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Atlanta, Georgia Chapter Activities & Events – 2015-11

February 2015

Our program featured remarks from Chaplain Col (Ret) Bill Nesbit. In addition, our scholarship awardees for Academic Year 2014/2015 were awarded. These find young men and women are studying Supply Chain Management at Clark Atlanta University and Clayton State University. The list of award winners is below:

 

2014-2015 NDTA – ATLANTA CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Lt Gen Edward Honor Memorial Scholarship:

Kerry Kirkpatrick

Clayton State University

 

LTC Dick Hunt Memorial Scholarship

Oliver Villegas

Clark Atlanta University

 

General Scholarship Awards

Clark Atlanta University

Cydnie Melson

Romello Vann

Ania Boyd

 

Clayton State University

Joseph Wilker

Benjamin Pline

Dennis Sutherland

October 2014

The 2014 NDTA - Atlanta Chapter Annual Scholarship Fund Raising Golf Tournament was a great success!!  This year's scholarship funding event held on October 2nd, 2014 was at Whitewater Creek Country Club in Fayetteville, GA.  This is the third year we have held our golf tourney at this fantastic facility, and once again the course was in excellent condition and the weather was beautiful!

Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers that made this years event "one of the best ever"!  A special thanks goes out to your support of the "Wounded Warriors" program and support of their great cause for our severely wounded service members!  All proceeds from the tournament go directly to the Scholarship Fund of the Atlanta NDTA Chapter.  These scholarships provide local students and members an opportunity to receive additional funding to help defray the cost of higher education.

We also want to recognize all the soldiers from Ft. Benning, GA. that participated in this year's tournament! A large contigent from the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment (or simply the 75th Ranger’s) and Marines came to play. It was a high honor to play along side these true American heroes!

August 2014

Our event for our August 7th Chapter Luncheon was a tour of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's Cargo Operations. The event was organized through the Airport's Public Affairs department and was attended by fifteen of our members. The tour highlighted both the domestic and international cargo facilities. All who attended found the the tour enlightning and insigntful. Thank you to all who participated and especially for our tour guides from the Operations Group at Harsfield-Jackson International Airport!

June 2014

To mark the 20th Anniversary of NAFTA, Our speaker(s) for the June 19th Chapter Luncheon was Georges Lemieux, Senior Trade Representative, and Robert Tate, Trade Commissioner, from the Canadian Consulate here in Atlanta. They spoke about the positive impact of NAFTA over the past twenty years to Canada, United States, and Mexico and the challenges ahead for international trade here and abroad. Mr. Lemieux's historical presentation was an excellent review of the successes of NAFTA and how North American trade relationships have significantly improved for all three countries. All of us attending have a new perspective of NAFTA impacts and the efforts of our neighbors to the north to expand trade for both US and Canada's interests. Thank you George and Robert!


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April 2014

Our program featured remarks from Will Coleman, Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics (G4) at the Army’s Signal Center, Ft Gordon, GA.   Mr. Coleman offered his perspectives on the challenges of managing an installation in a time of both fiscal restraint and mission expansion.  Mr. Coleman's presentation was an excellent perspective of having to be the best logistician he can be at a time of great challenges! All of us attending have a new perspective of Ft. Gordon and its mission and its challenges ahead. Thank you Will!

 

Will Coleman's responsibilities include management of all aspects of supply, maintenance and transportation on one of the Army’s largest posts.  He has an extensive resume and enjoyed a successful series of assignments on active duty, as an Army Reservist, DoD contractor and now as a Department of the Army Civilian.  Will is a member of NDTA and is a former member of the Atlanta Chapter.



--------- Brian Waters and Will Coleman --------

In addition to Will's presentation, our scholarship awardees for Academic Year 2013/2014 were recognized during the April meeting.  These fine young men and women are studying Supply Chain Management at Clark Atlanta University and Clayton State University. Please join us and congratulate our scholarship winners!!!



---------- John Robinson - Clark Atlanta ---------------------------------- Cherice Simpson - Clayton State----

Lt. Gen Edward Honor Memorial Scholarship ------- Lt. Col. Dick Hunt Memorial Scholarship




------- Tami Pritchard-Clayton St ----------------- Andrew Quintero-Clayton St ------------------- Shakwanda Joseph-Clark Atl ------------------ Leroy Green - Clark Atl ------

--------------------------------------------------- General Scholarship Award Winners - Congrats To All!!! -----------------------------------------------------------------

February 2014

On Thursday, February 6th, we held our first NDTA-Atlanta Chapter meeting of 2014 at the Marriott Airport Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Thanks go out to all the NDTA members who participated. A special thank you to our meeting presenter, John Mascaritolo, Director, for the Clayton State University Center for Supply Chain Management in Morrow, Georgia (Please click here for more information) . John provided an update to the activities and programs that are in progress at the the University and in the Supply Chain Management program. Specifically, John spoke about the efforts in providing outreach to industry partners in providing consulting services and training to businesses in the Logistics industry. In you would like to receive more information please contact John:

John Mascaritolo

Director, Supply Chain Management
Assistant Professor of Supply Chain

Office: T-241
Phone: (678) 466-4564
Email: johnmascaritolo@clayton.edu

December 2013

On Thursday, December 5th, we held our Annual "Toys for Tots" NDTA - Atlanta Chapter event at the Marriott Airport Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Thanks go out to all the NDTA members who participated and donated all the toys to the "Toys for Tots" program. A special thank you to Bennett Motor Express and Armstrong Eagle Worldwide for their generous donation to this years program.

Our speaker again this year was Kirk Weisler. Kirk's wonderful presentation style again had the participants happy they attended! Thank you very much, Kirk!

Kirk Weisler’s Bio: Chief Morale Officer Kirk Weisler is an expert at creating outrageously cool workplace cultures and high performance teams Years ago, Kirk helped to create a corporate culture so rich in ownership spirit, engagement, and measurable results that he was invited to share his approach first nationally, then internationally. He now travels around the world sharing everyday things leaders can do to positively influence, nurture, and build Super COOL cultures and high performance teams. His unique background as an eight year member of the 19th Special Forces Chaplaincy, his service prior to that as US Army Ranger, along with his work with At-Risk Youth and experience as a Master Storyteller & Team Builder make him a very fun, engaging, and sought after speaker. He authored the "Best Smelling" book, "The Dog Poop Initiative" and the semi -sweet best smeller, "The Cookie Thief". Kirk lives in Atlanta with wife Rebecca and their five children.

November 2013

Our speaker in November was Greg Swanson, Director of Emergency Management for Gwinnett County, Greg is also the EMA Committee vice-chair for the Georgia Office of Homeland Security Area Seven All Hazards Council and a member of several Metropolitan Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative committees. Emergency Preparedness remains one of the core missions of NDTA, and Greg provided an excellent program / presentation in fullfilling this goal. We thank Greg for his excellent presentation and provide his unique insight into emergency preparedness. Thanks, Greg!

Greg's Bio: Greg Swanson joined the Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management in 2006 and was named Director in 2009. Before joining Gwinnett County, Mr. Swanson worked in the operations division of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and served as the state's EMAP Accreditation Manager. Mr. Swanson began his public safety career in 1987 and has experience in Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency Management. He was name the State of Georgia's Emergency Medical Services Director of the year in 1998. Mr. Swanson is involved in numerous regional, state, and National emergency management and homeland security programs. He is the EMA Committee vice-chair for the Georgia Office of Homeland Security Area Seven All Hazards Council and a member of several Metropolitan Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative committees. A certified emergency manager through the State of Georgia, Mr. Swanson holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Public Administration in Emergency Management. He lives in Dacula, GA with his wife and two children.

October 2013

Our speaker in October was Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Samuel M. Rhodes SR. CSM Rhodes gave an impassioned presentation of the activities and events he and his wife are providing through their "Warrior Outreach Inc." programs for soldiers and their families at Ft. Benning, GA. Sam’s vision is to help Veterans from all of America’s wars cope with Post Traumatic Stress and overcome suicidal thoughts by using Resilience methods. In addition, Sam brought two soldiers from Ft. Benning to share their experiences of being a soldier in today's army. Thank you, Sam for all you do for our Wounded Warriors and thank you for sharing your vision!!

For more information about Sam's efforts please click on the link below:

Link to Warrior Outreach Inc.

CSM Rhodes was born in Ringgold, Georgia and entered the United States Army on April 27, 1980. He had a long and distinguished career in the Army, holding numerous leadership positions throughout his time in service. He was Command Sergeant Major of the 2nd Squadron, 11th Cavalry Regiment for two combat deployments, and was later Command Sergeant Major of the 192D Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, GA. Following retirement, he continued in service to our nation with his involvement in numerous outreach programs. He is author of “Changing the Military Culture of Silence” recognized across the Army as the first Senior Leader to openly state he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress. In 2008, he founded the Wounded Warrior Horsemanship Program which he converted into Warrior Outreach Inc. (a Georgia Non - Profit Organization) in 2012. He is currently supporting the community as President of the Fort Benning Sergeants Major Association. He is also on the House of Heroes Board of Directors, Invictious Foundation Board of Directors, and President Trident University Alumni Chapter for Columbus, GA.

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September 2013

Our speaker this month was Louis Miller, Aviation General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Mr. Miller gave an excellent presentation on the recent, current, and future projects and activities at the World's busiest Airport. For those members attending, they were presented a vivid picture of the how the Airport is economically structured for success today and well into the future. Mr. Miller talked about the success of the newly opened International Terminal and projects that are underway to continue to making Atlanta's airport the most efficient in the world! Thank you Lou for your thourough and detailed presentation. Your reputation for providing high-quality facilities and services while maintaining a low cost structure is well deserved. Thank you!

Miller, who assumed the position of general manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in September 2010, also has a proven track record for effectively responding to changing economic and security conditions. Miller’s tenure at Hartsfield-Jackson has included oversight of several critical Airport projects. On May 16, 2012, the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal opened on time and within budget, primed for an expected surge in international travelers through Atlanta. The 1.2 million-square-foot terminal combines with Concourse E to offer 40 international gates.

He also oversaw a significant food and beverage concessions project, one of the largest airport requests for proposals in history, which led to revamped dining options throughout the Airport as well as a slate of offerings in the international terminal. His vision for Hartsfield-Jackson is to provide world-class air transportation services in collaboration with all of the Airport’s partners, including the airlines, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Aviation Administration, concessionaires and all Airport tenants.

Miller is the former executive director and CEO of Tampa International Airport (TPA), where he served from 1996 until spring 2010. In that role, he also oversaw three general aviation facilities — Peter O. Knight, Plant City and Tampa Executive — and more than $1.3 billion in capital improvements, which included the construction of two new concourses, refurbishment of all three levels of the terminal building, the more than doubling of parking spaces and the addition of new air cargo facilities. He served on several boards in Tampa, including the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Policy Committee of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. He was chairman in 1994 of the North American region of Airports Council International (ACI) and currently serves as treasurer of ACI worldwide. Committed to continuing his tradition of community involvement, he serves on the board of advisors for the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber and the board of directors for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Miller started his career as an internal auditor for Salt Lake City Corp. and subsequently became a partner in a public accounting firm. Following that, he served for five years as deputy director of airports for the Salt Lake City Airport Authority and was responsible for finance and administration of the Airport Authority. He was promoted to executive director and served for 14 years as CEO.

A native of Salt Lake City, Miller was inducted into the Utah Travel Council’s Tourism Hall of Fame, received the 1993 Freedom of Enterprise Award from the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants and was presented with the 1994 Service to the Industry Award from the Utah Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. He is active in community service and has received several awards for his service. In 2010 Miller and his wife, Cyndy, were honored with the Helen A. Davis Spirit of Humanity Award, presented by the Salvation Army Tampa Area Command. Miller was educated at the University of Utah and is an accounting graduate of Stevens-Henager Business College in Salt Lake City. A licensed CPA, he also spent four years in the United States Army, earning the rank of Sergeant E-5.

August 2013

Our speaker this month was Shawna Smith, Emergency Management Specialist at the ATL- Fulton County Emergency Management Agency and a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Shawna has extensive experience in Public Safety and Emergency Management working first in California, and with the City of Fairburn, GA. She has been with the Atlanta Fulton County EMA since March 2012.

Ms. Smith gave a presentation on the CERT Training Program and what it means to the local community. CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

Shawna's many years of experience and the passion she has for the program provided an excellent in-depth review of the what CERT is all about and what it does and can do for any community around the country.

For more information please click on the link below:

Atlanta-Fulton County CERT

July 2013

IHG LogoIHG Photo

Our speaker this month was Arthur E. Holst, Head of Operations, IHG Army Hotels. Arthur Holst is Vice President, Operations for IHG Army Hotels and leads the operating division within IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading global hotel companies. The Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program is a relationship between the U.S. Army, IHG, as the exclusive hotel manager and operator under the IHG Army Hotels portfolio, and Lend Lease, as the exclusive asset manager, developer and design builder, to improve the condition of on-post lodging facilities for Soldiers, their families and government travelers, and to provide for the facilities’ long-term sustainability. There are 76 hotels in the IHG Army Hotels portfolio, and nearly 12,000 guest rooms, operated on 39 U.S. Military installations under brands including Holiday Inn Express®, Candlewood Suites® and Staybridge Suites®.

Arthur Holst gave an excellent presentation of the "Public / Private" partnership between the DoD and IHG Army Hotels and how IHG is transforming the way on-base housing for military members on TDY or PCS moves can be a positive experience for those service members and their families. Arthur updated us on IHG's project progress in converting existing or building new facilities to house members on post. I believe all who attended enjoyed Arthur's enthusiastic and heartfelt efforts in making this program a great success. Thanks again to Arthur for his time and talents given to the NDTA-Atlanta chapter meeting!

June 2013

Our speaker this month was to be Greg Swanson, Director of Emergency Management for Gwinnett County, but due to the Tropical Storm, Andrea this past week in Georgia, Gwinnett County's Emergency Management Ceter was activated and Greg was unable to attend. We will reschedule with Greg for another slot this Fall.

Our speaker this month was Mr. Randall Vernon, Director of Safety, Bennett Motor Express. Randall presented an update to the upcoming Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations impacting the trucking industry as of July 1, 2013. Randall's presentation was thorough and very informative. These changes will have a significant impact on the entire motor carrier industry, and Randall highlighted the most significant items. Thank you, Randall for providing such an excellent presetation on short notice!!

For more information on these changes by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) please click on this link:
HOS Regulation Changes

Randall Vernon graduated from Augusta State University with a degree in Business Management. Before coming to Bennett, Randall spent 18 years at Textron's E-Z-GO division working in Manufacturing, production control, purchasing, and warehousing and logistics. He also worked for Exel logistics managing the Kimberly-Clark account with over 2 million Sq. Ft. of warehouse space and production support for the factory and over 1400 trailers in yard management. Randall began his career at Bennett Distribution services in the Fall of 2005 as the operations manager for the John Deere account in Grovetown, Ga. He became the Director of Operation in 2007. Randall then accepted the Director of Safety position at the home office in June of 2011 and moved to McDonough, GA. He is married and has two children, Haleigh and Parker.

May 2013

The 2013 NDTA - Atlanta Chapter Annual Scholarship Fund Raising Golf Tournament was a great success!!  This year's scholarship funding event held on May 2nd, 2013 was at Whitewater Creek Country Club in Fayetteville, GA.  This is the second year we have held our golf tourney at this fantastic facility, and once again the course was in excellent condition and the weather was beautiful!

Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers that made this years event "one of the best ever"!  A special thanks goes out to your support of the "Wounded Warriors" program and support of their great cause for our severely wounded service members!  All proceeds from the tournament go directly to the Scholarship Fund of the Atlanta NDTA Chapter.  These scholarships provide local students and members an opportunity to receive additional funding to help defray the cost of higher education.

We also want to recognize all the soldiers from Ft. Benning, GA. that participated in this year's tournament! A large contigent from the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment (or simply the 75th Ranger’s) and Marines came to play. It was a high honor to play along side these true American heroes!

April 2013

Our Speaker for April's meeting was LTC Perry Bennett, US Army.  Perry provided an overview of Army Transportation capabilities and an updated on some key topics concerning Army Transportation equipment.  He also shared his love of military history and added some interesting perspectives to his presentation and discussion.

March 2013

Our Speaker for March's meeting was Leland (Lee) O. Karras, Executive Director, Government Accounts, at ABF Freight Systems. Lee presented how ABF Freight system is meeting the challenges of today's marketplace.  He discussed the challenges of LTL, fuel surcharge, DTCI, State Compliance Issues, Staffing (Driver) shortfalls, and many other pertinent issues being faced by companies working with the DoD.  Thank you Leland (Lee) for your insight, knowledge, and wisdom on facing today's trucking challenges.


ABF Freight System, Inc. ®, the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation, is an integrated source for comprehensive supply chain management.  Beginning in 1923 as a local freight hauler, the company has evolved into a global provider of customizable supply chain solutions.  The company’s infrastructure includes a Dual-System® Network for handling regional and national less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation of general commodities.  ABF® ended 2011 with revenue of $1.73 billion and approximately 10,000 active employees.

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ABF is the only six-time winner of the ATA President’s Trophy for Safety, the only six-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award, and a five time winner of the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award.

February 2013

Our speaker was Mike Alvich, Vice-President of Marketing & Public Relations, Megabus.com with experience in air, rail and bus transportation industries, discussed how Coach USA launched the megabus.com brand.  If you’re not familiar with megabus.com, here’s the elevator speech:  Megabus.com is the first and largest city-to-city express bus company keeping people connected across North America with tickets from $1.



Fast forward twenty-four million customers this 7-year-old company, a subsidiary of Coach USA, has inspired the travel business idiom: “The Megabus Effect” – coined by BusinessWeek in an April 2011 article.

Mike presented an excellent picture of the history and strategy for the Megabus.com concept and how it has changed the Commercial Bus Industry.  Mike presented how the company engages in an integrated marketing campaign of media relations, social media, events teams and advertising to propel the brand which has reinvented travel so customers in 135 major cities are able to stay connected to the things that matter most.

If you want more information about Megabus.com in Mike's presentation, his Powerpoint presentation can be downloaded here - Megabus.com PDF .

Mike, thank you for a great presentation!

January 2013

Our speaker was Dr. Joe B. Hanna, who currently serves as Department Chair and Professor of Supply Chain Management at Auburn University.  Dr. Hanna spoke on multiple topics including the DoD's DTCI Program and its future, Industry Logistics Certification programs, and Collegiate Education programs in the US.  Dr. Hanna was an excellent speaker and everyone appreciated his perspective and insight on today's logistical challenges.  Thank you Dr. Hana!

Dr. Hanna is active in the undergraduate and graduate programs and also participates in Auburn’s executive and customized MBA programs.  In addition, he is active in executive education, having performed supply chain education and consulting tasks with several firms including Pratt Whitney, Hyundai, Menlo Logistics, W.C. Bradley, Fortna Supply Chain Consulting and others.  In addition, Dr. Hanna has served as an expert advisor and witness in hearings involving the acquisition process and the use of 3PL’s to conduct supply chain services for a large client.

December 2012

Last Friday, December 14th our Annual "Toys for Tots" NDTA - Atlanta Chapter event was held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

Thanks go out to all the NDTA members who participated and donated all the toys to the "Toys for Tots".  A special thank you to Bennett Motor Express for their generous donation to this years program.

A very special thank you to United States Marine MSgt. Todd Nelson for participating in our event.  Oorah!

MSgt. Nelson, stationed at Dobbins AFRB is a member of the "Toys for Tots" effort here in Atlanta and accepted all the gifts on behalf of the "Toys for Tots" program.

We also wanted to thank our guest speaker, Kirk Weisler, for giving us such an inspirational presentation on the gift of giving and receiving.  Kirk is an internationally acclaimed author and speaker as well as an eight year member of the 19th Special Forces Chaplaincy.  Thanks, Kirk!

NDTA - Atlanta Chapter's Toys for Tots Annual Event
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Tim Robinson, President - NDTA - Atlanta ChapterKirk Weisler, Chief Morale OfficerBrian Waters, MSgt. Todd Nelson, and Tim Robinson
Kirk Weisler, Guest SpeakerMSgt. Todd Nelson and Kirk WeislerToys for Tots items


Kirk Weisler’s Bio:  Chief Morale Officer Kirk Weisler is an expert at creating outrageously cool workplace cultures and high performance teams  Years ago, Kirk helped to create a corporate culture so rich in ownership spirit, engagement, and measurable results that he was invited to share his approach first nationally, then internationally.

He now travels around the world sharing everyday things leaders can do to positively influence, nurture, and build Super COOL cultures and high performance teams.  His unique background as an eight year member of the 19th Special Forces Chaplaincy, his service prior to that as US Army Ranger, along with his work with At-Risk Youth and experience as a Master Storyteller & Team Builder make him a very fun, engaging, and sought after speaker.

He authored the "Best Smelling" book, "The Dog Poop Initiative" and the semi -sweet best smeller, "The Cookie Thief".  Kirk lives in Atlanta with wife Rebecca and their five children.

November 2012

Our guest speaker for November's meeting was MSgt Fred Proctor, USAF – Air Force Transport Instructor – Dobbins AFB.  He provided an excellent presentation on the mission of the Air Force Transportation Proficiency Center and its Training Program at Dobbins AFB.  This training center is one of two in the country and is the best equipped for hands on training for the "Port Dawgs" in the US Air Force aerial port facilities worldwide.

MSgt. Proctor highlighted the training program and its key elements that provide service members from all the military branches, the necessary training and skills to provide superior service in operation of Aerial Ports.  In addition to training the world's best aerial port support personnel in the world, the TPC hosts the annual "Port Dawg Challenge" where teams from all over the world compete for the title "Best Port Dawgs".

MSgt. Proctor's excellent presentation was very much appreciated by all in attendance.  Thank you MSgt. Proctor!

The Transportation Proficiency Center's Mission is the following:

MISSION: Assist Air Force Reserve Component Aerial Ports by planning, developing, and conducting Basic and Proficiency-oriented training.

VISION: Create a learning environment to provide the world's best trained aerial port personnel to support the Air Force and our joint partners.

VALUES: Train aerial port personnel to perform the mission in a safe and effective manner.

October 2012

Our guest speaker for October's meeting was Georgia State House Representative Ed Setzler of Georgia House District 35 (Cobb County).  Ed is a member of the House Transportation Committee and presented his perspective on the opportunities and challenges that face Georgia's transportation systems today and into the future.

Ed Setzler's Bio: Ed's vision for leadership is based on the principles of personal freedom, free markets, and constitutionally limited government.  As a former US Army commander and father of four, Ed is committed above all else to making sound, principle-centered decisions that will strengthen our state for the next Century and beyond.

First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004, Ed is one of a new generation of leaders who is committed to promoting sustainable business growth, protecting the natural environment, and preserving the fundamental rights of individuals.  Ed was elected by his peers to serve as the Chairman of the 19-member Cobb Legislative Delegation and serves on the House Transportation Committee, and other committees.

Born in Atlanta, Ed grew up in the Southeast and attended Furman University in Greenville, SC where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate with his Army commission in 1992.  Ed served his country on active duty for 9 years as a US Army officer with challenging leadership assignments in Europe, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf.

A graduate of the US Army Ranger School, Ed completed his active military service at Fort Stewart, Georgia where he was a lead transportation planner for two worldwide deployments of the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) and served as the Commander of the division’s 200-soldier truck transportation company.  Ed is an Eagle Scout, serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Boy Scout Troop 2096 in Acworth, and attends church with his family in Hiram GA.

September 2012

Our guest speaker for our September meeting was Mr. Nathan Jordan from the National Archives at Atlanta.  Mr. Jordan is an Archivist with a specialty in Reference Processes with the National Archives and was a Captain in the US Army serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Among the archives that Mr. Jordan manages are the Office of Defense Transportation Historical Records and provided an update on the initiative we heard about from the Clayton County Economic Development Authority regarding the establishment of a Genealogy and Reunion Center in the Atlanta area.  Mr. Jordan's presentation about the National Archives at Atlanta was very interesting and enlightening.

He showed a myriad of historical documents that provided examples of how rich the record stores are at the facility.  Everyone should plan a visit to explore their past and history of the Southeastern region of these United States.  The Archives in Morrow has both a Microfilm Research Room and an Archival Research Room.  It has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research and general historical interest.

In addition, it also has about 180,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from 1716 to the 1980s, primarily textual records but also maps, photographs, and architectural drawings. See our online exhibit for highlights from our holdings.  The National Archive Center in Morrow is the largest facility of its kind outside of Washington, DC.  It houses up to 180,000 cubic feet of historical materials.

August 2012

Our guest speaker for our August meeting was Pam Brown, Chapter President – International Freight Forwarders and Custom Brokers.  Pam Brown is the Vice President of Future Forwarding Company with 28 years of experience in the industry.

Pam began her career as an export clerk before transitioning to imports.  She then became a licensed broker in 1991.  Pam is a member of Cambridge Who's Who amongst Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.  She is also a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) and a Certified Export Specialist (CES) with the NCBFAA.

Pam has been very active over the years in the local association serving on the Inbound Customs Committee as a member, chairing this committee for 3 years, and serving on the Executive Board as the Secretary and Vice President before becoming President. Pam also remains very active in the NCBFAA by attending the annual conferences as well as the yearly Government Affairs Conference. International Trade is her true passion or some may say obsession.

Pam presented an overview of the IFFCB organization and provided highlights of its mission, goals, and accomplishments on many activities directly relating to its IFFCB members and industry.  One project that their association is very active in their support is the Port of Savannah's efforts in getting Federal funding for deepening the riverbed to handle the larger container and cargo ships.  A key project to enhance Georgia's ocean freight business.

In addition, Laurie Arnold, Regulatory Compliance Officer from JAS Forwarding Worldwide, also a member of IFFCB, provided her perspective on several projects that IFFCB is currently representing to the regulatory institutions for action and or review.

Pam and Laurie emphasized their association's willingness to work together with NDTA on those issue that effect all of us in the transportation industry.  We thank both of them for their presentation and look forward to future cooperation on behalf of both our associations.

July 2012

Our guest speaker for the July meeting was Dr. Tom Cunningham, Vice President, Senior Economist and Regional Executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Prior to his appointment as regional executive, he was associate director of research.

Dr. Tom Cunningham presented an excellent economic viewpoint of the world today.  He highlighted the issues of the US economy today and how the current financial crisis compares with historical crisis the United States has experienced since the 19th century.  He also discussed the European economic dilemma and how it is impacting the world at large and how economists are just "giddy" about the crisis since this specific type has not been seen before and predicting the outcome is nearly impossible; always a challenge to Economists.

Dr. Cunningham discussed the impacts of the current debt crisis and how the housing market's valuation will continue to challenge local government's abilities in providing public services including public education.

Dr. Cunningham  answered many of the audience's questions about several topics that impact the business of transportation companies.  We thank Dr. Tom Cunningham for sharing his insights with a little humor mixed in, about the economic challenges that face all of us today.

Biography:
Dr. Tom Cunningham has served as a vice president in the research department, where he has been responsible for the regional and Latin American research teams.  He has served on the Bank's Personnel, Information Technology, and Risk Management Committees and as a member of the Federal Reserve System's Information Security Group and Technology Services Council.  He also was the acting director of the Bank's Center for Real Estate Analytics and the interim head of the finance group.  Dr. Cunningham joined the Bank as an economist with the macropolicy group in 1985, specializing in macroeconomics and monetary theory.

He previously worked as an economics instructor at Barnard College at Columbia University. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association, and the Southern Economic Association.  Dr. Cunningham has published numerous professional articles.  A native of Reedley, California, he received a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in economics from California State University, Fresno.  He earned a master's degree, a master of philosophy, and a PhD in economics from Columbia University.  He has attended the executive development program at the Wharton School.

June 2012

Our guest speaker for the June meeting held on June 20th, was Charles (Chuck) Beaver, Jr., Stakeholder Manager at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and provided an overview of the TSA.  Ironically, the TSA was holding a conference at the Crown Plaza the same day as our NDTA meeting and Mary Leftridge Bryd, Federal Security Director for the Atlanta Airport, also attended our NDTA meeting and joined us for lunch.

The TSA was created in November, 2001 as a component of the US Department of Homeland Security.  Here in Atlanta, the TSA is responsible for the world’s busiest airport.  The new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal was opened on March 26, 2012 at the Atlanta airport, which has added more responsibility to the TSA agents.

There are over 50,000 employees world-wide and some of the areas of responsibility include passenger and checked baggage screening, air cargo screening, inspection and regulation of airlines, airports and air cargo shippers.  In addition, the TSA is responsible for highways, rail lines , bus and pipelines.

Ms. Bryd added another dimension with informative details of day to day activities within the Atlanta TSA as well as types of threats handled on a daily basis.

The audience participation was elevated as there were numerous questions people wanted answered while they had the ear of the TSA.  It was a well planned informative presentation and feedback was very positive about both Chuck and Mary’s participation in our June NDTA meeting.

May 2012

The 2012 NDTA - Atlanta Chapter Golf Tournament was a great success!!  This year's scholarship funding event held on May 17th, 2012 was at Whitewater Creek Country Club in Fayetteville, GA.  The facility was in excellent condition and the weather was fantastic!  Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers that made this years event "one of the best ever"!

A special thanks goes out to your support of the "Wounded Warriors" program and support of their great cause for our severely wounded service members!  All proceeds from the tournament go directly to the Scholarship Fund of the Atlanta NDTA Chapter.  These scholarships provide local students and members an opportunity to receive additional funding to help defray the cost of higher education.

April 2012

Our monthly NDTA meeting was held Wednesday, April 18th, at the Crown Plaza, 1325 Virginia Avenue Atlanta, GA 30344.

Our guest speaker was Mr. Ron Hackney from the Atlanta VA Hospital who provided an overview of what the VA is doing to support returning soldiers and to inform us about what type of support the general public can provide on an outreach basis. 
Ron also reviewed what benefits Veterans can expect and how to take advantage of the great VA benefits they have earned.  Ron's presentation was very informative and helpful to many of those in attendance.  Thanks, Ron!

March 2012

Our monthly NDTA meeting was held Wednesday, March 21, at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta GA 30354. 

Our guest speaker was Jim Clark, President of Direct2Bottomline.  Mr. Clark spoke about how very successful companies are using internet technology to improve profitability by lowering the prices they pay for their goods, services and capital item acquisitions through reverse auctions.  Jim highlighted the fact the companies large and small are using reverse auctions to purchase at highly competitive pricing.  Jim stated that customers can cut their normal purchasing cost significantly using reverse auctions. 

Jim provided many examples and answered many questions of the members present.  I believe I speak for all in attendance Jim's presentation was informative and enlightening on providing leverage to companies looking to lower their purchasing costs.  Thank you, Jim for your excellent presentation!!

February 2012

Our monthly NDTA meeting was held Wednesday, February 15th, at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta GA 30354.  Our guest speaker was Major Clifford M. Bayne.  Major Bayne is currently assigned to United Parcel Service—Supply Chain Solutions as part of the Air Force Education With Industry (EWI) program.  Major Bayne’s discussed with us the Air Force Education with Industry and Military/Industry Partnership program he is participating in at UPS.  Major Bayne explained the EWI program is a 10-month Air Force training program that specializes in corporate partnerships with defense and non-defense related industry leaders throughout the continental United States.  EWI is a career development program designed to improve the management abilities and technical and professional competencies of participating students by partnering with industry to accomplish career-specific desired learning objectives. 

Major Bayne spoke about his experiences at UPS and how the unique partnership between industry and the EWI program provided opportunity for both to understand and share perspectives on both sides of the public / private program.  Thank you Major Bayne for your very enlightening presentation! 

January 2012

18 January  Our monthly NDTA meeting was held Wednesday, January 18th, at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta GA 30354.  Our guest speaker(s) were Grant Wainscott, Director and Kevin Gullette, Deputy Director, of the Clayton County Office of Economic Development. They spoke about all the exciting things happening in the Clayton County/Atlanta Airport area and brought us up-to-date on events such as the plans for the opening of the new International Airport Terminal, Relocation of Porsche Headquarters, Road Realignment Project at Charles Grant Parkway and Conley Road/Old Dixie, plus other major developments planned for the Tradeport/Mountain View Area such as hotels, retail, and attractions. We all learned that Clayton County is back on track to great success in their plans to re-emerge as a stable and strategic player / partner in the Atlanta area transportation goals.  Thank you Grant and Kevin for your very informative presentation! 

December 2011

9 December  We hosted our annual Toys for Tots Lunch.

November 2011

Our monthly NDTA meeting was held Wednesday, November 16th, at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta GA 30354.  Tim Robinson, President NDTA-Atlanta Chapter reported via LinkedIn the following:

"Our Chapter had a great meeting yesterday. Our speaker was Mr. Richard Sharpe, Vice President of ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network). To learn more about ALAN please visit http://www.alanaid.org.

American Logistics Aid Network

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, we are working with our relief agency partners to identify critical supply-chain-related needs and communicate to the ALAN network. Visit relief needs.

Be ready to share your supply chain resources. See how to help.

ALAN's Mission:

To engage the supply chain community to support humanitarian relief efforts.

Such a simple concept can often be a significant challenge to implement during national disasters. Coordinated logistics expertise and services are needed to get the right product to the right place at the right time.

The team at American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) brings the supply chain community together to address this challenge. The volunteer, non-profit organization was formed to provide a primary point of contact for those in the logistics profession who are willing to provide disaster relief support in the United States. We work in tandem with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOADs) such as the Red Cross, Feeding America and the Salvation Army to provide much-needed support.

ALAN's relief needs web portal serves as a clearinghouse for supply chain expertise, products, equipment, and services such as transportation, warehousing and material handling. Needs for these resources are posted on the portal in times of crisis. Whether a company can provide industry expertise, supplies, vehicles to haul them or local warehouse space to store them, it can match its resources with regional needs through the ALAN web portal.

October 2011

Our monthly NDTA meeting was held Wednesday, October 19th, at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta GA 30354.   Our guest speaker was Thomas C Larkin, Procurement Counselor, GTPAC.  Tom has over 25 years of management and consulting experience with the federal government. This includes 17 years of hands-on experience in federal acquisition including service on the “HEMTT Should Cost” team, performance as an Administrative Contracting Officer at the Detroit Tank Arsenal (M1A1 Abrams MBT), PCO at the Tank Automotive Command, Purchasing Agent with the USDA’s ARS, as well as a Professor of Contracting at the Defense Acquisition University’s Mid-West Campus.

A career Army Officer, Tom holds a Masters in Management degree from Florida Institute of Technology and a BS from Southeastern Louisiana University in Animal Science. He holds a Level III certification in Acquisition.

Tom provided an explanation and demonstration of the services offered by the Georgia Tech Procurement Technical Assistance Center (GTPAC) and how it can assist Georgia Businesses.  Specific topics covered were: Training Offered; Bid Match Service; Market Research Tips and Updates Concerning Contracting.

I know Mr. Larkin has been actively involved with the GTPAC program.  His presentation was informative and useful, and very interesting as well.

September 2011

NDTA met Wednesday, 21 September, at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta GA 30354.  Our guest speaker was Dave O'Farrell, President, O'Farrell Career Management, and Executive Director, JobSeekers of Peachtree City.

Good News in Tough Times - As the economic storm persists, there's a ray of hope breaking through the clouds.

Our September speaker brought a message of hope to NDTA Atlanta. In his 18 years in the career management business, Dave O'Farrell has learned the secrets of a successful job campaign.  He shared his point of view on the toughest job market since the Great Depression, and also shared the fundamental philosophy that he teaches.

O'Farrell has dedicated most of his adult life helping others achieve their goals. Much of his time is devoted to helping people shorten their job search, earn more money, and get better results.  He's been in the career management business for 18 years.  He served seven years as a workshop trainer, individual career consultant, project manager, and national account manager with one of the world's three largest career management firms.  He owns Atlanta's most effective career management firm, O'Farrell Career Management.

Using a unique "Market-Ready in Minimum Time" process, clients report that O'Farrell Career Management can do in three days what it takes other firms three months to accomplish.  And, they say, OCM is more comprehensive and more effective.

O'Farrell volunteers much of his time leading the JobSeekers of Peachtree City ministry.  In the past 11 years, 3800+ people have benefited from this non-denominational ministry, which meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City.  He is also a co-chair of the SHRM Atlanta South GEM.

For more information, go to: www.linkedin.com/in/daveofarrell

O'Farrell Career Management, Career Coaching and Outplacement Consulting

21 Eastbrook Bend, Suite 217

Peachtree City, Georgia 30269

 

dave@ofarrell-cm.com

www.ofarrell-cm.com

770-486-6289 office

770-823-2710 cell

"Shorten your search. Earn more money. Get better results."

August 2011

19 August 11:30 – 1 PM

TBD

July 2011

NDTA met Wednesday, 20 July at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Avenue.  Our guest speaker was Tim Feemster, Senior Vice President/Director of Global Logistics, Grubb & Ellis Company. His topic was:

"Logistics Trends and Their Impact on Local Industrial Real Estate"

A look at the underlying elements that drive industrial real estate utilization and location.  Tim showed the profiles and trends of international and domestic container sea ports, domestic and international intermodal sites, fuel costs, FTZ, and other supply chain cost criteria.  Thank you Tim!

June 2011

The NDTA meeting was held 15 June at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta GA 30354.  Our guest speaker for this month was General Wykle, President of NDTA.  General Wykle was great!

May 2011

NDTA meeting was 18 May at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta GA 30354.   Our guest speaker was Gary Schultheis – Sr. Vice President Airfreight Americas – DHL Global Forwarding.

 

National Defense Transportation Association Atlanta Chapter Last Golf Tournament at Ft McPherson was held on 26 May 2011.  The event benefitted the Chapter Scholarship Fund.  A great time was had by all!!

 

Great job to each of you that put so much time and energy into our NDTA Atlanta Chapter Golf Tournament.  It is a very good feeling to be part of such a good group of people.  Great Americans and a great organization volunteering time, energy, and expertise; so that a few young American's receive a little help towards education goals.  Transportation connects the world, the world is closer every day, and NDTA has great potential to influence stability in the world today.  Thank you!

April 2011

20 April 11:30 AM Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta GA 30354.   Our guest speaker was Ross Harding, Energy Launch Partners.

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