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.

Unfortunately, with all of the events in the area being cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 virus and the recent directive from Governor Inslee limiting gatherings, we are forced to cancel our Joint meeting with TCS on April 13th in Tacoma.  We are working together with TCS to possibly put on a virtual event on that day, but have not nailed down the plans and logistics to put that out.  Please stay tuned for more information.

Speaking of Covid-19, our Infrastructure Resiliency committee has put together some good information and resources regarding the virus.  Here is some  information for businesses:

Steve Hartmann | Lynden Transport

Steve Hartmann is Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Lynden Transport, Inc., the original operating unit of the Lynden Family of Companies.  Steve joined Lynden in 2011 and has worked within the trucking industry for over 40 years.  Prior to Lynden, Steve spent most of his time within the regional domestic LTL markets with Oak harbor Freight Lines and Mid-States Express.

Since joining Lynden, Steve’s expertise has included a working knowledge of the domestic off-shore markets, with a heavy focus on Alaska.  Steve and his wife Rochelle are the parents of six children and 13 grandchildren. Steve is a graduate of Brigham Young university, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics.

He is a past Chairman and serves as the Chairman Ex-Officio of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.  He is a past President and Chairman of the Pacific Inland Tariff Bureau located in Portland, Oregon.  He is a resident of Bonney Lake. 

Carla Martin / Mary Bridge Item Drive

Once again March will be our annual Item Drive, benefiting Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation! Biggest need for 2020 is: Play-doh and Play-doh Gadgets, Books and Matchbox / Hotwheels toys. Please see our Carla Martin / Mary Bridge Item Drive page for more information and ideas on what is in the greatest need!  

 

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.

Future luncheons:

  • April 13th: Foss Maritime

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:

  • 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.

Future luncheons:

  • March 9th: Darigold
  • April 13th: Foss Maritime

Brent Vander Pol | Washington Trucking Associations

Brent Vander Pol, currently serving a 2 year term as President of the Washington Trucking Associations, is President of Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc., a role he has held since 2015. Prior to that, he was VP of Operations for Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc. from 2002 to 2015. Brent has officially been with the Federal Way headquartered company since 1986.

Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc. is a family owned regional LTL carrier, started by Brent’s grandfather and 2 of his brothers in 1951. The company currently employs 500 people across 3 states.

Brent has been married to his wife Brenda for 40 years. Together they have two adult children, and four grandsons.

In his spare time, Brent enjoys time with his family on the water, and never misses an opportunity to golf.

 

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.

Future luncheons:

  • February 10th: NWSA
  • March 9th: Darigold
  • April 13th: Foss Maritime

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.

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.

Future luncheons:

  • December 9th: EFN

Meredith Neal | Manufacturing Industrial Council


From the meeting! 


Meredith Neal is the Director for the Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound, which was founded in summer 2018 as a strong voice for industry, advocating for and telling the stories of our manufacturing, industrial and maritime businesses. Under Meredith’s leadership, the MIC has strengthened and built ties between industry and leaders of the community, and increased awareness of these sector’s contributions to our economy. Industry has been facing increasing pressures from the lack of skilled workforce, infrastructure and congestion concerns, to pressures to rezone industrial lands into housing and green spaces.  Meredith has tackled sector-specific issues that have had substantial impact on the overall business community. A few of these include:

  • Predictability in Tacoma’s industrial port area during the Interim Regulations and Tideflats Subarea Planning process which threaten to restrict business growth
  • The accelerated completion of Highway 167 to connect Tacoma’s port with local highway infrastructure to keep trade moving
  • Local roads improvements and expansion of Interstate 5 to relieve extreme traffic congestion
  • Ensuring energy policies respect Washington’s infrastructure and market conditions, and foster reliable, sustainable and affordable fueling options

Meredith grew up in the Washington DC area, has a Bachelors in Urban Planning and a Masters in Organizational Leadership.  Previously she worked as a project manager for a general contractor specializing in residential remodeling, and as an environmental planner focused on transportation and transit projects. She is committed to investing in the Pierce County community where she and her family reside, and serves on many non-profit boards.

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
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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.

Thank you to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

Future luncheons:

  • November 11th: Michael Fowler, WTC Tacoma
  • December 9th: EFN