President Meets with Truckers and CEOs
On March 23rd, leaders of the American Trucking Associations, accompanied by a group of America’s Road Team Captains, met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other key Administration staff at the White House (Watch President Trump greet ATA leaders and climb up in the Share the Road Truck on the MMTA’s website under Industry News).
The event also featured ATA’s Image Truck – Interstate One – and a trailer provided by Jet Express highlighting Trucking Moves America Forward imaging, hauled by ATA’s Share the Road Truck on the White House grounds. The meeting focused primarily on health care, but ATA was able to discuss additional issues including burdensome regulations, infrastructure investment and trucking’s unique role in the American economy.
“It is an honor to be invited to the White House and to meet with the President,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said in a press release before the event. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our members and drivers to talk about how the health care debate impacts them and their ability to move America’s goods.”
“The 7.3 million people who work in the trucking industry - of which 3.5 million are professional truck drivers – have a common thread –to be safe and dependable and that requires a healthy professional behind the wheel,” ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., said during the meeting. “One thing for certain the professional men and women drivers in America are proud of hauling America’s freight. We are here to tell you Mr. President, that the trucking industry will support you as you work towards solving America’s health care challenges. In addition, we look forward to working with you on improving our workplace, which is our highways.”
ATA was represented at the meeting by Spear and Burch, as well as ATA members Jim Burg, president and CEO, James Burg Trucking Co., Warren, Mich.; David Congdon, CEO, Old Dominion Freight Line, Thomasville, N.C.; Mike Ducker, president and CEO, FedEx Freight, Memphis, Tenn.; Eric Fuller, CEO, U.S. Xpress Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.; Neal Kedzie, president, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, Madison, Wisc.; Rich McArdle, president, UPS Freight, Richmond, Va.; Dennis Nash, CEO, Kenan Advantage Group, North Canton, Ohio; Tonn Ostergard, president and CEO, Crete Carrier Corp., Lincoln, Neb., and John Smith, chairman, CRST International Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Twelve America’s Road Team Captains with a combined 319 years of driving experience and 29.4 million accident-free miles also attended: Steve Fields, Independence, Mo., (YRC Freight); Ralph Garcia, Albuquerque, N.M., (ABF Freight System); David Green, Hot Springs, Ark., (Werner Enterprises); Rhonda Hartman, Des Moines, Iowa, (Old Dominion Freight Line); John Lex, Monroe, Ga., (Walmart Transportation); David Livingston, Springfield, Ga., (TCW Inc.); Don Logan, Eskridge, Kan., (FedEx Freight); Charlton Paul Jr., Chester, N.Y., (UPS Freight); Russell Simpson, South Vienna, Ohio, (Holland Inc.); Todd Stine, Altoona, Pa., (Carbon Express); Barney Earl Taylor, Orlando, Fla., (Penske) and Derrick Whittle, Fieldale, Va., (Cargo Transporters Inc.).