This is the recap of the 2021 89th Annual
See Conference Topics 2021 in column 2.
It was great to be able to have our Conference and it
turned out to be one of our best Conferences ever! We
had over 110 attendees register, 16 teams played in
the golf outing, our Speakers did a great job of
educating our attendees on the effects of the COVID 19
pandemic in the transportation industry, and the
Saturday morning Speakers were great. It was a special
Conference started on Thursday night with our
reception. Every attendee had a great time and was
glad to be able to network, as well as see other
members of the League. It was good to get out and
enjoy life starting to get back to normal.
On Friday, we had our business meeting and the
Speakers were outstanding. Thom Albrecht, Chief
Financial Officer and Chief Officer Revenue of
Reliance Partners, started the business meeting with
an informative presentation on the effects of the
COVID 19 pandemic within the transportation industry
and much more. You should show this presentation to
the Officers within your companies.
We then had Brian Devine, Senior Vice President of
EmployBridge. Brian gave a great presentation on the
employee workforce within the transportation industry
and the effects of COVID 19 on the workforce which
included a lot of ideas on keeping employees.
Brian's presentation has a lot of information on this
area which is available on this page at the top right.
We ended the business meeting with a panel discussion.
Thom Albrecht was the panel moderator and the Panel
members were Aaron M. Brott, Sr. Director, Key Client
& Trade Development of North Carolina Ports Authority;
Sherry Ennis, Global Logistics Leader of Vontier
Business Services; Daniel Ennis, Senior Director
Transportation Supply Chain of Belk; Dennis Dellinger,
President of Cargo Transporters, Inc.; and Steve Syfan,
Executive VP of Syfan Transport & Logistics. A lot of
information was discussed about COVID 19 effects
within the different industries. Each one of the panel
members discussed the importance of relationships
with the carrier and shipper. The over-the-road
drivers are a concern based on not having the
workforce to handle the demand of product that needs
to move within the United States. Port situations and
the cost of moving product was discussed. This was a
great panel discussion, and the attendees took away a
lot of good information.
outing on Friday afternoon turned out to be a fun day for
the golfers. Sixteen teams battled it out and everyone
had a great time. Special thanks to Fred Piercy who
was in charge of the outing.
night, we had our banquet with 170 attendees. It was a
great time. Everyone received a door price and some
major door prizes were given out as well. The golf
prizes were given out, but no one won the $10,000 hole-in-one but maybe next year.
item that took place at the banquet was the awarding
of the Bill H Teague Lifetime Achievement Award.
Normally I am writing about someone
else receiving this Award, but I was humbled to be the
person to receive it this year. Mark Andrews, Kevin
Perry, and Fred Piercy made receiving this
Award extra-special as they each talked about their
dealings with me over the years. I was very emotional
as I accepted this Award, but I had help from my
7-year-old Nolan who came up to hold my hand for
support. Thanks to everyone at the banquet who helped
make this event unforgettable.
The last event at our Annual Conference was Saturday
morning. Fozzy Whittaker and Dallas Walker, former
Carolina Panthers, had a great story about their
walk-in life in the NFL and the special lifelong
friendship they developed along the way. Dana Hall was
the ESPN reporter that asked them questions and she
did a great job. This was a great ending to our
of the Officers and Board of Governors, a Special
Thanks to our Sponsors who make having our Annual
Conferences possible. The 2022 Annual Conference dates
are June 9th, 10th & 11th, and again will be held at
the Hilton Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC.
last comment- this past year we lost a long-time
member and supporter of the League Ellis Brotherton.
He was a special person who always supported the
League and was a great mentor to many. He was, and
always will be, missed at this event.
North Carolina League of Transportation and Logistics