Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks recently presented the 10th annual Influential Woman in Trucking award today to Knichel Logistics CEO Kristy Knichel and Jodie Teuton, vice president of Kenworth of Louisiana/Hino of Baton Rouge and Monroe.
The awards were presented by Kary Schaefer, general manager of product marketing and strategy at Daimler Trucks North America, during the WIT Accelerate! Virtual Conference & Expo, after the panel discussion “Becoming a Woman of Influence,” which included all of this year’s finalists.
“The diverse pool of nominations, from across all parts of the trucking profession, highlight the impact women have in our industry and the contributions they make to help promote careers in trucking and logistics. Kristy and Jodie are inspirational not only for being exceptional business leaders and role models but for driving change in their local communities. It is an honor for Freightliner to be able to recognize all of the nominees for their achievements over the past year,” said Schaefer.
The Influential Woman in Trucking award, developed in 2010, recognizes women in the trucking industry who make or influence key decisions, have a proven record of responsibility, and mentor and serve as a role model to other women.
Finalists for the 2020 Influential Woman in Trucking award also included: Crystal Anderson, owner, Donald D. Anderson Jr. Trucking; Katrina Liddell, president of global forwarding and expedite operations in North America, XPO Logistics; Vana Matte, senior vice president of engineering & technology, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.; and Michal Yariv, vice president and general manager of strategic initiatives, Omnitracs, LLC.
“The six finalists were all outstanding candidates,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO. “After scoring the nominations, the judging panel had a tie for first place. With 2020 being the 10th anniversary of this award, it seemed appropriate to have two winners this year. This award is our way of thanking Kristy and Jodie for their commitment and service to the industry.”
Knichel, a lifelong Pittsburgh native, is a second-generation logistics executive. Since taking over as president of Knichel Logistics in 2007, Knichel has been the driving force behind their yearly growth and reputation as one of the top service providers within the IMC community. As of 2019, Knichel Logistics has grown to $83 million in revenue. She is currently focusing on expanding Knichel Logistics’ footprint via strategic development and continuing to offer her team members the opportunity for growth and self-improvement.
“I am so honored to be chosen, along with Jodie, by the Women in Trucking Association for this prestigious award. All of the finalists are such talented women in this industry and deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments,” said Knichel. “WIT’s mission is one that I wholeheartedly support and am passionate about, which makes being named a 2020 Influential Woman in Trucking even more amazing. Words cannot describe how grateful I am.”
Teuton is the co-founder of Kenworth of Louisiana, a heavy-duty truck dealership group representing both Kenworth and Hino truck brands with seven Louisiana locations. Before devoting her professional career to the retail auto and truck business in 1997, she practiced law locally in South Louisiana. She is passionate about business and proud to carry on her family’s legacy. She is a past president of American Truck Dealers and currently represents Kenworth Dealers on the Board of Directors at ATD.
“All women who choose transportation careers are winners,” said Teuton. “I am humbled by this recognition and ready for more opportunity to grow our ranks in an industry that welcomes all. Trucking has been called the lifeblood of this country. Let’s keep it flowing together.”