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Distinguished Women in Logistics Nominations

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Faith Garcia-Ross
Vice President, Consumer Services and Latin American Operations
Menlo Logistics

In her role with Menlo Logistics, Garcia-Ross helps guide a business that optimizes some $2.5 billion in annual transportation spend on behalf of customers in more than 20 nations. She joined the company as customer service manager in 2000 and served in a variety of increasingly responsible roles before being named vice president in 2014. In nominating her for the new WIT award, a co-worker wrote, 'Her deep knowledge of the logistics industry supports effective counsel and leadership that have driven numerous successful customer engagements with warehousing and transportation management solutions in the U.S. as well as Latin America. She is an exceptional performer, and her career path serves as an inspirational example for others to follow.' Garcia-Ross is a graduate of the Con-way Inc. ALPHA Management Development Program and past recipient of the 'Superior Performance' award from Menlo customer Hurley Industries.

Jean Regan
President & CEO
TranzAct Technologies

As president and CEO of TranzAct Technologies, Regan directs operational and financial activities for the largest woman-owned freight audit and payment company in the U.S. She joined TranzAct as vice president and CFO in 1987 and was appointed president in 2000. Regan has served on numerous boards and industry advisory committees, including the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee and University of Illinois College of Business Dean's Business Council. She also is a member of Vistage, the National Association of Corporate Directors, National Association of Female Executives, and National Association of Professional Woman, which recognized her as the 2012-2013 'VIP Woman of the Year.' 'Jean exemplifies the unwavering leadership our discipline needs,' wrote an industry association executive. 'Her dedication has proven to further the logistics and supply chain impact we have on modern, progressive businesses today.'

Kristy Knichel
President
Knichel Logistics

Knichel is a second generation logistics executive who began her career as an intermodal dispatcher in 1997. She and her father launched Knichel Logistics in 2003, with Kristy initially overseeing operations, finance and a variety of other functional areas. She was appointed president in 2007 and has helped direct the company’s growth from $2 million to nearly $50 million in annual revenue. Knichel Logistics has been ranked in the Inc. 500 list of North America’s fastest growing privately owned companies for four consecutive years. Kristy is actively involved in a women's mentoring program in Pittsburgh and in 2014 received the Business Women First Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times. One of her company's carrier partners wrote, 'Kristy's amazing connection with industry peers, clients and supporting carrier base affords Knichel Logistics continuous growth year after year.'