Press Release

UPS’s Clifton Named Trucking Cares Foundation Lex Achievement Award Winner

San Diego, California – Today, the American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, announced that Nikki Clifton, UPS president for social impact and the UPS Foundation, was named the first winner of the newly rechristened William “John” Lex Achievement Award from the ATA Trucking Cares Foundation.

“We are proud to recognize Nikki’s outstanding leadership and commitment to addressing some of our most immediate social, humanitarian and environmental needs, work that is strongly aligned with Trucking Cares Foundation’s mission,” Spear said. “She pioneered the largest training initiative in our industry to combat human trafficking and coordinated the in-kind distribution to COVID-19 vaccines and cold chain freezers to disadvantaged countries around the world.”

In addition to her work at UPS, Clifton is a National 4-H Luminary and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Girls Scouts Nations Capitol and Points of Light.  She was also appointed to the Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking and serves on the Advisory Board for the CARE Global Network Leaders.

This marks the first time the Trucking Cares Foundation has presented the newly renamed William “John” Lex Achievement Award, which comes with a $5,000 donation to the winner’s preferred charity.

“Last year, the ATA Trucking Cares Foundation Board honored the professional and personal life of Walmart professional truck driver, John Lex, with the 2021 Trucking Cares Foundation Premier Achievement Award,” Spear said. “Not long after joining me on stage, John succumbed to his battle with cancer. In lasting recognition of John, and all those who receive this award, the Board decided to rename it the William ‘John’ Lex Achievement Award.”  
Previous winners of the award include Herschel Evans, Holland Inc.; Mike Ducker, FedEx Freight; and John Lex, Walmart Transportation.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward.
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