STC President's Message from David "Fish" Mihuta

STC President's Message from David
31 October 2010

Message from the president                                                                                               November 1st 2010 


     If you have listened to the radio or watched any TV this last month, you can sure tell it’s election time again in America. My father used to tell me that voting was the one freedom we have that sets us apart from the rest of the world. So regardless of party affiliation, do your part November 2nd, get out and cast your vote. “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that, and then I realized
I was somebody”. ~ Lily Tomlin


     October proved to be another outstanding month here in and around the coastal empire with lots of exciting opportunities to showcase our businesses and network with others in our industry.


     We started out on the 6th of the month with the Maritime after Hours networking social at Rocks on the Roof, Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. This very well attended event takes place the first Wednesday of each month at various locations in and around Savannah. As always, everyone is welcome and if anyone would like to have their email address added to the list they can send the request to: Coming November 3rd, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 111 W. Bay Street, Savannah, GA. 


     On the 8th a birthday party celebrating 80 years of excellence was held for D.J. Powers Company, Inc. at their corporate headquarters here in Savannah. Since 1930 D.J. Powers, a Global Third Party Logistics Provider offers a full range of Logistics and Supply Chain options that can be customized to meet the customer’s needs. Robert Pettigrew, past STC president is still very much active with the club and in addition to his work schedule at D.J. Powers, is busy coordinating details for the 2011 Transportation Club International Conference that is being held in Savannah fall of next year. Anyone interested in getting more involved or in lending him a hand give him a call, I’m sure he’ll be glad to hear from you.


     Coastal Logistics Group, Inc., president Chad Barrow has been named to the state of Georgia's Private Sector Advisory Committee for the Statewide Freight and Logistics Plan. This committee will join collaborative efforts already under way between the Department of Transportation, Gov. Sonny Perdue's office and the Department of Economic Development's Center of Innovation for Logistics. Congratulations and continued success to  Chad Barrow.


     “Lunch and Learn” this month was one of the best ever. Not only was the topic, Chassis Pools a subject that is on everyone’s mind, we were honored to have some industry experts in as presenters. John L Mizerek, Vice President of Sales, and Tommy Long, Regional Manager of Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. along with Robert Watson, Manager, Chassis Logistics and Robert Roselli, Director of Direct Chassis Link were in to update the record crowd what’s happening with chassis in the market place. We enjoyed seeing a lot of new faces and agreed that after the first of the year the STC will host another kind of chassis workshop. Watch for upcoming details as that develops. I would like to thank Rob Rowe of BH Transfer and Paul Gigis of BTT for helping MC the event. Also,  I would like to thank BH Transfer, Johnson Transportation, Pioneer Transport and Southern Cal Transport for corporately sponsoring the luncheon, can’t do it without you,  so thanks again.


     Attention all golfers, Joe Brinson, or more loving known as “Big Irish” Savannah Operations & Safety Howard Sheppard, Inc. has somehow gotten the lights turned back on at Crosswind Golf Club for the much anticipated return of Tin Cup. This last month we played the evening of the 21st, next month I believe it’s the 16th. Keep an eye out for that e-mail. Irish, I’m not alone; we love you and its great seeing you back in the saddle.


     I know there are a few STC members that have a super special place in their hearts for Ronald McDonald House and all the work that organization does for families that have children in the hospital. Spearheaded by Paul Gigis over at BTT, a group of ten of us went over on the 26th and prepared a meal. What a great way for us as a club to reach out and serve the community in which we live. If you’re not familiar with the services they provide, check them out at: If interested in helping out right away, The Southern Living Cookbook is currently on sale at Dillard's for $ 10.00. The proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses and Dillard's of Savannah sends their money right here to the local chapter. The cookbook is fantastic and would make someone a perfect Christmas gift. 


     In associated industry news, Mark Rogan, Industry Project Leader Georgia Work Ready Initiative at Savannah Technical College continues to work on the development of curriculum that will offer an associate’s degree in logistics. There are a few of us from the industry that are giving Mark some input on what companies will be looking for in employees in the future as this Coastal Georgia area continues to expand. If you are interested in helping out with this more than worthwhile project or would just like more information go to:  


     As you can tell, October 2010 was an extremely busy month for the Savannah Traffic Club and their members and friends that got involved. As we round third and head toward the end of the year, there will additional opportunities for us as an industry to get together and celebrate all that is good.


     One of the main goals of the Savannah Traffic Club has always been, cultivating an environment for education and networking among its membership. Over the next several months, I as your president am going to suggest that we include fellowship and service as part of our focus as well. These chances for us to get together provide much more than just another social function, they can become the life blood of your business and character if you choose to become engaged.


     The STC will also be looking at ways to improve the interaction of our website to include: additional helpful links, a message board, a photo gallery, a classified section were you could post resumes or help wanted ads, as well as a “take it to the next level” social networking page. STC is currently on Facebook but just wait until you see what we have planned for next year.


     Excitement continues to build for the upcoming Transportation Clubs International Conference Bridging Global Commerce” scheduled to be held here in the fall of 2011, Committees are being formed now to help coordinate such activities as: hospitality, transportation, sponsorships, golf outing, speakers, entertainment and advertising/public relations. I realize everyone is busy with their own pile of stuff;  however, if you have any interest in helping with any of the preparations for this great event, please feel free to contact me either by phone (912) 655-8518, or email  There is much to do and we could really use your help.


     To again quote one of my favorite comedians: “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that, and then I realized I was somebody”. ~ Lily Tomlin.


     Until next time, have fun, learn something new every day, and please make sure you take time Tuesday to get out and vote. It really does make a difference.




Warmest Regards,

David “Fish” Mihuta