IT IS AN HONOR to be elected your new chairman at such an exciting time for the IWLA: We are coming off a great year in 2014 and the 2015 outlook is very good.
One barometer for a good year is the strength of the IWLA Convention & Expo. The March 2015 event in Savannah set a record for attendance. Not only that, we had more sponsors and exhibitors than ever before. This is the result of a great effort by IWLA-member volunteers and the amazing IWLA staff.
IWLA takes advantage of the convention to conduct committee and council meetings. I attended as many as I could. It was great to see so many volunteers with a lot of energy. These leaders, your warehousing peers, work hard to deliver valuable education offerings and information.
Of course, the IWLA Convention also allows time to do many other things.
We honor industry leaders.
- •Three worthy individuals received the Jock Menzies IWLA Distinguished Service Award: Darby Strickland (posthumously), Shippers Warehouse and the dynamic duo of Paul Delp (Lansdale) and Gary Minardi (San Jose Distribution) who have helped so many members with our rail-related issues. Gary and Paul, thank you for your continued service to IWLA!
- Mark DeFabis, IDS, received the IWLA Government Affairs Service Award for his work representing the industry and spearheading the IWLA Congressional Contact Program.
We make new friends and connect with old ones.
- More than 100 warehousemen, partners and sponsors took to the links for the Majestic Realty 2015 IWLA Golf Classic.
We ensure we understand the business realities facing our companies.
- The IWLA Political Action Committee Dinner highlights IWLA’s regulatory and legislative work – and it gives us a great opportunity to connect and unite.
We conduct association business.
- We elected new officers and board members and honored outgoing IWLA Chairman Tom Herche. Tom presided over a record-setting year for the association and worked very well with IWLA CEO Steve DeHaan during his first full year. Thank you, Tom, for your dedication to the IWLA and your steadfast service of the past several years.
You won’t want to miss the great things in store for IWLA’s 125th convention next year in Orlando. Planning is already underway. We look forward to what we know will be another terrific event under the leadership of IWLA Vice Chairman and 2016 IWLA Convention Chairman Mark DeFabis.