Joel Anderson, the former president and CEO of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA), is the first recipient of the newly renamed Jock Menzies IWLA Distinguished Service and Leadership Award. The honor was bestowed March 25 during the 2014 IWLA Convention and Expo held in Phoenix, Ariz. Anderson served as the group's top executive for more than seven years until his retirement in late 2013.
The award is the top honor given by IWLA and has been renamed for longtime industry leader John T. "Jock" Menzies III, who died suddenly last year. Menzies was president of Terminal Corp., a logistics firm based in Baltimore. He also was the first president and co-founder of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), a nonprofit that helps volunteers provide logistics and warehousing support for humanitarian relief efforts during and after emergencies and natural disasters.
"He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and a model for us all," IWLA Chairman Paul Verst of Verst Logistics said of Menzies. "His legacy will continue to live on."
Menzies' brother Scott presented the award to Anderson, saying, "Jock would thank you for your friendship, and he would say to winners of this award 'Well done, good and faithful servant.' "
Anderson's wife, Barbara, also was recognized for her contributions during her husband's tenure with IWLA.