Hy-Vee employees recognized at IMTA Conference

Monday, October 7, 2013

OKOBOJI - The Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA) Annual Conference was held in Okoboji on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. At the luncheon on Sept. 28, Hy-Vee had several folks in attendance who were nominated by the company to be considered for "Best of the Best" awards, as part of the annual event. Hy-Vee is very excited to share the names of the nominees as well as the results:

Iowa Fleet Maintenance Operations Award-

Hy-Vee was recognized as a one of the leaders in the state.

Iowa Fleet Safety Award-

Hy-Vee was recognized as the outstanding private fleet-driving over 15 million miles

IMTA Dispatcher of the Year Award -

Dawn Nelson, from the Cherokee Transportation Department, was recognized as one of the best, and she received an engraved plaque in front of hundreds of transportation professionals from around the state. Dawn has been with Hy-Vee for five years.

She excels in all aspects of her Logistics Planner position. In the fast-paced environment that is the trucking industry, change is the one constant, and the grocery industry is no exception. From equipment breakdowns and delivery schedule changes, quick thinking and action are required.

Dawn Nelson of Cherokee was recognized as Dispatcher of the Year by the Iowa Motor Truck Association. Photo contributed

When faced with an issue that requires an immediate solution, Dawn will quickly come up with various options, choosing the most efficient solution for scheduling deliveries and be the most cost effective. She maintains a positive attitude no matter the situation and is an incredible asset.

Mark Steven McDonald (Chariton Driver) was also nominated and recognized for the Outstanding Professional Driver Award. With 37 years of driving and over 3.2 million miles logged,McDonald was awarded a specially- designed IMTA watch in front of the same group.

Chad Masters, Manager of the Chariton Truck, was named as the Iowa Fleet Maintenance Professional of the Year. He oversees the shop in Chariton that is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the DC's 140 tractors, over 350 trailers along with several misc. vehicles. Chad and his highly skilled group of technicians and specialist do a great job of keeping the fleet in tip top condition.

Chad has a "can do attitude" and is well respected by not only his team but the drivers of the equipment as well. He is also very respected by the vendors that we work with throughout our trade territory. Chad's positive attitude and high level of customer service were definitely part of the judge's consideration.

Chad received framed letters from Brenda Neville, President and CEO of the IMTA ,alongside a letter from Iowa's Governor and a special IMTA watch, as well as a cash award.

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