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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.
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.

May 9th: Kemper Freeman, Jr.

Kemper Freeman, Jr.

Kemper Freeman, Jr.

  • 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

Kemper Freeman, Jr. is a former Washington State Legislator (elected three times to the Washington State House of Representatives) and has served on the boards of numerous business and civic organizations. His Company has built and operates the “Bellevue Collection” in downtown Bellevue.

Financial Experience

Previously Mr. Freeman was Chairman and Principal owner of First Mutual Bank headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.  The First Mutual Bank was sold to Washington Mutual in 2008.

Transportation Activity

Mr. Freeman was one of three private business people in 1988 to start an East King County private sector transportation group to study and advocate surface transportation improvements in the Puget Sound Region Three County Region.   He has invested well over $2 million of private money (not including personal time or staff time) in transportation studies and consulting fees to determine mobility solutions for the Region. Mr. Freeman also over the past 30 years has spoken publicly to over 300 community and business groups concerning the need of improving mobility in the Puget Sound Three County Region.  He is recognized as a strong advocate for improved highway transportation.

Kemper has funded three Regional Transportation Plans over the last 20 years.  The first in mid-1990’s, “Reduce Congestion Now”, was a Macro Study of the need to improve capacity in the freeway system.  In the early 2000 A second Regional Study, “End Gridlock Now”, again called for additional capacity on the freeway and principle arterials. The study had 25 mega projects throughout the three county area that would reduce congestion 25%. Now, a two year study, with a team of transportation experts created a third study called “Mobility 21” an alternative plan to the Puget Sound Regional Council Plan for 2040.

 

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • May 9th, 2016
  • June 13th, 2016
  • 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.
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.

April 11th: Paul J. Kardish

Paul J. Kardish

Paul J. Kardish

  • 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

Paul Kardish is executive vice president and general counsel at Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services. Kardish joined Schneider in 2013 and has more than 20 years of broad ranging corporate legal, human resource, corporate governance/compliance, security and government relations experience. His career includes work at several Fortune 100 companies spanning multiple industries, including Kohler Company, Honeywell, Intel, Freeport McMoRan and Orion Energy Systems.

Kardish holds a bachelor’s degree in social work/psychology from Juniata College, a juris doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law and a Master of Laws from New York University School of Law. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993; Wisconsin in 2013. A former FBI Special Agent, Kardish has been involved in cases involving domestic terrorism, bank robberies, and white collar crime and is trained in emergency management.

Kardish is a member of the Texas, Wisconsin, and American Bar Associations and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Fraternity.

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • May 9th, 2016
  • June 13th, 2016
  • 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.
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.

March 14th: Derik Andreoli

Andreoli

Derik Andreoli


  • 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

Mr. Andreoli has conducted numerous economic and international trade forecasts focused primarily on South American and Asia for private and public sector clients. In addition, he has conducted economic impact studies on freight transportation networks, cargo flows, and transport infrastructure for regional and state governments and he has developed and applied geographic information systems to support these projects. He is based in Seattle.

Prior to joining Mercator, he served as a researcher and lead instructor in economic geography, regional economic development, and geographic information systems at the University of Washington. Mr. Andreoli writes a monthly column for Logistics Management magazine that focuses on oil and fuel markets and regularly gives keynote presentations on these subjects at logistics conferences. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economic Geography from the University of Washington, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Global Trade and Transportation from that same institution. His doctoral research explores the interaction between oil prices, the economy, and structural and geographic changes in supply chain structure. He has published his research in peer reviewed academic journals.

Also, we will be collecting donations for the Mary Bridge Children’s hospital.  We did so well last year that they don’t need bandages this year.  Instead, they are in need of Play-Doh, non-toxic children’s crayons and coloring books.  Your donations will help bring some cheer to many children that are dealing with difficult times.

 

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • April 11th, 2016
  • May 9th, 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.

February 8th: 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:

  • March 14th, 2016
  • April 11th, 2016
  • May 9th, 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.