Bill H. Teague Lifetime Achievement Award


 

2017
Bert Bennett

A native of Rockingham County, NC, Bert graduated from Guildford College in Greensboro, NC. While at Guildford he worked part time at Thurston Motor Lines on the dock.

In 1964, he started his career with McLean Trucking Co., Winston Salem, NC in the management training program. He spent the next 22 years in various sales positions in Nashville, TN, Evansville, IN, Chicago, IL; National Accounts, Winston Salem, NC, National Accounts, Atlanta, GA, Regional Sales Manager, and back to Winston Salem, NC as VP Pacesetter Transportation (Truckload Subsidiary of McLean).

He moved to Cardinal Freight Carriers in Concord, NC as VP Sales and then to Standard Trucking Co. in Charlotte, NC working with National Accounts. The next move was to Thomas Transport, a subsidiary of Epes Carrier in Greensboro, NC as VP Sales. Bert’s final move was to Sunset Pacific Transportation in Rock Hill, SC VP Sales/Marketing Eastern Region. He retired from Sunset in Dec 2007. He has continued to work part time in commission sales for Cargo Transporters Inc., Claremont, NC.

Over the years, Bert has been actively involved with transportation organizations which include:

xxxxPast President, Winston Salem Traffic Club
xxxxPast President, Piedmont Triad Transportation Association and Lifetime Member
xxxxFormer member Board of Governors, NCLTL

Bert has been a member of NCLTL since 1990 and still attends meetings as well as the annual conference. He received an award for “Outstanding Service” to the League in 2000.

Bert currently serves as: Vice President and board member - Bethany Community Charter School Foundation, Rockingham County, NC

Board of Directors, Citizens Economic Development, Inc., Rockingham County, NC

He and his wife Betty reside in N. Myrtle Beach, SC and at the family farm in Rockingham County, NC.

 

2016
Don Deese

Don grew up in Belmont and Mt Holly and shortly after graduating high school, was inducted into the military in 1969. 

He served with the First Infantry Division (aka The Big Red One) in Vietnam during 1969.  While serving in Vietnam, he was awarded:

The Combat Infantry Badge
The Army Commendation Medal
(2) Army Commendation Medals with "V" Device for Valor
The Bronze Star with "V" Device for Valor
The Purple Heart

Don's tour was cut short due to injuries received in combat, and after spending several months at Walter Reed Army Hospital, he returned to duty at Ft Riley Kansas and Germany to complete his military obligation. He was honorably discharged in 1971.

After spending four years at Gaston College, Don was recruited by Akers Motor Lines, Sales Department in 1976. Two years later, he joined East Texas Motor Freight, where he held positions in sales management, operations management, and National Accounts.  ETMF was acquired by ABF in 1982, where he held positions in local sales and National Accounts.

In 1984 he was recruited by Sun Carriers to develop a regional truckload carrier, Star Freight. Don served as Vice President and General Manager until 1990.

In 1990, Don joined Hub City Carolina Terminals (Hub Group) as Vice President.
Don retired from Hub at the end of 2013.

But his energy would not allow him to sunset; he formed Deese Logistics and Consulting in 2014.


Industry associations include:

Gastonia Traffic Club
Delta Nu Alpha
Charlotte Traffic Club, President
NC League of Transportation, Chairman Rail Committee


Don has remained active in civic and fraternal organizations:

Mt. Holly Masonic Lodge
Scottish Rite, Valley of Charlotte
Oasis Shriners
Oasis Keystone Kops
Royal Order of Jesters, Charlotte Court 109


Military Organizations Include:

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Disabled American Veterans, Life Member
The Military Order of The Purple Heart
Society of First infantry Division
28th Infantry Association


Don's two successful daughters continue to reside in Mt. Holly.

Don is a member of Grace Covenant Church, Huntersville.

 

2015
Fred R. Piercy Sr.

Mr. Piercy started his transportation career in 1955 with Carolina Northwestern Railroad, a division of the Southern RR, serving as billing / rate clerk and agent relief. Next in 1958, Mr. Piercy was offered and accepted employment with Bernhardt Industries in Lenoir, NC, as Traffic Manager. Later promoted to Director of Transportation, Fred worked for Bernhardt for 43 years until he retired in 2001. After his retirement from Bernhardt Industries, Fred continued to work in the transportation industry and accepted a position with CV International, Inc. out of Norfolk, VA, as a business development and consultant agent.

 

Mr. Piercy during his career was very active in transportation, civic, and community organizations and below are some of the organizations that he has been involved with during his career.

North Carolina Trucking Association
A board member for 15 years prior to being appointed as chairman in 1995.

 

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI)

For the past 20 years, Mr. Piercy has served the college as a Foundation Board member. Mr. Piercy assisted the college President in locating the Drivers Training Program on campus and this program remains very strong and active.


Catawba Valley Traffic Club

Became a member in the early 60’s. Served two terms as President, in 1997 was selected as the Person of the Year and is a Lifetime Member.

 

American Furniture Manufacturers Association (AFMA)

Served as Chairman of the Transportation and Logistics Division.

 

Furniture Shippers Association

Charter member—this association assist Shippers with their transportation & Logistics needs.

 

Hudson Optimist Club—Lenoir, NC

Served as Club President in 1967. Received the Distinguished President Award and also served as the District Lt. Governor for the Optimist International in 1970-72.

 

North Carolina State Board of Elections—Caldwell County

Served as Chairman for 18 years.

 

Caldwell County Department of Social Services—Lenoir, NC

Served on the Board of Directors for 8 years.

 

North Carolina League of Transportation & Logistics

Active member of the League for over 20 years.

Fred and his wife Betty have been married for 60 years. They reside in Lenoir, NC. They have a son, daughter, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild. They both are very active in their community and church

 

2014
William Vaughn

Bill began his career in transportation in September, 1969 with Terminal Freight Handlers Co. as a Manifest Clerk and was promoted to Assistant Billing Supervisor after three months.

In 1971, he joined Lorillard Tobacco Co.'s Corporate Logistics Department as an Operations Clerk. Bill continued his education in Advanced Traffic and Transportation Management at GTCC in Greensboro, NC. He was advanced to a management position in 1979 and has been promoted to several corporate supervisory positions over the years. Bill has diligently managed the transportation of everything from the raw tobacco to the finished products. He was awarded the Lorillard Chairman Award for Excellence in 2006 for his work as part of a team that addressed various security issues.

Bill worked for Lorillard until May 1, 2014 and is retiring with over 42 years of service.

Over the years, Bill has been actively involved with several traffic and transportation clubs. He is currently on the Board of Governors of NCLTL and has held officer positions over the years.

Bill has worked extensively with organizations such as the YMCA and the United Way.

He has honorably served his church as Chairman of the Deacons, Sunday School Teacher and in other leadership positions.

Bill and his wife Lou reside in Mayodan, NC with their two sons.

 

2013
Steve Palmer

Steve Palmer is Vice President of Transportation for Lowe's Companies, Inc.

He is responsible for Lowe’s International Transportation, Import Transload distribution center (DC) operations, and all Lowe’s North American Transportation. Additional responsibilities include all EDI and Electronic Funds Transfer communication for the company, including data compliance.

His career spans over 37 years with the company with broad experience in merchandising, all aspects of Lowe's supply chain including vendor and channel analysis, replenishment, network design, DC site selection, transportation, and distribution management. He led the early development and DC startups of the specialty distribution center network and later assumed responsibility for all DC operations including all Specialty and Regional DC’s before returning to lead the transportation group in the mid 90s.

Steve is an active member of Coalition of Responsible Transportation (CRT), RILA (Retail Industry Leaders Association), TRB (Transportation Research Board) and is currently Chairman of the RILA Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Additionally he works actively with EPA, EPA SmartWay, and in conjunction with Lowe’s Government Affairs Department, with various state legislature and highway offices, along with the Environmental Defense Fund [EDF]. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

 

2012
James A. Sprague

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jim graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1958 with a major in Transportation and Logistics. He started his career with Akers Motor Lines, Gastonia, NC, in the General Traffic Department. In 1959, Akers transferred him to the Operations Department and he was assigned to their new terminal in Greensboro, NC. He joined Burlington Industries in 1962 as Traffic Supervisor and held various positions before being named Director of Corporate Traffic in 1989. In this position he was responsible for both domestic and international transportation.

Jim became Burlington’s representative to the then North Carolina Traffic League in 1974. He was named a lifetime member in the League with he retired from Burlington in 1997 after 36 years of service. Jim is a past president, chairman of the board, and has served on various committees of the League. He continues to be active in the League by attending Seminars and Annual Meetings.

Over the years, Jim has been active in various charities, business, and career related organizations. These include: The United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Alamance Business Club, Sertoma Club and is a past president and lifetime member of the Piedmont Triad Transportation Association. He is currently serving for the twenty-second year on a Hospice Fundraiser committee that has provided over $ 1 million in financial support for the local Hospice Home.

Jim and his wife Bonnie reside in Gibsonville, North Carolina and together they have four daughters and four grandchildren.

 

2011
Ellis Brotherton

Retired as Director of Global Logistics for American & Efird, Inc. worldwide headquarters located in Mt. Holly, NC - 28+ years service with the company.

Career began with Chatham Manufacturing Company (Charlotte Division), Elkin, NC as Production Control/Purchasing supervisor and subsequently became Traffic Manager upon completing the Traffic & Transportation program at Central Piedmont Community College,
Charlotte, NC.

Moved to Radiator Specialty Company, Charlotte, NC in 1979 as Assistant Traffic Manager followed by a subsequent move to Harris Teeter Supermarkets in 1981 where responsibilities included setting up a new position as Transportation Analyst and Inbound Freight Coordinator. Later transferred inter-corporately as Traffic Manager to American & Efird, Inc.

While service at A&E responsibilities included all aspects of domestic and international transportation, fleet management, logistics and warehousing. Became a member of the North Carolina League of Transportation & Logistics shortly after moving to A&E and subsequently served as Vice- President, President and Chairman of the Board of governors (1988-1990) for the organization. Continues to serve on the Board of Governors as a Lifetime member of the NCLTL.

Career has included service as a National Advisory Board member of the National Private Trucking Council in addition to chairing numerous committees within the NCLTL. Worked with U.S. Customs & Border Protection after 9/11 in establishing and implementing for American & Efird the protocol for active partnership in the Customs initiative, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Honored in 2001 with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Lifetime membership presented by the Gaston Area Traffic & Transportation Association.

Prior to retirement from A&E, Ellis set up and continues to operate a global consulting company, Tradewinds International Consulting, which specializes in Customs and compliance issues within the transportation and logistics industry.

Ellis and his wife Linda reside in the Lake Norman area of Piedmont North Carolina and are active members in their community and church.

For further proof of Ellis Brotherton’s wonderful years of service to his family and the community, we are pleased to include a letter from his grandchildren.

Papaw Ellis
Grandfather: a word that Webster’s dictionary defines as “the father of one’s father or mother.” And for some, that is the extent of what a grandfather is to them. But Ellis Brotherton has definitely gone above and beyond what Webster has set for guidelines. Ever since my little brother and I started playing sports, he has made it an effort to come to as many games as possible. Throughout my nearly sixteen years of life, he has always been there, ready and willing to do anything for me or his other two grandchildren. One Sunday afternoon when I was probably around eight or nine, Ellis patiently sat down with me for a few hours and tried to teach me how to play guitar. My hands lacked the coordination and strength to actually play, but whenever I managed to make something that seemed halfway decent, he praised me and encouraged me to keep trying. What I remember about that day is not the chords he taught me; although I’m pretty sure one of them was G, but his gentleness and patience that he implemented so that I could attempt to learn something I wanted to. Now, as I’ve grown and gotten my permit, he has applied that same patience to teaching me to drive, because it really does require a lot. No matter how unskilled I am, however, he nearly always lets me drive and I can not think of one instance where he has raised his voice or said anything negative about my driving, even though I still can not really park inside the lines. Ellis also is a great spiritual leader in my life and has always been. From childhood, I can remember him talking about God and is always singing his “old‐timey” songs in the den when I go up to visit. When I was baptized, he and my grandmother both came and I can remember standing up in the baptismal, nerves making my legs shake like leaves, and when I saw him with his goofy grin giving me a thumbs up, I relaxed and calmly finished the service without a worry. He seems to be the embodiment of Psalm 92:14‐15 “They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” One simply has to look at him to know that Proverbs 16:31 also is very applicable, “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” Ellis is one of the most influential people in my life and I love him and the rest of my family more than anything, even if he does make up weird nicknames for me. Congratulations Papaw, you have definitely earned this great honor and I can think of no one more deserving. ~ Sierra and Colby

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