CEO, Port of Seattle
Tay Yoshitani joined the Port of Seattle as its CEO in March 2007. He carries out policies set by the Port Commission and leads the port's operating divisions, including the eighth largest container port in the nation. During his tenure, the port has implemented successful air quality initiatives, invested in significant environmental remediation projects, and has instituted ambitious energy-saving and recycling programs.
Chairman & CEO, BNSF Railway
Matt Rose joined BNSF Railway in 1993 and was elected its chairman in March 2002. Before joining BNSF, Rose was vice president of Transportation for Triple Crown Services. Prior to that, he held various positions with Schneider National and International Utilities, a trucking conglomerate. He began his railroad career in 1981 as a corporate management trainee with Missouri Pacific Railroad. Rose also serves on the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
President & CEO, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Phil Bussey has more than 30 years of leadership experience in government affairs, community relations, and communications. Prior to joining the chamber in May 2009, he was the senior vice president of corporate affairs for Puget Sound Energy, Washington state's largest energy utility.
President & CEO, enterpriseSeattle
Jeff Marcell is the president and chief executive officer of enterpriseSeattle (formerly the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County). He is responsible for management relating to the organization's mission of business and job creation, retention, expansion, and recruitment in King County through its client-based economic development work. Jeff also serves as a board member of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and the Washington Economic Development Association.
Vice President, Boeing
Kent Fisher is the vice president of Supply Chain Strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Fisher is responsible for leading the development and integration of Supplier Management's strategy and plan with Boeing Commercial Airplane's overall strategy. Fisher has held a variety of posts in his more than 10 years with Boeing, through which he has progressively deepened his understanding of the airline industry.
Director Global Consolidation, Nike
Roger Sklar is director of North American Logistics and Trade for NIKE, Inc., the largest seller of athletic footwear and athletic apparel in the world. The companies of NIKE, Inc. (including NIKE, Converse, Cole-Haan, Hurley, and Umbro) generate over $20 billion in annual revenue. Roger has more than 25 years of international transportation and logistics experience in both North America and in Asia. He began his career in 1986 with APL, with postings in the United States and Asia. His shift to the shipper's side began in Atlanta with one of the U.S.'s largest exporters (Eastman Chemical) responsible for management of all international logistics services.
President, Kalama Export LLC
David Northrop is the president of Kalama Export LLC.
President, Washington Council on International Trade; Federal Policy Director, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Eric Schinfeld is president of the Washington Council on International Trade and the federal policy director at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He focuses on the organization's reach on public policies that impact the business climate and competitiveness. Schinfeld has previously worked on developing and implementing a regional economic strategy for the Puget Sound Regional Council.
President & CEO, Schneider National
Chris Lofgren is president and chief executive officer at Schneider National Inc., a premier provider of transportation and logistics services. He joined Schneider Logistics in 1994 as vice president of engineering and systems. Lofgren currently serves on the Executive Committee and the board of directors of the American Trucking Associations, Inc. and on the board of directors of the American Transportation Research Institute, an ATA research trust.
Managing Director, Seaport Division
Linda Styrk joined the Port of Seattle in 2005 and was named Seaport Division managing director in 2010. The Seaport Division encompasses the port's four container terminals, two cruise ship terminals, one-grain terminal, container support facilities, and commercial moorage. Styrk most recently led the Container Marketing Team, and also held positions as general manager of the Container Division and director of strategic and facilities planning for the Seaport.
Executive Vice President & CMO, BNSF Railway
John Lanigan has served as the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of BNSF Railway since January 2003. In this capacity, he is responsible for BNSF's sales, marketing, customer service, economic development, and business unit activities. Lanigan was previously the president and CEO at Logistics.com, president of the Transportation Sector at Schneider Nation, Inc., and a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard.