President’s Letter: November, 2018

As I teased in The Pallet, November's a big month for voting. On the first Tuesday of the month, we vote for state and federal candidates. On the second Tuesday of the month, we vote for board positions for the IACAC. It is humbling to see new faces running for the board - it tells us that the energy the group is generating makes people want to be part of it and advance us even further. We are fortunate to have guidance, advice and support from many past presidents and board members - and what those people have to say and offer is extremely valuable and informs us as we debate and consider new opportunities for our members.

The annual election luncheon will be held Tuesday, November 13th, at the Department of Aviation. We encourage all our members to attend not just to network, but to meet our candidates, all of whom will be speaking and presenting themselves at the event. If you can't make the event in person but are a member in good standing of the IACAC, you can vote for the candidates by absentee ballot.

All you need to register for the luncheon or download and submit your ballot can be found right here.

December Holiday Luncheon

Mark your calendars for Tuesday - December 11th - a little over a month from now - to join us for our annual Holiday Luncheon at Belvedere Events & Banquets in Elk Grove Village. As always, we encourage everyone to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots collection that IACAC Board Member (and Marine) Maureen Schmitt arranges. Please also bring items that we can raffle off to raise money for our Scholarship Fund. Tickets are a very affordable $35 for members and non-members alike and we encourage everyone to join us and participate. Registration is open for the luncheon at this link.

IACAC Board On The Road - TIACA and WESCCON

Chuck Menini and I were both in Toronto for TIACA's Air Cargo Forum 2018 - it was extremely informative and gave us a few great ideas for topics to have for our upcoming luncheons, including UAV's and explosive-sniffing dogs. Along with this were very interesting sessions, some of which are available on TIACA's Periscope page that were live-streamed or by going back through TIACA's Twitter feed from those few days. 

If you're interested in hearing what Chuck and I had to say, why not check out this video from the IACAC Facebook page? 

I was also fortunate enough to score an interview with TIACA's Secretary General Vladimir Zubkov. That video is also on the IACAC Facebook page - but go ahead and use this direct link.

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Brian Bartolotta was exhibiting at WESCCON and the word everybody was buzzing about was tariffs and what it has meant for importers as well as freight forwarders.

Join us (or join us again) in 2019

We are very excited to be kicking off membership renewals for 2019. We have plenty of great things planned for 2019 including members-only events, discounts and service offerings from vendors who want your business. We're extremely affordable at only $130 for a corporate membership and $50 for an individual membership. Don't wait - renew today.

November 2018 luncheon – Elections


  • 2018 Elections
    November 13, 2018
    11:15 am - 2:00 pm

It's time to VOTE for your IACAC board!   Every year, the International Air Cargo Association of Chicago (IACAC) elects new officers and a board of directors. Our meeting this year will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at the Chicago Department of Aviation, beginning at 11:15 with lunch served at 12:00. Candidates for positions (more…)

The 2018 Golf Outing is being held at the Bridges of Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates. Shotgun start will be at 08:00. Cost is $125.00/single golfer and $400.00/foursome with our early bird special ($500/regular price). Golfers receive a continental breakfast, eighteen holes of play, cart rental and lunch afterwards. If you want to only join us for lunch, you are welcome and the cost is $45.00. This event is one of our two major events each year that raise money for our IACAC Scholarship Fund which will be a 501(c)(3) for your tax-deductible donations and contributions this year.

2018 IACAC Golf Outing


  • 2018 GOLF OUTING
    August 7, 2018
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Early bird extended until July 18th at midnight - our final extension! The 2018 Golf Outing is being held at the Bridges of Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates. Shotgun start will be at 08:00. Cost is $125.00/single golfer and $400.00/foursome with our early bird special ($500/regular price). Golfers receive a continental breakfast, eighteen holes of (more…)