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KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dick Castner will speak about the effectiveness of the U.S. Congress in economic situations. 
Courtesy photo
KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dick Castner will speak about the effectiveness of the U.S. Congress in economic situations. Courtesy photo


Managing Editor 

LAYTON –  Registration is still open for Friday’s  Business & Economic Summit & Training.

It will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Weber State University’s Davis Campus, 2750 University Park Blvd. 

The summit includes a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and two other main speakers. 

Keynote speaker Dick Castner is considered “an expert on all things political,” said Jim Smith, Davis Chamber of Commerce President. 

Castner is executive director of the Western Regional office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and will provide a business perspective about the effectiveness of Congress, Smith said. 

Castner’s office at the chamber is responsible for legislative and political grassroots activities in Utah, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. He previously worked for John Deere, including manager of civic action programs, Davis Chamber of Commerce information said. 

Another main speaker is Andrew Gruber, executive director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council. He will speak about “Envision Utah and How to Fund Our Transportation Needs.”

The WFRC is the regional transportation planning agency. 

Gruber’s other professional experience includes general counsel and director of government affairs for the agency responsible for planning and financial oversight of the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra Commuter Rail and Pace Suburban Bus. It is collectively the nation’s second largest public transportation system, the chamber information said.

 “Giving Back as a Factor of Success” is the topic of luncheon speaker David Burnell. He is a former Air Force Special Operations Operative and founder/CEO of OPSGEAR.

His prior experience includes Military and Rescue Operations.

Breakout seasons are set from about 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Topics and speakers are:

Ґ “How Does Small Business Get Involved in the Political Process?” by Castner.

Ґ “Customer Delight: The WOW Factor and its Effect on Growth and Profitability,” by Steve Cloward. He is  director of the Northfront Business Resource Center and former CEO of Big O Tire. 

Ґ “Avenue H” by Patty Conner, Director of the Office of Consumer Health Services for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

Conner is responsible for the development of Avenue H, which is the Utah Health Exchange.  

She spent 20 years in business and management positions in the Health and Welfare Benefits field, according to information provided by the chamber. 

The summit contains information packed into a half -day that would normally be shared in several days, Smith told chamber members at the general membership luncheon earlier this month. 

Registration costs $50 for groups of up to 10 people. For more information or to register for the event, visit or call 801-593-2200. 


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