At the Frontline: Security Director Richard Martin

Minimizing cargo loss at one of the nation's top trucking companies


"I didn’t know I was receiving it, I was quite honored," he said. "I know the award was given to me, but I really think that award should have been given to everybody at this company because I would have never got it without the support of everybody; without the support of operations, without the drivers’ support, upper management. This was really a team effort to get this award."

As opposed to other industries, Martin said that cargo shipping security is different in that operations are more spread out.

"A lot of your other industries, they have a facility or one property where in the truck industry you’ve got anywhere from a small truck line of a few hundred tractors up to 15,000 tractors spread out all over the United States that you’ve got to watch and try and keep secure," Martin said.

Martin estimated that the company moves between 8,000 and 10,000 shipments of dry goods per day alone. Knight is broken up into several different shipping divisions, including dry truckloads, refrigerated truckloads and brokerage.

In addition to cargo theft, Martin is responsible for addressing all of Knight’s security issues, which include such things as employee screening and compliance with federal and state security regulations.

Martin was instrumental in helping Knight receive its Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism verification from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, which ensures that the company is meeting the government’s security standards.

He has also overseen the implementation of the Transportation Workers Identification Card program that requires Knight’s container fleet drivers to obtain credentials from the Department of Homeland Security. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat.

Martin is a vice-chairman on the board of directors of the International Cargo Security Council and is also member of various regional cargo security councils.