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Kenworth dealer wins Influential Woman in Trucking award

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Kari Rihm, president and CEO of Rihm Kenworth in St. Paul, Minn. has been named the fifth annual winner of the Influential Woman in Trucking Award.

The award, sponsored by Navistar, goes to a woman in the trucking industry who makes or influences key decisions, has a proven record of responsibilities and mentors and serves as a role model to other women. It was developed by Women in Trucking with Navistar in 2010.

“We are proud to recognize the leadership of Kari Rihm and other influential women in our industry,” said Lisa Hartenberger, director of communications, Navistar. “Women make a difference in the trucking industry every day, and the goal of the Influential Woman in Trucking award is to shine a spotlight on their contributions.”

“We are thrilled to honour a woman who has been so influential in the trucking industry,” added Ellen Voie, president of the Women In Trucking Association. “Kari is proof that women are achieving great things in all trucking professions, from drivers to accountants to CEOs.”

Rihm has managed the dealership since the passing of her husband in 2010. It has been in his family since 1932. She has expanded the dealership from three locations to five and has increased staff by more than 50%.

The company has been named Kenworth’s Medium-Duty Truck Dealer of the Year three of the past four years. It is the only 100% woman-owned Kenworth dealer in the US.

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