Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Welcome & Networking Reception

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Free with registration
Join us the evening before the conference for networking, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks, and hear from special guests, the Honorable Greg Gianforte, Governor of Montana, and the Honorable Troy Hashimoto, Hawai'i State Representative for District 10.
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The Honorable Greg Gianforte

Governor of Montana


Greg Gianforte is a husband, father, grandfather, businessman, sportsman, and public servant. On November 3, 2020, he was elected Montana’s 25th governor, earning more votes than any candidate for governor in Montana history and with the largest margin of victory for a first-term governor since 1920. Governor Gianforte was sworn in on January 4, 2021.

Before entering public service, Gianforte spent his entire career creating jobs and opportunities as he started five different startup companies. Greg and Susan Gianforte founded RightNow Technologies in 1997 from their Bozeman home and grew it into the town’s largest commercial employer, creating over 500 high-paying Montana jobs.

After 34 years in the private sector, Gianforte was elected to serve as Montana’s lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives. Representing Montana in Congress from June 2017 to January 2021, Gianforte voted to cut taxes for every American taxpayer, roll back unnecessary, anti-jobs regulations, lower health care costs, and protect the Montana way of life, including our public lands.

As governor, Gianforte is using his experience as an entrepreneur and job creator to get our economy going, get Montana open for business, create more good-paying Montana jobs, and bring better customer service to state government. Gianforte is committed to cutting taxes, cutting red tape, keeping families and communities safe, improving education, and protecting our Montana way of life.

Married since 1988, Greg and Susan Gianforte raised their four children in Bozeman hunting, fishing, rafting, climbing, skiing and backpacking on Montana’s public lands.

The Honorable Troy Hashimoto

Hawai'i State Representative - District 10


Representative Troy Hashimoto serves the Hawaii State House District 10 which runs from Waikapū to Wailuku on Maui and currently serves as the Chair of the Housing Committee and also serves as a member of the Judiciary and Transportation Committee.

He attended the University of Denver where he earned a bachelors and Master of Business Administration. Before the Legislature, he worked for nearly 8 years on the Maui County Council and served as a member of the Hawaii State Board of Education from 2004-2005. He was originally appointed in 2018 and subsequently elected and reelected.

He also serves as the House co-convenor of the Kupuna (elder affairs) Caucus, the Chair of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Working Group which has oversight over the historic appropriation of $600 million to address the needs of native Hawaiians on the DHHL Waiting List and is the Co-chair of the Maui Wildfire Shelter Working Group which will evaluate the availability and creation of temporary and transitional shelters for displaced individuals and families. He also serves as the Chair of the Policy Board for the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Lesli Gooch, Ph.D

Chief Executive Officer