the 28th CNS Partnership Conference concluded this past Wednesday in Palm
Beach, California, it is a good time to reflect upon this year’s
“There was a record crowd of over
600 people and we received a lot of good comments from the attendees,”
said Mike White CNS President.
“That’s a good thing of course,
but this year was one that had some changes as to how our legacy event
“More networking time and use of the
innovation stage played out well,” Mike insists.
“With so many people that I know from
this great industry,” Mike continues,” it is hard to have
the opportunity to speak with everyone, but the hundreds I did get to
speak with were very complimentary of the program we put together this
“As mentioned in my opening remarks,
as an industry we have many challenges going forward, even though cargo
volumes for the moment are up.
“CASS improvements, airport facility
issues, forthcoming digitalization and security are all areas that I spoke
about that will require industry wide attention.
“As you know, I speak from the heart,”
Mike said, “and not so much from a piece of paper and many seem
to like that as well.”
“One of the best comments was about
the number of excellent speakers we had on the CNS Innovation Stage.
“Next year, 2019 CNS Partnership will
continue the process and build upon this year’s success.
“The best of the event is when you
have the opportunity to speak one-on-one,” was another comment,
adding, “Networking at CNS is the best anywhere air cargo meets
in the world.”
“Listening to what the ground handlers
and trucking companies are facing in their business is always eye opening,”
Mike White said.
“Software and security companies were
very important players this year at CNS Partnership as conferees discovered
latest trends and what lies ahead.
“But for me, just as interesting is
how these vital functions of air cargo utilize the conference and feedback
to plot their next moves.”
“One very early morning, before the
events began I was able to sit down and talk with Frank Clemente from
WFS who I had worked with in the past.
“It was good to hear his viewpoints
in the day-to-day life as a ground handler.”
couple of dozen airline suites that are backdrop to every CNS Partnership
were as busy as ever.
“I never stopped,” said Benno
Forster, (left) Senior Vice President and Head of Air Freight USA, DB
“During the CNS Partnership event
I moved from meeting to meeting for a total of 24 encounters with our
partners,” Benno said.
doubt about it,” said Rick Elieson, (right) President of American
Airlines Cargo, “the CNS Partnership easily delivers the equivalent
benefit of several business trips to points the world over.”
“The value,” Rick added, “quality
of contacts and business we can do with our partners and with new ones
is there, although in the general scheme of things, in meeting after meeting,
you need to pace yourself and take an occasional walk.”
“Safe to say,” said CNS President
Mike White, “that no one knows the exact amount of work that is
going on and the total number of visits that take place in the suites,
as airlines and customers get together.
“Also for those conferees who were
attending for the first time, little did they know what they were in for
during their three days of meetings all in one place,” Mike smiled.
“Overall we believe CNS Partnership
2018 was very successful because of the participation of all the attendees
“The great CNS team is already moving
on to the 29th event in Miami, Florida to make that gathering even better.
“With thanks to everybody for CNS
2018, we hope FlyingTypers readers will add CNS Miami to their
calendar for May 5-7, 2019,” Mike White exclaimed.