Executive Moves: Port of Seattle and Breakthrough

Katie Gerard is hired in Washington; Matt Balzola is promoted in Wisconsin.

Executive Moves: Port of Seattle and Breakthrough

Katie Gerard is hired in Washington; Matt Balzola is promoted in Wisconsin.

Executive Moves: Port of Seattle and Breakthrough

Katie Gerard is hired in Washington; Matt Balzola is promoted in Wisconsin.

 
Katie Gerard will join the Port of Seattle as the senior director of human resources on Nov. 30.
    Gerard has spent her entire career in public service and has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. She most recently was the head of human resources for Thurston County, Wash.
    The position reports to Executive Director Stephen P. Metruck and oversees 45 employees serving a workforce of more than 2,000.
   
    Breakthrough, described as a pioneer in the field of transportation energy and information management, has promoted Matt Balzola to vice president of go to market.
   Balzola had served as vice president of business development. In his new role, he will lead the team as it creates and executes marketing and sales strategies. Balzola also will be tasked with enhancing the organization’s presence in the market while continuing to expand Breakthrough’s client base.
    Balzola has been with Breakthrough, based in Green Bay, Wis., for nearly four years. He previously worked with several national suppliers in the transportation industry.

Workers who are deemed essential to our nation’s safety and productivity deserve their full paychecks this Friday. They did not waiver in their commitment to the public good. We need to pay them.
The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. are closed to navigation until March 25, with the last vessel transiting through the locks for the 2018-2019 shipping season on Jan. 15, and the USACE said it will use this time during the annual closure to perform maintenance on the lock structures. 
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