West Hartford business man Michael Gualtieri recently received his industry’s highest honor – induction into the The Customized Logistics and Delivery Hall of Fame.

Gualtieri, president of ProCourier in West Hartford, was surprised by the honor at the CLDA’s recent annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to a release.

Gualtieri, who lives in West Hartford with his wife and three children, has been associated with the industry since 1980, when he started as a sales rep for Sky Courier in Boston right out of college. In 1983, he was part of the start-up of a new courier, Eastern Connection. 

Five years later, he started his own company, Connecticut Courier, along with his childhood friend, Rick Mastrianna. Seven years later, he sold the successful company to US Delivery.

The entrepreneurial bug bit him again in 1997 when he started a second company, ProCourier. He has been an active member of the association since its founding as the Messenger Courier Association of America in 1988.

An instrumental part of the association’s new branding as the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association, Gualteri has served on committees, the board and eventually as president from 2008 to 2010, according to the release.

The award is presented annually to a CLDA member who is known and respected in the industry. 

Gualtieri’s honor comes after nomination by the Awards Committee, headed by Gil Carpel, former board member of CLDA.

“The purpose of the CLDA Hall of Fame is to recognize people who have made noteworthy contributions to our industry and Mike certainly deserves this honor,” Carpel said. “He’s served as a leader and a role model of a successful member of this industry for well over 20 years.”