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For Immediate Release
May 9, 2007

For Information Contact:
Gary Petty, NPTC

NPTC Announces 43 Certified Transportation Professionals

Indianapolis, IN – Forty-three transportation professionals achieved the prestigious designation of Certified Transportation Professional® (CTP) by the NPTC Institute, the educational and professional certification arm of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). The graduates were honored during a ceremony at the NPTC Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition, April 29-May 1, 2007, in Indianapolis, IN.

Since the CTP® designation was first introduced in 1993, more than 500 fleet and transportation professionals have earned the right to add CTP® after their name. CTPs are raising industry standards, and in turn, increasing the respect and prestige of the fleet and transportation profession.

“These new Certified Transportation Professionals® have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to understand complex operational and regulatory issues, identify and evaluate potential costs and savings, and develop systems and practices that best meet their company’s transportation needs and objectives,” said Gary Petty, NPTC President and CEO.

“The CTP designation is a benchmark of excellence earned by a special few, but available to any fleet or transportation specialist will to make the necessary commitment of dedicated effort.”

Each year, Fleet Owner magazine sponsors the CTP Top Graduate Award. This year’s winner was JEFF CHULACK, Fleet Maintenance Manager of Talon Industries, Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Chulack has more than 20 years of experience in truck transportation management, participated in the NPTC Fleet Management Institute this year, and earned the highest score on the February 2007 CTP Examination.

The following individuals represent the Class of 2007:

James W. Angel
Director of Fleet Operations
Atrium Companies, Inc.

Michael Armour
DC Transportation Manager
Shaw Industries

James Auriemma
National Fleet Trainer

Jeff Bogart
Professional Services Consultant

Steve C. Byrd
Regional Fleet Services Manager
PHH FirstFleet

Mark Childers
Business Development Manager
Volvo Commercial Finance

Kevin P. Choate
Transport Manager
Rinker Materials West, LLC

Jeff Chulack
Fleet Maintenance Manager
Talon Industries

John M. Creager
Vanguard Services

Tony Cummings
VP, Business Development
PHH FirstFleet

Ralph Davis
Operations Coordinator
McKee Foods Transportation, LLC

Katherine M. Fellenstein
Manager, Transportation, Safety and Compliance

Nakoa Gardner
Operations Support Manager
Energy Dispatch, LLC

Todd Hennis
Transportation Manager
Lance, Inc.

Bob Hertzog
Director of Truck Services
PHH FirstFleet

Kevin Horton
Operations Manager
ADM Trucking

Lance Huegi
Regional Logistics Manager
Sealy Mattress Company

Steve Jansen
Regional Fleet Services Manager
PHH FirstFleet

Ted Kabase
Eastern Division Sales Manager
McLeod Software

Joe Laskowski
Safety and Compliance Manager
Medline Place

Thomas J. Lemke
Executive Vice President
Cadec Global, LLC

Jeff A. Lohrding
National Fleet Trainer

Matthew S. Ludwig
Corporate Safety Consultant

Michael R. Malarney
Director, Labor and Human Resource Information
Vanguard Services

Louis McAnally
Professional Service Consultant

E.J. Michaud
Driver Recruiting Manager
Shaw Industries

Daniel Norris
Mid-Atlantic Fleet and Transportation Manager
Pepsi Bottling Group

Rick Ochsendorf
Director of Professional Services

Alexander Popov
Vice President, Fleet Services
PHH FirstFleet

James Read
Assistant Transportation Supervisor
Wenger Feeds, Inc.

Dale Runkel
Regional Fleet Services Manager
PHH FirstFleet

James Scullin
Fleet Maintenance Manager
Giant Eagle

Scott Sigman
Director, Business Development
Vanguard Services

Brian P. Skinner
Division Manager
LFL Chambers

Michael A. Stephens
Director of Outbound Logistics
Giant Eagle

Jason R. Striker
Fleet Services Manager
Shaw Industries

Ralph E. Tentler
Regional Transportation Manager
Shaw Transport, Inc.

Scott Terrell
Fleet Operations Manager
Shaw Transport, Inc.

Brian T. Toomey
Transportation Manager
Clifford W. Perham/Shaw’s Supermarkets

Kurt Troyer
Field Technical Rep.
McKee Foods Transportation, LLC

John Vaughn, Jr.
Director, Business Development
PHH FirstFleet

Peter Wieboldt
District Manager
Vanguard Services

Dennis Woods
National Fleet Trainer

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About NPTC
Founded in 1939, the National Private Truck Council is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of the private truck industry and corporate/business private truck fleet management.  NPTC is the premier marketplace of information, networking and skill building for private fleet professionals as it leads in shaping the future of corporate transportation.

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