Mike Roth of GU Athletics

Beer with Mike Roth of GU Athletics

SYP knows our members want opportunities to become more engaged and active in the community. One way to do this is through civic dialogue with our community leaders.

Beer With… is designed to provide SYP members with an opportunity to engage community leaders in a casual discussion regarding the topics affecting us today. It will also give you an opportunity to gain insights on improving your networking skills from established leaders who have experience with connecting people within our community.

The program format is simple. Bring some questions to ask our guest. Be prepared to listen and be heard…all the while enjoying the atmosphere of our host venue. You don’t have to be a beer drinker to attend — non-alcoholic beverages area always available too! Beer with… events are meant to be fun, casual and informative for both the guest and the audience. Just show up and have fun!

We now have online registration for events!  Click here and make an account for more details.

Past speakers have included:
  • Kevin Parker, WA State Representative
  • Mike Roth, Gonzaga University Athletics
  • Scott Morris, CEO of Avista
  • Ramblin’ Road Brewery
  • Kelly Graves, Gonzaga University Women’s Basketball Coach
  • WSU Athletic Department
  • David Condon, Spokane Mayor
  • Chef LJ Klink, “Extreme Chef” Contestant
  • Co-Events with Kootenai County Young Professionals
  • Mary Verner, Former Spokane Mayor
  • Tyler Lafferty, Seven2
  • Todd Myers, Washington Policy Center
  • Rob McKenna, WA Attorney General
  • Ezra Eckhardt, President, Sterling Savings Bank
  • John Allen, Vino! Wine Shop
  • Jason Clark, Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Ozzie Knezovich, Spokane County Sheriff
  • Eckart Preu, Spokane Symphony Music Director
  • Steve Haas from World Vision
  • Allen Battle & Bill Kalivas, LaunchPad INW
  • Ryan Davenport, Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Dr. Tony Andenoro, Gonzaga University Masters Program
  • Molly Allen, 92.9 ZZU
  • Greg Bever, Journal of Business
  • David Black, NAI Black
  • WA Senator Lisa Brown
  • Kent Caputo, Kalispel Tribal Authority
  • Anne Cowles, Mobius Science Center
  • Betsey Cowles, Cowles Publishing
  • Marty Dickinson, Downtown Spokane Partnership
  • Harold Gilkey, Sterling Savings Bank
  • Greg Green, OneEighty Networks
  • Rich Hadley, Greater Spokane Incorporated
  • Former Mayor Dennis Hession
  • Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick
  • Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers
  • Karen Mobley, Spokane Arts Commission
  • Don Poffenroth, Dry Fly Distilling
  • Barbara Olson, Business Networking International
  • Former WSU Cougar/Washington Redskin/Superbowl MVP Mark Rypien
  • Harry Sladich, Spokane Regional CVB
  • Peg Thomas, People-to-People Ambassador Programs
  • Reverend Happy Watkins, New Hope Baptist Church
  • Chud Wendle, Wendle Motors


Do you know of someone who would be a good “beer with” speaker? If so, email the events committee at events@spokaneyp.org.