Cardinal Logistics Managment Names Claude Lamarre as 2004 Driver of the Year


Dedicated Driver in Orlando , FL Recognized for Extraordinary Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

CONCORD, N.C. (January 31, 2005) Executives with Cardinal Logistics Managment (Cardinal) one of the nations fastest growing third-party logistics firms today announced that Claude Lamarre, a dedicated driver for the Hughes Supply Contracting Team in Orlando FL, has been named as Cardinals 2004 Driver of the Year. In September 2004, Lamarre was named Driver of the Month in recognition of his extraordinary efforts during the clean-up following the string of deadly hurricanes that devastated parts of Florida and the Gulf Coast in the Fall of 2004.

Bryan Alford, Cardinal Operations Manager, who nominated Lamarre for the recognition could not say enough encouraging words about Lamarres can-do attitude and motivation to others in the company. Claude i s always ready to do whatever it takes to get the job done, Alford explained. Whether it is an extra run to cover a delivery, making emergency deliveries of generators to communities hit by a Hurricane or assisting fellow Cardinal drivers make repairs to their homes affected by storm damage, Claude always lends a helping hand.

Lamarre was a major source of help with clean-up efforts associated with Hurricane Charley and preparations for the onslaught of hurricanes that followed in Florida in the fall of 2004. According to his Alford, the day after Hurricane Charley hit, Claude arrived early the next morning running loads for fellow account Office Depot to get them cleaned up and returned very late that evening following a multi-stop delivery. On Sunday morning, he went to back to Hughes Supply and ran generators down to disaster areas that were hit the hardest by the storms. The rest of the week he was delivering transformers, other equipment and supplies to areas in need. The following weekend, Claude spent time at the home of a fellow driver whose home sustained heavy tree damage following the storms.

He never once said anything about himself or his own needs, which would have been completely understandable, Alford said. He simply showed up, regardless of the situation and did whatever was needed to help his customer get the job done. Not only did Claude do what his normal job required of him, but he went well past that point and helped many other people with his time and efforts. He gave every hour he had to use and went well beyond the call of duty.

Claude Lamarre is a terrific employee who demonstrates a great attitude and strong commitment to safety and has earned the admiration of his fellow teammates, said Vin McLoughlin, Cardinals Chairman of the Board. He does his job each day with a smile and then helps where others need it. Cardinal applauds Claude for all of his efforts and excellence!