Press Release

Tuesday, September 8

AWB to host 2015 Policy Summit

Employers, employees will hear from top business leaders, including former Boeing and Ford executive Alan Mulally and renowned pollster John Zogby at AWB’s 26th annual policy even

OLYMPIA — Hundreds of business leaders will gather Sept. 15-17 at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum for the Association of Washington Business’ annual Policy Summit. Attendees will hear the latest updates on a host of issues affecting the economy, including minimum wage, transportation, taxation and environmental proposals.

The three-day agenda begins with a golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 15, benefitting Washington Business Week. The main day of policy briefings is Wednesday, Sept. 16. The day features well-known keynote speakers and will be kicked off by Gov. Jay Inslee at 8 a.m.

The agenda includes:

Wednesday, Sept. 16

  • Team Values for Your Business: Tony Ventrella, Digital Media Host, Seattle Seahawks, former KING-5 and Kiro-7 sports news director, and author (8:15 a.m., Rialto Ballroom)
  • Business Leadership: Marty Dickinson, EVP, marketing & communications executive, Umpqua Bank, Moderator; Heather Burgess, partner, Phillips Burgess PLLC; Leen Kawas, CEO, M3 Biotechnology; Salina Savage, co-owner, Savage Logistics; Rep. Melanie Stambaugh, owner, You Impression (9:45 a.m., Rialto Ballroom)
  • The Role Changing Energy has within Washington State: Mike Kluse, former director, PNNL, Moderator; Scott Morris, president & CEO, Avista Corporation; Mark Reddemann, CEO, Energy Northwest; Stefan Bird, president & CEO, Pacific Power (PacifiCorp); Phil Bussey, SVP & CCO, Puget Sound Energy (11 a.m., Rialto Ballroom)
  • Keynote: Political Landscape for 2016: The Demographics to Watch: John Zogby, founder, Zogby Companies (12:45 p.m., Rialto Ballroom)
  • Cybersecurity for Your Business: Brian Forth, president, SiteCrafting, Inc., Moderator; Phil Bezanson, partner, Bracewell & Giuliani; Jodie Ryan, Sr. incident coordinator, Cyber Defense Operations Center, Microsoft IT; Michael Hamilton, Washington State Office of Chief Information Officer; Matthew Modarelli, Washington State Emergency Management Division, Cyber Security Manager (2 p.m., Owens Ballroom)
  • Levy Reform : Frank Blethen, publisher and CEO, The Seattle Times, Moderator; Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island; Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center; Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes; Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah (2 p.m., Miller Ballroom)
  • Tax Reform Panel: Dick Davis, president, Simeon Partnership, Inc., Moderator; Doug Lindholm, president & executive director, Council on State Taxation; Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D- Seattle; Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond (3 p.m., Owens Ballroom)
  • Education Panel: Ben Small, superintendent, Central Valley School District (Spokane Valley); Spencer Martin, ESD Regional Teacher of the Year, Sunnyside School District; Heather Fowler, principal, Evergreen Public Schools (3 p.m., Miller Ballroom)
  • New Technologies—Next Economy: Paula Linnen, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Moderator; Junus Khan, founder, CEO, Carbitex, LLC; Matthew Trunnell, incoming VP & CIO, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (4 p.m., Owens Ballroom)
  • Minimum Wage Update: Paul Read, Spokane Journal of Business, Moderator; Bob Donegan, President & Co-Owner, Ivar’s Acres of Clams; Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland; Spokane Mayor David Condon (4 p.m., Miller Ballroom)
  • Dinner Keynote: Alan Mulally, former president & CEO, Ford Motor Company, and former executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes

The evening reception event is for AWB members only, however members of the media are invited to attend the day’s eight panel discussions and luncheon. TVW will tape select daytime presentations.

To reserve space, inquire about A/V needs or ask related questions about the event, please contact Jason Hagey at 360.943.1600. For a complete schedule of Policy Summit events, visit the Policy Summit website at or follow the event on Twitter (@AWBSummit). The event hashtag is #awbsummit15.


Association of Washington Business
2015 AWB Policy Summit
Tuesday, Sept. 15- Thursday, Sept. 17
Cle Elum
Suncdia Resort
3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum , WA 98922

For the full agenda and to learn more follow click here.

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,900 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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