Economic Forecast Breakfast brings over 300 top inudustry leaders to PME

Thanks to an agenda that featured top industry leaders, the annual Maritime Industry Economic Forecast Breakfast atttracted a record crowd of over 300 people from all aspects of the business, labor, community and government sectors.


The breakfast provides a tremendous opportunity to address the opportunities and challenges facing the region’s maritime and fishing industries. It also serves to showcase the important contribution of the King County maritime and fishing industries to the region’s economy and quality of life.


This year's breakfast was held on November 20 during Pacific Marine Expo at the CenturyLink Field Events Center. The breakfast was presented by the Seattle Propeller Club, North Seattle Industrial Association, American Waterways Operators, NMTA Health Trust, Seattle Marine Business Coalition, Transportation Institute, Port of Seattle and King County maritime businesses.



  • Mikel Durham, Chief Executive Officer, American Seafoods (confirmed)
  • Grace Green, President, TOTE Maritime Alaska (confirmed)
  • Steve Metruck, Executive Director, Port of Seattle – (confirmed)
  • John Miller, BNSF’s Group Vice President – Industrial Products (confirmed)
  • Peter Schrappen, Vice President & Director of Government Affairs, Northwest Marine Trade Association, and President, Washington Maritime Federation (confirmed)
  • Johan Sperling, Vice President, Marine Services, Crowley Shipping (confirmed)

Program Participants:

  • Rich Berkowitz, Director, Pacific Coast Operations, Transportation Institute
  • Charlie Costanzo, Vice President – Pacific Region, The American Waterways Operators 
  • Jerry Fraser, Publisher, WorkBoat and National Fisherman magazines
  • Sarah Scherer, President, Seattle Propeller Club
  • Eugene Wasserman, President, North Seattle Industrial Association
2018 Complete Breakfast PowerPoint.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [42.3 MB]


Special thanks:

Diversified Communications

National Fisherman Magazine

Pacific Marine Expo


Supporting Organizations

North Seattle Industrial Association

Seattle Marine Business Coalition

Seattle Propeller Club

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