President and CEO of Rihm Kenworth Kari Rihm has been named Navistar and Women In Trucking Association’s 2015 Influential Woman in Trucking. Rihm received the award during a recent ceremony at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting.
Rihm took over her husband’s business, Rihm Kenworth, after his death in 2010. Rihm Kenworth has been in the family in St. Paul, Minn., since 1932. In keeping with family tradition and entrepreneurship, Rihm, her two children and some employees took the three dealerships and expanded to five dealerships. In the last four years, Rihm Kenworth has won the Kenworth Truck Company Medium Duty Truck Dealer of the Year three times.
Currently, Rihm Kenworth is the only woman-owned Kenworth dealer in the United States. Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise Network Council, Rihm’s business has been named a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Magazine Family Business Honoree in 2013. Her business also received a National Association of Women-Owned Businesses local chapter Pioneer Award in 2014, and was honored with a 2015 nomination for American Truck Dealers Association Dealer of the Year.
The Influential Woman in Trucking award honors women “who make or influence key decisions, have a proven record of responsibility, and mentor and serve as a role model to other women” in the trucking industry. The award was initiated in 2010 by WIT and Navistar to recognize women leaders in the trucking industry and to entice more women to enter and advance in the industry.