Keith visiting the Freightliner electric proving grounds in Los Angeles this past October. They are nearly ready for primetime. Let’s roll!
“This past 20 years have been the hottest on record. we have to rethink our approach to climate change,” Keith Wilson, president at Titan Freight, said. “This warming trend shows the unmistakable sign of human activity. We strongly urge all senators and representatives to come together and help our state be the nation's leader in carbon reduction and green technology. This is good for Oregon's air and good for Oregon's businesses.” - Keith Wilson
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Keith Wilson, life-long Portlander and local transportation company owner, held a kick-off event to announce his campaign for Portland City Council on Saturday. Keith is running for Position 4.
St. Johns Community Center Auditorium was filled with at least 150 supporters. Keith initially touched on his North Portland roots, reminiscing about basketball pick-up games in the gym across the hall and his high school years at Roosevelt. In his 25-minute speech, he spoke of sky-high housing costs, persistent high levels of homelessness, sluggish progress on critical transportation issues, and other challenges. The crowd greeted his platform with fervent enthusiasm and seemed to hit the issues with which they were most concerned.
Specifically, Keith spoke with passion about the climate emergency needing aggressive, direct action, “Historically Portland has been a city filled with visionary leaders who took bold action. Let’s be that city again! Let’s set a goal of moving our transportation department to 100% electric vehicles in the next 10 years. I have the experience and record of success to take on these challenges. It is time to rethink Portland for the decade ahead.”
His speech was introduced by Campaign Manager Julie Lance, Manufacturing Engineer at Daimler Trucks North America and nephew Erich Christian, and long-time business associate in the global transportation and logistics industry Pat Cooney. Cooney spoke of Keith’s transformative success in the trucking industry, his servant leadership skills and his belief in taking care of his customers and his employees, “I’ve witnessed firsthand the success Keith has achieved through developing short and long range business plans, plans with very aggressive targets and goals, and successfully executing those plans over and over again.”
Born and raised in Portland, Keith is the son of a truck driver. He has worked to make his own trucking business, TITAN, an industry leader with over 50% of the management and supervisory team staffed by women and people of color, and offering transparent above average wages and benefits. Keith knows the challenges and opportunities facing Portland, has plans for real change and is prepared to bring his professional management skills to the city council.
Keith Wilson For Portland City Council
Hello Portland, my name is Keith Wilson. I’m running for City Council because I want to get things done. I want to tackle sky-high housing costs, our growing homelessness, our inability to keep our city clean and maintained and deteriorating public safety. In addition, I would like to see a complete shift away from combustion engines for cleaner air. These are huge issues and not the time for half measures. I have a plan. I know how to implement and execute and, most importantly, I have the experience and record of success to meet and exceed these challenges. It is time to reTHINK PORTLAND for the decade ahead.
I am a second-generation Portlander. Born and raised in North Portland. The son of a truck driver and a lifelong Avon Lady. My parents raised five children, one with special needs, in a two-bedroom home. They worked as hard as humanly possible to make sure that we were all taken care of. How they treated and guided me, our family, their friends and associates shaped my core values and my commitment to hard work, dignity, equity and inclusiveness. These unbending principles are what I will bring to City Hall with me every day.
I am the first in my family to pursue the dream of higher education. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, Portland Community College proved to be the perfect school to help me build the confidence and grades I needed before my jump to Oregon State University. I worked throughout college and with the help of student loans paid for nearly all my college education. I graduated with a degree in Business.
I spent the first five years after college working in New York, London and New Zealand, which provided me an opportunity to travel to four continents and 30 countries. Comparing the great cities of the world to Portland convinced me of our complete uniqueness here with our spectacular beauty and strong feeling of community, and so I returned home. My father, by then, a small trucking business owner, asked me to join his company. I love my dad and it was my pleasure to join the family business and work alongside him for 10 years.
After gaining a Master of Business Administration at University of Portland, I assumed the leadership role of the business. Since taking over, our revenue has grown six-fold and the company operates throughout the Northwest and supports over 400 accounts with daily deliveries. With the support of my entire team, we have transformed TITAN into one of the most modern, safe and technologically advanced carriers in the nation. I expect to do the same for Portland.
Some of our most exceptional accomplishments:
Equity & Inclusion
- Over 50% of management and supervisory team throughout entire organization are staffed by women and people of color
- All wages transparent and each position and grade is clearly defined
- Zero employee EEOC unfair practice violations
- Above industry average wages, health care and retirement benefits
- Zero fatalities
- Five years without a traffic collision hospitalization
I have found the more you invest in your people the stronger your community becomes.
Becoming a City Councilperson and Commissioner would be an enormous honor and challenge. With my professional management experience, I believe I have the proven skills to deliver on the most complicated policy or challenge. Often, the most important part of success is simply executing the details and doing it well, which is my strength.
I sweat the small stuff. If I see a pothole in your neighborhood, I want it filled. If I see trash on the side of the road, I want it picked it up. If I see an abandoned car on your street, I want it removed.
I am a proud Portlander. I met my wonderful wife, Katherine, here. My two beautiful children who are my everything, Lilianna and Noah, were born here. For them and every Portlander, I will work as hard as humanly possible to make sure this city is the most livable in the world.
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