Tom Pierson | Pierce County Chamber President & CEO

October 10th Update: Here is the link for the information about South Sound Summit that Tom spoke about yesterday:

http://www.tacomachamber.org/events/details/2017-south-sound-summit-7609

Transportation Club members can use the discount code “S3PARTNER” to save $50 on individual tickets however the more tickets a company buys, the greater the savings.


October 9th Update: The pledge form Tom Pierson discussed during his speech:

https://www.placeforjobs.com/take-action/


Utilizing his B.A. in political science from Washington State University, Tom Pierson has been President & CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber (TPCC) since June 2011. Under Pierson’s leadership, the Chamber has strengthened and built countywide ties with leaders of the community. His commitment is to ensure and increase awareness that the Chamber is the voice for business.

Since his arrival, Pierson has spearheaded positive changes that are having a tangible impact. Building a strong leadership team was his first priority in addition to constructing a team of experts that can support and engage members at an appropriate level.

To resource members, community & business leaders, and key decision makers that influence the health and wealth of the Tacoma-Pierce County business community, Pierson established valuable publications such as:

  • Tacoma City Councilmembers’ scorecard
  • Voter’s guide for business
  • Legislative agenda that achieved a 90% success rate for high priority items; enabled 80 additional jobs for the downtown core; and brought in more than $100M in local projects

Leading the charge, Pierson has tackled large-scale issues that have great impact on the local business community. A few of these include:

  • Paid leave ordinance
  • A phased-in minimum wage for Tacoma (opposing 15Now)
  • Local road and transportation packages that will result in 80,000 jobs
  • The completion of Highway 167 to connect Tacoma’s port with local highway infrastructure
  • The expansion of Interstate 5 near the JBLM military base to relive extreme traffic congestion
  • Resisting a national agenda to restrict business water usage in Tacoma’s industrial port area

2016, TPCC was one of four finalists for the ACCE Chamber of the Year Award. This accomplishment is a result of Pierson’s leadership and the Chamber’s commitment to be the voice for business; to increase job opportunities in the community; and taking a fierce stance on key business initiatives.

Pierson is an inspiration, spending his professional career investing in the Pierce County community where he and his family reside.

 

Registration & Event Information:
  • Emerald Queen Casino 5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 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 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:

  • November 13th
  • December 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.

Micheal J. Serio | Wells Fargo

Michael J. Serio is the regional chief investment officer for the Mountain Northwest region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. He leads a team of investment professionals who deliver comprehensive, custom, diversified portfolio management for clients of The Private Bank. In his role, Mr. Serio serves as the investment thought leader in the region by providing insight and interpretation of the economy and financial markets at client events and through written commentary.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2013, Mr. Serio co-founded Wolf Creek Energy Partners, which was formed to finance minority interests in the shale oil and gas business. Prior to Wolf Creek Energy Partners, he served as managing director for Citigroup Private Bank in Denver where he oversaw the investment process for five private bank offices serving the ultra affluent. He started his career as a portfolio manager for First National Bank of Chicago. He has also worked as a portfolio manager for Sanford Bernstein, JP Morgan, and Stein Roe & Farnham. Mr. Serio has more than 25 years of experience in financial services.

He was an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and DePaul University, and has guest lectured at Stetson University and the University of Colorado. In addition, Mr. Serio taught Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) review courses for Stalla/Becker-Convisor from 1994 to 2003.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Illinois at Champaign and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from DePaul University. Mr. Serio is a CFA® charterholder and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAJASM) designee. He previously served as a committee chair and board director for the CFA Society of Chicago and was on the board of the Colorado Council for Economic Education. He currently serves on the boardof directors for the HeartLight Center. Mr. Serio is based in Denver, Colorado.

 

Registration & Event Information:
  • Emerald Queen Casino 5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 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, 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:

  • October 9th
  • November 13th
  • December 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.

William A. Ryberg | Tacoma Community College

Bill Ryberg is the interim Co-President and Vice President for College Advancement at Tacoma Community College and also serves as the director of the Tacoma Community College Foundation. A native of the Puget Sound area , Bill joined TCC in 2011 with credentials in the non-profit arena where he has served as President and CEO, as well as a long-term history in the financial services industry.

Bill brings an extensive background in working with and managing multiple lines of business within a single organization. He brings external relations and business development experience as well an understanding of fiscal environments. Bill served as Vice President and Regional Manager of Key Bank for Northwest Washington State, where he oversaw more than 200 employees in over 20 branch offices, and served as a leader in such diverse efforts as sales management, human resource development, accredited national quality service initiatives, and segmented market management development.

As director of the TCC Foundation, Bill works with a committed board of directors who have increased fundraising and community awareness in support of TCC students.

Bill graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham and earned his Masters of Music degree in music from Indiana University.

 

Registration & Event Information:
  • 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

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 12th – TBD
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.

Rick Bingle | Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

As vice president of Supply Chain, Rick Bingle is responsible for REI’s Supply Chain Division comprising of Distribution, Logistics including Trade and Compliance, Sales and Customer Support, Vendor Operations, Network Strategy and Omni channel fulfillment.

Prior to becoming vice president of Supply Chain, Rick was REI’s director of Global Supply Chain, was senior manager of Global Supply Chain at Microsoft and spent 11 years at Office Depot in distribution-related management.

Rick serves as a board of advisors for the University of Washington’s Master’s Degree Program in Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics (SCTL). The Advisory Board members help review content, guide course design and provide updates to ensure the program remains current as the field involves.

REI is a $3 billion national multichannel retail co-op headquartered outside of Seattle. With more than 6 million active members, REI serves the needs of outdoor adventurers through innovative, quality products; inspiring classes and trips; and integrated customer service that allows shoppers to buy great gear and clothing in any way they want. REI has 143 stores in 35 states, as well as REI.com and REI.com/outlet. This year REI will invest $8 million in local communities to help care for outdoor spaces.

 

Registration & Event Information:
  • 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

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 12th – TBD
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.

Grant Goodale | Founder & CTO of Convoy

Grant Goodale is the co-founder and CTO of Convoy, the world’s most innovative trucking company.

Prior to starting Convoy, Grant has almost 20 years of experience in startups across products in both consumer and enterprise, at companies including FastForward Networks (acquired by Inktomi), Reactivity (acquired by Cisco), Context Optional (acquired by Adobe). He holds a Masters in CS from Cornell and a BA from USC.

Registration & Event Information:
NOTE: This meeting is in conjunction with the Transportation Club of Seattle and will be hosted by the TCS at the Rainier Golf & Country Club.
  • Topic: Technology Disruption in Transportation
  • Date: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
  • Time: 11:30am reception, Lunch 12:00pm – 1:15pm
  • Where: Rainier Golf and Country Club
  • Cost: $24 per person preregistered / $30 at the door

 

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:

  • May 8th – Rick Bingle, REI
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.

Derek Kilmer | United States Representative

Derek Kilmer serves as the United States Representative of Washington’s 6th Congressional District. With over a decade of experience working in economic development in the Puget Sound region, Derek is focused on getting our economy and our Congress back to work. Born and raised in Port Angeles, Derek saw firsthand how the region’s economy has struggled, and the impact that has had on families and communities. Derek put his education into practice right here in Washington, first as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he helped businesses, non-profits, and government agencies run more efficiently. He then served in the Washington state House from 2005 to 2007 and the state Senate from 2007 until his election to the US House in 2012.

While in Olympia, Derek was the principal writer of the state’s capital budget, and helped author a bipartisan infrastructure package that has been credited with creating 18,000 jobs.

Derek was recently reelected to a third term in in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 and chosen by his Democratic colleagues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, one of only four ‘exclusive’ committees in the House. Derek serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee.  Derek and his wife Jennifer live in Gig Harbor with their daughters Sophie and Tess and their Australian Shepherd Truman.

Also for our March meeting is the Carla Martin Drive for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, so be sure to bring your donations of non-toxic play-doh and latex free bandages!

Registration & Event Information:
  • 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

 

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 5th – Joint Meeting in Seattle
  • May 8th – Rick Bingle, REI
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.

Dan Price | CEO & Founder of Gravity Payments

Dan Price founded Gravity Payments in 2004 from his university dorm room at just 19 after witnessing the small businesses he admired were being taking advantage of by their credit card processors. In April 2015, Dan Price made headlines around the world for slashing his $1M salary to set a $70,000 minimum wage at his company. Overnight, he profoundly changed the lives of his team members, challenged perceptions about the purpose of business, drew the admiration of millions from around the world, and the ire of big business pundits from Wall Street to Rush Limbaugh.

Though largely known for this latest move, Dan Price’s life mission is to support the little guy or gal in their pursuit of their business dreams. Dan has built his own business on the simple, but noble, notion of helping independent businesses fight for the same advantages typically reserved for large companies in the credit card processing industry. Dan has fostered a truly transparent work environment at Gravity, full of engaged people passionately aligned in pursuit of their mission to make business about people and purpose, rather than profit.

Dan has been recognized for his leadership and entrepreneurialism by Inc and Entrepreneur magazine, and was awarded the National Entrepreneur of the Year by President Obama in 2010. For more info on Dan Price and Gravity Payments, visit: www.gravitypayments.com

Registration & Event Information:

  • 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

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:

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.
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.

January 9th: 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:

  • February 13th – Gravity Payments – Dan Price
  • March 13th
  • April 5th – Joint Meeting in Seattle
  • May 8th
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.