Global Trade Magazine officially opened nominations for its May/June cover story, “Women in Logistics” beginning this week through the end of March. This marks the publication’s second annual feature spotlighting leading female executives reshaping the way companies approach industry disruptions. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of creating long-term solutions impacting various sectors including transportation, warehousing, shipping, and supply chain management.
“As we continue to see a rise in female leaders within the logistics industry, I wanted to take recognition to the next level for female executives fostering positive company culture while displaying exemplary leadership all industry players can learn from,” said Eric Kleinsorge, Publisher and Chairman of Global Trade Magazine. “Last year’s cover story was a huge success. We received a lot of positive feedback from our readers and we’ve already received impressive nominations for this year’s feature.”
Among leading ladies featured in the 2019 issue included Joan Smemoe of RailInc., Jane Kennedy Greene of Kenco, Wendy Buxton of LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, and Barbara Yeninas and Lisa Aurichio of BSYA. This year’s selected nominees will be selected based on factors including tenure, industry relevance, impact on the industry, the health of relationships with employees, with a high emphasis on their workplace culture approach. Nominations will be limited to one executive per submission and participants can enter their executive of choice until March 31st at 5 p.m.
“I encourage workers from around the globe to take a few minutes and submit female leaders that have changed the way they view leadership and have made a positive impact on their career and industry. It’s important to the evolving culture of global companies to recognize these women for their dedication to the industry and the workers that make success possible,” Kleinsorge concluded.
To submit a nomination, please click here or call (469) 778-2606 for more information.
Known for its “more than just logistics” business solutions approach, ArcBest logistics company boasts much more than offering unique, innovative, and competitive solutions for industry players through outstanding leadership.
The company’s president and CEO, Judy R. McReynolds, was announced as the Most Influential Corporate Directors for the WomenInc.’s winter edition. This recognition is in addition to other acknowledgments received by McReynolds for 2019, including Women in Trucking Association’s 2019 Distinguished Woman in
“It’s a great honor for me to be among WomenInc.’s Most Influential Corporate Directors,” McReynolds said. “I’m proud to be at ArcBest, where we have a great culture of creativity and innovation and constantly strive to keep ahead of rapidly changing market conditions and to meet our customers’ evolving needs.”
ArcBest has transformed its reputation over the years by adding more options for its customer solutions offerings ranging from less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight®, ground expedite shipping through Panther Premium Logistics®, as well as truckload, time critical, international ocean and air, and managed transportation. These solutions are customizable to solve unique and complex challenges for customers.
Since 2010, McReynolds has served as ArcBest’s president and CEO. In 2016, she was the chosen Chairman of the Board for the company in addition to 22 years of service.
McReynolds also serves as the current chair for the American Transportation Research Institute board, a member of the American Trucking Associations Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and a list of outside boards: OGE Energy Corp., First Bank Corp. and First National Bank of Fort Smith. She serves on the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation Board.
When it comes to exemplary leadership, Old Dominion – a leading provider in LTL
and transportation logistics, takes implementing its core values of integrity
and greatness to the next level. Through its strong relationships both
externally with its customers and internally with each individual working for the
company, these values are what keep its employees working towards the Old
Dominion vision. With her passion for mentoring and leadership, Kim Maready, Vice
President of Accounting and Finance for the company, is a prime example of the
way Old Dominion takes her position in leadership one step further by shaping
employees through a fresh, unique approach. It was this very approach combined
with the culture at Old Dominion that ultimately peaked her interest to join
the team in 2014.
“I think the Old Dominion culture places a tremendous amount
of value on its people. It is a family-oriented culture and once you join the
family, you really feel that. I felt that as an outside service provider. They
not only cared about their own success, but they cared about my success as a
provider,” she said. “A lot of other large public companies haven’t found that
magic really. It’s all about the business and I think that comes through the
profitability, or lack thereof, of some companies because ODFL recognizes that
it’s profitable because of its people and the amount that they give to our
customers every single day.”
Kim has served Old Dominion for five years, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in the middle market Fortune 1,000 space. Prior to her onboarding with Old Dominion, she worked as a partner. It was through her time serving the company that convinced her the Old Dominion culture was different.
“They were a client of mine for six years, so I knew the
company well, the leadership team well, their environment, and core values. I spent
time serving a lot of different companies across a lot of different industries
from banking to manufacturing, to retail, consumer products, technology, and
other transportation companies,” she said. “What interested me in Old Dominion
was the culture – the leadership team, the value they place on their people,
and the integrity that’s here at the company.”
In her role as VP of Accounting and Finance, she does a lot more than oversee the financials. Mrs. Maready takes her passion for mentorship and aims to create a strong team that feels valued and respected by challenging them to take their ideas and concerns to the leadership team. Old Dominion prides itself in its “Open-Door” Policy that gives every person at the company a voice. This approach bolsters the company’s vision to create the next generation of employees that carry on the core values of integrity, honesty, and transparency while managing risks. This policy serves as another differentiator among competitors.
“If you’re trying to innovate and get processes that aren’t
working anymore to change, and you’re having roadblocks with those changes or
don’t know where to take your ideas, you can come in to any of these 20 or so
people and have a discussion and get action around that discussion while having
someone that can champion it with their authority or help remove those
roadblocks. I think that really mitigates a lot of our risk and it really is
unique to this organization. I’ve seen a lot of companies and I haven’t heard
of other companies embracing that quite like we do,” she adds.
Beyond the company’s robust customer base and successful operations, Old Dominion boasts a large organization of employees that value excellence day in and out. It’s through these valued employees that Old Dominion serves its customers while creating competitive advantage. The value Old Dominion places in its employees follows the wise saying from Richard Branson: “Whatever industry a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantage.”
“In the short term it’s my responsibility and my team’s
responsibility to really grow the next generation of leaders and to help them
understand our culture, our core values of integrity, and ensure that we have
the right leaders in place two decades down the road from now to maintain the
culture and the unique environment that we have. It’s beyond just looking at
the debits and the credits that some expect us to be talking about and thinking
about every day,” she added.
Kimberly S. Maready
currently serves as Principal Accounting Officer for Old Dominion Freight Line,
Inc., a position she has held since May of 2017. Mrs. Maready joined ODFL in
February of 2014 as the Vice President – Accounting and Finance and is
responsible for directing ODFL’s accounting operations, financial reporting,
payroll, tax and financial planning. Prior to joining ODFL, Mrs. Maready spent
21 years with Ernst & Young LLP, including 9 years as partner in the
Assurance and Advisory Services practice. Her finance and accounting experience
spans across multiple sectors including banking, retail, technology and
transportation. Mrs. Maready holds an accounting degree from North Carolina
State University and is a licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina. She has
served as an active board member of Goodwill of Central North Carolina and the
Winston-Salem Children’s Museum and the advisory boards of N.C. State’s Poole
College of Management and Appalachian State University’s Walker School of
The 17th annual event brings together today’s most forward-thinking transportation and logistics visionaries. Impacted by data management, capacity constraints and economic and regulatory issues? The Transplace Shipper Symposium is the place to be.
Don’t miss the opportunity to join transportation industry leaders at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Dallas, Texas from May 6-8. Keynote speakers scheduled include Kenneth W. Gronbach, President of KGC Direct, LLC and Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Founder and CEO of Extreme Living.
The two-day conference is packed with networking and charity opportunities and includes an impressive lineup of panel speakers providing insight on topics such as LTL, intermodal, shippers, and supply chain trends for 2019. This year’s event will also feature a special Women in Logistics Networking Event at the Four Seasons Well & Being Spa.
To register your spot for this exquisite conference, click here.