Presidents Report

T&LC President, Brandon Arnold, Intelligent Logistics, LLC
As your new President I am pleased to report that the Council’s 44th Annual Conference, “Education for Transportation Professionals”, was a great success! This years’ event took place in the beautiful and historic city of Charleston, SC. Our goal each year is to provide the most relevant and usable information for all in the transportation and logistics community, and I believe we certainly met this goal again this year.
Both new and seasoned professionals from shippers, carriers, brokers, 3PL's and other service providers attended. Updates and pertinent information affecting the transportation industry were among the many topics covered, which included the economy, new laws and regulations, contracting, cargo claims, insurance, international trade, compliance and logistics outsourcing.
In addition to these great workshops and sessions, pre-conference seminars kicked off the event on
Sunday. Many companies believe that sending their employees to these full-day seminars is imperative for the success of their business. These four seminars included Contracting for Transportation & Logistics Services, Freight Claims in Plain English, and Transportation Logistics and the Law, as well as a CCP Primer Class for members preparing for the Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council exam. TLC is a proud supporter of this program and looks forward to the continued partnership and success of the CCPAC program.
Monday’s Conference began with a Transportation Industry Updates and Trends. Transportation 
Intermediaries Association President & CEO, Bob Voltmann, moderated the kickoff session with Bill Cassidy of the Journal of Commerce; Dr. Robert C. Lieb of Northeastern University; and Marianne Rowden, Pres. & CEO of the American Association of Exporters and Importers, on the panel. Amongst many of the topics included were impending regulations, consolidations and mergers, ELD’s, and policies of the new administration affecting international trade.
Our luncheon guest speakers, Tonn Ostergard, Chairman & CEO for Crete Carrier Corp., provided us
with an overview of his company, and how he operates in a fluctuating economy, including the driver shortage issues he is encountering as an asset based carrier.
Following the luncheon, we all had the opportunity to enjoy the ever popular and spirited “Law of the
Land, Law of the Jungle” session. Spearheaded by Gerry Smith, this well attended session included Jeff Blakeman, Wes Chused, Bob Voltmann, Ray Selvaggio, and Les Vaagen. If you have never been to this session, I suggest you make it a point next year to catch this one. It is a fun and lively session with lots of bantering back and forth, and tons of valuable information.
Tuesday’s session on “How Good is Your Security Program” provided an extensive overview of how to
spot threats and prevent them, and how to respond and react once they do happen. Both Sandor Lengyel and John Tabor are amongst the best in the industry and provided great insight into the minds of criminals that intend to do our businesses harm.
After wrapping up our morning sessions on “Impacts of New Laws and Regulations” and “Insurance
and Transportation Contracts”, we had the pleasure to meet the Council’s first time Luncheon speaker,
Cynthia Hetherington, President of the Hetherington Group. Cynthia explained how cyber and social media threats many times go unprotected in our businesses. We also found out creative ways to recover our freight on the “Dark Web” and though social web sites and online auction sites. If you want more information, visit our website at and we will provide a link to her information.
Tuesday afternoon began with the “Transportation Attorney Panel” headed up by our Executive Director, George Pezold, with Dirk Beckwith, Marc Blubaugh and Jason Tutrone, providing great commentary and responses to the attendees in the Q & A session that followed.
“Meet the Experts”, our final session for the day, was a chance for all attendees to get a chance to meet with panelists and moderators they saw during the workshops and sessions for a one-on-one. This has always been well requested and attended. This year was no exception.
Tuesday finished with our popular “President’s Reception”, and was a chance for everyone to enjoy the great food of the historic Francis Marion Hotel, and to meet and network with all other transportation professionals.
Our final day began with Martha Payne leading a group of panelists discussing loss prevention and
mitigation of damages. We wrapped up the sessions with freight claims and a great Q & A session. George Pezold closed the conference thanking everyone for attending and inviting everyone to attend next year’s conference in Memphis, TN. A special thankyou goes to Vikki Van Vliet and TransAudit for donating our Grand Prize this year, an LG 55” TV, and congrats to Patrick Pascale for being the big winner.
Additional thanks for another successful conference goes out to Diane Smid, Ron Williams and Rob Strouse. Also thanks to all the board members for all the work they put in throughout the year to make sure that we continue to have well attended events, and great panelists and moderators for all the sessions and workshops. I would also like to congratulate our new Vice President, Angie Sutton, and Secretary Askia Shaheer. I appreciate the mentoring and assistance that all the board members have provided, especially Curtis Hart, our new Chairman, and Nadia Martin, our outgoing Chairperson.
As a final note, thank you to George Pezold, Ray Selvaggio, Gerry Smith and all the staff of the Transportation & Logistics Council, Inc. for a great conference once again this year. We are really looking forward to another successful and eventful 2018 and we look forward to seeing all of you, and many more, next year, March 25th - 27th 2019, at the Hilton Memphis in Memphis, TN.
New Slate of Officers Elected
Thanks to all the members who have served on the Board of Directors this past year and will continue to do so.
Officers: Chairman, Curtis Hart, GEODIS, , President, Brandon Arnold, Intelligent Logistics, Vice President, Angie Sutton, Logistics & Distribution Services; and Sec’y/Treasurer, Askia Shaheer, Big Lots

Partial TLC Board Picture

Regional Directors: Reg. 1 – Wally C. Dammann, CCP, Mitsui Marine Management (U.S.A.).; Reg. 2 – David Nordt, The Gilbert Company; Reg. 3 – Daniel Bohlman, Butterball; Reg. 4 – Grant Ashe, L&L Freight Services; Reg. 5 – Douglas L. Arents, Rite Hite Corporation; Reg. 6 – Vikki Van Vliet, Trans Audit; Reg. 7 – Jerrod Slaughter, Columbia Sportswear.

Assistant Regional Directors: Reg. 3 – Jon Gehrts, UniPro Foodservice; Reg. 4 – Aaron Schmidt, NFI Industries; Reg. 5 – Tom Dial, Hilti, Inc..; Reg. 6 – Stephanie Castro, John Soules Food

Hospitality Suite Sponsors

TLC would like to extend its thanks to the following for their generous donations and sponsorship of the Hospitality Suite at this year’s 43rd Annual Conference:
American Truck & Rail Audits
MTI Inspection Services, Inc.
Perez & Morris LLC
AAGEX Freight Group
ABF Freight System, Inc.
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff
Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC
Transport Financial Services LLP
Transportation Intermediaries Association
Broussard LLC
Coyote Logistics
Logistic Concepts, Inc.
Marwedel, Minichello & Reed, P.C.
Williams & Associates, Inc.

Door Prize Donors

Thanks also to the generosity of the following companies for their door prize donations:
Bay & Bay Transportation
Columbia Sportswear
Logistics Concepts
Perez & Morris
Rite Hite
Wooster Brush







 * Thank you TransAudit for donating a LG 55" 4K Smart LED TV as a Grand Prize; along with a special thank you to Trans udit for donating the Lanyards


Thanks to the following exhibitors for helping make this year's conference an outstanding success:
7PSolutions -
American Truck & Rail Audits
Electric Guard Dog
Metro One Security Loss & Prevention Services
MGM Marketing
Transportation Data Source
TranSolutions, Inc.