NDTA has a number of awards that recognize individual and corporate members, as well as chapters and military units that have excelled in fostering the goals and aims of the association. These awards include the National Transportation Award, National Defense Leadership Award, NDTA Corporate Distinguished Service Awards, NDTA Instructor of the Year Awards, and Military Unit of the Year Awards, among others. We congratulate this year's award winners and thank them for their contributions to the association, as well as to the greater logistics and transportation community.
NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION AWARD
Mr. William (Bill) J. Flynn has had a nearly forty-year career in transportation and supply chain management. Mr. Flynn is the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. Atlas and its subsidiaries, operate the world's largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft serving the global air freight market. Prior to joining Atlas in 2006, Mr. Flynn was the President and CEO of GeoLogistics, Inc. a global freight forwarding and supply chain services provider. He led the successful turnaround of the company and eventual sale of the enterprise to Agility Logistics.
Mr. Flynn also held senior management positions at CSX Transportation, CSX Corporation, and Sea-Land Service, Inc. At CSX Transportation, he was Senior Vice President responsible for the industrial unit of the railroad and also served as Senior Vice President responsible for Strategic Planning at CSX Corporation. He had a 23-year career at Sea-Land Service and, as Senior Vice President of Asia, was responsible for the company's business in Asia including liner shipping, marine terminal management, logistics and joint ventures in terminal development in Hong Kong and China. He led the development of key joint ventures in Tianjin and in Shanghai port operations. He had several other assignments outside of the continental US, including Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Japan.
Mr. Flynn served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NDTA from 2014 to 2017. Atlas has been a member of NDTA since 2007 when Mr. Flynn joined the company. His strong leadership and service as Chairman of the Board was the catalyst behind many improvements to NDTA programs and helped bring renewed energy to the Committee process. Mr. Flynn's credibility with industry and the Department of Defense is highly deserving of the NDTA National Transportation Award.
NATIONAL DEFENSE LEADERSHIP AWARD
LtGen John J. Broadmeadow currently serves as Director of the Marine Corps Staff. His previous assignment was as the Deputy Commander of US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). The NDTA Awards Committee recognizes LtGen Broadmeadow's significant contribution in logistics and transportation leadership, particularly while serving as Deputy Commander at USTRANSCOM. Working closely with NDTA, he strengthened the relationship between DOD and industry across every sector. In particular, he reformatted USTRANSCOM's Executive Working Groups to allow cleared industry participants to understand the complexity of military deployments on a large scale, as well as driving insights into commercial operations in a contested environment. He also made significant inroads towards understanding the impacts a large-scale military operation would have on commercial industry operations and the US economy.
A promotor of innovation and often challenging the status quo, LtGen Broadmeadow helped manage such programs as USTRANSCOM's Transportation Management System prototype and streamlining its household goods programs. He was an ardent supporter for industry's concerns being vetted through the NDTA Committee process. Examples of issues he advocated on include commercial first, cargo preference, base access, the Jones Act, sealift recapitalization--and the readiness of both the military and industry to respond in time of crisis.
NDTA is proud to present the NDTA National Defense Leadership Award on behalf of so many throughout the US military and defense industry who have been served by LtGen Broadmeadow's profound positive leadership.
NDTA PRESIDENT'S AWARDS
Mr. Ernest Bezdek's career spans 35-years in the international shipping and port industries, primarily in Houston and Beaumont, Texas. His shipping career includes US company Lykes Lines, Danish shipping company Nordana, and French company Delmas/Bollore Group. Mr. Bezdek currently serves as the Director of Trade Development for the Port of Beaumont and is responsible for international sales, as well as real estate expansion and development. The number one strategic military outload port in the nation, the Port of Beaumont has been an NDTA member since 1988 and is home to the 842nd Transportation Battalion.
Since 2006, Mr. Bezdek has served as the NDTA Houston Chapter President and NDTA's Southwestern Regional President. He is currently the Chairman of the NDTA Ports Subcommittee, under the NDTA Surface Committee. In this role, he was instrumental in revitalizing the Subcommittee at the request of MG Stephen Farmen, Commander of SDDC.
Mr. Bezdek also played a key leadership role in the May 2019, NDTA-Christopher Newport University Conference on America's Strategic Seaports. Teaming with MARAD and AAPA, and through his strong leadership, Mr. Bezdek successfully launched the Ports Conference, making that conference one of the most highly regarded events of the year. Mr. Bezdek's actions and "can-do" leadership style are undeniably worthy of the NDTA President's Award.
For close to 55 years, COL Dennis (Denny) Edwards has been associated with NDTA--and has been the recipient of many prior NDTA awards. He and his wife, Karen, are frequent volunteers and 2019 has been no exception.
Having been instrumental in several other NDTA anniversary celebrations, COL Edwards volunteered to lead the 75th Anniversary Committee. He was the driving force behind the 75th commemorative artwork, as well as the development of the 75th Anniversary Yearbook. To these tasks he devoted himself. His experience with NDTA has been invaluable towards making the 75th Anniversary a success. If there was such a thing, COL Edwards would hold a PhD in NDTA history. He was the right person to lead this year's anniversary! Please join NDTA in congratulating and thanking COL Edwards for his service to the association.
NDTA PRESIDENT'S AWARDS, CONT'D
Ms. Lori Leffler left private industry in 2015 to join the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), in a career change rarely seen. Having worked for Hertz and other hospitality related companies, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the government travel management team. The DOD spends $8B per year on travel and related services. Ms. Leffler is helping DTMO leadership transform the way DOD travels--and bring improvements in efficiency, ttaveler experience and safety.
Ms. Leffler has been a vibrant member of NDTA for many years, displaying initiative, loyalty and a spirit of teamwork. Most notably she was the driving force behind the A-35 Young Professionals program. This year, NDTA recognizes Ms. Leffler once more for her dedication to making the NDTA 75th...