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OFFICERS 2017-2018

Will Martin,
American President Lines
Chapter Chairman & Treasurer

Susan Duran,
Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc.

Tammie Lasiter,
Chapter 1st Vice President

Morgan Bonisese,
Chapter 2nd Vice President

Rob Brown,
Chapter 3rd Vice President

Laura Yarbrough,

2017 Officers Installation Dinner Write-up

2017 Officers Installation Dinner Photographs

2017-2018 Officers for NDTA SF Chapter being sworn in at the Installation Dinner held at the Veteran’s Memorial building in Lafayette, CA.

Scholarship recipient and graduate student from CMA.

2017 Emergency Preparedness Meeting Write-Up

The San Francisco Bay chapter held an emergency preparedness luncheon on Thursday, March 23rd. It is an annual event the chapter sponsors to keep industry partners aware of local resources that are available and how they might protect their businesses if a national disaster hits. The Port of Oakland provides the facility for this event each year and has been a strong supporter of NDTA over the years. As such the chapter gears the subject matter around port operations which has strengthen our relationship with them.
This year we brought in Chief Robert Lip from the Oakland Fire Department and Cecile Pinto emergency preparedness manager from Pacific Gas & Electric. The speakers provided informative discussion that enable the audience to connect the dots. The audience was explained how the speakers’ origination were embedded into the disaster response plan. Chief Lip explain how emergency situations are reviewed and assess. Miss Pinto presentation centered more on equipment and marshaling locations in relation to how those locations are determined, procured and filled. Understanding the financial scope and detail of how outside resources are pulled and equipment are positioned was quite interesting.
Participants walked away with a better comprehension of the logistical planning required and a deeper appreciation for the support emergency responders and utilities companies provide to port operations. Educating industry on the massive communication network involve and in how local, state and federal agencies communicate with each other strengthen our ability to effectively response to disasters. The chapter is proud to do their part in educating its NDTA partners.

Reginald C. Ali,
Chapter Pres.

2016 Golf Event Write-Up

The San Francisco Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association held their annual Spring Golf Tournament at Boundary Oak Golf Club in Walnut Creek, CA on April 22, 2016.
The event was attended this year by 68 golfers who weathered the mixed forecast of the day. During the first two hours of the tournament it rained off and on making for a tough round. But by the end of the round, the sun came out and so did the golf skills of each player to make the event enjoyable by all.
After the round of golf, the attendees sat down to a fantastic “Chuck Wagon” dinner that entailed BBQ tri-tip and chicken, vegetables, corn bread and baked beans followed by coffee and dessert. During the dinner, Will Martin who emceed the event, thanked all those that supported the fundraiser and especially thanked those companies who had sponsored holes as the chapter had its highest support in years with fourteen hole sponsors. In addition, Will Martin’s son Thomas Martin, helped pull raffle tickets for the many raffle prizes won by the attendees.
The event could not have taken place without the continued support of the many companies that attend each year, the SFBA NDTA Golf Committee lead by Grant Davis and the amazing help of Anika Dunn and Azania Dunn along with Laura Yarborough who worked the check in table, set up the raffle table and took pictures.
This year’s golf event raised over $2000 for the SFBA NDTA Scholarship Fund.

2014 Officers Installation Dinner Write-Up

The National Defense Transportation Association, San Francisco Bay Area (NDTA-SFBA) Chapter held its annual dinner and silent auction on June 26th.  The event was held at the Veteran Memorial building in Pleasanton and catered by Girard’s.  Girard operated a no-host bar and provided guest with mouthwatering appetizers, a buffet dinner with wonderful options, and dessert.   Dinner was served on linens table cloth, linen napkins and China plates.   An impressive setting in a building of remembrance.   It set the stage for delightful discussions with new and old acquaintances.

The dinner is the backdrop for the swearing in ceremony of new board members and to honor scholarship awardees.   Scholarship winner Tammie Lasiter, who is studying for her master’s degree in logistics, spoke a few word of appreciation.

The chapter’s annual dinner marked the end of this year’s event cycle and was a great success. It exemplified a strong finish to the chapter’s achievements.   NDTA-SFBA has made inroads in educating maritime cadets, sponsored networking opportunity for young adults, educated industry players in disaster preparedness, and developed ways to assist industry in obtaining and maintaining government business.   It also marks the beginning of our new focus.  A focus of adapting to an ever changing environment.   This was echoed by the new NDTA president and this year’s guest speaker, Rear Admiral Mark Buzby (retired).

He spoke in length about of the challenges the organization faces and the need for us all to bring in younger people and to spread the word of the benefits NDTA brings to both industry and the military.   His dedication and commitment in reaching these goals can already be seen in how the NDTA conversation has broaden.  This year’s national fall meeting will host workshops not only in transportation but on how to do business with the government along with in-depth topics of interest focused on logistics, supply chain management, and contracting.  NDTA is the only non-military organization that has a direct line to the USTRANSCOM Commander.  We greatly appreciate the level of support we receive from ADM Buzby and his staff.   With it, we know we can successfully spread the NDTA message of partnership between the Department Of Defense and the US transportation industry.  And in doing so, we shall lengthen support for the US war fighter and enhance economic opportunities for the logistic and  transportation industry.

We look forward to increased collaboration with the California Maritime Academy and increased support to local industry.
Reginald Ali

President – NDTA  SF Bay Area Chapter

Annual Events

  • January - Crab Feed
  • February - A-35 Event at California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA
  • March - Emergency Preparedness Luncheon, Jack London Square, Port of Oakland Building
  • April - Golf Event
  • May - Scholarship review and selection of Award recipients
  • June - Officers Installation and Silent Auction Dinner
  • November - Day at the Races
  • December - Crab Feed planning committee meeting and Holiday Party