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Women In Trucking, TMW Systems, create ‘Distinguished Woman in Logistics’ award

WIT was established in 2007 by Ellen Voie, a trucking industry veteran with a passion to expand and promote opportunities for women both as drivers and business people within the dynamic transportation services field.

The Trucker News Services

4/11/2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Women In Trucking (WIT) association Thursday announced the creation of the “Distinguished Woman in Logistics” award, sponsored by transportation software provider TMW Systems.

The association, established to promote the accomplishments of women employed in the trucking industry with the goals of minimizing obstacles to full participation and celebrating career achievement for women in the field, has expanded its recognition program to highlight leaders in the closely related field of logistics.

WIT was established in 2007 by Ellen Voie, a trucking industry veteran with a passion to expand and promote opportunities for women both as drivers and business people within the dynamic transportation services field.

Building on the success of its “Influential Woman in Trucking” award program sponsored for the past four years by Navistar International Corporation, and its annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel,” WIT joined with TMW Systems to promote and sponsor the new recognition program.

The award was created to highlight and honor notable women active in the broader field of logistics, a discipline that overlaps and strongly influences the trucking industry in North America. 

“Logistics” has been defined as that part of the supply chain process that plans, implements and controls the efficient flow and storage of goods, services and related information, from the point of origin to the point of consumption, in order to meet the customers’ requirements.

The scope of industry participation that would qualify a potential candidate for consideration for the award broadly encompasses high-performing women in the warehousing, traffic and shipping, third-party logistics and supply chain management fields, as well as trucking, rail and maritime cargo operations in North America.

Said TMW Systems President David W. Wangler, “Transportation and logistics is a fascinating field that doesn’t always receive proper recognition for the unique skills and capabilities that define the most successful practitioners in the industry.

“As the father of three intelligent and accomplished young women who are just setting out to make their marks on the world, I believe it’s vital to support and celebrate the achievement of women in logistics today, so that we can attract talent of the highest quality to keep this industry vibrant and healthy.”

The award program will be officially launched during the “Women in Logistics” session to be held during the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) “Great Ideas” Conference &Exposition, April 9-12 in Tucson, Ariz.

Candidacy guidelines, nomination procedures and forms for the first annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics award can be found at: http://www.TMWSystems.com/LogisticsWomanAward.

Nominations may be submitted starting April 10, 2014, and the program will close for judging Oct. 31. Nominations will be judged and a winner selected by a panel of industry notables from logistics and transportation media, logistics service providers and trade association leadership.

The first annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics award will be presented during the 2015 TIA Conference & Exposition.

For general questions about the award program or participation and to support WIT, visit: http://womenintrucking.biz/contact. To download forms and guidelines for nominating an individual for the Distinguished Woman in Logistics award and to submit a nomination, visit: http://www.TMWSystems.com/LogisticsWomanAward.

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.

TMW Systems is a leading transportation software provider to commercial and private fleets, brokerage and 3PL organizations. Founded in 1983, TMW has focused exclusively on providing mission-critical 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 2,300 customers, including many of the largest, most sophisticated and complex transportation service companies in North America.

TMW customers collectively manage over $70 billion in annual freight spend, direct more than 500,000 power units and maintain more than 1.7 million assets. TMW Systems is part of Trimble Navigation in the international Transportation and Logistics division.

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