The business leader and advocate for sustainable forest management was an early and continuing supporter of political leaders whose pragmatic approach and other values are promoted by the Cascade Conference.
October 24–The Cascade Conference Lifetime achievement award for 2019 goes to business legend George H. Weyerhaeuser, the former CEO of the company that bears his family name.
Recognized for creating a culture of active civic engagement at his company, Harvard Business School named Weyerhaeuser one of the country’s great business leaders of the 20th century. Weyerhaeuser was an early advocate for a sustainable forest management ethic at his company, and was a leader in showing the benefits of free trade, including with Asia.
He was also an early and critical supporter for Daniel J. Evans’ successful challenge to unseat an incumbent Washington governor and has supported many of our state’s other successful elected officials, many of whom have been active participants in the Cascade Conference over the last 50 years.
Gov. Dan Evans said “George Weyerhaeuser is not only a talented business leader but has contributed his leadership to many civic, community and political causes.” “He is a stalwart Mainstream Republican, a splendid community leader and a fine friend.”
Former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton said “George Weyerhaeuser managed a vital, thoughtful and forward looking company in a manner that illustrated his love of his native state.” “He was a consistent supporter of Mainstream Republicans and asked only that they live up to their own ideals. He was, and is a wonderful friend.”
The Cascade Conference lifetime achievement award is named to honor former member of Congress, the state legislature and Lt. Gov. Joel Pritchard. Pritchard, Dan Evans and Slade Gorton lived together when they served in the state legislature, and each subsequently served in Congress and in statewide office. They are credited with helping to create the enduring, pragmatic values that have sustained the Cascade Conference for 50 years.
The award will be presented at the 50th Anniversary of the Cascade Conference Gala Dinner on October 30 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. For more information about the dinner go to www.cascadegala.com email [email protected].