Port of Seattle Welcomes New Inland Cargo and Business Development Manager
Mark Wen, Port of Seattle
Inland Cargo & Business Development Manager
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The Port of Seattle welcomes Mark Wen as its new Inland Cargo and Business Development Manager. Wen recently started this new position tasked with building relationships across the inland Northwest, and boosting Washington exports, especially agriculture products destined around the world.
"Mark is a great addition to our team," said Linda Styrk, Managing Seaport Director. "He brings abundant enthusiasm and knowledge of agriculture issues and of our customers in Eastern Washington."
Wen comes to the Port of Seattle with 20 years of experience in the import/export business and international business development in Eastern Washington, including managing international business development for Key Tronic Corporation in Spokane. Wen received his MBA from Gonzaga University and also managed international marketing and trade relations for the Port's Department of Economic and Trade Development from 2007 to 2010.
"Increasing exports from Eastern Washington means increasing jobs for our entire state," said Wen, "I look forward to bringing more export activity to our region."
According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington has a $38 billion food and agriculture industry that contributes 12% of the state's GDP and employs more than 160,000 people. Nearly $15 billion in food and agriculture products are exported through Washington Ports annually.
Port of Seattle executives fully understand the importance of this industry. Port CEO Tay Yoshitani and Commission President Bill Bryant have been conducting round table discussions with agriculture, industry, and governmental leaders from Eastern Washington for several years.
Just recently, Ports of Moses Lake and Seattle met to explore possible partnerships in economic development for King and Grant Counties.Commissioners and executive staff from Port of Moses Lake joined their Seattle counterparts for a roundtable that highlighted recent successes for both ports and ways the two agencies could work together to promote economic growth across the state.
Please contact Mark Wen with any questions related to agriculture or other export product and services from the Port of Seattle. Mark Wen (206) 787 3195, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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