Plover, WI – March 22, 2021 – The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced today its fourth annual list of Top Women to Watch in Transportation. The editorial staff of WIT’s Redefining the Road magazine selected these individuals for their significant career accomplishments in the past 12 to 18 months as well as their efforts to promote gender diversity.
“This year, we received a record-breaking number of nominations who rose to the challenge in a particularly difficult, stressful year during the COVID pandemic,” said Brian Everett, group editorial director and publisher of Redefining the Road magazine. “Through this year’s evaluation process, we identified 73 amazingly resourceful, creative, talented women who stand out as top performers in the field of transportation.”
“This accomplished group of women represent a wide range of skill sets and expertise, and highlight how women bring diverse thought, value and results to businesses in the industry,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO. “These impressive women have made a tremendous impact in their fields during this pandemic and are pushing the envelope for women in the industry. We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.”
Those named to the 2021 Top Women to Watch in Transportation list work for a broad range of company types, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies, equipment manufacturers, retailer truck dealers, professional services companies, technology innovators, and private fleets. Their job functions include corporate management (34 percent), operations/safety (24 percent), sales/marketing (20 percent), human resources/talent management (15 percent), engineering/product development (3 percent). Another 4 percent are professional drivers.
Congratulations to Ashley Jankowski, vice president, Bat Logistics
We are pleased to announce that our very own Ashley was named as one of the Top Women to Watch in Transportation by the Women In Trucking Association.
The editorial staff of WIT’s Redefining the Road magazine selected these individuals for their significant career accomplishments in the past 12 to 18 months as well as their efforts to promote gender diversity in the industry. “This year, we received a record-breaking number of nominations who rose to the challenge in a particularly difficult, stressful year during the COVID pandemic,” said Brian Everett, group editorial director and publisher of Redefining the Road magazine. “Through this year’s evaluation process, we identified 73 amazingly resourceful, creative, talented women who stand out as top performers in the field of transportation.”
Ashley is definitely doing some amazing things here at BAT, and in our industry.
BAT Logistics is excited to announce the promotion of Anthony Harder to Customer Service Team Leader.
Anthony has been with BAT for seven years and in that time has been instrumental in helping to foster growth and build relationships both internally and externally. We are proud of the hard work, dedication, passion, and initiative he has demonstrated. Anthony’s knowledge of the business has been vital and will be something BAT continues to lean on as we strive to remain one of the best in our industry.
Congratulations Anthony! We are excited to see where this journey takes you!
Being able to receive real-time visibility on all our in-transit freight via MacroPoint has changed the way we are able to track and manage loads for our customers. As if their service alone wasn’t enough, MacroPoint has launched a sweepstakes to give away $10,000 every month to randomly selected brokers and drivers using their tracking application. BAT Logistics was a lucky recipient of their December drawing and we have chosen to donate our winnings to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Thank you to MacroPoint for being a fantastic partner and helping us to better manage our freight every day!
“Not the norm” is definitely the mantra for 2020 and our BAT Christmas party was no exception. Instead of our usual in person gathering, we celebrated with each BAT family getting their own limo and touring around the metro area looking at Christmas lights. After the ride, dinner supplies were passed out and everyone met up on Zoom to learn how to make traditional Italian pizza from local restaurant owner, David Losole of Virtuoso Pizzeria. While we missed celebrating in person, it was nice to still be together (virtually) and make pizzas. Definitely hoping that by next year at this time we will be able to get back to our big Christmas bash!
Throughout the month of the November, BAT gave back in a big way! Fifteen charities benefited from a month long drive which included company donations to each organization, as well as matched employee donations. We are so blessed to be able to give back to our local community and loved spotlighting these charities during our BATsGiving!
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we would like to highlight one of our very own BAT Veterans, Chris!
Chris spent just under four years in the US Army as an MP (Military Police). After finishing Basic and AIT, he attended Airborne school at Fort Benning in GA before heading to his duty station at Fort Bragg, NC. He was quickly deployed to Iraq, where Chris spent just over a year in Mosul. After his return to the US, it was Army business as usual for about a year, and then he received orders to re-deploy back to Iraq.
After his transition period, Chris’ squad was about halfway through their first patrol when their convoy was hit by an IED (roadside bomb). Chris was the turret gunner for their Humvee and sustained substantial wounds from shrapnel/debris during the blast. Had it not been for the great training and leadership of his squad, he truly believes he would not be here today.
After the attack, Chris was medevacked to the local CASH (combat army support hospital) for his initial surgery and care. He was then transported to Landstuhl, Germany for a second procedure to include repair, cleaning and debridement. While Chris was in recovery at Landstuhl he was fortunate enough to meet the President and First Lady Bush as they made rounds visiting with injured servicemembers in the hospital. The following day he was on another flight back to Fort Bragg, NC where he had his third and final surgery, and then continued outpatient care for the next several months. At the conclusion of his outpatient care, Chris was medically separated from the Army.
Pictured here is Chris with his Purple Heart Medal and some of the shrapnel they pulled out during his surgery. All of us at BAT Logistics are so thankful for Chris’ service and are extremely grateful he survived the attack and is here to share his story with us.
Awesome family events are something everyone at BAT looks forward to each summer and fall. This year we had to do a few modifications (thanks COVID) and in place of our summer event we hosted a BAT Family Bingo challenge! Everyone had a blast marking off their Bingo squares and sharing photos with each other. While this in no way compares to our annual Fourth of July party, it definitely helped take the sting out of missing our in person gathering. Check out the video for a few highlights from the challenge!
BAT Logistics is proud to announce the promotion of Chet Palmer to National Accounts Team Leader.
Chet has worked very hard throughout his time here at BAT both professionally and personally. He has proven that is he driven, committed, and willing to do whatever it takes to ensure his customers, his team, and the entire organization is successful. Chet has shown he has what it takes to run with this leadership role and is ready to help the team grow as he does.
We are very happy for the growth and development Chet has shown through the years, and we are excited to see what more will come from this new adventure in leadership here at BAT.