ATA Freight, a leading global logistics and freight forwarding services provider, announced today that its Chief Operating Officer Matt Goker has been named by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine as a 2021 Pros to Know award winner.
In its official announcement, Supply & Demand Chain Executive stated that, “This award recognizes outstanding executives whose accomplishments offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage supply chain for competitive advantage. This year’s list includes individuals and teams from software and service providers, consultancies and academia, trucking and transportation firms, professional development agencies, sourcing, and procurement divisions, and more, all who have helped supply chain clients and the supply chain community at large prepare to meet many of today’s – and tomorrow’s – challenges.”
Supply & Demand Chain Executive Editor-in-Chief Marina Mayer was quoted as saying, “These winners collaborated, optimized, developed, educated and played a critical role in the survival and success of their companies amid a global pandemic. I am honored to recognize these individuals and teams and extend my utmost gratitude to everyone in the supply chain industry for their time, efforts, and innovations to keep our nation’s supply chains afloat.”
For his part, Goker has been a catalyst both in driving solutions for ATA Freight’s customers, as well as the industry. Notably, as its CEO, he was instrumental in the launch of a new agile technology spin-off, Quloi, focused on providing quantified logistics solutions that leverage Artificial Intelligence machine learning and deep logistics expertise to transform and optimize the global supply chain. Goker also has been leading a team of experts who create innovative shipping solutions for essential industries and who made sure the world continued to have access to critical necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These solutions allowed some of the world’s largest enterprises to continue to feed the world. In addition, he created and launched a special form of alliance across logistics service providers that is based on end-to-end systems and operational integration to provide a seamless experience to its customers on broader geographies. The alliance was designed to provide access for small and mid-size business on the supply chain enabling them to effectively compete with companies of much larger size and resources.
“It is a great honor to be named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Pros to Know list, especially during a period when the resilience of the global supply chain has been a matter of great concern and impact,” said Goker. “Everything we are doing at ATA Freight and through all of our parallel industry initiatives are focused on strengthening the supply chain and helping all businesses operating on the chain to become stronger, more efficient, and more profitable. We are making great strides in that area, but still have a long way to go as the pandemic demonstrated.”
Goker was also recognized for his emphasis on sustainability. ATA Freight has long supported organizations that strive to reduce carbon emissions. Among the nonprofits that ATA Freight supports is Trees for the Future, whose mission is to end hunger and poverty by training farmers to regenerate their land. ATA Freight has been supporting TREES since 2011 and as a result of its support, over 167,000 trees have been planted which will result in the sequestering of 9,662 metric tons of carbon over a 20-year period. The company is also actively involved in EcoVadis the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability performance and innovation, which earned ATA Freight the 2020 EcoVadis Bronze Medal Sustainability Leadership Award.