PHOENIX — Scott Manthey, senior vice president of safety and compliance for Interstate Distributor Co. of Tacoma, Washington, has been presented the Truckload Carriers Association’s 2017 Clare C. Casey Safety Professional of the Year Award.
The award is bestowed upon a trucking industry professional whose actions and achievements have made a profound contribution to enhancing safety on North America’s highways.
Manthey received his award during TCA’s 36th Annual Safety & Security Division meeting under way here.
After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for 10 years, Manthey has worked in the transportation industry for over 20 years, including the past 3 ½ years at Interstate Distributor Co.
He has helped usher in a 45 percent reduction in preventable DOT accidents, a 40 percent reduction in total incurred exposure, and a 17 percent lost time injury reduction, displaying his ability not only to teach professional truck drivers how to drive more safely, but to instill the values of safety into a company’s culture.
“In his first year with Interstate we would rarely find Scott in his office,” said Marc Rodgers, president & CEO of Interstate Distributor Co. “He was out in the yard talking to our drivers, teaching a class to our new operations staff, or in the driver lounge building relationships of trust with our associates. This was a testament to the loyalty Scott builds in his professional relationships and the responsibility he feels to build the future safety leaders in our industry.”
Rodgers said Manthey’s dedication to safety is never limited to his work with the company he works for — he also volunteers his time with other organizations to help spread safety to the industry as a whole.
He has been an active member of the Washington Trucking Association (WTA) for over 10 years, serving on the board of Safety Management Council for eight years, including as the council’s Chairman from 2013-2015. He was named the chairman for TCA’s Regulatory Policy Committee in 2015, and has been actively involved in TCA’s Safety & Security Division since 2012.
In addition to the 2017 Clare C. Casey Award, Manthey has earned numerous awards honoring his dedication to safety, including the 2010 Safety Professional of the Year from WTA and the 2012 Safety Professional of the Year from the Oregon Trucking Association. Carriers for which Manthey was the company safety leader have earned Safe Carrier of the Year honors from Washington, Oregon, California, and Indiana.
“Scott represents the best of the best in the safety world,” said David Heller, vice president of government affairs at TCA. “He knows his stuff, and is always willing to share his vast knowledge. Everyone in safety can agree, Scott Manthey is incredibly deserving of this award.”
Nominees for TCA’s award must exemplify leadership and demonstrate the goals of protecting lives and property in the motor transportation industry while serving their company, industry, and the motoring public. The award is named after Clare Casey, a safety professional who actively served TCA from 1979 until 1989. He was devoted to ensuring that all truckload safety professionals build a strong safety network, and was instrumental in forming the first annual Safety & Security Division meeting in 1982. The first Clare C. Casey Award was presented in 1990, one year after his death.