OBA to Feature Prominent Speakers at Statesman Dinner Oct. 12

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“Two nationally prominent speakers will be the keynoters for this year’s Oregon Statesman dinner of the Oregon Business Association.

The dinner will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.

Speakers are Mark Penn, a former political strategist and pollster for President Bill Clinton, now a corporate vice president at Microsoft, and Ron Shaich, founder of Panera Bread and co-founder of No Labels, a bipartisan group seeking to break political gridlock.

This year’s dinner will honor 11 people, including three legislators, for their work in overhauling health care.

Among the honorees are Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, and Reps. Tim Freeman, R-Roseburg, and Tina Kotek, D-Portland.

Others are Commissioner Tammy Baney, Deschutes County; Dr. George Brown, chief executive, Legacy Health; Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Roseburg; Megan Haase, FNP, chief executive, Mosaic Medical, Prineville; Andrew McCulloch, chief executive, Kaiser Permanente; Dr. Joe Robertson, president, Oregon Health & Science University; Lillian Shirley, director, Multnomah County Health Department, and Greg Van Pelt, chief executive, Providence Health & Services/Oregon Region.

Peter Wong, Statesman Journal