Nerman, a 60-year veteran of the industry, was presented the award by Bill Johnson, executive director of ATHS, at Arrow headquarters in Kansas City, MO.
“He has been an active member of the American Truck Historical Society since 1980, and has been involved with the trucking industry for over 50 years,” Johnson said. “He built a legacy within the industry, developing Arrow Truck Sales into the largest used-truck dealer organization in the United States. He did it based upon his philosophy of offering superior value and quality to its customers.”
Nerman co-founded Arrow in 1950 with Melvin Spitcaufsky. The pair built the company up from a small used truck lot in downtown Kansas City until it was acquired by the Volvo Group in 1998.
“Jerry’s vision, both in and outside the industry, is really amazing,” Carl Heikel, Arrow president & CEO, said. “Jerry is such an inspiration to us all. I respect his continued professionalism, as well as his contributions within the trucking community.”
The ATHS is a not-for-profit truck industry organization based in Kansas City dedicated to the preservation of the history of the trucking industry.