Join us for this breakfast event where you will hear from local and regional business leaders in a wide array of sectors, as well as leading economists who will discuss our local, regional, and national economies. These insights make this an invaluable event for local businesses who want assistance in determining their business outlook for the coming year.
We encourage you to attend Coffee & Connections where you will have the opportunity to mingle over coffee with other Horizons Economic Forecast attendees prior to the program.
Fiqri Dine Executive Director, Head of Investments - J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Fiqri Dine is charged with leading the investment practice for the Pacific Northwest region. Fiqri helps the bank’s largest clients to navigate capital markets and make sound financial decisions. He establishes the investment philosophy and approach for his team to advise individuals on all aspects of the clients’ complex needs. In Fiqri’s senior leadership role, he draws from the richness of his background to ensure that the assets entrusted to the office are properly managed. His strength lies in an ability to make investment recommendations that consider the broader context of clients’ lives and make the most of the market opportunities at hand. Fiqri affords direct access to the global resources, research and intellectual capital of the firm. He nurtures a collaborative environment that develops the skills of each investor, ultimately serving the best interest of clients.
Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, District 10
Congressman Derek Kilmer, District 6
Lisa Brown, WA Department of Commerce
Lisa Brown, Ph.D., (she/her) was appointed Commerce director by Gov. Jay Inslee and began serving the agency in February 2019. Lisa is a longtime resident of Spokane. Before serving as Commerce director, she worked as chancellor of Washington State University and led the health science campus there, including the creation of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Lisa represented the Spokane area in the state House from 1993-1996 as minority whip and minority floor leader, breaking ground as a single working mother. She then went on to the state Senate, where she became the first Democratic female majority leader and served until 2013. Lisa is an economist and has taught at Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Illinois and her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has worked extensively on efforts to create jobs and support working families across Washington state.
Andrea Reay, President and CEO, Tacoma Pierce County Chamber