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Polar plunge


Contact: Danielle Crump
Phone: 252-424-8712

Emerald Isle, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2021) — Transportation Impact is excited to announce its fourth annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting the American Heart Association.

In the event, one member of the TI leadership team will take a plunge into the freezing Atlantic. The “lucky” executive will be chosen via voting in the form of donations to the AHA in the executive’s name. The executive with the greatest dollar amount of donations will take to the ocean.

The leadership team members taking part are Berkley Stafford, CEO; John Howard, COO; Norm Pollock, CTO; David Heath, CFO; Jamie Vogel, EVP Sales & Marketing; Brian Byrd, EVP Operations, and Joe Vocaire: EVP Site Lead.

If the total donation amount reaches $12,000, the entire leadership team will take the plunge. If the total donation amount reaches $15,000, the entire company will take the plunge!

“As a company, supporting research into heart disease has always been very important to us,” said Berkley Stafford, Transportation Impact CEO. “In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death, and it has impacted the lives of many of us at Transportation Impact. The Polar Bear Plunge is a great way for us to make an impact against this disease while having fun at the same time.”

The Polar Bear Plunge was inspired by International Polar Bear Day, celebrated on February 27 each year. The Plunge is part of the company’s charitable IMPACT1 initiative, by which Transportation Impact donates annually 1% of profits, 1% of employee time (via volunteering), and 1% of in-kind services. IMPACT1 is an acronym for Improvements Made by People ACTing as 1. It was created in early 2017 to formalize the company’s philanthropic activities.

The 2021 Polar Bear Plunge will take place Monday, March 1, 2021, 4 p.m. ET, at the Islander Access in Emerald Isle, NC, and will be streamed via live video.

All donations are tax deductible.

About Transportation Impact

Transportation Impact, an 8-time Inc. 5000 honoree, leverages proprietary technology unique to the industry that ensures customers pay the lowest possible small parcel and LTL rates. Founded in 2008, the company has grown from 0 to 96 employees and over 1,000 customers. Currently TI manages over a billion dollars in logistics spend and has helped its customers save more than $690 million. TI has won many awards, including five consecutive placements on the NC Private 125/Grant Thornton NC 100 and North Carolina Fast 40. TI has also been honored with the BBB Torch Award and Business NC Best Employer, Entrepreneur 360 Best Company, CAI Ovation Award, and Inc. magazine Best Workplaces 2017–20. For more information, visit

Media contact

Danielle Crump
Transportation Impact
8921 Crew Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594

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