American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Safety Management Council recently named Ruan Vice President of Safety Lisa Gonnerman the 2016 National Safety Director. Gonnerman has worked at Ruan since 2010 and has spent more than 24 years in the trucking industry.
“By establishing strong safety cultures throughout her career in trucking, Lisa has made a significant impact on highway safety which has undoubtedly saved lives,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “The trucking industry is fortunate to have committed safety leaders like Lisa, and ATA is proud to recognize individuals who make safety their top priority.”
Ruan’s safety culture has been strengthened in large part due to Gonnerman’s creation of Megasafe7 — Ruan’s proprietary safety program. Her development of this program empowers Ruan’s more than 5,600 team members to take ownership of their safe driving behaviors and spread safety messages throughout the company.
“Safety is Ruan’s number one guiding principle,” said Ruan CEO Ben McLean. “This award recognizes Lisa’s and our company’s dedicated efforts to ensure our professional drivers are prepared to drive each day. We’re thrilled that the ATA is honoring Lisa’s work and advocacy for the transportation industry, and we’re really proud to have her on our team.”
Gonnerman is an active leader in initiatives throughout the trucking industry, including ATA’s Safety Management Council and Iowa Motor Truck Association committees. She currently serves as chairman of the ATA Safety Management Council’s Regulations Committee.
“I’m truly honored to receive this award,” said Gonnerman. “I work at a job I love, and I am grateful to our professional drivers, my team at Ruan and our leadership for their support and dedication to Ruan’s Megasafe culture.”