TIA Says Farewell to CEO & Industry Leader

TIA President & CEO Robert Voltmann, CAE, Has Served the Organization for 23 Successful Years


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JUNE 10, 2020 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics industry, announced today that after a long and successful tenure, President & CEO Robert Voltmann, CAE, will be leaving the association at the end of September 2020. Voltmann joined TIA as CEO in June 1997.

“While this was a difficult decision for me, I have accomplished everything I was hired to accomplish,” said Voltmann. “Together, we took TIA from a fledgling organization with weak finances and turned it into an association worthy of the dynamic third-party logistics industry. TIA is now clearly recognized as the voice of third-party logistics and has the financial strength to continue to grow and change with the industry. It is time for me to continue to change and grow myself by taking on a new challenge and for TIA to transition to a new leader.”

Voltmann and TIA Board Chairman Brian Evans, CTB (President & CEO of L&L Freight Services), made the announcement to TIA Members and staff, adding, “We are forever grateful to Bob for his leadership, vision, and dogged determination to drive TIA to success,” said Evans. “When Bob started, TIA’s annual budget was $721,000 and last year it was $7.5 million; we had negative net assets and today we have reserves sufficient to carry us through the current crisis and meet the demands of the future; we had a very limited voice in Washington and now it strong and clear. While it is never a good time to change a winning lineup, we agreed that now was the best opportunity to do so for both TIA and Bob.”

Under Voltmann’s leadership, TIA membership more than tripled and now represents nearly 80 percent of the market by value, with a 92 percent annual retention rate or better. TIA is a leading and respected voice in Washington and around the world, and the TIA Political Action Committee was established to enhance TIA’s lobbying efforts.

The TIA Foundation was created to provide educational resources to TIA members and new market entrants, along with the TIA Leadership Academy that provides executive education to rising company stars. TIA also supports the business needs of its members through the TIA Services Corporation, providing insurance and other products to members as well as legal guidelines, including litigation, model contracts, and best practices.

“I have loved every minute of working with TIA Members and will miss the many friends I have made over the years. As Brian said, there is never a good time, sometimes we have to just take the plunge,” Voltmann said.

“We wish Bob every success and know that wherever he lands, that organization will be lucky to have him,” Evans added.

Doug Clark, a longtime industry executive and TIA Honorary Life Member, will serve as TIA’s interim President & CEO while the Board of Directors conducts its search for a new chief executive.

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 transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials and international organizations.

TIA is the premier organization for third-party logistics professionals in North America and abroad. Membership at TIA adds value to your business and provides resources for growth.
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