C.L. Werner, the founder and chairman emeritus of Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN), was honored as a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award during the organization’s 65 th awards ceremony April 13 at the Constitutional Hall in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Werner, who founded Werner Enterprises at age 19 when he traded his family car for a 1956 Ford truck, was honored for his generosity and continued support of local and national humanitarian efforts. Since Mr. Werner started as the company’s first driver hauling farm products regionally, Werner Enterprises has grown into a $2 billion global transportation and logistics company.
Given by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, recipients are dedicated community leaders who have accomplished remarkable achievements through hard work, self-reliance and perseverance. Past recipients include Hank Aaron, Tom Brokaw, Bob Hope, Maya Angelou, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Bloomberg and Ronald Reagan. Additionally, Mr. Werner is one of several Nebraskans to receive the Horatio Alger Award.
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. was established in 1947 and bears the name of the renowned author Horatio Alger, Jr., whose tales of overcoming adversity through unyielding perseverance and basic moral principles captivated the public in the late 19th century.Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Australia. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated van, temperature-controlled and flatbed; medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van; and expedited services. Werner's Value Added Services portfolio includes freight management, truck brokerage, intermodal, and international services. International services are provided through Werner’s domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage.