Spring Breakfast Panelists Announced!

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Envision Utah’s 2018 Spring Breakfast aims to shed light on the future of Utah’s northwest quadrant and inland port with four expert panelists just announced. The panelists — Adam Wasserman, managing director of GLDPartners, Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, Derek Miller, president & CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, and Hanko Kiessner, CEO of Packsize International — bring a wealth of expertise in economic development, manufacturing, global logistics, and environmental planning. 

 The event will take place on Wednesday, May 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at The Grand America Hotel. Tickets for the Spring Breakfast are on sale Through Tuesday, May 15, and can be purchased at envisionutah.org or by clicking here. Tickets are $60 per seat or $600 for a table of 10. 

About the Panelists

Adam Wasserman is GLDPartners Managing Partner and has a senior background in economic strategy, project finance, infrastructure development, ports management and public policy. He has an extensive knowledge of transportation, global logistics, infrastructure, competitiveness, economic development and finance.

Natalie Gochnour serves as an Associate Dean in the David Eccles School of Business and Director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. She also serves as the Chief Economist for the Salt Lake Chamber. Gochnour’s experience includes a diverse mix of public service and business experience.

Derek Miller is the president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. He previously served as President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, and before that as chief of staff to Governor Gary Herbert and managing director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. He is dedicated to helping Utah ‘think, act, and succeed globally.’

Hanko Kiessner is Chief Executive Officer of Packsize International LLC, a privately held On Demand Packaging® manufacturing and technology company he founded in the United States in 2002. Today, Packsize has become an award-winning supply chain and sustainable packaging industry leader in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. A German citizen, Kiessner holds undergraduate and graduate business degrees from the University of Utah.

Robert Grow, president and CEO of Envision Utah, will moderate the panel discussion, which will focus on what makes an inland port successful, key strategies for Utah to create a competitive global trade center, how to develop an inland port/global logistics center effectively and sustainably, and what the future of the northwest quadrant will mean for Utah families.

Envision Utah’s Spring Breakfast

The Spring Breakfast is an annual event held to bring together community leaders to discuss issues that will have significant impact on the future of Utah. Past Envision Utah events have focused on a range of topics including growing Utah’s tech industry, addressing the teacher shortage, supporting early education, Utah’s role in a global economy, the future of higher education, and more.


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