Joseph A. Benacci ’57 is the CEO of TWL Corporation in Erie. A family-owned company for more than fifty years, it is recognized as a state and regional leader in trucking, warehousing, distribution, and logistics for the trucking and transportation industry. Benacci began his academic career at Penn State Behrend in 1953, where he played on the college’s first men’s basketball team. Following his father’s death, Benacci left Penn State University Park and returned to Erie to help operate the family’s produce and trucking company.
Benacci is active in community organizations, including the United Way of Erie County, Hamot Health Foundation, and the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership. In addition, Benacci has served as a volunteer for Penn State Behrend for nearly twenty years. He helped organize the Penn State Behrend Alumni Society in the mid-1980s, and served as a member of its Board of Directors for many years. He has served as a member of the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows since 1996 and has held positions on its Board of Directors and capital campaign committee. He is a member of the Mount Nittany Society, the Glenhill Society, the President’s Club, and a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Benacci and his wife, Berit, have five children, Karl Benacci ’03, Jennifer Benacci, Raymond Benacci ’87, Joseph Benacci, and Kristina Benacci-Hannum. In 1998, the entire family established the Joseph A. and Berit I. Benacci Family Scholarship to benefit Penn State Behrend students.