John Dwyer

US Coast Guard, Sector Puget Sound


John Dwyer, Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection and Chief, Inspection Division at USCG Sector Puget Sound, with responsibility for safety, environmental and security standards for commercial vessels and waterfront facilities in the Pacific Northwest region. He serves as the head of the vessel security and Washington State Ferries security sub-committees within the Puget Sound Maritime Security Committee. He has more than 37 years of maritime experience, including vessel inspection, port security, waterfront facility inspection, mariner licensing, casualty investigation, and marine disaster and firefighting response. He also was a member of the US Coast Guard Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a captain while serving as the Pacific Area reserve chief of staff.

John holds a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree from the University of Washington, School of Marine Affairs, and is a Department of Homeland Security senior fellow.


Roger Garratt

Puget Sound Energy


Roger Garratt is the director of strategic initiatives for Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and the president of Puget LNG, LLC. In his role with Puget Sound Energy he is responsible for the acquisition and development of new energy resources for the electricity and natural gas business. He joined PSE in 2003 and since that time has acquired and developed nearly $3 billion of assets, including three wind projects and five gas-fired facilities. Most recently, he heads up the company's efforts related to the Tacoma LNG facility. In addition, he is part of a PSE team responsible for reducing the company's carbon footprint and also responsible for exploring emerging technologies in the energy sector. Roger serves on the board of directors of Puget LNG as well as Puget Western, Inc., a wholly-owned real estate subsidiary of PSE.

Prior to joining PSE, Roger worked as a development director for PG&E National Energy Group and prior to that he worked in the power systems sector of General Electric.

Roger serves on the board of directors for Food Lifeline, a nonprofit whose mission is to procure, warehouse, and distribute food to emergency food banks and meal programs, raise community awareness of hunger issues, and work toward long-term solutions for the problem of hunger in Western Washington. He is also on the board of advisors for the University of Washington - Bothell electrical engineering program. Roger has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska and a MBA from Union College in Schenectady, NY.


Peter Philips

Philips Publishing Group


Peter is the president of Philips Publishing Group, publishers of trade journals for the maritime and transportation industries. In the years since Philips Publishing was founded by Peter’s father in 1983, the company has grown to become the largest maritime and transportation publishing house on the West Coast. Titles include Pacific Maritime Magazine, aimed at West Coast commercial vessel and terminal operators, FOGHORN, the official publication of the Passenger Vessel Association, Clipper Vacations Magazine, published for Seattle’s Clipper Navigation, Catalina Express Magazine, published for Catalina Express, Pacific Fisheries Review and Fishermen’s News, the oldest commercial fishing publication on the Pacific Coast.

In addition to publishing trade journals, Philips Publishing also specializes in creative design services for the maritime and transportation industries, with clients across the country. Peter is the immediate past president of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, which represents the interests of marine industrial land users. Peter is past president of the Port of Seattle Chapter of the Propeller Club, and past regional vice president, West Coast, of the International Propeller Club. Peter has a BA in history from Whitman College, and has been employed in the maritime publishing field since 1985.


Linda Sturgis

US Coast Guard, Sector Puget Sound


Captain Sturgis serves as the commander, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. She reported aboard from her most recent assignment as the Coast Guard liaison to the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command located at the Washington Navy Yard. While attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Captain Sturgis enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1988 and served with the 88th Military Police Company at Fort Eustis attaining the rank of sergeant. After completing her undergraduate studies at Old Dominion University in 1992, Commander Sturgis transferred from the US Army to the US Coast Guard and received her commission from Officer Candidate School in 1993. She received her master of marine affairs from the University of Washington and was assigned to the Center for a New American Security, a Washington DC based think tank where she published on marine spatial planning, Arctic maritime challenges, and port resiliency.

Captain Sturgis’ assignments include Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Health and Safety; Office of Resource Management, deck watch officer on Coast Guard cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) home ported in Seattle, WA; marine inspector at Marine Safety Office Miami; chief Port State Control/foreign vessel inspections at Marine Safety Office Puget Sound; program reviewer at Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Budget and Programs; commanding officer at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland; and prevention department head at Coast Guard Sector New York.

Captain Sturgis has earned four Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Letters of Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, as well as several personal and Coast Guard unit awards.