The Dallas Chapter of the NDTA would like to congratulate the following award recipients from the National NDTA!
Educator Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Subhro Mitra
Dr. Subhro Mitra is awarded the Educator Distinguished Service Award for continued exceptional service and commitment to the education and research field for transportation and supply chain. Dr. Mitra is very involved with the local Dallas / Ft Worth chapter and serves as a liaison between the chapter members and future members that are currently studying in the field of supply chain and transportation. Two of his students recently received the DFW Chapter scholarships to college of their choice. With Dr. Mitra’s involvement, everyone involved is learning, sharing, and growing in the field.
Native of Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India, Dr. Mitra, previously served on the faculty at North Dakota State University and as an associate research fellow at the Upper Great Transportation Institute. Before that he served as a transportation engineer for W.B. Roads Directorate and at Trafalgar House Construction in India. Mitra earned a Ph.D. in transportation and logistics from North Dakota State University. He earned a master’s in marketing from Calcutta University and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from North Bengal University. He is a member of the International Society of Logistics, the Transportation Research Board, the Transportation Research Forum, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. His areas of expertise include supply chain, transportation and logistics.
Currently Dr. Mitra works with local city and state planners to augment the logistics and transportation cluster of south Dallas County and the I45 corridor. In addition, he developed a Geographic Information System (GIS) that enables stake holders to make judicious decisions. Dr. Mitra’s dedication and work in the transportation industry is why he is so deserving and the reason the DFW Chapter nominated him for the Educator Distinguished Service Award.
DOD Distinguished Service Award
Mr. Roger L Neumann
Mr. Roger L. Neumann is awarded the prestigious DOD Distinguished Service Award for continued exceptional service and commitment to the goals and objectives of the NDTA. He is a lifetime member of the NDTA and now serves as its Texas State President.
During this period, Mr. Neumann retired from 24 years of Air Force active duty and was awarded the Legion of Merit. He is now a Disabled Veteran, again supporting troops and their families by serving as Vice President, Contingency Plans for the Exchange Headquarters. His purview includes 52 Exchange facilities in ten countries with $42 Million in sales. In addition, he manages eleven mobile Field Exchange units supporting stateside disaster relief and military exercise activities, with $1.3 Million annual sales in the United States and Central America.
Mr. Neumann personally led Exchange-wide planning for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE in Iraq, by re-establishing AAFES Imprest Fund (Unit-run) operations at Union III, Baghdad Embassy Complex, Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, Erbil, Taji, Al Asad, and Besmayah. He then led upgrades which re-established direct (Exchange Associate-run) operations at Union III and Erbil.
Mr. Neumann led Exchange drawdowns in Afghanistan by reducing from 25 to 12 facilities, plus repositioned 4 Mobile Field Exchange trailers to Kuwait for reuse. He also led Exchange HQ support to Operation ATLANTIC RESOLVE in Eastern Europe, supporting DoD/NATO response to Russian military activity, and planned Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE – Ebola response in Liberia.
For his NDTA Chapter, he personally managed an extensive calendar with government and industry guest speakers, arranged a tour to Southwest Airlines HQ, and executed an “Academic double-header” where Chapter members spoke at University of Northern Texas at Dallas roundtable dialog.
Mr. Roger Neumann is richly deserving of the NDTA DoD Distinguished Service Award.
Individual Distinguished Service Award
Mrs. Donna Qualls
Mrs. Donna Qualls is awarded the Individual Distinguished Service Award for continued exceptional service and commitment to the goals and objectives of the NDTA. She is known as the “go to person” when it comes to the DFW NDTA Chapter. Serving in the role of Chapter Secretary for over 8 years, she developed and maintained strong relationships in the local, regional and national transportation community. In addition, she represented her company (Matson Logistics) at several national NDTA and SDDC Conferences bringing back important informational updates to the chapter. She attended seminars during conferences to gain a broader operational perspective. No matter the need, whether professional or personal, Donna finds a way to assist others when they need help.
Over the years, Donna has initiated Golf Sponsorships for service men and women to be our guest and play in the Chapter’s annual golf tournament, organizes the DFW Chapters “Toys for Tots” collection box, organized food drives for Genesis Women’s Shelter (local charity that aids victims of domestic violence) and “Jonathan’s Place”, a specialized foster home for children 11 years and younger. In addition, she supported scholarships that were awarded directly to local Universities. Mrs. Qualls also participates and supports the Ft Worth Teen Challenge – an organization that facilitates life transformation through Christ Centered Programs.
Mrs. Qualls is an Operations Account Manager for Matson Logistics, a Matson Navigation Company. While there’s no such thing as an ordinary day in transportation, Matson recognizes when employees go beyond the call. Donna has been recognized by Matson for the following: Matson Compass Award – Outstanding accomplishment working under tight deadlines and the Mahalo Spot Award – Recognized for a job well done.
Donna consistently makes contributions that insure the DFW NDTA Chapter remains a highly viable professional logistics organization of choice. Whether it’s working under an impossibly tight deadline to cover a load for Matson, securing golfers for a charity golf outing, host the National NDTA meeting, or arranging transportation for golfers, she can generally be found at the front door greeting all with a welcome smile.
Young Executive of the Year Award
The Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Chapter of the NDTA would like to nominate Ian Womack for the NDTA “Young Executive of the Year” award. Ian has been active in the NDTA for three years. He currently serves as the VP of Communications for the local DFW Chapter. In addition, he severs as event photographer, manages the website, and attends all events the local chapter holds. Ian’s contributions to the local DFW chapter have increased awareness of NDTA throughout the DFW area with the improved website and communications.
Ian currently works for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange). He has stepped up in leadership positions while volunteering at the Dan Daniel Distribution Center in Newport News, VA to ensure all seasonal packages were delivered on time to customers around the world. He was able to research problem tickets and managed work flows to ensure daily goals were met. Ian also developed and implemented a route review matrix for the Exchange fleet. By training fleet managers on this matrix, they were able to make better selections by lanes to move freight. Thus, contributing to the Exchange Fleet’s 14% reduction in cost per mile in 2014 vs. the previous year
While working and serving the local NDTA chapter, Ian has demonstrated his ability to lead, develop and direct teammates, execute plans, improve efficiencies and drive overall costs down within the Exchange. Ian works is a true asset to both NDTA and the Exchange. He always possesses a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and ensures all goals are met in his work. He is a future executive and that is why he is richly deserving of the NDTA Young Executive of the Year Award.
Along with all of that good news, we had a great presentation from from guest speaker John Fox of DHL. He had a very interesting presentation covering DHL Express’ growth in the Dallas market, expansions and opening of the DFW gateway as well as Global Plans. Here are some more images from the event, graciously provided by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Eastman from the public affairs office in the Exchange Strategic Planning & Partnerships Directorate.
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