Women In Trucking has announced the finalists for its inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics award, which was designed to promote the achievements of women in the transportation industry.

The award builds on the success of WIT’s Influential Woman in Trucking recognition program and highlights the vital roles of leading women in the field of transportation logistics, including those employed by service providers and trucking companies. TMW Systems is this year’s award sponsor.

Finalists for the award are Faith Garcia-Ross of Menlo Logistics, Kristy Knichel of Knichel Logistics, and Jean Regan of TranzAct Technologies. The winner will be announced by TMW Systems on behalf of WIT on April 17 at the Transportation Intermediaries Association’s “Capital Ideas” Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

Garcia-Ross is the vice president of consumer services and Latin American operations at Menlo, which she joined as a customer service manager in 2000. She served in a variety of roles within the company before being named vice president in 2014.

Knichel is the president of Knichel Logistics and a second-generation logistics executive who began her career as an intermodal dispatcher in 1997. She and her father launched Knichel Logistics in 2003 and she was appointed president in 2007. She helped direct the company’s growth from $2 million to $50 million in annual revenue.

Regan is the president and CEO of TranzAct Technologies and directs operational and financial activies for the largest woman-owned freight audit and payment company in the U.S. She joined TranzAct as vice president and CFO in 1987 and was appointed president in 2000. She has served on several boards and advisory committees, including the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee and the University of Illinois College of Business Dean's Business Council.

“Logistics is a fast-paced, highly demanding discipline that is attracting thousands of talented and creative professionals each year,” said David W. Wangler, TMW Systems president. “The impressive field of nominees for this inaugural award is both a testament to the significant accomplishments of women in the logistics sector and a validation that more opportunities are becoming available within the broader transportation industry.”

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