When asked why he had run for the Port Commission, he replied, "At that time we had a grain elevator. I started to do some research and found up the river they were tearing out a grain elevator. We could get parts for $8,000 and I talked to the commission about it. If we could buy the parts and unload barges, we could increase our business. I was told the future of the Port was not in grain. That ticked me off, so I decided to Port could look into other things and here we are."
Commisioner Hess is not new to public service and he has served on the board for Lewis and Clark School for 16 years as well as on the board for the Education Service District. "I have enjoyed trying to meet problems and get them solved for the betterment of the area," he continued. "Whether or not I have helped get them solved is one thing, but I would like to think I have."
"We are here for the betterment of the Port. I really think my previous experience on the school board has helped me. We'd start at 6 and by 7:30 it was time to go home. You try to make allowances for people: they have to be able to speak their piece and discuss things, but we need to move ahead."
“I was born in Washington D.C.," said Port commissioner Bill Hunsinger, "but my mom and dad were born and raised here. I was here before age 1, so I have been here all my life."
Bill was a longshoreman for 44 years before retiring last February. He has also been a commercial fisherman since 1963. He stated why he became a Port commissioner: "I made a good living at the Port of Astoria...got a good retirement out of the union and I wanted to give something back." He says he is the "bulldog" of the commission and is hoping he can make a difference in his new role. "As area chairman for the Columbia River and all of Oregon for the longshoremen, I learned an awful lot about shipping, and ports, and how they are run. Read more
"Being a commercial fisherman for forty-plus years, I definitely have a pretty good handle on the fishing industry as well. My step-dad, Eddie Goodrich, was president of the boat owners association for the whole west coast so I know most of those guys."
"I am a very strong labor guy. I am very interested in labor and I think we are going to make the right steps. The new dredging permit and better dredging will open the door for better opportunity than we have had before. I would like to see some moderate shipping come to the Port. All of the big ports are out of room and there is no place for expansion. Smaller ports are going to benefit from that."
"I am looking to bring some trust and credibility back to the Port for the taxpayers and voters. We have to get past where we are. We need to take a break and settle in before we start making major decisions."
Commissioner Fulton was sworn in and elected to be Secretary of the Commission on July 2, 2013. Mr. Fulton is a manager with more than 35 years of business experience. He has an extensive background in planning and managing cross-functional permitting projects, international trade, manufacturing and project compliance. For over the past 15 years, he has effectively partnered to assess opportunities, facilitate strategic decisions, and drive successful implementations of permitting and land development projects for Warrenton Fiber Company. Steve's ability to assess complex situations and identify appropriate solutions underscores his ability to gain meaningful insight and follow up with thorough analysis. He is particularly skilled at facilitation and enjoys forging consensus among people with diverging ideas and opinions. Steve has managed a broad array of projects in industries ranging from; domestic transportation, marine operations, international trade, manufacturing, land development and permitting. Read more
Development and Permitting Projects Include: • Managing the permitting, mitigation and conversion of 17 acres of degraded wetland in Warrenton, Oregon to usable retail property. • Coordination of the creation and acquisition of approximately 170 acres of mitigation for the Warrenton retail project. • Locating, negotiation and managing the creation of a 70 acre wetland mitigation bank on the Claremont Road, north of Astoria, at the headwaters of the John Day River. • Negotiating the application of the John Day mitigation credits for environmental impacts on a former industrial site on Youngs Bay, in Astoria, Oregon. • Organizing a pathway to breach the levee and inundate 260 acres of farmland in the Youngs River valley for the creation of Salmon Benefit Units in partnership with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for the Bonneville Power Administration salmon recovery program. • Providing consulting services to the City of Warrenton for the certification of its levee system and the accreditation of the project by FEMA for compliance with its National Flood Insurance Program. Steve is employed by Warrenton Fiber Company/Nygaard Logging Company as a Project Manager responsible for its land development and project permitting. Since 1990 he has co-managed Cryo-Power Enterprises and transportation equipment leasing company and he also provides consulting services for the City of Warrenton Levee Certification Project in association with the Gearhart, Oregon office of HLB – Otak, Steve holds an MBA degree and a BBA degree from the University of Oregon, Lindquist College of Business. He is also a member of the Port of Astoria Commission and the Chairmen of the City of Warrenton, Warrenton Business Association.
Founding director (1975) and Chairman of the Board, San Mateo County Transit District (San Francisco Bay Area). In 1988, "SamTrans" was named "America’s Best Transit District" by the American Public Transit Association.
Executive Director, Governor’s Transportation Task Force. Led a bi-partisan consortium of public and private officials and consultants in addressing the needs of public transportation in the six-county Chicago Metropolitan Area. This effort resulted in creation of the six-county Chicago Metropolitan Area Regional Transportation Authority or "RTA."
Executive Director, Governor’s Commission on Organization. Recruited a team of public officials and private consultants to organize the State of Illinois’ first "DOT" (Department of Transportation).
Advisory Director, Cascade Division, The Salvation Army. Volunteer worker at "Ground Zero" following 9/11.
Management consultant, specializing in business planning, marketing and financing for start-up companies and small businesses.
Founder and Chairman of the Board, "AirPortland," aka The Coast Airlines, Inc., start-up transcontinental airline based at PDX (Portland International Airport).
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AirVIA, Silicon Valley transcontinental airline based at SJC (San Jose International Airport).
President and Chief Operating Officer, Pro-Air, all-cargo DC-3 regional airline based at SFO (San Francisco International Airport).
Director, Transportation Management, SRI International (Stanford Research Institute).
Led professional staff in providing air, rail, highway and water transportation assistance to private companies and government agencies. Developed a world passenger forecast for the Federal Aviation Administration; directed the State of Michigan's mandate to determine the future role, ownership and financing for Detroit’s Willow Run Cargo Airport; reviewed the National Transportation Plan for Saudi Arabia, involving the kingdom’s commercial sea ports, international airports and Saudia Airlines; directed development of a National Transportation Plan for Kuwait, involving the country’s commercial sea ports, Kuwait International Airport and Kuwait Airlines.
Director of Cargo Marketing for United Airlines.
Originated the concept of Boeing’s 727QC "Quick Change" aircraft, capable of converting between all-cargo and all-passenger service in twenty minutes. This development represented Boeing’s most successful modification program in terms of additional new aircraft sales. As a result, United ordered 38 QC’s and became America’s leading cargo airline.
Manager of Marketing Planning for United Airlines. Developed the company’s first marketing plan.
MBA, Stanford University
Officer, United States Navy, Carrier duty, Pacific Fleet
BS, Aeronautical Engineering and private pilot, University of Illinois
Gearhart, Oregon (since 2006)
Portland Metropolitan Area (1994-2006)
San Francisco Bay Area (1974-1994)
Chicago Metropolitan Area (1961-1974)