The award, exclusive to state trucking association leaders, was presented during the federation’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition here on Oct. 6.
Hems is the 13th recipient of the ATA President’s Trucking Association Executives Council Leadership Award.
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She also received a $10,000 grant for a non-profit trucking education or research organization chosen by Hems.
“Energetic, passionate, professional are just a few words to describe the winner,” ATA Chairman Philip Byrd Sr. said ahead of the presentation.
“A strong coalition builder, Kendra, along with ATA and the business community, was able to defeat a proposed 45% toll increase and worked closely with the ATA Litigation Center to challenge the diversion of toll revenues,” he said.
Hems has led the New York State Motor Truck Association since 2008, and has been with the group for 15 years.
She has represented truckers on such issues as congestion pricing, toll increases and employee misclassification during her tenure.
“Kendra operates in one of the most difficult political and regulatory environments in the nation. Her proactive professionalism and consistent success have been of great benefit to both her members and all of ATA. This award and the esteem of her colleagues is well earned,” said Ed Crowell, president of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association and current TAEC chairman.
Hems was also recognized for helping bolster the industry’s Trucking Moves America Forward campaign.