Airforwarders Association FORWARD Magazine, Fall 2018

Secretary’s Report 10 Forward Magazine Q Fall 2018 Airforwarders Association Although I hope to continue as a board member for one more term, this will be my last editorial as secretary of the AfA. Since it is a time of year to think about what we are grateful for, I must add the opportunity to have a platform to my list of thanks! By now it is surely obvious after writing a number of editorials that I believe bridges are important and that I hope people will focus on what we have in common rather than fighting over our differences. We have a lot of work to do, and cooperation is more important than ever. As I was trying to explain to my 6 year old, opposites are relative and only hold up in a given context, you change the context and they’re no longer quite opposite! The AfA has always aimed to focus on a pragmatic middle path that aims for outcomes rather than getting bogged down in distractions. Our industry is changing and so the focus of the AfA has sometimes needed to shift, but keeping Americans safe while also allowing those of us in the freight industry to operate and prosper has remained at the core since I have been here. Exactly how we do that, while addressing the individual needs of our members, is greatly affected by the discussions we have at regional events and our large Air Cargo conference as well as at meetings among the board, which is largely made up of members of the IAC community. This issue is centered around our members, and in the context of this work, that is by far what we on the AfA board are most thankful for! A T i m e f o r Reflection