Stew Thomas: 2023 Presidential Award Winner

June 21, 2024

Bellingham Cold Storage is honored to announce Stew Thomas as the recipient of the esteemed Presidential Award. This prestigious recognition acknowledges Stew’s exceptional 50-year career with the company, consistently exceeding expectations and fostering a positive work environment.

Leadership and Innovation

Stew began his journey at BCS in 1974 by joining the board of directors and served in that role until he became president of BCS in 1987. He brought a wealth of experience to the table, having begun his career in the cold storage industry in 1958. Stew’s initial role was with Terminal Ice and Cold Storage (Americold) in Hillsboro, Oregon. He later moved his family to Burlington, WA, where he managed the three Americold buildings that BCS has now taken over.

A True Asset to the BCS Family

Throughout his tenure, he played a key role in overseeing the addition of several new warehouses and the development of the groundbreaking computerized warehouse management software, Optics. These advancements significantly contributed to BCS’s efficiency and success.

“Stew is a true asset to the Bellingham Cold Storage team. His unwavering dedication, positive attitude, and collaborative spirit are truly inspiring. We are incredibly fortunate to have him on board and are proud to present him with the Presidential Award.”

Doug Thomas, President & CEO

Stew’s commitment extends beyond individual contributions. He is recognized for his unwavering work ethic, collaborative spirit, and willingness to help others. His positive ATTITUDE and dedication to excellence have garnered the respect and appreciation of colleagues and management alike. Stew’s leadership in establishing the current bonus plan, still in place today, further demonstrates his commitment to BCS’s employee well-being.

This award serves as a testament to Stew’s remarkable career and his positive impact on the BCS family. Congratulations, Stew! We are grateful for your continued contributions to Bellingham Cold Storage’s success.