NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) is proud to announce that Becky Perlaky, executive vice president of safety and compliance, is this year's recipient of the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) National Safety Director of the Year Award. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their entire careers to keeping our highways safe. It's a long and respected tradition that dates back to 1960 when it was first presented. Since then it has come to represent the ultimate achievement in a safety professional's career.
Bill Graves, president and CEO of ATA stated, "Safety is ATA's top priority. Honoring the people who go above and beyond to keep our highways safe is one of the great things ATA does and I'm proud to congratulate all of this year's winners."
Dennis Nash, co-founder and CEO of KAG said, "I cannot think of a more deserving individual for this esteemed award which reflects the most important commitment of our great industry – the safety and security of our employees, customers, community and environment."
"What is so impressive about Becky is her passion for this business never ends," continued Mr. Nash. "Not only does she embrace all of the many challenges facing our industry, she remains passionate about looking for alternatives to improve an already best-in-class safety process. Not just for KAG, but for the entire industry. Most importantly, Becky's ability to excel in her role has indisputably saved lives and prevented injuries across our country. We are so proud of her many accomplishments."
Ms. Perlaky has been executive vice president of safety and compliance at KAG since 2011. She joined the company in 1994 and has been instrumental in building a culture where safety is integrated into every aspect of the business. Her career spans almost four decades in the transportation industry with 24 of those years dedicated to overall safety responsibility.
She is a member of the National Tank Truck Carrier (NTTC) Safety and Security Committee where she previously served as national chairwoman in 2013-2014. Ms. Perlaky is also a member of the Rollover Summit Committee for NTTC and received Partners in Safety Award from USDOT FMCSA for her assistance provided during the development of educational materials and a video focused on the prevention of tank truck rollovers.
Her many industry affiliations also include the American Transportation Research Institute, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Transcaer, the Ohio Trucking Association Safety Council and ATA, where she serves on the Hazardous Materials Policy Committee and is vice-chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Committee.
"Her uncompromising commitment has been well noted by KAG and various shipper and industry organizations which rely on her valuable knowledge and experience," commented Bruce Blaise, KAG president. "Her recognition includes countless hours focused on best practices and safety solutions and her willingness to share that knowledge throughout the industry. Becky's persistence, patience, and passion for safety resulted in her being the first woman to receive this prestigious award in its 54-year history."
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight.
KAG (www.thekag.com) is North America's largest tank truck transporter and logistics provider, delivering fuel, chemicals, merchant gases and food products across the United States, Western Canada and into Mexico. KAG also provides specialized supply chain logistics services through KAG Logistics (www.kaglogistics.com).
SOURCE Kenan Advantage Group