Connie Awards spotlight US West Coast industry innovation

Connie Awards spotlight US West Coast industry innovation

John Wolfe was recognized for uniting the ports of Seattle and Tacoma into the third-largest US container gateway.

LONG BEACH — John Wolfe, CEO of the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma, and Amy Grat, CEO of International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), were co-recipients of the annual West Coast Connie Awards presented Tuesday by the Containerization and Intermodal Institute.

Wolfe was recognized for his career achievements in ocean shipping and intermodal transportation, and more recently for his success in leading two fierce competitors, the Puget Sound ports of Seattle and Tacoma, in their decision to combine their planning, marketing, and development efforts in 2015 to form the third-largest container gateway in the United States.

Grat was recognized for leading ITEP’s efforts to assist the port, transportation, and logistics industries in Southern California in attracting promising high school students to work in the freight transportation industry. ITEP’s mission is to bridge the gap between the industry’s need for promising, young, ethnically diverse workers, and the challenges faced by local high schools in introducing students, especially those from economically disadvantaged areas, to career opportunities and solid middle-class jobs in international trade and transportation.

Wolfe noted that the ports that perform the best under the transformational changes taking place in the ocean shipping and intermodal transportation industries will be those that are most responsive. Shipping and terminal operator executives told the annual West Coast Connie Awards gathering that Wolfe led two culturally diverse ports in combining the talents of their staff members in a united effort to make the Northwest Seaport Alliance an efficient gateway for containerized and intermodal traffic.

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