Costco co-founder to keynote WWU's April 26 business forum

Jim Sinegal, the co-founder, director and retired president and CEO of Costco, will be the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Western Washington University Business Forum on Friday, April 26, at the Seattle Sheraton’s Grand Ballroom.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch service beginning at noon. The keynote address will begin at 12:45 p.m.

Prior to co-founding Costco—the fifth-largest retailer in the United States and the country’s largest membership warehouse chain—with his business partner Jeff Brotman in 1983, Sinegal spent almost 30 years in retail, starting as an 18-year-old college student. Under Sinegal’s leadership, Costco became the first company to ever grow from zero to $3 billion in gross sales in less than six years, garnered a net profit in 2012 of $1.7 billion, and posted the lowest employee turnover rate of any retail chain.

The WWU Foundation hosts the Business Forum each year, featuring a noted business leader as keynote speaker.  This event brings together corporate and civic leaders, alumni, and parents and friends who are interested in the University and business trends, with all proceeds going towards WWU student scholarships.

A named scholarship and a table at the event are available for $3,000 each. Table sponsorships are available for $1,500. Each table seats 10, with the tenth seat filled by a WWU student, faculty or staff member. Individual tickets for the luncheon are $150 per person.

For more information, to reserve a table of 10 or make an individual reservation, please register online at the Business Forum website at or call 360-650-3629.

Sponsors of the 2013 Western Washington University Business Forum include title sponsor Moss Adams LLP, event sponsor Wells Fargo, and presenting sponsor Costco Wholesale.

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