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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

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.

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


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.

Major General Bret D. Daugherty | Washington National Guard


11/13/17 UPDATE: 

  • The presentation from the meeting is now available here.
  • Warfighter Disaster Recovery Team Website: https://warfighterdrt.com/

Major General Bret D. Daugherty was appointed as the Adjutant General of Washington on July 28th, 2012. As the Adjutant General, he is commander of all Washington Army and Air National Guard forces and Director of the State’s Emergency Management and Enhanced 911 programs. General Daugherty also serves as Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor of Washington and as State Administrative Agent for all United States Department of Homeland Security grants awarded to Washington’s state, local, tribal and non-profit agencies and organizations.

General Daugherty attended Seattle University where he was awarded an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship. Upon graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate in June of 1980, he was commissioned as a Regular Army Second Lieutenant. He left active duty in 1989 and joined the Washington Army National Guard in 1990.

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

  • Legion of Merit
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters) Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster) Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters) National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass, “M” Device, and numeral 2) Army Service Ribbon
  • Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon
  • Washington National Guard Commendation Medal
  • Washington State Emergency Service Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters) National Guard Service Ribbon
  • Senior Army Aviator Badge
  • Parachutist Badge

See General Daugherty’s full bio for more information.

 

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:

  • December 11th – EFN Holiday Event
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.