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For Immediate Release
April 28, 2010

For Information Contact:
Gary Petty, NPTC

NPTC Honors 43 Certified Transportation Professionals

Arlington, VA – 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 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition held April 18-20, 2010 in Cincinnati.

Since the CTP designation was first introduced in 1993, more than 700 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 Bedford Monday, CTP, Chair of the NPTC Institute Board of Governors that oversees the program.

“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 Top Graduate was Eric Kim, CTP, West Area Regional Fleet Manager for Kraft Foods, Inc. He has been with Kraft for seven years, primarily within the Customer Service and Logistics organization with duties specific to distribution, operations, and warehousing. He currently manages Kraft’s dispatching activity, repairs and maintenance of the fleet, operational budgeting and finances, and supply chain network strategy. Kim graduated from California State University Fullerton with a degree in corporate finance.

The following individuals represent the Class of 2010:

Greg Angerett, CTP
Fleet Maintenance Manager
Giant Eagle/Talon Logistics, Inc.

Roland H. Bailey, CTP
Market Unit Fleet Manager
Pepsi Beverages Company

Paul Battista, CTP
Transportation Manager
Valley Proteins

Val Beasley, CTP
Team Leader
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

Erle Bergstrom, Jr., CTP
Transportation Manager
Orscheln Farm & Home, Inc.

Lawrence Bongle, CTP
Manager, T & W
ConAgra Foods, Inc.

Bryan Boyd, CTP
District Sales Manager

Kenneth Burroughs, CTP
Fleet Supervisor
Pepsi Beverages Company

Amy Catalano, CTP
Regional Fleet Manager
Iberdrola USA Management Corporation

Larry Cook, CTP
DOT & Fleet Compliance Supervisor
Kellogg Company
Redge Cromwell, CTP
Garage Manager
Batesville Logistics

Brian C. Cypher, CTP
Transportation Supervisor
Talon Logistics, Inc.

Larry Dean, CTP
G.M., Corporate Transportation
NCI Group, Inc.

Kevin Drouin, CTP
Regional Transportation Manager
Kellogg Company

Billy D’Souza, CTP
Mgr., Transport Finance, Systems
BCT, Inc.

Jim Ebling, CTP
Manager, Fleet Sales
Mack Trucks, Inc.

Steve Ferrell, CTP
Senior Transport Manager
Pepsi Beverages Company

David Gadberry, CTP
Operations and Compliance Admin.
Toyota Quality Parts Express

Tim Gedig, CTP
Professional Services Consultant

John Gillenwater, CTP
Transportation Manager
Aurora Logistics

Nicholas Hillesheim, CTP
Inside Sales Representative

Olen W. Hunter, CTP
Director of Sales
PACCAR Leasing Company

Jake Jacobs, CTP
Transportation Manager
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Brian A. Johnston, CTP
Region Transportation Manager
The Kellogg Company

Eric Kim, CTP
West Area Regional Manager
Kraft Foods, Inc.

Jonathon A. Kimmelman, CTP
Implementation Services Manager

John Krumheuer, CTP
Account Manager

Thomas M. Kure, CTP
Director, National Account Operations
Idealease of North America

Jeff Mercado, CTP
Assistant Manager
Midwest Express Group

Beth Morris, CTP
Director, Fleet Compliance
Aramark Corporation

Scott Morris, CTP
Fleet Manager
Pepsi Beverages Company

George R. Palmer, Jr., CTP
Pepsi Beverages Company

Jim Perugini, CTP
Toys ‘R’ Us

Anthony C. Pinto, CTP
Transportation Department Manager
Toys ‘R’ Us

Lawrence W. Priebe, Jr. CTP
Manager Safety, Compliance & Transportation
Roberts Oxygen Company, Inc.

Paul Roberson, CTP
Loss Control Representative
Acadia Insurance Company

Jeff Roberts, CTP
Region Lease Manager
Mack Leasing System, Inc.
William E. Rowland, CTP
National Sales Manager
Complete Personal Logistics

Neil Ruiter, CTP
Fleet Operations Manager
Pepsi Beverages Company

Marcus K. Taylor, CTP
Fleet Operations Manager
Pepsi Beverages Company

John Urso, CTP
Atlantic Division Transportation Mgr.
McKee Foods Transportation, LLC

Keith Weaver, CTP
Vocation Sales Manager
Navistar, Inc.
Elizabeth Wells, CTP
Senior Logistics Analyst, Private Fleet
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

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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