Every year, the Alliance’s Annual Meeting provides our community with a great opportunity to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and identify the work that remains ahead of us. It also gives many of us a chance to connect with new and old colleagues. My favorite part of the event, however, is recognizing the tremendous efforts of our board, our members and volunteers.
The 2017 Annual Meeting is scheduled for May 2, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the Oregon Convention Center. I hope you will join me at this year’s event.
More than 1,000 business and civic leaders come together for this event, the largest business gathering in the state. I’m personally looking forward to hearing from this year’s keynote speaker, Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters and a former U.S. Senator from Oregon. I’ve known Sen. Smith for years and, in a time when honest and thorough communications from the media are more vital than ever, I cannot wait to hear his thoughts about the evolution of the media and broadcasting industry, and how information delivery is evolving in our society. He’s also sure to bring us some interesting insights on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., where he still lives and works.
In addition to the keynote address, each year, we present a number of individuals with awards, including the Volunteer Awards, the Community Partner Award and the prestigious President’s Award, to thank them for their outstanding dedication. This year, we have the honor of presenting the Community Partner Award to Ed Blackburn, executive director of Central City Concern, and the President’s Award to Don Krahmer, shareholder and partner at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, and a long-time member of the Alliance Board of Directors. Congratulations to Ed and Don on these well-deserved honors.
This and much more is in store for you at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Tickets and tables are on sale
now on the Alliance’s website, but don’t wait. Spots are selling out quickly, so make sure you secure your seat for our most anticipated event of the year! I look forward to seeing you there.