Thursday, March 27, 2014

Port of Tacoma Schedules Annual Breakfast

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Tacoma has scheduled its annual breakfast for April 9. The two-hour event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway in Tacoma.

This year’s theme is “Charging into the competitive landscape,” and attendees will have a chance to hear how change in the international container industry is forcing ports and shippers to think and act differently.

Port CEO John Wolfe will discuss how the port is addressing the increasingly competitive environment, and keynote speaker Bill Mongelluzzo, a senior editor with the Journal of Commerce, is expected to examine the new paradigm emerging in the big-ship era and provide an outlook for US West Coast ports.

Also, the port will honor its annual Summit Award winners. The Summit Awards recognize port customers and tenants for outstanding contributions to port business and our community in three categories:
  • Business Magnet recognizes business development efforts or investments that led to an increase in business volume or new business opportunities for the port, and had a positive economic impact for Pierce County citizens.
  • Environmental Stewardship recognizes a project, program or initiative that promoted sustainability in Pierce County and honors biodiversity and the interconnected nature of industry, people, wildlife and natural systems.
  • Livable Community recognizes a project, program or initiative that made a positive contribution to Pierce County through social responsibility. Criteria include philanthropy and charitable giving, community service and employee volunteering, community engagement and outreach and employee development.

This year’s Summit Award nominees include Delong Company, Emerald Home Furnishings, International Paper, Friends of Julia's Gulch, PCC Logistics, Pierce County Terminal/Evergreen Line, Summit Realty Group, TPT US Limited and Transportation Club of Tacoma.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, if still available. The price includes breakfast and parking. Seats can be reserved online until April 2 at