Earlier this month, AMTR held a surprise dinner event for our company’s Founding Fathers—Ed Scott, Mike Lasiter and Shan Scott. A large crowd of employees, their families and the Founders’ family and friends gathered for the celebratory occasion. According to Monica Poyner, Senior Rail Auditor and 20-year employee, “It is hard to express what these guys mean to us. We felt the need to say thanks in a big way. We want them and everyone else to know how important they are to us.”
The evening consisted of dinner, dancing and numerous personal tributes to the leaders. Tamara Henry, Audit Support Staff member, stated, “Working for AMTR has changed my life for the better. I have never worked for such good, caring people.” John Ladd, Senior Truck Auditor, offered, “These men are truly a blessing to me and so many other people that have come across their paths.” Monika Williams, Rail Auditor, said, “I‘m incredibly grateful that I was provided the opportunity to work here and succeed to my fullest potential…they believed in me from the beginning.”
In reflecting on the event, family member (and AMTR Chief Education & Innovation Officer), Summer Bartczak, stated, “I know these men, personally, of course. It is not enough to say that they were stunned at the recognition and humbled beyond words. And, although the night was clearly focused on them, the caring character of the employees was also evident in all the planning and effort they put forth on the event.”
AMTR was founded by Ed and Mike in 1979 and became a true functioning entity in 1981. Mike still serves as company President, and Ed as Chairman of the Board. Shan Scott, son of Ed Scott and 30+ year company employee, has been serving as CEO since 2013. These men brought AMTR out of a basement, transitioned it through the challenges of de-regulation and digitization, and built it into the nation’s premier provider of expert-based after-payment freight audit services. Although the evening was an opportunity to look back at what AMTR has become under their thoughtful leadership, it also served as a reminder of the core values that lie at the heart of the company and will continue to guide it going forward.