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.

December Holiday Luncheon 2018


  • 2018 Holiday Luncheon
    December 11, 2018
    11:15 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for our annual holiday luncheon and we're once again proud to be affiliated with the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots charity.  Please bring an unwrapped toy for children up to the age of 16. Please do not donate toys such as realistic-looking weapons or food. Those cannot be distributed. Items can include: Sporting equipment/bags/balls, (more…)

December Holiday Luncheon 2017


  • December 12, 2017
    11:15 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for our annual holiday luncheon and we're once again proud to be affiliated with the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots charity.  Please bring an unwrapped toy for children up to the age of 16. Please do not donate toys such as realistic-looking weapons or food. Those cannot be distributed. Items can include: Sporting equipment/bags/balls, (more…)

December Holiday Luncheon


  • December 13, 2016
    11:15 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for our annual holiday luncheon and we're once again proud to be affiliated with the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots charity. The IACAC is also donating $5 from each registration to the IACAC Scholarship Fund. Please bring an unwrapped toy for children up to the age of 16. Please do not donate toys (more…)

December Holiday Luncheon


  • December 8, 2015
    11:15 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for our annual holiday luncheon and we're once again proud to be affiliated with the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots charity as well as the Marian C. Bell Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Please bring an unwrapped toy for children up to the age of 16. Please do not donate toys such as realistic-looking (more…)