Given these uncertain times, we recall
what made Cargo Network Services a one of a kind successful organization.
It was the many people who during the past
36 years gave of themselves in a genuine effort to make the air cargo
industry better by supporting CNS.
Guenter Rohrmann was a very dynamic board
member and Chairman of CNS.
During the early years, the CNS Board—both
airlines and forwarder members—really gave the organization purpose.It
was the CNS members who carried the ball and helped make things work.
like Cotton Daly (TWA), Buz Whalen (JAL), Pat Phelan (Aer Lingus), Ed
Moritz (British), Isaac Nijankin (Varig), Jerry Trimboli (SAS), Bill Boesch
(AA), Dave Brooks (AA), Lise-Marie Turpin, Air Canada, Jim Friedel (NWA),
and of course others, including brokers and forwarders like Donna Mullins,
Joel Ditkowsky and the late Jo Frigger, EMO Trans, who was an ardent supporter
In 2020, with the pandemic raging, Jo Frigger
best work has been bringing the industry together. The formation of CNS
always was and still is a great opportunity for meaningful dialogue between
the airlines and freight forwarders.
“We have always supported this goal
and hope that going forward, a balanced view of all participants and their
business interests can be maintained.
“The advantage of close cooperation
between partners becomes more evident in today's global markets, as geopolitical
developments create a great deal of division and uncertainty for all involved.”
CNS Partnership, it’s good to remember one more time, and in fact
should never be forgotten, the dedication and hard work from the man who
transmuted good ideas into a great transportation organization—Tony
“When I started at CNS, the airlines
and the forwarders, even the airlines and airlines, barely spoke to each
other. What happened right from the very first Partnership Conference
is that everybody discovered, through understanding, that our supposed
differences were more myth than fact,” Tony said.
“Recognizing that personal relationships
are an important part of the way the industry does business, and our success
in attracting key decision makers not just from the U.S., but from around
the globe, we deliberately structured our program to allow people time
to meet and conduct business without detracting from the main conference
“Our business sessions were meant
to stimulate debate and generate new ideas – to not allow people
the opportunity to build on this would be doing them a disservice.
“CNS takes considerable pride in the
success of the Partnership Conference, and the role it has played in bringing
together the prime movers of the air cargo industry to foster the development
of airline/forwarder relationships.”
Malkin, the dean of air cargo journalists in 2004 said, “Over the
years the Partnership Conference, which sprang from Tony’s fertile
mind, was recognized as one of the world industry’s best. Tony believed
that CNS’ built-in membership of several thousand agents represented
a live pool of prospects. There existed an area of common interest and
“During the closing hours of the initial
meeting, Tony and I were sitting next to each other at a dinner table
chatting about the day’s highlights. He had an idea that he wanted
to implement next year, and before he could get into the details, he was
interrupted by an aide who handed him a sheet of paper. Tony glanced at
it briefly, smiled, then the smile broadened into a grin.
“Customer attendance 18% over airline
he leaned over to me and sweetly whispered in to my ear, “I told
Not since Tony, has CNS had a more inventive
and balanced advocate for air cargo and the airline forwarder shipper
proposition than Mike White, who served as CNS President until late 2020.
“I have known Tony for years and I
always kept in my mind his words about the CNS Partnership event he started.
“‘Mike,” he said, “we
began this to bring parties together and never forget why the word partnership
has made the event such a success.
“So, we continued to carry on what
Tony envisioned,” Mike White told me.