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Remarks to Address Importance of Effective Leadership in Sustaining Long Term Success


DECEMBER 5, 2019 – ALEXANDRIA, VA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the 3PL industry, announced today that Admiral William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.) will deliver the keynote address at the TIA 2020 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas, which runs April 1-4, 2020. Admiral McRaven’s presentation will begin at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, April 3.

Admiral McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy Four-Star admiral and the former Chancellor of the University of Texas System. During his time in the military, he commanded special operations forces at every level, eventually taking charge of the U.S. Special Operations Command. His career included combat during Desert Storm in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued Captain Phillips. McRaven is also credited with developing the plan and leading the Osama bin Laden mission in 2011.

“Effective leadership is imperative to sustaining long term success. It’s a multifaceted trait requiring commitment and dedication to setting goals, effective communication, and inspiring and motivating those under you,” said TIA President & CEO Robert Voltmann. “We are excited to have Adm. McRaven deliver the keynote address and provide attendees with his insights into effective leadership learned from a decorated 37-year career in the United States Navy, and more recently as Chancellor of the University of Texas System.”

McRaven has been recognized for his leadership numerous times. In 2011, he was the first runner-up for TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year.” In 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named McRaven one of the nation’s “Top 10 Foreign Policy Experts.” In 2014, Politico magazine named McRaven one of the “Politico 50,” citing his leadership as instrumental in cutting through Washington bureaucracy. In 2015, he received the Intrepid Freedom Award for his distinguished service in defending the values of democracy. In 2016, McRaven was named the recipient of the Ambassador Richard M. Helms Award by the CIA Officers’ Memorial Foundation. In 2018, he was awarded the Judge William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of service to the nation.

The TIA 2020 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition is the only conference specifically designed for the brokerage-based 3PL industry. Primarily a networking and educational event, it will feature more than 100 educational opportunities: 18 education sessions, 120 Learning Center sessions, three pre-conference seminars, and five general sessions with top-tier panelists from across the transportation industry and more than 70 leading exhibitors and 10 different networking activities.

Registration for the conference is currently open and exhibitor opportunities are still available. For registration information or additional details regarding TIA’s 2020 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition, please click here.


The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $214 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines, doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of the 3PL industry to shippers, carriers, government officials and international organizations. TIA is the United States member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations, FIATA.

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