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F E A T U R E

Elaine Chao

Returns to Washington as
Secretary of Transportation
by Rick Woelfel

T

he start of a new presidential administration
brings with it a new slate of cabinet officers.
The first days of the Trump administration have
been tumultuous, to say the least.

ELAINE CHAO, HOWEVER, HAS

successfully flown above the fray.
On January 31 she was sworn in by
Vice President Pence as the nation's
18th secretary of transportation. She
was confirmed by the Senate on a
vote of 93-6.
The secretary is no stranger to
Washington, nor to the Cabinet;
she served as secretary of labor
under President George W. Bush
from 2001-09.
She also has some familiarity with
transportation issues, having served
as deputy secretary of transportation
under President George H.W. Bush
from 1989-91.
At a time when compromise is
virtually unknown inside the Beltway,
Chao has earned the reputation of
being able to build consensus all
across the political spectrum.
Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota,
chaired the Senate Commerce
Committee that had oversight
responsibility for Chao's nomination.
He told CNN he was enthusiastic
about Chao's selection: "It
would be hard to come up with

a more qualified nominee than
Secretary Chao."
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, the ranking
Democrat on the Commerce Committee,
lauded Chao on the Senate floor prior
to the final vote for her "experience
and common sense" that would enable
her to provide "level-headed advice."
The 63-year-old Chao has a full plate
in front of her. President Trump
campaigned in part on an ambitious
agenda for upgrading the nation's
infrastructure. That agenda is likely
to encounter resistance from fiscal
conservatives on both sides of the
aisle with concerns about the cost.
During her confirmation hearing, Chao
spoke to the challenges she is now facing.
"America's transportation
infrastructure underpins our worldclass economy," she said, "...and is
a key factor in productivity growth,
which has provided good jobs for
millions of hard-working Americans
and a standard of living that is the
envy of the world...and while our
transportation infrastructure has
given us unprecedented mobility for
many years, it is increasingly in need

of repair and refurbishment. Another
challenge facing the transportation
infrastructure is how to incorporate new
technology and innovations, including
drones and autonomous vehicles." 
Transportation industry leaders are
watching closely to see what the new
administration's priorities will be.
Jim Tutton, vice president of the
Washington Trucking Associations,
wonders if the DOT's vision for
improving the nation's infrastructure
will be thwarted by deficit
hawks in Congress.
"How will the Department of
Transportation prioritize infrastructure
improvements based on limited financial
resources available?" he asks.
During the Obama administration,
there was considerable concern within
the trucking industry about the scope

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017

President’s Letter
Filling the Supply Chain Talent Gap
Expanded Panama Canal = Expanded Options
Capacity Concerns
FAST Act Impact
Cooperative Effort Provides Safe Havens for Drivers
Elaine Chao Returns to Washington as Secretary of Transportation
Industry Forecast
Regulatory Update
Is Your RFP Built to Source the Right ELD Solution?
Top 10
FSA Annual Conference
Retail Trends
As the World Returns
Stop Managing, Start Coaching
A B.O.L.D. Approach to Succeeding in an Unpredictable Business World
People Problems Prevented
Batory Food
Bongards Creameries
Operation Blessing
Ruiz Food Products, Inc.
Save-A-Lot
Scotlynn
Sun-Maid
FSA Members
In the News…
Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - intro
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover1
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover2
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 3
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 4
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 5
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 6
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 7
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 8
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 9
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 10
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - President’s Letter
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 12
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 13
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Filling the Supply Chain Talent Gap
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 15
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 16
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 17
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 18
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 19
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 20
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 21
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Expanded Panama Canal = Expanded Options
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 23
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 24
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 25
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 26
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 27
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 28
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 29
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 30
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 31
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Capacity Concerns
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 33
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 34
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 35
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 36
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 37
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 38
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 39
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 40
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 41
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - FAST Act Impact
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 43
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 44
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 45
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 46
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Cooperative Effort Provides Safe Havens for Drivers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 48
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 49
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 50
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Elaine Chao Returns to Washington as Secretary of Transportation
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 52
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 53
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 54
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Industry Forecast
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 56
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 57
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Regulatory Update
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 59
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 60
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 61
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 62
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Is Your RFP Built to Source the Right ELD Solution?
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 64
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 65
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 66
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Top 10
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 68
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - FSA Annual Conference
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 70
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 71
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 72
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 73
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Retail Trends
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 75
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 76
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 77
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - As the World Returns
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 79
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 80
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 81
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 82
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Stop Managing, Start Coaching
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 84
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 85
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - A B.O.L.D. Approach to Succeeding in an Unpredictable Business World
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 87
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - People Problems Prevented
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 89
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 90
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 91
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 92
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Batory Food
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 94
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Bongards Creameries
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 96
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Operation Blessing
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 98
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Ruiz Food Products, Inc.
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 100
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Save-A-Lot
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 102
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Scotlynn
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Sun-Maid
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - FSA Members
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 106
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - In the News…
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 109
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2017 - 110
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