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2023 Transportation Rising Star Form – Open

2023 TPOY Nomination Questionnaire – Open

Dan Pallme, Transportation Professional

Dan Pallme, Transportation Professional – Transportation Professional of the Year – Delta Nu Alpha

Dan Pallme is the Assistant Chief of Freight and Logistics at the Tennessee Department of Transportation. In his role, he provides leadership on issues of rail, water and highway freight. The division serves as a liaison between TDOT and freight stakeholders in an effort to find opportunities to improve access for existing freight and appropriately prepare for the projected increases in freight as it moves in and out of the state. The primary focus areas for the division include water, short-line railroads, Section 130 rail program, rail inspection, highway freight and technology, freight advisory committees and the freight and state rail plan updates. In April of 2021, he was additionally named Interim Multimodal Transportation Resource Division Director which handles DOT responsibility with all transit in all 95 counties in Tennessee, as well as, bicycle and pedestrian state programs.

He spent his entire career focused in the transportation sector. He is truly multi-modal with his 30 plus year career spanning several modes. He has worked for Federal Express (air), Yellow Freight System (LTL), Union Pacific Railroad (rail), and Comtrak Logistics (Intermodal / Truckload). After his private sector experience, he spent 5 years at the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis on various projects relating to freight issues.

He received his Bachelors from the University of Memphis in transportation and a Masters from the University of Denver in Intermodal Transportation Management.

Justin Griffith, Rising Star

Justin Griffith – Transportation Professional Rising Star – Delta Nu Alpha

Justin has been working in the transportation business since 2006. He started his career doing light mechanical work and part-time dispatch at Sharp Transport.  After a short time he made the decision to pursue higher education in the Logistics field.  Justin attended Volunteer State Community College receiving a degree in Logistics and Supply Chain management.

Justin was a recipient of a Delta Nu Alpha 135 scholarship which enabled him to attain his degree. While finishing his education, he began his career with Conard Transportation.  Justin has been with Conard Transportation in several capacities since 2010.

Justin feels that he has benefited by being mentored and working under two of the best in the business, Dale Conard and his father James Griffith.   Justin has been married to his wife Jessica for 5 years and have three beautiful children, two girls, and one boy.