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.

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.

Karen Turner Lee | Pioneer Human Services

As Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Human Services, Karen Lee leads one of the nation’s largest social-enterprise business organizations. Under Karen’s leadership, Pioneer successfully operates several businesses that generate revenue to meet customer needs and bottom line expectations that help fund its social mission.

Karen leads Pioneer’s unique business model and its 900 plus employees in over 60 locations throughout the state of Washington. Pioneer serves approximately 10,000 people annually through its job training, employment and other services to recover and rehabilitate their lives after experiences with criminal justice and substance use disorder.

Pioneer’s major business enterprise, known as Pioneer Industries, is an aerospace manufacturing company with over 100,000 square feet in two plants in greater Seattle. Pioneer makes over 1,000,000 parts annually and is known throughout the aerospace industry for superb quality, on time delivery and customer service.

Karen has an impressive career both in business and the public sector. She served for five years as the Commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department. She was an executive and had several leadership roles at Puget Sound Energy. Karen was also an associate attorney at K & L Gates in Seattle.

Karen is a native Washingtonian and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. She is Washington’s first female African American graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. There she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Russian Studies and a minor in engineering. She spent four years in the U.S. Army as a logistics officer stationed in Germany and Maryland.

Active in the community, Karen is a trustee at Western Washington University and a member of the Regence Blue Shield (Health Care) and U.S. Bank Washington Advisory Boards. She is also an appointed member of Washington’s Statewide Reentry Council. Karen has been named one of “Seattle’s Women of Influence” by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and more recently, received an “Executive Excellence” award from Seattle Business Magazine.

**Reminder – Also for our March meeting is the Carla Martin Drive for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, so be sure to bring your donations of infant/baby toys and latex free bandages!

 

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.

2/6/2018 UPDATE: As discussed at the meeting, the following information is now available:
      – Presentation from today’s luncheon
      – NWSA February 6th meeting agenda with more presentation material
      – NWSA February 6th meeting video


NWSA Clean Truck Program

Please join us on February 12th, 2018 for a discussion led by the Northwest Seaport Alliance about their Clean Truck Program.  From the NWSA’s website:

The Northwest Seaport Alliance harbors represent a small percentage of overall emissions in the region. However, we are committed to cleaner air in the Puget Sound region. The Clean Truck Program is one of the many initiatives the NWSA and ports of Seattle and Tacoma have undertaken to address the air quality and greenhouse gas impacts of our gateway. The NWSA is committed to ensuring we have a sufficient supply of trucks to service the cargo in the terminals.

In 2008, the ports of Tacoma, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., adopted the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, with a goal to have 100 percent of the drayage trucks serving container terminals with cleaner diesel technology – a 2007 engine with diesel particulate filter or equivalent. In 2010, we achieved the first goal in the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy that all trucks be at least a model year 1994 or newer. Since that goal was set, we have invested more than $15 million in matching grant funds to spur truck conversion and invest in gate infrastructure. More than 410 trucks were scrapped and replaced with new trucks through partnership with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and funding through DERA, CMAQ and Department of Ecology grants.

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2018, NON-COMPLIANT TRUCKS WILL BE DENIED ACCESS TO NWSA INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINALS (Pending Managing Member approval)
Until April 1: Trucks must be engine year 1994 or newer.
After April 1: Trucks must be engine year 2007 or newer.

More detailed information can be fount on the NWSA’s website.

Dustin Stoker | NWSA

Dustin Stoker leads alliance operations.  He oversees all port operations, from waterway management and road and rail functions to breakbulk and terminal operations. Stoker’s team is charged with establishing the NWSA’s Operations Service Center to provide best in class service delivery and customer care.

Stoker brings more than 19 years of experience in both domestic and international terminal management. He most recently served as director of operations at the Port of Tacoma since 2013.

Before joining the Port of Tacoma, Stoker served as director of Deltaport at Port Metro Vancouver, B.C., with Terminal Systems, Inc. He also has served as the chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Terminals, and in management positions with APM Terminals at the Port of Salalah, Netherlands, Los Angeles and Tacoma.

Stoker holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management from the University of Washington.

Jason Jordan | NWSA

Jason Jordan was named the Port of Tacoma’s environmental programs director in February of 2011. In July of 2014 he was also asked to lead the Port’s planning group resulting in a new title of Director of Environmental and Planning Services. Prior to the director’s position, he served as an environmental programs senior manager from July 2008 to February 2011. With the formation of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, Jason’s role spans both the Homeport of Tacoma and the Alliance.

Before joining the Port of Tacoma Jason served as an environmental program manager at the Port of Seattle for 2 years and as a land use planner for 2 years. Prior to the Port of Seattle, he worked at the City of Renton and the City of Bainbridge Island, where he focused on current planning, project development, SEPA review, and shoreline development projects.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western Washington University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Washington State University.

Nick Demerice | NWSA

Nick Demerice heads the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s public affairs team. He came to the alliance with more than 10 years of experience in government affairs, most recently as assistant director for external relations at the Washington State Department of Commerce.

In his position, Mr. Demerice oversees the communications and government affairs departments, which handle internal and external communications, local, state and federal government relations and community relations.

Mr. Demerice holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington.

 

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
11:45 am  Lunch served

Cost  $25 prepaid, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
** Additional $10 for walk-in members 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:

  • March 12th
  • April 9th
  • May 14th
  • June 11th
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.

Jason Berry | Alaska Air Group

Jason Berry provides executive oversight of Alaska Air Cargo, within Alaska Air Group.

Jason and his team are responsible for managing the day-to-day air cargo business, leading a diverse workforce comprised of Sales, Marketing, Operations and Revenue Management departments.

In his role, Jason engages with Federal and State staff officials regarding policy impacting the cargo business, representing Alaska at trade and industry events.

Prior to his current role, Jason previously served as Director, Cargo Operations & Compliance for Alaska Air Group, with responsibility for all aspects of cargo operations within Alaska Air Group and its subsidiaries.

With over 20 years experience in the aviation industry, Jason possesses a strong commercial and operational background, with an emphasis on managing air transportation sales, marketing and operational teams.

A native of Washington state and graduate of Central Washington University, Jason currently resides in University Place, Washington with his wife and three daughters.

Jason is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at the University of
Washington’s Foster School of Business.

 

Registration & Event Information:

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:

  • February 12th
  • March 12th
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.