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 served as the CEO of the Port of Tacoma, a position he held from 2010 to 2019. 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:

  • $10 registration is for the TCT’s Scholarship Program and a single entry into a randomized drawing
  • Hosted through Zoom, link provided from TCT Executive Director email
  • Event starts at noon
  • $10 for each additional entry into a randomized drawing to support the TCT’s Scholarship Program
  • 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.

Daniel B. Maffei | Federal Maritime Commission

Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei, of New York, was first nominated to serve on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 2016. He was then nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed for by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019.

As a Commissioner, Mr. Maffei has shown a particular interest in addressing the vulnerability of the global transportation system to industry-wide financial and security risks. He has spoken at national and international conferences on the changing nature of the economics of international shipping due to technological advances and the pressures that newer and larger carriers have placed on U.S. transportation infrastructure.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Commissioner Maffei’s career in government spans more than twenty years. He was elected to two terms in the United States House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2015. Immediately prior to his initial appointment to the FMC, Mr. Maffei was a Senior Advisor at the United States Department of Commerce.

Commissioner Maffei’s time in Congress included service on the House Armed Services Committee, House Financial Services Committee, and House Judiciary Committee. His priority on the Armed Services Committee was to improve the military’s capacity to defend the country from terrorist and cyber threats. He worked on several provisions in the 2013 and 2014 armed services authorization bills to support and promote new and better technologies. On the Financial Services Committee, he focused on consumer protection and helped improve and pass, with increased bipartisan support, the Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights of 2009, a law that took important steps to level the playing field between customers and card issuers. Commissioner Maffei also served on the House Committee on Science and Technology and was Ranking Member of its Oversight Subcommittee.

While serving in Congress, Commissioner Maffei’s Central New York district included the Port of Oswego, the first U.S. port of call and deepwater port on the Great Lakes. Working closely with Representative Richard L. Hanna and New York’s Senators, he was able to secure vital funding to improve the port’s rail link and the resources to better dredge the port.

Commissioner Maffei has substantial experience teaching and researching at universities and think tanks. In 2018, Mr. Maffei spent six months away as a Professor of Practice at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management before returning to the FMC. He has taught on the faculty of the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and has been a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Third Way. For several years, he served on the American Board of Advisors for Global Panel, a Prague-based organization that works primarily behind the scenes to facilitate solutions to various international conflicts and crises.

Commissioner Maffei’s private sector experience includes time as an independent consultant, a Senior Policy Advisor at Manatt, Phelps, Phillips LLP, and an executive at Pinnacle Capital Management, LLC (Syracuse, NY).

From 1998 to 2005, Commissioner Maffei worked on the Democratic staff of the House Ways and Means Committee. Previously, he had been Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 1997 to 1998 and Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley in 1996.

Commissioner Maffei received his bachelor’s degree in History and American Civilization from Brown University and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Registration & Event Information:

  • $10 registration is for the TCT’s Scholarship Program and a single entry into a randomized drawing
  • Hosted through Zoom, link provided from TCT Executive Director email
  • Event starts at noon
  • $10 for each additional entry into a randomized drawing to support the TCT’s Scholarship Program
  • 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.

Contact Bryan Lovely (253-999-2429) to reserve your seat and purchase raffle tickets Or Sign up ONLINE.

Contact Lori Kincannon (253-326-1292) or Janice Wasson (253-335-0815) to donate Cash, $25+ Gift Cards or Alcohol.

Call or email Gary Gieser (206-295-8834) to discuss Sponsorships and Cash Donations.

 

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.

Chris Stockwell | Darigold

Chris Stockwell is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Darigold, which is the marketing and processing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association (NDA), owned by approximately 430 dairy farm families in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Chris is responsible for executing Darigold’s supply chain from farm-to-customer and is three years into Darigold’s transformation to a high-performing supply chain company. During this time, Darigold has insourced its 3PL and dedicated fleet, while also taking control of its international ingredient sales and distribution. To support this, Darigold tripled its supply chain organization to over 60 people, all while building new capabilities and systems to support the business.

Over his 30-year sourcing and supply chain career, Chris has worked for ConAgra, Paccar, Univar, Heinz, and General Electric. He spent his first 12 years focused in operations then shifted to strategic sourcing and procurement. Chris received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

He is passionate about building great teams, partnering across functions/companies, and driving value-added change. When not at work, Chris is an avid outdoorsman, coach, and father of four boys.  

Registration & Event Information:

  • $10 registration is for the TCT’s Scholarship Program and a single entry into a randomized drawing
  • Hosted through Zoom, link provided from TCT Executive Director email
  • Event starts at noon
  • $10 for each additional entry into a randomized drawing to support the TCT’s Scholarship Program
  • 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.

Mike Brennan | Fred Meyer

Mike was born in Boise, Idaho and was raised in a family with 9 siblings. He graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Business Management in 1984 and began his career with Roadway Express.

Mike began working with Fred Meyer in 1995 at the Puyallup Distribution Center. At that time, the warehouse served 36 Fred Meyer stores. Mike is now the Transportation Manager of the same FM Distribution Center which now serves 115 stores including Fred Meyer and QFC stores in Washington and Alaska. Fred Meyer is now part of the Kroger Company, which is the second largest general retailers in the U.S.. Mike’s transportation team in Puyallup has the highest load factor of all of the Kroger Company’s Distribution Centers.

Mike Lives in Federal Way where he and his wife of 32 years have raised five children. He enjoys coaching youth sports and has coached baseball, basketball, and speech team over the last 20 years.

 

Registration & Event Information:

  • $10 registration is for the TCT’s Scholarship Program and a single entry into a randomized drawing
  • Hosted through Zoom, link provided from TCT Executive Director email
  • Event starts at noon
  • $10 for each additional entry into a randomized drawing to support the TCT’s Scholarship Program
  • 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 Johnson | Port of Tacoma

Eric Johnson was named the Port of Tacoma’s executive director in June 2019. He sets the organization’s vision in creating a new strategic plan for the Port.

He also serves on the boards of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB), as well as the EDB Executive Committee.

Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Johnson served as the executive director of the Washington Public Ports Association since January 2009. In that role, he represented port district interests to state and federal elected officials, including the Washington legislature and state agencies.

In addition to government relations, he was responsible for numerous specialized seminars and conferences. His duties also included advising Washington’s 75 port districts on issues relating to governance, operations, planning and strategy.

Johnson joined the Washington Public Ports Association in 1988 as the environmental affairs director, where he developed many of the fundamental environmental laws and policies that are still in place today for ports across the state. He was promoted to deputy director in 2006.

He is a native of Pierce County and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and political science from Pacific Lutheran University. He also has a master’s in public administration with a concentration in environmental policy and natural resources management from the University of Washington.  

Registration & Event Information:

  • $10 registration is for the TCT’s Scholarship Program and a single entry into a randomized drawing
  • Hosted through Zoom, link provided from TCT Executive Director email
  • Event starts at noon
  • $10 for each additional entry into a randomized drawing to support the TCT’s Scholarship Program
  • 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.

Topic: West Seattle Bridge Project

Heather Marx
SDOT Program Director

Heather Marx has 25 years of experience in transportation, state and local government, and communications. Heather currently serves as the Program Director for the City’s West Seattle Bridge Safety Program. Following the public safety closure of the West Seattle Bridge, Heather was asked to lead the capital delivery, communications, and transportation management and mitigation efforts associated with the loss of SDOT’s most crucial transportation asset. In addition, Heather serves as Seattle Department of Transportation’s Director of Downtown Mobility, guiding SDOT’s approach to ensuring mobility for the traveling public through an unprecedented era of public and private development. The reconfiguration of State Route 99, the end of joint operations in the downtown transit tunnel, the advent of light rail expansion, and a robust development environment demand new ways of getting around. Previously she served as the interim director for the Street Use Division and managed SDOT’s Project and Construction Coordination Office (PCCO).

Prior to her work with the PCCO, she managed Seattle Major Projects at King County Metro Transit and served as the deputy director of SDOT’s Traffic Management division.

She lives in West Seattle with her husband, two sons and an overly affectionate bulldog.    

Lindsay Wolpa
Port of Seattle & NWSA

Lindsay Wolpa has been with the Port of Seattle since 2014, starting as the Policy Manager for the Port Commission. The following year, she moved to the External Relations group, shifting to the local governmental relations role, representing both Port of Seattle and Northwest Seaport Alliance interests with the City of Seattle, tribal governments and other regional agencies. Her responsibilities have since shifted to focus primarily on waterfront projects, working closely with the Port’s Community Engagement and Government Relations teams.

Prior to working for the Port, Lindsay was a public affairs consultant for a local firm and spent two years in Washington D.C. with the Glover Park Group. She began her career in U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s state office. Originally from the Boston area, Lindsay first moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend University of Washington as an undergraduate. She also received her M.P.A at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Lindsay lives in West Seattle with her husband and their 11-month old son, Max.    

 

 

Registration & Event Information:

  • $10 registration is for the TCT’s Scholarship Program and a single entry into a randomized drawing
  • Hosted through Zoom, link provided from TCT Executive Director email
  • Event starts at noon
  • $10 for each additional entry into a randomized drawing to support the TCT’s Scholarship Program
  • 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.

Peter Friedmann | Agriculture Transportation Coalition

My predecessors on the Senate Merchant Marine Subcommittee went for the obvious – to careers in law firms representing mostly foreign ocean carriers; I had those offers too, but went the opposite direction, which no one had done previously, but where my heart was, and still is today — to represent those that supply the cargo, the farmers, ag processors, forest products.

Going the opposite way, to advocate for those that had no advocates when it came to international transportation, export supply chain, has proven so rewarding, and together with those agriculture exporters we have built something powerful and lasting in the AgTC. This work has earned the respect of carriers and ports for exporters, and awareness even in quarters not given to concerning itself with the agriculture in “the hinterland”. For example, after a century of existence, the New York Maritime Society’s Hall of Fame, for the first time ever, apparently recognized that there is indeed a country to the east of the Hudson River. While I was honored to be inducted, in my mind this was recognition of the importance of those who grow, harvest, process, handle, transport food and fiber for the world, those whom the Agriculture Transportation Coalition serves. It happened because of our AgTC members who live and work in places that the maritime crowd in New York City and New Jersey never heard of, but which form the core of the AgTC: Euphrata, Hermiston, Tangent, Vidalia, Shawnee Mission, Minot, Idaho Falls, Dakota Dunes, Olive Branch, Moses Lake, Greeley, Greenwood, Lubbock, Wenatchee, Cordova, — the list of the “hometowns” of agriculture exporters goes on.

What a privilege it is that the JOC has called the AgTC “the principle voice of agriculture exporters in US transportation policy”. Because I did not follow that well-worn path from the Senate Commerce Committee to a maritime law firm representing ocean carriers.

 

  Registration & Event Information:

  • $10 registration is for the TCT’s Scholarship Program and a single entry into a randomized drawing
  • Hosted through Zoom, link provided from TCT Executive Director email
  • Event starts at noon
  • $10 for each additional entry into a randomized drawing to support the TCT’s Scholarship Program
  • 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.