Three top Clark County business executives — in fitness equipment, health care and luxury auto sales — will be the keynote speakers at The Columbian’s annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, set for Thursday, Jan 21 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.
The keynote speakers will be followed by four simultaneous breakout sessions, each with four speakers who will present industry-specific insights on business growth opportunities in the year ahead.
This year’s keynote panel includes Bruce Cazenave, CEO of Nautilus Inc., the fitness equipment maker; Liz Dunne, President and CEO of PeaceHealth, the Vancouver-based regional health care system that operates PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver; and Greg Goodwin, CEO of Kuni Automotive, a Vancouver-based operator of luxury car dealerships in five states. Additionally, Scott Bailey, the longtime regional economist for the state Employment Security Department, will offer his economic forecast for 2016.
The format will include brief presentations by each of the panelists, followed by a roundtable discussion among the panelists and Bailey and, finally, audience questions. Mike Bomar, President of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, will moderate.
The theme of this year’s breakfast is “Embracing Change,” and each of the panelists will address how their companies and industries are coping with change that brings opportunities but also new challenges from competitors that disrupt traditional markets and ways of doing business.
The 75-minute breakout panels include high-level business leaders, all based in Clark County, who will share their expertise with their audiences. Each panel focuses on different business sectors: the future of downtown and the Port of Vancouver’s business endeavors; building and nurturing business leadership, particularly among women and minorities; expanding in regional and national markets; and building homes and workplaces for the growing number of businesses and residents in the county. All of the sessions will be moderated by community leaders.
Doors open for the Economic Forecast Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and the program begins at 7 a.m. The keynote session ends at 8:45 a.m. and the breakout sessions wrap up at 10 a.m.
Advance registration is required no later than Jan. 18. Reserved seating is $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10, and includes a breakfast and attendance at one breakout session.
More information and tickets to the event are available at www.columbian.com/economicforecast or by calling 360-735-4466.