Avalon Names Scholarship Winners for TIA’s CTB Program for Trimester 2

[Alexandria, Va., May 9, 2024] — The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) – the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce – announced the winners of the Avalon Risk Management Insurance Agency Certified Transportation Broker (CTB) Scholarship for Trimester 2 2024.

“We recognize that ongoing learning and professional development are crucial for success in today’s evolving business world,” said Lisa Vranich, vice president of Sales & Marketing at Avalon Risk Management Insurance Agency in Schaumburg, Ill. “That’s why Avalon Risk Management is proud to support TIA’s CTB program by offering two scholarships to deserving individuals. By supporting the CTB program, our goal is to foster the growth and success of individuals in the 3PL industry.”

Avalon has been awarding CTB scholarships since Trimester 2 2023. Since its inception, Avalon has awarded 8 scholarships to CTB students.

“We appreciate the generosity of Avalon in awarding two scholarships each trimester for our CTB program,” said Anne Reinke, president & CEO of TIA. “It is a testament to the value that companies place on the CTB certification in the logistics industry. Those who participate in the program are truly the best of the best in the industry.”

The Trimester 2 2024 scholarship winners are Aimee Wisniewski, operations supervisor of Hagen Logistics, LLC DBA Liquid Freight in Janesville, Wis., and Mike Beckwith, vice president of Brokerage for FreightPlus Inc. in Quincy, Mass.

In applying for the scholarship, Wisniewski wrote “The TIA Certified Transportation Broker Program would offer me a pathway to enhanced credibility with my customer/carrier base, industry knowledge, comprehensive training, risk mitigation, access to resources, and continuous improvement. By becoming certified, I would be able to differentiate myself in the marketplace, build trust with customers and carriers, and position myself for long-term success in the transportation and logistics industry.”

In his application, Beckwith outlined why earning his CTB will help not only his professional growth but also help his company. “From legal and regulatory compliance to industry best practices and effective management strategies, the course equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of the transportation industry successfully.”

For more information about TIA’s Certified Transportation Broker certification program, visit https://www.tianet.org/course-ctb/. Registration for Trimester 2 closes on May 13. Trimester 3 registration opens on May 13 with the course kicking off on Aug. 19.


 About TIA:

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $343 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 transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials, and international organizations. Learn more about TIA at www.tianet.org.



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