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Indiana Warehouse Owner Named Government Affairs Person of the Year


For Immediate Release                                      
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Morgan Zenner,
Senior Coordinator Marketing & Public Relations


Indiana Warehouse Owner Named
Government Affairs Person of the Year

March 18, 2015 (DES PLAINES, Ill.) –IWLA, the resource for warehouse logistics, awarded its 2015 IWLA Government Affairs Person of the Year Award to IWLA Treasurer Mark DeFabis, CEO of Plainfield, Ind.-based Integrated Distribution Services, Inc. The association cited DeFabis’ work with Congress and his leadership in local, state, and federal involvement as primary reasons for the award.

DeFabis received the honor during the International Warehouse Logistics Association’s annual business meeting March 10, 2015, in Savannah, Ga. The meeting is a part of the larger 2015 IWLA Convention & Expo event at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort.

“Mark DeFabis has been actively engaged in the IWLA government advocacy program for years,” says IWLA Chairman of the Board Rob Doyle, CWLP, vice president of business development, Commercial Warehousing. “He has been instrumental in the development of the Congressional Contact Program, the IWLA Legislative Fly-in and the IWLA Political Action Committee.”

DeFabis has been a strong advocate for business and warehouse logistics industry rights, representing IWLA on several occasions. In November 2013 DeFabis testified before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; in August 2014 he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions about the business implications of the Affordable Healthcare Act; and in February 2015 DeFabis accompanied IWLA president & CEO Steve DeHaan to talk with representatives from the U.S. Postal Service about its goal of becoming a third-party logistics provider.

“Not only is Mark knowledgeable about laws and regulations, he is also passionate about his business and the warehouse logistics industry—all of that makes him an asset to the IWLA government affairs program and to achieving the goals we have set,” DeHaan says.

DeFabis serves on the board of directors of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) and the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council Executive Committee.  Prior to entering the logistics industry, DeFabis worked in the public sector as administrator of Economic and Housing Development for the City of Indianapolis and president of the Indianapolis Economic Development Corporation. He is a graduate of Purdue University and the Indiana University Law School.   


Note: For more information about the IWLA Convention & Expo and photo request please contact Morgan Zenner at or call 847.813.4696.

About IWLA: Since 1891, the International Warehouse Logistics Association has been the resource for warehouse logistics, advocacy, and education. For more information, visit www.IWLA.comIWLA, formerly the American Warehouse Association, serves nearly 500 corporate members representing 3,000 warehousing locations.

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