• Keynotes

  • Ron Frederiksen, Chairman, RSV Building Solutions

    Your Company Finances, Your Goals, and Your Life

    Good business owners put the needs of their customers and employees first. Ron will explain how to establish your personal and financial goals, and how to harness your company to achieve those goals.


    About Ron: Ron Frederiksen mentors RSV's talented leaders while finding solutions to difficult project challenges. By living the principles of trust, honesty, and quality for nearly four decades, Ron built RSV into one of the region's most highly respected construction companies, with lasting positive relationships throughout business, government, and society. When not solving construction challenges, the Air Force veteran enjoys aviation, family, and community.


  • Tiffany R. Couch, CPA/CFF, CFE

    The Thief in Your Company

    Fraud can happen anywhere -- even in the most successful companies. The worst part? The Thief in Your Company is most likely the person who is trusted the most. Tiffany Couch will address the emotional impacts of fraud and discuss why an assessment of fraud risk must also include an assessment of "who" is most likely perpetrating these crimes. A hint: it's the last person you or your client would suspect!


    About Tiffany: Tiffany Couch is Principal at Acuity Forensics, a Pacific Northwest forensics accounting firm with a national presence. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. Her expertise is in matters involving fraud investigation, forensic accounting, contract and regulatory compliance, internal control risk assessment, and complex litigation. Professional background and experience includes audit, tax, and business consulting services for government entities and privately held business entities in a range of industries.

    She has provided expertise as a source to the New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, ad First Business News. She is also a regular contributor to Fraud Magazine and the Vancouver Business Journal, and has been interviewed for KING 5-TV in Seattle, iHeartRadio in Portland, and News Talk in Alberta, Canada. Ms. Couch is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation, and quality instruction. She also serves as a faculty member for the ACFE. With almost 75,000 members worldwide, the ACFE is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and the premier provider of anti-fraud training and education.

    Tiffany Couch is the author of The Thief in Your Companyavailable on Amazon.


  • Darcy Altizer, SWCA Executive Director

    State of Construction

    Reporting past trends and providing insight into the future of construction in Southwest Washington and beyond.


    About Darcy: Darcy has been supporting the success of local businesses for a decade. Under Darcy's leadership at the SWCA, the SWCA Foundation has been established. The SWCA Foundation is a reflection of the SWCA’s core value; building a stronger community. The 501(c)(3) non-profit has generated tens of thousands of dollars that is being reinvested in the community.

    Through recruitment and retention of members, Darcy created two new SWCA staff positions to better service its members. Darcy also pioneered a new membership tier structure, which has expanded the number of services available to members, as well as increased the value of an SWCA membership.

    Darcy is committed to working to alleviate the workforce challenges and is a board member of Workforce Southwest Washington.  In addition, she is on the advisory committee for Clark County Skills Center/Cascadia Technical Academy, a member of the worker retraining advisory committee for Clark College, and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Clark County.

  • Jonathan Eder, Director of Human Resources, Port of Vancouver USA





    Port of Vancouver's Waterfront Update

    Jonathan Eder will provide an update on the port’s waterfront development plans. Located at the site of the port’s original 1920s warehouse at Terminal 1, this 10-acre waterfront destination will feature bike and walking trails, a new AC Marriott hotel, new public art, office and commercial space, and a renovated amphitheater and public docks. The centerpiece of the new development is a public marketplace with boutique and gift shops, restaurants, craft beer and regional wines, fresh foods, and interpretive displays.  Jonathan will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities with this ambitious project.  


    About Jonathan: Jonathan Eder was hired as the Director of Human Resources for the Port of Vancouver USA in May 2007 and serves on the port’s Executive Leadership Team. His responsibilities include managing all human resources functions including compensation, benefits, recruitment, employee and labor relations, organizational development, training, compliance and retirement plans.  He was named Project Manager for the port’s waterfront project in 2015. 
    Prior to his work at the Port of Vancouver USA, Jonathan worked in Human Resources for businesses in Oregon and volunteered with the Peace Corps of America. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Southern Oregon University. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys fly fishing, surfing and woodworking.