NPTC names Safety, FLEET Leadership Award winners; CTP Top Grad

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The National Private Truck Council recognized its fleet members who have continued to elevate safety performance during the group’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition, held April 29-May 1 in Indianapolis. NPTC also presented its F.L.E.E.T. Leadership Awards April 30.

NPTC also presented its Certified Transportation Professional Top Graduate Award to Jeff Chulack, fleet maintenance manager of Talon Industries, based in Pittsburgh. Chulack, who has more than 20 years of experience in truck transportation management, participated in the NPTC Fleet Management Institute this year and earned the highest score on the February 2007 CTP Examination.


“The purpose of the Safety Awards program is to recognize those member companies that strive to make private fleet safety a benchmark of their operations,” says Gary Petty, NPTC chief executive officer and president.

The NPTC/Bridgestone Firestone Fleet of the Year Award is presented to those companies whose fleets experienced the lowest ratio of accidents per million miles for the past year. These awards are given for the entire fleet’s vehicle accident frequency rate (VAFR) by fleet size and operational category. The winners for 2007 were:

Local operations (fleets whose vehicles deliver in a local market regardless of size):

  • First Place: Barnes & Noble
  • Mixed operations (small fleet – less than 50 vehicles):

  • First Place (tie): Gates Corporation and Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Second Place: George’s Foods LLC
  • Third Place: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Mixed operations (large fleet – 50 vehicles or more):

  • First Place: Targa Midstream Services LP
  • Second Place: General Nutrition Centers
  • Third Place: Russell Corp.
  • Regional operations (small fleet – less than 50 vehicles):

  • First Place: Jerico Services Inc.
  • Second Place: Target Stores
  • Third Place: Webster Industries Inc.
  • Regional operations (large fleet – 50 vehicles or more):

  • First Place: Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.
  • Second Place: Basic Chemicals Co. LLC
  • Third Place: Milliken & Co.
  • Also recognized were fleets with outstanding and/or improved safety records based upon their crash rates.

    Winners of the Gold Seal, awarded to fleet experiencing no crashes in 2006, include:

  • ADM Trucking Inc.
  • Aeropres Corp.
  • BP Products North America Inc.
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Dominion Virginia Power
  • Gates Corp.
  • Hittman Transport Services Inc.
  • Jerico Services Inc.
  • Logex Inc.
  • Orgill Inc.
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Targa Midstream Services LP
  • Webster Industries Inc.
  • Winners of the Silver Seal, presented to those companies whose fleets reduced their vehicle crash rates by 40 percent or more compared to the previous year, were:

  • ADM Trucking Inc.
  • Barnes & Noble
  • BP Products North America Inc.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts N.E.
  • George’s Foods LLC
  • Logex Inc.
  • Marathon Petroleum Co.
  • Orgill Inc.
  • Russell Corp.
  • Walgreen Co.
  • Winners of the Bronze Seal, presented to companies who have reduced their vehicle crash rates by 20 percent to 39 percent from the previous year, were:

  • ADM Trucking Inc.
  • BP Products North America Inc.
  • Campbell’s Express
  • CHS Inc.
  • Harley Davidson Motor Co.
  • Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.
  • Logex Inc.
  • Orgill Inc.
  • PV Transport Inc.
  • Shaw Industries Group Inc.
  • Tombigbee Transportation Corp.
  • Walgreen Co.

    Since 1990, the NPTC F.L.E.E.T. Awards (For Leadership, Enterprise and Excellence in Trucking) are given annually to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the National Private Truck Council, their profession and the private trucking community.

  • The Private Fleet Executive of the Year, NPTC’s highest individual award, went to Debra A. Stone, CTP, corporate logistics cost analyst for McKee Foods Corp. Stone has been employed by McKee Foods for more than 23 years and has held positions in distribution, purchasing and technical services. She is responsible for managing carrier relationships and maximizing backhaul opportunities.
  • The Fleet Safety Professional of the Year Award was awarded to Greg Whisenant, CTP, transportation safety manager for Shaw Transportation. Whisenant has held the position of corporate safety manager for Shaw Transportation for the past five years. Whisenant earned the title of Certified Transportation Professional from the National Private Truck Council in 2002, and has been a member of the NPTC Safety Committee since 1998. He is the chairman of the NPTC Safety Committee and holds a seat on the NPTC board of directors.
  • The Fleet Member of the Year Award went to Sam Richardson, assistant vice president of operations and safety for ADM Trucking. After spending 15 years with BOC, Richardson joined ADM Trucking in 1993 and has been there ever since. He is part of the team that took ADM Trucking from an unsatisfactory safety rating and facing closure for noncompliance to being named Private Fleet of the Year in 2003. He is vice-chair of the NPTC Safety Committee as well as a member of the Conference Planning Committee.
  • This year’s Allied Member of the Year Award winner was Mike Parrish, national accounts sales executive for Paccar Leasing Co. During his 20 years in the transportation industry, Parrish has held a variety of marketing and sales jobs. With Kenworth Truck Co., his assignments included sales manager – leasing and director of medium-duty sales. His responsibility at Paccar involves national accounts headquartered in the Pacific Northwest. He has been involved actively hwith NPTC for 10 years.
  • The NPTC Membership Development Award honored Gary Strausbaugh, CTP, vice president of transportation for the Mennel Milling Co. His experience consists of 30 years in the grain and food industry, controlling transportation and warehousing. Strausbaugh received the designation of Certified Transportation Professional in 1996 and since then has worked long and hard to advance the program. He now serves as chair of the NPTC Institute Board of Governors and is a member of the NPTC board. In addition to his work with NPTC, Strausbaugh is a member of the Ohio Trucking Association, Midwest Association of Rail Shippers and the Toledo Transportation Club. He is on the board for the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers.

    In all, 43 transportation professionals achieved the prestigious designation of Certified Transportation Professional by the NPTC Institute, the educational and professional certification arm of NPTC. The graduates were honored during a ceremony at the annual conference.

    Since the CTP designation was first introduced in 1993, more than 500 fleet and transportation professionals have earned the right to add CTP after their name. CTPs are raising industry standards and, in turn, are increasing the respect and prestige of the fleet and transportation profession.

    “These new Certified Transportation Professionals have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to understand complex operational and regulatory issues, identify and evaluate potential costs and savings, and develop systems and practices that best meet their company’s transportation needs and objectives,” says Petty. “The CTP designation is a benchmark of excellence earned by a special few, but available to any fleet or transportation specialist will to make the necessary commitment of dedicated effort.”

    The following individuals represent the Class of 2007:

  • James W. Angel, director of fleet operations, Atrium Companies Inc.
  • Michael Armour, DC transportation manager, Shaw Industries
  • James Auriemma, national fleet trainer, BOC
  • Jeff Bogart, professional services consultant, PeopleNet
  • Steve C. Byrd, regional fleet services manager, First Fleet Corp.
  • Mark Childers, business development manager, Volvo Commercial Finance
  • Kevin P. Choate, transport manager, Rinker Materials West
  • Jeff Chulack, fleet maintenance manager, Talon Industries
  • John M. Creager, director, Vanguard Services
  • Tony Cummings, vice president of business development, PHH First Fleet
  • Ralph Davis, operations coordinator, McKee Foods Transportation
  • Katherine M. Fellenstein, manager of transportation, safety and compliance, Weyerhaeuser
  • Nakoa Gardner, operations support manager, Energy Dispatch
  • Todd Hennis, transportation manager, Lance Inc.
  • Bob Hertzog, director of truck services, First Fleet Corp.
  • Kevin Horton, operations manager, ADM Trucking
  • Lance Huegi, regional logistics manager, Sealy Mattress Co.
  • Steve Jansen, regional fleet services manager, First Fleet Corp.
  • Ted Kabase, Eastern division sales manager, McLeod Software
  • Joe Laskowski, safety and compliance manager, Medline Place
  • Thomas J. Lemke, executive vice president, Cadec Global
  • Jeff A. Lohrding, national fleet trainer, BOC
  • Matthew S. Ludwig, corporate safety consultant, ProDrivers
  • Michael R. Malarney, director of labor and human resource information, Vanguard Services
  • Louis McAnally, professional service consultant, PeopleNet
  • E.J. Michaud, driver recruiting manager, Shaw Industries
  • Daniel Norris, Mid-Atlantic fleet and transportation manager, Pepsi Bottling Group
  • Rick Ochsendorf, director of professional services, PeopleNet
  • Alexander Popov, vice president of fleet services, First Fleet Corp.
  • James Read, assistant transportation supervisor, Wenger Feeds Inc.
  • Dale Runkel, regional fleet services manager, First Fleet Corp.
  • James Scullin, fleet maintenance manager, Giant Eagle
  • Scott Sigman, director of business development, Vanguard Services
  • Brian P. Skinner, division manager, LFL Chambers
  • Michael A. Stephens, director of outbound logistics, Giant Eagle
  • Jason R. Striker, fleet services manager, Shaw Industries
  • Ralph E. Tentler, regional transportation manager, Shaw Transport
  • Scott Terrell, fleet operations manager, Shaw Transport
  • Brian T. Toomey, transportation manager, Clifford W. Perham/Shaw’s Supermarkets
  • Kurt Troyer, field technical representative, McKee Foods Transportation
  • John Vaughn Jr., director of business development, PHH First Fleet
  • Peter Wieboldt, district manager, Vanguard Services
  • Dennis Woods, national fleet trainer, BOC