The Expediter of the Year award, in its second year and delivered in conjunction with OnTime Media’s Expedite Expo show in Lexington, Ky., was delivered Saturday to Barrett Directline-leased cargo van expediting owner-operator Tim Paxton of Akron, Ohio.
Paxton and his wife, Dawna, manage the business closely, keeping close track of cost per mile and opportunities to boost revenue. Paxton, meanwhile, has utilized social media to build a community of expedited drivers and other industry participants to assist one another. A few among the 1,800-plus members of the “Transportation Life: ‘Wheels, wings and rudders'” group on Facebook.com were present in the flesh to cheer on Paxton in Lexington, where he won after being named as one of three finalists.
Nominated for this year’s award by several among his fellow haulers, Paxton transitioned to running in a cargo van after some years hauling Class 8 tanker, finding more independence with business ownership first with a used Econoline he’s since sold to group member Eric “Red” Redden, owner of Red’s Custom Design, based in Indiana near Louisville. Redden was on-hand in the drivers’ lot behind the Lexington Convention Center this weekend, installing roof fans for several cargo-van owner-ops.
In the end, as a group member noted after Paxton won the award at the end of the show Saturday, Paxton clearly has a knack for giving credit where it’s due. The award belongs as much to his close-knit community, those who’ve helped him get to where he is, as him. Their big presence at the show is all the evidence one needs of that.
Two other finalists were also honored at the event: