The Alaska Chamber's 2018 Fall Forum was held on October 23-25 at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. In addition to a packed agenda with great learning opportunities, attendees enjoyed extended fall weather. As always, there was overwhelming support from our member companies! We couldn't do this without them. Below are the presentations from this year's Forum. They are arranged according to the date and time.

2018 Fall Forum Presentations

  Wednesday, October 24
  8 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Curtis W. Thayer, Alaska Chamber
    • Cory Baggen, Board Chair, Alaska Chamber
    • Marisa Sharrah, Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce
    • Senator Pete Kelly
  8:30 a.m. Alaska’s Recession: How We Compare - Mouhcine Guettabi, PhD
  8:55 a.m.
UA College Savings Plan Payroll Deduction Option - Lael Oldmixon
  9 a.m. Industry Updates Panel
  9:45 a.m. Rusty Docks and Dollars - Jim Jager
  10:10 a.m. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Update - Anna Salick Powell
  10:30 a.m. Breakout #1: Association Health Plans - Joshua Weinstein
  10:30 a.m. Breakout #2: Workers' Compensation Panel
    • Senator Cathy Giessel
    • Chuck Brady, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
  11:30 a.m.
Gubernatorial Forum (Live Stream)
    • Mike Dunleavy
    • Mark Begich
  1:30 p.m. Washington DC Update
    • Senator Lisa Murkowski
    • Senator Dan Sullivan
    • Congressman Don Young
  2 p.m. Stand for Alaska & Alaska Native Corporation Outlook - Aaron M. Schutt
  2:30 p.m. Oil Search's Exploration on the North Slope - Keiran Wulff
  3 p.m. U.S. Army Alaska: Arctic Trained and Globally Ready - MG Mark J. O'Neil
  3:30 p.m. Alaska's Health Care Trends and Outlook - Lynn Rust Henderson
  6 p.m. Pre-Awards Gala Reception at the Fountainhead Museum
  7:30 p.m. Top Business Awards Gala


  Thursday, October 25
  9 a.m. Policy Forum
  11:30 a.m. State Fiscal Situation and Fiscal Outlook Panel - Ed King
    • Representative Chris Birch
    • Senator Natasha von Imhof
    • Representative Steve Thompson
    • Representative Tammie Wilson
  11:45 a.m. Alaska Visitor Impacts - Susan Bell
  11:30 a.m. Banking on Alaska's Potential - Mike Huston
ConocoPhillips: A Strong Future in Alaska - Joe Marushack
  1:15 p.m.
Alaska Chamber Board Ratification Meeting