Now in its 20th year, the Vision Oregon Dinner (previously known as the Statesman Dinner) is one of Oregon’s most important annual gatherings of business, civic and elected leaders. Our 2021 dinner will mark the 20th anniversary of this cherished Oregon tradition, where we will be reflecting on the challenges and successes of the past year, and what the future holds for Oregon businesses.
Each year, the event is attended by hundreds of business leaders who are joined by community leaders and elected officials, ranging from members of Congress to community college board members, from throughout the state.
2021 Keynote Speaker
Ben Minicucci, chief executive officer, Alaska Air Group
Ben serves as chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The combined airlines carry over 45 million guests a year on 1,300 daily flights to 115 destinations throughout the United States and to Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Under the leadership of Ben and his team, Alaska is focused on low fares, profitable growth of the route network, and creating an airline people love.
During Ben’s 17-year career with Alaska, he has contributed in various roles of increasing responsibility, becoming CEO on March 31, 2021. Learn more about Ben here.
Oregon Visionary Award
The dinner is also an annual opportunity for Oregon’s business community to reflect on the importance of bipartisan collaboration to build a stronger Oregon. We bestow OBI’s highest honor, the Oregon Visionary Award, on individuals whose work reflects those values. Past honorees have included the late U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, former Gov. Barbara Roberts, retired Sen. Margaret Carter, and the late businesswoman Gert Boyle, to name just a few. Our 2021 honorees will be announced later this summer.
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