Press Release

Monday, August 12

MEDIA ADVISORY: AWB to host Federal Affairs Summit Aug. 20

OLYMPIA — Nearly half of Washington state’s congressional delegation will gather Aug. 20 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in the Tri-Cities for AWB’s third Federal Affairs Summit.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse will help kick off the event, which will examine the impact of federal policy on Washington’s economy, including agriculture, international trade, infrastructure, and energy.

Other confirmed speakers include U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilmer and Kim Schrier. U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes will deliver the luncheon keynote address.


Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Lori Maricle at AWB at 360-943-1600 ext, 1041, or


WHO: Association of Washington Business

WHAT: 2019 Federal Affairs Summit

WHEN: Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Kris Johnson, president, AWB

Dr. Steven Ashby, director, PNNL

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA 4

8:15 a.m. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA

8:45 a.m. Export-Import Bank Update

Martin Clubb, owner and winemaker, L’Ecole No. 41

Dan Roberts, president, Manhasset Specialty Co.

Amy Anderson, government affairs director, education, workforce, health care and federal issues, AWB (moderator)

9:30 a.m. Next Generation Energy- The Future of Science, Technology & Nuclear Energy Innovation in Washington

Brad Sawatzke, CEO, Energy Northwest

Jason Thackston, senior vice president, energy resources, Avista

10:30 a.m. Bipartisanship

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA 4

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-WA 6

Kris Johnson, president, AWB (moderator)

11:30 a.m. Infrastructure Report

12 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Lunch Keynote

Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

1:15 p.m. U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, D-WA 8

1:45 p.m. Agriculture Policy

Jon Wyss, executive director, Washington Farm Service Agency

Kate Tynan, senior vice president, Northwest Horticultural Council

Don Gibson, president, Underwood Fruit

Dustin O’Quinn, chair, immigration law practice, Lane Powell (moderator)

2:30 p.m. U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-WA 1

3 p.m. Waterways & Means

Kiel Weaver, principal deputy assistant secretary for water and science, U.S. Department of the Interior

Derek Sandison, director, Washington State Department of Agriculture (moderator)

3:45 p.m. Future of Innovation Panel

Junus Khan, founder and chairman, Carbitex,

Patrick Jensen, CEO, Cadwell Laboratories Inc.

Rick Winter, president and CEO, UniEnergy Technologies

Lee Cheatham, director of technology deployment and outreach, PNNL (moderator)

4:30 p.m. Reception

WHERE: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Discovery Hall

902 Battelle Blvd

Richland, WA 99354

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