September 2015: Letter from the President

Lisa DiazWith the many TCJAX events covered in my August letter, it would be perfectly reasonable of you to think this letter would be a little less action-packed. But I’m happy to inform you that the assumption would be wrong, as in addition to reporting to you on the state of TCJAX, I have the honor of sharing the exciting calendar of events we have planned through the end of 2015. But first, let’s extend a welcome and a heartfelt thank you to our newest corporate member – Hazel Partners, RSQ Practice Group. We’re happy to have you join the TCJAX family!

Speaking of a happy family, two of our members should surely be in a good mood after winning last month’s Harvest Time International School Supply Raffle Drawing. Congratulations to Sara Holloway and Eric Dunn, who are now $100 richer!

Here’s something else to note: we now have door prize donations open to all members! The door prize donations at our luncheons are not only awarded just to members, they’re also a great chance to advertise, so please consider bringing a door prize donation to our next monthly meeting.

Before we delve into all the exciting events TCJAX has lined up this year, I am happy to announce that Member Spotlights are now open! This is a chance to learn more about our member companies, who they are, what they do and how they are making an impact in their field and in the club. To set up your company’s Member Spotlight, send an email to

Jumping right into the first of many exciting events, the Logistics and Transportation Association of North America is holding their annual symposium in Atlanta, Ga. from Sept. 24 – 26. The conference fee is $395, and it’s a great opportunity to meet liked-minded professionals in the Logistics and Supply Chain industry, not to mention that on Saturday, Sept. 26, you’ll have the opportunity to attend the PGA Coca Cola Tour Championship.

Now, if you find yourself excited about hitting the links – but not about traveling to Atlanta – TCJAX will be hosting its very own Fall Golf Outing on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Deercreek Country Club. Individual tickets are only $75, which includes lunch at 11:30 a.m. before the 1 p.m. tee off. To register, and for more info about the event and sponsorships, visit our Fall Golf Outing page.

In October, we have a few treats – no tricks! – starting with TCJAX’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 1. Our guest speaker will be Rick Schart, Vice President of Supply Chain for Steinmart. At the same time it began revamping its distribution network, the ever-expanding retail chain started building a supply chain team. Schart, the team’s first member, came on board in late 2008 and has been an essential part of reducing transportation expenses, lowering store operating costs, enhancing labor planning, and improving vendor communication.

Also in October is Trucktoberfest 2015, TCJAX’s very own trade show. Save the date – Oct. 22 – and stay tuned for more info soon!

And finally, we invite you to join in celebrating the end to another fabulous year at the TCJAX/CSCMP Holiday Social. On Thursday, Dec. 3, we’ll gather at Friday Musicale in Riverside to mingle and meditate on all we have achieved this year. There will be a cash bar and heavy hors’doeurves buffet. Hope you can make it!


Lisa Diaz
President – TCJAX