CLDA Inducts Industry Veteran Rob Hackbarth into its Hall of Fame
Industry veteran Rob Hackbarth recently received his industry’s highest award from the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association – Induction into the CLDA Hall of Fame. The award was presented at the association’s annual meeting.
Hackbarth received the honor at the CLDA’s Annual Meeting in Orlando in recognition of his 40+ years of service to the industry. This award is presented annually to a CLDA member who is known and respected in the industry. It seeks to pay tribute to those who have made noteworthy contributions to the customized logistics and delivery industry.
Hackbarth is the founder and board member of Hackbarth Delivery Service in Mobile, AL. Hackbarth Delivery Service is a single-source solutions provider specializing in last mile delivery and customized logistics. They deliver KYSO® (Knock Your Socks Off) service for transportation, distribution, warehousing and logistics needs, 24/7/365. Hackbarth Delivery Service was founded in 1975 with a single truck and has grown to 42 locations covering 10 states across the Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic US Regions. They are a privately held, certified woman-owned corporation and SmartWay partner.
Rob and Carol Hackbarth started the company in In November 1975. They had $500 start-up capital and one blue van. The first month’s sales were $7.50 representing five deliveries. Today, Hackbarth has over 745 drivers providing service to a diverse client base, delivering more than 50,000 packages daily. Hackbarth named daughter, Kelly Picard, to take over as CEO in 2013, and embarked on a new career as an author and public speaker.
He is the founder of Mondays Are Great, a company that provides motivational, inspirational, and team-leadership presentations and training, in addition to personal coaching and development. Hackbarth offers groups and organizations presentations on leadership, overcoming adversity, teamwork and developing a winning attitude. Hackbarth’s first book, There are No Small Moments, is a collection of stories about timeless success principles. His second book, The BET will be published soon. He is also actively involved in Hackbarth Delivery Service as a trainer and board member.
“Becoming a member of the CLDA Hall of Fame is very special to me,” says Hackbarth. “It’s recognition by my peers in the industry. I firmly believe that it’s also a reflection of our company’s success and our involvement in the industry and active participation in the association.” Hackbarth has been a part of the association for much of its 30-year history, serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors; chairing the association’s Government Affairs Committee and serving on the Membership Committee. The company’s current president, Kelly Picard, is now a board member of the CLDA.
In presenting the award, Hall of Fame Committee Chair Gil Carpel described Hackbarth this way: “This CLDA Hall of Fame induction ceremony gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect back on how far we’ve come and to acknowledge those who came before. History shows that one dedicated individual can change the world and that is the purpose and motive behind our Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes the men and women who have made a difference for all of us in our industry. It is on their shoulders that we stand to see a little further.”