Forum & Expo.

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NDTA provides a "Forum Wrap-Up" edition of the DTJ to record the event for official record and to share the experience with members unable to join the event. Summaries of k eynote presentations, professional sessions, off-site learning tours, and special activities are the work of the NDTA Press Room Volunteers who are engaged before, during, and after the Forum. They study up by reading background material relating to topics that will be presented before they arrive. At the Forum, they work in teams, sitting in on sessions and joining tours to record remarks; they also get together informally to discuss and clarify information as presented. After the Forum, they forward material for compilation in the DTJ.

We are pleased to provide this record of their hard work and hope you enjoy the summary!

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20l0 National Medal of Honor Convention

AAT Carriers, Inc.

ABF Freight System, Inc.

Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging

ACE Rent A Car, Inc.

Agility Defense & Government Services

Air Compassion For Veterans

aka luxury suites

American Military University

American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier

American Shipping & Logistics Group (ASL)

APL, Limited


Army Transportation Museum Foundation

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

Avis Budget Group

Baggett Transportation Company

Bennett International Group, LLC

Best Western International

Boeing Company, The

Boyle Transportation

Byrne Transportation Services LLC

CACI International Inc.

The California Maritime Academy

Cavalier Logistics

Chalich Trucking, Inc.

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering

Coastal Maritime

Comtech Mobile Data com Corporation

Corporate Flight Management, Inc.

Cor Trans Logistics

Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs

DB Schenker

Defense Distribution Center

Defense Travel Management Office

Delta Air Lines

DHL Express

DHL Global Forwarding

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group


Erudite Company

Extended Stay America


Faithful + Gould

FedEx Custom Critical

FedEx Express and FedEx Freight

Fine Hospitality - Holiday Inn Express

Four Points by Sheraton-Manassas, VA

Hampton Inn & Comfort Inn-Springfield, VA

Holiday Inn-Fredericksburg, VA

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention

General Dynamics

General Freight Services/Coyote Logistics, LLC


Greatwide Truckload Management

Gwangyang Bay Area FEZ Authority

The Hertz Corporation

Hilton Garden Inn Miami Airport West

Hilton Hotels Corporation

Horizon Lines

The Hotel at Turf Valley

Hub Group

HudsonMann, Inc


Innovata, LLC

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Intermodal Transportation Institute

University of Denver

ITLT Solutions, Inc.



Kalitta Charters

Landstar System, Inc.

Limitless International, Inc.


Lockheed Martin

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Louisville CVB

Lowry Computer Products

LTD Management, LLC

Mack Trucks, Inc.

Maersk Line, Limited

Marriott International

Marriott Waterside - Norfolk

Matson Integrated Logistics

Mayflower Transit

McCollister's Transportation

Mercer Transportation Co., Inc.

Military Freight Haulers

Mobility Resources Associates


National Air Cargo



Northrop Grumman

Odin Technologies

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Omega World Travel

Oshkosh Defense

OTO Development, LLC

Panther Expedited Services, Inc.

Pasha Group, The

Passport International

Perot Systems

Pilot Freight Services


Port of Port Arthur

Port of San Diego

Priority Solutions International

PRTM Management Consultants

R+L Global Logistics

R & R Trucking

Raith - CTS Logistics

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa


Reserve Officers Association of the US

Ridgeway International USA, Inc.

Rock-It Cargo USA


Savi, a Lockheed Martin Company

Scan Logistix Inc.


Sealed Air Corporation

Silver State Trailways

Southwest Airlines

Staybridge Suites Chantilly-Dulles Airport

Tapestry Solutions, a Boeing Company

Tennessee Steel Haulers, Inc. (TSH, Inc.)

Total Quality Logistics

Total Seal

Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc.

Transportation Institute

US Bank Power Track


United Seamen's Service

United Van Lines

University of Phoenix



UTi United States, Inc.


WaterLink Pakistan PVT.LTD

Worldwide Aeros Corp.

YRC Worldwide

* VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT Our apologies if we overlooked anyone!

Our 2009 Volunteer Spotlight shines on Cindy and Craig Thurgood for their record breaking 16 years of official volunteer service at NDTA Forums and SDDC Symposia. Craig began working on the Forum team at the 1993 Salt Lake City Forum. He had been very active in the Salt Lake City Chapter and went on to become one of its longest serving Presidents. Cindy joined her husband as a Forum volunteer two years later at the 1995 Forum in Dallas.


The Thurgoods are not as "visible" to our attendees as some of our other volunteers because they spend their time in the Expo Hall assisting Exhibits Manager Denny Edwards. Craig concentrates on getting the big rigs positioned in the Hall, as well as acting as liaison between NDTA and the exhibitors. Cindy orchestrates the popular Grand Prize drawing--soliciting gifts and recording donors and recipients. She also helps at the Sunday morning Golf Tournament. Sixteen years of dedicated, loyal service to NDTA certainly qualifies the Thurgoods to be NDTA's 2009 Volunteers of the Year.


Chuck Bolduc * Dale Cozart * Terri Dalton * Pat DeMichele * Karen Edwards Lisa Fasching * Taylor Fasching * Mickey Frank * Yvonne Frazier Kent Gourdin * Marlene Jetton * Ben Jetton * Miguel Lake Michael McVeigh * Amanda Meyer * Colt Meyer * Bob Reilly * Marie Rohrbough Steve Rohrbough * Betty Tedder * Cindy Thurgood * Craig Thurgood

Registrants Spouse Exhibitors Anch. '99 1029 10/2-10/6 610 73 211 Albuqu. '00 1067 10/1-10/5 631 73 231 G'boro '02 910 9/28-10/2 539 51 243 Kansas '03 992 9/13-9/17 745 42 166 Milw. '04 893 9/11-9/15 618 33 189 San Diego '05 1057 9/10-9/14 686 45 169 Memphis '06 996 9/23-9/27 764 49 212 Charleston '07 1065 9/15-9/19 860 54 104 Reno '08 941 9/20-9/24 781 38 97 Nash, '09 1115 9/19-9/23 881 45 119 Single Tickets Host Chapter Anch. '99 1029 10/2-10/6 87 48 Albuqu. '00 1067 10/1-10/5 132 0 G'boro '02 910 9/28-10/2 77 0 Kansas '03 992 9/13-9/17 39 0 Milw. '04 893 9/11-9/15 53 0 San Diego '05 1057 9/10-9/14 135 22 Memphis '06 996 9/23-9/27 62 0 Charleston '07 1065 9/15-9/19 27 20 Reno '08 941 9/20-9/24 25 0 Nash, '09 1115 9/19-9/23 70 0 Note: Table made from bar-graph We also want to express our appreciation to Professors David Clarke, Director, and Larry Bray, Research Professor, of the Center for Transportation Research, University of Tennessee, for their support and coordination of student volunteers

We have prepared thumbnail photos for special events--NDTA Scholarship Fundraisers and Exhibit Hall periods.

Visit the NDTA Website ( for links to photo pages. See: NDTA Forum & Expo under "Events"


A Student's Perspective

by Sharon Watson

The Gaylord Opryland Convention Hall was filled with a broad range of transportation-related providers, eager to demonstrate and answer questions about their products and services. Land, air, and water transport firms had a definite presence. From large scale trucking firms to sub-specialty air transport firms, the displays echoed the effort and scale required for moving goods and people throughout the world. Exhibitors also displayed goods that simply facilitate travel and mobility for the people and supplies of the military. The latest innovations in prefabricated units were illustrated, and transport packing materials were demonstrated. Displays provided by the University of Tennessee's Transportation Research Center were housed in the Education and Hospitality Pavilion, alongside exhibit booths from other colleges and universities. The UT Center display provided a unique niche for the overall Exhibition.

Large commercial vehicles parked on the display floor were a commanding presence and included tractor trailers and even a bus. One trailer fully expanded to double width to provide 1000 interior square feet completely equipped with air controls and its own power source. These special use trailers are primarily designed to meet the mobile needs of the military and disaster relief efforts, and a fleet of these trailers can be readily installed to form a small hospital.

At the other end of the spectrum were the logistics firms sharing details of the services they provide. Much of their vital work is done behind the scenes; typical tasks involved tracking containers and moving record pieces of cargo through Middle-Eastern ports to better support our US military Some of these provide diversified services and products as well.


An optional excursion was arranged for Forum attendees to visit the small town of Lynchburg (population listed at 361 according to advertisements). The first stop was the Jack Daniel's Distillery, where our guide introduced the early days of the enterprise and the process of manufacturing Tennessee whiskey. The tour was leisurely and informative and led us to towering charcoal filtration tanks, vats of fermenting "sour mash," and a warehouse where wooden barrels, filled with whiskey at various stages of maturity, were stacked floor to ceiling. The bulk of aging whiskey is stored not at the Distillery but rather at several dozen other warehouses throughout the Lynchburg environs; many are specially built right in to the hollows. We also stopped by a bottling room where bottled whiskey moved from conveyor belts to shipping boxes. For lunch, we dined at Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House, dated to 1908 and situated near the town square. The table was set with an amazing array of the very best "down home cooking"--several dishes were even concocted with a dash of Jack Daniel's. A simple question posed over dessert prompted a lively dialogue, especially among transporters:

How can such a small town satisfy global market...

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