Choptank Transport names new managers

Recently promoted to new management roles at Choptank Transport are, from left, Robin Tull, Charlene Keller and Jennifer Daniels.

PRESTON — Choptank Transport is one of Caroline County’s largest employers with more than 350 employees and five regional offices. Choptank is part of a $700 billion nationwide trucking and transportation industry that arranges the movement of freight for products from one destination to another.

Logistics used to have the reputation of being a male-dominated field, but today, this lingering misconception couldn’t be farther from the truth. Organizations like Women in Trucking, and the American Trucking Association have plenty of female presidents, vice presidents, directors, and leaders. The U.S. Department of Transportation has a program, Women & Girls in Transportation Initiative, that places qualified female students in transportation internships.

Choptank Transport recently promoted several employees into new management roles.

Charlene Keller was hired as a sales representative for Choptank in 2006 after a successful career at one of the largest poultry producers in the country, Perdue Farms in Salisbury. When Keller joined Choptank, the company had fewer than two dozen employees. Armed with strong sales skills from Perdue, Keller quickly took on a supervisory role managing the larger, national accounts. She soon became the face of Choptank by joining industry advisory boards and attending relevant trade shows throughout the year. Last month, Keller earned another promotion as senior director of enterprise accounts, a position that focuses on strategic, repeat business from the country’s largest manufacturers and retailers.

Robin Tull came to work at Choptank in 2008 after a successful career at Allen Family Foods, where she worked as a senior sales representative for eight years and a transportation and distribution manager for 13 years. She began at Choptank as a logistics coordinator and quickly advanced to the position of team lead, overseeing six to eight logistics coordinators. In 2014, Tull was promoted again, with a new role to oversee and grow the company’s intermodal department, coordinating sales and shipments of rail services. Just this year, Tull’s title has changed to senior manager of specialized logistics, a position that includes a much broader scope of responsibilities including intermodal, dry less-than-truckload, port and drayage, hazmat and government contract shipments.

Jennifer Daniels began working at Choptank in 2012 after five years as a high school algebra and finance teacher. She started as a sales representative and soon earned a position as an account executive. In 2016, Daniels was promoted to the role of area sales manager, supervising a team of sales representatives. It was announced last week that Daniels has accepted the position of associate director of sales and now is in charge of managing ten in-house salespeople, as well as mentoring the sales managers in two regional offices, Tampa and Dallas.

Choptank Transport continues to grow in Preston and in its regional locations, including Baltimore, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta and Tampa. Promoting employees from within is indicative of the company’s culture and is a large part of its success.

For more information about working at Choptank Transport, visit its Facebook page at Life@Choptank or go to its website at www.choptanktransport.com.

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