2023 Breakfast Series

2023 Breakfast Series

Date & Time

Wednesday Oct 04, 2023
8:00 AM : 10:00 AM UTC-6

2023 Breakfast Series Schedule

October 4, 2023: Manufacturing (BUY TICKETS)

The Idaho Business Review hosts five discussions throughout the year which feature a panel of experts that will cover timely, relevant business issues.

All Breakfast Series events feature a continental breakfast and are held at the Grove Hotel in Downtown Boise, 245 S. Capitol Boulevard. Each session begins at 8 a.m. with the discussion starting at 8:30 a.m. and lasting roughly one hour.

A story summarizing each Breakfast Series discussion appears in the Idaho Business Review.

2023 Breakfast Series Schedule

Upcoming Breakfast Series Event

October 4, 2023: Breakfast Series – The impact of technology advancements in the manufacturing industry
The Grove Hotel
245 Capitol Blvd.
8:00 a.m.

Are you ready for the age of AI? In manufacturing and elsewhere, Artificial Intelligence is already a reality and having major impacts on how we do business and even how we interact with each other. How will AI impact the industries of the future? How will it change Idaho’s economy? Will it replace workers? Will it replace you? These are just some of the questions our panel of experts will explore at IBR’s October Breakfast Series session. The stakes are high; the future is upon us. Please join us Oct. 4.


Kenneth C. Howell, Partner, Hawley Troxell

Ken Howell is a Partner in the Business & Finance group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Banking group. His practice emphasizes creditor rights, bankruptcy, banking, intellectual property (including trademark and copyright), and real estate (with a focus on business transactions associated with the technology industry, real estate financing and development, and debtor/creditor relationships).

Mr. Howell’s banking practice has emphasized creditor representation for regulatory compliance, bank deposits and collections, retail branch operations, and procedures and loan documentation. His experience in debtor/creditor relationships includes the creation and documentation of such relationships through secured and securitized transactions, workout of problem loans, resolution of bankruptcy issues, and the collection of delinquent obligations. Mr. Howell has assisted lenders in all aspects of collection of delinquent accounts from unsecured loans through complex commercial agricultural credits involving livestock, real estate, and accounts receivable. In the technology area, he helps clients protect, acquire, license, and transfer copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, and trade names. These services include drafting of effective agreements to assure ownership and perfection of intellectual property interests, creation of joint development agreements, and the drafting and negotiation of confidentiality, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements and the compliance with federal and state laws regarding privacy of consumer and customer information.

Mr. Howell is experienced in litigation to protect and enforce intellectual property rights, and to prosecute infringement of those rights. In the real estate financing and development area, his practice encompasses a broad range of business transactions, including real estate acquisition, financing and development, and representation of clients before local zoning, highway district, and city council hearings.


Brian Havey, Director of Sales, VersaBuilt

Brian is an electrical engineer by education that went into technical sales over 25 years ago. He enjoys selling compelling products, like VersaBuilt CNC machine tending solutions, that have a significant positive impact on our customers. In his spare time, Brian enjoys outdoor activities like whitewater rafting and skiing.

Chris Morgan, Sr. Director of R&D, Bastian Solutions

Chris is a member of the senior leadership team at Bastian Solutions(a Toyota Advanced Logistics Company). Bastian Solutions is an independent material handling system integrator providing automated solutions for distribution, manufacturing and order fulfillment centers around the world. Prior to working at Bastian Solutions Chris spent 14 years at HP where he led the R&D, Reliability and Hardware Development Labs. He was also a pioneer and founder of the HP Robotics Labs. Chris is best known for being a Passionate Leader, Innovator, Futurist, and a Visionary. Chris spends most of his time developing new technologies and evangelizing Robotics, Augmented Reality, AI, IOT and Immersive Technologies in the worldwide marketspace.

Jan Roeser, Labor Economist, Idaho Dept. of Labor

Jan Roeser started with Idaho Department of Labor nearly 20 years ago.

An Idaho farm girl, Roeser attended Gonzaga University before graduating from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Jan continues returning to her ‘Idahome’ after stints in Washington state, in Belize where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer, and in Guatemala when she studied immersive Spanish. She managed a PERSI commercial mortgage portfolio as part of an investment advisory firm prior to staying home to raise her two daughters.

In her spare time, Jan enjoys helping others overcome their fears of public speaking as a member of Capital Club Toastmasters, traveling, playing on a bocce league, skiing, and golfing with her daughters.

For information about registration, contact Laura Clements at [email protected] or (208) 639-3528.

For information about advertising or sponsorship opportunities, contact Cindy Suffa at [email protected] or (208) 639-3517.