TCT’s April meeting is in coordination with the Transportation Club of Seattle and hosted by them at the Rainier Golf & Country Club.

  Speaker: Patrick Boss, Port of Quincy
  Topic: Washington Inland Port
  Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
  Time: 11:30 am Reception / 12:00 pm Lunch
  Location: Rainier Golf & Country Club
  Cost: $30 per person / $40 at the door

Register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eg69ta8xe778b6fd&llr=tszwbh7ab

Patrick Boss | Port of Quincy

Director of Business Development and Public Affairs

Located in the center of Washington State, the Port of Quincy is ranked as one of the top low-cost rural
locations in the United States for business and economic development with state-of-the-art industrial
infrastructure including abundant low-cost hydropower electricity, high-capacity bandwidth dark fiber,
an ample supply of natural gas, a key cross-country rail mainline (from Seattle to Chicago), a modern
intermodal terminal, a major interstate freeway (I-90), a new water treatment system, close proximity to
the Columbia River and plenty of water, a skilled workforce, an active foreign trade zone, nearby
commercial air service, and affordable industrial and commercial properties.

John Felitto | Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

John J. Felitto is Senior Vice President of WWL Vehicle Services Americas based in Parsippany, New Jersey since 2011.

For the past seven years, Mr. Felitto has been responsible for all aspects of VSA’s processing and logistics operations in the USA, Mexico and Canada. Today, VSA employs 5,500 people at 31 locations handling over 6 million vehicles annually.

Mr. Felitto joined Wallenius Wilhelmsen in 2001 and for the past eighteen years has held various key commercial and executive management roles in sales and logistics.

Mr. Felitto is a graduate of Pace University in New York, and has over twenty-seven years of experience in the logistics industry. His professional background includes management positions with Hapag-Lloyd, Crowley American Transport and Hamburg Sud.

He is also the Past President of the National Freight Transportation Association; an organization comprised of the top executives of the North American Transportation Industry.

John resides in New Jersey and is married with two children.

Further information about Wallenius Wilhemsen Logistics and their new auto processing facility in Tacoma.

Carla Martin Drive for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital

Our annual Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital drive is this month!  Items needed are non-latex bandages, movies, fine point markers, Play-Doh, card games and more to our luncheon event.  Please bring All items must be new non-toxic and free of sharp objects or pieces.  More information available here.  If you have any questions or need to have items shipped elsewhere or picked up, please contact Stephanie Ticknor at VicePresident1@tctacoma.org. Thank you ahead of time for your donations!

 

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 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.

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.