Dayton business executives promoted, honored

Brian Gratsch
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Brian Gratsch

Dayton Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, announced the appointment of Brian Gratsch to vice president of operations.

Gratsch has been with Dayton Freight for 17 years and has held a variety of positions including Assistant Service Center Manager of Des Plaines, Illinois and Walton Kentucky, as well as Service Center Manager of Mansfield, Walton, KY and Dayton. Gratsch then became the Region 2 VP of Operations overseeing Service Centers in MI and IN. Most recently, he was the Region 3VP of Operations focusing on Service Centers in IL and WI.

Founded in 1981, Dayton Freight is a private, union-free, less-than truckload (LTL) freight carrier headquartered in Dayton.

Iyer elected vice chair

Woolpert Strategic Asset Management Subject Matter Expert Shiv Iyer, Ph.D., PE, PMP, MIAM, has been elected vice chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 251.

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with members from 164 countries. ISO/TC 251 is the committee dedicated to refining and advancing the set of ISO 55000 standards, which provide asset management structure, requirements, best practices and guidance for organizations around the world.

The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) represents the nation on these standards, sharing and advancing U.S. interests, while working with other countries to support the objectives of ISO/TC 251. The group gathered in China in May to discuss the ISO Technical Specialization (TS) 55010 guideline, which was then published in October. ISO/TS 55010 enables organizations to better understand how the alignment between financial and non-financial functions is important in realizing value from assets.

Iyer is one of 40 members on the U.S. TAG for ISO/TC 251, which met for its eighth plenary meeting Nov. 10-15, 2019 in Quito, Ecuador. At the meeting, Iyer was nominated to head the U.S. delegation. Iyer said that it is a privilege to be part of this group of experts who are excited about shaping the asset management industry.

Niemeyer named direcotr

The American Cancer Society, North Central Region announced that Meredith Niemeyer has been named the executive director of the American Cancer Society's Southwest Ohio (Dayton/Cincinnati) and Northern Kentucky Areas.

Niemeyer is an accomplished leader with 22 years with the Society and robust experience in community outreach, volunteer management, event and fundraising experience. Most recently, she served as senior director, corporate relations, managing a staff team and portfolio of work in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

In this role, Niemeyer is responsible for area events and community development initiatives, including Relay For Life®, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®, Cincinnati Golf Classic and other American Cancer Society community-based fundraising initiatives. As one of the top executives in the state, Niemeyer works with a team of more than 30 staff. She will also be charged with the development and implementation of new strategic growth initiatives, including the development of a regional volunteer board.

Niemeyer is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

Rocco named COO at Dayton Freight

Dayton Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, announced the appointment of Anthony Rocco to Chief Operating Officer.

Rocco began his career with Dayton Freight as a part time Dock Worker while still attending college. Upon graduation, he became a full-time employee and held a variety of roles in sales, special projects, Service Center Manager and the VP of Operations for the last 10 years. Over the years, Rocco has spearheaded many projects that have enhanced both internal and external customer experiences.

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