2017 Rochester ETHIE Winner


What’s an “ETHIE Award”?


The Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation sponsors an annual program to recognize organizations that exemplify the highest standards of ethical behavior in their everyday business practices as well as for their responses to crises and challenges.


Recently Leonard’s Express won the Ethie award. The Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation gives this award to companies in the Rochester area that demonstrate ethics in business. I could not be prouder to receive any award than I am to receive this one. This award recognizes all of our employees and reinforces the fact that we have highly ethical people working here every day that do the right thing for their coworkers, our customers and our carrier partners.

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If you look at our seven values, Family Oriented, Integrity, Diversified, Dedication, Respect, Communication and Excellence, you may notice that Ethics is not included. At Leonard’s we believe that following these core values in our everyday work lives will lead to us being an ethical company. Our Leadership Academy has been successful because the participants recognize and value the process of learning and sharing their experiences with their classmates.


When Leonard’s Express was formed as a truck brokerage in 2001, the brokerage industry did not have a good reputation and most brokers were considered unethical at best. From day one, Leonard’s has strived to operate in a manner that would elevate itself above the competition. We wanted to be the truck brokerage that companies wanted to do business with because we treated them the way we wanted to be treated. For our customers we picked their freight up on time and delivered it safely on time by partnering with companies that had the same philosophy as we did. We would then pay the carrier partner completely and on time exceeding their expectations.


As Leonard’s added trucks, added offices and grew successfully, the desire to maintain this culture of operating ethically was always in the forefront of any decision that was made. One of the biggest ways we have been able to maintain the culture of business ethics is the people we have been fortunate to have joined Leonard’s. Through hiring and acquisitions we have had many people come to work at Leonard’s that feel as we do that doing the right thing is always the appropriate way to conduct ourselves.


Thank you to everyone at Leonard’s for doing the right thing every day! You are the reason we accomplish so much!