Meet the Influential Woman in Trucking Finalists: Kristy Knichel

by Women In Trucking Staff, on Sep 29, 2020 1:32:23 PM

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The Women In Trucking Association and Freightliner Trucks have announced the six finalists for the 2020 Influential Woman in Trucking award, a program that highlights the achievements of female role models and trailblazers in the trucking industry. 

All six finalists will participate on a panel discussion, “Becoming a Woman of Influence” at the WIT Accelerate! Conference & Expo held virtually, Nov. 12 – 13, 2020. The winner will be announced Friday, Nov. 13 at 10:15am CST following the session. 

Leading up to the announcement, we will be individually featuring all six finalists on the WIT blog. 

Meet Kristy Knichel, CEO, Knichel Logistics

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Kristy Knichel, a lifelong Pittsburgh native, is a second-generation logistics executive. Since taking over as president of Knichel Logistics in 2007, Knichel has been the driving force behind their yearly growth and reputation as one of the top service providers within the IMC community. As of 2019, Knichel Logistics has grown to $83 million in revenue.

Knichel’s proudest accomplishments are winning the inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award from WIT and her appointment as the Intermodal Logistics Conference Chair on the TIA Board of Directors. She has recently been featured in Pittsburgh Magazine for Women in Business. For the second year in a row, she has received an award for the top 50 fastest growing companies in Pittsburgh.

Today, her focus is on expanding Knichel Logistics’ footprint via strategic development and continuing to offer her team members the opportunity for growth and self-improvement.


The 2020 Influential Woman in Trucking award finalists are:
  • Crystal Anderson, owner, Donald D. Anderson Jr. Trucking 
  • Kristy Knichel, CEO, Knichel Logistics
  • Katrina Liddell, president of global forwarding and expedite operations in North America, XPO Logistics
  • Vana Matte, senior vice president of engineering & technology, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. 
  • Jodie Teuton, vice president, Kenworth of Louisiana/ Hino of Baton Rouge and Monroe
  • Michal Yariv, vice president and general manager of strategic initiatives, Omnitracs, LLC

Learn more about the Influential Woman in Trucking Award

Topics:LeadershipWomen In TruckingRecognition

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