BVL celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018 – as well as the highest number of members in the history of the association. Member loyalty within the knowledge and expert network remains strong, and members value the hands-on service portfolio of BVL.
At the end of the anniversary year 2018, the association had 11,238 members, an increase of 102 on the previous year. The average duration of membership of nine and a half years underlines the high level of loyalty to the network. Around 80 percent of active professionals work in management jobs. The share of women in the logistics network continues to grow, in particular as a result of the rising percentage of women among student members and the Young Professionals network to roughly 40 percent. All in all, some 280 members are active on the honorary bodies of BVL.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the association, BVL highlighted the efforts and commitment of five members who are normally out of the spotlight but who have been making a key contribution in their respective fields for many years. The BVL badge of honour was awarded to Hans-Gerd and Carola Severin as loyal mid-sized exhibitors, Martin Willhaus for his work as a DAV mentor, Sabine Hucke as longstanding Chapter Chair and former Member of the Executive Board of BVL, and Wolfgang Seuthe as a source of ideas and inspiration in the endeavour to promote the image of logistics. BVL President Robert Blackburn presented the badges during the 40th Ordinary Members’ Meeting in Hannover.
Prof. Michael ten Hompel (centre) received the badge of honour in gold during the Members’ Meeting.
During the course of the year, the BVL Board came together for four meetings, which took place in March and May in Stuttgart, in September in Cologne and in November in Frankfurt. After their term in office had come to an end in line with the statutes, Christian Berner, Prof. Michael ten Hompel and Prof. Karl Nowak departed from the Board on the day of the Members’ Meeting on April 23. Karl Nowak remains in place as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of BVL. Both he and Michael ten Hompel, who will continue to be involved in the association as a member of the Advisory Board, were presented with the badge of honour in gold, while Christian Berner was additionally named a lifetime honorary member of BVL in recognition of his longstanding service on the Board as well as his work as Accountant of BVL. Frank Dreeke, Jürgen Gerdes, Dr. Karl A. May and Dr. Stefan Wolff were elected to the Board for a further term. There were no new elections to the Board.
Due to a change in his full-time job, Jürgen Gerdes left the Board in June 2018 at his own request. BVL thanked him for his commitment over a period of nearly 10 years by presenting him with the badge of honour in gold. At its meeting in September, the Board decided to co-opt three people to the Board during the course of the year, and the three will stand for election to the Board at the Members’ Meeting in 2019. They are Alexander Doll, Dr. Christian Jacobi and Stephan Wohler.