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About the TDG Team

James E. Powell Bio

James E. Powell is president and founder of Transportation Development Group LLC (TDG) a dangerous goods (hazardous materials) training company and consultancy based in Seattle, WA.

Jim founded TDG in 1992 after 16 years in executive level positions in the airline, trucking and logistics industries throughout the U.S. His career includes 5 years at Skyway Freight Systems, a leader in Third Party Logistics services, as well as Air Express International, DHL and Air Polynesia in Hawaii. He served as Director of Cargo for DHL Air Cargo in the early 1980’s and created their first FAA approved HazMat Training Program.

Jim is an international author, speaker and trainer on dangerous goods and logistics issues.

TDG specializes in hazardous materials shipping training by air, ocean and highway. TDG is a global leader in IATA, IMDG, and DOT dangerous goods online training. Over the last 20 years, TDG has trained thousands of people. From 1998 to 2002, Jim was involved in training over 150 FAA Special Agents at their academy in Oklahoma City. Jim was the original instructor for California State University Long Beach's "Global Logistics Specialist Program" for nearly 10 years.

TDG also handles penalty mitigation work in helping to reduce fines for clients facing US DOT penalties and has worked with clients and major international law firms on penalty cases in the U.S. and abroad.

Jim Powell (Above) 2014 Geneva

Terry Poland bio

Terry Poland is the principal Dangerous Goods Instructor and consultant at Transportation Development Group LLC.  He has over 30-years of management and training experience in the airline, air freight and logistics industry. 

After leaving the United States Air Force in 1981, where he served as a loadmaster on C-5A Galaxy aircraft, he was hired by the DHL Corporation to manage the Honolulu station cargo operations.  Terry began his hazmat training experience in Hawaii with the DHL Air Cargo staff, and in 1985 he moved on to Mid Pacific Airlines as the Director of Cargo & Training, where he developed the company's FAA-approved Hazmat program.  In 1988, he joined Lynden Air Freight as the Hawaii District Manager and also taught hazmat nation-wide for this domestic and international freight forwarder.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1960 (as a U.S. citizen born abroad), Terry and his U.S. Air Force family travelled extensively until settling in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1966.  He graduated from Pearl City High School after pre-enlisting the U.S. Air Force in 1977.  Returning home after serving his country, Terry spent nearly 25 years in the transportation and logistics industry before joining TDG in 2007, where he now provides Dangerous Goods training and consulting nationally in the US as well as worldwide. Terry is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at West Oahu, and spends much of his time traveling and teaching about safely and legally shipping lithium batteries, radioactive materials and many other hazardous materials.


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