NWAES 2014

Building Momentum to Meet Global Prosperity

An Executive Seminar for Northwest Agribusiness Leaders

Seminar Date: November 3rd – 5th, 2014

Location: Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA

Keynote Speaker


Message from the Executive Director

Clark Seavert
Clark Seavert Executive Director

Welcome to the Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar. Through months of planning, our steering committee has provided excellent guidance in developing the 2014 program, which centers on high-level presenters, panel discussions, and case studies in collaboration with executives of selected firms and organizations.

To kick off this year’s program, our keynote speaker Ken Gronbach provides the ideal framework for this year’s theme – Building Momentum To Meet Global Prosperity. Gronbach is a highly skilled demographer, futurist and author who consistently receives five-star ratings on his presentations. His ability to forecast the future of commerce, culture, and economics is unparalleled in his field.

Panel discussions on accessing international markets, challenges to regulatory issues, and managing big data from the farm to retail will be outstanding sessions. Our featured speakers will address global and domestic macroeconomic implications to U.S. producers. The information crafted within each session provides the value industry leaders seek to ensure their business and our region stay competitive in national and international markets. In addition, our attendees consistently report the high value they receive just from the networking opportunities alone.

I look forward to seeing you at this year’s seminar!

Clark F. Seavert


The Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar brings together experienced top executives to discuss strategic issues and current trends facing agribusiness in the ever-changing and challenging marketplace. Business cases on critical and timely concerns to the industry are uniquely developed for this program to enhance the strategic thinking of participants. By wrestling with the content of each panel discussion and case with other executives, participants have the opportunity to evaluate the issues in the light of another organization, providing them with a different perspective and possible ideas on how to handle their own challenges. Participants must apply to attend the seminar.

Written comments from some of the 2014 participants about the seminar:

“We had better discussions and strategic outlook that audience engaged in this time. Lots of intriguing questions and data to consider. Keep bringing in the experts!”

“Great seminar. Love the intimate setting. Had many great conversations and met some high quality people.”

“Very good seminar it exceeded my expectations.”

“I like the new format.”

“I’ve been to three of the NWA Seminars and this has been by far the best and most beneficial to my business & industry.”

“Keep bringing in diverse perspectives of people across the agricultural industry.”

“Seminar was well facilitated/organized. Service was tremendous.”

What past participants had to say about the seminar:

“Impressive work on case studies, good facilitation of breakouts.”

“I look forward to interfacing w/ leaders in the PNW and gaining analytical tools that will help me perform critical analysis of existing and yet unseen industry circumstances.”

“A great way to make contact with other executives and share ideas.”

“I enjoyed being able to gain a different perspective on key business issues and the current business environment.”

“I really like the small group discussions, then open forum vs. classroom style of each group presenting findings.”

See what two long-time supporters and members of our steering committee had to say:

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