Robert Voltmann in September will step down as head of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), after driving its transformation over 23 years from a financially weak group with little voice on Capitol Hill to a stable force with three times the membership and congressional influence.
Voltmann — who served a three-year term on the now-defunct US Interstate Commerce Commission after being appointed by President George H.W. Bush — said in a statement he’s leaving TIA after accomplishing what he was hired to do. Since he joined in 1997, TIA said its annual budget has grown from $721,000 to $7.5 million; its membership rate has tripled to account for 80 percent of the market; and recent annual retention rates have tracked 92 percent and better.
“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,” Voltmann said in a statement. “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.”
During his tenure, the group created a political action committee to boost the group’s lobbying reach; established a leadership academy to support executives and up-and-comers; and formed a foundation to drive education for new industry entrants. Another arm — the TIA Services Corporation — provides insurance to members and keeps them up to speed on new legal guidelines such as model contracts and best practices.
Voltmann also recognized the increasing importance of technology to the brokerage industry and transformed TIA into a technology-oriented organization. That increased the scope of the association and lengthened its reach far beyond Capitol Hill. He also increased the international reach of TIA. Since 2015, Voltmann has been Secretary General of FIATA, the International Association of Freight Forwarder Associations.
Before joining TIA in 1997, Voltmann was director of the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), the shipper organization founded in Chicago in 1907. He joined NITL in 1992 after his three-year term at the ICC.
Doug Clark, an industry veteran, will serve as TIA’s interim president and CEO until the board of directors selects a new chief executive.