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American gangsters have found that prostituting minors is a source of prestige and income. Human traffickers have discovered that American children are easier to recruit and sell than foreign victims because there is no need to cross the border. Both innocent young males and females can be abducted right off the street. Threatened and doped these young victims become sex slaves and income sources for these criminals. It happens everyday here in America… and also right here in Washington.

National Statistics on Domestic Sex Trafficking:
+ According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), 100,000 to 293,000 children are in danger of becoming sexual commodities.
+ The U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section reports 12 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the U.S.
+ According to Shared Hope International, eight of the 112 minors trafficked from out-of-state into Nevada for prostitution between August 2005 and December 2006 were from Washington State. http://atg.wa.gov/sex-trafficking

The organization Truckers Against Trafficking is leading the fight against trafficking by asking truckers for assistance. Truck producers, trucking companies and many other transportation related groups are donating time, money, and energies to help. Truckers can spread the news by placing information on their vehicles and taking individual action when they see potential victims.

Recently, Helen Van Dam, the Freedom Drivers Project Director of Truckers Against Trafficking, visited Washington State. She said, “By invitation of the Washington State Patrol TAT and our Freedom Drivers Project, mobile exhibit attended the Washington State Inspector’s Challenge and the Washington Trucking Association’s Truck Driving Championship. We spoke to all competitors about the reality of domestic sex trafficking and the vital role they play in helping to end this heinous crime. Attending these events not only provides a wonderful opportunity for TAT to celebrate the best of state patrol and trucking in the state but also allows us to educate and empower individuals to take a second look and make the call that can save lives.”

“The Freedom Drivers Project (FDP) is a first-of-its-kind, mobile exhibit serving as a remarkable tool to educate members of the trucking industry, law enforcement and general public about domestic sex trafficking and how the trucking industry is combating it. From the compelling exterior imagery on this 48-foot trailer to the interior’s video monitors and actual trafficking artifacts from women and children who had been enslaved by traffickers, this trailer serves as a powerful education tool for many. It also celebrates the real Truckers Against Trafficking who are working to drive change in this area, and connects deeply with visitors, both intellectually and emotionally, to drive greater awareness about the problems and the simple action steps anyone can take to help.”

Janet Runbeck, president of the local Soroptimist Club in Tacoma, which has been fighting trafficking for the last two years as one of their main projects, was assisting at the mobile exhibit. She was helping by giving out TAT wallet cards with the phone number to report suspicious activity. She was encouraging drivers to watchout for kids in unsafe places. A man approached her. Runbeck revealed a simple confession of a truck driver viewing the display, “He shared his own experience. He told me he had been sexually abused as a child. He wants to prevent other kids from that trauma in any way he can.” That’s the impact of Truckers Against Trafficking… our everyday heroes.

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.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is excited to welcome the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) Annual Meeting to Tacoma June 12-15. AgTC is the principal voice of agriculture exporters in U.S. transportation policy.

The meeting will be the largest annual gathering of agriculture product shippers who source and deliver to foreign markets. More than 400 people are expected to attend, representing some of the largest agricultural exporters in the country.  Companies include local exporters like Anderson Hay & Grain and Lamb Weston as well as national shippers like Tyson and Cargill.

The event is a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders about the key issues facing the agriculture and forest products community today. It is also a great opportunity to network with other industry colleagues to discuss best practices and new opportunities to better serve your customers.

The NWSA is sponsoring a boat cruise for conference attendees of the South Harbor terminals on June 12. The AgTC is also coordinating facility tours on Friday June 15 including NWSA terminals.

Historically, this meeting has occurred in San Francisco or Long Beach. The event is being held in Tacoma for the first time. It’s also the first time this group chose to hold this event in the Pacific Northwest instead of the Pacific Southwest.

Find out more about AgTC. Click here to register for the conference.

Questions on article?

Please contact Rod Koon
rkoon@portoftacoma.com

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Transportation Club of Seattle
115th Annual Golf Tournament
www.transportationclubofseattle.org

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 (Check in Starts at 11:30AM)
Time: 1:00 PM Shotgun Start
Site: Druid’s Glen Golf Club, 29925 207th Ave SE, Covington, 253-638-1200
Format: Four Person Scramble
Included: Green Fees, Cart, Dinner and Prize Drawing

TO RESERVE YOUR FOURSOME:

Email: jace.thompson@bnsf.com
Mail: TCS
PO Box 2457
Redmond, WA 98073

Registration form

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.

Brandon J. Unterbrink | BNSF Railway

Assistant Vice President, International Intermodal

Brandon Unterbrink was promoted to Assistant Vice President, International Intermodal, in March 2016, overseeing carrier relationships and international marketing.

Unterbrink joined BNSF in 1999 as a management trainee. He held various positions with increasing responsibility and, in 2004, was promoted to manager, Industrial Products Sales. Between 2008 and 2014, he served in several director- level roles in Consumer Products, including Product Planning and Development, Sales and Marketing. In 2014, he was promoted to general director, Agricultural Products, with responsibility for ethanol, sweeteners and fertilizer.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Texas at Arlington

Personal

Unterbrink lives in Keller, Texas, with his wife Emiley and their three children.

BNSF

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states, and also operates in three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve.

 

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:

  • April 9th – Brandon Unterbrink, BNSF
  • May 14th – Dr. Ali Modarres, University of Washington
  • June 11th – John Wolfe, Northwest Seaport Alliance
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.

I don’t think you’ll be driving the new electric Tesla Semi to the moon and back, but speculation is growing about the payload and savings on diesel fuel it is supposed to deliver.

” . . . a typical “day cab” configuration 18-wheeler with a diesel engine weighs roughly 32,000 pounds with a relatively lightweight box trailer attached and full fuel tanks. That leaves about 48,000 pounds of freight capacity for the truck. That’s important because, although the truck won’t be loaded to capacity every time, it will be expected to be capable of carrying up to about that weight. Most big rigs on the road are capable of hauling 44,000 or more pounds worth of freight, depending on configuration and trailer type.” – https://www.teslarati.com/how-much-tesla-semi-truck-battery-pack-weigh/

Generally, if the new electric Tesla Semi is anything like the standard electric vehicles there will be no need to replace oil, fan belts, air filters, timing belts, head gaskets, cylinder heads and spark plugs. Also, one of the big savings with electric cars is brakes. The motor itself acts as a brake. Savings are accrued by less maintenance, fewer components, and no fuel costs.

Fred Lambert, Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Electrek says, “Elon Musk is ‘optimistic’ about beating Tesla Semi specs that competitors already don’t believe possible.” He also says, “Tesla estimates a payback period of about 2 years thanks to gas and maintenance savings.”

Supposedly the Tesla Semi has eight charging ports. A half hour of charging provides enough power to motor on down the road about 400 miles. So, in the time it takes to order and consume a chicken fried steak at a roadside diner, the rig can be ready to roll.

Tesla is still running tests and improving most aspects of the vehicle. Tesla’s all-electric Semi was spotted early February 28th on the interstate highway heading toward Tesla’s Nevada factory. The rig was making less noise that an earlier model, but still had the expected whine of the four Model 3 electric motors that power the vehicle. Sounds like it’s ready to roll.

Article written by Don Doman