Presidents Report

T&LC President, Curtis Hart, GEODIS

       The Transportation & Logistics Council, Inc.’s (“TLC”) 43rd Annual Conference was another well attended “Education for Transportation Professionals” event.  Our goal each year is to provide relevant and usable information for all in the transportation and logistics community. I believe we met this goal again this year.   

       New and seasoned professionals from shippers, carriers, legal experts and other logistics functions were in attendance.  Updates on subjects affecting our industry like the economy, regulation, contracting, cargo claims, insurance, cross border trade and logistics outsourcing were among the topics during the three day annual event.

       Sunday’s optional seminars kicked off the pre-conference program.  This year’s first day had a very busy schedule with four seminars including Contracting for Transportation & Logistics Services, Freight Claims in Plain English, and Transportation, Logistics and the Law. The day would not have been complete without the CCP Primer Class put on by the Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council (CCPAC) for claims professionals preparing for Wednesdays CCP exam.  Seven CCP exam participants attended this year’s conference and completed their exam on Wednesday afternoon. We wish you all success when you receive your exam results in the coming weeks.

       Monday began with an industry discussion moderated by TIA President & CEO, Bob Voltman, John Larkin, and Kevin Burch provided their expert opinions regarding economic forecasts, regulatory initiatives, merger and acquisition activity, and comments on pending government actions that may affect our industry.

       Brian Alexander, Executive Vice President of Unyson, spoke to a well-attended luncheon between the morning and afternoon sessions.

       Monday afternoon’s general session brought the always lively “Law of the Land, Law of the Jungle” moderated by Gerald F. Smith. Mr. Smith engaged the attendees directly, creating a very interactive and memorable session….again.   Further sessions on international multimodal transportation, food and drug transportation, new laws and regulation, and insurance risk finished out the remainder of Monday. On both Sunday and Monday evenings, attendees gathered at the Hospitality Reception for light fare and drinks. We wish to thank the many sponsors for their support.

       Tuesday’s general session on supply chain security provided best practices to avoid or minimize exposure to theft and hijacking and great examples of what to do and who to contact for help when thieves strike. Mid-morning sessions provided attendees the opportunity to hear expert panelist discuss laws, regulation and practices when trading with cross-border partners; what to consider when outsourcing transportation and logistics functions from our luncheon speaker, John Fevolo. COO of Metro One LPSG, 

       George Pezold TLC's Executive Director, started off the afternoon as he led the transportation attorney’s panel addressing current issues, court decisions dealing with cargo claims, independent contractors, and recent laws and regulations impacting shippers, carriers and intermediaries. We brought Tuesday afternoon to a finish with a panel overview of ever expanding online shopping and fulfillment needs of today’s consumer.  The “Meet the Experts “ workshop gave attendees the opportunity to meet with legal, transportation, insurance and other experts for free, 10-15 minute one-on-one sessions. The President’s Reception Tuesday night was another opportunity for all in attendance to spend time networking, and enjoying the sights and sounds of Las Vegas.

       Our final day on Wednesday was filled with panelists discussing loss prevention and mitigation of damages. Freight Claims Q&A, the final session, gave all a chance to bring questions to panelists for answers from a shipper, carrier, and legal point of view; providing suggestions on how to resolve difficult situations.

       Thank you to the TLC board members for their commitment to preparing for this annual event; our speakers and panelists for volunteering their time and expertise. Special thanks to Diane Smid for her tireless efforts to make all of our wishes come true and on time.  We hope the conference was another example of the value the council strives to provide year round.

       We have selected the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC for next year’s annual conference on March 19 – March 21, 2018.   See you all there!

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, Nadia Martin, CCP, Blakeman Transportation, President, Curtis Hart, GEODIS, Vice President, Brandon Arnold, Intelligent Logistics; and Sec’y/Treasurer, Angie Sutton, Logistics & Distribution Services

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 – David Broering, NFI Industries; Reg. 4 – Brian Kiel, Nestle; 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. 2 – Grant Ashe, L&L Freight Servbices; Reg. 3 – Daniel Bohlman, Butterball; Reg. 4 – Askia Shaheer, Big Lots; Reg. 6 – Brian Looft, TBEI, Inc.; Reg. 7 – Brian Whitson, Mars

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
Perez & Morris LLC
ABF Freight System, Inc.
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff
Coyote Logistics
MTI Inspection Services
NFI Industries
Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC
Pioneer Transfer, LLC
Transportation Intermediaries Association
Williams & Associates, Inc.
Booth LLP
Broussard LLC
Logistic Concepts, Inc.
Marwedel, Minichello & Reed, P.C.
TranSolutions, Inc.

Door Prize Donors

Thanks also to the generosity of the following companies for their door prize donations:
CH Robinson
Carr Allison
Columbia Sportswear
Johanson Transportation
NFI Industries
Odd Lots
Pacific Logistics Group
Rite Hite
Seven Seas Insurance
Wooster Brush







 * Thank you Logisitcs & Distribution Services, LLC for donating a Apple 9.7 inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 128GB as a Grand Prize; and to Trans Audit for donating the Lanyards


Thanks to the following exhibitors for helping make this year's conference an outstanding success:
American Truck & Rail Audits
Cargo Salvage Claims
Central Analysis Bureau, Inc.
MGM Marketing
RDI - Regiscope Digital Imaging
Transportation Data Source
TranSolutions, Inc.