Who Owns The Internet?

April 16, 2014 — Who Owns The Internet?


So who really owns the internet?

  • Should internet providers determine which websites load faster or slower for certain customers? 
  • How do internet providers make sure there is consistent and stable access to internet resources such as npr.org and cnn.com?
  • What does this mean to me?

Find out on April 16th, as our distinguised panelists from across the spectrum bring their experience to bear on what some have labeled as the most important issue of our time.

We will discuss technologies such as throttling* and traffic shaping** to understand how networks are managed so they remain stable and accessible as well as explore the impact of current policy issues. Net Neutrality is an issue that affects each one of us whether we realize it or not. We hope you will join us for the April 16th Lunch Program at the Tacoma Art Museum for what is sure to be a stimulating discussion

Brian Haynes, President &CEO
Rainier Connect 

Brian Haynes is a recognized entrepreneur and trailblazer in the telecommunications industry. Under his leadership, Rainier Connect negotiated a successful partnership with Tacoma Public Utilities to provide Internet services in Tacoma. The network is one of the largest municipally owned telecommunications systems in the country.

As president and CEO of Rainier Connect, Brian leads the company’s growth strategy, provides strategic leadership, and executive coaching and development. Among his many accomplishments, he has successfully transitioned the leadership of the multi-generational telecommunications company and, with the changing of the guard, brought in new vitality and direction unique to the industry.

Brian has a reputation for building and maintaining long-standing relationships in the Puget Sound. Throughout his career, he has been an active volunteer and currently holds leadership positions with not-for-profit and philanthropic organizations focused on the success of business, health, and education in the Puget Sound. He has been selected to serve on numerous boards including Tacoma Angel Network, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and MultiCare Health Foundation. Brian began his career in entrepreneurship at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island.

Paul J. Lawrence, Senior Litigation Partner
Pacific Law Group LLP

Paul Lawrence is the senior litigation partner at Pacifica Law Group LLP. Paul concentrates his practice on complex appellate and civil litigation, including commercial, municipal, constitutional, environmental, and insurance coverage cases in federal and state courts. Paul’s appellate experience includes over fifty appeals principally in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Courts of Washington and Montana, and the various Courts of Appeal in Washington. He has also practiced in the United States Supreme Court, the Third, Eleventh, D.C., and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the California and New York appellate courts. Paul has been lead trial counsel in numerous successful complex, multi–party cases, including jury trials, in federal and state courts in Washington, Montana, and California. His clients include a broad range of public entities and private clients including Fortune 500 Companies, significant local businesses, a foreign nation, and Washington counties, cities, special purpose districts, and port districts. He previously Chaired the Litigation Department at Preston Gates Ellis (now K&L Gates) and the Appellate Practice Group at K&L Gates.

Graham Evans, President of Aqua Consulting CEO Cascadia

Graham is the President of Aqua Consulting that focuses on business incubation, executive coaching and business change. Within that practice, he acts as the CEO of Cascadia Velocity, a South Sound based business incubator for technology businesses. Prior to that he was the founding Executive Director for the Washington Clean Technology Alliance and the Director for Research and Program Operations at Washington Technology Center.

Graham’s early career spanned railroads, tire manufacture, steel and shipbuilding. Following that he was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) initially in the U.K. and since 1996 in the U.S.A. During his career he has advised senior management in many sectors including electric utilities, fast moving consumer goods, high tech, government agencies and higher education. His consulting clients include AEP (American Electric Power), Civil Aviation Authority, Dale Carnegie franchisees, Federal Aviation Authority, Lucent Technologies, National Grid, PacifiCorp, Puget Sound Regional Council, Scottish Power, Seattle City Light, Symbol Technologies, the UK Gas Regulator, and the US Forest Service. His proficiencies include: strategy development and deployment; process design; executive coaching; change management; business planning and budgeting; program management; and workshop design and delivery.

Graham is a board member of the British American Business Council of the Pacific Northwest, an advisory board member for the Institute of Technology at University of Washington Tacoma, the chair of the Loan Review Advisory Committee for the City of Federal Way, an advisory board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Federal Way, and a Senator of Junior Chamber International. Graham holds an M.Sc. in Operational Research from the University of Hull, England and a B.Sc. in Physics, Mathematics and Economics from the University of Sussex, England.

Chris Anderson, CEO
2 Bridges Technology

Chris has over 20 years of experience as an IT professional. He attended Henderson Bay Alternative High School’s Student Computing Services and Future Problem Solving programs. With these skills, he placed an emphasis on holistic solutions to technological problems, focusing more on technology’s impact on the people who use it. “I like to break away from the concept of ‘the right way’ and help people find the solution that really works for them, it’s a blast to make real changes in how people view technology in their business.” His personal time is spent as an amateur mechanic and race car driver, competing in Chump Car World Series and in ICSCC PRO3 group racing. He also enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, museums, and community service with Tacoma Sunset Rotary.

* prevent somebody or something from expressing an opinion freely or from engaging in an activity
** the volume or flow of messages carried by a communications system

Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

11:30 am - Doors open
12:00 pm - The lunch buffet served
12:10 pm - Program starts
1:15 pm - Program adjourns 

$17 Member
$23 Guests
$8 Members only: coffee-dessert

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given for cancellations made after 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 15th.  

This program is coordinated by David Hazel, Ian Kinder-Pyle and Ronnie Bush.


Dinner Program: The Better Half Speaks

May 7, 2014 — Dinner Program: The Better Half Speaks

Dinner Program: The Better Half Speaks

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced that he would not run for president, citing one important reason was his wife’s opposition. Haley Barbour, another Republican presidential dropout, also cited his wife's opposition as an important factor in his decision. Taking this topic to the extreme, the popular TV program, The Good Wife, shows us just how much a spouse can effect an election.

Political spouses play significant roles, in some way, in any election. During this program, we will hear from spouses of local elected officials expound on their experiences.

What was the hardest decision they made as a couple, regarding an election?

Financial decision making is always in the mix, were spouses asked to make sacrifices?

There are so many issues one faces when deciding to run for office. The partner will be affected by each of those decisions.


The panelists are:

  • Paula Lonergan (spouse: Mike Lonergan, Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer)
  • Martha Flemming (spouse: Stan Flemming, Pierce County Council)
  • Gary McDonald (spouse: Joyce McDonald, Pierce County Counsil)
  • Laura Wolfe (spouse: Laurie Jenkins, Rep. 27th LD) Howard Graham (spouse: Jeannie Darneille, Senator, 27th LD)
  • Chelsea Lindquist (spouse: Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecutor)
  • Kathy Wilcox (spouse: Rep. J.T. Wilcox, Washington State)
  • Howard Graham (spouse: Sen. Jeannie Dareille,27th Legislative District, Washington State) 


The panel moderator:
Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor

Program Agenda:
6:00 pm - Doors open
6:30 pm - Networking Dinner is served
7:00 pm - Program starts
8:15 pm - Program adjourns

University of Puget Sound,  
Building #7Commencement Hall, Tacoma Room - Please note the change of location
1500 North Warner
Tacoma, WA  98416

Parking map:
Best parking would be at the Field House. The most accessible side is located where the number 8 is on this map.
http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/campus-the-northwest/campus-map/ C-3 on this map.


$25 Members 
$30 Non-members
$8 Members only: wine-cheese

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given for cancellations made after 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 5th.

Program is coordinated by Ronnie Bush and Elaine Winter



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