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ESTABLISHED 1987 – The Charleston Motor Carriers Association (CMCA)

is a Non-Profit organizationwith a purpose to provide information to its members, government entities and the general public regarding the trucking industry; to promote highway safety and improve the industry’s image, and provide an open forum for the advancement of commerce in the region. Its primary activities are to hold regular meetings and social events in the metropolitan area of Charleston South Carolina, consisting of Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties.


Join us for our monthly CMCA Luncheon. Our guest speaker will be James I. Newsome, III.

Jim Newsome is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston, South Carolina. He assumed that role on September 1, 2009, and is only the fifth leader in the port’s history. With twelve years in his position, he is also currently the longest-serving leader of a major container port in the United States.

Before his current position, Mr. Newsome had an extensive career in the ocean container shipping industry. He served from 2008-2009 as President – Region Americas with Hapag-Lloyd AG. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President – Area Southeast from 1997-2008. Before 2008, he held numerous positions at Strachan Shipping Company (1977-1987) and Nedlloyd Lines (1987-1997). Mr. Newsome was the first American to assume the top roles in the United States for both Hapag-Lloyd and Nedlloyd Lines.
Mr. Newsome received a BS in Transportation and Logistics in 1976 and an MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 1977 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He was the top graduate in the College of Business Administration for the Winter Quarter, 1976. He was named the Outstanding Alumnus in Transportation and Logistics in 1992.

Mr. Newsome has received several awards and honors, including Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s International Maritime Hall of Fame (2021), Outstanding Manufacturing Lifetime Service Award (2020), Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award (2020), DC Velocity Logistics Rainmaker (2019), University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award (2018), Agriculture Transportation Coalition, Person of the Year (2016), South Carolina Public Servant of the Year, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (2014), Doctor of Humane Letters, The College of Charleston (2014), and Connie Award, The Containerization and Intermodal Institute (2010).

He is involved in numerous organizations within the University of Tennessee, including the College of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Council and the Global Supply Chain Institute Executive Advisory Board. He is also on boards with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), American Heart Association, Southeast Region, American Heart Association, Lowcountry Heart Walk, Trident United Way, Tocqueville Society.

Mr. Newsome is a native of Savannah, Georgia. He has been married for 36 years (wife Kathy) and has two children and two grandchildren. His daughter, Rachel (35), is a school counselor in Jackson, Mississippi. His son, Matt (30), is a doctor doing his residency in urology at UK Healthcare in Lexington, Kentucky.

Come and have a great time with your local truckers.


March 4, 2022, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Elk’s Recreation Site, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407

$40.00 per person ***credit card payments – Email

Includes all you can eat oysters, and we will have Liz’s famous chili to cover your hot dog! It also includes soft drinks, wine, and draft beer with a DJ and an open dance floor! In addition, there will be plenty of door prizes given out. Please contact Michele Adams at 843-745-0023 to place your ticket orders today. Tickets can be paid online and mailed to you, or you can pick them up before the event.

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