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Kristy Knichel

PresidentKnichel Logistics

Pittsburgh, PA

Member Since August 2015


Executive Leadership


A lifelong Pittsburgh native, Kristy is a second-generation logistics executive. As president, Kristy has been the driving force behind her company’s yearly growth and reputation as one of the top service providers within the IMC (intermodal marketing company) community, along with its certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise and Woman Owned Small Business. Kristy’s recent honors include receiving the Business Women First Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times, the inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award from Women in Trucking, and the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards by Enterprising Women magazine. She is actively involved with organizations such as IANA, TIA, the Pittsburgh Traffic Club, and has been a mentor to other women entrepreneurs via the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Mentoring Monday events. She is also involved with the Positive Athlete program as an annual scholarship sponsor.

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13 Interview Questions You Should Be Asking Job Candidates (And What You'll Learn)

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Interview questions always have a purpose behind them—whether it’s “What are your strengths?”, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” or “Why are you interested in this position?” Standard questions are generally considered standard for a reason, as they’ve been tried and tested at generating the information the hiring manager needs to make their decision. However, it’s often the nonstandard questions that can really tell you a lot about a person. Here, 13 business leaders from Young Entrepreneur Council share the questions they love to ask during interviews and why. Consider adding one or more of these options to your list to see what you can learn about your next job candidate.

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Entrepreneurship is a journey filled with obstacles that every hopeful business owner must defeat if they want to prove they have what it takes to succeed in the business world. And while some obstacles are easier to overcome than others, there are those which can be lifelong hurdles entrepreneurs will need to work to climb in order to find true success and happiness.  To share their own insights into this journey, 10 members of Young Entrepreneur Council discuss the biggest hurdles most new entrepreneurs struggle to overcome, why and what they recommend doing to come out victorious on the other side.

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No matter how far along you are in your career, there are always going to be opportunities for you to learn. This is especially true when it comes to leveling up certain skills that only increase in importance as you climb the corporate ladder. Skills like empathy, adaptability and even active listening all require constant practice and refinement to truly master—even for those who already feel like they have a solid grasp on them. Here, ten members of Young Entrepreneur Council discuss these skills and more, and share why they think working on the following skills can have a major impact on your career.

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When you're looking to impress potential employers and business peers, it can be difficult to show off your personality on the limited pages of a resume or job application. Thankfully, LinkedIn provides a great opportunity to get more personal with your network. With room for a summary that encompasses your career highlights and the option to write recommendations for your fellow colleagues, LinkedIn can truly help showcase your personality. To help you drive deeper, more personal connections, nine members of Young Entrepreneur Council detail how to put your best foot forward and let your unique self shine through.

Want Deeper Client Relationships? Try These Top Strategies

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The relationship between you and your clients shouldn’t be solely focused on business transactions. Deeper client relationships start with a willingness to get to know your customers on a personal level rather than as a number on your invoice. But there are nuances that go into obtaining a loyal customer base and advancing them into motivated brand advocates willing to promote your products on your company’s behalf. To assist you in making those deeper connections, eight members of Young Entrepreneur Council offer their best relationship-building strategies below.

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With so many duties to juggle and schedules to maintain, executives simply can’t do it all themselves. To remedy this, many companies will hire executive assistants to help.  Executive assistants are valuable members of the executive team as they can bring order and efficiency to an executive’s role—but you have to make the right hire. To help find the best executive assistant for your company, eight members of Young Entrepreneur Council shared the traits they believe leaders should prioritize when screening candidates.

Company details

Knichel Logistics

Company bio

Knichel Logistics is a woman owned and operated, non asset based third-party logistics provider located just north of Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to being a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), Knichel Logistics is a family run business that specializes in intermodal, less than truckload, full truckload, and specialty services. With a veteran staff and a customer driven mindset, we strive to be solution providers by understanding the complexities of our customers’ business. Rather than merely shipping your freight, we will work to be a partner that understands your business and transportation needs and will work with you to offer cost-effective solutions, while always providing best in class customer service. Knichel has been able to achieve best in class service by having a veteran operations and customer service staff that have been with Knichel, on average, for over 8 years. By treating our employees as our most valuable assets, we can truly claim that we have the best customer service in the industry.



Area of focus

Freight Service

Company size

51 - 200