these relevant issues for employers across the state. Content will also help employers stay up-to-date on the state policy issues that impact their company and employees.

The best news of all: there is no cost to register. The Spring Meeting is free and open to AWB members, but you still need to register to receive login information.

 8:00 – 8:45 Welcome
  • Marty Dickinson, chief marketing officer, STCU
  • Bill McSherry, vice president, government operations, Boeing
  • Kris Johnson, president & CEO, AWB
 8:45 – 9:30 2021 Energy Legislation
  • Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Dist. 34
  • Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, Dist. 7
  • Sen. Short, Dist. 7
 9:30 – 10:15 Economic Impacts of Carbon Strategies
  • Richard Davis, President, Simeon Communications, moderator
  • Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Robert N. Stavins, A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School
 10:15 – 10:30 Exercise Break
  Sponsored by Fitness Blender
 10:30 – 11:15
  • Tommy Gantz, Government Affairs Director, AWB, moderator
  • Phil Rozenski, Vice President Public Affairs, Novolex
  • Greg Root, Co Chairman and President, GM Nameplate
 11:15 – 11:30 Break
 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m Energy Storage Innovations
  • Jud Virden, associate laboratory director for energy and environment, PNNL
  • Ryan Kenny, senior public policy and regulatory affairs advisor - Western U.S., Clean Energy
 12:15 – 1:00 Carbon Reduction Best Practices in Manufacturing
  • Nels Johnson, State Government Affairs Manager, Northwest Natural Gas Company, Moderator
  • Patrick Jablonski, Environmental Manager, Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.
  • Alan Prouty VP, Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs J.R. Simplot Company
  • Tim Reheis-Boyd, President, Western States Petroleum Association
1:00 –1:15 AWB Community | Giving Back
 1:15 – 2:00 Rebound & Recovery Taskforce
  • Kris Jonson, President & CEO, AWB, moderator
  • Lisa Brown, PhD, Commerce Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Michelle Hege, President & CEO, DH
  • Tim Schauer, CEO & Chairman of the Board, MacKay Sposito
  • Additional speakers to be announced soon
 2:00 – 2:45 Transportation Panel with 4-Corner Leadership
  • Evan Oneto, Senior Government Affairs Representative, FedEx
  • Rep. Andrew Barkis, Dist. 2
  • Rep. Jake Fey, Dist. 27
  • Sen. Steve Hobbs, Dist. 44
  • Sen. Curtis King, Dist. 14
 2:45 – 3:30 Job Impact & Opportunity
  • Speakers to be announced soon
3:30 – 3:45 Exercise Break 
  Sponsored by Fitness Blender
 3:45 – 4:30 Utility Perspectives on the Changing Energy Landscape
  • Ben Farrow, Director of Clean Energy Strategy, Puget Sound Energy
  • Bruce Howard, Senior Director of Environmental Affairs, Avista Corporation
  • Scott Madison, Executive Vice President and General Man, Cascade Natural Gas
 4:30 – 5:15 Transportation Panel
  • Kristal Fiser, director of state government affairs, UPS, moderator
  • Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Joe Tortorelli, Executive Director, Spokane Area Good Roads Association
 5:15 – 6:00 Closing
  • Kris Johnson, president & CEO, AWB



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