2020 Business Forum sold out
The virtual forum runs from 10 - 12 p.m. with a break for lunch on your own and resumes from 1- 4 p.m.
Pre-registration required. Email Kelli@wyoba.com to register and pay.
WBA members - $50
WBA non-members - $100
Sponsorship - $1,500
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM OPENING ADDRESS: GOVERNOR MARK GORDON
Mark Gordon was elected Wyoming’s 33rd Governor, on November 6, 2018. He was sworn into office on January 7, 2019. Growing up on the family ranch in Johnson County, Governor Gordon learned the values of hard work and integrity and the importance of working together. As Governor, he brings those values to the table in pursuing his commitment that Wyoming continues to be a place where its citizens can pursue their dreams while retaining its unique character. He is a strong believer in Wyoming's ability to chart its own course and a staunch defender of its interests to do so. Governor Gordon is working on efforts to set Wyoming on a sustainable fiscal path and making government more accessible, productive and efficient. As part of those efforts, Gordon seeks to refocus government to better assist local communities with the tools and resources needed to thrive and set their own direction. He is also dedicated to ensuring that citizens have access to quality education, including safer schools, advanced degrees, and career and technical education opportunities.
10:30 AM - 10:45 PM BREAK ON YOUR OWN
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: WYOMING SCHOOL FINANCE
More of the same or time for a change? Twelve years post Campbell are we where we thought we would be? Our panel of experts will discuss the Campbell cases and the mechanics of K-12 school finance and the impacts to the State’s budget.
Moderator: Dicky Shanor, Chief of Staff, Wyoming Department of Education
Sen. R.J. Kost, Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration
Matt Micheli, Partner, Holland & Hart
Michael O’Donnell, Former Special Assistant Attorney General for School Finance
Gail Symons, General Partner, Symons Ranch Limited Partnership
Sen. Jeff Wasserburger
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:00 PM -1:30 PM U.S. SENATOR-ELECT CYNTHIA LUMMIS
U.S. Senator-Elect Cynthia Lummis will discuss next steps during her afternoon address. Born on a cattle ranch in Laramie County, Cynthia knows how to protect Wyoming values because she lives those values in her work and home life. From the halls of the Wyoming House to the halls of the U.S. House, Cynthia’s time in public service has always been focused on fighting for Wyoming’s future. First elected to the U.S. House in 2008, Cynthia quickly earned her reputation as a no-nonsense conservative and principled policymaker. Prior to serving in Congress, she spent eight years as Wyoming State Treasurer and 14 years as a member of the Wyoming State House and Senate.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM BREAK ON YOUR OWN
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: BEYOND THE BOARD ROOM
Wyoming Captains of Industry discuss items of interest for business as we move toward 2021. Discussion topics include: post-election reactions, public land policy/access, regulatory environment, revenue enhancements/tax climate, workforce needs, and changes for the workplace in 2020.
Moderator: Dr. Joe Schaffer, President,Laramie County Community College
Bjorn Borstelman, CEO, Pirate Ship
Scott Ellis, Managing Director, Tata Chemicals North America
Bob Grady, Partner at Gryphon Investors
Ross B. Matthews, Chairman and CEO, Sinclair Oil Corporation
Roxane Perruso, COO Power Company of Wyoming/ TransWest Express
Tim Thornell, CE, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
4:00 PM Adjourn
Email Kelli@wyoba.com to register and pay.