Christian Business Faculty Association

2018 Annual Conference
October 4-6, 2018 | Covenant College
Chattanooga, TN

Keynote Speakers

Jeff Van Duzer

Jeff Van Duzer

After serving twelve years as Dean of the School of Business and Economics and Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law, Jeff Van Duzer was appointed as Provost of Seattle Pacific University in February 2013. As Provost, Jeff has responsibility for all aspects of the university "that touch the student experience." This includes the academic programs, student life, residence life, career services, athletics, university ministries, student academic services, study abroad programs, and enrollment management and marketing.

Prior to his appointment to SPU, Jeff was a partner with the international law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine where he practiced for more than 20 years. He concentrated his practice in commercial finance and natural resources. During his tenure with the firm he served for nearly a decade on the firm's Executive Committee and served as the Partner in Charge of the firm's largest office. Since coming to Seattle Pacific, Jeff has published a book exploring the theology of business, Why Business Matters to God (IVP Academic, 2010). He has also published a number of articles in academic and popular journals and is a frequent speaker on this and other topics.

Jeff received his undergraduate degree from the University of California in 1976, majoring in rhetoric, and received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1979. Jeff is married to Margie Van Duzer and has two grown sons, Andrew and Nate.



Henry Kaestner

Henry Kaestner

Henry Kaestner is a Managing Principal in Sovereign's Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in faith driven entrepreneurs in SouthEast Asia and the US from it's offices in Silicon Valley, Washington DC and Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to co-founding Sovereign's Capital, Henry was co-Founder and previous CEO, and then Chairman of (NASDAQ:BAND) and its sister company, Republic Wireless (which spun out of Bandwidth in 2016). Together the companies have grown to $300 million in revenue. The values of have always been: Faith, Family, Work and Fitness (in that order). was the 4th fastest growing privately held company in the country from 2003 through 2007, a position it achieved without acquisition or institutional funding.

Prior to co-founding Mr. Kaestner founded Chapel Hill Brokers (a predecessor to ICAP Energy), an institutional energy derivatives broker that became the top ranked electricity broker in the country.

Mr. Kaestner has also been involved in a number of ministry and philanthropic activities. He co-founded DurhamCares and Praxis, an accelerator committed to helping Faith driven entrepreneurs. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Bandwidth, CloudFactory, ThriveFarmers, First, and RevBoss.

Additionally, Henry serves as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America and lives in Los Gatos, CA with his wife Kimberley and their three sons.

Conference Overview

Thursday 10/4/18

  • 12pm to 5pm - Registration and Check-In at The Chattanoogan Hotel.
  • 5pm to 7pm - Welcome Reception Hors D'oeuvres and Opening Keynote Message from Henry Kaestner.

Friday 10/5/18

  • 7am to 8am - Buffet Breakfast (all-inclusive registrants only).
  • 8am to 8:30am - Morning Devotion/Message.
  • 8:30am to 12pm - Concurrent Paper/Panel Sessions.
  • 12pm to 1pm - Buffet Lunch.
  • 1pm to 5pm - Corporate Tours.
  • 6:30pm to 9pm - "Dine-Around Chattanooga" at Local Restaurants.

Saturday 10/6/18

  • 7am to 8am - Buffet Breakfast (all-inclusive registrants only).
  • 8am to 8:30am - Morning Devotion/Message.
  • 8:30am to 12pm - Concurrent Paper/Panel Sessions.
  • 12pm to 1:30pm - Buffet Lunch and CBFA Business Meeting.
  • 1:45pm to 2:45pm - Plenary Panel Discussion with Current Business Students and Business Leaders.
  • 3pm to 4pm - Poster Session.
  • 6pm to 8:30pm - Closing Banquet and Keynote Message from Jeff Van Duzer at Covenant College.

Sunday 10/7/18

  • 7am to 8am - Buffet Breakfast (all-inclusive registrants only).
  • 11am - Check-Out at The Chattanoogan Hotel.



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