Security director, freight company honored by trucking association

Con-Way Freight, along with Knight Transportation Corporate Security Director Richard Martin, were honored earlier this month by the Security Council of the American Trucking Association at their 2008 Trucking Security and Law Enforcement Conference & Exhibition held in Long Beach, Calif.

Martin, who was given the 2008 Security Professional of the Year award, is responsible for managing security for all of Knight Transportation, which includes 31 terminals, 3,700 vehicles and 4,250 employees over 22 states.

"Rick Martin's success goes beyond curtailing cargo theft at Knight Transportation," said Susan Chandler, executive director for the security council of ATA. "Through his active involvement in industry associations and cargo theft task forces, he has provided expert counsel to fellow security professionals and law enforcement throughout his career, which makes him the ideal candidate for this award."

Con-Way Freight, which received the association’s Excellence in Security award, was recognized for the "breadth and effectiveness" of their security plan, according to statement issued by the ATA.

"Effective cargo security is an increasingly complex challenge, particularly given the realities of today's environment, and the multiple issues that security programs must address," said Con-Way Freight President John G. Labrie.

The ATA is the trucking industry's largest trade assocition with 50 affiliated state trucking associations which represent more than 37,000 members nationwide.