Annual Breakfast and Summit Awards
2015 Summit Award winners
We recognized our strong, supportive relationships with customers and stakeholders by honoring three with the fourth annual Summit Awards at our March 25 Annual Breakfast.
The partners we honored for outstanding contributions to Port business and the Pierce County community include:
Livable Community: Tacoma Seafarers’ Center
The Tacoma Seafarers’ Center has been a Port of Tacoma tenant since 1978. The non-profit organization’s roster of 25 dedicated volunteers serve more than 10,000 seafarers on more than 700 ships each year. The center offers Internet connections, phones, refreshments, television, reading material, a chapel, a sundry store and local transportation to seafarers who arrive on cargo ships.
Each Christmas holiday, the center gathers gift boxes with hats, gloves, socks, toiletries, cookies and candy. Last year, the center distributed 1,700 gift boxes to 86 ships.
Environmental Stewardship: Harley Marine Services
Founded in 1987, Harley Marine Services has minimized its environmental impact through all aspects of its operations. Operating from its LEED Gold-certified headquarters, the Seattle-based tug and barge company focuses on using the newest and best engines, installing shore power when possible and instituting company-wide recycling initiatives.
Replacing 12 vessel engines reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 47 percent and particulate matter by 57 percent. The company also recycles its waste oil and bilge water, as well as plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and composting. Its 2011 “Go Paperless!” initiative reduced paper use by 37 percent.
Business Magnet: Regal Logistics
Regal Logistics has provided warehousing, distribution and logistics services to Port customers since 1984. Since then, the family-owned company has more than doubled the size of its Fife distribution center to 1.2 million square feet.
With continual investments in information technology, the company tracks goods in real time from when they land at the Port of Tacoma until they reach store shelves. Regal employed more than 125 full-time local workers in 2014, as well as another 100 to 300 seasonal staff.
2015 selection committee
Recipients were selected by a panel of community and business leaders led by a Port commissioner. The panel included:
- Port Commissioner Connie Bacon
- Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland
- Port of Tacoma Endowed Chair Joel Baker, who leads research at the Center for Urban Waters
- Vince Santiago, president of the Tacoma Transportation Club
About the Summit Awards
The Summit Awards recognize 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.
- 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.
Recipients are chosen by a panel of community and business leaders, led by a Port commissioner. Along with recognition at our Annual Breakfast, recipients receive:
- a Summit Awards plaque to mark the organization as a top performer
- listing on a plaque at the Port's administrative offices as a Summit Award winner
- inclusion in Port communications