Durkin Retires from Aim Transportation Solutions

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Patty Durkin, chief human resources officer at Aim Transportation Solutions, has retired after nearly two decades of service to the company.

Durkin managed and supported the family-owned commercial transportation solutions provider’s most important asset: its people.

According to Scott Fleming, Aim’s president, Durkin took the time to listen to employees, address their concerns, implement employee benefits and career development programs, foster a positive and inclusive work culture and invest in the health and wellness of every employee.

“Patty is a problem-solver, a go-getter and a passionate professional whose contributions to Aim’s growth and success are indispensable,” Fleming said. “Beyond that, having witnessed firsthand the remarkable things she’s done for Aim and her community, Patty is an extraordinary individual who has meant so much to so many in and outside of Aim.”

“It has been a privilege to work alongside her and an even bigger privilege just to know her,” Fleming added. “While it’s bittersweet, I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re thrilled and happy for Patty’s next adventure, and we wish her nothing but happiness as she closes the door on this chapter of her life.”

Durkin was the first woman at Aim to hold a vice president’s title and the first to become a C-level executive. Additionally, she was nominated for a 2017 Athena Award, was inducted into the Marquis Who’s Who Top Professionals last year and helped Aim get recognized on Newsweek’s list of Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces.

Carli Kuntze, who has worked with Durkin for 16 years, will succeed her as human resource manager.

“Working alongside Patty has brought me a multitude of things: understanding within the HR and transportation communities, countless learning moments, networking and travel opportunities, an ideal mentorship and last, but not least, a friendship,” Kuntze said. “I can honestly say I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for her leadership and guidance.”

“Patty has always listened, brought new ideas and mentored me and our team in a way that not only helped and guided us but also taught us to think on our own and find our own way,” Kuntze continued. “She and I have seen a lot together in our 16 years together – shared jokes and memories, frustrations and accomplishments – and I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor, and I hope to be half of the person she was to Aim, HR and our team. Those are big shoes to fill.”

Outside of her role at Aim, Durkin served as a board member of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley; chairperson of the Human Resource Committee; member of Women United; and part of Aim’s United Way pacemaker committee. She also was a member of the Western Reserve Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.