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Do I Really Need to be a Member?

Posted By Gail Rutkowski, Friday, April 08, 2016

I’m sure we’ve all looked at our professional association renewal when we receive it and thought ‘Do I really need to be a member?’ It seems like a lot of money and some of the multi-disciplinary bodies seem to offer similar benefits of membership for the same price or less. I am passionate about why you should be a member of a professional association, specifically NASSTRAC. I made the decision over twenty years ago to join NASSTRAC and I made another decision two years ago to become Executive Director. Here’s why:


  • I believe shippers need to step up and have their voices heard. In the transportation industry, no man is an island and it is only through working together can we achieve our mutual goals of efficient supply chains and transportation networks. Through NASSTRAC’s Education and Advocacy efforts, we help shippers look beyond their offices and docks to learn about what they can do to improve their operations today.

  • Additionally, it’s important to not be “surprised” by any regulatory or legislative changes that will impact your operations. There any many shippers out there who are not aware of the impact HOS has on their operation or how the new Driver Coercion regulation will affect how they manage their carrier/3PL relationships.

  • The friends I’ve made and the network that I have developed through my NASSTRAC membership has afforded me not only with life- long friends, but access to the best and brightest in our industry. To be able to pick up the phone or email another member for help has been my best membership benefit. And now, with the NASSTRAC View I can join the conversation with my fellow shipper members every month.

Finally, NASSTRAC’s upcoming Annual Shipper Conference & Transportation Expo is one of the best educational events in our industry. Join us this April 24-27 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL. There is still time to register at

Well I’ve told you why I’m passionate about why you should be a member of a professional association and hope that I expressed the importance of an association like NASSTRAC can have in developing your career and your operation. Now I want to hear from our members: Be proud to be a NASSTRAC member, shout it from the rooftops and educate others about us. What do you value about your NASSTRAC membership? Let us hear from you today!


See you in Orlando!

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