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Lifetime Achievement Award
2021 Recipient

Mark Wolter

Mark Wolter will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have had a distinguished career in a transportation-related field and have demonstrated long-term professional excellence.

For Wolter, the award recognizes his more than 46 years of service and leadership to the transportation industry, particularly in the area of truck safety.

Wolter grew up in Moorhead and attended M State Community and Technical College, earning a degree in diesel technology. He has been involved with trucking for over 40 years as a mechanic, shop foreman, fleet administrator and, since 2009, director of safety and maintenance at Midnite Express trucking company, from which he will retire in December.

Wolter is certified by the North American Transportation Management Institute as a "Director of Safety" and has been a safety director for trucking companies for 28 years. Wolter served on the board of directors for the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association for 12 years and was president of the association from 2015 to 2017. He received the association's Safety Professional of the Year award in 2005 and 2009. Wolter has served on the N.D. Truck Driving Championship Committee since it began 28 years ago, and led the event from 2010 to 2019.

Wolter has served at the Health, Tech and Trades Career Expo, held at the Fargodome and attended each year by about 3,500 students. For the past 12 years, he has presented the NO-ZONE Program, which illustrates truck areas where there is limited or no visibility. Wolter has taken the program to numerous other locations and events, including UGPTI's 50th anniversary celebration in 2017. Wolter received the ND VISION ZERO "Infrastructure Program of the Year" Award for the program in 2020.

Wolter is a board member of the Transportation Club of Fargo Moorhead, serving as president from 2009 to 2021. For 16 years he led the club's monthly "Safety 20 Focus Groups" meetings. He is also a member of the Northern Regional Association of Safety Professionals and serves on group's annual conference committee. Wolter has served on the Metropolitan Council of Governments' transportation technical committee since 2015.

Wolter serves on truck driver training program advisory boards for the North Dakota State College of Science and Alexandria Technical College. Wolter is also a member of the State of Minnesota District 4 Freight Plan Advisory Committee and chairs NDDOT's Vision Zero Priority Emphasis Team on Heavy Trucks. He also serves on the UGPTI Advisory Council.

Wolter and his wife, Sue, have three children, five grandchildren, and one more on the way.

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