Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert J. Schaupp

NTTC started the Lifetime Achievement Recognition Program to honor the many carriers whose leadership allowed the organization to grow and prosper over its proud history. Past recipients include industry luminaries – Burns, Windsor, Miller, Usher, O'Brien, and Schilli, to name a few. Today, because he could not attend the 71st Annual Conference, we recognize a founding father and former chair that served during important times for our industry:  Robert J. Schaupp, NTTC's 1990 Chairman of the Board.




Bob graduated in 1951 from Lawrence University with a degree in Economics. He enlisted with the U.S. Army for two years, spending most of his time in Post Intelligence at Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska.When he left the military, he returned to Wisconsin and joined LCL Transit Company, Green Bay, WI, an overland motor transport company founded by his father-in-law in 1926. 

After serving in a variety of management roles, Bob was elected LCL's Chairman in 1966.  Under his leadership, LCL began hauling edible food products in tank vehicles throughout the United States. With an emphasis on liquid chocolate, LCL Bulk Transport became the largest hauler of chocolate in the nation.

Bob was the longtime Chairman of NTTC's Nominating Committee, for which he was recognized when he stepped down. He is a past chairman for the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association (WMCA) and served as the WMCA’S delegate to the American Trucking Association for many years. He was also active as a director and executive committee member of the ATA.

Bob joined the Lawrence University Board of Trustees in 1990, and served on the audit, development and finance committees. He was the director of the Lawrence University Alumni Association (including a term as president from 1985-1987) and also president of the Founders Club. He has been active with the Beta Theta Pi fraternity as a director and served as president of the fraternity’s national chapter from 1996 to 1999.

We thank Bob for his tireless service and contributions to the tank truck industry. I'd also like to thank Joan Schaupp and the entire Schaupp family for their ongoing dedication to the NTTC.