2014 Summit Awards

2014 Summit Award winners

We recognized our strong, supportive relationships with customers and stakeholders by honoring three with the third annual Summit Awards at our April 9 Annual Breakfast.

The partners we recognized for outstanding contributions to Port business and the Pierce County community include:

Livable Community: Transportation Club of Tacoma

The Transportation Club of Tacoma, founded in 1926, serves Tacoma and Pierce County charitable organizations, while educating and connecting the transportation industry. Since 1999, the Transportation Club of Tacoma has raised more than $1 million for the Emergency Food Network, which, according to EFN, generates an impact of $12 million in the past 15 years to help feed the hungry in our community.

The club also has distributed $145,000 in scholarships in the past 10 years. And the Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament last May raised $15,000 to be shared between Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Habitat for Humanity. Support for those two organizations has also included donations of toiletries and bandages for patients and their families, as well as volunteers at a Habitat for Humanity job site.

Environmental Stewardship: Friends of Julia’s Gulch

The Friends of Julia’s Gulch formed in 2007 to bring together Port neighbors to volunteer as stewards of about 40 acres of open space on a Northeast Tacoma bluff overlooking the Port. The purchase and stewardship of the site was a partnership among the Port, the City of Tacoma, Schnitzer Steel and Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy).

Volunteers gather monthly to remove invasive plants and replace them with native species that help filter stormwater and prevent erosion. The program has educated volunteers of all ages about the importance of habitat restoration, protecting biodiversity and the health of our waterways.

Business Magnet: PCC Logistics

PCC Logistics has provided warehousing, distribution and logistics services to Port customers since 1998. Since then the company has expanded from one Tacoma facility to four. The fourth location, leased at the end of 2013, added 102,400 square feet of warehouse and office space, as well as 3.9 acres of yard space.

PCC employed more than 50 people in 2013 and handled almost 6,500 containers through Port terminals.

2014 selection committee

Recipients were selected by a panel of community and business leaders led by Petrich. The panel included:

  • Tacoma Council member Robert Thoms
  • Port of Tacoma Endowed Chair Joel Baker, who leads research at the Center for Urban Waters
  • Debbie Fischer of the Customs Brokers & International Freight Forwarders Association of Washington State

About the Summit Awards

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.
    Business Magnet nomination form
  • 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.
    Environmental Stewardship nomination form
  • 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.
    Livable Community nomination form

Recipients will be chosen by a panel of community and business leaders, led by a Port commissioner. Winners are recognized at our Annual Breakfast in the spring and receive. 

2014 Annual Breakfast

Watch a video of the 2014 event to hear how unprecedented change in the international shipping industry is forcing ports and shippers to think and act differently. 

Summit Awards

2013 winners

2012 winners