NEW YORK, NY., Nov. 22, 2010 – The MCAA recently honored Mark Chiusano for a lifetime of service to the courier industry. He was awarded the organization’s tenth Distinguished Service Award at their Last Mile Forum in Florida. 

Chiusano, a partner in Avant Business Services, received the award for his lifetime of service bringing favorable attention to the association and the messenger courier industry. “In our industry, this is considered a significant honor,” says MCAA board member Rob Slack and the person who nominated Chiusano for the award. “Once a year we recognize an individual who has given his all to shine a positive light on what messengers and couriers do every day. Mark has more than earned it for his lifetime of service to our industry.”

As a former president of MCAA, Chiusano presided over the unprecedented growth of the association during his tenure. “Mark continues to be a key influencer in the continued growth of this industry and a passionate promoter of the association,” says Slack. “He is active on several influential association committees including our government affairs committee, which brings our case to DC and local state houses. In fact, his work in Albany helped put in place New York’s first guidelines for the uses of independent contractors. Independent contractors are a critical component in our ability pickup and delivery anything, any time.”

Chiusano is a second generation member of the messenger courier business. His father, Charles, founded the company in 1925 to deliver packages. Today, Avant Business Services counts among his services warehousing and logistics, staffing, facility management, IT deployment, messenger service, and time-sensitive deliveries. Their workforce provides 24x7x365 services from eleven offices in New York, Stamford, Connecticut and Hartford, Connecticut.

Mark was elected to the Board of Directors of MCAA in 1999. He served the MCAA in a variety of roles including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Convention Committee Chair and Executive Leadership Series Chair. Mark also volunteers his time to the N.Y. State Messenger & Courier Association (NYSMCA) assisting the Department of Transportation on issues that affect the flow of commercial traffic in Manhattan. In 2005 Mark chaired the NYSMCA Committee that worked with the NY State Department of Labor and created Guidelines for the utilization of Independent Contractors (IC’s) for the messenger/courier industry. Mark was inducted into the MCAA “Courier Hall of fame” in 2009. The Courier Hall of Fame was created to honor the men and women who founded and shaped and both MCAA and the industry as a whole.

Previous honorees include: Phyllis Apelbaum – Arrow Messenger; Larry Day – Jet Messenger; Steve Lippe – Econo Courier; Chris MacKrell – Custom Courier Solutions; Steve Miley – The Go Between; Tony Racioppo – SDS Global Logistics; Jay Scarola – Dedicated Delivery Systems; Rob Slack – National and Dick Thomas – Priority Dispatch.

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