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Thursday, October 27, 2016 -- 10:08 am EDT

Listen & Learn - Independent Contractors with specific rulings and updates in 2016.

Speaker Overview

-   Attorney Scott Callen (scallen@lilesgavin.com) or connect on LinkedIn.

-   Numerous representation matters for FMA members

-   Scope of Courier Company Clients:  Florida (south, central, north Florida) & Regional/National clients

-   Law firm has Tallahassee office to interface with state agencies and lawmakers.

-   Legal practice emphasis:  IC model creation and defense of claims, employment law, wage/hour, business/business owner legal protection, GIG economy, contractor and customer matters, general legal counsel services. 

Presentation Overview:  

-           2016 Legal Update & Preparing For 2017 

-           Independent Contractor/Employment/Business/Personal - Legal           Protections

Presentation Topics:

-           Wage/Hour Requirements:  New Overtime Regulations

                        -    What’s Required?

                        -    How to Handle?

-           Federal/State Unemployment Tax Audits Targeting Courier Industry

                        -   Industry Codes

                        -   How to Handle?

-           Preparing for “Cat 5” legal exposure hurricanes….

                        -   Individual Legal exposure?

                        -   Bankruptcy?

                        -   Business Planning & Legal Asset                                                                                Protection

-           Florida Litigation Against Courier Companies – Learning Experiences!

                        -   Arbitration

                        -   Doing Business with Businesses

                        -   Record of declining work

                        -   Waiting for work

                        -   Company vehicles

                        -   Controlling routes

                        -   Controls about how to do job

                        -   Customer complaints   

-           Pitfalls/Strategies for Independent Contractor Models

                        -   Business to Business

                                    -  Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)

                                    -  Occupational License

                                    -  Entity Formation (LLC, etc)

                                    -  Paying the Contractor’s Business

                        -   Arbitration Agreements

                                    -  Venue

                                    -  Arbitration cost sharing

                                    -  Attorney Fees

                                    -  No Collective or Class Action

                        -   Waiver of Jury Trial  

                        -   Waiting Time

                        -   Restrictions for working with other companies

                        -   Contractor Paying the Courier Company

                                    -  Expenses

                                    -  Opportunities/mini-Franchise?

                        -   Applicable to Contractor Workers

                        -   Indemnification for erroneous misclassification claims

                        -   Contract terminates after 6 months

                        -   Early Termination Fees

                        -   Too many details controlling IC vs. using details for company                          protections and showing contractor’s “agreement” to the control                                    terms.

 

-    Words and Things to Avoid For IC Misclassification

                        -  You “must” instructions and control for details

                        -  Scheduling Requirements vs. Terminate/Assess Fees

                        -  Performance reviews

                        -  Overtime & raises

                        -  Time sheets

-   What’s on the horizon for 2017?  New President, Rise of Gig Economy vs. More Federal/State Regulations

Thursday, May 26, 2016 -- 7:28 am EDT

Listen & Learn - Choose the best facility for your business!!- Contact Information

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Partner                                                                Principal

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Updated Wednesday, October 7, 2015 -- 3:38 pm EDT

FLORIDA MESSENGER ASSOCIATION HAS SUCCESSFUL LUNCH & LEARN IN FT LAUDERDALE

 

Thank you to all that attended the Lunch and Learn at Anthony’s Runway 84 in Fort Lauderdale on September 30th. For those who could not make it, we hope to see you at our final session of this year in Orlando on October 14th. The Lunch and Learn series occurs each year in the late summer/early fall through local lunch meetings scheduled in different regions of the state. The local nature of this meeting creates the opportunity for members and potential members to break away from their busy days to attend an informational, educational networking opportunity. Attendees glean information that they may not otherwise have been exposed to.

 

The FMA would especially like to thank Jeff Ice of Brightstone Insurance for sponsoring the event. Jeff led a very detailed and informative discussion covering all aspects of general liability and auto insurance as they pertain to protecting courier and transportation companies. His perspective provided insight into various risk management topics that all courier companies must consider.

 

In addition to our sponsor, attendees included Tim and Susan Petty from PetttyCo Express; Rich Brioso from Alpha Logistics; Larry Schwartz from Baron Messenger; Tom Coviello from ASAP; Rose Thomashow from Express Messenger; Steven and Mark Seltzer from Comet Delivery; Andy Moody, Harold Boyett, and Barrett Cook from Blue Streak Couriers; Steve Howard from Esquire Express; June Hayford and Chris Kane from Courierboard; Anthony Pavone from Quality Transportation; and Carlos Delgado from Fusion Logistics.

 

Our next and final session for this year will occur in Orlando on October 14th at 11:30 am at Maggiano’s Little Italy (9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819).

Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 11:02 am EDT

Listen & Learn - DOT Compliance - Contact Information

 We would like to thank Andrew Hixson with Craig Safety Technologies for a very informative meeting. I would encourage anybody with questions to reach out to Andrew.

 

Andrew Hixson

ahixson@craigsafety.com

Sales Director - Craig Safety Technologies

www.craigsafetytechnologies.com

(816) 888-8564  Office

(800) 593-2357  Fax

Updated Thursday, February 19, 2015 -- 11:33 am EST

Another Succesful Meeting

FMA Annual Winter Meeting 2015

The Florida Messenger Association hosted 80 attendees at its annual Winter Meeting at the Orlando Doubletree Universal Resort on January 23rd and 24th. The meeting was held on a Friday night and Saturday, which helped to attract newcomers to the meeting.  Attendees benefitted from networking opportunities on Friday night and the educational sessions on Saturday. It also provided a chance for companies to bring more members of their management teams, such as dispatcher managers and customer service managers. Attendance this year included a last minute surge of registrations.

This year’s event, themed “Business with a Purpose,” began on Friday night with an opening reception (attendee badges provided by Brightstone and Key Software), followed by a buffet dinner sponsored by CXT. After dinner, guests were treated to an insightful presentation from Adam Sarhan of Sarhan Capital. Mr. Sarhan discussed the differences between working “on” the business versus working “in” the business to add value to a company. After the discussion regarding business valuation and investing, the conversation turned to the topic of risk tolerance. Shortly thereafter, the meeting segued into a different version of risk tolerance — when Casino Night began. Participants enjoyed a number of opportunities to gamble with “funny money” which was later used to win phenomenal prizes such as tablets, gift cards, electronics, and a 55-inch flat screen television. The association appreciates Courierboard for sponsoring Casino Night. Many attendees won gifts valued at more than the cost of attending the event!

The Saturday session began with breakfast sponsored by the Friends of the FMA, which includes Baron Messenger, NE Where Transport, Manko Delivery Systems, and Stealth Courier. After breakfast, Thomas Jowers, vice president/chief operating officer of ADL Delivery and FMA president, gave opening comments before turning the microphone over to Harold Boyett, president of Blue Streak Couriers, and FMA board member and past president, who discussed the initiatives underway for the Government Affairs Committee. Harold talked about the upcoming state lobby days on March 10th and 11th.

The meeting continued with the keynote speaker, Kevin McCarthy, sponsored by ADL Delivery. Kevin spoke about the “On-Purpose Business Person.” His presentation was insightful and included some interaction with the audience. Attendee Lance Dearborn, of Air Traffic Services, and FMA board member, commented on Mr. McCarthy’s presentation: “As I listened to the topic of being on purpose, I felt motivated and inspired to look at my work in a much different way. I was intrigued by the concepts and perspective that Kevin discussed. His presentation is another example of how our association continues to help all of us raise the bar in our personal and professional lives.”

After the keynote presentation, Dan Schutt, president of Double Time Transit, FMA board member, and chair of the Membership Development Committee, addressed the group. He shared the efforts and results of the committee, and then he introduced the Spotlight Courier, Rebecca Knight of Bayside Courier in Saint Petersburg. Bayside is a new member, and Rebecca shared her enthusiasm with the group as she talked about her entry into the industry.

The meeting included two vendor fair sessions and two round table discussions, sponsored by Fleet Complete. Attendees were provided with “vendor passports,” which facilitated quality one-on-one time with vendors during the vendor fair sessions. The roundtable discussions were an opportunity for members to discuss topics important to the health of the industry, as well as best practices and shared experiences.

After lunch and the vendor fair, Harold Boyett led the panel discussion regarding the future of last mile delivery. The panel consisted of Matt Stofflet of Ensenda, Stuart Hayden of Fusion Logistics, and Ben Kaplan of Rightaway Delivery. The discussion gave the attendees great insight into the mindset and perspective of the third party logistics companies our industry serves.

Saturday afternoon continued with the Vendor Spotlight presentation featuring Chris Kane of Courierboard. Chris shared the latest versions of both Courierboard.com and their driver-recruiting site, cbdriver.com.  Courierboard continues to be a tremendous advocate for the FMA, and the association is thankful for their support.

The last presentation of the day was by Tim Cocchia of CXT. He had an astute approach regarding the direction and future of the technology of the industry. He covered topics such as the use of drones and unmanned vehicles for delivering packages.

The final moments of the meeting were another highlight of the annual event, as attendees participated in a raffle. Once again, attendees had a chance to win high-value prizes, such as a big screen television. The 50/50 raffle resulted in one of the members winning and then gifting their prize immediately to another member of the association who is experiencing a significant medical crisis in their family. The association did the same thing with the other 50%. This is a true testament to the character of the members of this fine organization.

Overall, the annual Winter Meeting for the Florida Messenger Association was successful. As always, the FMA leads the country when it comes to state association activities, and the Orlando Doubletree Universal continues to serve as a great venue for the meeting

On behalf of the board of directors, as well as the general membership, the FMA is sincerely thankful to our president, Thomas Jowers, for all of his hard work and dedication in organizing our annual meeting.

The feedback from the attendees continues to inspire the board of the association:

“I brought several members of my management team to the meeting because the main event was scheduled for a Saturday. Normally, I could not afford to lose six of my people on a weekday because of the demands of their daily responsibilities.” – Harold Boyett, FMA board member and President, Blue Streak Couriers, Jacksonville, Florida.

“The annual FMA meeting is a must-attend function for our team. They get to connect with other courier partners, see the latest vendor offerings, and gain valuable industry knowledge all at the same time. Each year the event improves, and we are looking forward to 2016.” – Walker Allen, President, Specialty Freight & Courier, Jacksonville, Florida

“My wife and I attend every year. We enjoy the camaraderie, coupled with the very informative guest speakers. The session with Adam Sarhan helped us, as business owners, to understand financial matters, and we thoroughly enjoyed Kevin McCarthy’s intuitive session on helping us to help others. Also, the round table discussions further broaden our business acumen by allowing us to trade ideas on how we each handle certain situations. If you didn’t attend this year, you must set a placeholder in your calendar for the end of January 2016.” – Steven Seltzer, Comet Delivery Services, Miami, Florida

“This fantastic event was packed with interesting speakers, industry experts and vendors, and non-stop networking. This signature event always exceeds my expectations. For courier, delivery, and trucking companies throughout the state of Florida and southeast United States, there is no better event to spotlight the important issues that our industry faces.” – Steve Howard, Esquire Express, Miami, Florida

“Engaging, intelligent, entertaining, and stimulating conference. Although these are powerful adjectives that I don’t use lightly, they still fall short of conveying what a GREAT association we are involved with.” – Bryan Bilchik, Chief Operating Officer, Manko Delivery Systems, Tampa, Florida

"Each year I look forward to attending the winter FMA meeting, not only for the social time with my fellow members, but for the learning experience and networking opportunities. This year, as in the past, I was not disappointed and look forward to next year. Another terrific event — kudos to the board members." – Gary Gilbertson, Vice President, Alpha Logistics Service, Orlando, Florida

“We are so glad that we made the time to go to such a great event. The knowledge that we gained and the contacts that we made are so valuable and so much more than we ever expected. We look forward to becoming an integral part of such a wonderful organization.” – Angie Chandler, President, Ace Courier & Delivery Service, LLC, Niceville, Florida

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Rebecca Knight, Operations Manager, Bayside Courier, Saint Petersburg, Florida

A special thanks to our generous sponsors:

Gold:
ADL Delivery
Brightstone
CXT Software
Key Software

Silver:
Fleet Complete

Bronze:
SCI
Datex
All Over Media

Friends of the FMA:
Baron Messenger
NE Where Transport
Stealth Courier
Manko Delivery Systems

Friday, November 21, 2014 -- 9:11 am EST

FMA hosts Lunch and Learn events in Orlando and Miami

Messenger and courier business owners attend luncheon that offers educational and networking opportu

Miami (October 27, 2014) - The Florida Messenger Association (FMA) presented its summer Lunch and Learn series in Orlando and Miami on August 20, 2014, and August 28, 2014, respectively. The Lunch and Learn event is an opportunity for businesses in the messenger and courier industry to come together for valuable education and networking experiences.

The theme for this year's series was "Focus on IC Compliance."  Shannon Armstrong, with the Association for Delivery Drivers, gave a presentation on "Keeping IC's Independent" and answered questions regarding IC Compliance. Henry Dixon, with Datatrac, presented a new tool called IPD Mobile. It is a mobile network of Independent Professional Drivers that Datatrac has developed that will allow IC's to offer their services to multiple clients to help strengthen the IC model.

Other objectives of the meeting included:

Networking

Sharing best practices regarding the IC business model

Encouraging involvement in the FMA and Customized Delivery and Logistics Association (CLDA) by recruiting new members to join the FMA

Vendor(s) educating and informing attendees on aspects of properly using independent contractors

The Lunch and Learn meetings were led by FMA President Thomas Jowers off ADL Delivery and sponsored by Datatrac. The FMA presents the Lunch and Learn series every summer throughout the state of Florida.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 -- 4:10 pm EDT

Record Attendance at FMA Lunch and Learn in Jacksonville

The Florida Messenger Association’s (FMA) regional Lunch and Learn series recently conducted its summer meeting in Jacksonville, FL July 28. The meeting was brought to order by FMA President Thomas Jowers of ADL Delivery and was attended by a record-setting group of 30 attendees. Tom opened by stating the meeting’s primary focus would be on proper utilization of independent contractors within the same-day delivery industry while some additional topics would be covered:

 

  • Networking
  • Sharing best practices regarding the IC business model
  • Encouraging involvement in both the FMA and Customized Delivery and Logistics Association
  • Vendor(s) educating and informing attendees on aspects of properly using independent contractors

 

After establishing the parameters of the meeting, Tom introduced Dan Schut of Double Time Transit, who not only discussed the importance of association membership to potential members but also encouraged current members to aid and assist with recruiting efforts.

 

Following Dan was the keynote speaker, Henry Dixon of DataTrac, who shared a new technology platform – www.ipdmobile.com – designed to enable contractors to work for many different courier companies simultaneously. This not only reinforces the fact contractors truly are independent but allows delivery companies to access more drivers whenever they need them, thus improving efficiency.

 

Following Henry’s presentation, the meeting continued with its focus on education with Shannon Armstrong of the Association for Delivery Drivers presenting various ways independent contractors can contract with multiple courier companies. Specifically, she touched on the importance of supporting the independence of the contract driver, making sure they are free of direction and control, as well as many other aspects of the work they accept from courier companies.  

 

This meeting was a great example of how business owners – that compete against other on a daily basis – can come together for the sake of their industry, become informed on current issues, and share ideas on how to best protect the independent contractor model.

 

July’s gathering, the first in a series of four scheduled to occur throughout Florida in late summer, was sponsored by Brightstone Insurance. The FMA appreciates the support of its vendors, especially Jeff Ice, managing director of Brightstone Insurance Services, LLC.

 

Attendees included Tom Jowers, Brian Sinquefield and Gareth Richards, ADL Delivery; Brian Davis, Double Time Transit, Inc,; John Ellison, Stealth Courier Services; Steve Armitage and Bryan Bilchik, MANKO Delivery Systems, Inc.; Tim Petty (immediate past president of the FMA), Megan Carney, and Sylvia Mencner of Pettyco Express; Chris Ebrahimoff and Terry Forgie, Budget Truck; Kim Blinn, Kyle Stewart, and Harold Boyett, Blue Streak Couriers; Kristen Scarborough, Fast Lane Express; Walker Allen and Dan Dipiero, Specialty Freight and Courier; Kelly Wilson, Community Couriers; Steve Lukenbach and Chris Flowers, Priority Couriers; John Dickerson, Dynamex; Favina Paris, B&B Expert Courier Service; Steve Wright, Air Van; Shannon Armstrong, The Association for Delivery Drivers; Matt McLaughlin and Scott Callen, Adams & Reese; and Henry Dixon and Ryan Dixon, Datatrac.

 

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 -- 8:18 am EST

Weekend Venue Produced Great Results for Florida Messenger Association’s Winter Meeting

The Florida Messenger Association hosted nearly 100 attendees at their annual Winter Meeting at the Orlando Doubletree Universal Resort in January. By changing to a Friday night/Saturday event from the previous year’s schedule of Thursday night/Friday, an incredible increase in attendance resulted. This agenda format allowed member companies to bring additional personnel as dispatchers and other employees were able to participate in the full agenda on Saturday.  “It was so nice to be able to focus on the speakers and participate in the roundtable discussions on a Saturday when my phone is not buzzing with emails, phone calls, and text messages,” said Steven Lukenbach of Jacksonville based Priority Couriers. “If this meeting were to occur on a weekday, I would be dealing with the normal barrage of smartphone activity.” Steve’s comments were echoed by many other members of the association who attended the event.

“I was able to bring several members of my management team to the meeting because the main event was scheduled for a Saturday,” said Harold Boyett, FMA Board Member and President of Jacksonville based Blue Streak Couriers. “Normally, I could not afford to lose four of my people on a weekday because of the demands of their daily responsibilities,” said Boyett.

The conference began on Friday afternoon once attendees registered and were provided with a “vendor passport.” These started being used immediately as the first agenda item was the vendor meeting, where FMA members were able to spend quality one-on-one time with vendors prior to the dinner reception and casino night. This vendor meeting was a direct result of the FMA implementing enhancements to the winter meeting as a result of feedback from both member and vendor attendees. “As a vendor to the courier industry we find it an incredible leverage of our time visiting with existing clients and meeting new prospects. How often can you get to talk to 50-70 courier company owners in one room?” said Chris Kane, CEO of Courierboard LLC.

The meeting continued on Friday night with a dinner reception and the ever popular casino night, where attendees won an ample supply of “funny money.”  At the end of the evening, the play money was exchanged for raffle tickets that were used to bid for more than two-dozen wrapped prizes. Participants walked away with great raffle prizes such as a 55-inch television, Samsung III Galaxy Tablets, Kindle Fire tablets, and dozens of gift cards. Many attendees won gifts valued at more than the cost of attending the event!

Throughout the evening, one vendor, Armstrong Consulting Group, LLC, provided attendees with complimentary “head shot” photograph opportunities. These pictures are great for profile images on company websites or sites such as LinkedIn. The board of the FMA expressed tremendous gratitude for Shannon Armstrong’s continued support of FMA.

On Saturday morning, the meeting began with opening comments from Tim Petty, FMA Board Member and President of Pettyco Express (Jacksonville), and the outgoing President of the FMA. Petty transferred the position of President to Thomas Jowers, FMA Board Member and Vice President of ADL Delivery, which operates throughout the state. Jowers presented his vision of the organization for the upcoming year, as well as a call-to-action for more members to get involved in the affairs of the association. Jowers then introduced Rob Hackbarth, the keynote speaker for the event.

Rob talked about the “B.E.T.” in life. He used personal stories and experiences to emphasize the importance of “Belief, Enthusiasm, and Team.” He tied his stories to the importance of these three success factors for anyone in a position of leadership. “I never realized how important it is to have someone who believes in you, and who will support you and be there for you, no matter what,” said Steve Howard, FMA Board Member and President of Miami based Esquire Express. “Even when we don’t realize it, we all have a centerfielder there to always have our back and to support us in our efforts to succeed in life,” he added.

The Saturday agenda continued with two roundtable discussions at which members discussed topics such as overcoming funding needs, customer diversification, exit strategies, and standard operating procedures (SOPs). The cross-pollination of ideas has always been a strong point for members of the FMA and the roundtable discussions simply reinforce the sharing of best practices among member companies.

After the roundtable discussions concluded, Shannon Armstrong, of Armstrong Consulting Group, LLC, shared her experiences and knowledge regarding the proper use of the Independent Contractor business model in the same-day delivery industry. Her presentation included a Q & A session where members were able to get answers to specific questions regarding the industry and compliance.

The afternoon portion of the agenda was started by special panel discussion moderated by Harold Boyett, FMA Board Member and President of Blue Streak Couriers, based in Jacksonville. The panel consisted of customers representing three unique industries.  These panelists responded to questions such as, “What are the three most important decision criteria when selecting a courier company, and how do you leverage the technology provided by your courier company?” This session also ended with an opportunity for the audience to ask additional questions of the customers on the panel.

Hazen Mirts, President of Enrollment First, Inc. provided insight on the Affordable Care Act and its implications for small businesses as well as independent contractors. His session was not only intriguing but informative and ended with an interactive Q & A.

As the meeting began to wrap up, participants with visits documented on the aforementioned vendor passports were eligible to participate in the raffle at the end of the day. Again, big screen televisions, Kindle Fire tablets, iPads, Blackberry phones, Samsung phones, and gift cards were given to participants whose completed passports were drawn from a hat.

Overall, the annual winter meeting for the Florida Messenger Association was another successful event. As always, the FMA leads the country when it comes to state association activities and the Orlando Doubletree Universal continues to serve as a great venue for the meeting. “I drive by the hotel every day and I did not realize what a great meeting facility it was,” said Pat Bronos of Orlando based A.S.A.P. Couriers.

“The 2014 FMA Winter Meeting was another spectacular meeting in Florida. It was two days that were filled with thought-provoking speakers, educational discussions, and great networking opportunities,” said Lance Dearborn, CEO and President of Orlando based Air Traffic Services.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 -- 10:06 am EDT

Shutl to leverage CXT Software’s carrier network for deliveries

CXT Software, a leader in providing automation technology to expedited delivery and last-mile logistics companies, announced today that Shutl (shutl.com), as part of its U.S. launch, has partnered with CXT Software (cxtsoftware.com) to utilize its network of same-day carriers. Under this partnership, the two companies are teaming up to provide the Shutl integration to approved CXT Software customers at no additional monthly cost during the initial ramp up phase.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for CXT Software carriers to become a part of Shutl’s delivery platform at a very attractive price point,” according to Mike Fiorito, Shutl’s Head of North American Operations. “Partnering with CXT Software’s carriers is an important part of our growth strategy in the U.S. and Canada.”

“Teaming CXT Software carriers up with Shutl is a win-win,” explains Darin Soll, CXT Software’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to partner with Shutl to help drive additional delivery volume to our valued customers.”

The Shutl integration enables approved CXT Software carriers to receive delivery orders from Shutl and provide status feedback to Shutl on delivery progress, all via electronic data interchange.

About Shutl
Shutl is a branded same-day and same-hour delivery platform that connects multi-channel retailers with local same-day courier companies, providing shoppers with the world’s fastest and most convenient delivery service. With Shutl consumers can receive their purchases within minutes of order or select a 1-hour delivery window. Shutl operates 24/7 and can be offered to shoppers at a comparable price to standard delivery, often even for free. Shutl’s point-to-point delivery model has been proven at scale on a national basis in UK, where it has been operating for 3 years before launching its offerings in North America. Find out more at www.shutl.com.

About CXT Software
CXT Software is a leading provider of software products that help package and parcel delivery companies manage on demand, route, and distribution work. The company is dedicated to providing courier, messenger, regional carrier, distribution, and last mile logistics companies with the tools necessary to compete and grow in an ever-evolving marketplace. CXT Software is an Arizona company headquartered in Phoenix. For more information on CXT Software, visit www.cxtsoftware.com.

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Updated Thursday, August 1, 2013 -- 11:05 am EDT

Quality Transportation Moves to New Facility

Expands Courier and Warehousing Capabilities

For Immediate Release:

Move will better serve growing client base in Southern Florida

Deerfield Beach, FL - August 1, 2013 - Quality Transportation, a leader in logistics consulting, customized same day delivery and warehousing management, has relocated its Florida operations to a new, larger facility in Deerfield Beach, FL;  a move that will allow the rapidly expanding company to better serve its customer base.

The new facility features expanded on-site warehousing, closed loop scanning capabilities, executive offices and an enhanced customer service center. The 26,000+ square foot facility provides vertical service capabilities including critical parts storage, fulfillment, racking, replenishment, climate controlled storage as well as last mile services including home delivery, retail distribution and secure pharmaceutical distribution.

 “Expanding our facility to better serve our growing client base evidences Quality Transportation’s strong commitment to exceed its customers’ expectations. In addition to our scheduled/routed deliveries, on-demand, medical logistics, facilities management and fleet replacement, we now have a centrally located warehouse in the South Florida market to better serve our customers’ needs.” stated Julius DeVito, CEO and President at Quality Transportation.

While this new office further strengthens Quality Transportation’s presence in South Florida, Quality Transportation also has a strong presence in the five boroughs of NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, and the New England markets, and provides nationwide services through a national network of logistic partners. Quality Transportation’s new Florida facility is located at 730 South Powerline Road, Suite D, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442.

IF YOUR BUSINESS DEMANDS QUALITY, we invite you to call our new Florida facility in Deerfield Beach at (954) 917-9515 and learn more about what we can do for you!  To hear about how we can service your needs in other markets, please contact our NY headquarters office at (212) 481-ASAP or visit us at www.qualitytca.com.

Monday, February 11, 2013 -- 8:12 am EST

2013 FMA Winter Meeting Summary

In late January, nearly 100 representatives from same-day transportation companies, vendors and business associates from around the country gathered at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida for the Florida Messenger Association’s 2013 Winter Meeting. The two-day event featured a vendor exposition, round table discussions and keynote speeches by nationally recognized business experts, as well as updates on the organization and future plans from outgoing FMA president Harold Boyett of Blue Streak Couriers.

Attendees were also treated to an appearance by special guest Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer of Florida. Atwater, who stopped in Orlando specifically to attend the conference, spoke about the value of small businesses to the state’s economy and what Florida legislators are doing to ensure their continued growth.

Atwater praised small business owners for their determination, intuitiveness and ingenuity. “In the past several years, we lost 170,000 small businesses which couldn’t survive,” he said. “And those of you who are still in business had to use every possible skill set you have to survive in this economy.” 

Atwater assured FMA members of his office’s continued commitment to seeing small businesses in Florida succeed. “We’ve raised the exemption on corporate taxes for small businesses, reduced property taxes and reduced spending,” Atwater said. Translation: smaller government, reduced taxes and lower debt means a better atmosphere for small businesses to thrive.

Day two of the conference proved equally inspiring for participants with the recognition of Dan Schutt of DoubleTime Transit as the “Spotlight Courier” and a dynamic presentation by international keynote and motivational speaker Andre J. van Rensburg and his business philosophy, TEAMS (Together Everyone Achieves More Success).

A native of South Africa, van Rensberg used his personal experience and knowledge of animal behavior in the African bush as a metaphor for team-building in the corporate world. Using powerful video of elephants, cheetahs, impalas – and other creatures in the wild – he demonstrated the importance of territorial awareness, maximizing individual personal strengths, creating rituals to strengthen the pack through social interaction, trust, focus and team maintenance.  

Other conference speakers included Steven Pletcher, a partner in the law firm of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson and Feary, whose presentation, “Affordable Care Act: Facts & Fiction,” addressed the key features of the law as they relate to small business; and Mardy Sitzer of Bumblebee Design & Marketing, who spoke on the importance of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and Google+, as well as blogs and e-newsletters, to promote business, interact with customers and create goodwill.

FMA members and vendors also participated in two sessions of round table discussions, covering topics such as expanding your business into new market verticals, as well as responding to the challenges of the lackluster economy.

In his last official capacity as FMA president, Boyett addressed the group about future plans of the association before handing over the reins to incoming president Tim Petty of Pettyco Express, whose term began January 25, 2013.

“I am honored to have been the leader of this wonderful organization over the past year. There is so much excitement within our group about the great plans we have for 2013. I look forward to leading the legislative efforts this year as I transition into the position of immediate past president and chair of the Government Affairs Committee” said Boyett.

Attendees had nothing but positive comments about the conference, including Steve Howardof Esquire Express/Esquire Logistics who called it, “an amazing event for anyone in the expedited transportation industry,” and Mike Milam of Runabout Couriers who praised the content and camaraderie.

In the end, the event exemplified FMA’s mission to improve and advance the common business interests of messengers, couriers, and transportation services, and their companies in Florida.

The mission of the FMA is to improve and advance the common business interests of couriers, messengers and transportation providers throughout the State of Florida for the benefit of the public need for such services.

Updated Monday, February 11, 2013 -- 8:07 am EST

FMA Unveils New Logo

The Florida Messenger Association (FMA) is excited to unveil its new logo. FMA board member Thomas Jowers led the charge to create a new logo that would be representative of the association’s progression towards development and growth. Chosen from a field of worthy contenders, the logo, with its vivid colors that shift from dark to light, symbolizes the bright future of both the association and the same-day delivery industry in Florida. 

As FMA members work together, they will find ways to improve how business is conducted throughout the state, making each company more profitable for owners and independent contractors alike. All industry partners who do business in the State of Florida are encouraged to take an active role in advancing the objectives of the association and contributing to its bright future!

The mission of the FMA is to improve and advance the common business interests of couriers, messengers and transportation providers throughout the State of Florida for the benefit of the public need for such services.

Updated Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- 9:03 am EST

FMA Names New President and Vice President

The Florida Messenger Association (FMA) recently selected Tim Petty, of Pettyco Express to succeed outgoing President, Harold Boyett, of Blue Streak Couriers. Thomas Jowers, Vice President/COO of Advantage Delivery and Logistics, will assume the role of Vice President.

Petty founded Pettyco Express in 1988 and it grew rapidly from a startup company to its current 22-door facility capable of facilitating everything from a single envelope to shipments up to 45,000 lbs.

"I am excited for the opportunity to serve as president of the FMA. This is the best and most challenging business around. I love the new technology provided to our industry and look forward to continue growing the FMA to a higher level,” Petty said.

Tim has been actively involved with the FMA since its reemergence several years ago as well as a member of the Messenger Courier Association of America (MCAA) for the past 12 years. Tim is presently serving his 3rd term as President of the Transportation Club of Jacksonville and has also served as President of the Northside Business Leaders, being voted member of the year 2 consecutive years.

Outside of his career, his passion for the past the 18 years has been teaching the college and career class at his church, where he also serves as a Trustee.

Jowers began his career in logistics in 1994 serving as a service facilitator at what was then known as U.S. Delivery. Shortly thereafter, he became the Director of Logistics for Dedicated Services, Inc. After the company was purchased, Jowers stayed on as Director of Logistics for what became Noble Logistic Services.

After a few years Jowers was offered a position as a partner with Advantage Delivery & Logistics where he remains. “Jowers has been instrumental in the planning and execution of the past three very successful FMA meetings and will undoubtedly bring a lot of experience and enthusiasm to his new role,” Boyett offered.

The mission of the FMA is to improve and advance the common business interests of couriers, messengers and transportation providers throughout the State of Florida for the benefit of the public need for such services.

Updated Thursday, January 3, 2013 -- 8:13 am EST

FMA Winter Meeting

January 24-25, 2013

The 2013 FMA Winter Meeting will be held in Orlando, FL January 24-25, 2013. Click on the link below for more information.

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Updated Friday, August 24, 2012 -- 11:32 am EDT

Priority Couriers featured in 2 recent Jacksonville Business Journal articles

FMA member Priority couriers was featured in 2 recent articles. Click on the link below to read articles by Ashley Gurbal Kritzer and Sarah Mueller.

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Updated Monday, August 6, 2012 -- 3:28 pm EDT

FMA Lunch & Learn Meeting Held in Orlando

The fourth regional Florida Messenger Association (FMA) “Lunch and Learn” meeting was held in Orlando, FL on August 1, 2012. The meeting was attended by Pat Bronos of A.S.A.P. Courier Services; Kelly Caldwell of Air Traffic Services; Steve Zinck of All Canadian; Brian McKenzie of Alpha Logistics Service; Harold Boyett, Vince Lambert, Gabe Allen and Lynne Snyder of Blue Streak Couriers; Daryl Cook of Coastal Courier, Inc.; Doreen Dow of Citrus County Courier; Dan Schutt of Double Time Transit; Shannon Chapman and Dan Fee of Fleetgistics; Tim Petty of Pettyco Express; Tom Misner of Quick-Path Couriers; Mike Milam of Runabout Courier and Toni Pompa of Tri County Courier. This meeting – the fourth and final of the inaugural round planned – solidifies the blueprint for future meetings. Additionally, with 17 attendees, this session achieved the highest attendance of the four. The objectives of the meeting included:

• Discuss past and potential future legislation that could impact the independent contractor (IC) business model
• Share best practices regarding the IC business model
• Network
• Encourage involvement in FMA and Messenger Courier Association of America (MCAA)
• Discuss vendor sponsorship for future meetings
• Educate and inform each other
Harold Boyett shared the history of the FMA, including the efforts to work with the legislature to help clarify the definition of an independent contractor as it relates to the courier segment of the transportation industry. The group discussed the three statutes which association has helped to clarify:

Workers’ Compensation Statute 440.02 (15) (c) 4.1 (d)

Unemployment Compensation Statute 443.1216 (13) (w)

Local Business Tax Certificates: Statute 440.02 (15)

The dialogue then turned to industry best practices regarding the independent contractor business model. The group discussed the importance of supporting the independence of the contract driver, making sure they are free of direction and control, as well as many other aspects of the work they accept from courier companies. Concepts such as maintaining “Job Rejection Logs” and “Negotiation Logs” are methods which support the independent nature of independent contractors. The attendees shared their thoughts with each other and the dialogue was intriguing and insightful. Near the end of the meeting, Harold Boyett presented the concept of mentoring other business owners in our industry and sharing ideas and best practices with each other as a way of improving our industry. This proposal was embraced by the attendees who appeared eager to share their experiences with others. Finally, Boyett extended an invitation for attendees to join the MCAA. “By maintaining active membership, attending annual meetings and participating in federal and state lobby days, we all demonstrate the strength and commitment for our state association and our industry,” he concluded.

In summary, this was a great example of how business owners that compete against other on a daily basis can come together for the sake of their industry, become informed on current issues and share ideas on how to best protect the independent contractor model.

Updated Friday, June 1, 2012 -- 9:40 am EDT

FMA Lunch & Learn Meeting held in Fort Lauderdale

The third regional meeting in the FMA Lunch & Learn series was held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on May 30th, 2012. The meeting was attended by 14 individuals representing 10 courier companies. This meeting is the third of its kind and will continue to be replicated in each of the major markets in Florida over the next several months. Look for an announcement about the meeting to be held in Orlando very soon!

Meeting attendees contributed to the discussions held at the Lunch & Learn held in Jacksonville and Miami as outlined below.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 -- 11:08 am EDT

FMA Lunch & Learn Meeting, Fort Lauderdale

The next installation in the FMA Lunch & Learn series will be held from 11:30 to 1:00 on May 30th, 2012 at Bimini Boatyard located at 1555 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Topics of discussion will include a number of discussions in the Florida legislature that affect our industry. For more infomation, please contact Toni Pompa, toni@tricountycourier.com.

Updated Tuesday, May 8, 2012 -- 10:40 am EDT

FMA Lunch & Learn Meeting, Tampa

The second regional meeting in the FMA Lunch & Learn series was held in Tampa, FL on April 16, 2012. The meeting was attended by 11 individuals representing 8 courier companies. This meeting is the second meeting of its kind and will continue to be replicated in each of the major markets in Florida over the next several months. Look for announcements of meetings to be held in Orlando and Miami very soon!

Meeting attendees continued the discussion initiated at the Lunch & Learn held in Jacksonville in February as outlined below.

Updated Saturday, April 28, 2012 -- 1:45 pm EDT

Inaugural FMA Lunch & Learn Meeting, Jacksonville

The inaugural Florida Messenger Association (FMA) “Lunch and Learn” meeting was held in Jacksonville, Florida on February 17, 2012. The regional meeting was attended by 14 individuals representing 7 courier companies serving Jacksonville. This meeting was the first of its kind and will be replicated in each of the major markets in Florida over the next several months.

The objectives of the meeting included:

  • Discuss past and potential future legislation that could impact the independent contractor business model
  • Share best practices regarding the IC business model
  • Network
  • Encourage involvement in FMA and MCAA
  • Discuss vendor sponsorship for future meetings
  • Educate and inform each other

FMA President Harold Boyett shared the history of the FMA, including the efforts to work with the legislature to help clarify the definition of an independent contractor as it relates to the courier segment of the transportation industry. The group discussed the three statutes that the association has helped to clarify:

Workers’ Compensation (Statute 440.02 (15) (c) 4.1 (d))

Unemployment Compensation (Statute 443.1216 (13) (w))

Local Business Tax Certificates (Statute 440.02 (15))

The dialogue then turned to industry best practices regarding the independent contractor business model. The group discussed the importance of supporting the independence of contract drivers, making sure they are free of direction and control, as well as many other aspects of the work they accept from courier companies. Concepts such as maintaining “Job Rejection Logs” and “Negotiation Logs” are methods that support the independent nature of independent contractors. The attendees shared their thoughts with each other and the dialogue was intriguing and insightful.

Near the end of the meeting, Harold Boyett presented the concept of mentoring other business owners in the same day delivery industry, and sharing ideas and best practices with each other as a way of improving the industry. This proposal was embraced by attendees, who seemed eager to share their experiences with other owners. Harold also extended an invitation to join the FMA and MCAA and to be involved in annual meetings and participate in federal and state lobby days in Washington, DC and Tallahassee, to demonstrate the strength and commitment for our state association and our industry.

In summary, this meeting was a great example of how business owners who compete against each other on a daily basis, can come together for the sake of their industry, become informed on current issues, and share ideas on how to best protect the independent contractor model.

Updated Saturday, January 14, 2012 -- 9:05 am EST

FMA President's Letter - January 2012

It Was a Very Good Year Positive Momentum in 2011 Positions FMA for 2012

As my first President’s message, I would like to start by wishing all of you a happy and prosperous New Year! Thank you to our immediate past President, Larry Schwartz of Baron Messenger Service, for his service over the past several years. Larry’s dedication and efforts have propelled us to a level which none of us could have imagined. It is my earnest desire to build upon the work he has done. I am honored to now serve as the leader of the Florida Messenger Association. We have completed another very successful year, and we look forward to a continued bright future. Here is a brief overview of what we accomplished under Larry’s leadership…

We Started the Year Off Strong With Our Best Annual Meeting to Date

The twoday event was held in Orlando, Florida, and attended by over 100 people, representing more han 70 member companies, and more than 30 vendors and guests. The agenda began on Thursday aternoon with a tour of Air Traffic Services, Inc. (ATS). Lance Dearborn, President of ATS, conducted an indepth tour of his impressive new 60,000 square foot facility. The attendees regrouped for the vening festivities which included a reception and dinner. State of Florida Senator D. Alan Hayes (R20) rovided an outlook on the business climate in Florida, as well as costcutting initiatives at the state evel. He also provided insight to the audience regarding the importance of getting to know their egislators at both the state and national levels. Our generous sponsors provided so many door prizes, nearly everyone won something to take home.

We Had a Very Successful Federal Lobby Day In March

Twelve members of the FMA (up from four in 2010) returned to Washington, D.C. for the annual Government Affairs Day conducted by the Messenger Courier Association of the Americas (MCAA). After meeting with lawmakers and their representatives from eight offices in 2010, the Florida delegation set their sights on securing appointments with every Florida member’s office. Mission accomplished.  During the daylong visit, members of the FMA met personally with Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R 4), Kathy Castor (D11), Richard Nugent (R5), Frederica Wilson (D17), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D20), Alcee Hastings (D23), and Senator Bill Nelson. Additional meetings were held with staff of each of the remaining representatives and senator. All 27 offices for Florida were visited.

A Successful State Lobby Day Occurred in April

Knowing firsthand how important it is to keep close contact with members of Congress in Washington, we reaffirmed our commitment to keeping state delegates aware of the FMA, as well. During the two day visit in Tallahassee, members of the FMA met personally with nearly a dozen state representatives and senators, as well as conducted visits with the staff of many other offices. These visits paid dividends when legislation was introduced which impacted our industry. We were able to proactively address this legislation. We made sure our legislators understood the impact for our businesses.

Looking Ahead to Another Great Year

Our winter meeting will be held on January 26 th and 27th in Orlando. We would be honored if you would join us. Our association is vital to the health of our industry. By joining together, we protect our collective interests. When I attended my first meeting, it felt a little strange to be talking to my competition, however, I quickly realized that I had so much in common with other courier company owners. These are the rare, few individuals with daily experiences similar to mine. This is an extraordinary opportunity for you tomeet and visit with so many other courier company owners in one place at one time.

The FMA meeting provides more than just networking opportunities. You will find potential customers in other members. When other courier companies need help in your part of the state, they are much more likely to call someone they know, like you, rather than just searching for any agent they can find. You will also have the opportunity to meet with dozens of vendors who can provide you with technology, services, and products which provide value. These are the bestinbreed vendors for our ndustry. The agenda has a couple of sessions where government officials will offer their insight on ndustry, and small business in general. We also have Rick McClelland speaking. Mr. McClelland is the ormer CEO of Dynamex, one of the largest companies in our industry. He was able to grow his cmpany to a North American powerhouse with more than $400 million in annual revenues. I am looking forward to the ideas he will give me on how to run and grow my business. Lastly, the meeting will have educational value for everyone, and each company represented will benefit from the information shared. We only conduct a meeting like this one time a year, and it would be great if you could join us.

We are a very inclusive group of people and we are focused on the health of our industry. Our association has gained significant momentum over the past two years, and we would like for all courier companies in Florida to join us. If you would like more information regarding the meeting, please see our website at www.floridamessenger.org or, you can contact me at president@floridamessenger.org, and I will send more information to you. I look forward to our association accomplishing great things in 2012.

Sincerely,

Harold N. Boyett

President, Florida Messenger Association

Updated Thursday, October 27, 2011 -- 3:05 pm EDT

Same-Day Delivery Industry Lobby Day in Washington Set for 2012

MCAA Holds Fifth Annual Lobby Day on February 28th, 2012

MCAA holds a Government Affairs Lobby Day each spring which allows courier companies to voice their concerns directly with the decision makers. This event is a great opportunity to meet with federal elected officials to educate them on the importance of the courier industry and the vital role it plays in the American economy.

This year's Government Affairs Lobby Day will be held on Tuesday, February 28th, at the Washington Marriott in Washington, DC.  An evening reception will be held on the evening of February 27th. 

More information on registration for the meeting and hotel reservations coming soon! 

MCAA Government Affairs Lobby Days include a morning education session featuring key Congressional and Washington insiders. Attendees hear how the current political landscape will affect the industry and the likelihood of legislation moving through Congress.

MCAA has been able to arrange a very impressive array of speakers and educational content for the previous Government Affairs Lobby Days. Past congressional speakers have included Congressman John Tanner (D-TN), Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI), Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Congressman Jim Barrow (D-GA), Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Congressman Tom Price (R-GA), Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL), and many congressional policy staffers. Other speakers have included former IRS trial lawyers, NFIB tax policy experts, and several representatives from Washington lobbying firms.

The Government Affairs Lobby Day always contains time in the afternoon for attendees to meet with their federal elected representatives. In advance of the event, MCAA schedules all Capitol Hill meetings and provides each congressional office with some background information on the Association. MCAA has typically scheduled well over 100 meetings each year. This is the highlight of the event for many members and countless valuable contacts have been made through this process.


 To register, contact John Ferraro, MCAA Government Affairs Director, at 202-207-1121 or jferraro@kellencompany.com

About MCAA

The Messenger Courier Association of America (MCAA) is the voice of the expedited delivery industry.  Its members keep the wheels of commerce rolling in North America.  MCAA is the largest trade association in the expedited delivery industry providing time-critical deliveries to both expediters and shippers.  Since 1987, the MCAA has promoted and advanced the professionalism of the same-day delivery industry through education and advocacy.   For more information see www.mcaa.com

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Updated Sunday, February 6, 2011 -- 1:12 pm EST

Florida Messenger Association Builds Strong Momentum at Winter Meeting

Annual Meeting In Orlando Huge Success

Orlando, Florida – The Florida Messenger Association held their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida on January 27thand 28th.  The two-day event was attended by over 100 people representing more than 70 member companies and more than 30 vendors and guests.  The agenda began on Thursday afternoon with a tour of Air Traffic Services, Inc. (ATS).  Lance Dearborn, President of ATS and Kelly Caldwell, Senior Operations Manager conducted an in-depth tour of their impressive new 60,000 square foot facility.  The attendees regrouped for the evening festivities for a reception and dinner.  Datex, Inc. and Brightstone Insurance Services, LLC sponsored the reception. 

The Friday agenda began with opening comments by FMA President, Larry Schwartz of Baron Messenger Service, Inc.  He was followed by Keynote Speaker, Sate of Florida Senator D. Alan Hayes (R-20) . His comments included an outlook on the business climate in Florida, as well as cost-cutting initiatives at the state level.  He provided insight to the audience regarding the importance of getting to know their legislators at both the state and national levels. 

The morning continued with committee reports.  Steve Howard, FMA Treasurer and President of Esquire Express, Inc. gave the Treasurer’s Report.  Larry Schwartz provided a brief report on website activities, including glowing reviews of the performance of hits and click through rates for those who are advertising on the FMA website.  Steven Seltzer, GLAC chair and President of Comet Delivery Services gave the report for the Government and Legal Affairs Committee.  He reported on the identical bills recently submitted in the Florida State House of Representatives and Florida Senate regarding the description of an independent contractor for business tax purposes.  Steven also discussed plans for the Florida delegation to “storm the hill” on March 2ndand 3rdfor the MCAA Lobby Day, as well as the upcoming Florida Lobby Day in Tallahassee.  

Chris Kane, chair of the Vendor Relations Committee and President of Courierboard.com commented on the tremendous support given by the large list of vendors who contribute to the FMA.  Tim Petty, chair of the Membership Committee and President of Pettyco Express, talked about the tremendous effort and superlative results achieved in reaching dozens of new and hundreds of potential members.  

Special recognition went to Kim Ganoe of Datex and Chris Kane of Courierboard for their contribution.  Harold Boyett, FMA Vice President, and President of Blue Streak Couriers is the also the chair of the Public Relations Committee.  He asked all members to become a fan of the FMA Face Book page and shared the vision for promoting the importance of customers doing business with FMA members.   Harold was followed by the spotlight presentation conducted by Lance Dearborn of Air Traffic Services, Inc. Lance captivated the audience with the incredible story of how the company began as a local hot shot, on-demand service provider that grew into a regional powerhouse. 

The second featured speaker of the morning was Forest Kragten, Vice President at Network Global Logistics.  Mr. Kratgen spoke about the importance of business valuation and the various concepts involved in knowing how to properly asses a business’ worth.  Kim Ganoe from Datex followed with a brief description on how her company can help members of the Florida Messenger Association.  Lunch was sponsored by Complete Innovations, a leading global provider of mission critical operational solutions for mobile workforce and transportation-related companies.  Stephen Nesbit, Senior Account Executive for Complete Innovations, spoke to the group after lunch and he received a standing ovation at the end of his comments.

Daniel Kirk, Chief Executive Officer of Big Dog Logistics, then highlighted best practices for a courier company to position itself as a provider of choice for third party logistics companies (like Big Dog.)  His story was full of examples of how successful partnerships have been forged with companies throughout the country.  He shared the history of his company including how it received its name. 

John Benko, of MANKO Delivery Systems, Inc. spent a few minutes updating the group on the activities of the MCAA.  In particular, he urged everyone to be involved with National Lobby Day on March 2ndand 3rd.  Brian Jungeburg and Howard Schlactus introduced the new Brightstone Insurance Services, LLC.  They talked about the new, larger, stronger organization and the ability to serve the FMA members better than ever before. 

The last presentations of the day included “Dr. FMA,” the resident expert on health.  He showed the members of the audience how to perform a “health check” on their company.  Thomas Jowers, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Advantage Delivery and Logistics followed with a presentation on the four “P’s” of marketing.

 The sponsors should be commended for their generous donations of door prizes.  The list of prizes included a forty-seven inch flat screen television, a Wii game console, two laptops, ipods, American Express gift cards, a Kindle, 3 Blackberry devices, a high speed air card and a certificate to be used toward medical courier training. 

Thank you to all of our sponsors:  AT&T, Avalon Risk, Brightstone, Complete Innovations, Courierboard.com, CXT, Datatrac, Datex, Integrity Medical Courier Training, SCI.  Nearly half of the attendees left with some type of door prize. 

The meeting committee did an excellent job. Tim Petty, President of Pettyco Express, Kim Ganoe, of Datex, Inc., and Chris Kane of Courierboard.com, performed an organized and powerful phone campaign to reach dozens of companies who would otherwise not have known about the meeting.  

The Association would like to express a very special thanks to Thomas Jowers, of Advantage Delivery and Logistics, as he worked tirelessly to put together and amazing meeting. 

 If you missed this meeting, you really missed it.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 -- 9:30 am EDT

Esquire Express Purchased 6 Scanning Units from Datex

Newsflash!!!

I recently purchased 6 scanning Units from Datex. They are much better than my old vendor, so spread the word. They are local (Tampa based), their prices are much better than most, and they sponsor and support the FMA. What else can you ask for?

Steve Howard, President

Esquire Express, Inc  (305)530-9580

Monday, April 26, 2010 -- 9:56 am EDT

Florida Messenger Association Launches Website

created by Bumblebee Design & Marketing LLC

Florida Messenger Association Launches Website   

 MIAMI, FL– Larry Schwartz, President of Baron Messenger Service and President of the Florida Messenger Association is proud to announce the launch of the association’s website, www.floridamessenger.org.

The website, created by Bumblebee Design & Marketing LLC, not only allows members and visitors to stay abreast of important industry news, but includes a search engine that will quickly highlight member companies via an alphabetical list, by cities served or by airports served.

The mission of the Florida Messenger Association is to improve and advance the common business interests of messengers, couriers, and transportation services, and their companies in the State of Florida for the benefit of the public need for such services.

In doing so, the goals of the organization are four-fold:

  • To promote the provisions of effective, quality messenger, courier and transportation services.
  • The development of a business league and trade association of messenger, courier and transportation companies.
  • To advance and improve business conditions in the messenger, courier and transportation industry.
  • To serve as a liaison between the members and relevant government agencies. 

For more information, please contact:

 Larry Schwartz, FMA President

Baron Delivers - Miami, FL

larry@barondelivers.com

800-227-6648

 Harold Boyett, FMA Vice President

Blue Streak Couriers - Jacksonville, FL

hboyett@bluestreakcouriers.com

866-258-7875

Updated Monday, April 19, 2010 -- 2:24 pm EDT

Florida Messenger Association Convenes in Tallahassee for Lobby Day

The Florida Messenger Association (FMA) held their first annual Lobby Day on Thursday, April 15, 2010. The event began on Wednesday night with a dinner meeting where Tim Giuliani, the Director of Corporate Outreach and Development for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, addressed the group. He shared insight regarding current pending issues in Tallahassee, as well as protocol for meeting with legislators and their staff. Harold Boyett, of Blue Streak Couriers, presented talking points followed by a Question and Answer session for the participants. John Benko, of Manko Delivery Systems, Inc. and Boyett conducted a role play to demonstrate a typical conversation with the office of a legislator.

The group was honored with a visit from Sandra Adams, State Representative from District 33, covering parts of Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard Counties. She complimented the group for taking the initiative to conduct a Lobby Day. Representative Adams said, "It is great to see how well informed and proactive your group is with regard to the impact of legislation on your businesses." She then commented, "The government does not create wealth, businesses do. Your group should be commended for your efforts."

Representative Adams is a pro-business legislator who reads every bill before she votes on it and is committed to the success of businesses in her district. She asked the group to keep her informed of any pending legislation which could potentially impact the same-day delivery industry. She ended the visit by thanking everyone for the opportunity to address the group.

Knowing the state of Florida has numerous statutes in place providing clear direction for the same-day delivery industry, the primary objective for Lobby Day was to reinforce those guidelines and to create awareness of the impact of the industry on Florida's economy. FMA's group of sixteen attendees divided into five smaller groups which met with legislators from their area of the state.

The north Florida group consisted of Christie Morgan of Blue Streak Couriers in Tallahassee, John Ellison of Stealth Courier in Tallahassee, Tim Petty of Pettyco Express in Jacksonville, and Harold Boyett of Blue Streak Couriers in Jacksonville.

The Tampa group consisted of John Benko of Manko Delivery Service, Inc., John Amato of N-E-Where Transport Inc., and Robert Barnard of Bush Truck Leasing.

The first south Florida group consisted of Larry Schwartz of Baron Messenger Service in Miami, Steve Seltzer of Comet Delivery Services in Miami, and Rose Thomashow of Express Messenger Service in Boca Raton.

The second south Florida group consisted of Paul Bravo of South Florida Express Bankserv, Toni Pompa of TriCounty Courier Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Andre Stewart of TriCounty Courier Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, and Steve Howard of Esquire Express in Miami.

The Orlando group consisted of Brian McKenzie of Alpha Logistics Service and Lance Dearborn of Air Traffic Services.

A total of 44 appointments were made in advance of Lobby Day. While some of the visits were conducted with the Member's senior staff, most were conducted directly with the Senator or Representative. By all accounts, the FMA delegation was met with open arms. A common theme was a curiosity to learn more about our industry. Marti Coley, the Representative from District 7, covering several counties in the Florida panhandle said, "I thought you were the people delivering envelopes downtown on bicycles." Nearly all meetings had an element of education regarding the same-day delivery industry. The legislators and their staffs were inquisitive about the different types of services provided by messenger and courier companies, and were very impressed with the effort put forth by the members. Several legislators offered advice on which elected officials could help us most, based on the committees which potentially impact the industry.

The capstone appointment was the 45th visit conducted with Kathy Mears, the Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Governor Charlie Christ. John Benko, Larry Schwartz, Lance Dearborn, and Brian McKenzie were led by Harold Boyett in their visit with the Governor's office. Ms. Mears was appreciative of the visit from the group and complimented their efforts. She inquired to learn more about the FMA perspective of the same-day delivery industry, as she was already very informed on the topic. Ms. Mears said, "The Governor is an advocate for the business community, and your group should be applauded for showing the initiative to come to Tallahassee to meet with your elected officials."

Every appointment concluded with an invitation for the elected official to speak at a future FMA meeting and to take a tour of a facility of an FMA member. A point-of-contact for maintaining the schedule of the elected official was obtained for the purpose of scheduling future visits and speaking engagements. Representative Martin Kiar, district 97, representing parts of Broward County, is very interested in speaking at the next FMA meeting in south Florida in the fall.

Since several of the state legislators are running for U.S. Congress positions, a potential by-product of Lobby Day is that relationships developed could extend to a national level. In fact, one group of FMA members met with the office of Ted Deutch, former State Senator from District 30, covering parts of Broward and Palm Beach County. Deutch was recently elected to fill the position for U.S. Congressional District 20 seat which was recently vacated by Congressman Robert Wexler.

After all meetings were completed, a debriefing was conducted and suffice to say, the experience was enjoyed by all attendees. Following are several quotes from FMA members:

Lance Dearborn: "The FMA Lobby Day was a great opportunity to meet our local representatives. These are the Senators and Representatives who live in our neighborhoods, shop at the same stores, and know the same people. The opportunity to meet with them and discuss important issues in our industry was a great experience for me."

Brian McKenzie: "I was impressed by the cooperation and willingness of most of the people we met with to give us their time to listen to what we had to say."

Steve Howard: "I have never participated in a Lobby Day before so I did not know what to expect. I was surprised at how accessible our lawmakers are. It was very encouraging to see that they were very receptive about our association coming to Tallahassee to inform them about our industry at the very least, we now have contacts in Tallahassee with whom we can have an open dialogue."

The FMA Membership recognizes Larry Schwartz, President of the FMA, and John Ferraro, Director of Government Affairs for the MCAA for organizing the incredibly successful event. It could not have been made possible without their efforts.

Updated Thursday, April 22, 2010 -- 2:37 pm EDT

Florida Messenger Association 0 to 60

Florida Messenger Association 0 – 60 … and More  

ORLANDO, FL – Zero to sixty is traditionally the benchmark for performance cars. The same now can be said for the performance of the Florida Messenger Association.The FMA – originally established in 1989 – used to consist of a dozen members meeting for dinner at south Florida restaurants. While the group accomplished several agenda items throughout the nineties, activity waned during the past decade.Fast forward from 1989 to the present and some of those original members – whose companies are now bigger and stronger, with much more at stake – decided it was time to regroup. Spearheaded by Larry Schwartz, President of Baron Messenger Service of Miami, a meeting was called last June to discuss the reorganization of the FMA. It was attended by 25 individuals, mostly owners or principals from courier and transportation companies across the state.

In this era of economic and legislative uncertainty, many in the group felt that a well-informed and focused group would be critical to their business interests.The tentative idea of a few to jump start the group was met with resounding agreement by all, and the reinvigorated FMA convened in Orlando in September 2009. During that meeting, more than 60 attendees met to discuss exactly how to best capture the excitement of the “new” group and continue the momentum.While in Orlando, the following board members were elected by the general membership: President – Larry Schwartz, Baron Messenger Service of Miami; Vice President – Harold Boyett, Blue Streak Couriers of Jacksonville; Treasurer – Steve Howard, Esquire Express of Miami; Secretary – Rose Thomashow, Express Messenger Service of Boca Raton; and Members At Large Tim Petty, Pettyco Express in Jacksonville; Daryl Cook, Sonic Systems Inc in Tampa and John Amato, N-E Where Transport in Tampa.The winter meeting, concluded in Tampa in January, saw nearly 100 attendees from 70 member companies and related vendors. “I am very impressed with the level of professionalism and expertise offered by members of the FMA and am confident this group will continue to grow and accomplish great things,” said Schwartz.“The big picture for everyone involved is to ensure the viability of our industry by leveraging technology, sharing best practices and continually seeking more efficient methods of operation,” added Harold Boyett.“We could not have been more impressed with the meeting and the display of enlightened self-interest by FMA members. I hope FMA’s experience over the past six months can be effectively communicated to other industry associations on the state and even national level to boost participation and encourage volunteers,” said Peter Schlactus of KBS International.

The ensuing groundswell of participation and eagerness to continue the mission, especially from the political perspective, was evidenced by two recent trips.First, several FMA members visited Capitol Hill for meetings with the Florida Congressional and Senatorial delegation. The efforts were coordinated in conjunction with the Government Affairs Day conducted by the Messenger Courier Association of the Americas (MCAA).The purpose of the trip was to discuss pending legislation that could have a direct impact on the same-day transportation industry, which contributes billions of dollars to the national economy.“This was a tremendous opportunity for the group and it was definitely worth the investment of time and energy. I am confident that the discussion about our industry was well received,” said Schwartz.

In addition to Schwartz, other attendees from the FMA included Harold Boyett, John Benko, and Lance Dearborn.During the daylong visit, members of the FMA met personally with Rep. Gus Bilirakis and the legislative staff of fellow Florida Reps Ander Crenshaw, Alan Grayson, Kathy Castor, Vern Buchanan and Kendrick Meeks. Meetings were also held with representatives of Senators Bill Nelson and George Lemeiux.“It was amazing to spend the day visiting with members of the legislative branch of our government. Everyone in Washington welcomed our group and truly wanted to hear about our industry,” said Harold Boyett, Vice President of the FMA.  “This was my first time attending this annual event and I am incredibly enthusiastic about how the day progressed. I strongly encourage everyone in the FMA to make the trip in the future.”

The second trip saw some of the same members – along with others – participate in the state of Florida’s Lobby Day, Thursday April 15, 2010. “After being with members of the FMA in Tallahassee and Washington, it is very clear to me that we’ve really started something big,” said Schwartz.  Plans are being made now to conduct the next FMA meeting in conjunction with the MCAA’s Executive Leadership Series in Hollywood, FL in the fall of 2010.“I wouldn’t say we’re at top speed quite yet, but we’re certainly not content in setting the cruise control either,” quipped John Benko of Manko Delivery Systems of Tampa.The mission of the Florida Messenger Association is to improve and advance the common business interests of messengers, couriers, and transportation services, and their companies in the State of Florida for the benefit of the public need for such services. Please visit our website, http://www.floridamessenger.org/

For more information, please contact:

 Larry Schwartz, FMA President     Baron Delivers - Miami, FL

larry@barondelivers.com      800-227-6648 

Harold Boyett, FMA Vice President     Blue Streak Couriers - Jacksonville, FL

hboyett@bluestreakcouriers.com   866-258-7875