A PORTARLINGTON based company, Polar Ice, scooped two major awards at this year’s Fleet Transport awards ceremony.
The company had been shortlisted in seven categories and took home the top spot in the Transport Manager of the Year and Own Account Transport Operator of the Year awards.
Transport manager Denise Ryan became the first woman to win the Transport Manager of the Year award in the 13-year history of the awards. It was all about family for Denise, too, as she was accompanied to the awards by her father Des, formerly of Des Ryan International.
Denise is highly-respected in industry circles. The award is recognition of her dedication and driver-first approach. Her mantra is to ‘never request a driver to do something that she wouldn’t do herself.’
Managing director of Polar Ice Alison Ritchie said: “Talk about shattering glass ceilings. Isn’t it crazy to think that we are doing things for the first time now, but in the first 13 years of the Fleet Transport awards Denise is the first female transport manager to have won the award.
“I first met Denise seven years ago. At the interview, I was blown away by her experience. Here was a person who was a fully qualified HGV driver and a transport manager with experience of driving across the continent in her own family business, so she fully understood what it meant to be part of a family business team.’’
Denise has worked with Polar Ice since 2012. In that time, her knowledge and professionalism has guided decision making, fleet investment and the incorporation of a best practice in transport culture.
The company also claimed the Own Account Transport Operator of the Year award against strong competition from major logistics companies from across Ireland. The award was accepted by the transport team to great acclaim from the 900 guests present at the event.
The awards come a few months after Polar Ice achieved the highest TruckSafe Gold Standard, recognising the company’s commitment to continuously improve compliance levels and industry image.