2018 AEDC Economic Forecast Luncheon

January 31st, 2018 | 11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. | Dena’ina Center, 600 W. 7th Ave., Anchorage


Tickets go on sale to the public January 1, 2018. For the password to purchase Investor tickets, contact

Darleen Fernandez at dfernandez@aedcweb.com or 334-1208.

Keynote Speaker Co-Sponsors


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Primary Sponsors


Economic Forecast Report Sponsor


Business Confidence Index Report Sponsor


Anchorage Consumer Optimism Index Report Sponsor


Live. Work. Play. Report Card Sponsor


Millenial Workforce Survey

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Program Sponsor


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Keynote Speaker, Ron Duncan

Ron Duncan is CEO of GCI. He first came to Alaska in 1977 with some Alaska friends he met during graduate school. He moved to North Pole, Alaska in 1978 where he lived while starting a cable television company in Fairbanks. In 1979 Ron moved to Anchorage where he and Bob Walp started GCI. In the 37 ensuing years GCI has grown to become the largest telecommunications provider in Alaska with more than 2,200 employees and almost $1 billion in revenues.

In April of 2017 GCI and Liberty Interactive Corporation signed an agreement to combine GCI with certain assets of Liberty Ventures Group to create a new corporation with an enterprise value of $8.4 billion to be called GCI Liberty. The transaction valued GCI at $2.8 billion. Following closing of the proposed transaction Ron will continue to run GCI.

Ron is a passionate pilot with more than 8,000 hours of flight time in everything from single engine amphibious planes to mid-size jets. He is a board member and past chairman of the National Business Aviation Association. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and Cable Labs, which is the telecommunications industry’s technology think tank. He is a past chairman of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation.

Ron has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Harvard.

Keynote Speaker, Joe Marushack

Joseph P. (Joe) Marushack is president, ConocoPhillips Alaska.
Marushack began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in 1982 as a staff engineer in Casper, Wyoming. He has held numerous oil and gas operating and commercial leadership roles in upstream, refining, treasury and planning groups.
In April 2015, he was named to his current position following previous roles as President, ConocoPhillips Canada, and President, ConocoPhillips Asia Pacific and Middle East. In these roles he managed operations in Canada, Australia, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Qatar, and East Timor. These operations include oil and gas production, development, projects and LNG.
Marushack currently serves on the boards of United Way of Anchorage, The Nature Conservancy Alaska and Yellowstone Forever.
Marushack was born in Norman, Oklahoma and is a native of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming in Laramie in 1980 and a Master of Business Administration in 1982 from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

AEDC Economic Forecast Luncheon

When: Wednesday, Jan. 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Dena’ina Center, 600 W. 7th Ave., Anchorage

Event Timeline

10:45 a.m
. Exhibit Hall: Join AEDC in the Dena’ina Lobby to learn more about the Live. Work. Play. initaitive!

11:00 a.m. Doors open for the Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Economic Forecast Luncheon

Event sponsorships are available!

To learn about the opportunities still available for the 2018 Economic Forecast Luncheon, contact Darleen Fernandez at (907) 334-1208 or dfernandez@aedcweb.com

Contributing Sponsors: Alaska Regional HospitalAlaska USA Federal Credit UnionBDO USA, LLPCIRI, Copper Valley TelecomDenali Federal Credit UnionFirst National Bank AlaskaKeyBank, KPMGPacific Northwest Regional Council of CarpentersProvidence Health & Services Alaska

Supporting Sponsors: Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Alyeska Resort, Chugach Electric Association, Northern Air Cargo, The Alaska Club, The Strive Group, The Studio at The Alaska Club, The Superior Group, Inc.