Friday, September 11, 2015

WPPA Accepting Annual Award Nominations

By Mark Edward Nero

The Washington Public Ports Association is accepting nominations for its annual awards, which salute individuals and ports whose efforts are seen as deserving special recognition.

The WPPA is accepting nominations in three categories: Port of the Year, the Life Member Award and the Outstanding Service to the Industry Award.

The Port of the Year Award is to recognize a member port that has demonstrated exceptional success in the industry. The recipient will receive an individual plaque, plus the port’s name will be added to a plaque in the WPPA office. The award will be presented during the WPPA’s annual business meeting, Nov. 20 at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle.

Regarding nominations for Honorary Life Members, nominees must have served as an officer or committee chairman or employee of the WPPA.

The intent of the “Outstanding Service to the Port Industry” award is to provide recognition to commissioners and staff, who upon retirement or departure have provided “a significant and meaningful contribution to the success of a public port district or the public port industry,” according to the WPPA.

Nominations may be made by any port to either nominate itself or another WPPA member. The Ports Association asks that nomination letters be limited to four pages at most, and that letters explicitly describe the reasons for the nomination.

Nominations must be received by the Association’s office by 3 pm Sept. 29 to be eligible. The mailing and street address is 1501 Capitol Way S., Suite 304 Olympia, WA 98501.

The Executive Committee will review all applications for each award and forward its recommendations to the Board of Trustees. For more information on the nomination and awards process, call the WPPA at (360) 943-0760.