Lobbying Congress, again

In early June, I had the privilege of representing JBS Logistics and Koch Companies at the 2018 Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) Policy Forum in Washington DC. The Policy Forum is an annual event held exclusively for TIA members. The two-day event comprises of current industry briefings, educational seminars and congressional meetings.

The first day was for preparation and information. Chris Burroughs, TIA Director of Government Affairs, provided members with a comprehensive legislative update related to the 3PL industry. This was followed by a luncheon with expert seminars. TIA then welcomed Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13th/IL) to say a few words. Congressman Davis received this year’s TIA 3PL Congressional Leadership Award. The day ended with an exclusive tour and dinner at George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon.

The next day we hit the Hill for in-personal congressional meetings. The strategy was a local one. As part of the “IL” group – members from 3PL companies operating in Illinois – I was excited to get underway. With meetings scheduled back to back, we walked briskly to and from various Senate and House buildings, all closely surrounding the Capitol. In these meetings, we urged members to support the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act and the creation of a National Hiring Standard. In total, TIA members met with over 160 Members of Congress and their staff.

I had the pleasure to meet with JBS Logistics’ own U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam. Peter James Roskam is a U.S. Representative (R-IL 6th District), serving since 2007. I shared with Rep. Roskam about how important it was to me that small, family-run businesses are given a fair chance to thrive in today’s economy. In a follow up letter, I extended an invitation to Rep. Roskam to tour JBS Naperville.

On behalf of JBS and Koch, I would like to thank the TIA and members of Congress for the opportunity to take part in such an astounding event!

On June 6th, The Illinois team met with the congressional offices below:

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL/8th)

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL/6th)

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

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Joseph Gizzi

JBS Logistics & Warehousing, Inc.

A Division of Stan Koch Trucking

*TIA is premier organization for third-party logistics professionals doing business in North America. TIA provides resources, education, information, advocacy and connections to establish, maintain and expand ethical, profitable and growing businesses in service to their customers*.

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