The National Private Truck Council honored five individuals who have made significant contributions to NTPC.

The NPTC Professional Leadership Awards have been one of the highlights of the council's annual conferences since 1990. Sponsored by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, these awards recognize some of the best performers in private fleet management.

Private Fleet Executive of the Year
Harry J. Haney III, associate director of Logistics Operations for Kraft Foods, where he has worked for 22 years. He has several years in fleet management experience including private fleet management positions in Buena Park, Calif.; Decatur, Ga; and Champaign, Ill. Later, he was responsible nationally for Kraft's private and dedicated fleets based in Madison, Wis. Haney holds a bachelor's degree in transportation and logistics from Ohio State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He is the immediate past chairman of the Board for NPTC and was named NPTC Fleet Executive of the Year in 2002.

Private Fleet Safety Professional of the Year
Randy Perry has been employed by Frito Lay for 28 years, working in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility ranging from sales to operations to safety. Perry is a graduate of West Georgia College with a degree in marketing. He is a certified instructor for Defensive Driving for Professional Truck Drivers, a Continuous Improvement Master Trainer, and active member of the National Private Truck Council. Perry is active on the NPTC Safety Committee, recently named to chair its education subcommittee, was a guest presenter at the most successful webcast hosted in the history of the NPTC/J.J. Keller partnership; and is a frequent presenter at NPTC meetings.

Private Fleet Member of the Year
George Carpenter, director of Warehouse Management System Project for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). In his current role, Carpenter is responsible integrating technology into the supply chain process and assisting operators in leveraging technology to improve efficiencies and drive process change. He is a 30-year logistics and transportation professional with experience from the cab to the executive management ranks. Prior to his current position, Carpenter served in a variety of positions with AAFES from driver to Director of Private Fleet Operations during his career. He is an active member of the NPTC's Board and chairs our Membership Committee. He is a frequent speaker both at the annual meeting as well as the Private Fleet Management Institute. Active in the Dallas chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), Carpenter holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Baker College. He earned his CTP designation in 2006.

Allied Member of the Year
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, which has been instrumental in helping NPTC members improve efficiency by eliminating empty and unprofitable miles through the Fleet Optimization Center.

Membership Development Award
Schneider National, which helped NPTC identify and recruit to active membership 40 new private fleet members.

NPTC also presented its newest award, the Daniel P. Smith Life Achievement Award. "This award is given to an individual who has made significant leadership contributions to the NPTC in helping advance the goals and objectives of the council, and whose personal traits of honor, integrity, tenacity and devotion to duty in making these contributions serve as an exemplary model for future NPTC-member private fleet professionals," said NPTC President Gary Petty.

The recipient is Haig Dikijian, National Safety Advocate for Verizon Logistics.

Dikijian has been in the transportation industry with the same company for more than 44 years - although that company has gone through a number of name changes: New York Telephone, Nynex, Bell Atlantic, and GTE - now Verizon Logistics where he oversees its Safety Program. After spending 43 years in one department, Dikijian says that he now understands how transportation and distribution fit into the big picture of Integrated Supply Chain Management. He pursued his academic career at night and earned both his Bachelor of Science degree and Masters in Business Administration from Long Island University.

Dikijian has served on the NPTC Board of Directors, NPTC Membership Committee and is currently an active member of the NPTC Safety Committee. He has attended many NPTC seminars, annual conferences, and National Safety Conferences.

Dikijian achieved his CTP certification with the first graduating class in 1993 and continues to maintain his CDL 'A' License (with all endorsements) as well.