Who We Are
A.W. Ahern

A.W. Ahern ("Andy") is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Ahern & Associates, LTD.  He received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Education from Southern Illinois University and is an accredited member of the Institute of Management Consultants and the National Bureau of Certified Consultants.  He holds the dignified appellation of Certified Professional Consultant to Management (CPCM) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

As a respected transportation author, Mr. Ahern publishes a nationally recognized transportation newsletter, The Ahern Advisory.  He also provides a weekly video podcast on his website.  The newsletter/podcast provides pertinent information for owners and managers of transportation companies. Andy has extensive experience in:

  • Transportation Mergers/Acquisitions/Divestitures
  • Restructuring Motor Carrier Operations
  • Sales and Marketing programs
  • Successor planning
  • Pre and post-petition bankruptcy
  • Professional Employer Organizations
  • Market valuations for trucking and logistics companies
  • Operational reviews to improve the bottom line operating performance of transportation companies
  • Business ethics
  • Business planning
  • Business modeling
  • Exit strategies
  • Debt renegotiation
  • Creating shareholder value; and
  • Market valuations for partnership dissolution.

Mr. Ahern has written numerous articles for the Transpor­tation Industry, including FleetOwner Magazine, Pallet Profile, the Transportation Intermediary Association (TIA), Logistics Journal, the Arkansas Trucking Association, The Memphis Business Journal, Reuters News, Transport Topics, Cargo Network Services, Bloomberg Report, and Heavy Duty Truck Magazine.  Andy has also been a guest featured speaker for Reuters News, Road Dawg Radio, Entrepreneur Radio, and has been a reoccurring guest commentator for Transport Topics.

Mr. Ahern was profiled by American Executive, recognizing him and his firm as one of the most progressive transportation consulting companies in the country.

Mr. Ahern is active in working with groundbreaking technologies in transportation, including pioneering new software developments in conjunction with Analytical Management Techniques' transportation software programs for the trucking industry.  This software is specifically designed for trucking and logistics companies.  The program tracks each dispatch and truck, showing an owner instantly, based upon his/her own operating cost, whether a profit is being made on each individual dispatched load.  In addition to software programs, Mr. Ahern has spearheaded numerous agent programs for some of the larger trucking companies in the United States and Canada.

Ahern & Associates, and Andy, shares their knowledge by utilizing a free “hot line”, in which any transportation, trucking or logistics company owners, can call and spend an hour with an Ahern Associate.  He also has done numerous speaking engagements around the country.

  • He has been recognized in various newspaper publications and authored a book entitled, "The Insurance Crisis, Fact or Fiction?"
  • He has appeared on CNN Television, KTAR Radio; and there have been numerous articles written about him in published periodicals.

Andy has also rehabilitated some of the largest transportation companies throughout the United States, and at one time was a main speaker for a special ethics program at Pepperdine University.

The program gained recognition from:

  • 60 Minutes
  • Business Week
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Las Vegas Review

Throughout his career, Andy has been recognized for his achievements through various distinguished awards, including Businessman of the Year Award in 2002, Hunger Hero Award presented by the St. Mary’s Food Bank, and he has received recognition from numerous humanitarian awards for his contributions in combating hunger and helping those in need.

In addition to his awards, Andy also was recognized in the 1997 – 1998 American Directory Edition of Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses.

  • He has received national recognition in the form of testimonial letters from some of the most recognized transportation companies/experts in the United States and Canada: The Benesch Law Firm; C.R. England; Century Carriers, Inc.; Forrest City Trading Group, LLC; Lawrence Transportation; Milan Express; Norco Corporation; Online Trucking; Paschall Truck Lines, Inc.; Plains Transportation, Inc.; Purple Plum Logistics; TCI, Inc.; St. Mary’s Food Bank; Reynolds Logistics, Inc.; Transport Continental; Total Transportation Services, LLC, Southwest Freight Lines; Services, LLC; United World Cargo; Adrian Carriers; G.W. Palmer Logistics; Kansas Continental Express, Inc., to name few.

Andy is quite involved in the transportation industry.  In 2010 and 2011, he sponsored a trucking and logistics seminar with the Benesch Law Firm which drew attendees from all corners of the country.  Mr. Ahern was also the Chairman of the unsecured creditors committee for one of the largest transportation bankruptcies in the United States - Internet, Inc.

Currently, he produces a weekly video podcast that is broadcast over the internet and viewed by a large, committed following.  Several years ago, he launched a trucking company crisis hotline that is free of charge and he has developed an industry pricing formula for the trucking industry.  He is visible in various social media outlets including posting open acquisition needs on his blog and interacting with colleagues on Twitter.  He is also involved in many industry associations including The American Trucking Association (ATA), Transportation Intermediary Association (TIA), Arkansas Trucking Association, Alabama Motor Carriers Association; Arizona Trucking Association, California Trucking Association, The Intermodal National Association, and the Nebraska Trucking Association, to name a few.

Andy is also a convicted felon and spent fifteen months in a federal prison in Las Vegas, NV.  He speaks frequently to corporations about operating in the “gray zone” and the vulnerability that entrepreneurs have if they become a target of the Federal Government.  His lectures provide a stark reality to the complexity of today’s business and the ease in which values can be compromised.  He is a much sought after speaker and lecturer, and believes that his incarceration period was a valuable learning experience and tool for his business expertise.

Testimonials
Dear Mr. Ahern,

Arkansas Transit Home, Inc. (ATH) was founded in 1958 by my late father, Wendell Chandler. In fact, to Illustrate how long that is got most trucking companies, our DOT number only has five numbers.

I would like to thank you Andy for making this very important and life changing event possible. It was a great experience.

Sincerely,
Dwight Chandler
President
Arkansas Transit Homes, Inc.

 

Dear Mr. Ahern,

We have worked with you and your colleagues at Ahern Associates for some time now. We find your expertise in the area of logistics (be it in consulting or based on being hired for acquisition analysis) to be out standing. We value the relationship and are very happy to give you this letter of reference..

You should feel free to have any party call us to discuss our experience.

Sincerely,
James M.Hill
Benesch Attorneys at Law

Dear Mr. Ahern,

England has been formally associated with Andy Ahern and his colleagues for approximately the past three years primarily in the area of acquisitions. During that period, we have experienced a professionalism that is refreshing. Andy offers in-depth expertise as well as industry knowledge born from extensive experience, a combination which adds material value well beyond a normal business relationship.

We anticipate a long – term, mutually beneficial association. It was a great experience.

Very truly yours,
Keith c. Wallace,Jr.
Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
C.R. England, Ind

 

Dear Mr. Ahern,

Century Carriers, Inc. and its subsidiaries are family owned businesses that was started 1998. When the Transportation business was booming, times were great but, like other family owned businesses we didn’t prepare for the economy the past year. My wife and I lost many hours sleep and made many calls to attorneys, banks, and whom ever would listen to our story trying to figure out how we were going to save our business for our future and our children.

Andy and his team has given us hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are making progress, thanks again.

Sincerely,
Kevin Henderson, President/CEO
Century Carriers Inc. / Century Expedited Inc.

Dear Mr. Ahern,

Originally, I met Andy at a Truckload Carrier`s Conference during a round table discussion on the transition of family business. Andy was very knowledgeable about the topic and expressed many ideas that we hadn`t thought of. During the down turn of our industry in 2001, We called upon Andy, as a consultant, to help us understand how to turn our business around. We hired Ahern and Associates to come in and do businesses review. By giving us a road map to success with their intial audit, they helped turn our business around within thirty days.

Andy Ahern and Ahern & Associates have always delivered exactly what they have promised.

Sincerely,
Don Christenson, President
Christenson Transportation, Inc.

 

Dear Mr. Ahern,

We have thought about selling our business one day, but we really didn’t know much about how to go about it. Your company contacted us a few months ago about a client of yours that was looking to buy businesses like ours. Now just a few months later, the sale is complete. Everything went very smoothly, Ahern was there to guide us through the beginning of the process. We are very happy with our whole experience with Ahern, especially Andy and Brian. They gave us personal attention any time we had questions or concerns.

Thank you,
John & Jennifer Rainney
DCT

Dear Mr. Ahern,

I wanted to thank you for your guidance, leadership and support. The professionalism and dedication of you and your staff is outstanding. The knowledge you posses of the transportation industry and its inner workings was been a huge asset to us in our time of transition. With your assistance we have been able to make significant changes within our company to improve structure and productivity. Aherns onsite visit and detailed evaluation of our company has been a very valuable tool. The outside look at how we do business and the suggestions you've made to improve our overall performance have been very valuable. All of your advice and direction has been thoughtful and caring, I feel that you truly care about our business and success. You've done everything you said you would do and then some, working with you and your dedicated staff has been a pleasure and will improve the productivity of our company. I look forward to a long relationship with Ahern and Associates.

Thanks again,
Dave Dean
Specialized Business Solutions. INC
Meridian, Idaho

 

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