The 2017 Connie Award Long Beach, CA


The Connie Award Honoring John Wolfe & Amy Grat

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
111 E. Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA


Ticket: $225
Table of ten: $2,250


Platinum: $10,000, 2 tables of 10, $1,000 named scholarship and signage
Principal: $5,000, table of 10 and signage
Gold: $2,500, includes 5 tickets and signage
Silver: $1,000, includes 2 tickets and signage

To register for the Connie Awards, click here.

Scholarship: To fund a 2017 named scholarship for your organization ($1,000 minimum), please call CII Executive Director, Barbara Yeninas at 732-817-9131.

Intermodal EXPO, organized by the Intermodal Association of North America, is being held September 17 – 19 in Long Beach, California. EXPO brings the industry together around the dialogue, education and connections that move intermodal forward. It is a platform for products, services and solutions; a classroom for new skills and know-how; and an exchange for ideas and business.

Learn more at about the Intermodal EXPO, here.

To read about the speakers at the Intermodal EXPO, click here.

Early bird registration ends June 30.



John Wolfe is the Chief Executive Officer of The Northwest Seaport Alliance and Port of Tacoma. He sets the organization’s vision and strategy, and guides the NWSA’s unique customer-focused culture.

Wolfe also serves as the CEO of the Port of Tacoma, a position he was named to in 2010. Before being named CEO, he had served as the Port of Tacoma’s deputy executive director since June 2005.

Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Wolfe served for two years as the executive director of the Port of Olympia, and before that as Olympia’s director of operations and marine terminal general manager.

Wolfe also spent 10 years with Maersk Sealand/APM Terminals in Tacoma, most recently as the terminal’s operations manager.

He is on the boards of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and the Washington State Fair Board. Wolfe is also an executive board member of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.


Amy Grat is Chief Executive Officer of International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP).

ITEP prepares students for a better life.  Through partnerships with ports, transportation, logistics and related industries, ITEP introduces high school students to diverse career opportunities in high growth job sectors.  The organization was established in 1999 to bridge the gap between the port industry’s need for a skilled workforce and the local high school’s struggle to graduate students. Reflecting on a successful 18-year history, ITEP has emerged as the premier career-focused youth development organization in Southern California. ITEP currently supports over 5,100 economically disadvantaged and ethnically diverse students annually in 21 career pathways at 15 under-performing public high schools across three school districts.

ITEP develops innovative programs that integrate internships and career mentoring with the curriculum of high schools throughout Southern California.  ITEP delivers support to schools by building industry advisory boards, facilitating student enrichment activities (speakers, mentors, job shadowing, field trips, internships, scholarships), and supporting teacher professional development.

Named as CEO in August 2010, Amy is responsible for ensuring ongoing sustainability of the organization and effective implementation of its mission, which is delivered through twenty staff and over 300 volunteers from industry, education and the public sector.