Puget Sound & South Sound CFMA Chapters came together on February 15, 2017 at the SeaTac Double Tree Hotel to attend a Joint Educational Meeting and Afternoon Social for the annual Economic event featuring CFMA’s National Partner, Anirban Basu, presenting “The Economist Who Loved Me.”
We were joined by over 50 attendees from both CFMA Western Washington Chapters, Puget Sound and South Sound. The introductions were kicked off by Cheryl Nagel, CFO of Sequoyah Electric and 2nd year President of the Puget Sound CFMA Chapter. After welcoming all the Chapter Members and thanking them for their attendance, she welcomed Anirban Basu to Seattle and introduced Wayne Newitts, Marketing Director of Dexter+Chaney for sponsoring this Economic Educational and Social event. Wayne then took the stage and spoke at length about Anirban’s resume of accomplishments.
Anirban proceeded to educate and entertain the attendees with an hour of information focused around the Economy, specifically Washington State. He shared slides regarding Construction Growth State-by-State with Washington State among the Top Three in the United States. Anirban then focused on our State’s Employment Growth (97.4K Jobs or +3% in WA State), especially as it relates to the Construction industry (13,500 jobs), noting we are ranked #3 in the US at 13.5%. He humorously touched on the fact that Seattle/Tacoma is noted for our horrendous traffic and housing prices and that this increase in population will not help reduce those economic challenges. The conclusion of Anirban’s presentation demonstrated that Washington State’s Economy is strong while our Global economy remains weak. He strongly suggested that 2017 will be solid but beyond 2018, there may be some issues on the horizon.
We finished up the presentation with a social hour which allowed us to meet members from each chapter by sharing common ground successes and concerns. There was much to eat and drink, with many thanks to our Sponsor, Dexter+Chaney.
This Joint Meeting between Puget Sound and South Sound was a tremendous success and we look forward to sharing more educational opportunities with our Chapter Members in the future.
To view Anirban's slides, click here.