Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kristy Knichel Receives 2015 ‘Distinguished Woman in Logistics’ Award

Leader of Pennsylvania Logistics Firm Honored by Women in Trucking Association for Her Vision, Customer Focus and Commitment to Mentoring

ORLANDO, Florida, April 17, 2015 — Kristy Knichel, president of Knichel Logistics, Gibsonia, Pa., was presented the “Distinguished Woman in Logistics” award during this morning’s opening session of the Transportation Intermediaries Association 2015 “Capital Ideas” Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. She is the inaugural winner of the award, established by the Women in Trucking (WIT) Association to promote the achievements of women in the dynamic and increasingly influential field of transportation logistics. Knichel received the award from Monica Truelsch, director of marketing for TMW Systems, which sponsored the WIT award program.

Knichel is a second-generation logistics executive who began her career as an intermodal dispatcher in 1997. Since becoming president of Knichel Logistics in 2007, she has helped guide the company from $2 million to nearly $50 million in annual revenue. Now with nearly 50 employees, the company has been ranked in the Inc. 500 list of North America’s fastest growing privately owned businesses for four consecutive years.

Knichel’s influence is felt well beyond the workplace. She is actively involved in a women’s mentoring program in Pittsburgh and participates in numerous charities throughout western Pennsylvania. In 2014 she received the Pittsburgh Business Times’ “Business Women First” award, which is presented to the region’s most influential female business leader among both for-profit and non-profit companies.

“Under Kristy’s leadership, Knichel Logistics has focused on delivering superior service and value and has reaped the benefits of that dedication in the form of a larger and more diverse base of clients. By all accounts, she’s also a great boss and co-worker who values the vital contributions of every member of her team,” Truelsch said. “TMW is proud to sponsor this award program and recognize the growing visibility and influence of women’s accomplishments in the logistics industry.”

The other finalists for the 2015 Distinguished Woman In Logistics award were Faith Garcia-Ross, vice president, consumer services and Latin American operations, Menlo Logistics, Aurora, Ill.; and Jean Regan, president and CEO, TranzAct Technologies, Elmhurst, Ill.

Members of the judging panel were Adrian Gonzalez, president, Adelante SCM; Kate Miller, president, Blue Edge Marketing Ltd.; Diane A. Mollenkopf, Ph.D., McCormick associate professor of logistics and director, Ph.D. program in supply chain management, University of Tennessee; Fred Moody, editor and publisher, Logistics Quarterly; and Ellen Voie, CAE, president and CEO, Women in Trucking, Inc.

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About TMW Systems
TMW is a leading transportation software provider to brokerage and 3PL organizations, commercial and private fleets. Founded in 1983, TMW has focused on providing enterprise software to the transportation industry, including asset-based and non-asset-based operations as well as heavy-duty vehicle service centers. With offices in Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Vancouver, the company serves over 2,000 customers, including many of the largest, most sophisticated and complex transportation service companies in North America. TMW is a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB) and part of the international Transportation and Logistics Division.

About Women In Trucking
Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 16 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems; Daimler Truck NA; Frito-Lay North America; Great Dane Trailers; Hyundai Translead; and Walmart. Silver Level Partner is C.H. Robinson. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.