King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci is a mom, transportation leader, and former public safety official. She represents King County District 6, which encompasses all or part of Bellevue, Bothell, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Redmond, Woodinville and Yarrow Point, Beaux Arts Village and the Sammamish Valley.
Claudia first became active in politics when she joined her neighbors to advocate for the revitalization of her local shopping center in the Lake Hills community in Bellevue. She was later elected to the City Council where she served for 12 years, including two years as Deputy Mayor and two years as Mayor.
As an elected official, Claudia has championed transportation solutions to benefit all Eastsiders, including improvements to major freeways, like SR 520 and I‑405, as well as local arterial projects and improved bike lanes and roadways in Bellevue.
In his role as Senior Director of Corporate Development at PACCAR, Mr. Hastings has responsibility for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and the PACCAR Foundation. He has been with PACCAR for 8 years.
Prior to joining PACCAR, Mr. Hastings worked in the Corporate Development group at Microsoft. Earlier in his career, he was an auditor and tax consultant at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.
Matthew Trunnell, CIO & Vice President of Information Technology; Executive Director, Hutch Data Commonwealth, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, “A Stake in the Ground for Cancer Research”
In his role at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Matthew Trunnell oversees enterprise and scientific computing services and leads the Hutch Data Commonwealth, a team of data analysts and software engineers building new capabilities to leverage clinical data for research. Trunnell is also working to forge connections between the Hutch and the broader technology community in the Pacific Northwest to help power cancer research.
Sue Brooks, Co-Founder & Head of School, International Friends School, “Global Competency: What does it mean to develop it among students today?”
Sue Brooks is an educator and the founding head of the International Friends School, newly opened in the Wilburton neighborhood of Bellevue. Education and children have grown into a professional passion for Sue that has spanned three continents and three languages.
In 2006, Sue founded a premier early childhood center in Shanghai. In early 2016, she arrived in Seattle, determined to bring a Quaker Friends School to students and families in the Pacific Northwest. This is the first Friends School model based on a global competency framework, helping all students to embrace the world.
Jerry N. Mixon, MD, Founder & Medical Director, Longevity Medical Clinic, “Stem Cell Therapy: Regenerative Medicine Available Today”
Dr. Mixon will be discussing the aging process and the shortcomings of our current medical system in addressing those problems of aging, with a special emphasis on the newer technologies of regenerative medicine such as stem cells.
Born in Patuxent River Maryland. High school RA MILLIKAN in Long Beach, CA, graduated June 1965.
US Army 173rd Airborne 1965-1968 (Medically retired due to multiple gunshot wounds including three Purple Hearts)
Herb Weisbaum, The ConsumerMan, Consumer Reporter for KOMO Newsradio & NBCNews.com, “Fighting Fraud – Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself”
Herb Weisbaum, aka The ConsumerMan, is an Emmy award-winning broadcaster and one of America’s top consumer experts. You hear his consumer reports weekdays on KOMO Newsradio. On a national level, Herb covers the consumer beat for NBCNews.com. During his distinguished career, he has reported for NBC’s TODAY Show, CBS News, and Good Housekeeping magazine.
Herb has been looking out for consumers in western Washington since 1981. His investigative reports led to the passage of Washington State’s comprehensive Automobile Lemon Law.
Dr. Dave Knoepfler, CMO & Scott Waters, CIO, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, “Healthcare Technology”
Dr. Knoepfler is the Chief Medical Officer at Overlake Hospital Medical Center and has worked at Overlake the majority of his career, starting as a volunteer in the emergency department in 1983. He began his career as a physician at Overlake, while his father, Peter Knoepfler, was also on the medical staff, making them the first father/son duo of practicing physicians at Overlake.
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Scott Waters is the Chief Information Officer and IT Security Officer for Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. Scott joined Overlake in 2015 after relocating to the Seattle-metro area from Reno/Lake Tahoe.
Tony Gonchar is Delta Air Lines’ Vice President Seattle, charged with developing and driving Delta’s key strategic objectives for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, including financial performance, marketing, commercial sales, sponsorships, community relations, and the customer experience at Sea‑Tac. He is also involved in Delta’s State and local government affairs.
A travel executive with more than 30 years of experience, Tony joined Delta in 2014 as the Director‑Global Sales, responsible for all Corporate and Agency National Accounts in Seattle, Delta’s fastest-growing hub. Tony’s stewardship of Delta’s corporate and agency portfolio led to industry-leading share performance gains during his tenure.
Since the introduction of the jet engine in 1939 with the Heinkel aircraft, the aviation industry has been stagnant, seeing little to no step change innovation — until now. Today, we are on the cusp of a seismic shift, with the promise of full electric flight. We envision a world where our high-power-density electric motors power airplanes cleanly and more efficiently, in a way that benefits the environment and lowers costs for consumers. We see a world where the skies are as open as roads are today, allowing people to embark on journeys and packages to be delivered, in a way that might otherwise never be made.
Rob LoBosco, Management Consultant, LoBosco Consulting, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Innovation: Tapping the Natural Innovative Power of Your Employees”
Rob LoBosco is an independent management consultant, helping organizations across all industries improve their performance. He is known for his unique approaches to innovation, strategy, and organizational design.
Prior to his consulting career, Rob co-founded and led an innovative software company, developing AI-based Computer Vision solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. He has deep executive experience in the healthcare, software, biopharma, and technology industries, and began his career developing software for the Department of Defense and NASA.
Michael J. Serio, CFA, CAIA, Regional CIO, Mountain Northwest, Wells Fargo Private Bank, “The Implications of the Trump Tariffs & Impending Trade War”
Michael Serio is the regional chief investment officer for the Mountain Northwest region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. He leads a team of investment professionals who deliver comprehensive, custom, diversified portfolio management for clients of The Private Bank. In his role, Mr. Serio serves as the investment thought leader in the region by providing insight and interpretation of the economy and financial markets at client events and through written commentary.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2013, Mr. Serio co‑founded Wolf Creek Energy Partners, which was formed to finance minority interests in the shale oil and gas business. Prior to Wolf Creek Energy Partners, he served as managing director for Citigroup Private Bank in Denver, where he oversaw the investment process for five private bank offices serving the ultra affluent. Mr. Serio has more than 25 years of experience in financial services. He started his career as a portfolio manager for First National Bank of Chicago, and he has also worked as a portfolio manager for Sanford Bernstein, JP Morgan, and Stein Roe & Farnham.
Harlan Kredit was a Ranger Naturalist at Yellowstone National Park for 46 summers, through 2017. He obtained his BA from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and his MS in Teaching at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
Harlan has taught high school science for the past 56 years in Michigan and Washington State and has given 25 science workshops to teachers across the State of Washington. In addition, he regularly teaches adult education courses to community members. Harlan was also the Athletic Director at Lynden Christian High School for 30 years, and has been an Emergency Medical Technician for 25 years.
Jack Timmons grew up in Texas and has lived in Seattle for the last two decades. In 2012, he attended BBQ Summer Camp at the Meat Sciences department of Texas A&M, then toured many historic barbecue temples of Central Texas. Returning to Seattle, he bought an offset smoker, imported some post oak, mesquite, and hickory, and started the Seattle Brisket Experience.
Tom C. Cock, Jr., Journalist, Talk Show Host, Investment Manager & Educator, “History of Real Investing”
Tom is a long time financial journalist, investment manager, educator, and author, who is the founder and CEO of Vestory, a Registered Investment Advisory based in Bellevue. Vestory is responsible for managing $450 million dollars for clients in 31 states. Financial Adviser Magazine recognized Vestory as one of the 50 Fastest Growing RIA’s the past 2 years.
Tom has been a financial journalist for over 25 years and is currently co‑host of Talking Real Money, which airs on KOMO Saturdays at Noon, and is a popular podcast. He also spent 5 years as host of PBS TV’s Serious Money, where he was nominated for a Regional Emmy.
Alan Merry was born in Seattle and grew up in what is now Kenmore. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and is currently a Health Care Data Analyst for Kaiser Permanente Washington, a local Health Care Organization, serving the State of Washington and portions of Idaho and Oregon. His forte is in creating Work Management Systems and complex step‑saving macros.
Merry has had three distinct careers: politics, marketing/public relations, and computers and data gathering. Although the latter has always been a means of survival for him — “I enjoy most putting together databases work process databases” — his source of pride and purpose comes through community service.
Tom Varga, is the Founder, CFO, and former Executive Manager and Consulting Practice Manager of CFO Selections. Besides his current role as CFO, he represents the company’s interests with strategic partners, builds and supports business development activities, and provides consultation on various aspects of the business, particularly strategic initiatives.
Described as an impassioned and visionary pioneer in outsourcing financial services, Tom founded CFO Selections in 2002, after twenty years of extensive experience working with small and growing businesses in finance and operations roles.
It took Mike Hopkins just one year to prove to the Washington Husky family that he was the right choice to take over the program, as he spent his first season as head coach guiding UW to a 21‑13 record, earning Pac‑12 Coach of the Year honors and leading the team to the second round of the NIT. Washington made many kinds of history during Hopkins’ first season, with some standout victories that put the Dawgs on the national radar.
Hopkins’ 2017‑18 squad recorded Washington’s first 20‑win season since 2011‑12 and the 28th 20‑win season in program history. While retaining almost the entire roster from a year ago, Hopkins took a team that went 9‑22 in 2016‑17 and 2‑16 in Pac‑12 play to a 21‑13 record and a 10‑8 mark in league action. It was the biggest win jump overall at UW since the 1936‑37 and 1937‑38 season. Additionally, the eight‑win jump in conference action was the biggest improvement in UW history for league play.
Kevin Charap, General Manager, NW Wind & Solar, SME, Inc., “Solar Power Really Works in Washington!”
Kevin is employee #1 and has been the General Manager for NW Wind & Solar since its inception in 2009. He is directly responsible for all business operations, projects, and customer satisfaction, with a focus on design and installation management.
With over 800 projects and 8 MW of solar PV deployed in Washington State, Kevin is pleased to have established a diverse project portfolio and extensive list of professional references. Showcase projects include the Bullitt Center in Seattle, Seattle Aquarium, Google’s Kirkland Campus, four Fire Stations, “Net Zero Energy” projects for tribal facilities, private businesses, and homes, as well as bringing solar PV to 25 schools.
Denny Fitzpatrick joined Willows Lodge as general manager in the summer of 2014, overseeing all aspects of this favorite getaway in the Pacific Northwest.
Prior to Willows Lodge, Denny was general manager at the premier luxury destination Hotel 1000, where his daily responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of the mixed-use luxury destination, the first in downtown Seattle to combine the services and amenities of a world-class hotel with exquisite condominium residences.
Brianna McDonald, Regional President, Keiretsu Forum Northwest, “Creating Solutions Through Entrepreneurship for our Regional Challenges”
Brianna currently leads as President the Northwest Region of the Keiretsu Forum angel investment community, the largest and most active venture investor globally, comprising over 50 chapters, with over 2,500 active members investing over $75 million annually into over 180 companies. Brianna is also an active advisor to Keiretsu Capital in supporting due diligence, co-investments, and syndications for each of their Co‑Investments Funds.
Brianna has been an active leader and angel investor with Keiretsu Forum since its launch in Seattle in 2005 and supporting its growth to become the largest and most active group globally.