Lawmakers, CEOs headline AWB’s 2019 Spring Meeting
Annual meeting in Spokane will examine 2019 legislative session, future of economy and transportation
OLYMPIA —The Association of Washington Business will bring together leading Washington employers, policymakers and state legislators May 8-9 in Spokane for its annual Spring Meeting.
The event includes a panel discussion with state legislative leaders examining the recently-concluded legislative session. Paul Read, publisher of the Journal of Business, will moderate the discussion with Senate Majority Leader Andy Billing, D-Spokane, Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, and Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland.
Economist Bill Conerly will kick off the event with a luncheon keynote address that will provide an overview of what employers can expect for the next year or so, the likelihood of a future recession and opportunities in the nation’s tight labor market. Conerly has more than 30 years of experience helping companies adapt to and thrive in changing economic conditions.
Other panels will feature CEOs from Spokane-area employers Numerica Credit Union, Pearson Packaging Systems and Wagstaff, Inc.; updates from state agency directors; and a discussion about the future of transportation featuring leaders from PACCAR, Uber and the state Department of Transportation.
Members of the news media are invited to attend the panel discussions and Tuesday’s luncheon keynote address. Please R.S.V.P. to AWB Communications Specialist Andrew Lenderman at 360.943.1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO: Association of Washington Business
WHAT: 2019 Spring Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8
Keynote address: Bill Conerly, Ph.D., economist and author of The Flexible Stance: Thriving in a Boom/Bust Economy and Businomics.
Agency Directors Panel
Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs, moderator
Maia Bellon, director, Washington State Department of Ecology
Joel Sacks, director, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Derek Sandison, director, Washington State Department of Agriculture
Four Corner Leadership
Paul Read, publisher, Journal of Business, moderator
State Sen. Andy Billig, Senate Majority Leader
State Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia
State Rep. Larry Springer, House Deputy Majority Leader
State Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, House Minority Floor Leader
Kris Johnson, AWB president and CEO, moderator
Carla Cicero, president and CEO, Numerica Credit Union
Kevin Person, CEO, Wagstaff
Michael Senske, president and CEO, Pearson Packaging Systems
Transportation: A Look Ahead
Evan Oneto, senior state and local government affairs, FedEx Corporation, moderator
Marshall Elizer, assistant secretary for multimodal development and delivery, Washington State Department of Transportation
Reema Griffith, executive director, Washington State Transportation Commission
Stephan Olsen, PACCAR, Inc.
Caleb Weaver, public affairs, Uber
WHERE: Davenport Grand Hotel
333 West Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201