OnTrac’s Rick Chase Honored with Industry Award
OnTrac’s Rick Chase recently received his industry’s highest honor – induction into the Hall of Fame for the Customized Logistics & Delivery Association (CLDA). Chase, OnTrac’s Chief Administrative Officer, received the award at the CLDA’s Final Mile Forum in Phoenix.
Chase has been involved in the logistics industry for almost four decades and an active member of the CLDA and its predecessor, the Messenger & Courier Association of America (MCAA) for over 25 years. He chaired the Government Affairs Committees for both the CLDA and MCAA for many years and continues today as the Vice Chair of the CLDA Government Affairs Committee. He served on the boards of both the CLDA and MCAA for 18 years.
The CLDA Hall of Fame pays tribute to association members who have made noteworthy contributions to the industry. In his introduction to Chase Hall of Fame presenter Gil Carpel recognized his years of board service and his role as a crucial part of the association’s Government Affairs efforts:“Rick was one of the founders of our Government Affairs committee, spearheading our efforts to have our voice heard on Capitol Hill and in state houses across the country on issues pertaining to our business. Rick is the kind of person who fights for what he believes in and doesn’t give up.”
Chase entered the logistics business 38 years ago as a sales rep for Ryder Truck lines. He then went to CF Airfreight as its first employee in South Carolina. Chase later moved up to division manager in the company’s regional office in St. Louis, overseeing sales and operations for a seven-state area. When CF bought Emery Worldwide it was renamed Emery Worldwide, a CF company. In 1993, Chase was recruited to the West Coast by Roadway and moved to Los Angles to take charge of their sales west of the Mississippi River. He was on the front lines of change when the company started an airline, Roadway Global Air. Chase’s job was Director of Sales for the Western US, Mexico and Canada. He later joined Express Messenger Systems, which was rebranded as OnTrac, in 2008. Chase started with the company as Director of Sales and Customer Service, and was later promoted to VP of Business Development before assuming his current role as Chief Administrative Officer.
An active member of the community, Chase has been involved in the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners and Big Brothers & Big Sisters. He and his wife, April, live in Phoenix.