Who We Are
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 and podcast provide 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.
He 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 owner can call and spend an hour with an Ahern Associate. Andy 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 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 he believes that his incarceration period was a valuable learning experience and tool for his business expertise.