FMSIB Board Members

board member Dan Gatchet
P.O. Box 94162
Seattle, WA 98124

Dan Gatchet was appointed chair of FMSIB in 2012, after retiring from the trucking industry. Dan began his transportation career working for two US flag ocean carriers; U.S. Lines and American President Lines. His trucking career started in Southern California as president of a large inter-modal trucking company. After moving back to his hometown of Seattle, he started West Coast Trucking in 1993, which he sold to a national trucking company in 2007. During his transportation career, Dan has been actively involved in many of the industry's trade associations. He was a founding member of the American Trucking Association Inter-modal Council and past chair of the California Trucking Association Inter-modal Council. Dan also is a past president of the Washington Trucking Associations. He graduated from the University of Washington and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.

board member Tom Trulove
Mayor, City of Cheney
609 2nd Street
Cheney, WA 99004
Phone: (509) 498-9200
Fax: (509) 498-9206

Tom Trulove is currently serving his fourth term as Mayor of the City of Cheney, having first been elected to that post in 1977 and reelected in 1981 and 1985. During that time he served on the Board of the Association of Washington Cities and as its President. In 1986 he was appointed as Washington representative to the Northwest Power Planning Council, serving until 1994, including two years as its Chair. In 1995 he resumed his duties as Professor of Economics at Eastern Washington University and has served as Department Chair since. Tom returned to city government and served as a Cheney City Council member from 2005-2009. He resumed his duties as Mayor in 2010.

Tom has an active record of public and private sector service. He currently serves on the Washington Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, AWC Employees Benefit Trust Board of Trustees, Associated Industries Board of Directors where he is Chair, Greater Spokane Incorporated Board of Trustees, Spokane Regional Health District Board, and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce. He also has served on many other bodies including Governor Gregoire's Connect Washington Task Force, as Chair of the Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board, and as Board Member and President of the Municipal Research and Services Center, as well as numerous other state, local, and academic boards and commissions.

board member Pat Hulcey
Councilmember City of Fife
5411 23rd Street E
Fife, WA 98424
Phone: (253) 922-2489

A lifelong Fife resident, Pat is in his second term on the Fife City Council. From day one, Pat has put an emphasis on transportation. As a Council member Pat participated in the Tacoma Tide flats Area Transportation Study (TATS), and serves Fife's elected representative to the Pierce County Regional Mobility Access Partnership (RAMP). His lifelong experience in Fife and exposure to the regional transportation planning efforts resulted in Pat's early advocacy and contributions to the City of Fife City Center Visioning and Transportation plans. In recognition of his commitment to and participation in regional transportation planning, Pat was appointed last year (2012) by Governor Gregoire to the Washington State Freight Advisory Committee. Prior to retirement, Pat was a long-time member of the Boilermakers Union with a working career in Ship Building and Steel Fabrication. Pat worked in both the ports of Tacoma and Seattle. his experiences provide him a unique perspective on the diversification and changes necessary how out transportation systems serve the ports and our communities, particularly as they relate to freight mobility at the local, state, and international level.

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board member Arthur Swannack
County Commissioner, Whitman County
400 North Main Street
Colfax, WA 99004
Phone: (509) 397-5240

Art Swannackwas elected to his second term as a Whitman County Commissioner in 2016. Art graduated from Washington State University with a BS degree in Wildlife Biology. He was born and raised in Whitman County where he farms small grains, hay and sheep with his wife Dr. Jill Swannack who is a mixed animal veterinarian. Prior to being elected county commissioner, Art served on a local ag co-op board, on the Lamont School board, as a Whitman Fire District #5 commissioner, then six years as president of the Washington State Sheep Producers and 4 years on the national board of the American Sheep Industry Association. As a Commissioner, Art currently serves on the Washington State Council on Aging, is chair of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington’s Board of Governors, chair of the Eastern Washington Council of Governments, secretary for Eastern Washington Partnership-Workforce Development council, secretary of Martin Hall juvenile facility consortium and serves as a board member for the Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee. Art's lifelong background with eastern Washington agriculture gives him excellent perspective on the importance of effective and efficient freight movement to the success of our economy.

Erik Hansen
Transportation Senior Budget Analyst Office of Financial Management
PO Box 43113
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone:(360) 902-0423
board member John Creighton
Commissioner Port of Seattle
2711 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206) 787-3509
Fax: (206) 787-3381

John Creighton has served on the Seattle Port Commission since 2006. He came to the Commission with broad experience as a lawyer who worked on complex international transactions in the port cities of Singapore, Helsinki, and Istanbul prior to returning home to Seattle. During his tenure, Commissioner Creighton has developed significant expertise in regional transportation and economic policy - he sits on the Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board on behalf of the Port and is chair of the SR509 Executive Committee. He has served on the board of Enterprise Seattle, the King County economic development organization, and is an advisory board member of Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau. Creighton earned a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. He went on to earn his J.D. from Columbia University and also has a Certificate in Administration from the University of Washington Business School.

board member Leonard Barnes
Deputy Executive Director Port of Grays Harbor
111 South Wooding St.
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone:(360) 833-9515
board member Johan Hellman
Executive Director State Government Affairs, PNW Region,
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone:(206) 625-6135
Fax: (206) 625-6125

For more than two decades, Johan Hellman has worked with public and private entities to advance policy issues in the Pacific Northwest. He has worked for various organizations ranging in size from small non-profits to large Fortune 25 corporations. His resume' includes service as Communications Director of the Washington State Senate, Legislative Affairs Director of Verizon Communications, and as Assistant Director of the Washington Public Ports Association. He currently serves as Executive Director of state government affairs for the BNSF Railway Co. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys hiking and sailing with his family.

board member Roger Millar
Secretary of Transportation WSDOT
PO Box 47315
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 705-7054
Fax: (360) 705-6800

Roger Millar was appointed the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation by Governor Jay Inslee in February of 2016. Millar oversees an agency of 6,800 employees, with responsibility for 18,600 lane miles of highway, 3,700 bridges, general aviation airports, passenger and freight rail programs, and the Washington State Ferry system, the nation's largest.

Millar is a second generation civil engineer with 38 years of experience in the transportation arena. During that time he has worked in construction, design, planning, research, policy development, and management and administration in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining WSDOT, Roger served for five years as vice president of Smart Growth America, a national not-for-profit organization, providing technical assistance to state DOTs in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont. He also served as Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Millar was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999. From 2000 to 2014 he served on the ASCE Committee for America's Infrastructure, which produces the nationally recognized Report Card for America's Infrastructure.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Millar is a registered engineer in Washington and five other states. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Certified Floodplain Administrator. Millar has served as President of the Oregon Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and of the Montana Association of Planners.

board member Bob Watters
SSA Marine
1131 Klickitat Way
Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 654-3575

Bob Watters Mr. Watters joined Carrix in 1991 as marketing manager. Prior to that, he was in Brand Management and National Sales for Clorox. He is a graduate of the University of Washington. He has over 35 years of experience in the area of business development, 25 of which are in the terminal business. In 1997, Mr. Watters relocated to Singapore to assume overall responsibility for the Company's operations and business development in Asia. During this time, Mr. Watters was responsible for general cargo operations and increasing overall terminal volume for general cargo operations in India, Indonesia and Viet Nam. He was also responsible for identifying and developing new terminal opportunities. In 2001, Mr. Watters returned to Carrix's corporate office to oversee the company's business development. During the last 15 years, he has been involved in privatization efforts and other greenfield terminal developments in the U.S., Mexico, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Colombia, Vietnam, Kenya and Tanzania. Mr. Watters has supervised on-going operations in Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Iraq along with marketing for these projects. In addition to his role as Director of Business Development, Mr. Watters is also responsible for the branding and public relations functions for Carrix and SSA Marine.

board member Matt Ewers
Vice President,
3808 N. Sullivan Road Bldg. 32
Phone: (509) 922-0944

Matt Ewers is a principal and Senior Vice President at IEDS Logistics in Spokane, WA where he has been employed in the family business since 2002. Matt began his career at UTC/Carrier Corporation as a design engineer for transport refrigeration equipment, i.e. nose mount trailer and container reefer units. After more than a decade, Matt went to work for Dole Food Company designing port facilities in Central America and eventually running port terminal operations at Puerto Castilla, Honduras. In 2002, Matt returned to his home town of Spokane to join his two brothers in operating the family business. IEDS Logistics is a third party logistics company offering warehousing, transportation and rail services with 3PL operations in Spokane and Pasco, WA. Matt has been actively involved in the chambers, community and industry trade associations. He is currently a board member of the Spokane Regional Transportation Council, Chair of the Transportation, Energy & Infrastructure committee at GSI, Board Chair for Mid- America Crop Life, board member of Spokane Area Good Roads Association, and board Treasurer for the Spokane Symphony Endowment. Matt graduated from WSU in Engineering and earned a MBA from Brenau University and a Masters in Finance from Gonzaga University.

board member Aaron Hunt
Director, Public Affairs Union Pacific Railroad
301 NE 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Phone:(503) 249-3079