The Salzberg Medallion is presented during the annual Salzberg Memorial Program which gathers industry leaders together to share insights, trends, and innovations in the field of transportation, logistics and supply chain management. The Salzberg Medallion recognizes individuals for significant accomplishments in supply chain management. Established in 1949, it is the oldest award of its kind, and has come to be recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in the transportation industry.
Congdon has served as executive chairman of the board of Old Dominion since 2008, when he stepped down from his 45-year post as chief executive officer. His parents, Earl and Lillian Congdon, founded the company in 1934; his son, David Congdon, is Old Dominion’s current president and CEO.
“I’m extremely honored to receive this award,” said Congdon. “When I joined the company as a driver at age 16, I never envisioned Old Dominion becoming one of the transportation industry leaders that it is today. The remarkable growth we’ve witnessed has only been possible because of Old Dominion’s unwavering commitment to deliver a premium service and the tireless dedication of our employees.”
Through his 64 years with the company, Congdon helped transform Old Dominion from a small regional company based in the Southeast, to a publicly-traded company providing transportation services nationwide.
“Earl Congdon Jr. is a towering figure in American industry and the Whitman School of Management is honored to recognize his accomplishments in supply chain management with the prestigious Salzberg Award,” says Whitman Dean Kenneth A. Kavajecz. “Under his leadership, Old Dominion has been a model of service quality and integrity for decades. The company’s growth and sterling reputation are a tribute to Earl and Old Dominion’s commitment to a quality management process that is fully integrated into the way the company operates.”