Triple crown. FedEx Freight East recently took three top honors from the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The first two came in the area of claims administration and loss prevention, the third in fleet safety. The company received the Excellence in Claims Award from the ATA's Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council for its professionalism in claims administration, claims prevention programs and the promotion of sound security processes. The ATA also recognized Michael Willis, director of cargo claims for FedEx Freight East, as the 2003 Claims Professional of the Year for the advancement of the claims profession. FedEx Freight East also received the first-place award in the ATA's National Fleet Safety Contest in the linehaul carrier category for over 100 million miles of operation. This is the third consecutive year that FedEx Freight East has won this award, which is based on carriers' accident rates per million vehicle miles of operation.
A Wal-Mart cheer for Schneider. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has recognized Schneider National Inc. as the recipient of the company's annual Intermodal Carrier of the Year award. Selection criteria for the award include revenue/growth, ease of doing business, communication, flexibility, customer service and follow-up/correction of errors. Schneider National provides truckload, intermodal and dedicated services for Wal-Mart's transportation network.
Speech! Roger G. Byford, chief technology officer for Vocollect Inc., a leader in speech recognition technology, is this year's winner in the Technology Category of the 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Western Pennsylvania.