NPTC, SmartDrive present fleet leadership awards

NPTC, SmartDrive present fleet leadership awards

The National Private Truck Council (NPTC) and award program sponsor SmartDrive Systems recognized six private fleet professionals for their contributions to the private fleet community during NPTC’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition held recently in Cincinnati OH.

Mike Baker, vice-president of worldwide sales, SmartDrive Systems (left) and Gary Petty, president and CEO of the National Private Truck Council (right), congratulate recipients of the NPTC/SmartDrive Private Fleet Professional Leadership Award (from left): Rustin Keller, J J Keller; Ed Porter, Upstate Niagara Cooperative; Harry Haney, Loyola University; Meghan Chan, Mondelez Global LLC; Cameron Hafer, Trans Papa Logistics/Papa John’s; and Bedford Monday, Schwans Food Co.

Since 1990, the NPTC Private Fleet Professional Leadership Awards have recognized individuals who have positively impacted the National Private Truck Council, their profession, and the private trucking community.

The Dan Smith Life Achievement Award, the NPTC’s highest honor, was awarded to Harry J Haney III, associate director of Loyola University Chicago’s Supply & Value Chain Center. The Center works with member companies to provide educational events, networking opportunities, training, recruiting students for internships/ full time placement, and access to academic resources (faculty and students) for consulting projects. Prior to this role, Haney was with Kraft Foods for 30 years, holding increasingly responsible supply chain roles, both in field and corporate locations.

The Private Fleet Executive of the Year went to Bedford Monday, facilities operations manager for The Schwans Food Company, where he oversees warehouse and shuttle operations for 12 facilities in the South. He started with Schwans in 2005 and has held several positions in logistics both in warehouse and transportation operations. Most recently, he was zone warehouse manager for Schwans Consumer Brands.

The Private Fleet Member of the Year was presented to Ed Porter, senior director of transportation services for Upstate Niagara Cooperative. Porter entered the transportation industry in 1971, joining the Pillsbury Company. He then held roles with Red Wing Foods and Kraft Dairy Group, and opened the first office and distribution network for Kraft Dairy Group west of the Mississippi River in Seattle WA in 1983.

The Private Fleet Safety Professional of the Year was awarded to Cameron Hafer, manager of DOT compliance and commercial motor vehicle driver development, Trans Papa Logistics Inc (Papa John’s Pizza). Hafer manages robust compliance and driver development programs that keep Trans Papa Logistics on the leading edge with best practices, and quality products and people.

The NPTC Excellence in Membership Award went to Meghan Chan, fleet safety and compliance manager for Mondelez Global LLC. Chan began her career in manufacturing with Frito-Lay but quickly discovered an interest in logistics. She transferred to the transportation department and served as a fleet manager for five years. In 2012, she joined the transportation team at Mondelez Global.

The Allied Member of the Year was presented to J J Keller & Associates Inc, a leading provider of fleet compliance and safety products and services. With more than 1,400 associates, the company serves more than 420,000 customers.

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