Finalists for the 2021 DWLA are Angela Eliacostas, Nicole Glenn and Jeana Hysell. - Graphic: WIT

Finalists for the 2021 DWLA are Angela Eliacostas, Nicole Glenn and Jeana Hysell.

Graphic: WIT

The Women In Trucking Association announced three finalists for the 2021 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award (DWLA), which promotes the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry.

Finalists for the 2021 DWLA have demonstrated superior leadership within their company as well as with other professional, educational or philanthropic organizations. This year’s finalists are: Angela Eliacostas, president and founder of AGT Global Logistics; Nicole Glenn, president and CEO of Candor Expedite; and Jeana Hysell, senior safety consultant at J. J. Keller & Associates.

Meet the Finalists

  • Angela Eliacostas has more than thirty years of transportation management experience. In this time, she has built a business based on honesty, integrity, and diligence – things she learned from being raised in a trucking family, WIT officials said in a press release. She has developed a proprietary three-tier carrier-rating system designed to reward drivers and companies who perform at the highest standards. She has carved out a niche for herself in the energy and utilities sector as a 3PL with 24/7/365 access and service. Her employees are not only experienced with trucking – many have experience operating commercial motor vehicles – most are HazMat certified. As a certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise, Eliacostas promotes diverse spends by using MBEs as vendors and in her contracts.
  • Nicole Glenn started in the logistics industry at 18 years old. After 21 years, she has learned the ins and outs of the industry from building teams, brokerages and fleets, WIT officials said. In 2017, Glenn became the founder and operator of Candor Expedite. Candor Expedite is a woman-owned and operated hotshot ground and white-glove service provider with offices in Illinois and Texas. She was recognized by Trucker Tools as a Diamond Performer and recognized as a 2021 Women in Transportation Top Woman to Watch in Transportation. Glenn opened Candor Expedite's second location in Dallas.
  • Jeana Hysell is a safety consultant with J. J. Keller & Associates. she helps drivers reshape their behavior to ensure they always return home safely to their families, WIT officials said. Hysell understands the challenges drivers face, because she began her career as an owner operator and has been in the industry for over 40 years. Her involvement and giving spirit led Women In Trucking to establish its scholarship foundation – helping women pursue logistics careers.

Finalists for the seventh annual DWLA were selected from a group of women representing third-party logistics, supply chain management and related functional disciplines. Members of the judging panel include Brent Hutto, chief relationship officer at Truckstop.com; Anne Reinke, president and CEO of TIA; Stephanie Ivey, associate dean for research and professor at Herff College of Engineering; and Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT.

The award highlights the crucial roles of leading women in commercial transportation and logistics, which encompasses logistics service providers as well as motor carriers.

The winner of the 2021 award will be announced during the TIA Capital Ideas Virtual Conference on May 12.

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