WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2014 – The Customized Logistics and Delivery Association recently honored industry leader Michael Gualtieri with its highest honor: induction into its Hall of Fame. Gualtieri, president of ProCourier in West Hartford, CT, was surprised by the honor at the CLDA’s recent annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. 

Gualtieri has been associated with the industry since 1980, when he started as a sales rep for Sky Courier in Boston right out of college. In 1983, he was part of the start-up of a new courier, Eastern Connection. Five years later, he started his own company, Connecticut Courier, along with his childhood friend, Rick Mastrianna. Seven years later, he sold the successful company to US Delivery. The entrepreneurial bug bit him again in 1997 when he started a second company, ProCourier. He has been an active member of the association since its founding as the Messenger Courier Association of America in 1988. An instrumental part of the association’s new branding as the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association, Mike has served on committees, the board and eventually as president from 2008 to 2010.

The award is presented annually to a CLDA member who is known and respected in the industry. It seeks to pay tribute those who have made noteworthy contributions to the industry. Gualtieri’s honor comes after nomination by the Awards Committee, headed by Gil Carpel, former Board member of CLDA. “The purpose of the CLDA Hall of Fame is to recognize people who have made noteworthy contributions to our industry and Mike certainly deserves this honor. He’s served as a leader and a role model of a successful member of this industry for well over 20 years,” says Carpel. The surprise presentation included video congratulations by former fellow board member Rob Hackbarth, as well as personal stories of Mike’s role in the industry by former CLDA president Rob Johnstone, former fellow board member Charles Chiusano, and Association Executive Director Bob DeCaprio. DeCaprio lauded Gualtieri as “…a strong steward of this organization. He left it stronger than when he came in.” 

ProCourier provides on-demand, scheduled, next flight out, specialized overnight delivery and expedited trucking service. It has office locations in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Boston and New York City providing solutions to customers' delivery requirements locally, regionally, and nationwide. 

About the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association
The CLDA is the voice of the customized logistics and delivery industry, representing those who keep the wheels of commerce rolling in North America. CLDA is the largest trade association in the industry that provides time-critical and last-mile deliveries. Since 1987, the association has promoted and advanced the professionalism of the customized logistics and delivery industry through networking, education and advocacy. For more information see www.theCLDA.com andwww.facebook.com/theCLDA