CEOs from Carvana, Insight, QuikTrip, and the company that invented GORE-TEX® fabric are among those slated to speak during the new Economic Club of Phoenix season. Every year, Phoenix-area audiences are invited to attend the club’s luncheons and hear from some major names in the business world.

“The Economic Club of Phoenix has been at the intersection of knowledge and networking for Valley business leaders for three decades,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the ASU W. P. Carey School of Business. “By bringing in executives of major corporations from across the nation to speak about their experience, we strengthen the local business environment and economy.”

The Economic Club of Phoenix (ECP) speaker series — hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business — is celebrating its 33rd anniversary and has become the preeminent Arizona forum for the exchange of ideas about business and the economy. Its monthly luncheons and other activities offer business leaders and others a chance to network and engage.

This season’s speaker lineup, subject to change, is:

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 – Ken Lamneck, president and CEO, Insight – Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 – Ernie Garcia III, chairman and CEO, Carvana – Camelback Golf Club

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 – Economic Forecast Luncheon ­– Phoenix Convention Center

  • John Williams, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Anthony Chan, managing director and chief economist, Chase
  • Lee R. McPheters, research professor of economics, director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center, W. P. Carey School of Business

January ECP Luncheon, date TBD – Rich Daly, director and CEO, Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. ­

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 – Chet Cadieux, president and CEO, QuikTrip Corp. – Camelback Golf Club

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Executive of the Year Award Luncheon honoring Terri Kelly, president and CEO, W. L. Gore & Associates

Tuesday, May 3, 2018 – Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon featuring W. P. Carey economists – The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

  • Dennis Hoffman, director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute
  • Lee McPheters, research professor of economics, director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center
  • Mark Stapp, executive director, Master of Real Estate Development at the W. P. Carey School of Business

All luncheons run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets for non-members are available for $85. Funds in excess of the cost of lunch are used to support scholarships and faculty research at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Luncheon series begins with Insight’s Ken Lamneck

Ken Lamneck, president and CEO of Insight, will discuss why companies must embrace technology and innovation. He will examine aspects of the challenging landscape and the factors driving it, as well as how Insight has evolved to become the technology partner that helps clients manage and transform.

Lamneck’s interest and vision has driven him from the West Point Military Academy to Insight, where he leads the company as CEO.

After five years in the U.S. Army, Lamneck began his civilian career as an IBM engineer. But he found that sales and marketing better suited his competitive spirit and the servant leadership principles he learned while in uniform.

Lamneck honed his technical knowledge and leadership skills rising through the ranks at Arrow Electronics. As president of Arrow’s Industrial Computer Products business, he was drawn to the rapid pace of innovation in the emerging IT industry. Lamneck moved to Tech Data Corp., where he directed its growth and operations across the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

In 2010, Lamneck joined Insight and spends his days helping businesses run smarter. His approachable, hands-on leadership style can be seen in Insight’s corridors every day, as he motivates teammates and aligns their efforts to transform businesses with Intelligent Technology Solutions™.

For more information about the club or to reserve seats, visit or by calling (480) 727-0596. Journalists interested in covering an event are asked to RSVP in advance.