The 2016 IWLA Convention & Expo: Just Getting Started

Rob Doyle

When warehouse logistics executives and industry supplier partners gather, it’s always a cause for celebration. But those who attended the 2016 IWLA Convention & Expo in March reveled at a new level, recognizing 125 years of successfully supporting the warehouse logistics industry.

“Recognizing IWLA’s first century and a quarter made a memorable convention even better. No other event hammers home IWLA’s ability to be the resource for our industry,” says 2015-2016 IWLA Chairman Rob Doyle. “I left with answers to my pressing warehouse legal questions and insight into the business climate. It inspired me to be a better leader. And it forged stronger connections with my fellow warehousemen.”

“The IWLA Convention Planning Committee created a great mix of outstanding education, dedicated time to network, and memorable celebrations,” says Convention Chairman Mark DeFabis. “It’s always satisfying when all members tell you they had a great time.”

DeFabis points out the unique offerings for this year: The Warehouse Evolution: 1891 to Today Museum in the expo hall displayed memorabilia from members’ and IWLA’s history. And themed receptions went back in time, to the Roaring ’20s, the post-war ’40s, and an ’80s beach party (with an IWLA birthday cake and fireworks).

“There’s more fun and inspiration on the horizon,” DeFabis says. “We’re already working on the 2017 convention in Palm Springs. You should plan to be there.”

A message from Immediate Past Chairman Rob Doyle
A Year to Remember

A lot can happen in a year.

During my 12 months as IWLA Chairman of the Board, the association developed many new ways to serve you. More warehouses and partners joined the association. We saw record attendance at nearly every IWLA educational offering.

And I started my own warehousing and consulting company.

None of this – the growth in our offerings and membership, the maturation of the IWLA councils, the heightened presence in Washington and with regulators, and even my new company – would be possible without you, active warehousing professionals who care about the industry and your peers.

Nowhere is the camaraderie and shared vision of IWLA members more evident than during the convention. But I feel it throughout the year. Long-time IWLA friends supported me as I took the chair- man’s gavel last March from Tom Herche. And those same people – and many others – gave me moral support and offered tremendous advice (and leads) as I launched Doyle Distribution.

I hope you realize the great resources available by virtue of your membership. Getting the most from IWLA takes more than paying your dues. Use the mem- bership directory to connect with others who understand what you do each day. Attend IWLA events – and make sure your employees do the same (and that they take advantage of IWLA distance-learn- ing options). Actively seek that peer-to-peer connection.

As I step into the past-chairman’s role, I take the opportunity to thank my mentors – the IWLA leaders who came before me – and to thank all IWLA members for making this association the best for the warehouse logistics industry.

Make it a great year for your company – and for your professional and personal growth. Get involved in IWLA.
See you in Palm Springs for the 2017 IWLA Convention & Expo: Leadership that Inspires.

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