President’s Letter: July, 2021

The excitement as I look ahead to this month, next month and the rest of the year is thanks to the optimism and hard work of everyone who has done their part to get vaccinated and to get things back to normal.*

*or whatever passes for it as we continue to emerge from pandemic behaviors

Here in Chicago, air cargo continues to remain busy as we see in the figures that the Chicago Department of Aviation shares with public and private sector stakeholders. There were a number of stories this week as well surrounding passenger screening figures at O'Hare and as someone who traveled for the first time post-pandemic last month, it was really an exercise in muscle memory - where to park, what luggage best fits the trip and needs and even ensuring the toiletries bag was stocked with stuff that - by and large - doesn't come with an expiration date.

For the air cargo business, July 1st was a huge day. It was the day that the new screening requirements for freighter aircraft came into effect, and that's the reason we picked it as the topic for our July luncheon featuring Lufthansa Cargo, Jeff Koehl of Global K9 Protection Group and IACAC Board Member Bill Gerst from PTS Logistics. Register now - we'll feed you this time, albeit a Panera box lunch, and it'll be a chance to talk about what's happening in a non-SSI context.

Later next week, IAC's going to the Dogs - the Chicago Dogs, specifically. Our first networking event back will be outdoors and socially distanced with the Chicago Dogs on Thursday evening. Tickets are still available as are sponsorships to help cover the event for your fellow attendees. Support the IAC, see people you've not seen for a while and we hope to see you on Thursday evening.

Most excitingly, we're golfing next month again. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 10th at the Bridges of Poplar Creek. Get your early bird foursomes booked as well because we're filling up quickly. Due to course limitations, sponsors will not be able to offer food on the course, but we will still have plenty of places for liquid libations sponsored by great companies like Alaska Air Cargo and others. Stay tuned "fore" more on sponsors - and be sure to stick around and please bring a raffle item to benefit the Scholarship Fund - because that's what this whole thing is about, anyways.

2021 Baseball Night

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  • 2021 Baseball Night
    July 15, 2021
    5:35 pm - 10:00 pm

IACAC Baseball Night is back! Watch the Chicago Dogs take on the Milwaukee Milkmen! The IACAC is looking forward to another great night at Impact Field as Rosemont's very own Chicago Dogs take on the Milwaukee Milkmen on Thursday night, June 15th. Due to limited seating, this event has a two complimentary ticket limit for members. Additional (more…)

2019 Baseball Night – Sponsored by Thompson Freight & BCS Placement

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  • 2019 Baseball Night
    June 26, 2019
    6:35 pm - 10:00 pm

IACAC Baseball Night! Watch the Chicago Dogs take on the Kansas City T-Bones! The IACAC is looking forward to another great night at Impact Field as Rosemont's very own Chicago Dogs take on the Kansas City T-Bones on Wednesday night, June 26th. Due to limited seating, this event has a two complimentary ticket limit for members. Additional (more…)

Join the IACAC for a Concert in the Park event next Thursday in Rosemont!

July Networking Event: Thursday night concert at Parkway Bank Park in Rosemont

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  • July 19, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

That's right - it's time for another FUN networking night in Rosemont. Join us on Thursday night, July 19th, from 6 - 10 PM for a free Concert in the Park event. If you've ever had a mullet, secretly wanted a mullet or just love your rock and roll, then come out for the concert (more…)

2018 Baseball Night – Sponsored by BCS Placement, Edward J. Zarach & Associates, Land Air Express and Globe Air Cargo.

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  • 2018 Baseball Night
    June 19, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

IACAC Baseball Night! Watch the Chicago Dogs take on the Texas AirHogs! Come join us for an evening of fun and baseball to our sponsors, BCS Placement, Edward J. Zarach & Associates, Land Air Express and Globe Air Cargo. It's "Tuesday Brewsday" - $2 Miller Lite's. Parking is $3 per vehicle. Tickets are limited so (more…)

2018 Hockey Night – Sponsored by Air Canada Cargo & Riege Software

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  • Hockey Night
    March 28, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

IACAC Hockey Night! Watch the Chicago Wolves take on the Iowa Wild! Come join us for an evening of fun and AHL hockey thanks to our sponsors, Air Canada Cargo and Riege Software. We have tickets on the party deck and the evening includes admission to the game, a Wolves hat, food and drink coupons. (more…)

July Networking Event: Thursday night concert at MB Financial Park in Rosemont

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  • July 20, 2017
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  That's right - it's time for another FUN networking night in Rosemont. Join us on Thursday night, July 20th, from 6 - 10 PM for a free Concert in the Park event. If you've ever had a mullet, secretly wanted a mullet or just love your rock and rock, then come out for the (more…)

President’s Letter: April, 2017

No fooling around here - we're all business at the IACAC. (Yeah, right - we're in air cargo - who would believe that line for a SECOND?)

In all seriousness, welcome to the second quarter of the year. Good, grief, the first one went by quickly, albeit free of major snow here in the Chicago area. For the first time in 146 years of recorded meteorological history, there was not more than a trace amount of snow in January or February. It's probably why when we get some rain or a spate of cloudy weather like we've got right now that people are so agitated.

This month, I'll be traveling to the NCBFAA's Annual Conference in New Orleans, at the JFK Brokers Association as their featured speaker mid-month and going to the CNS Partnership Conference at the end of April. I'll be reporting back to IACAC whatever interesting tidbits I pick up at those places and hopefully have some photos and videos to share as well.

Coming in April: Talking Tech with Mark Ketcham

Our April luncheon speaker is Mark Ketcham from Riege Software International, a forty-year old software company at the forefront of many of the initiatives with IATA on their eAWB campaigns. More than air, their products are also used in sea freight and throughout global forwarder operations for Customs brokerage in Europe as well. Mark has spent most of his career in the technology side of forwarding and is looking forward to sharing his perspective on the near term and far-flung possibilities of what we as an industry will be using in future.

Join us Tuesday, April 11th at the Wyndham. Click here to register.

Save the date: Cuatro de Mayo Networking Event

We're putting the finishing touches on the details, but we're planning to head to Adobe Gila's in Rosemont on Thursday night, May 4th. So...May the Fourth be with you as well! #starwars #skypoint If your company is interested in being a sponsor for what we hope is our biggest event yet, please contact me at scott (at) positionglobal.com. More to come in the coming weeks!

IACAC sponsorships always available.

We're sincerely appreciative of our sponsors, both in The Pallet and on our website. If your company wants to reach an ever-expanding network of air cargo professionals, consider becoming a sponsor (and a member) if you're not already. Check out this page for more information.

February 2016: Networking Event

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  • February 9, 2016
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

We started 2016 with great speakers, now let's just get together and network! Topic: Network and meet your 2016 officers and board at a relaxed, evening event. Appetizers and one drink ticket are included. There are a lot of things happening with the Association this year. We're in the midst of our membership renewal and (more…)