Event: Leaders of Industry Issues Forum
When: May 18, 2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Understanding the key issues that face our community is paramount. Join us for a panel discussion with Pam Brady of BP Cherry Point, land use attorney Lesa Starkenburg-Kroontje, Marty Maberry of Maberry Packing, Wes Herman of Woods Coffee and Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center to discuss key issues impacting Whatcom County businesses.The Forum will be moderated by former KOMO TV news anchor Brad Goode.
Paul Guppy is the Vice President for Research at Washington Policy Center. He is a graduate of Seattle University and holds graduate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and the London School of Economics. He worked for 12 years in the U.S. Congress as a Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. As the Vice President for Research, he writes extensively on tax policy, public finance and other issues. He is a frequent commentator on radio and TV news programs, and in newspapers across the state, and he is editor of the Policy Guide for Washington State. He and his wife live in Seattle with their four children.
Pam Brady is an Associate Director of Government and Public Affairs for BP, responsible for legislative affairs in Washington and Oregon, as well as community outreach at BP Cherry Point Refinery in Blaine, Washington. She has spent 16 years in the industry, previously as a Land and Right of Way Agent for BP US Pipelines and Logistics.
Lesa Starkenburg-Kroontje is a Lynden land-use and zoning attorney with broad experience in land-use cases. Lesa served as appointed counsel to the Whatcom County Council on the original Hirst v. Whatcom County Growth Management Board challenge and first appeal to the Superior Court.
Marty Maberry, of Maberry Packing, is a longtime berry farmer and processor in Whatcom County. Marty has been a leading voice in Whatcom County on water rights and water issues which significantly impact our farmers and agriculture in Whatcom County. He is one of the founding members of Whatcom Family Farmers and currently serves as Vice President of the Ag Water Board for Whatcom County.
As an entrepreneur, Wes Herman started Woods Coffee with his family as a home school project. Wes and his wife worked with their four teenagers to develop a business plan to start a new brand that that would last for several generations. Now 15 years later, Wes and his family have opened 19 locations that are supported by their own bakery and coffee roasting plant. With many more stores in the works, Wes is committed to continual growth.
After 30 years in the broadcast industry, Brad Goode left KOMO news in Seattle to join the Washington Federal team in October 2016 as Senior Vice President for Communications. Goode is now telling the story of Washington Federal and sharing the Washington Federal brand. Goode moderates a CEO forum, similar to the Leaders of Industry Issues Forum, for Washington Federal in Seattle.
This event is part of the WBA Step Up for Business Advocacy campaign that focuses on research, education and advocacy.