Celebrating Powerhouse Women salutes and recognizes women who are making an impact, whether it’s in business, philanthropy, public service, or elsewhere.
Colleen Japuntich/NEMA, Inc.
Colleen Japuntich is currently serving as the President of NEMA, Inc., an asset-based Logistics Company located in Duluth, GA. Colleen has been with the company for 16 years and she began her career with NEMA as the Administrative Assistant to the Owner and Executive VP. Over her tenure with NEMA, she grew her role and her experience and advanced up the “corporate ladder” in a relatively quick timeline. She became the Executive Assistant after a few years with the company and took on all of the Human Resources Functions. She was then promoted to VP of Operations and took on the role of Project Manager for the Implementation of Truckmate, a Transportation Management System. When the President announced her retirement, Colleen was honored to be named President and took over in June of 2019.
Colleen moved around a lot as a child, a typical “military brat”. Rather than let it get her down, she learned to adapt quickly to change and see opportunities in the challenges of life. Those challenges have driven Colleen to strive for greatness in every role she has embodied – from employee, friend, spouse, mother, daughter, student, boss, leader, you name it. She goes after every challenge and opportunity with integrity, tenacity, extreme organizational skills, and always, a positive attitude.
Colleen has a degree in Accounting and is currently pursing a degree in Business Management with a Supply Chain/Logistics concentration to be able to bring even more of herself and her knowledge to her current role at NEMA. Colleen strives to be a servant leader and to always do what is best for the company she runs and the people who work there. She is constantly reading, attending classes, working with a business coach, and finding ways to be an even better leader, friend, and all-around person.
Her most recent achievement has been running a successful Logistics business during a Global Pandemic, while battling breast cancer. Any one of those challenges are hard enough on their own – but combine all three – what a challenge. But as most things in Colleen’s life – she digs in, gets to work, and overcomes the challenges often beyond anyone’s expectations of her, and sometimes even her own expectations.
Colleen is now a Cancer Survivor and is always eager to lend an ear, heart, or hand to anyone newly diagnosed to help them get through the overwhelming news of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. She recently participated in Gwinnett County’s Relay for Life and plans to lead a team for the 2023 Relay for Life. Colleen is married, and her husband also works at NEMA, Inc. as the Operations Manager. She has an 11 year-old daughter who wants to grow up and be a rocket scientist or marine biologist. Colleen loves to travel, read books, listen to music, and spend time with loved ones whenever possible.
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