Saia hires regional sales manager, honors 6 employees with award

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Saia Inc. announced that it has hired Greg Krahl as its new regional sales manager for the Kansas City region, covering the less-than-truckload carrier’s multi-state territory of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Saia also recently named six employees recipients of its 2006-2007 Chairman’s Award.

Krahl has more than 22 years of sales and operations experience in the transportation industry, holding numerous positions including freight operations manager, terminal manager, regional operations manager and regional sales manager. In his new position, Krahl will be responsible for managing sales efforts for Duluth, Ga.-based Saia in his multi-state territory.

Originated in 1997, the Chairman’s Award seeks to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of employees who exude excellence, a deep commitment to customer service and the company, as well as a dedication to their colleagues and communities.

Pedahel Barnett of Jonesboro, Ga.; Ollie Cue of Sapula, Okla.; Glenn Foster of Edmond, Okla.; Robert Howard of Bartlett, Tenn.; Richard Miner of Phoenix; and Chris Smallwood of Greensboro, N.C., were recognized as this year’s honorees at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Duluth. They were chosen from a field of 52 nominations.

“Each of this year’s Chairman’s Award winners should be proud of their accomplishments,” says Rick O’Dell, Saia president and chief executive officer. “They all are to be commended for their hard work as they represent the best of Saia.”

Criteria for being nominated for the Chairman’s Award reflects, in part, Saia’s mission statement and its values of customer service, safety, integrity, teamwork, and regard for people and communities. Every year, each nominee has to earn the Chairman’s Award recognition through a specific deed, or series of deeds, that generally cover a distinguishing event or action. Some employees are nominated and chosen because of a series of actions that demonstrate their work ethic and commitment to the company and its customers, while others are chosen because of a singular life-saving heroic act.