Challenger Motor Freight’s Dan Einwechter wins Service to Industry Award

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TORONTO, Ont. — Daniel Einwechter, president of Challenger Motor Freight has received the highest honour bestowed upon an executive in the Ontario trucking industry.

Today, at a special ceremony held at the Ontario Trucking Association’s 78th annual convention, Einwechter was presented with the 2004 Trailmobile Service to Industry Award.

The Trailmobile Service to Industry Award honours an individual who, by their commitment, vision, leadership and unstinting service, has made an outstanding contribution to the development and success of the truck transportation industry. The selection was made by a panel of his peers, most of whom are previous winners themselves. The award is a beautiful charcoal portrait of the recipient.

Einwechter started Challenger Motor Freight as a 20-year old, second year business student at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1975. The fact that he had no trucks did not deter him from his vision. Armed with a pager, and renting trucks as needed, he began the pursuit of his dream.

Today, Challenger has more than 4,300 trucks and trailers operating across Canada, the United States and Mexico. Their logistics division also provides supply chain management, warehousing and distribution services, and has approximately 600,000 square feet of warehousing space.

Einwechter has been a tireless advocate for the trucking industry, serving as past chairman of both the Ontario Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). He worked hard to help raise the profile of these associations and the trucking industry across the continent, and presided over CTA’s first ever Parliament Hill Days, which continues to be an important feature of CTA’s lobbying efforts to this day.

Over the years, he and his company have been recognized for their commitment to excellence. In December 2003, Challenger was listed as one Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for the third year in a row. The company also received the Shipper’s Choice Award in 2002, 2003 and 2004, the CITA Carrier of the Year 2002, and the Purolator “Carrier of the Year” Award two years in a row.

In 2002, Einwechter was named Al Palladini Transportation Person of the Year during National Transportation Week and was also the recipient of the Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year Award (EOY) in the "Business-to-Business, Products & Services" category.

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