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Thanks Don, and the entire AWB team, for inviting UPS to take part in this year's policy summit. It is an honor for me to be with you.

I love the Northwest. This part of the country attracts a certain kind of individual-honest, hardworking and creative. Seattle is the home of iconic global brands like Microsoft, Amazon, and Star-bucks-and dreamers and doers like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Howard Schultz.

I grew up in Medford, Oregon-rugged timber country near the California state line. During the summers in high school, I worked in a local saw mill: it was hot, grueling, and sometimes dangerous work. The hours were long and the pay was meager. Working in the saw mill helped me make one critical life decision: I was going to have a job with air conditioning!

I went to the big city in Oregon for college: Portland State University.

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