CINCINNATI — The National Private Truck Council recognized industry professionals for contributions to the organization and the private trucking industry at its Education Management Conference and Exhibition here April 30-May 2.
• Dan Norris, the former fleet director for Pepsi Beverages Co., received the Dan P. Smith Life Achievement Award. Norris started as a mechanic in 1983 and moved through the ranks to become fleet director in 2010. Norris said he is most proud of his work to improve training, recruiting, retention and compensation for the people who maintain the company’s fleet of more than 11,000 tractors and 18,000 trailers.
PepsiCo Inc. ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of largest private carriers in North America.
• Bill Hartman of VF Jeanswear was recognized as private fleet executive of the year. A U.S. Air Force veteran who served during the Persian Gulf war, Hartman started as a driver for General Nutrition Centers and later became manager of private fleet operations.
Stapleton (left), Hartman and Petty (NPTC)
Hartman is responsible for fleet terminals in Greenville, S.C., Tupelo, Miss., and El Paso, Texas. The apparel manufacturing company operates a fleet of 83 tractors and 294 trailers.
• Todd Porter, vice president of safety and compliance for Sentinel Transportation, was named private fleet safety professional of the year.
Porter oversees safety, environmental, regulatory, claims and legal affairs for Sentinel in Wilmington, Del. The company ranks No. 22 on Transport Topics' list of the largest private carriers in the petroleum and chemical sector.
• Fleets recognized for the lowest ratio of accidents per million miles for the past year: Blain Supply Inc. in the local operation category, followed by Speedway Transport Operations and American Proteins Inc; Orscheln Farm and Home in the regional fleet operator category, followed by Contract Transportation Systems, a private carrier owned by The Sherwin-Williams Co.; Metal Exchange Corp. in the small-fleet mixed operation category, followed by Sugar Foods Corp. and Moen Inc.; and New South Express in the large-fleet mixed operation, followed by Baxter Healthcare Corp. and Unifi Manufacturing Inc.
• Jody Sandy, director of supply chain analytics at Hy-Vee, a supermarket operator based in West Des Moines, Iowa, topped a group of 78 transportation professionals to earn the Certified Transportation Professional designation from NPTC.
The program certifies the knowledge of individuals who work in private fleet management based on tests of such topics as truck specifications, operations, maintenance, safety and human resources.
Hy-Vee operates a fleet of 225 tractors, five straight trucks and 576 trailers. It ranks No. 13 on the Transport Topics' list of the largest private carriers in the grocery sector.