Feb 2020: President’s Note

I’m back! Happy to join the shortlist of Presidents who’ve served two terms leading the DSTA. those that have heard me talk about what I’ve seen in this organization over the years might find some of these next comments familiar but my history, belief, and feelings about this professional group bear repeating. Since starting on the board in 2008 we’ve all come a long way. Our businesses changed, our professions are not the same as they were then, and one of our newest board members may not have even been born yet (can Richie even buy a lottery ticket?). In 2013 I felt like we were at a crossroads. Jay Baker and I committed to each other and to the DSTA that we would both do what we could to continue the push that many board members had worked so hard for. We tried some new things. There were failures and successes. More help came for the support of other past presidents and new faces on the board of directors. We’ve seen the association’s membership grow and I’m proud to come back around and lead it again. I believe in this group and the DSTA. I see what it’s done for our industry and community and want to continue its success. So, what do you do now?

Let’s try some new stuff again. We are moving the golf outing this year to start. Same date, new location. The opportunity really came to us and we’ll be holding this year’s event at Northland Country Club. I’ve only been there once, but it’s spectacular. No flipping golf cards this year. We need more ideas though. Contact me direct anytime or reach out to any of the board members. We’re happy to take suggestions, explore new ideas, and share them with the association. Maybe we need a Twitter account… The last note here is for Gina Schneider. She was not able to make it to the Holiday Gathering and I still have not had the opportunity to talk with her in person. Gina, thank you so much for serving the past two years as President of the DSTA. Back to back even. Your attention to detail, organization, and wit steered us through another (two) chapters in professional transportation networking. You’ve left me in one the easiest places I could pick up from and I can’t wait to put the President’s plaque in your hand. Thank you!

Happy 2020 everyone and we’ll see you at the meetings.

– Joe Schiff, DSTA President