Guest Speaker Steve Sewell May 2015
Our guest speaker on May 19th will be:
Steve Sewell, Governor’s Maritime Industry Sector Lead, State of Washington.
Steve will be giving us an overview of the maritime sector in the state, the state’s priorities (and the industry’s priorities from his perspective). He will also give us a little bit about the Washington Maritime Federation, and an update on relevant legislation in Olympia.
Steve Sewell is the maritime sector lead for the State of Washington. In this role, he is charged with working with industry stakeholders and government agencies to sustain, grow and improve jobs in the state’s maritime industries.
Steve draws on a career of over 25 years of experience in the transportation industry.
Prior to his current job, Steve was Senior Vice President and a founding executive of LoadStar—a subsidiary of Hutchison Port holdings, the world’s largest container port operator. In his position at LoadStar, he was responsible for business development, customer relations, marketing, government relations, contracts and administration. Prior to joining LoadStar, he served in a similar position as Senior Vice President for Savi Networks.
Prior to that, Steve was President of PB Ports and Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of the Parsons Brinckerhoff engineering firm. He was responsible for management and development of the company’s ports, marine and intermodal businesses globally.
Steve also held several executive management positions at the Port of Seattle, including Managing Director of the Seaport, where he was responsible for marketing, development and operations of all marine port facilities, including container terminals, cruise ship terminals, recreational and fishing marinas, warehouse and distribution facilities and commercial real estate.
Steve began his career as an attorney, serving as King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and then General Counsel for the Port of Seattle.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University, and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of public and charitable organizations.