William K. Smith Distinguished Service Award

The William K. Smith Distinguished Service Award is presented to a professional in the freight transportation and logistics field for his or her leadership and contributions to the education of future leaders in private sector freight transportation. The award is named in honor of William K. Smith, who served on the initial committee to establish CTS and on many CTS research and education councils until his death in 2001. While Smith served for many years as a state and national leader at General Mills, he also taught classes in the Carlson School of Management and influenced many others with his passion for learning and teaching.

Winners

2017 Recipient

This year’s award is presented to Vanta Coda II, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and president of the Minnesota Ports Association. He has more than 20 years of experience in multimodal transportation and logistics including marketing and sales, pricing, and financial analysis.

Laurie McGinnis, Vanta Coda II

Past Winners

2016

Brad Emch, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, SAV Transportation Group

2015

Ronald Dvorak, Marketing Director, Lake Superior Warehousing

2014

Robert "Chip" Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Bay and Bay Transportation.

2013

Mark Berndt, Freight Program Leader, Olsson Associates

2012

Meg Schmidt Duncan, Senior Manager of Carrier Relations, Koch Logistics

2011

Kevin McCarthy, director of consulting services, C.H. Robinson

2010

Dan Murray, Vice president of research, American Transportation Research Institute

2009

Ron Have, President of Freightmasters, Inc.

2008

Cathy Petersen, Principal, CJ Petersen & Associates

2007

John Hausladen, President, Minnesota Trucking Association

2006

Richard Murphy Jr., CEO, Murphy Warehouse Company

2005

William Goins, Adjunct Faculty, Carlson School of Management

2004

Howard Gochberg, Faculty, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Metropolitan State University

2003

Ron Lifson, Vice president/general manager, LDI Fibres, Inc.

2002

Gary Eikaas, Executive vice president, Dedicated Logistics, Inc.