Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking Association
952-442-8850 ext.220, brynn@WomenInTrucking.org
Women In Trucking
Announces Finalists for 2020 Influential Woman in Trucking Award
WI (September 9, 2020)—The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner
Trucks announced today six finalists for the 2020 Influential Woman in
Trucking award. This is the tenth year for the award which was developed in
2010 as a way to honor female leaders and to attract and advance women in
the trucking industry.
award highlights the achievements of female role models and trailblazers in
the trucking industry.
2020 Influential Woman in Trucking award finalists are:
Anderson, owner, Donald D. Anderson Jr. Trucking
- Kristy Knichel,
CEO, Knichel Logistics
Liddell, president of global forwarding and expedite operations in
North America, XPO Logistics
- Vana Matte,
senior vice president of engineering & technology, J.B. Hunt
Transport Services, Inc.
- Jodie Teuton,
vice president, Kenworth of Louisiana/ Hino of Baton Rouge and Monroe
- Michal Yariv,
vice president and general manager of strategic initiatives,
Crystal Anderson is the
co-owner/partner of Donald D. Anderson Jr. Trucking. She continues to
actively work the many roles within her trucking company alongside her
husband who also drives for the company. Anderson has over 40 years of
experience in the transportation industry. She is the daughter of a truck
driver, the wife of a truck driver, the mother of a truck driver, and a
attended Buena Visa College where she obtained her B.A. degree in Business
and Finance. She also holds an Associates degree in Risk Management and
Certified Director of Safety and still maintains her commercial driver’s
an active member of the Nebraska Trucking Association, Anderson currently
serves as the Executive Chairman. She is also a member of the
Nebraska Trucking Association’s Logistic Council and Nebraska Trucking
Association’s newly formed Women’s Council where she actively participates
in mentoring youth.
a lifelong Pittsburgh native, is a second-generation logistics executive.
Since taking over as president of Knichel Logistics in 2007, Knichel has
been the driving force behind their yearly growth and reputation as one of
the top service providers within the IMC community. As of 2019, Knichel
Logistics has grown to $83 million in revenue.
proudest accomplishments are winning the inaugural Distinguished Woman in
Logistics Award from WIT and her appointment as the Intermodal Logistics
Conference Chair on the TIA Board of Directors. She has recently been
featured in Pittsburgh Magazine for Women in Business. For the
second year in a row, she has received an award for the top 50 fastest
growing companies in Pittsburgh.
her focus is on expanding Knichel Logistics’ footprint via strategic
development and continuing to offer her team members the opportunity for
growth and self-improvement.
is president of the global forwarding and expedite operations of XPO
Logistics in North America, and is the first woman president within the
North American transportation group. Prior to her current role, she led
XPO's sales organization for North American transportation, including the
national account management team. Liddell made the transition to the supply
chain industry from the industrial technology sector, where she was
initially one of the few woman executives with an engineering background.
During her 14-year tenure with Johnson Controls
International, her positions included general manager of the global
building automation systems business and senior roles in enterprise account
management, vertical market development, operations and customer relations.
She earned a juris master degree from Emory University School of Law and a
bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of
senior vice president of engineering & technology at J.B. Hunt, is a
global technology and digital transformation executive who leverages
business-centric technology leadership to scale growth while safeguarding
the business through cybersecurity expertise. Vana is a strategic,
innovative leader with over 20 years of experience delivering competitive
edge solutions on a global scale.
Vana leads the J.B. Hunt 360 digital freight matching
platform infrastructure and operations, cyber security, cloud, network,
business continuity, databases, unified communications engineering, digital
workplace solutions, enterprise information management, software
development and IT operations (DevOps) continuous integration and
continuous delivery (CI/CD), quality assurance, and performance and tuning.
Vana ensures J.B. Hunt driver technologies and shipper integration
technologies are running effectively. Vana was instrumental in enabling
J.B. Hunt employees to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
the co-founder of Kenworth of Louisiana, a heavy-duty truck dealership
group representing both Kenworth and Hino truck brands with seven Louisiana
locations. Before devoting her professional career to the retail auto and
truck business in 1997, she practiced law locally in South Louisiana.
Teuton is a native of Terrebonne Parish where she currently lives with her
husband and business partner, Scott Oliphant. She is also “Wonder Woman” to
their daughter, Victoria, a Junior at Millsaps College in Jackson,
received her B.S. in Business from Nicholls State University in 1987 and
her J.D. from Loyola University in 1990. She is passionate about
business and proud to carry on her family’s legacy. She is a past
President of American Truck Dealers – ATD (a division of the National Auto
Dealers Association) and currently represents Kenworth Dealers on the Board
of Directors at ATD.
Michal Yariv serves as
vice president and general manager of strategic initiatives for Omnitracs.
In this role, Yariv focuses on the development and implementation of
value-added services and applications that can be deployed on top of the
core Omnitracs products. Her teams utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI),
Machine Learning (ML), and data capabilities to explore new avenues that
continue to drive efficiency for Omnitracs customers in addition to
top-line revenue growth.
Yariv brings a
wealth of market knowledge, product strategy, and leadership to the team.
Yariv has over 20 years of experience in transportation and technology.
Prior to joining Omnitracs, she held leadership roles at Coyote Logistics
(acquired by UPS) and Expedia. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and
Master of Science in IT, both from Northwestern University.
judges for the 2020 award are Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO; Deborah
Lockridge, editor in chief, Heavy Duty Trucking; and Ruth Lopez,
director of TMC North/ OMC Operations, Ryder Supply Chain and 2019
Influential Woman in Trucking award recipient.
six finalists will participate on a panel at the WIT Accelerate!
Conference & Expo held virtually, Nov. 12 – 13, 2020. The
winner will be announced after the panel discussion, “How Remarkable Women
Unleash their Leadership Potential” on Friday, Nov. 13 at 9:15am CST.
About Women In Trucking
Women In Trucking, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage
the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their
accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the
trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its
members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by
its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Amazon, Arrow Truck
Sales, BMO Transportation Finance, Daimler Trucks North America, Expediter Services,
FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America,
Penske Transportation Solutions, PACCAR, Ryder System, Walmart, and Waste
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Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC,
headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck
manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and
markets Class 5-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading
commercial vehicle manufacturer. For more information, go to www.Freightliner.com.