Feb. 2017: The DSTA Headlight

Representing Transportation Professionalism in the Twin Ports. As members from a wide spectrum of businesses in our area, we all take pride in the industry of transportation and the roles we each play.


By President Leyla Aktekin
It seems like just yesterday that I was penning my thoughts on our 2016 gathering and here we are, a full year later!

Our 2017 Holiday Gathering was held at the new Pier B Re-sort on Friday, January 6th. Guests dined on their choice of Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs, Grilled Chicken, Herb-Crusted Walleye or Truffle Mac n’ Cheese while listening to some great tunes provided by DJ Jazzy Jay Baker.

A short program followed dinner where we welcomed Sue Boudrie the operations manager at Ikonics Advanced Mate-rials Solutions division, the Duluth company’s quickly-growing aerospace arm, to our membership. Sue is also the 2017 Chairperson for NAA, the Northern Aero Alliance which is comprised of organizations such as the Duluth International Airport, Cirrus Aircraft, Kestrel Aircraft and others who share a passion for aviation. Carl recapped his year as president, and was presented with a plaque thank-ing him for his service. As far as 2017 goes, plans were shared about the creation of an annual DSTA Scholarship, growing our membership with emphasis on aerospace, rail and water, and continuing the great work and community involvement that has gone on in years past.

Following the program, we had a blast gambling with Ryan and his crew from All-In Casino Parties. Vouchers were ex-changed for chips, chips were exchanged for tickets, and tickets were drawn for several outstanding prizes including a 48” TV, iPad, $250 certificate to Superior Meats, Duluth Airshow VIP tickets, Duluth Pack satchel, and a three hour gambling night with All-In Casino Parties anywhere in Wis-consin or Minnesota (one table/dealer).


You and your guests are invited to join us on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at the Barkers Island Conference Center.

Presented by Nathan Madill from JMR Financial
Co-chair: Gina Schneider

Social time: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:45 p.m.
Cash Bar

Champagne Chicken and Carved Ham, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Wild Rice Pilaf, Green Bean Almandine and Salad
DSTA members are invited to donate gifts for door prizes. Guests are welcome to donate gifts, too.

Cost per person is $25.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members.
Once prizes were drawn, the night owls moved to the bar and finished out the evening with libations and laughter.

Thanks to all of the businesses that provided gifts, and thank you to all who attended!


By DSTA Editor Chelsea Loining

Greetings DSTA members,
I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as your editor. I’ve been a member of this organization since 2014 and it’s been rewarding to see the growth year after year and network with others from a variety of industries.

The 2016-2017 board is working on some excit-ing things for 2017, including a brand new DSTA website! The goal for the new website is to pro-vide a more seamless user experience and to be more interactive.
Stay tuned for updates!

In addition, if you have any announcements you’d like to be included in the headlight or on the website, please email: cloining@halvorlines.com


DSTA’s membership drive is well underway! Please use the attached form to renew and update your 2017 mem-bership. Please pass it on to other to join us!

2017 dates
02/15/17: Barkers Island Conference Center
03/15/17: TBN
04/19/17: Student Night
5/17/17: TBN
6/9/17-6/10/17: Fill-a-Truck, Feed a Family Food Drive
07/29/17: Annual Golf Outing, Nemadji Golf Course
8/16/17: Sundew Family Fun Outing
9/20/17: TBN
10/18/17: TBN
11/18/17: Annual Past Presidents’ Night, Annual Dinner and Election Night

**Third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted; no meetings in June, August, and December unless scheduled for special event)
Thank you from your DSTA Board of Directors and
officers for your continued support.

Click here to download the PDF of this month’s newsletter for the meeting reservation form and our DSTA Membership form.