Derek Kilmer | United States Representative

Derek Kilmer serves as the United States Representative of Washington’s 6th Congressional District. With over a decade of experience working in economic development in the Puget Sound region, Derek is focused on getting our economy and our Congress back to work. Born and raised in Port Angeles, Derek saw firsthand how the region’s economy has struggled, and the impact that has had on families and communities. Derek put his education into practice right here in Washington, first as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he helped businesses, non-profits, and government agencies run more efficiently. He then served in the Washington state House from 2005 to 2007 and the state Senate from 2007 until his election to the US House in 2012.

While in Olympia, Derek was the principal writer of the state’s capital budget, and helped author a bipartisan infrastructure package that has been credited with creating 18,000 jobs.

Derek was recently reelected to a third term in in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 and chosen by his Democratic colleagues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, one of only four ‘exclusive’ committees in the House. Derek serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee.  Derek and his wife Jennifer live in Gig Harbor with their daughters Sophie and Tess and their Australian Shepherd Truman.

Also for our March meeting is the Carla Martin Drive for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, so be sure to bring your donations of non-toxic play-doh and latex free bandages!

Registration & Event Information:
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites 1425 E 27th St Tacoma, WA 98421
  • 11:30  Registration/networking
  • 12:00  Lunch served
  • Cost  $25 prepaid, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members and non-members
  • Register by email or fill out the registration form

 

The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • April 5th – Joint Meeting in Seattle
  • May 8th – Rick Bingle, REI
Have a credit card on file? Email us that you’re planning to attend!
THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

Dan Price | CEO & Founder of Gravity Payments

Dan Price founded Gravity Payments in 2004 from his university dorm room at just 19 after witnessing the small businesses he admired were being taking advantage of by their credit card processors. In April 2015, Dan Price made headlines around the world for slashing his $1M salary to set a $70,000 minimum wage at his company. Overnight, he profoundly changed the lives of his team members, challenged perceptions about the purpose of business, drew the admiration of millions from around the world, and the ire of big business pundits from Wall Street to Rush Limbaugh.

Though largely known for this latest move, Dan Price’s life mission is to support the little guy or gal in their pursuit of their business dreams. Dan has built his own business on the simple, but noble, notion of helping independent businesses fight for the same advantages typically reserved for large companies in the credit card processing industry. Dan has fostered a truly transparent work environment at Gravity, full of engaged people passionately aligned in pursuit of their mission to make business about people and purpose, rather than profit.

Dan has been recognized for his leadership and entrepreneurialism by Inc and Entrepreneur magazine, and was awarded the National Entrepreneur of the Year by President Obama in 2010. For more info on Dan Price and Gravity Payments, visit: www.gravitypayments.com

Registration & Event Information:

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites 1425 E 27th St Tacoma, WA 98421
  • 11:30  Registration/networking
  • 12:00  Lunch served
  • Cost  $25 prepaid, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members and non-members
  • Register by email or fill out the registration form

The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

Have a credit card on file? Email us that you’re planning to attend!
THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.
The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

January 9th: John Wolfewolfe

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites 1425 E 27th St Tacoma, WA 98421
  • 11:30  Registration/networking
  • 12:00  Lunch served
  • Cost  $25 prepaid, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members and non-members
  • Register by email or fill out the registration form

John Wolfe is chief executive officer of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. He sets the organization’s vision and strategy, and guides the NWSA’s unique customer-focused culture.

Wolfe also serves as the CEO of the Port of Tacoma, a position he was named to in 2010. Before being named CEO, he had served as the Port of Tacoma’s deputy executive director since June 2005.

Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Wolfe served for two years as the executive director of the Port of Olympia, and before that as Olympia’s director of operations and marine terminal general manager.

Wolfe also spent 10 years with Maersk Sealand/APM Terminals in Tacoma, most recently as the terminal’s operations manager.

He is on the boards of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington State Fair Board. Wolfe is also an executive board member of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • February 13th – Gravity Payments – Dan Price
  • March 13th
  • April 5th – Joint Meeting in Seattle
  • May 8th
Have a credit card on file? Email us that you’re planning to attend!
THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

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For more information: http://www.transportationcluboftacoma.org/emergency-food-network-fundraiser/

 

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • January 9th, 2017 – John Wolfe, NW Seaport Alliance
  • February 13th, 2017 – Dan Price, Gravity Payments
Have a credit card on file? Email us that you’re planning to attend!
THANK YOU to all who contributed raffle prizes at our last meeting! All raffle ticket proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

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Louise S. Tieman World Trade Center Tacoma President & CEO

November 14th: Louise S. Tieman

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites
          – 1425 E 27th St Tacoma, WA 98421
  • 11:30  Registration/networking
  • 12:00  Lunch served
  • Cost:  $25 prepaid
          – Drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
          – Additional $10 for walk-in members & non-members
  • Register by email or fill out the registration form


Topic overview:

Foreign trade and investment play a big role in the local economy. The pace of foreign direct investment in local projects is increasing again, as are both in-bound business investment and new exports for local companies. Louise will provide information on Tacoma area projects, the current status of our relationship with China and other investor countries, and an update on the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty and Ex-Im Bank.

Bio:

Louise is a regionally known and highly experienced executive with proven expertise providing financial and operational management to companies experiencing beginning, mid-level and, rapid growth. With over 25 years of senior level financial and operational experience, Louise consulted for companies in the biotech, hi-tech, distribution, manufacturing, construction, retail, agriculture, financial services and not for profit sectors. Currently, Louise is the leader of the only full-service trade center in the Pacific Northwest providing services to the Port of Tacoma, the City of Tacoma, and a variety of importers, exporters, and international services providers in the region. This office coordinates in-bound and out-bound trade missions and facilitates Foreign Direct Investment to public and private projects in the region. The WTC also provides education and social programs with an international business focus to association members and the community.

 

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

Have a credit card on file? Email us that you’re planning to attend!
THANK YOU to all who contributed raffle prizes at our last meeting! All raffle ticket proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.
The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

October 10th: Neil D. Fried

Neil D. Fried

Neil D. Fried

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites
          – 1425 E 27th St Tacoma, WA 98421
  • 11:30  Registration/networking
  • 12:00  Lunch served
  • Cost:  $25 prepaid
          – Drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
          – Additional $10 for walk-in members & non-members
  • Register by email or fill out the registration form

Neal Fried has worked as an economist in Alaska for over 30 years and has observed many changes. His experience as an economist has been broad and deep. He has not been involved with the public policy issues of the economy, but instead has been a producer of objective economic and demographic measures and analysis of our economy.

Mr. Fried produces economic data and analysis on a variety of economic issues facing Alaska, and serves as a speaker on Alaska employment and economic issues at the request of Alaska media organizations, state agencies and public institutions, nonprofits, corporations, professional associations, and more.

He is a primary author of articles appearing in the monthly magazine Alaska Economic Trends, published by the Alaska Department of Labor. This publication is distributed to more than 5,000 subscribers. His articles cover a wide variety of state of Alaska economic issues. Some of the topics on which he has performed economic analysis and written articles include: the cost of living, annual forecasts of Anchorage and Alaska’s economy, construction, income and wage trends, the military, the health care industry, transportation, oil industry issues, labor needs, rural economic trends, economic impact of the 1989 Prince William Sound oil spill, growth in Alaska’s breweries, the Mat-Su Valley’s economy and Alaska’s largest employers.

Neal has served on the Governor’s Oil and Gas Policy Task Force, the Anchorage Economic Development Committee, the Governor’s Technology Task Force and others; he is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Economic Conference board. He is a recipient of Governor’s 2011 Denali Peak Performance Award. Neal is married and has two children.

Economist: State of Alaska, Department of Labor, Research & Analysis Section Supervisor
Education: B.A. in History, and a B.A. in Economics, University of Alaska Fairbanks

 

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • November 14th, 2016
  • December 12th, 2016 – Holiday Extravaganza for EFN @ the Tacoma Landmark Convention Center!
Have a credit card on file? Email us that you’re planning to attend!
THANK YOU to all who contributed raffle prizes at our last meeting! All raffle ticket proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.
The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

September 12th: Tracy Rosser

Tracy Rosser Senior Vice President Transportation & Supply Chain

Tracy Rosser
Senior Vice President

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites 1425 E 27th St Tacoma, WA 98421
  • 11:30  Registration/networking
  • 12:00  Lunch served
  • Cost  $25 prepaid, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members and non-members
  • Register by email or fill out the registration form

 

Tracy Rosser is the senior vice president of transportation for Walmart US. He has the responsibility for all domestic transportation, the private fleet, and global transportation. He was promoted to this position in 2012.

Tracy’s previous role was divisional senior vice president, Mississippi River Delta Division, Central Business Unit, where he was responsible for store operations in this division.

Additionally, since joining Walmart in 1997, Tracy has served as vice president of corporate traffic, director of corporate traffic, general manager of the Laurens, S.C. fashion distribution center, regional transportation manager with the private fleet over the western US, manager of backhaul administration, and general transportation manager of the Sutherland, Va. transportation office.

Prior to joining Walmart, Tracy spent nine years in the truckload transportation industry holding positions in sales, marketing, and operations.

Education:

  • BS, Business, Marketing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • MBA, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • October 10th, 2016
  • November 14th, 2016
Have a credit card on file? Email us that you’re planning to attend!
THANK YOU to all who contributed raffle prizes at our last meeting! All raffle ticket proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.
The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

June 13th: Pete Drake

Pete Drake

Pete Drake

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites 1425 E 27th St Tacoma, WA 98421
  • 11:30  Registration/networking
  • 12:00  Lunch served
  • Cost  $25 prepaid, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members and non-members
  • Register by email or fill out the registration form

Pete Drake is Senior Vice President – Americas for Cascade Corporation; the global leader in lift truck attachments and related technologies. In this role, Pete is responsible for sales, operations and growth initiatives in the US, Canada, South and Central America.

With 25 years of leadership experience at Cascade, Pete has deep expertise in working closely and strategically with a range of customers and is committed to providing exceptional value. Cascade’s culture of employee empowerment, product innovation, and continuous improvement provides its customers with numerous solutions to their material handling needs.

Pete holds a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology and a MBA from George Fox University, Newburg Oregon. He serves on the Board of Directors at Eastco Diversified Services, Inc. whose main focus is providing jobs and homes for people with developmental disabilities.

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • September 12th, 2016
Have a credit card on file? Email us that you’re planning to attend!
THANK YOU to all who contributed raffle prizes at our last meeting! All raffle ticket proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.