Our Team

Our Team

Meet the Saltchuk Team

Our most valuable asset is the team of approximately 5,500 extraordinary people who work across the Saltchuk family of companies, including the Saltchuk Board and corporate home team pictured here.


Board of Directors

  • Daniel S. Fulton, Ret. CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company

    Lead Independent Director, Chairman Saltchuk Compensation Committee

    Dan served as CEO and director of Weyerhaeuser Company from 2008 through 2013, when he retired after nearly 38 years with the company.  Prior to becoming Weyerhaeuser’s CEO, he served in a number of finance and real estate related positions, including president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, and president of Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors.

    During his Weyerhaeuser career, Dan served on numerous boards related to the forest products and homebuilding industries. He is an executive fellow and past chair of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, a member and past-chair of the Washington Roundtable, past-chair of the United Way of King County, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

    Dan holds a BA in Economics from Miami University (Ohio), an MBA in finance from the University of Washington, and he completed the Stanford University Executive Program. From 1970 to 1974 he served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps.

  • Denise Tabbutt, Saltchuk Principal Shareholder

    Member of Saltchuk Governance Committee

    Denise serves in a variety of capacities with her family businesses as well as served on education and youth-focused non-profit boards. She has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of SeaBear from 1996 to present. She served on the Board of Trustees at Westside School 2001-2013, and has served on the board at Seattle Preparatory School since 2011 where she is currently the chair elect; she also serves on the Board of YouthCare. Denise served on the Whitman Board of Overseers from 2011-2015; and in 2015 was named to the Board of Trustees for Whitman College. Denise received a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology / French from Whitman College in 1987; and completed Finance for Senior Executives, Executive Education Program, Harvard Business School, in 2002.

  • Eugene Voiland, Ret. Pres & CEO of Aera Energy LLC

    Member of Saltchuk Compensation Committee

    Gene is the Chairman of Valley Republic Bank in Bakersfield, California and a petroleum industry consultant who works both in the U.S. and internationally. He has over 40 years of experience in most aspects of the petroleum business. Gene is very active in nonprofit and business organizations in California. He earned a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University.

  • Mark Tabbutt, Chairman of Saltchuk

    Member of Saltchuk Governance Committee

    Mark began working at Saltchuk in 1995.  He served as General Manager of Alaska for Totem Ocean Trailer Express from 1996 -1999; President of Saltchuk from 1999 – 2007; and was elected Chairman in 2007. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Whitman College, a Juris Doctor degree from University of Puget Sound / Seattle University, and completed the Owner-President Managed Program, unit #32, of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.  Mark serves on the Board of Washington Federal, and is an inactive member of the Washington State Bar Association.

  • Nicole Engle, Saltchuk Principal Shareholder

    Member of Saltchuk Governance Committee

    Nicole serves in a variety of capacities with her family businesses as well as volunteering for a number of non-profit organizations. Nicole attended Marymount College and completed Families in Business From Generation to Generation, Executive Education Program, Harvard Business School, in 1999; and Finance for Senior Executives, Executive Education Program, Harvard Business School, in 2002. Prior to focusing her time and energy on her family and family business, Nicole owned and operated Boehm’s on Ravenna, a boutique chocolates and espresso shop in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle.

  • Nicole Piasecki, Retired VP of Propulsion, Boeing

  • Paul Goldberg, Founder & CEO, Pure Audio

    Member of Saltchuk Governance Committee

    Goldberg is the founder and CEO of Pure Audio, Inc., a leading broadcast audio production facility in Seattle since 1996. For the past 13 years Paul has served on the board of directors for the Evergreen State College Foundation. He has served on the board of directors for TVW.org since 2006. Paul graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree; he later went on to complete the Executive Education Program at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Goldberg joined the Saltchuk board of directors in February 2015.

     

  • Stein Kruse, CEO, Holland America Group

    Chairman of Saltchuk Audit & Risk Management Committee

    Stein Kruse is Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group, a division of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia. Holland America Group operates 39 cruise ships, with more than 36,000 employees worldwide delivering 25 million passenger cruise days annually. Kruse currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; World Trade Center Seattle; Saltchuk Resources, Inc.; and the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. A native of Oslo, Norway, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

  • Susan Mullaney, President, Kaiser Permanente Washington

    Mullaney is the President of Kaiser Permanente Washington, a nonprofit health plan, providing high-quality affordable health care to more than 681,000 members in Northwest, Central and Eastern Washington, Coastal and Olympic regions, and Puget Sound. She served on the board of directors at the American Heart Association and the Oregon Hospital Association, where she served as chairman of the board in her final year. Mullaney received a master’s degree in Health Care Policy and Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and represents Kaiser Permanente at the International Federation of Health Plans’ Executive Development Programme, which includes a respected cohort of global health care leaders. Saltchuk welcomed Mullaney to the board in January 2018.

  • Timothy Engle, Board Member

    Tim is a member of Vistage International and currently serves on the Board of The Commerce Bank of Washington, the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, Washington STEM and the Board of Pacific Wealth Advisors.

    Tim holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Seattle University, an M.B.A. from University of Washington and completed the Owner/President Management Program of Executive Education at Harvard Business School.

    Tim served as President of Saltchuk from 2007-2019, prior to that he served as Director of Foss Maritime Company in Seattle and held positions in the San Francisco office of Foss. He also worked for Totem Ocean Trailer Express for three years.



Corporate Home

  • Andy Aley, Associate General Counsel

    Andy Aley joined Saltchuk in October 2017 as Associate General Counsel. Andy came to Saltchuk after spending eight years practicing at Seattle-based law firm Garvey Schubert Barer, where his practice focused on advising both established and emerging companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, entity structuring, commercial contracts and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Garvey Schubert Barer, Andy was a law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, where he assisted in the disposition of both federal appellate and district court matters.

    Andy has been named by peers as one of Washington’s “Rising Stars” in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2017.  Andy attended Western Washington University, graduating cum laude in 2004, and earned his JD from University of Washington School of Law in 2008, where he graduated with honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at University of Washington, Andy served as a managing editor of the Washington Law Review.

    Andy lives in Kenmore with his wife and three children. In his spare time, Andy enjoys hunting for interesting craft beer and vintage stereo equipment.

  • Angie Mogensen, Receptionist/Office Assistant

  • Anna Bartels, Staff Accountant

  • Anne Preston, SVP, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer

    Anne Preston joined Saltchuk in January 2017 from Seattle-based law firm Garvey Schubert Barer where she was a member of the Executive Committee of for all but two years since 2001 and the Chair of the Firm since 2010. She chaired Garvey Schubert Barer’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, in 1999-2000, 2004-2006, and 2008. In 1995-96, she served as president of the Northwest Women’s Law Center’s Board of Directors.

    Anne brings a wealth of experience in a full spectrum of labor and employment matters including litigation and business related labor and employment issues.  She also has extensive alternative dispute resolution experience, including co-designing a successful and innovative alternative dispute resolution process called WIN2 while at GSB.

    Anne’s peers have named her to The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Labor and Employment, 2009-2015; as a “Super Lawyer” in Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 2000-2016; and one of the Top 50 Women Washington “Super Lawyers,” 2007-2010.

    Anne attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, graduating magna cum laude in 1984. She earned her JD from University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, in 1989 and was Order of the Coif. While attending Berkeley, Anne acted as articles editor at the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal.

  • Brennan Melton, Manager, Internal Audit

    Brennan joined the Saltchuk team in 2017. He earned his B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance from Seattle University and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Prior to joining Saltchuk, Brennan was an internal auditor at Kaiser Permanente, formerly Group Health Cooperative for 5 years.

    Brennan is a Seattle area native and currently lives in Woodinville. In his spare time Brennan enjoys spending time with friends and family, backpacking, fishing, and working on cars.

     

  • Brian Gordon, Director, Treasury & FP&A

    Brian started at Saltchuk in August of 2016 as Director of Treasury and FP&A. Prior to joining, he spent over 12 years in various accounting and finance roles at Savers, one of the largest operators of thrift stores in the world. It was at Savers that Brian gained experience working with senior executives across strategic planning and budgeting as well as experience leading the treasury and FP&A functions.

    Brian grew up locally in the Pacific Northwest and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.

    Brian enjoys playing soccer, golf, and spending time with his wife and two kids.

  • Camilo Benitez, Staff Accountant

  • Carolyn Fletcher, Senior Tax Analyst

  • Christi Harris, VP, Information Technology

    Joining Saltchuk in May 2016, Christi is responsible for IT strategy and implementation of shared initiatives across our family of companies.

    After graduating with a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from University of Arizona, Christi spent the first decade of her career at Accenture as an Associate Partner before joining Weyerhaeuser where she was the Director, SAP CoE for nearly 10 years. Just prior to joining Saltchuk, Christi was the VP, Enterprise Platforms for Outerwall in Bellevue.

    Christi’s love of technology is easily matched by her love of classic cars. In her spare time you can find her polishing cars for a car show, hanging out with family and attempting to play golf.

  • Christina Anderson, Senior Financial Analyst

  • Christopher Coakley, V.P. of Government Affairs

    Chris Coakley is based in Washington, DC.  He represents Saltchuk’s interests at the federal level and coordinates the companies’ public policy and political activities nationwide.

    Chris previously spent four years as vice president of legislative affairs for the American Waterways Operators, an industry association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat, and barge industry.  For three years he served as vice president for AWO’s Atlantic Region.  Prior to joining AWO, Chris was a government affairs associate at the law firm of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds.  For three years immediately following college, he worked in the office of Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) in the House of Representatives.

    Chris received his Master’s Degree in transportation policy, operations and logistics from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. A graduate of Colby College, he also studied at the London School of Economics and was an intern in the British Parliament.  Following college graduation, he participated in the “Business Bridge” program in accounting, finance and marketing at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School.

    Chris makes his home in Washington, D.C., with his wife Elizabeth and his two sons Beck and Gus.

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  • Colleen Rosas, Senior Vice President Human Resources

    Colleen joined Saltchuk in 2014 from subsidiary Foss Maritime where she served as the Vice President of Human Resources.

    Colleen’s professional background includes 20+ years of HR leadership in a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, architecture, and healthcare. Colleen joined the Saltchuk family of companies after spending four years with Swedish Health Services, where she provided strategic HR leadership for one of the largest physician groups in the U.S. Prior to joining Swedish, Colleen was the Director of Human Resources for a large architectural firm, with offices throughout the United States and China. She has had the distinction of earning “Best Company to Work For” designations in many of her prior roles.

    Colleen received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Western Washington University, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

    In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, boating, and traveling.

  • Dana Johnston, IT Services Sr. Program Manager

    Dana started with Saltchuk in 2017 and supports the Saltchuk IT Strategy initiatives as well as the home office Cybersecurity Awareness program. Dana has 10 years of experience managing the release and delivery of complex software projects and holds a B.S. in Management, emphasis in Information Systems, from Clemson University.

    Dana and her husband have been in Seattle for 5 years and enjoy Pacific Northwest living, but she still loves Pittsburgh sports and the Clemson Tigers.

  • David Karp, Managing Director, Alaska

  • Dwight Rousch, Tax Manager

    With an entire career in transportation, Dwight has prior experience with Alaska Air, PACCAR/Kenworth Trucks, and Foss Maritime resolving state tax problems for complex logistics companies with a focus on state & excise taxes, and fuel tax. He lives in Burien and is pretty fanatic about woodworking, camping, and has traveled around Europe, SE Asia, and Central America in recent years. He also enjoys the ever-changing view across Elliot Bay from our new building.

  • Emily Reiter, Director, Communications & Marketing

    As the Director of Communications and Marketing for Saltchuk, Emily helps share the story of the Saltchuk family of companies.

    She was previously the Director of Marketing and Communications at TOTE, and Director of Communications and Philanthropy at TOTE Maritime Alaska.

    Prior to Saltchuk, Emily was the General Manager of Business Examiner where she also cohosted a monthly business television show, South Sound Business Report. Emily holds a B.A. in Communications from Washington State University.

    Emily is responsible for People of Saltchuk online magazine as well as Saltchuk’s Regional Corporate Giving Programs.

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  • Erik Steele, Risk Management Analyst

    Erik Steele joined Saltchuk in late 2018 as a Risk Management Analyst.

    Erik received his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Washington in Business Finance. He then completed his Masters in Business Administration and Leadership from UW-Bothell while working for the Seattle Department of Transportation.

    During his Master’s program, Erik took two Spring-Break Global Tours and traveled to Bejing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong to study manufacturing, six sigma and retail management; Paris and Toulouse to study innovation & technological implementations.  In his spare time, Erik has volunteered with the Seattle Police Department as a Victim’s Advocate.

  • Erin Kittleman, Senior Director, HR

    Erin joined Saltchuk in May 2019, supporting Colleen Rosas, VPHR, and the staff at the corporate office. Before that, she worked at Esterline, a global aerospace manufacturer, for 20 years in a variety of HR leadership roles at operating company and business division levels.  Before Esterline, Kittleman worked as a leadership trainer for Boeing’s Training and Organizational Development Group. Erin is an avid skier and triathlete, and enjoys spending vacations in Hawaii or Sun Valley.

  • Grace Ward, Senior Internal Auditor

    Grace joined the Saltchuk Internal Audit team in March 2019. She graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with degrees in Accounting and International Business. Grace is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining Saltchuk, Grace spent 3 years on the Internal Audit team at Sherwin-Williams in Cleveland, Ohio.

    In her spare time, Grace enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring different areas of Seattle.

  • Jane Moody, Director, Tax

    Jane began working with Saltchuk in 2011 as the Income Tax Manager. She is involved in the Federal and State tax compliance for all of the Saltchuk entities, as well as income tax planning.

    Prior to joining Saltchuk, Jane worked at Moss Adams for 7 years. At Moss Adams she specialized in large flow-through entities, and construction and real estate clients. Jane holds a B.A. in Business Administration/Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Washington. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Washington.

    Jane lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter and son. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and exploring the outdoors.

  • Jerome Kim, Director, Finance

  • Jonny Locher, Financial Analyst

    Jonny Locher joined Saltchuk in January 2019 as a Financial Analyst supporting the organization’s capital planning and allocation program.

    Previously, Jonny worked as an Analyst at Cascadia Capital supporting the firm’s Food & Agribusiness practice. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Economics, and also lettered as an outfielder all four years on the varsity baseball team. Jonny attended Highline High School, where he currently volunteers as an assistant baseball coach. Jonny also serves on the executive committee of Minds Matter Seattle.

  • Kathie Spratling, Administrative/Facilites Assistant

    Kathie joined Saltchuk in 2013. She provides general administrative and facilities management support our corporate home.

  • Katie Yeazel, Senior Tax Analyst

  • Keith Tyler, Senior Financial Analyst

  • Kerri Bates, Senior Coordinator

    Joining in June of 2016, Kerri supports the Chairman, President and shareholders of Saltchuk.  Prior to joining the Saltchuk team, she worked in the Corporate Affairs Department at Nordstrom.  She and her husband relocated from Texas where she worked in the Legal Department at Michaels for 15 years.  Kerri enjoys the outdoors and is having fun exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

  • Krista Williams, Director of Ops & CI

  • Lily Chen, Sr. Tax Analyst

    Lily joined Saltchuk in 2019 as a Senior Tax Analyst supporting the income tax compliance for all of the Saltchuk entities. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned her Master degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining Saltchuk, Lily worked in KPMG’s Business Tax Services group for 3 years. Outside of work, Lily enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

  • Lisa McQueen, Senior Director of Risk Management

    Lisa is responsible for overseeing the overall risk management strategy for Saltchuk and its business units. She works with business unit risk managers to implement and support enterprise risk management programs. Although Lisa just recently joined Saltchuk, she has worked with Saltchuk in a broker-client capacity since late 2008. Lisa’s risk management experience has been focused in the insurance brokerage arena, with over 14 years of experience at Aon Risk Services. Lisa’s responsibilities were oriented towards multi-national, complex risk management clients of various industry sectors, including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, marine and aerospace. Lisa has a B.A., School of Marketing and Communications from California State University of Northridge and has completed the Property & Casualty Insurance Certification Program from Pepperdine University.

  • Mark Tabbutt, Chairman

    Mark began working at Saltchuk in 1995.  He served as General Manager of Alaska for Totem Ocean Trailer Express from 1996 -1999; President of Saltchuk from 1999 – 2007; and was elected Chairman in 2007. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Whitman College, a Juris Doctor degree from University of Puget Sound / Seattle University, and completed the Owner-President Managed Program, unit #32, of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.  Mark serves on the Board of Washington Federal, and is an inactive member of the Washington State Bar Association.

  • Megan Henshaw, Insurance Manager

    Megan joined Saltchuk in July of 2016 as the Insurance Manager.  Prior to joining Saltchuk, she had a 23 year career as an insurance professional, including most recently as Account Executive/Client Service Manager with Saltchuk’s aviation insurance broking team.  Megan has extensive experience in Property and Casualty insurance, and began her insurance career with a marine insurance brokerage firm.

    Megan has a B.A. Degree in both Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Studies, both from the University of Washington.  She has obtained the insurance designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP) and is currently working on the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation.

    Megan, her husband, and two young boys love living in the Pacific Northwest and take advantage of the natural beauty by spending time in the winter at their cabin in Cle Elum, and during the summer at a family cabin on Bainbridge Island beachcombing and fishing.

  • Meghan Dudek, Sr. Internal Auditor

  • Melissa Martinez, Payroll Manager

  • Michael Leichner, Sr. Director, Tax

  • Michelle Brown, Vice President of Tax

    Michelle joined Saltchuk in January 2016 to lead the company’s tax teams in Seattle, Washington and West Palm Beach, Florida. Michelle has more than 30 years in both private and public accounting, spending the last 23 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Seattle. She left PWC as a Partner in their Tax Department where she focused on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings as well as state, federal and international tax planning and compliance. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Washington and is a CPA.

  • Michiel Versteeg, Vice President, Safety

    Born and raised in the Netherlands, Michiel obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Nautical and Engineering Studies in 1995. He has an active Chief Mate’s unlimited tonnage license and a third engineer’s diploma. Michiel previously worked with Holland America for about 25 years. After his seagoing career, he was promoted to Deputy Director Compliance Programs, and became responsible for Holland America Line’s Internal Safety Management System, Internal Audit, Investigative, Regulatory Compliance, Public Health, Fleet Training and several other safety-related programs. He also acted as the HAL and Seabourn Designated Person for a period of 5 years.

    As of December 2014, Michiel took on the role of Senior Director, Safety Operations for the Holland America Group which included Holland America, Princess, Seabourn, and Carnival Australia.  In this role he oversaw the fleet safety / lifesaving operations programs, shipboard emergency response program, regulatory compliance including Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 compliance.

    On February 11, 2019, Michiel joined Saltchuk as Vice President, Safety.

    Michiel is a graduate from the University of Washington’s Business School’s Executive Development Program.

  • Nick Boucher, Manager, Finance and Accounting

    Nick Boucher joined Saltchuk in 2016 as Senior Accountant and was promoted to Manager, Finance and Accounting in May 2018.

    Nick joined Saltchuk’s accounting team after four years in public accounting at CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA). While at CLA, he primarily worked in the manufacturing and distribution sector, conducting audits and reviews. He also worked with CLA’s transaction advisory team, which lead the due diligence for buy-side and sell-side acquisitions.

    When he’s not working, he enjoys hiking and traveling, or better yet, a combination of both.

  • Nicole Powers, Asst. Manager

    Internal Audit 

    Nicole joined the Saltchuk team in 2014 from subsidiary, Tropical Shipping where she served as the Internal Audit Assistant Manager.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The State University of New York at Utica/Rome, and has over 15 years of experience in the audit field, including 6 years in public accounting.  Nicole is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

    Nicole is currently a member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches where she is dedicated to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving her community.  She recently served 5 consecutive years on the Palm Beach County Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors in various leadership roles, as well as 5 years as a member of The Palm Beach Toastmasters Club.

    Nicole lives with her husband, Ken and dogs, Rosie and Rocco in West Palm Beach, Florida.  In her free time she loves photography and traveling.

  • Patrick Guilfoy, Assistant Treasurer

  • Paul Morrison, Director

    Internal Audit

    Paul joined Saltchuk in 2014 having been with Tropical Shipping since 2006. He is a CPA with over 20 years experience – a graduate of SUNY Buffalo, he worked as a controller and internal auditor prior to joining Tropical.

    Paul enjoys golfing, snorkeling, Broadway shows and creative writing.

  • Paul Stevens, SVP and Managing Director

    Paul Stevens has been in the maritime business for more than 40 years.  In January 2017 he retired as President and CEO of Foss Maritime and moved to Saltchuk as SVP and Managing Director.

    Prior to joining Foss, Paul held various Marketing/Sales and Operations positions with Matson Navigation Company, rising to the position of Executive Vice President.

    Paul has a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management.  He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Paul currently is an Advisory Board Member for California Maritime Academy based out of Vallejo, California.

  • Peter Lorring, Tax Manager

    Peter Lorring joined Saltchuk as Tax Manager in March of 2017. He covers Federal, State & International income tax matters for all of the Saltchuk entities.

    Peter started his career in public accounting, spending five years with PwC in their audit and tax practices. He then spent three years with the Tax team at Rubicon Project, an internet advertising company in Los Angeles.

    Peter grew up in Kodiak, Alaska before moving to Nevada. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting from University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he was also captain of the Men’s swim team. He holds a CPA license in Washington.

    In his free time, Peter enjoys playing sports and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his fiancé.

  • Regina Ahern, Lead Receptionist

  • Rick Murrell, SVP, Managing Director

    Rick started his career with Tropical Shipping in 1969 as an owner’s rep, the position leading to stints as general manager, traffic manager, head of sales and commercial activity and ultimately, starting in 1987, President, CEO and Chairman of Tropical Shipping.

    After 31 years at the helm of Tropical, Rick retired in December 2017, immediately stepping into a new Caribbean-focused role as SVP, Managing Director with Tropical’s parent company, Saltchuk. He remains Chairman of Tropical Shipping.

    Under Rick’s leadership, Tropical grew to become the leading ocean carrier and logistics provider for U.S. and Canadian manufactured exports to the Bahamas and Caribbean. In his current role Rick represents not only Tropical, but Saltchuk’s portfolio of domestic and international shipping, logistics, air cargo, energy distribution and marine services companies as they seek to better serve the Caribbean market.

    Since Hurricane Hugo in 1989 Rick’s focus for corporate social responsibility has been building improved resiliency and recovery processes for the communities served by his organization. His work in this area has been recognized with “Golden Star of the Caribbean Award” by Caribbean Central American Action, the “Caribbean Hotel Association Award”, and the Florida Governors 2011 Corporate Award.

    Rick also serves as Chairman of Caribbean Central American Action, a Washington, DC based 501C3, focused on Caribbean Basin economic development, and on the Executive Board of Associated Industries of Florida, headquartered in Tallahassee Florida.

  • Rose Laughlin, Office Manager

    Rose joined the Saltchuk team in 2017. She earned her BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and has held various office administrative positions in banking, high tech and insurance.

    Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, reading and getting out in nature.

  • Scott Mitchell, Senior Director

    Internal Audit Services

    Scott Mitchell came from Greenbrier Companies, Portland, Oregon, where he was their Director of Internal Audit.

    Scott has a deep background in information technology and control systems honed by over 30 years’ experience with telecom, manufacturing and public accounting; his past employers include US West, Hollywood Entertainment, Cascade Corporation and Moss Adams LLP.

    Scott is a Seattle native and holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from Seattle University; he is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

  • Shannon McCormick Girlando, V.P., Controller

    Shannon started with Saltchuk in late 2012, after working in various finance and accounting roles at Vulcan, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Quaker Oats and Arthur Andersen. Shannon graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Accountancy and is a CPA.

  • Steven Giese, Sr. V.P., CFO

    Steven Giese, Saltchuk’s Senior V.P. and CFO, joined the Company in the fall of 2000. He is responsible for company-wide accounting, financial reporting, treasury management, income tax reporting, and risk management in addition to working closely with Saltchuk’s Chairman and President on acquisitions and capital expenditure allocation and approval.

    Prior to joining Saltchuk, Steve was a division controller for PACCAR Inc. in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to joining PACCAR in 1999, Steve was a Plant Manager for the Stroh Brewery Company, where he ran breweries in both Minnesota and Washington State, including the Rainier Brewery in Seattle. Steve also served as the operations controller for Stroh prior to becoming a Plant Manager.

    Steve joined the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen in December of 1981 after he graduated from the University of Michigan. Steve remained with Arthur Andersen for over 10 years where he worked in the accounting and audit, litigation consulting and business advisory service practices as a senior manager prior to leaving for Stroh in 1991.

    Steve is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and was a participant in the CFO Forum at the University of Washington School of Business.

  • Sue Dolingo, Tax Manager

  • Teresa Hsu, Senior Accountant

    Teresa joined Saltchuk in November 2018 as a senior accountant. Originally from Taiwan and Texas, Teresa moved to the Seattle area with her husband and son for career development. She has a CPA license and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Prior to joining Saltchuk, she was an external auditor for approximately 7 years. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Todd Cooley, Senior Paralegal

    Coming onboard in May 2019, Todd is a seasoned paralegal with more than 20 years’ experience. Prior to joining Saltchuk, he worked with Impinj, a local, publicly-traded RAIN/RFID solutions company, maintaining their corporate entity portfolio and spearheading the equity administration program. His focus here is on compliance, ethics, and corporate governance.

    Outside of work, Todd volunteers much of his time in community service. He also has a passion for basketball, playing music, and the Spanish language. He and his wife live in Fall City.

  • Trevor Parris, VP, Treasurer

    Since 2012, Trevor has worked with the Chairman and President of Saltchuk to identify and prioritize major business development opportunities, including overseeing Saltchuk’s acquisition activities and coordinating other major growth opportunities across the Saltchuk family of companies. In 2015 he was promoted to Vice President and Treasurer, and gained responsibility for Saltchuk’s financing and cash management activities.

    Trevor’s professional experience executing M&A and financing transactions began as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, and was primarily developed as a private equity investor at Freeman Spogli. Corporate and portfolio company oversight work has also provided several years of senior executive-level involvement in management decision-making on a broad range of business topics, including strategic planning, budgeting, business development and corporate governance.

    Trevor received his B.A. in Science & Management from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated summa cum laude, was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa and played for the NCAA intercollegiate golf team. He earned his M.B.A. with honors from the University of Washington. Trevor lives in Seattle with his wife and likes to spend his free time cycling, hiking and traveling.

  • Wayne Farmer, Senior Director, Tax


Thea Foss

  • Bill Curry, Captain

    William Curry began working for Saltchuk as captain of the motor yacht Thea Foss in 2010.

    Besides skippering the yacht on her trips around the Seattle area during the spring and fall, he also enjoys piloting her summer voyages to British Columbia and Alaska. During the winter, Captain Curry oversees the yacht’s annual maintenance, repair and restoration. Bill also designs the crew safety training programs and works with supervisor Linda Becker to craft vessel budget priorities.

    Prior to starting with Saltchuk Resources, Bill has worked as director of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, program director for Youth Adventure (a local sail training organization) and captain aboard a variety of traditionally rigged tallships engaged in sail training and ocean voyaging with youth and adults. He has voyaged extensively in the north and south Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

    Bill holds a United States Coast Guard license as master of ocean-going motor and sail propelled vessels and has been a licensed captain since 1970. He lives on Marrowstone Island in north Puget Sound with his wife Helen, a long-time Waldorf educator. Bill and Helen hike, ski and travel for recreation and Bill enjoys woodworking, blacksmithing, and fixing fences on the couple’s small farmstead.

  • Carolyn Shaw, Chef

  • Mark Maddock, Asst. Enginer, Deckhand

  • Sarah West, Steward, Purser, MedPIC

  • Tom Doran, Chief Engineer

    Tom came on board as full time engineer of the Thea in June of 2013, he has experience on similar classic yachts with antique engines.

    Tom has vocational training in electric motors, HVAC, two & four stroke engines, AC power generation & controls. He is self-taught troubleshooter for various ships systems.

    Tom’s hometown is in the Methow Valley where he enjoys day hiking, gardening, and music. Tom recently served lengthy board terms for Okanogan Conservation District and Methow Conservancy.


Saltchuk Aviation

  • Ed Sullivan, Director of Maintenance

    Ed began work with Saltchuk in 2012, where he maintains the corporate aircraft to the highest industry standards.

    Ed was formerly Director of Maintenance for corporate flight operations at the Ackerly Group and Sequent Computer Systems. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant airman certificate.

    Ed and his wife spend their free time enjoying outdoor recreation activities.

  • Stephanie Slaughter, Flight Attendant

  • Todd Loomer, Director of Operations, Chief Safety Officer

    Todd began working for Saltchuk Aviation in 2012 as manager and pilot for Saltchuk’s flight department.

    He worked for Executive Flight, Inc. in Wenatchee, WA from 1987 to 2012, during which time he worked as an instructor pilot, commercial charter pilot, and FAA designated company check airman.  While at Executive Flight he was Chief Pilot for 13 years and Director of Operations for 6 years.

    Todd holds a degree in aviation from Walla Walla University, an Airline Transport Pilot certificate in single and multi-engine airplanes.  He has over 10,000 flight hours with over 8,500 flight hours of business and commercial flying.

    He served as member and vice-chair on Cascade Christian Academy’s school board in Wenatchee, WA for 4 years before moving to Seattle.

    Todd lives in Issaquah, enjoys hiking, bicycling, and outdoor recreation.


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