Submitted by Port of Grays Harbor

Satsop Business Park Manager of Business Development Alissa Shay was recently named to the South Sound Business Magazine’s 2018 class of 40 Under 40. The South Sound Business Magazine received more than 100 nominations for the coveted honor, ultimately narrowing it down to this year’s top 40, representing a diverse range of professions throughout the region.

Port of Grays Harbor Satsop Business Park Manager of Business Development Alissa Shay
A class of 2018 honoree, Satsop Business Park Manager of Business Development Alissa Shay poses for a photo at the South Sound Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 celebration event. Photo courtesy: Port of Grays Harbor

“It is an honor to be working to create more job opportunities for people in our region while helping existing Port customers be successful in Grays Harbor.  I am proud of the work we do to help make Grays Harbor a prosperous and vibrant community,” shared Alissa Shay.  As Manager of Business Development, Ms. Shay has recently overseen the recruitment of Xpress Natural Gas,’s Customer Care Call Center and Fuller Hill Development Company who combined employ more than 350 people at the Park.  Recreational properties Friends Landing and Sterling Landing have also been added to the Port’s portfolio during her tenure, with record breaking camping nights occurring in multiple years under her management.

“Alissa is most deserving of this honor and we are proud of all she has accomplished during her tenure,” said Executive Director Gary Nelson.  “I am confident the Port and the community will continue to benefit from her leadership and experience as her career continues flourish.”

Ms. Shay joined the Port team in 2013 after spending more than 5 years at the City of Hoquiam as the City Planner.  She is responsible for business development and operations at the Satsop Business Park and Friends Landing.  Ms. Shay holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Evergreen State College, a Bachelor’s in Planning and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University.

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean.  The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport, Grays Harbor ship assist services, numerous public waterfront access facilities, in addition to industrial and business parks throughout the County.  The addition of Satsop Business Park increased the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,200 acres of sustainably managed forestland.   Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at or

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