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 Trimble Transportation, 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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