Todd Pacific Shipyard’s CEO Steve Welch was awarded the Seattle Propeller Club’s 2010 Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award, at the annual Seattle maritime festival luncheon on May 11, 2010 aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines’ Spirit during its inaugural homeport at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 91.
The award, which was known as the Puget Sound Maritime Man of the Year award from 1951 through 1992, is presented annually to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership and brought great credit or economic benefit to the maritime interests of the region. In a difficult economy, Mr. Welch is noted for his inclusive, team-oriented management style, which has allowed Todd Shipyard to provide timely and quality workmanship, despite a backlog of business.
The award recognizes either a long and distinguished career or a specific achievement. Industry segments represented by past winners include steamship lines and agents, tug and barge operators, passenger vessel operators, ports, stevedores, shipyards, labor and government.
At the same luncheon Seattle Port Commission President Bill Bryant was awarded the 2010 Puget Sound Maritime Industry Public Official of the Year award. Commission President Bryant was recognized for his leadership in making the key role the port plays in Seattle’s regional economy known to elected officials and Puget Sound civic leadership.