The Silver Kingpin Award is the intermodal industry’s most prestigious honor, and has been presented annually since 1977. Coleman was chosen for his exemplary industry leadership throughout his career, which spanned over 40 years. Coleman began his career with the World Group of companies as an employee of World Shipping, Inc. in 1971, successfully developing the company’s liner sales and marketing efforts. Over the years, Coleman was instrumental in the company’s growth in many areas, including liner agency, World Air Shipping, Rail Container Services (RCS), Midwest Container Services (MCS), and World Traffic Services. He became Senior Vice President of Midwest Container Services in 1985; shortly thereafter, MCS merged with RCS to become what is now known as ContainerPort Group. Coleman was promoted to President of CPG in 1993. During Coleman’s tenure at the helm of CPG, he grew the company from 138 employees to over 450 transportation professionals and a fleet of 600 owner‐operators when he retired in October 2012. Under Coleman’s command, CPG’s terminal network grew from 6 Midwest cities to its current 15 terminal locations which are located throughout the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast U.S.
A founding member of IANA, Coleman served a number of terms on IANA’s Board of Directors, during which time he also was elected the Association’s Treasurer. He was an active participant in numerous industry committees and task forces, including Chairman of the American Trucking Association’s Motor Carriers Conference. Coleman’s dedication to education is exemplified by his sponsorship of multiple students for the Master of Science program at the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute.
“I am truly grateful for the energy, passion and life’s work which Dick invested into building ContainerPort Group into what it is today,” says Fred Hunger, CPG’s Chief Executive Officer. “The industry as a whole has been the true beneficiary of his talent. He is truly deserving of such a prestigious award.”