Business Risk Management at Port of Seattle Topic of WSU Walton Conference – WSU Insider

Port of Seattle leaders David Soike, Chief Operating Officer, and Jeff Hollingsworth, Chief Risk Officer, will present “Planes, Ships, Cyber, and Internships – Managing Business Risk at the Port of Seattle” from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Monday October. 10, in the CUB Auditorium on Washington State University’s Pullman Campus.

The presentation is the Carson College of Business’s 30e Annual Walton Lecture, free to the public.

Soike (’80) has worked for the Port of Seattle since 1980 in various roles, starting as a junior engineer in the engineering department and quickly progressing to project management and labor positions in the marine and aerospace divisions. He became chief operating officer in 2016 and is responsible for centers of expertise for environmental sustainability and engineering, procurement, policing and port construction services, as well as executive sponsorship of the installation of international arrivals and other functions. He has a strong background in strategic planning and has managed major capital improvement projects at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he also served as Senior Director of Operations, Capital Development Manager and Deputy Director of ‘aviation. He has experience in finance, planning, program management and marketing.

Hollingsworth has worked for the Port of Seattle since 2004. He leads the Risk Management Department which provides support and expertise to all Port Divisions in the areas of loss prevention, contract risk transfer, construction risk, claims management, enterprise risk management, self-financing of benefits and general risk financing. Prior to joining the port, he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Northwest Regional Office on fire and life safety programs for new air traffic control towers. He has also worked with Boeing Corporation and as a loss prevention engineer with FM Global, a commercial property insurance company. Hollingsworth is a Civil and Fire Protection Engineer and holds several industry designations including Certified Safety Professional, Certified Risk Manager, and Certified Property and Casualty Underwriter.

The Port of Seattle is a special purpose government entity established in 1911 under enabling legislation in the state of Washington and has the authority to manage Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as well as various naval related operations. In 2016, the Northwest Seaport Alliance was formed as the port development authority within the state, consisting of an equal partnership in managing the assets and operations of the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle.

Each fall, the Walton Conference brings a distinguished leader in insurance and risk management to campus to share their professional perspectives. The conference is organized by the Department of Finance and Management Sciences at WSU Carson College of Business and made possible through an endowment from Washington’s Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers. The endowment pays tribute to Max Walton, former chairman of the group.

Jessica C. Bell