Mark Reis, Managing Director, Seattle Tacoma International Airport, “Sea-Tac Airport: Continuing to Facilitate Regional Economic Growth”
Mark Reis is the Managing Director of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), the 14th busiest passenger airport in the United State, providing service to over 37 million passengers in 2014. He was the Deputy Managing Director of Sea-Tac Airport from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that, Reis was the General Manager of Commercial Development at Sea-Tac and Director of Finance for the Port of Seattle, as a whole. He has worked for the Port since 1988.
Robbie Bach, Retired Microsoft President, Entertainment & Devices Division, “Xbox Revisited: Strategy, Leadership, and Civic Engineering”
Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management, and business leadership roles. He played an important role as a marketing leader in the successful development of the Microsoft Office business, and as Chief Xbox Officer, he led the creation and development of the Xbox business. Bach retired in 2010 as Microsoft’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division.
Richard S. Conway, Jr., Dick Conway & Associates, “Washington State and Local Tax System: Dysfunction and Reform”
Dick Conway is principal of Dick Conway & Associates, a Seattle firm engaged in regional economic research and consulting. He is also co-publisher of The Puget Sound Economic Forecaster, a quarterly newsletter on the regional economy.
Anna Liotta, Award-Winning Speaker, Business Consultant & Best-Selling Author, “Unlocking Generational Codes”
We’ve all heard of the generation gap. In truth, there are several. Now, for the first time in history, five generations have come together in the workforce, creating some interesting challenges for leaders. How can leaders attract and keep the next generation of talent? How can they best communicate with persons from ALL generations? Anna Liotta will discuss how to tear down barriers and create a solid plan for working together as one cohesive unit.
Louise Stonington, Coordinator, Washington State Citizens Climate Lobby, “Carbon Dividends, a Free Market Proposal”
Louise Stonington is the Washington State Coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby, a fast-growing, non-partisan, grass-roots organization that supports community education on energy policy and climate science. Members advocate for a national carbon fee and dividend which has been shown to increase employment, entrepreneurial opportunities, and growth in GDP. There is growing support for carbon pricing, including three former Treasury Secretaries, George Shultz, Henry Paulson, and Lawrence Summers.
Greg Zanetti’s professional career has gone down parallel paths, in both the military and in business. He graduated from West Point in 1980 with a BS in engineering and earned his MBA from Boston University in 1985. He also holds a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College (2000).
Raquel Lackey is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of experience in both public accounting, as well as having been a Chief Financial Officer for many years of a multi-national corporation. She is currently the Board Treasurer for Pet Partners, a nation-wide therapy animal nonprofit organization. She is also a Certified Field Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Educator with Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.
Donna Lawrence has been a stay-at-home mom, raising two daughters and many pets over the years. In addition to parenting, she has spent many years volunteering at her daughter’s schools, at PTA, and at youth sporting activities.
Matt McIlwain, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group, “State of the Market: Venture Capital & the Pacific Northwest Innovation Ecosystem”
Matt McIlwain is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Seattle. He invests primarily in software-driven companies and currently serves on several boards, including 2nd Watch, Animoto, Apptio, ExtraHop, GraphLab, Igneous Systems, Mixpo, Placed, Qumulo, Smartsheet, and Skytap. He was also on the boards of Isilon Systems (NASDAQ: ISLN, acquired by EMC for $2.4 billion), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus), iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive), and Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLin Savvis).
Lloyd Hara (pronounced Har-ah), a respected veteran public official whose distinguished record of public service spans more than 40 years — he also served in the US Army and retired from the Army Reserve — was reelected as King County Assessor on November 2011. A tireless advocate for taxpayers and champion of openness and transparency for government agencies, Hara most recently served as a Seattle Port Commissioner, bringing new levels of accountability and leadership to the Port.
Jean Floten became the first chancellor of WGU Washington in 2011. Having dedicated her career to postsecondary education, Chancellor Floten was drawn to the University’s mission of expanding access to affordable higher education for all Washington residents. Under her leadership, WGU Washington has grown to approximately 7,000 students and awarded more than 3,000 bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Mike Marsh, President & CEO, Overlake Medical Center, “Overlake Medical Center in the Changing Healthcare Environment”
Mike Marsh is a health care executive with 28 years of experience in strategy, business development and operations supporting hospitals and health systems. He has demonstrated success at all levels of management within different markets and across the entire continuum of care.
Dr. Christopher Mehlin, Director, Peptide Drug Discovery Initiative, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, “The Next Generation of Drugs for Human Diseases: Blueprints From Scorpions, Spiders, Sunflowers & Violets”
Dr. Mehlin is an expert in drug discovery: finding the molecules that treat and cure disease by interacting with the body’s cells and proteins. He taps upon a wealth of knowledge gained from a career in academic and commercial biotechnology to develop and validate new drugs.
Pat Cashman, Broadcast Personality, “The Greatest Speech in the History of Bellevue Downtown Rotary”
Pat Cashman has been a broadcast performer and writer in the Northwest for over 30 years. Along the way, he has been a TV weatherman, talk show host, stand-up comedian, short story writer, newspaper columnist, magazine essayist, TV sports reporter, radio and TV voice-over announcer, and character voice talent in cartoons and video games. He is the announcer on Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros, currently the most popular video game in the world.
Susan Ershler, History-Making Mountain Climber, Business Executive, International Speaker, and Author, “Reaching New Heights: Everest & Beyond”
Susan Ershler tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals.
Susan’s record would be remarkable enough if it only detailed her business achievements. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies, including Verizon, Qwest, United Technologies, and FedEx. She’s led teams to sales records, beating objectives from $1 million to $600 million, ultimately as a Vice President. Along the way, she earned 11 annual President’s Club awards for leading teams to top performance.
Shiv Batra has played a key role in establishing INCA Engineers’ unparalleled reputation in the professional Architectural/Engineering (A/E) community. INCA, a US-based consulting firm, provides civil, structural, hydraulic, mechanical, electrical engineering, and surveying services to public and private clients, and has steadily increased in size over the last 26 years. In February 2008, INCA became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tetra Tech, a large publicly-owned engineering company based in Pasadena, California.
Tom Brosius, Vice President & General Manager, Orion, “Orion: a Sustainable Social Enterprise Model”
Orion is a non-profit social enterprise with a sustainable business model focused on providing vocational training and employment services for individuals with barriers to employment. Tom Brosius has managed the Aerospace Manufacturing division of Orion since 2007.
Orion has been providing precision metal products to the aerospace, automotive, marine and general manufacturing industries since 1959. The company is a four-time winner of the Boeing Performance Excellence Award and a former Boeing Supplier of the Year.
David George Brooke has been a speaker, teacher, life coach, and bestselling author for over 25 years. His published books include: The Brooker’s Daily Gratitude Journal, Happiness Starts With Gratitude, and Gratitude Nuggets to Chew On. David was recently featured on New Day, with Margaret Larson, on KING TV, and shared the stage with Bill Gates, Sr., at a district conference.
David will present a fast-paced, 30-minute talk on the incredible transformative power of embracing gratitude. Having suffered numerous losses and traumatic setbacks, David will speak about his real-life experiences, and offer solutions that can impact lives.
CDR Donald M. Leingang USN(RET), Executive Director, USO Northwest, “How the USO Northwest Helps Service Members and Their Families”
Commander Don Leingang is a Northwest native who recently retired from his position as the Executive Officer at the Naval Station Everett. A helicopter pilot and former Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Seattle, Leingang’s distinguished 24-year Naval career included leadership positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, Director of Air Warfare, Washington, D.C., and the Operations Officer at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
David Knoepfler, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Overlake Medical Center, “Ebola: What Overlake Hospital is Doing to Prepare”
Dr. David Knoepfler is an invested and involved Eastside native, having attended Bellevue public schools through high school and the University of Washington through medical school, prior to joining Overlake. Dr. Knoepfler has worked at Overlake the majority of his career, starting as a volunteer in the emergency department in 1983.
Councilmember Jane Hague has spent 30 years in local government, serving in both policy and management positions. Her extensive policy background covers the City of Bellevue as well as the King County Council. Additionally, she spent eight years as the Manager of King County’s Elections Division. Jane was also recognized by her peers in 300 US Counties when she was elected President of the National Association of Counties where she served five years on the national organization’s Executive Board. She continues to serve on their Board of Directors and will bring their Large Urban County Caucus to Bellevue in 2015.