MaxFullerUTC College of Business graduate Max Fuller was recently named one of the first 100 Influential Leaders by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Fuller is founder and CEO of Chattanooga-based U.S. Xpress.

“Max Fuller is a forward-thinking leader,” said Robert Dooley, Dean of the UTC College of Business. “The innovations he has developed and implemented at U.S. Xpress have been widely adopted by the transportation industry and he exemplifies the innovative mindset that UTC College of Business graduates display around the world and every day—whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses, or the nonprofit sector. We are so pleased that he has been recognized by AACSB.”

The company has received numerous recognitions and awards, including a Smithsonian Innovation Award for its green initiative to become a paperless environment—another first in the trucking industry. Because of his leadership, the company was named one of the Best Big Companies in the U.S. by Forbes magazine in 2007, and it is consistently recognized as one of the top 100 trucking companies in the U.S. In 2012 the company was named Truckload Carrier of the Year, and in that same year Logistics magazine named U.S. Xpress a Top Green Provider.

Fuller joins individuals such as the CEO of one of the world’s largest global relief services, a technology pioneer who is working to cure cancer, the founder of a global e-commerce powerhouse, and an enterprising president attributed with reviving an international toy industry favorite. More than 20 industry sectors, from consumer products to healthcare to nonprofits, across 21 countries, are present in this year’s group.

Founded in 1916, AACSB is an association boasting more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 90 countries and territories. The association’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, AACSB offers a wide array of services to the management education industry.

For the nomination process, AACSB-accredited schools were asked to recommend notable alumni who have (or are making) an impact in the world. After reviewing nominations, a selection committee chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.

“It is my honor to recognize Max Fuller’s contributions as an Influential Leader, and to thank the UTC College of Business for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact.” Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International continued, “If told, the success stories of all business school graduates would fill unmeasurable volumes. AACSB is honored to celebrate Mr. Fuller—and the collective 100 Influential Leaders—as a representation of how business school alumni have positively influenced society, as well as the management education industry’s, past, present, and promising future.”

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