Hurry! Reservations close Thursday for May 23 Port of Tacoma Annual Breakfast

Retail industry trends and an update on the Port’s 10-year strategic plan top the menu at the Port of Tacoma Annual Breakfast May 23.

The two-hour event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway in Tacoma.

Hear about the state of the economy, prospects for U.S. West Coast ports and how technology and consumer demand influence the retail supply chain. Speakers include Walter Kemmsies, chief economist at Moffatt and Nichol, and Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations at the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

CEO John Wolfe will also report on the progress tallied in the first year toward the measures of our strategic plan, and we will recognize Summit Award winners.

The Summit Awards recognize Port customers and tenants for outstanding contributions to Port business and our community in three categories of leadership:

  • 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.
    2013 nominees: Citadel Marine Center, Emerald Home Furnishings, Regal Logistics, SAFE Boats, Tripak and Washington United Terminals
  • 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.
    2013 nominees: Evergreen Line, Trident Seafood and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
  • 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.
    2013 nominees: APM Terminals, Targa Sound Terminal and the Transportation Club of Tacoma

Learn more about the awards at

Event details
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door (if seats are available). The price includes breakfast and parking in the convention center’s parking garage or lots A, B, D or E. View venue and parking information.

Seating is limited. Reserve your seat online by May 16. For questions about registration, or to reserve a table, contact Mariam Anderson at the World Trade Center Tacoma at 253-396-1022 or

About the Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state connected to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America. The Port is also a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks.