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Tay Yoshitani
Tay Yoshitani has more than 30 years of experience in the private and quasi-public sectors in operations, finance, planning and general management, focusing on the consumer and industrial products, real estate development and port (air and sea) industries.

At A Glance

  • CEO/Executive director, board of directors
  • Director of Strategic Planning, director of finance
  • Complex project management
  • Strategic planning
  • Crisis management
  • Organizational efficiencies
  • Government relations
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Companies that are engaged in public projects
  • Transportation related organizations

Key Leadership Accomplishments

  • Seized the opportunity to make numerous organizational, policy, and procedural changes to improve efficiencies, upgrade staff morale and regain public trust through an extensive public outreach and crisis management effort after the Port of Seattle became embroiled in several public controversies
  • Formed complex multi-national consortium to raise $120 million in equity to design, build, and operate the largest dry bulk facility in the West Coast.
  • Led strategic review of the Port of Baltimore that resulted in dramatic shift of business focus; that strategy is still being followed almost 20 years later.

Bio

Tay Yoshitani has more than 30 years of experience in the private and quasi-public sectors in operations, finance, planning and general management, focusing on the consumer and industrial products, real estate development and port (air and sea) industries. After 15 years in the private sector, he transitioned to the quasi-public seaport and airport industries and remained there for 25 years. Tay served as CEO or deputy at four major ports, two of which included airports. Most recently, he was CEO of the Port of Seattle, which has over $6 billion in assets and $600 million in revenues, overseeing the Seaport, SeaTac International Airport and an extensive portfolio of commercial and industrial real estate holdings. During his career, Tay managed multiple large and complex infrastructure projects such as a $1.4 billion airport runway, $280 million dredging project, terminal developments totaling over $1 billion and a multinational consortium of 25 companies to design, build and operate a $120 million dry bulk facility on the West Coast. Tay has extensive knowledge working with ocean and air carriers, railroads, truckers, transit operators and ground service providers such as cabs, limos and shuttle companies. Seaports and airports are dynamic industries that are impacted by shifts in the global economy, implementation of new regulations, and the introduction of new technologies, and Tay has made critically important strategic decisions at each port he has served. Tay initiated and helped lead the merger of the Seattle Seaport and the Port of Tacoma with the formation of the Puget Sound Seaport Alliance.

 

Tay is the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Containerization & Intermodal Institute and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Port Authorities. Tay holds a bachelor of science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Harvard Business School.