David A. Condon


Condon is the vice president of Eastern Washington at Premera Blue Cross. In this role, he is Premera’s leader in Spokane and, more broadly, eastern Washington – driving the business by optimizing Premera’s presence and success as measured by the company’s goals, including profit, growth, reputation, productivity, and employee engagement. Previously, David served as mayor of Spokane for two terms. As the chief executive for a city of 210,000, he oversaw an annual budget of $1.1 billion and 2,000 employees, and focused on a number of key initiatives aimed at making Spokane safer, smarter, and healthier. These included investments in public safety, growing jobs and the economy, promoting a successful budget, improving Spokane’s infrastructure, and increasing the quality of life. Before becoming mayor of the capital of the Intermountain Northwest, David’s professional career included serving in the U.S. Army, owning and operating small businesses, and serving as a senior staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Steve Helmbrecht


Steve Helmbrecht is president and CEO of Treasury4, where he oversees company strategy and business and financial operations. For four years, he was CEO of Lakeside Capital Group, a privately held investment firm. From 2005 to 2014, Steve served as EVP and CFO of Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), a $2.5 billion global solutions provider creating, collecting, and analyzing usage data for electricity, gas, and water. From 1993 to 2000, he was with SS&C Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSNC), a leading financial technology company, during which time he spent more than three years in London as SVP International, where he established the company’s international operations. Steve serves on the board of Washington Trust Bank and Gonzaga University’s board of regents. He has a BA in accounting from the University of Washington and a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver.

Heather Rosentrater


Heather is senior vice president of energy delivery and shared services at Avista, where she’s responsible for electric and natural gas engineering and operations, as well as shared services such as human resources, fleet, facilities, and supply chain. She has led Avista’s Grid Innovation, Smart Grid, and Smart City efforts, including representing Avista as a founding member of Urbanova. Heather also has broad experience on both the electric and natural gas sides of Avista Utilities, having managed departments and projects in transmission, distribution, and SCADA, as well as asset management. She is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Gonzaga University. Heather serves on the board of directors for Spokane’s 2nd Harvest. In addition, she is a member of Gonzaga University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science executive council.

Rich Christensen


Rich Christensen has been a senior vice president of global research and development at Itron, Inc. since 2013. He has been responsible for developing and supporting numerous product lines and solutions for each of the company’s business segments and regions since joining Itron in 1995, including software applications and electricity, gas, and water meters and communications modules. Prior to Itron, Rich he served as a senior engineer and project lead for Motorola’s Government Electronics Group in Scottsdale, Arizona. In this role, he developed and supported various radio products for both military and commercial customers. He received a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he focused on electromagnetic waves and antenna design. Rich’s post-graduate work at Arizona State University was focused on antenna and radio frequency circuit design.

Eric Finch


Eric is chief innovation & technology officer (CITO) and cabinet member for the City of Spokane, Washington. He is focused on technology service transformation and innovation, including cyber security, adapting service models for supporting more operational and edge technologies, digital infrastructure in support of urban and economic development, resiliency and continuity of operations, open data and transparency, information security, technology human capital planning, and the evolving role of joint technology leadership in a government organization. Prior to his position with the city, Eric served in the U.S. Army as chief operating officer responsible for planning and operations of a division of over 12,000 personnel. He is an active member of the Army National Guard with 31 years of service. In his civilian technology career, Eric was IT director for a Fortune 500 financial company and principal for a technology and management consulting firm working with hundreds of city and county local government organizations. He also serves on the advisory board for Management Information Systems for Gonzaga University.

Jason Verduzco


Jason is the Verizon public policy and community affairs director for eastern Washington and Idaho. He started his career with the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in California, where he coordinated more than 30 projects and acquired over 150 properties. Later, Jason moved to Spokane where he accepted a position with Bonneville Power Administration. Here, he had numerous responsibilities in the Federal Land Management department, including filing the necessary federal land permits in over 50 different county, city, and federal agencies and municipalities covering three different states. In 2017, Jason moved into the wireless industry to work with local and state agencies across Washington and Idaho to develop small cell deployment processes, wireless ordinances, and partnership agreements to help cities and communities access and develop technology.