beautiful Orlando, Florida. For those who do not know
me, I’m Lionel, your CNS President, proclaims
Lionel van der Walt.
“This is the first
CNS Partnership Conference I have had the privilege
to personally plan, and I just wanted to take a moment
to share the following thoughts as we get underway
addressing the critical issues of our industry and
network to build better relationships at this week’s
27th Annual CNS Partnership Conference, April 30-May
of Members & Stakeholders
CNS at the end of 2015, one of my top priorities has
been to ensure that the voices of our members and
industry stakeholders are heard and become central
to all that we do.
“As such, the
CNS team has made a concerted effort this year to
deliver an agenda at the Partnership Conference that
is relevant and centered on the needs of our attendees.”
Talk We Listen
“We have paid
particular attention to the comments and suggestions
received as part of the 2016 conference feedback and
the discussions I have had since Nashville. The conference
agenda has been refocused on sessions that will provide
insight into what is in store for the air cargo industry
in the months and years ahead, the aim being to provide
meaningful knowledge that will add value to day-to-day
& Tuesday Sessions Build Business
Lionel also includes
a valuable cautionary tone to the proceedings:
“To ensure CNS
delivers the fullest value, and out of respect for
the time and effort our speakers and panelists are
committing to us, we kindly ask that everyone join
the gathering and support Monday and Tuesday’s
“The CNS team
has done a tremendous amount of work to secure a top
line-up of speakers and panelists.
is the CNS Partnership Conference,” Lionel smiles,
“where business comes first. “We understand
that first and foremost everyone is here to network
and develop new partnerships.
“We respect this
“That said there
are vey good and meaningful sessions in store at the
plenaries that will bring real value up and down the
“Our team has
made every effort this year to create an environment
and program that will help to facilitate these imperative
aspects of the conference program.”
To Us: We Can Take It
about the attendees,” Lionel insists.
“We are paying
close attention to their feedback and hopefully at
the end of the conference they will agree that we
have met, or even exceeded their expectations. This
is certainly something we at CNS would like to achieve.
“Finally I hope
that the participants this year will look for me and
let me know what they think of our 2017 Partnership
Conference. As mentioned previously, such feedback
is really important and most appreciated.
“For those who
are unable to join us in Orlando this year, we hope
they can join us in 2018,” Lionel said.
Geoffrey (pictured with Lionel above).
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