Seattle Southside Chamber Announces Public Safety Summit Speakers

On Wednesday, June 7th, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce will hold its Public Safety Summit in SeaTac, WA. The summit will convene subject matter experts, policymakers, industry leaders, business owner and community members to provide insight into public safety trends, resources, and best practices.

“Our business community values the safety of its employees and patrons and public safety is the top concern we hear when we meet and visit with local businesses,” said Seattle Southside Chamber President/CEO Annie McGrath. “There is a strong desire from our members to be well-informed and contribute to the conversation around safety in Southwest King County. The Summit is a fantastic opportunity to convene around safety issues impacting businesses and work toward finding solutions to shared challenges.”

The event will feature several panels on topics including policing, retail theft, diversion programs, best practices for crime prevention, and cyber security. Panelists include:

The event will begin with a Welcome Keynote presentation with Homestreet Bank. The keynote will be followed by several panel discussions including:

  • Policing Panel
    • Steven (Troy) Smithmeyer, Police Chief, City of SeaTac
    • Ted Boe, Police Chief, City of Burien
    • Patti Richards, Assistant Police Chief, City of Des Moines
    • Andrew Depolo, Port of Seattle Police Sergeant
    • Dan Yourkoski, Police Chief, City of Normandy Park
    • Eric Drever, Police Chief, City of Tukwila
  • Retail Theft Panel
    • Mark Johnson, Sr. VP of Policy and Government Affairs
    • Patrick Hinds, Chief Deputy, King County Prosecutors Office, Economic Crimes & Wage Theft Division
  • Diversion Programs Panel
    • Kendrick Glover, Founder/Executive Director
    • Ken Nsimbi, Best Starts for Kids Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline Manager
    • Dan Kennedy, SVP of Security, Westfield Mall
  • Best Practices Panel
    • John Schofielf, Kitchen Manager, Culinex
    • John Lane, WA Hospitality Association
    • Robert Nelson, President, WAORCA
  • Cyber Security Panel
    • Jonathan Wood, Owner/Operator, vCTO

Members of the business and greater community are invited to attend.

2023 PNW Education & Workforce Summit

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Time: Noon – 2:00PM

Location: Doubletree by Hilton, Seattle Airport

Register Here

Thank you to our sponsors: Homestreet Bank, Port of Seattle, Crain Photography, South King Media.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are a great way to connect your business with the Southside Community. If you are interested in a sponsorship, please contact Samantha Le at for a custom package tailored to serve your marketing and advertising goals.

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce – The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila since 1988.  The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

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