2014 Economic Summit and Year-End Meeting

Want an update on the economy in Washington state? Interested in hearing about how the Northwest Mountain MSDC is doing? Come to the Council's annual 2014 Economic Summit and Year-End Meeting on Dec. 17, where experts including a Washington economist, a finance scholar, and Council staff will give brief presentations. You'll hear about the current condition of the economy, Northwest Mountain MSDC impact on our region, challenges to MBEs, tips for running your business, and have the chance to network with other Council Members and MBEs.

  • Hosted by: Northwest Mountain MSDC
  • When: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 8:30 am to 12 pm
  • Where: DoubleTree Suites Southcenter, 16500 Southcenter Pkwy, Seattle, WA 98188
  • Fee: Free
  • Contact: mrivera@nwmtnmsdc.org

Agenda: (tentative)

  • Diane Lin - Board Chairperson
    • New Vision, Mission, Values
    • New Branding
    • Introduction of Board Members
    • Introduction of Board Officers
  • Shahzad Q. Qadri - MBEIC Chairperson
    • Introduction of MBEIC Committee Members
    • Introduction of new MBEIC Officers
  • Fernando Martinez - President & CEO, Northwest Mountain MSDC
    • YTD Review
  • Economic Summit
    • Dr. Stephen Lerch, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council
      • State of the Economy
    • Nguyen Tang, Manager of MBE Services and Certification, Northwest Mountain MSDC
      • MBE - Regional Economic Impact
    • Fernando Martinez, President & CEO, Northwest Mountain MSDC
      • Regional Disparity Studies
    • Dr. Bill Bradford, Professor of Finance, UW Foster School of Business
      • MBE Study
      • How to Remain Sustainable
  • Question and Answers
  • Closing

Speaker: Stephen Lerch, the Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council

Stephen Lerch is the chief economist and executive director of the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, the agency responsible for the state’s official economic and tax collection forecasts.  He has held this position since February 2012.

Previously, he has worked as an economist and researcher on public finance and health care issues in government (U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on Taxation; Washington State Institute for Public Policy; Washington State Department of Revenue) and the private sector (HCIA-Sachs, a health care data analytics firm).

Most recently, he held the position of Research Director at the Washington State Investment Board, the agency responsible for investing public employee pension funds. He remains involved in pension management issues as a member of the International Center for Pension Management’s Research Committee.

Since 2000, he has also served as a senior lecturer in economics at the Joint Base Lewis McChord campus of Saint Martin’s University, receiving the Distinguished Lecturer award in 2007. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in economics from Indiana University.