October 19th, 2017 • Renaissance Seattle Hotel • Seattle, Washington


Dave Adams


Dave Adams is the vice president of sales at Wärtsilä Dynamic Positioning.  Within the Wärtsilä Intelligent Ship program he promotes the connectivity of vessel control, navigation and energy management systems. His current focus is on the introduction of prediction and control technologies to operators in all vessel types.


Mr. Adams holds a BSc from the Canadian Military College system and has been active in aviation and maritime high technology markets for more than 30 years. For the past 15 years he has concentrated on vessel control technology.

Bruce Agnew

Cascadia Center

Since 1993, Bruce Agnew has been leading the Northwest Cascadia initiative currently serving as director of the Cascadia Center in Seattle. The Center is a private, non-profit, public policy center engaged in promoting national and regional passenger rail, cross-border freight mobility, US /Canada border issues, automated/connected vehicles and electrification of transportation.


Mr. Agnew served as chair of a transportation advisory committee to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) chartered by NAFTA. The committee published their report, “Destination Sustainability” in 2009. He also chaired the ITS/Environment committee of the West Coast Corridor Coalition, served on the state executive board of the Washington Conservation Voters and is a charter member of the executive board of the Can Am Border Trade Alliance based in New York.


In 2009, Seattle Magazine named him to their “Power List” of community leaders for his leadership on a variety of transportation initiatives from the Alaska Way viaduct replacement to tolling and public private partnerships. He was awarded in 2008 the “Smashed Brick” by the Canadian consul general for his work in reducing impediments to cross-border trade and in 2017 received the Alan Bluechel Private Sector Leader Award from the Pacific Northwest Economic Region.


From 1987-93, Mr. Agnew was chief of staff for US Representative John Miller from Washington State’s First District. Before his congressional service, Mr. Agnew was elected to two terms on the Snohomish County Council and served as president of the Puget Sound Regional Council in 1985.


Mr. Agnew is a 1974 graduate of Stanford University and a 1977 graduate of UC Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) and resides with his family on Mercer Island.

Dan Berentson

Skagit County Public Works

Dan Berentson is the public works director for Skagit County in Washington State. He also serves as the natural resources division manager dealing with habitat restoration, drainage, water quality, and farmland preservation issues.


Skagit County maintains more than 800 miles of roads and 115 bridges as well as operating one vehicle and passenger ferry from Fidalgo Island in Anacortes to Guemes Island.


The ferry replacement discussion ramped up in 2015 when all-electric propulsion for ferries became a reality as the Ampere, the world’s first all-electric vehicle and passenger ferry, entered service in Norway.


In 2016, at the direction of the board commissioners, we conducted a propulsion study that concluded, based on power requirements, all-electric propulsion was highly feasible and should be considered for the Guemes Island ferry route.


In 2017, Skagit County issued a request for proposals for a naval architecture and marine engineering firm to provide design services for the new vessel and support through vessel procurement and construction. We selected Glosten, a naval architecture firm from Seattle. Work on a design study, propulsion trade-off analysis, and concept and preliminary design began in early August.

Capt Joseph Burgard

Red and White Fleet

Mr. Joseph Burgard is the vice president of operations and a shareholder at the Red and White Fleet, a passenger vessel company in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Burgard has been a licensed captain since 1993 and has served in the small passenger vessel industry in many operational roles over the past 30 years. Throughout his career, Joe has led or been involved in numerous alternative fuel and emissions control projects, most recently supporting the MARAD funded study, “Feasibility of the SF-BREEZE: a Zero-Emission, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, High-Speed Passenger Ferry” authored by Sandia National Laboratories.


Mr. Burgard is a graduate of University of California, Irvine and has a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University.

Sean Caughlan, PE


Sean Caughlan, PE, is a senior marine engineer at Glosten, a full-service marine consultancy based in Seattle.He is a professionally licensed mechanical engineer in the state of Washington.


Since joining Glosten in 2003, Sean has led the firm’s efforts in design and retrofits of alternative-fueled vessels including passenger ferries, tugs, Ro-Ro ships, and container vessels. He is currently leading the conversion of a ferry from geared-diesel to 100% battery-electric.


Sean earned his bachelor’s degrees in both mechanical engineering and energy systems from the University of Washington and Evergreen State College, respectively.

Greg Dronkert

HMS Ferries

Greg Dronkert is president & COO of HMS Ferries Inc. a member company of HMS Global Maritime – a family of international transport, travel and support service companies that serve government, private industry and direct consumers.

Greg has overall responsibility for the management and operation all HMS’s domestic and international ferry operations.  Clients are primarily public entities such as state departments of transportation, port authorities, cities, and transit authorities.

Additionally, Greg serves as a board member of the parent company and also provides executive support for various corporate-wide initiatives and business development activities.

Greg sailed in US Coast Guard licensed positions on commercial vessels in both the deck and engineering departments before progressing through senior and executive management positions ashore. Notably, Greg served as vice president and general manager of Ketchikan Shipyard, director of the Alaska Marine Highway System, president and CEO of Glacier Bay Cruiseline and president of Pacific Navigation Company.

Greg graduated from the California Maritime Academy in 1984 with a degree in engineering. He also attended the University of Washington’s Marine Transportation Management, Port Planning and Development program and earned an MBA in shipping and logistics from Middlesex University in London.

Greg currently lives on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Michael Gougherty

Michael Gougherty

Water Emergency Transportation Authority

Mike Gougherty is a senior transportation planner with the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). Before joining WETA, Mike worked as an access planner for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) where he managed bicycle access and station wayfinding projects.  His current responsibilities at WETA include capital project development, fare policy, station access planning, and ridership forecasting.


Mike is a member of the TRB Ferry Transportation Committee. He is from Detroit, MI and is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in political science.  Mike received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Capt James Jaber


Capt James Jaber, CEO, founder and visionary of PROP, has been in the boating industry since he was a teenager. James was a key player in the birth and growth of the parasailing industry worldwide, from designing boats and equipment to starting and operating new businesses. Having co-authored the industry’s best practices regarding safety, which became accepted as the standard for insurance companies and the United States Coast Guard, safety is the cornerstone of James’ marine experience.


James raced offshore powerboats, earning the title of the western division champion and eventually placing 3rd in the world championship in Key West, FL.


James has worked in the maritime industry in the San Francisco Bay since 2012, operating supply vessels from outside the Golden Gate Bridge to the inland waters of the bay, moving entire crews and large freight to deep draft vessels located in the bay. James is a passionate visionary and will not yield in his dream of being the leading provider of high speed ferry service in the San Francisco Bay market.

Mayor Patty Lent

City of Bremerton

Mayor Patty Lent began serving her first term in January 2010 and is completing eight years in office. From 2003 thru 2006 she served as a Kitsap County commissioner. She holds leadership positions on many boards including the American Red Cross West Sound, Kitsap Mental Health Services, Bremerton Central Lions Club, Kitsap Community Foundation and is a life member of the United States Navy League. In the private sector her careers spanned mortgage banking, public relations, marketing and sales, and instructing at Edmonds Community College. Mayor Lent was a business owner in travel and tourism for more than 14 years in King and Kitsap Counties. She has lived in Bremerton with her husband Doug for 29 years, and they have five children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Stacey C. Lewis

Pacifica Law Group

Stacey Lewis serves as lead attorney for Pacifica’s bond counsel teams serving the University of Washington, Bellevue, Tacoma, Bellingham, Kitsap County, and Redmond, among others. Stacey brings significant experience with general obligation bonds, revenue bonds (senior, intermediate and subordinate), 63-20 and lease revenue bonds, commercial paper, and other financing structures. She has significant experience negotiating letter of credit reimbursement, other credit/liquidity facilities, and hedge agreements. Stacey also advises county, city, and other municipal clients on the range of revenue options available under state law, including lodging taxes, emergency medical services levies, affordable housing levies, levy lid lifts, and excess levies, as well as in the use of special purpose entities such as public development authorities, public facilities districts, metropolitan park districts, and transportation benefit districts.


Stacey is recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2010-2017 (Public Finance Law), and selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers. Prior to forming Pacifica Law Group with her colleagues, Stacey served as chair of the firm-wide public finance group at K&L Gates.


Stacey provides volunteer assistance to the Seattle Parks Foundation, Forterra and other nonprofit entities


Stacey and her husband Jeff spend many hours on the soccer sidelines, cheering for their sons’ Seattle United teams and cheering for the Seattle Sounders. Stacey is a proud alum of the Brown University women’s soccer team, and now enjoys playing over 30 Seattle co-rec soccer.


Stacey earned admission to the bar in Washington, Alaska and Oregon. She attained her law degree at University of Washington, J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif (Washington Law Review, Managing Editor, Judge Lawless Award); as well as a BA in economics, international relations, magna cum laude, from Brown University; and London School of Economics, general course.

David Moseley

DM Consulting

David Moseley recently retired after a 40 year career in public service.  His service included director of the City of Seattle, Department of Community Development; city manager in 3 separate jurisdictions in Washington State; and he concluded his career as the director of the Washington State Ferries. David continues to be active in civic activities and owns DM Consulting focusing on management, operational and community relation issues.

Mark Nagle

Expedia, Inc.

Mark Nagle is vice president of Global Real Estate at Expedia, Inc., which is one of the world’s largest travel companies with over 18,000 employees in more than 30 countries worldwide. In his role Nagle oversees real estate and facilities globally.


Nagle joined Expedia, Inc. in December of 1999 as director of real estate and general services. Prior to his role at Expedia he was the real estate and construction manager in North America for Robert Half International. Before that he was a real estate operations manager at Sprint and an associate counsel at Smith, Merril and Peffer.


He holds a JD from University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law, as well as a BA of history degree and a minor in conservation and resource studies from University of California, Berkeley.

Peter Philips

Philips Publishing Group

Peter is the president of Philips Publishing Group, publishers of trade journals for the maritime and transportation industries. In the years since Philips Publishing was founded by Peter’s father in 1983, the company has grown to become the largest maritime and transportation publishing house on the West Coast. Titles include Pacific Maritime Magazine, aimed at West Coast commercial vessel and terminal operators, FOGHORN, the official publication of the Passenger Vessel Association, Clipper Vacations Magazine, published for Seattle’s Clipper Navigation, Catalina Express Magazine, published for Catalina Express, Pacific Fisheries Review and Fishermen’s News, the oldest commercial fishing publication on the Pacific Coast.


In addition to publishing trade journals, Philips Publishing also specializes in creative design services for the maritime and transportation industries, with clients across the country. Peter is the immediate past president of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, which represents the interests of marine industrial land users. Peter is past president of the Port of Seattle Chapter of the Propeller Club, and past regional vice president, West Coast, of the International Propeller Club. Peter has a BA in history from Whitman College, and has been employed in the maritime publishing field since 1985.

Amy Scarton

Washington State Ferries

Amy Scarton was appointed assistant secretary for the Ferries Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on February 1, 2017


As head of the largest ferry system in the United States, Amy’s responsibilities include guiding the Washington State Ferries (WSF) management team and all WSF employees to meet safety, operational and budgetary goals. Amy is the second woman to hold this position in the ferry system’s 66-year history.


Washington State Ferries carries 24 million people each year and operates 163,000 scheduled sailings with a reliability rate of 99.5 percent.


Prior to coming to WSF, Amy was the assistant secretary for community and economic development of WSDOT. Amy oversaw modal divisions, including public transportation, rail, freight, ports, aviation, active transportation, local programs, and multimodal planning. Amy represented the agency on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Transportation Improvement Board, the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the Sound Transit Board. As WSDOT’s lead for community engagement, Amy worked with elected officials, transportation agencies, and the traveling public across the state.


Before the three and a half years that Amy served in Washington State, she spent a decade and half in Washington, DC in a variety of executive and legislative branch appointments. From 2011 to 2013, she was President Obama’s appointee to US Department of Transportation as the deputy assistant secretary for Transportation Policy. In that role, she worked directly with the Secretary of Transportation, White House staff and other senior DOT officials to implement federal programs and policies spanning every mode of transportation. From 2007 to 2011, she was with the US House of Representatives as majority counsel for the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, the largest subcommittee in the Congress. There she worked for Chairman Oberstar and focused on transit programs, policies and funding. From 2004 to 2007, she was the Democratic chief of staff at the US Surface Transportation Board, serving in both a legal and policy role in regulating the railroad industry under an appointment from President Bush. From 2001 to 2004, she served as a senior policy advisor to Congressman Earl Blumenauer and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.


Amy has both a law degree and a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and their two daughters who love spending time exploring the outdoors.

RDML David G Throop

US Coast Guard

Rear Admiral David Throop serves as the commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District headquartered in Seattle. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific Northwest which includes protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving the living marine resources, and promoting national security.  The Thirteenth District spans over the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and includes more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 nautical mile international border with Canada.


In addition to maintaining operational control over all Coast Guard activities in the district, Rear Admiral Throop is responsible for cultivating efficient and effective relationships with numerous other federal, state, and local agencies, elected officials, the tribal nations located in the Pacific Northwest, and with the Coast Guard’s international counterparts.


Earning his naval aviator wings in 1988 at Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, his operational aviation assignments include tours as the commanding officer of Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts; commanding officer of Air Station Traverse City, Michigan; operations and executive officer at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia; H65 helicopter standardization and instructor pilot at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama; and as a duty pilot at Coast Guard Group/Air Station San Diego, California.


A native of Burton, Michigan, RDML Throop graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He has a master of public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a master of arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.


His personal awards include three Legions of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals with “O” device, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and various unit and service commendations. He has accumulated over 3,900 flight hours and has an FAA commercial pilot’s license in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

Edmund Welch

Passenger Vessel Association

Edmund B. Welch has been legislative director for the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) since 1997. PVA is the national trade association representing owners and operators of commercial US-flagged passenger vessels of all types, including ferries. Others for whom Ed currently provides or previously performed legislative services include the Union of Greek Shipowners; the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association; Dare County, NC; and other maritime and agricultural organizations.


From 1975 to 1994, Ed served on the staff of the US House of Representatives, including 12 years as staff director and chief counsel of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. This committee had jurisdiction over shipping, the Coast Guard, the Panama Canal, numerous coastal and marine environmental laws, and offshore energy resources. Ed was extremely involved in the debates on and drafting of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a former trustee for the North Carolina chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Jennifer Ziegler

Jennifer Ziegler

Jennifer Ziegler Public Affairs

Jennifer has more than 20 years of legislative and government relations experience.  She served as staff counsel to the Senate and House Transportation Committees, the government relations director for the Washington State Department of Transportation, and Governor Christine Gregoire’s legislative director and transportation policy advisor.  She is the owner of Jennifer Ziegler Public Affairs. Current clients include HNTB Corporation, the cities of Edmonds and Burien, the Woodland Park Zoo, the Washington State Association of Counties, the Washington State Patrol Lieutenant’s Association, and the Small and Mid-Size Transit Alliance.


Jennifer is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Association of Washington Business, a board member of the Olympia School District Education Foundation, a board member of the Washington State Department of Transportation Memorial Foundation and a board member of the Washington Highway Users Federation.