TIA Members Gather in California for Annual Conference

Nick Baker | Transportation Intermediaries association

Nearly 1,300 logistics professionals and 90 exhibitors flocked to sunny, southern California for the 2018 TIA Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition, held in Palm Desert, CA, April 8-11.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Coachella Valley, the conference kicked off Sunday, April 8 with a golf outing, pre-conference sessions, a newcomer’s orientation, networking reception and more. General sessions during the next three days offered attendees the chance to hear from industry experts and thought leaders on the latest trends, technologies and challenges in the 3PL industry. Topics included cyber security, legal issues, business management, the capacity crunch, theft prevention and more.

Geoff Turner, President and CEO of Choptank Transport (center), accepts the 2018 3PL Samaritan Award from Jason Beardall, President of England Logistics and Executive Committee Chair (left), and Robert Voltmann, President and CEO of TIA (right).

The conference was about more than just business; it was also a time to recognize industry leaders who have helped shape the 3PL industry, TIA, and who give back to the community Awards were given for the TIA 3PL Samaritan Award, TIA Heritage Award, and the Women In Trucking Association’s Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award (DWLA).

TIA President and CEO Robert Voltmann and TIA Board Chair Jason Beardall presented the 3PL Samaritan Award to Choptank Transport, Inc. The 3PL Samaritan Award recognizes a TIA member for exceptional service and assistance to others in need.

Geoff Turner, Choptank Transport President and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of his company and employees. Choptank Transport has been involved with numerous charitable causes over the years. The company has established scholarships for students attending the University of Maryland and Salisbury University. It has also raised money for the March of Dimes, the Red Cross and various charitable causes. Choptank Transport’s employees have volunteered their time and raised money for the Salvation Army, local schools and many other community organizations.

Gilles Roch, CTB, President, G. Roch Consultant, Ltd., accepts the 2018 Heritage Award for his many decades of involvement in TIA and the industry.

Additionally, the Heritage Award was presented to Gilles Roch, President, G. Roch Consultant, Ltd. The Heritage Award honors exceptional industry leaders for their service, leadership and long-standing support of TIA, its members, and the entire third-party logistics industry. During his many decades of involvement with TIA, Mr. Roch has been a key contributor to the TIA and has held several leadership roles within the Association, including serving on the TIA Services Board and the TIA Executive Committee. Most recently, he completed a three-year term as an At-Large Member of the Board of Directors.

Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced Renee Krug, chief financial officer of GlobalTranz, as the winner of the fourth annual 2018 Women In Trucking Association’s Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award (DWLA).

Renee Krug, Chief Financial Officer of GlobalTranz, received the 2018 Women in Trucking Association’s Distinguished Women in Logistics Award for her non-profit and community work.

“I am incredibly honored to be recognized by Women In Trucking as the 2018 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award recipient,” Krug said. “I share this honor with the talented employees of GlobalTranz and am proud to represent the many accomplished and deserving women in the trucking and transportation industry.”

Krug was instrumental in creating CORE, GlobalTranz’s corporate responsibility program that implements initiatives to serve the needs of the Phoenix community, ensure company-wide social responsibility and lessen the organization’s carbon footprint on the environment. She is also involved with numerous charity and nonprofit organizations in her community, such as Feed My Starving Children, National Charity League, The Jared Box Project, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Back to School Drive.

For first time conference attendees, the Conference provided an opportunity to meet other 3PL professionals in addition to learning more about the industry.

Terry Wathen, CTB, with Breck Logistics, Inc., wrote on TIA’s LinkedIn page, “[It was my] first time at the TIA Conference! I really enjoyed it and I met so many nice people!”

Guillaume Gladu, CTB, with G. Roch Consultant, Ltd., also wrote, “First time attendee and a lifetime of memories. The staff was great and very helpful! [I] hope to see you all again soon!”

“It was a great learning experience and we are looking forward to attending next year,” wrote Randy Trent with CarrierLists.com.

The 2019 TIA Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition will be held April 10-13, 2019 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, FL. TIA is currently taking reservations for booth space; visit tianet.org/2019exhibit for more information.

Nick Baker is Communications Manager with Transportation Intermediaries Association. He may be reached at baker@tianet.org.