MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Unfortunately due to the 1st round of storms on Friday and the possibility of another storm or two, we have to cancel the TCT luncheon on February 11th, 2019.  We are working with EQC on re-scheduling this luncheon for the next couple of weeks.  

If we end up cancelling this months meeting, we will issue refunds for the luncheon or apply to next months luncheon if you wish.  

Michael Fowler | World Trade Center Tacoma

Mike Fowler serves as Senior Trade Consultant at the World Trade Center Tacoma. Mike is fluent in Chinese and Japanese and has extensive experience as a consultant assisting US firms access Asian markets. Chair Emeritus of the Pacific Northwest International Trade Alliance, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of World Affairs Council in Tacoma. A former Senior Editor of Business Tokyo magazine, Mike holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Sophia University Graduate School of Comparative Culture in Tokyo and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Mr. Fowler will cover topics related to China trade and the WTC Tacoma’s new Export Store.  The Export Store is a Business-to-Business Cross-Border e-commerce store, a partnership between WTC Tacoma and Alibaba. With the services provided by Alibaba, businesses can now easily export their products!

 

Registration & Event Information:

  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center 5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424 (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:15 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:30 am  Lunch served
  • Cost is $25 prepaid 3 days prior to the event, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets ** Additional $10 for walk-in members, member sales on day of event, and non-members
  • Register online, 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.

Thank you to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

Andres “Andy” L. Garcia | GSC Logistics

Mr. Garcia has been involved in the logistics industry for about 25 years. He has held various positions in transportation and logistic management and has played prominent roles in several trade and community organizations. Prior to co-founding GSC Logistics in 1988, Mr. Garcia was General Manager for Distribution Consultants and then served as General Manager of Transportation for Distribution Centers, Inc. He was then Managing General Partner for Western Distribution Centers.

In 1989, he was a founder of Gold Star Distribution, which eventually became GSC Logistics. Since 1989, Mr. Garcia has served as chairman of the board and has been instrumental in expanding GSC Logistics in both the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Mr. Garcia has been president of the Distribution Managers Association of northern California, president of the Hispanics Lyons Club of San Francisco and co-chair of the Port of Oakland’s Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan. He is a graduate of California State University in Hayward.

Registration & Event Information:

  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:15 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:30 am  Lunch served
  • Cost is $25 prepaid 3 days prior to the event, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members, member sales on day of event, and non-members
  • Register online, 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.

Thank you to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

Join us for a silent auction, no host bar, lunch, networking and live auction!

Have fun & support a great cause!

 

Contact Lori Kincannon or Janice Wasson to donate to the auction or raffle:

 
Registration & Event Information:
  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:00 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:45 am  Lunch served
  • 2:00 pm  Event conclusion
  • Cost  $40 prepaid, drawing is an additional $25 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members and non-members
  • Register Online or by email

 

Contributions or gifts to the Transportation Club of Tacoma are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.

All donations to Emergency Food Network are tax deductible. Tax ID #94-3131776.  Please bring your check made payable to EFN to the TCT Event on December 10th and we will hand directly to EFN.

 


Emergency Food Network – Working to End Hunger in Pierce County since 1982

 

Each December our club holds the Emergency Food Network Food Drive and Fundraiser at our Christmas luncheon. All proceeds from the event go to EFN who’ll use the proceeds to feed local people in our community. The event includes a visit from the local high school choir and speakers who bring in the Christmas spirit by helping auction off great gifts for the membership. Currently, EFN is able to convert every $1 raised into $12 worth of food.  Our membership is thrilled they can have such a huge impact in our community.

 

Since 1999, we have been able to raise over 1 million dollars in food for EFN. Come join us at our December luncheon where we’ll once again bring you a little Christmas joy and goodwill to the people in our community.

Dwight Smith | Costco

Ten years ago, Dwight Smith was starting his Costco career by pushing carts and boxing orders at the cash registers.  He currently holds the position of International Export Logistics Buyer.  His job involves supporting US exports to Costco’s overseas regions in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Iceland, representing these same regions in freight service negotiations, and serving as the primary logistics liaison for these regions within Costco’s Home Office.  He holds a BA in Theatre from UCLA and an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.  Prior to Costco, he served as a pastor for 17 years.

Dwight and his wife, Carla, make their home in Snoqualmie, WA.  They have two children currently in college at Western Washington University.

 

Registration & Event Information:
  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:15 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:30 am  Lunch served
  • Cost is $25 prepaid 3 days prior to the event, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members, member sales on day of event, and non-members
  • Register online, 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.


THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

Bruce Dammeier | Executive of Pierce County

ELECTIVE OFFICE: Elected as the Executive of Pierce County in November of 2016.

  • State Senate: January 2013 – December 2016
  • House of Representatives: January 2009 – January 2013
  • Member of the Puyallup School Board: 2001 – 2009

EDUCATION: University of Washington – M.S., engineering; U.S. Naval Academy – B.S. in Ocean Engineering.

OCCUPATION: Small business owner and director of printing business in Pierce
County.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member, Young Life; member, Mel Korum YMCA Advisory Council; member, Tacoma #8 Rotary Club; member, Tacoma Goodwill Board of Directors; member, Lighthouse Christian Church; member, University of Washington – Tacoma Advisory Board.

AWARDS (include):

  • Jobs for Washington Graduates Award (2012)
  • Friend of Children Award, Washington State PTA (2011)
  • Legislative Hero, Washington State HVAC/R Association, Inc. (2011)
  • “In the Bag” Award – Washington Food Industry Association (2010-11)
  • Cornerstone Award, Association of Washington Business (2009-11)
  • Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business (2009-12)
  • Pioneer Educator Award, Washington Families for Online Learning (2010)
  • Outstanding Advocate Award, Puyallup PTA Council (2009)
  • Local Hero Award, Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative (2007)

PERSONAL: A Pierce County native, Executive Dammeier attended Curtis High School before going on to graduate with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and serve eight years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer. While on active duty, he was deployed on humanitarian relief missions in the United States and across the world. At the conclusion of his military service, he returned to Washington State and became a dedicated community volunteer. Bruce and Lauren, his wife of more than 30 years, live in Puyallup. They have three grown sons and one grandchild.

 

Registration & Event Information:
  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:15 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:30 am  Lunch served
  • Cost is $25 prepaid prior to March 10th, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members, member sales on day of event, and non-members
  • Register online, 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.


THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

Eric Boles | The Game Changers Inc.

He is the President of The Game Changers Inc. in Lakewood, WA, a thought leader in business strategies and provides in-depth training, coaching and consulting processes designed to help organizations maximize their human asset and increase productivity.

Eric is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant and trainer for some of the most recognized organizations across the country. He has shared his forward thinking insights with major companies such as New York Life, Dunkin Donuts, Nationwide Insurance, TD Ameritrade, USAA, Starbucks Coffee, Hasbro Toys, Alaska Airlines, State Farm Insurance, and the US Army Rangers.

Prior to becoming an authority on Leadership, Teamwork, and Leading and Managing Change, Eric learned many of the principles of high performance from his experience while playing in the National Football League with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.

Eric is also an avid sports fan, reader and golfer. He and his wife Cindy have two lovely teen age daughters, Taylor and Madison.

 

Registration & Event Information:
  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:15 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:30 am  Lunch served
  • Cost is $25 prepaid prior to March 10th, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members, member sales on day of event, and non-members
  • Register online, 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.


THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

John Wolfe | The Northwest Seaport Alliance

John Wolfe is chief executive officer of The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA). 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, the Washington State Fair Board, Federal Maritime Commission’s Export Innovation Team and Maritime Innovation Advisory Council for the Department of Commerce. 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.

 

Registration & Event Information:
  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:15 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:30 am  Lunch served
  • Cost is $25 prepaid prior to March 10th, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members, member sales on day of event, and non-members
  • Register online, 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:


THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

Ali Modarres | University of Washington Tacoma

Ali Modarres is the Director of Urban Studies at University of Washington Tacoma. He served from 1999 to 2017 as the editor of Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. He specializes in urban geography and his primary research and publication interests are the urban dynamics of American cities. He has published in the areas of social geography, urban development, planning, and policy. Some of his recent publications appear in Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability, Current Research on Cities, Transport Geography, and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Dr. Modarres has focused a significant portion of his public scholarship on urban development through an equity lens that includes global labor migration.

 

Registration & Event Information:
  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:15 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:30 am  Lunch served
  • Cost is $25 prepaid prior to March 10th, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members, member sales on day of event, and non-members
  • Register online, 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:

  • June 11th – John Wolfe, Northwest Seaport Alliance

THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.