May 22, 2002 Jacksonville, FL (NASDAQ-LSTR) Landstar System, Inc., a safety-first transportation and information services company, has recognized Fred Conti, vice president of National Accounts and Special Projects, as this year's recipient of its annual Robert E. Zonneville Lifetime Achievement Award, the company's most prestigious tribute to an employee.
The nationwide leader in transportation has a large orientation center in Madisonville, but it wasn't until he was at a company convention in Orlando, Florida, that Conti learned he had earned the award. "They gave me a standing ovation," he said. "I know and respect Bob Zonneville, and that makes the award that much more special."
In 1994, Landstar's Board of Directors created the Robert E. Zonneville Award and presented it to its namesake, who began as a driver on the docks and retired as the president of a Landstar subsidiary. Today, Zonneville still serves the company in recruitment and other special projects.
"Fred represents everything the Zonneville Award is about," said Landstar Chairman and CEO Jeff Crowe. "Impeccable values, commitment to family, respect from every peer and colleague, and service to community. His nickname is 'Coach', and it exemplifies his style."
The nickname comes from his early career as a high school football coach under Ara Parsegian. From there, he graduated to the coaching staffs of Purdue, Wichita, Colorado and Notre Dame. In 1982, Conti took his team-building talents to Landstar.
Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Landstar carrier group, comprised of Landstar Gemini, Inc., Landstar Inway, Inc., Landstar Ligon, Inc. and Landstar Ranger, Inc., delivers excellence in complete over-the-road transportation services. The Landstar multimodal group, comprised of Landstar Express America, Inc. and Landstar Logistics, Inc., delivers excellence in expedited, contract logistics and intermodal transportation services. All Landstar operating companies are certified to ISO 9001:2000 quality management system standards. Landstar System, Inc.'s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.