Keynote Speakers

Copper and Civilization in Southwest North America

Presented by Richard Leveille

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Hear about the connection between copper and civilization in the Southwest from geologist Rich Leveille. 

About Richard Leveille
Rich Leveille grew up in the mining business, following his father, who worked for Kennecott. Leveille has worked at many of the major copper camps of the West. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1977 with a bachelor of science in geology, then worked through a progression of companies (AMAX, Kennecott, Rio Tinto, Phelps Dodge) and countries (United States, Mexico, Chile, Brazil), picking up a masters of science in geology at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks before arriving at his last corporate position as senior vice president exploration for Freeport-McMoRan, based in Phoenix, AZ. 

Leveille retired from Freeport in September 2017 and immediately embarked on a solo thru hike of the Arizona Trail, which he completed a couple of months later. He’s been involved in a number of discoveries on several continents and published papers on both the technical and economic aspects of exploration, and is particularly keen on using quantitative methods to assess the latter.

Planning with Optimism

Presented by Connor Lokar

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The last two years have provided for many headlines, but did those headlines help or hinder your business? Presidential politics are fascinating and we will be exploring the likely impact, if any, on the near-term economy. Plus, what those politics will do to our forecast and to your world. Our job will be to determine the best course of action for the most important part of the economy – you and your business. We will discuss the sectors of the economy that will provide the best opportunities in 2022 and into 2023. We will also consider your 3-, 5- and 7-year planning and talk about the 2020s and how you should prepare for them.
About Connor Lokar
Connor Lokar has been working side-by-side with ITR Economics President Alan Beaulieu at various events from large association meetings to smaller business settings. Thousands of business leaders have enjoyed his dynamic approach to his speaking engagements. Lokar is known for providing a fresh look on how to make economic intelligence applicable and actionable. He specializes in the construction industry as well as his work on the ITR Trends Report. Lokar’s ability to relate to the next generation of business leaders, while helping current C-Suite executives, has allowed attendees to walk away with a better understanding of their employees and the ability to plan for the future with confidence.


Inside the Beltway

Presented by Blake Adami

Thursday, March 26, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

What is happening in Washington…and why? Blake Adami will discuss what’s going on in Washington, including a review of recent events, how those events might impact business and share some thoughts on the major legislative and political issues anticipated in the coming year. 

About Blake Adami
Blake Adami is NAW’s vice president of government relations and his primary areas of responsibility include health care, labor issues, workforce and workforce benefits. He currently serves as political director of the NAW Political Action Committee. Adami is also a member of the management and/or steering committees of several coalitions, including the Employer’s Health Care Clearinghouse, the National Coalition on Benefits, the Partnership for Employer Sponsored Coverage and the Stop the HIT (Health Insurance Tax) Coalition. Prior to joining NAW, he served for nearly 10 years in the House of Representatives as a deputy chief of staff and legislative director.

The Funny Side of Sales

Presented by Greg Warren

Thursday, March 26, 2020  
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Comedian Greg Warren intertwines humorous stories and observations from his sales career with practical advice on how to move on from objections. His engaging, energizing presentation will share insights and examples from his “Top Tips I Learned in Sales.” Attendees will leave laughing and motivated thanks to his relatable approach.

About Greg Warren
Greg Warren worked at Procter & Gamble for 10 years where he sold Pringles, Jif, Crisco, Sunny Delight, Folgers and Duncan Hines. He began his career in Houston, TX, where he eventually became an account executive working with one of the nation’s largest grocery wholesalers, Grocers Supply Inc. He later transferred to Cincinnati, OH to call on two divisions of The Kroger Company. He spent his last two years working as a project manager inside P&G’s corporate headquarters.

In 2001, Warren left P&G to become a standup comedian. He’s a nationally touring headliner and has been featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, BET and CMT. Warren is a fan favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show and can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio.