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April 11, 2017 3:35 PM, EDT
England Logistics President Beardall Begins Tenure as TIA Chairman
Ari Ashe/TT

LAS VEGAS — England Logistics President Jason Beardall has officially begun his tenure as chairman of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, following the 2017 TIA Capital Ideas Conference.

Beardall has served as a board member and executive committee member during his 13-plus years as a TIA member.

“I look at the industry today, and I feel like we’re just getting started,” Beardall said after taking the gavel on April 6. “I look at technology and the role it’s playing, as well as it will play in the future, and I get really excited. I’m very optimistic about the future.”

TIA has more than 1,600 members and provides third-party logistics companies with education, networking and representation in Washington.

Beardall emphasized that shippers should use TIA as a guidepost to find a third-party logistics provider that use best practices. He said his platform will focus on increasing awareness of the benefits available when shippers utilize TIA members.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration told the conference that there are more than 17,000 registered brokerage and 3PL companies. As a result, the association represents about 10% of the total businesses.

“I think shippers know who we are, but do they clearly understand the value that we bring? What if they did?” Beardall asked the attendees. “If we could get the point where shippers recognized members and the value there to the point that they said, ‘I only work with TIA members,’ if that became a prerequisite, all of a sudden, you’ve beat 90% of your competition in the marketplace.”