ATA honors Tom McLeod with Webb Award
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Posted by: Ford Boswell
Last week, during its 78th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., the Alabama Trucking Association gave McLeod Software founder Tom McLeod its highest honor for a member, the H. Chester Webb Award for Distinguished Service.
Known simply as The Webb Award, the honor is given annually to recognize individuals for service, leadership and contributions to Alabama’s trucking industry, the Association and the communities where they reside.
“All that ATA has accomplished in its eight decades of serving and protecting the state’s trucking industry are the results of dedicated businessmen and women who sacrifice time and resources from their personal endeavors to make our industry better and safer for all,” said ATA President & CEO Frank Filgo. “Many of these leaders do this without any expectation of return; it’s simply their way of giving back.”
Filgo, a Webb Award winner himself in 2015, described McLeod as a “selfless leader who shies from the spotlight, but is always prepared to do the right thing even if the payoff for him personally isn’t there.
“He personifies the ideal Alabama Trucking Association member with consistent efforts and dedication to the Association through the years,” Filgo said. “He is intelligent, strong, deliberate, reliable, and loyal to the core.”
Starting the business out of his home in 1985, McLeod’s company now employs more than 360 people with offices in Birmingham, Ala. Salt Lake City, Utah, and Chicago, Ill. For more than 30 years, McLeod Software has been a leading provider of transportation dispatch, accounting, operations and brokerage management software and document management systems.
Despite his company’s incredible growth in recent years, his dedication to this state trucking association is as strong as ever. He’s been one of this Association’s most supportive members, volunteering time, money and expertise to the group’s many projects and events. McLeod has served on the ATA Board of Directors since 2002, lending his talent and resources to numerous committees and special projects.
Several years ago, Association leaders proposed a complete overhaul to its annual ATA Golf Classic, the sole fundraiser for the ATA’s political action committee, TRUK PAC. McLeod Software was among the project’s first major financial contributors. The company’s $15,000 donation spurred sponsorship totals and participation that year that were, at the time, the most the Classic had ever collected. Since then, McLeod has appeared as the Classic’s marquee sponsor three more times (2013, 2014 and 2015).
At the national level, McLeod serves on the Truckload Carriers Association Board of Directors, spearheading that group’s Scholarship Committee. He is also active with the American Trucking Associations and its Technology & Maintenance Council. His articles on fleet management and technology have appeared in numerous industry publications, including Transport Topics, Commercial Carrier Journal and Fleet Owner.
He and his wife of 38 years, Annette, are supporters of numerous charitable organizations, including Birmingham Boys Choir, Big Oak Ranch, Habitat for Humanity, Jimmy Hale Mission, Trucking Moves America Forward and Wreathes Across America.