Women-Owned Pacific Rim: Navigating the High Seas of Global Shipping

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17 Jan 2024

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This article originally appeared on and was written for Kitsap Economic Development Alliance by Golden Shovel Agency.

Nestled in the picturesque region of the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Rim Shipbrokers, Inc., a women-owned small business in Kitsap County, Washington, has been making waves in the global shipping market. The firm's principals, Jennifer A. Montgomery, President; Julie A Khan, Controller; and Kelle M Horn, Vice President, have sustained their presence and thrived through decades of industry complexity and change. “The company was established in 1984.  In 2016, the original owners were ready to retire, and we decided to purchase the firm.  Having been long-term employees and co-workers, we knew how well we worked together and shared a similar work ethic and vision for the company. Through our hard work as well as the previous owners, we have been able to maintain our excellent standing within the international dry bulk shipping community for close to 40 years,” the team says.

Staying Afloat in the Global Shipping Market

One of the challenges of running an international business from Kitsap County is the significant time zone difference and the relative lack of a dry bulk community in the region. To overcome this, the company has made a concerted effort to maintain visibility in its global markets, which includes early mornings and late nights to align with various time zones. Additionally, the team uses multiple communication tools such as phone, text, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, and Teams. Their commitment to maintaining a sterling reputation in the international dry bulk shipping community has allowed them to thrive for nearly four decades.

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