Trucking Delivers for Memorial Day Holiday

From food to fuel, to commemoration ceremonies, the trucking industry plays integral part in national holiday 

May 21, 2015 – Today, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement reminds motorists that the professional trucking industry is an integral part of the Memorial Day holiday as we recognize the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. Professional truck drivers are committed to safely delivering the goods Americans have come to enjoy this holiday weekend.

“When you are traveling the roads this Memorial Day weekend to be with family and loved ones, it’s good to remember that the trucks riding alongside you are delivering the goods that make your holiday great,” said Kevin Burch, TMAF co-chairman and president of Jet Express. “As we honor the sacrifices of our nation’s armed forces for their commitment to duty and country, professional truck drivers are honored to help deliver to holiday ceremonies, and to do so safely,” Burch added.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts this Memorial Day will set a ten-year record, with over 33 million travelers taking to America’s highways and roads over the extended weekend. With so many motorists on the road, safety has remained a top-priority for the trucking industry. The truck-involved fatality rate has decreased 74% since 1975 and in the last decade alone, it has dropped 38%.

Seven million trucking professionals nationwide move food, fuel and critical cargo in manufacturing, healthcare, retail and more. The professional trucking industry is compromised not just of drivers and companies, but suppliers and vendors who keep the industry moving during their road travels.

“Our Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas around the country are a home away from home for many of North America’s professional drivers,” said Ken Parent, COO of Pilot Flying J. “We are looking forward to serving millions of drivers this Memorial Day weekend as we honor and celebrate the men and women of our armed services who secure the freedoms we hold dear.”

Trucks are the largest transportation mover of freight. In 2014, trucks moved 9.96 billion tons, or 68.8% of all domestic freight. The professional trucking industry contributes $682 billion in revenue every year and is a significant part of our nation’s transportation economy.

To learn more about the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com

 

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About Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement established to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future.

To learn more, and to join the movement, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.

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Motor Carriers of Montana Pledges $10,000 to Trucking Moves America Forward

May 13, 2015 – Trucking Moves America Forward announced today that the Motor Carriers of Montana has made a $10,000 financial contribution to the movement over the next year.

“The contribution from the Motor Carriers of Montana will further amplify the TMAF message,” said Kevin Burch, TMAF co-chairman and president of Jet Express. “We are deeply appreciative to have their support as we continue to recruit members of the industry. Together, we can build momentum for TMAF now and in the future.”

“We are thrilled to join this effort and to tell the trucking industry’s story,” said Spook Stang, chairman, Region IV and executive vice president of Motor Carriers of Montana. “Collectively, our members deliver the goods and products Americans have come to rely on. There’s so much to learn about the diversity, safety and sustainability efforts of our industry, and Trucking Moves America Forward is the right platform to do that.”
TMAF, which officially launched in March 2014 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, is an industry-wide image and education movement informing policymakers and the general public about the benefits of the trucking industry to build a groundswell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow.

“We appreciate Motor Carriers of Montana stepping forward to support the movement,” said Michael S. Card, president of Combined Transport and TMAF founding member. “They are showing the pride we all feel in our great industry and that our message is resonating.”

Last month, TMAF reached its goal of raising one million dollars to fund educational and outreach activities. TMAF has been bolstered by significant financial contributions from trucking companies, vendors, associations and more. To view a list of donors and members, visit truckingmovesamerica.com.

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About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement established to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future.

To learn more, and to join the movement, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.

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Trucking Moves America Forward Joins Infrastructure Week 2015 Calling for Resources to Solve America’s Infrastructure Problems

May 11, 2015 – Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) announced that it has joined Infrastructure Week, May 11–15, 2015, with more than 60 national and regional infrastructure and transportation advocacy groups who will participate in a series of events in Washington, D.C. and around the country. Participating organizations are committed to educating lawmakers and the public about America’s neglected infrastructure and the profound consequences that disinvestment has on American businesses and livelihoods.

“All of us at TMAF are thrilled to join such a diverse and broad group of business and transportation interest groups calling attention to America’s critical infrastructure needs and the rapidly approaching Highway Trust Fund fiscal cliff,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc. and second vice chairman of American Trucking Associations. “Trucking companies cannot afford any more delays. Congress must fully fund the federal Highway Trust Fund to safeguard our nation’s economic and national security.”

The professional trucking industry contributes $682 billion in revenue every year to our nation’s economy. Seven million trucking professionals nationwide move food, fuel and critical cargo in manufacturing, healthcare, retail and more.

Nearly one third of our nation’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and one out of every nine bridges are structurally deficient, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers report card. TMAF advocates for infrastructure spending to improve highway networks that are most critical to the movement of freight and interstate travel. Improving our nation’s highways also prioritizes the safety of the motoring public.

“This is an important dialogue to have about America’s infrastructure challenges. With Congress’ continued delays, our nation’s infrastructure continues to deteriorate with backlogged transportation projects contributing to thousands of potentially productive hours wasted in congestion and gridlock for our drivers,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. “Our nation’s economy is powered by the cargo hauled by the hard working men and women of our industry and they deserve to deliver America’s goods on roads and bridges that are not structurally deficient.”

TMAF joins a list of prominent organizations and companies in transportation and infrastructure as well as municipalities. To view the list, visit http://infrastructureweek.org/affiliates/.

 

To join the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com.

 

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About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement established to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, and to join the movement, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.

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Trucking Moves America Forward Celebrates Industry Strides in Sustainability

April 22, 2015 – As Americans celebrate Earth day, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement representing all areas of the professional truck driving industry, celebrates the progress the industry is making toward a more sustainable future, which includes adopting industry recommendations to reduce carbon emissions.

“Trucking is greener than ever, and small changes in driving habits can make a big difference in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving fuel efficiency. The industry is also taking advantage of new technologies to improve air quality and reduce the environmental impact on our nation’s roads and highways,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc. and second vice chairman of American Trucking Associations.

Some of the many programs, efforts and technologies that trucking companies and drivers support include:

  • training that emphasizes fuel-saving driving techniques;
  • reducing wait times at loading and unloading docks to decrease engine idling emissions;
  • reducing pollution through ongoing participation in the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership program;
  • advancing alternative-fueled vehicles and fuels;
  • lowering fuel consumption by reducing empty miles driven and
  • promoting more efficient freight hauling and freight packaging practices.

Scott Grenerth, Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, says “Professional drivers make choices which lead to a smaller carbon footprint every day. Habits like monitoring and scanning traffic to maintain an efficient speed and planning routes to avoid congestion are ingrained into a driver’s daily routine.”

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About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement established to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, and to join the movement, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.

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PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER HAS PETRO SAN ANTONIO, TX STOPPING CENTER RENAMED IN HIS HONOR

 Micheal Sheeds of Bandera, TX, named 2015 ‘citizen driver’

WESTLAKE, Ohio, April 22, 2015 – TravelCenters of America LLC, (TravelCenters), operator of Petro Stopping Centers® branded travel centers, has announced the Petro San Antonio, TX Stopping Center location was renamed in honor of professional truck driver, Micheal Sheeds, of Bandera, TX, selected as a 2015 Citizen Driver by a panel of industry leaders sponsored by TravelCenters.

Micheal, who drives for Werner Enterprises, was one of five professional drivers recognized as a “Citizen Driver” in March 2015.  Micheal’s hard work and dedication both on the road and off the road were key factors that played a role in his selection to recognize his achievement, the Petro in San Antonio, Texas, located at I-10, Exit 582, 1112 Ackerman Rd., San Antonio, Texas will be permanently renamed “Micheal Sheeds San Antonio Stopping Center”.

 

“I’m very pleased to have gotten to know Micheal through the process that led up to his being recognized as a 2015 Citizen Driver,” said Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters. “Not only has Micheal had an exemplary career so far, being both a trainer and driver, he, like all of past and present Citizen Drivers, is the kind of person that everyone in the trucking industry and outside of it, should be proud to know.”

 

Citizen Driver is designed to recognize professional drivers who evoke public respect for the truck driving profession through good citizenship, safety, community involvement, health and wellness, and leadership. The program, launched in May 2013, is a way for TravelCenters, the trucking industry and the public to recognize the best of the best, not just for being good at their jobs, but for being good people that everyone, everywhere, both inside and outside of trucking, can admire and respect. With more than 3 million professional truck drivers in the U.S., their impact on the average American’s life is largely unknown and underappreciated.

 

Micheal’s outstanding achievements include:

  • He received the President’s Safety Award and numerous other Werner Safe Driving awards offered for the past 24 years.

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TRUCK DRIVER MICHAEL SHEEDS HAS PETRO SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS NAMED IN HIS HONOR-2

  • Mike has been driving for 25 years accumulating over 3 million accident free miles.
  • He was nominated to take part in the American Trucking Associations’ America’s Road Team.
  • He helped save a car load of teens from a burning vehicle during an accident.
  • Mike spent a half hour performing CPR to a man he found unconscious at a truck stop.
  • He regularly volunteers in his community and beyond, including clean-up and stocking supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
  • Mike participates in charity races, such as the Running of The Bulls race in Houston to support fund raising for medical injuries.
  • He and his family have donated books to those who cannot afford them for their children.
  • Mike is a Unites States Marine Corps veteran.
  • Mike and his wife are proud foster parents of four daughters and have spent countless hours advocating for change and assistance for children who have been in foster care including numerous visits with state legislators and members of congress.

More information about Citizen Driver, including nomination forms for the 2016 program can be found at www.ta-petro.com/citizendriveraward.

About TravelCenters of America LLC

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, is a leading travel center business in 43 states and Canada operating under the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® brands. With 254 convenient full-service locations off interstate highway exits, TA and Petro Stopping Centers offer customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, more than 500 full- and quick-service restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, heavy truck maintenance services, RoadSquad Connect™ (24/7/365 emergency roadside service), Reserve-It™ (truck parking reservations), and many other services – all within large, high traffic facilities. TravelCenters also operates gasoline/convenience stores primarily under the Minit Mart brand name. For more information on TravelCenters, TA, and Petro Stopping Centers, please visit www.ta-petro.com.  For more information on Minit Mart, please visit www.minitmart.com.

 

Contact:         

Tom Liutkus

TravelCenters of America

440-808-7364

tliutkus@ta-petro.com

Professional Trucking Industry Focuses on Health and Wellness this Spring

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Industry offers tangible tips for drivers from Pilot Flying J Health Champion Pete Thomas

April 21, 2015Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement, along with Pilot Flying J Health Champion and NBC’s Most Successful “Biggest Loser,” Pete Thomas, offers professional truck drivers practical advice to achieve health and wellness while on the road. Thomas has inspired thousands of professional drivers with his personal story of transformative weight loss.

“We’ve listened to professional drivers and built the TeamPETE program to offer practical exercise tips and healthier food options for drivers on the road who don’t have the option of a gym or visiting a grocery store daily for food choices,” said Pete Thomas, author, motivational speaker and Pilot Flying J Health Champion.

Thomas says to remember the “3 Fs” for permanent weight loss:

  • Fluid – Don’t drink your calories. Drink a lot of calorie-free water or diet soda with your meal.
  • Filler – Eat plenty of low-calorie vegetables or salad with low-calorie dressing to fill up on healthy items first.
  • Feast – This is the food item you most want to eat. (That mouth-watering steak, filet, or dessert). Eat these “feast” foods sparingly, after filling up on healthy choices like vegetables.

Thomas offers drivers who are members of TeamPETE plenty of exercise and stretching recommendations to encourage movement while stopping to fuel at a Pilot or Flying J. He also provides healthy snack options, including energy foods, and advice on frequency of snacking.

Thomas has made it easy for drivers to choose healthier eating options while on the road through his “Pete’s Picks” list. Drivers can download Pete’s Picks from the Pilot Flying J website and learn how to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

Thomas was on the “Biggest Loser” television program for 62 days in 2005 and lost 83 pounds. After he went home, he achieved further weight loss of 102 pounds, for a total of 185 pounds. He has kept the weight off for 10 years. In 2010, Thomas and Pilot Flying J formed a partnership to coach professional drivers through their journey to living a healthier lifestyle.

Learn more about this partnership and sign up for TeamPETE at PilotFlyingJ.com/health.

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About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement established to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, and to join the movement, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.

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About Pete Thomas

Pete Thomas is the Season 2 $100,000 At-home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” As an acclaimed motivational speaker, highly skilled TV personality, teacher, weight-loss coach and corporate spokesman, Thomas helps corporations educate, motivate and engage employees in their wellness programs. Pete Thomas also provides cutting-edge content for health and fitness oriented blogs, books and magazines. More can be found at www.PeteThomas.com.

 

About Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is committed to making life better for professional drivers. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot Flying J has more than 650 retail locations. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 65,000 parking spaces for trucks, 4,400 showers and 4,000 diesel lanes, with more than 4,100 offering DEF at the pump. Pilot Flying J subsidiary Pilot Thomas Logistics is one of the fastest growing independent energy logistics companies in North America. Together, Pilot Flying J and Pilot Thomas Logistics employ more than 24,000 people. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 7 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Visit www.pilotflyingj.com for more information.

Groendyke Driver Receives Star Treatment

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ENID, OK, April 15, 2015 – It’s not often in the trucking business that the term “star struck” is used,  but this past week Groendyke Transport, along with National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) and Peterbilt Motors Company, had the opportunity to honor a driver whose name is befitting of his national title. James Starr, a Groendyke Transport driver and current NTTC Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year, was presented with a brand new Peterbilt 579 Sleeper straight off the production line in Peterbilt’s Denton, Texas plant.

The original idea came to David James, Groendyke Chief Operating Officer, during the company’s annual management meetings.

“James attended our Groendyke Leadership Summit and we had one of the new 579 Peterbilt trucks displayed. He remarked that he liked the truck and I thought it would be a great way to celebrate Jim’s career accomplishments and his status as the NTTC’s reigning Grand Champion.”

Starr, a 42-year trucking veteran was presented the National Tank Truck Carriers Professional Driver of the Year award at its 66th Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The award, which is sponsored by Baldwin & Lyons, celebrates excellence in the safety and professionalism that is required of tank truck drivers across the nation. These men and women serve as ambassadors for an industry which is tasked with transporting liquid and sometimes hazardous bulk, in order to provide essential services to the general public. Starr is the first recipient of the award.

“What a tremendous thrill to see James and Gwen Starr receive the well-deserved praise and respect of the entire Peterbilt production crew,” said NTTC Chairman Dean E. Kaplan.  “It was a special day for all of us to be there in support of James and our thanks are due to both Groendyke and Peterbilt for including NTTC’s leadership.”

The next National Tank Truck Carriers Professional Driver of the Year award will be named at the 67th NTTC Annual Conference in Boston, MA on April 27th.

About Groendyke:

Groendyke Transport is one of the largest tank-truck carriers in the nation with more than 80 years of expertise to liquid bulk shipping operations.  Throughout North America, Groendyke operates with industry-recognized on-time performance and unparalleled dedication to safe and responsive service. The Company is an ISO 9001-registered carrier with the highest-quality commitment and processes in place to meet the most stringent qualifications with each and every load—more than 420,000 last year alone.

About NTTC:

The National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. has represented the tank truck industry before Congress and various federal agencies since its founding in 1945.  NTTC’s membership is comprised of over 240 trucking companies that specialize in bulk transportation services by cargo tank throughout North America.  Additionally, the organization also has over 350 associate members that service our industry including cargo tank repair facilities, tractor manufacturers, tank trailer manufacturers, and other related tank truck equipment and services.

CONTACT:
Megan Kmiotek

National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.

(703) 838-1960

www.tanktruck.org
mkmiotek@tanktruck.org

 

Trucking Moves America Forward Calls on Lawmakers to Support Long-Term Highway Funding Bill

Legislation is critical to modernizing federal highway network, keeping roads and motoring public safe

WashingtonApril 13, 2015Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement representing all areas of the professional truck driving industry, is calling on Capitol Hill lawmakers to pass a long-term highway bill to safeguard America’s federal highway program and provide certainty for the nation’s future transportation needs.

“Our federal highway program is at a pivotal crossroads, and the passage of a long-term highway bill is critical to modernizing our aging infrastructure and ensuring our roads are safe for our professional drivers and America’s families alike,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc., and second vice chairman of American Trucking Associations..

The professional trucking industry drives $682 billion in revenue every year, making it a vital contributor to the nation’s economy. Seven million trucking professionals nationwide move food, fuel and critical cargo in manufacturing, healthcare, retail and more.

Nearly a third of our nation’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and one out of every nine bridges are structurally deficient, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers report card. TMAF advocates for infrastructure spending to improve highway networks that are most critical to the movement of freight and interstate travel. Improving our nation’s highways also prioritizes the safety of the motoring public.

“Well-maintained roads and bridges are safer roads and bridges,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. “Safety is further improved when investments are focused on adding capacity where needed to reduce congestion.”

Today, TMAF launched an advertising campaign to reach lawmakers on Capitol Hill to reinforce the positive impact professional drivers have as the nation’s chief movers of interstate commerce. The campaign includes a series of print, digital and radio advertisements placed in Washington news outlets, including Politico Morning Transportation, which can be viewed at: http://www.politico.com/morningtransportation/.

“An updated transportation network is crucial to our nation’s success. Congress should stop punting and pass a long-term highway bill to improve our nation’s roads and bridges before the current authorization expires in May,” Burch added.

To view the TMAF advertising campaign, click here: www.truckingmovesamerica.com/advertising.

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About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement established to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, and to join the movement, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.

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Trucking Moves America Forward Announces Year of Progress at 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show

Industry trade group gain supporters, raises funds

Louisville, KY – March 25, 2015 –Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement, announced today that it has made significant progress since its public launch one year ago.

During a TMAF-hosted press conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, TMAF was proud to report that it reached its goal of raising one million dollars since last March, due to the generous contributions of more than one hundred trucking companies, allied members and individuals.

Co-chairman of TMAF, President of Jet Express, Inc., and Second Vice Chairman of American Trucking Associations Kevin Burch kicked off the announcement with the successful financial update.

“We have achieved great strides during our first year of the movement, and we are grateful for everyone who has contributed to TMAF through both financial and in-kind support,” said Burch. “But, there is work to do, and we challenge everyone in the industry to join the movement, so that together, we can achieve a positive image of the industry and advocate for better, smarter regulations to keep this vital industry flourishing.”

Burch extended gratitude to ACT1 who was the first group to ignite the launch of the movement through its donations and support.

Leaders of TMAF, trucking executives and professional drivers presented an overview of the movement’s other major accomplishments through its consistent and dedicated marketing, education and recruiting efforts at several industry events across the nation last year. To date, TMAF is pleased to announce the following achievements:

  • more than 140 donors;
  • more than four million dollars of in-kind donations through advertising, sponsorships, trade shows, printing and more;
  • sponsorship on the Love’s Travel Stops and Pilot Flying J NASCAR race cars;
  • 3,000 subscribers;
  • 25,400 YouTube views, 2,330 Facebook likes and 890 Twitter followers
  • more than 25 million earned media impressions;
  • and more than 1.5 million advertising impressions.

During the press conference, a visual presentation of last year’s successes was shown, including videos of professionals sharing their pride of the industry and showcasing drivers with millions of accident-free miles.

Dick Pingel, OOIDA board member, representing the trucking owner-operators, gave an impassioned plea for continuing to build the movement.

“It’s amazing to witness members from all areas of the trucking industry encourage each other and recognize how their roles are interconnected. From the professional truck drivers, to the technicians, travel-plaza attendants, dispatchers, and others, all who have joined together and are willing to make a real difference. But we must continue to grow, so that as a strong, united force, we can maintain a healthy, thriving industry,” Pingel said.

Keith Tuttle, president of Motor Carrier Service, and chairman of Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), acknowledged the movement’s efforts in improving the image of the industry, one of the TMAF’s prime goals.

“Image is at the very heart of the TMAF movement. TMAF is telling the stories from behind the wheel, the stories of trucking professionals that the general public doesn’t always know or learn,” said Tuttle. “We must continue to tell the story that today’s drivers are skilled professionals and devoted family men and women, trained to focus on safety, efficiency and reliability, while operating the safest and most sustainable trucks.”

“As a driver, we are the public image of the trucking industry. We know that safety and respect is critical to our image, and TMAF, through its resources, will help us showcase our safe driving records and a greater image overall,” said Don Logan, professional truck driver.

During the year, TMAF also greatly bolstered its marketing presence online, including the interactive website (www.truckingmovesamerica.com) built to inform and capture subscribers, gaining more than 3,000. A membership-devoted page was created to provide downloadable marketing content for those who register. To further promote the industry benefits and positive daily efforts, social media channels have grown steadily through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For 2015, TMAF announced that its goals are to continue fundraising; activate and engage the trucking industry further by providing marketing and public relations tools; support federal and state advocacy efforts focused on highway funding, highway infrastructure and improving the operational environment; continue to develop strategies for public messages by using research measurements; continue to build pride within the trucking industry and to make trucking an attractive career.

Founding members of the TMAF include: Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry (ACT1), Allison Transmission, American Trucking Associations (ATA), Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, Bulldog Hiway Express, Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants, Combined Transport, Inc., Cummins Inc., Daimler Trucks North America, Dana Holding Corporation, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Eaton Corporation – Roadranger, GE Capital, Goodyear, Great West Casualty Company, Hahn Transportation, Inc., Hendrickson, International, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Jet Express, Inc., Kenworth Truck Company, Longistics, Love’s Travel Stops, Mack Trucks, Inc., McLeod Software, Meritor, Michelin, Motor Carrier Service, Inc., Old Dominion Freight Lines, Omnitracs Inc., Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) Pegasus, Peterbilt Motors Company, Pilot Flying J, Randall Reilly, Tennant Truck Lines, Tennessee Express, Inc., TransTech, Trucking Associations Executive Council, Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), TRW and Volvo Trucks.

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About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward aims to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com. Also visit and join through social media:
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www.youtube.com/TruckingFWD
www.twitter.com@TruckingFWD

TXTA Foundation Pledges $50,000 to Trucking Moves America Forward

Washington, DC – [December 2, 2014] – Today, the Texas Trucking Association Foundation announced a $50,000 financial contribution to Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) over the next five years.

Trustees voted on the proposal to support Trucking Moves America Forward in November and believe the campaign fits seamlessly with their mission. This move to educate the public and promote trucking comes on the heels of the release of the 2015/2016 Foundation Scholarship applications.

“Trucking Moves America Forward is an educational tool that will not only further the understanding of our industry, but will also ignite a passion in others for what we do,” said TXTA President and CEO John D. Esparza. “Our country is defined by the hard working men and women who travel our highways and byways delivering goods. We want to help spread that good message of safety and critical support.”

TMAF – launched in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY – is an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policy makers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build a groundswell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.

“A primary goal of Trucking Moves America Forward is to educate the public, as well as, our policymakers on the importance of trucking to our nation,” said Kevin Burch, TMAF vice chair and president of Jet Express. “TMAF’s partnership with the Texas Trucking Association Foundation is just another way to spread our message. We are very appreciative to have the support of one of the largest trucking associations in the country behind the TMAF movement.”

TMAF has been bolstered by significant financial contributions from the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry (ATA), Old Dominion Freight Lines, Great West Casualty Company, Pilot Flying J, Trucking Associations Executive Council and Jack Cooper Transport. TMAF has also received support from industry leaders such as National Tank Truck Carriers, National Auto Dealers Association and Truckload Carriers Association, and in-kind donations from Randall-Reilly, Transport Topics, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Overdrive Magazine, Commercial Carrier Journal and Heavy Duty Trucking.

To join the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com

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About the Texas Trucking Association Foundation

The TXTA Foundation is the educational arm of the Texas Trucking Association, which was founded in 1932 and is based in Austin, Texas.
Texas Trucking Association Foundation, founded in 1978, is charged with funding educational opportunities and promoting Texas trucking. Since 1994, the foundation has awarded 331 scholarships totaling $921,800 to 262 individuals, representing 111 technical school, colleges and universities.
The TXTA Foundation has given more than a million dollars in educational assistance to hundreds of students pursuing degrees from technical colleges to post graduate institutions. Just last year, the foundation awarded $108,500 to 30 deserving students. These students, all associated with Texas trucking through TXTA member companies, attend colleges across the nation and many find their way back to the trucking industry after graduation.
To be eligible, applicants must be an employee of a TXTA member company or be the dependent or grandchild of a TXTA member company, and be enrolled full-time (12 hours for undergraduate degrees, 9 hours for graduate degrees). AN online application can be found on the TXTA website at www.texastrucking.com or http://www.texastrucking.com/txta/pdf/scholarship.pdf
Photo available upon request.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYINbLArzwM 

TXTA President and CEO John D. Esparza presents a check from the Texas Trucking Association Foundation to Trucking Moves America Forward.

About Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/TruckingFWD), or follow @TruckingFWD on Twitter.

Founding members of the movement include: ACT1, Allison Transmission, American Trucking Associations (ATA), Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, Bulldog Hiway Express, Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants, Combined Transport, Inc., Cummins Inc., Daimler Trucks North America, Dana Holding Corporation, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Eaton Corporation – Roadranger, GE Capital, Goodyear, Great West Casualty Company, Hahn Transportation, Inc., Hendrickson, International, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Jet Express, Inc., Kenworth Truck Company, Longistics, Love’s Travel Stops, Mack Trucks, Inc., Meritor, Michelin, Motor Carrier Service, Inc., Old Dominion Freight Lines, Omnitracs Inc., Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Pegasus, Peterbilt Motors Company, Pilot Flying J, Randall Reilly, Tennant Truck Lines, Tennessee Express, Inc., TransTech, Trucking Associations Executive Council, Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), TRW and Volvo Trucks.