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 National Bureau of Certified Consultants and the Institute of Management Consultants. He also holds the dignified appellation of CPCM and CMC.
As a respected author, Mr. Ahern publishes a nationally recognized transportation newsletter that currently has approximately 225,000 weekly subscribers and features articles covering a wide range of topics including:
- Selling a distressed company
- How to improve sales in a recessionary market
- How to sell your trucking business; parts 1, 2, 3, 4.
- Business ethics
- Business integrity
- Business loyalty
Mr. Ahern has written numerous articles for the Transpor¬tation Industry, including the Arkansas Trucking Association and has been noted as an expert source in The Memphis Business Journal and Reuters.com. Most recently, Mr. Ahern was profiled by American Executive which recognized him and his firm as one of the most progressive consulting companies in the country.
Mr. Ahern is active in creating groundbreaking technologies in transportation including pioneering new software development in conjunction with Analytical Management Techniques' transportation software programs for the trucking industry which are designed specifically for small to medium size trucking companies. The program tracks each dispatch and truck, telling the owner instantly, based upon his/her own operating cost, whether a profit is being made on each individual dispatched load. In addition to pioneering software programs, he has also spearheaded numerous agent programs for some of the larger trucking companies in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Ahern shares his knowledge by making speaking appearances around the country including on CNN TelevisionandKTAR Radio. He was also a reoccurring speaker for a special all ethics program at Pepperdine University that gained recognition from 60 Minutes, Business Week, The Los Angeles Times and The Las Vegas Review. In addition to speaking engagements to share his expertise, he has also authored a book for the transportation industry entitled, "The Insurance Crisis, Fact or Fiction?"
Throughout his career, Mr. Ahern has been recognized for his achievements through various distinguished awards including Businessman of the Year Award in 2002, National Leadership Award presented by President George W. BushandThe Ronald Regan Award. Most recently, Mr. Ahern was profiled by American Executive for his accomplishments.
In addition to his awards, Mr. Ahern has also received quite a few honors. He was recognized in the 1997-1998 American Directory Edition of Who's Who in Executives and Businesses. He also received national recognition in the form of testimonial letters for successfully rehabilitating and orchestrating expansion efforts from some for the most recognized transportation companies in the United States and Canada including Dependable Highway Express (DHE), Christenson Transportation, C.R. England and CRST International, just to name a few. As a philanthropist, Mr. Ahern has been nationally recognized by The St. Mary's Food Bank as a partner in hunger for rising in excess of $1MM of food throughout the United States.
Mr. Ahern is quite involved in his field of expertise.In 2010, he sponsored a trucking and logistics merger and acquisition seminar with the Benesch Law Firm which drew attendees from all corners of the country. Mr. Ahern was the Chairman of the unsecured creditors committee for one of the largest trucking 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. Recently, he launched a new trucking company crisis hotline that is free of charge for small to medium trucking companies and developed a merger and acquisition board. He is visible in various social media outlets including posting open acquisition needs on his blog and interacting with colleagues on Twitter. Mr. Ahern is also involved in many industry associations including the Arkansas Trucking Association, Alabama Motor Carriers Association, California Trucking Association and Nebraska Trucking Association.
Andy is also a convicted felon, and spent fifteen months in a federal prison in Las Vegas, Nevada. He speaks frequently to corporations about operating in the "gray zone" and he 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 incarnation period was a valuable learning experience and tool for his business expertise.
While Ahern & Associates, Ltd. was founded back in 1987, it continues to be one of the most professional and progressive transportation consulting companies in the United States. During this time, he has sold in excess of 320+ trucking and logistics companies throughout his business career. Mr. Ahern attributes the company's success and growth to one absolute philosophy; "caring".
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.
Arkansas Transit Homes, Inc.
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.
Benesch Attorneys at Law
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
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.
Kevin Henderson, President/CEO
Century Carriers Inc. / Century Expedited Inc.
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.
Don Christenson, President
Christenson Transportation, Inc.
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.
John & Jennifer Rainney
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.
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