The Log Book: Paccar CIO Named Influential Woman in Trucking

The logbook is a weekly digest of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: The Women in Trucking Association honors influential women; The ANL aims to rehabilitate the Australian turtle population; and CH Robinson recognizes its top quality carriers.

WIT honors influential women in trucking

The nonprofit Women in Trucking Association announced that Lily Ley, vice president and chief information officer at Paccar, has received the 2021 Influential Woman in Trucking award.

The award was established in 2010 to recognize women in trucking who have helped bring other women into the industry and advance them in their careers.

Ley, who grew up in a two-room house in Mexico with her parents and four siblings, moved to the United States after graduating from CETYS Universidad and working as a programmer and systems developer for Kenworth Mexicana.

Once in the United States, she held several technology positions at Paccar to become chief information officer and the first woman to serve on the truck manufacturing company’s executive operating committee.

Ley also overcame personal obstacles. In 2011, she climbed Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, because she wanted to overcome her fear of heights. And Ley survived brain cancer – twice.

“What I learned early in life gave me the ability to go beyond any challenge. It gave me a basic foundation for what I do today. I see everything under different angles and I’m able to adapt to particular circumstances. … Sometimes you just need to take a break when it’s needed. Take a moment, think about your goal,” Ley said.

Two other women in transportation were nominated and received runner-up awards.

Eileen Dabrowski, Director of Learning, Development and Marketing at ReedTMS Logistics, was nominated for her philanthropic initiatives, mentorship programs and continued championing of diversity and inclusion within the industry.

Dabrowski is also a cancer survivor and believes that a balance between self-care and career can help you get the most out of life.

“Challenges and obstacles do not phase me. When things implode around me, I stay the course and figure things out,” she said.

Finalist Amanda Schuier is Director of Employee Engagement at Jetco Delivery.

“My grandfather owned a Mack truck dealership and I was around trucks growing up. But I never thought as a kid, ‘I want to get into trucking,'” Schuier said.

But after being fired from a marketing company, she took a marketing job at a Paccar dealership. Schuier has since taken on roles in sales, dispatch, driver relations and security, and she advises women to never stop learning.

“Ask questions. Ask for help. Find mentors and pursue your passions. Remember there are so many women who have been through what you have been through – so never feel shy to bounce back ideas about others,” Schuier said.

ANL launches turtle conservation project

Australian National Lines (ANL), a subsidiary of CMA CGM, launched its turtle preservation project on Monday in partnership with the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center (CTRC) to help rehabilitate and release sea turtles while educating people on the impacts of ocean plastics on their natural habitat.

Unfortunately, since plastic was mass-produced in the 1940s, 52% of the world’s turtles have eaten plastic waste, according to the CTRC. A single piece of plastic can lead to blockages, ruptured organs, inability to dive and feed, often resulting in death.

“The ocean is where we work, and so we have tremendous respect for it and the life it supports. The Turtle Conservation Project provides an opportunity to give back, to raise awareness of a challenge in Oceania while supporting a worthy cause aligned with our values. We look forward to seeing sea turtle conservation in the future,” said Shane Walden, CEO of ANL.

A central part of the partnership between the ANL and the CTRC is to help update the tank and pump at the rehabilitation center, which will allow better care for the rescued turtles.

“We are dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. To do this important work, we rely on the contributions of many supporters and volunteers. We are delighted to have ANL and the CMA CGM Group join our team,” said Jennie Gilbert, co-founder of CTRC.

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CH Robinson Announces Carriers of the Year

CH Robinson this week announced the winners of its 2022 Carrier of the Year award, in which the global logistics provider recognized 17 carriers within its network of 85,000 contracted carriers for their overall quality of service and customer base.

The company celebrated carriers at its headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn., on Tuesday at an event where company employees greeted carriers to thank them for their dedication to service.

The winners of this year’s CH Robinson Carrier of the Year are:

  • Libra Line of Downers Grove, Illinois.
  • CJ Transport from Hiawatha, Kansas.
  • Chicago land horse.
  • Southern Arizona Transportation from Rio Rico, Arizona.
  • Griffin Diesel Network, Georgia.
  • BR Transportation from Eagle Pass, Texas.
  • Solid Transportation Services of Waterford, Michigan.
  • Timmons Transit of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  • JIT from Memphis, Tennessee.
  • RC England from Salt Lake City.
  • TTR transportation from Owasso, Oklahoma.
  • CR Smith Transport of King George, Virginia.
  • East Mountain Transport from Cocoa, Florida.
  • Colonial Freight Systems of Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Seneca Foods Corp. of Janesville, Wis.
  • Old Dominion Freight Lines of Thomasville, North Carolina.
  • Southeastern Freight Lines of Lexington, SC.

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