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Planning for the coming year has never been more important, but we need to know what lies ahead in this seemingly unpredictable time. At the Horizons Economic Forecast, we will help you decipher trends so you can make better informed business decisions. Labor, income, retail, housing... they are all included in the Pierce County Economic Index, a local/regional forecasting report. In addition, leading economists will discuss their forecasts for the national economy. For enterprises that want assistance in determining their business outlook, Horizons 2021 is a not-to-miss event.
Rick Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach Rick C. Wade is senior vice president of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wade develops and implements programs and initiatives to help the Chamber create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences. He also provides counsel on policy issues and leads special projects. Wade's wealth of knowledge and experience in both the public and private sectors enable him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country and share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system. Read More
PIERCE COUNTY UPDATE Bruce Dammeier, County Executive, Pierce County A Pierce County native, Executive Dammeier attended Curtis High School before going on to graduate with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and serve eight years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer. While on active duty, he was deployed on humanitarian relief missions in the United States and across the world. At the conclusion of his military service, he returned to Washington State and became a dedicated community volunteer. Bruce and Lauren, his wife of more than 35 years, live in Puyallup. They have three grown sons. Read More
RACIAL EQUITY IN BUSINESS
Gov. Christine Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle Christine Gregoire is the CEO for Challenge Seattle, an organization comprised of 17 major international companies and non-profits located in the Seattle region. Challenge Seattle is providing leadership to ensure greater Seattle is one of the most innovative and globally competitive regions in the world. Read More
Derek Kilmer, U.S Representative, WA 6th District Derek Kilmer serves as the United States Representative of Washington's 6th Congressional District.
With over a decade of experience working in economic development in the Puget Sound region, Derek Kilmer is focused on getting our economy and our Congress back to work. Derek has a strong record as a problem solver for Washington families and he's been recognized by veterans organizations for his support of our troops, their families, and those who have served. As the dad of two little girls, he is working to make sure all our children receive a quality education. He is committed to honoring our promises to seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare. Derek grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and had worked to promote local economic development and to be responsible stewards of our natural resources. Read More
Marilyn Strickland,U.S. Representative, WA 10th District Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland proudly represents Washington’s 10th Congressional District, which covers Pierce County, Thurston County and parts of Mason County. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Strickland is the first African-American to represent Washington State at the federal level, and the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress in its 230-year history. Read More
Richard Marzano, President, Commission, Port of Tacoma A Tacoma longshore worker for more than 36 years, Dick Marzano served as president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 for six years. Read More
Bill McSherry, Vice President, Government Operations Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Bill McSherry is vice president of Government Operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Named to his position in June 2014, McSherry is responsible for Commercial Airplanes’ state and local operations in the Western states and South Carolina. He leads a team of specialists who manage relationships with elected officials and business leaders, advocate for key issues that advance Boeing’s business objectives, and find philanthropic opportunities to give back to the communities where Commercial Airplanes employees live and work. Read More
Eli Taylor, Vice President, Relationship Manager, KeyBank Eli Taylor is a Vice President, Relationship Manager with KeyBank's wealth management division. He is responsible for delivering integrated wealth strategies and forward-thinking, objective advice to KeyBank's high net worth clients. Eli has served in various lines of business with KeyBank since 2012 ranging from the Retail Branch Network, Corporate Bank, and his current role in the Private Bank. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Eli now resides in Tacoma with his wife, Lauren, and daughters Brielle and Zoe. Eli earned his undergraduate degree from Tiffin University, majoring in business administration with an accounting concentration, and obtained his MBA from Louisiana State University. He is a 2018 40 under 40 recipient and currently serves on the boards of United Way of Pierce County, The Pierce County Library Foundation, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and in 2018, Governor Jay Inslee, appointed Eli to the Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees on a 5yr term. Eli currently serves as board Chair.
2021 PIERCE COUNTY ECONOMIC INDEX (PCEI) REPORT
Dr. Neal Johnson, President, Sound Resource Economics
Neal Johnson, Ph.D., provides economic and statistics consulting services through his consulting practice, Sound Resource Economics, based in Tacoma, Washington. Recent clients include privately owned and publicly traded waste management companies and the City of Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Johnson received his doctorate in economics from the University of Washington and his master's degree in agricultural and resource economics, with a minor in statistics, from Oregon State University. He has taught economics at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, at Pacific Lutheran University, and currently teaches full time for Louisiana State University Shreveport in their online MBA and MHA programs.
Tom Layson, Managing Editor, KBTC Tom Layson is KBTC's Managing Editor and worked in Yakima, Terre Haute, Louisville, Sacramento, Columbus and New York-New Jersey. Tom anchored 13 hours of live coverage in the NY/NJ market during 9-11 - just one example of the many thousands of hours he’s been on set or in the field covering politics, natural disasters, courts and crime, economic development, personal finance and the environment. Tom won an Emmy for Northwest Now and is a graduate of PLU who currently resides in the Puyallup area.
LOCAL PANEL ON PCEI REPORT: Facilitated by Tom Layson, KTBC
Bill Robertson, President & CEO, MultiCare Health Systems Bill Robertson joined MultiCare in 2014. He came from Adventist HealthCare Inc. based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Prior to Adventist, Robertson served as CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center near Kansas City, Kansas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southern Adventist University, and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. He was also a Certified Public Accountant.
Anthony Anton, President & CEO, Washington State Hospitality Anthony Anton is the proud executive at Washington Hospitality Association (WHA), a member-based organization that works at the state and local level to find proactive solutions to the challenging issues facing the hospitality industry and its workforce. WHA provides its members with programs, services and the information they need to deliver great local experiences, to ensure the success of their employees, and to help their communities thrive. WHA became the state’s second largest trade association in 2016 when the Washington Restaurant Association and Washington Lodging Association joined forces in a combined association.
Dan Absher, CEO, Absher Construction
Dan is a third-generation owner of Absher Construction Company. Since he became company CEO in 1990, Dan has led the company through steady growth, advancement and the ever-changing industry. Absher is a diversified firm with experience spanning pre-construction, design-build, construction-management and general contracting across both public and private markets.