Columbia West Capital News
10.22.14 2014 Southwest CEO Summit

Top-level executives from the leading private and public companies throughout the Southwest gathered at the Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia on October 22, 2014 for the ninth annual Southwest CEO Summit.   

The conference, sponsored by Columbia West Capital, Comerica Bank, Northwestern Mutual, Quarles & Brady and Willis, is an annual invitation-only, private gathering of CEOs, COOs, CFOs and Directors to participate in a forum addressing issues facing today’s business leaders.  

This year’s agenda included the following line-up of distinguished speakers:   

  • Dennis A. Johnson, Chief Investment Officer of Comerica Asset Management Group Too Hot, Too Cold, or Just Right?  Is this a Goldilocks Economy?
  • Wyatt Decker, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Vice President, Mayo Clinic Biomedical Billions – Building a Community Brick by Brick, Beaker by Beaker
  • Michael J. Ahearn, Founder of True North Venture Partners and Co-founder and Chairman of First Solar Disruptive Innovation – Destruction by Design, Politely Changing the World   

Following the program, attendees joined for a sunset mix and mingle in the beautiful courtyard at the Montelucia.   

David Barnett, Managing Director of Columbia West Capital, said: “Each year, the Summit attracts the Southwest’s premier businesses and provides an environment in which C-level executives can network and discuss amongst each other the challenges that face their businesses. Our partners and sponsors have again organized an outstanding event with a line-up of speakers who discussed matters so pertinent to business leaders today.”   

For more information and general inquiries on this and previous Southwest CEO Summits, please visit