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Mr. Chuck Hammel IV

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15 27Th Street
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 15222
United States

Company Description: PITT OHIO EXPRESS strives to continually be committed to servicing our employees as well as our customers. We truly believe that the success of our organization can...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Riverlife Task Force
  • Board Member
    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Member of the Pittsburgh Business Advisory Council
    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
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Chuck Hammel President & CEO, Pitt Ohio
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Chuck Hammel | Read Chuck's Bio LTL Trucking software for fleet management, dispatch, accounting and logistics transportation management.
Charles Hammel III President, PITT OHIO
Chuck Hammel is President and owner of PITT OHIO, a successful, award-winning regional transportation company in North America, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Charles Hammel III President
Chuck Hammel is well known in the trucking industry and he is highly involved in his community. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the American Trucking Associations, Inc., the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Riverlife, and on the Board of Trustees for the Senator John Heinz History Center.
He has been a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Pittsburgh Business Advisory Council from 2009 through 2011. He is currently a member of Carnegie Mellon's University Transportation Center (UTC) Advisory Council.
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Chuck Hammel, president of Pitt Ohio Express told attendees that rebranding, aggressive marketing tactics, taking care of drivers and diversifying their offerings were key components of his company's success.
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PITT OHIO President, Chuck Hammel, said, "We are very honored to be considered for this award.
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Chief Executive Officer Charles Hammel III (center) often looks outside the trucking industry for senior management in order to obtain diverse outlooks.
While management was busy focusing on implementing new solutions, Justine Russo approached company Chief Executive Officer Charles Hammel III with an idea.
Hammel and Ray Johnson, chief financial officer, embraced the idea.
The criteria for being invited to participate were fairly loose, but Hammel and Johnson did impose one major rule: No managers or executives could join.
Rather, it presented one- or two-page summaries to Johnson and Hammel.
Allowing productive workers to spend several hours a week each on unstructured research that might lead to nothing concrete might seem like an unaffordable luxury, but it fits with Hammel's management style.As Hammel sees it, one of Pitt Ohio's greatest strengths is its agility - the ability to research, develop and implement new initiatives before its competitors.
"Our service has not changed," Hammel says."We have been a next-day carrier from the beginning."The beginning was 1979, when Hammel and his brother launched Pitt Ohio Express.Although the company was new, the family was quite experienced in trucking.Hammel's grandfather had started in the transportation business in 1919 with a horse and buggy, and Hammel's father had built a local trucking operation, Hammel's Express.
The focus on next-day service positioned Pitt Ohio well for when just-in-time inventory scheduling started to take off."We knew we had a competitive advantage," Hammel says."We were able to grow with that big wave.Creativity and looking at things differently has been rooted in our core for a long time."
The competition has become tougher since 1979.Today, Pitt Ohio seeks to differentiate itself by capitalizing on trends early, Hammel says.It does this by understanding the demographics and needs of the traffic managers, rather than just focusing on developing products and services to sell across its entire customer base.The company is continuously looking at how it does business with different groups of customers, and how it connects with people, both in terms of technology and customer loyalty.
"The younger generation is electronically motivated," Hammel says."From a demographic standpoint, what may appeal more to a 30-year-old traffic manager based on what they are used to?"The company offers a full menu of e-commerce options and has seen rapid growth in the number of customers using its website to handle most, if not all, of their transactions.
In looking for ways to differentiate itself, Pitt Ohio focuses on flexibility and willingness to deliver custom solutions, Hammel says.
"We are developing a slogan to ‘just say yes,' " Hammel says.
"We can stand each customer on their own merits and see the value we provide to them and the value they provide to us," Hammel says."We never had that precision visibility before.Now we do."
Information to - and from - the peopleHammel and other key executives understand that the value of competitive tools is limited if few people use them, and the culture at Pitt Ohio Express is one of empowering the entire organization by "democratizing" information.
Years earlier, Chief Executive Officer Charles Hammel III had suggested that the company consider smaller equipment so it could hire drivers who didn't need commercial driver's licenses."When we presented it to Chuck, he said, ‘See, I told you so,' " Johnson says.
Hammel asks."Not by running 53-foot trailers around [for every shipment].You might as well match the size of the equipment to the size of the shipment."And besides providing lower costs for customers, the delivery vans have allowed Pitt Ohio "to go after a nontraditional work force," Hammel says.
As the concept matured, Pitt Ohio Chief Executive Officer Charles Hammel III realized that trucking operations, including direct competitors, would be more comfortable doing business with Thought-Drivers' business units if it were a separate company.
The impetus behind ThoughtDrivers was the trend toward consolidation in the LTL business and a desire to diversify and remain independent, says Hammel."We wanted to become less of a pure-play LTL company and more of a transportation services provider."
One ThoughtDriver venture, launched in November, is The TruckGuardian Group (, a joint venture with The CEI Group to provide safety and risk management services to trucking companies.Pitt Ohio has won numerous awards for its safety management, and executives saw an opportunity."There's no competitive advantage to being safe," Hammel says."We want to push that out to the industry."
ThoughtDrivers also launched BI3 Solutions ( to market Cube-IT, the business intelligence software the company has developed, and other similar systems.And the company is refurbishing used trucks and renting them to fleets.
Hammel and others continue to explore new opportunities.
Hammel now hopes to parlay the concept into a driver leasing program through ThoughtDrivers.
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