L to R: Scott George (TCW); Tommy Hodges (Titan Transfer and Chairman, TN Trucking Foundation); Dave Manning (TCW and ATA Vice Chairman); and Bill Reed (Skyline Transportation)
Today, the Tennessee Trucking Foundation announced a $50,000 financial contribution to Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) over the next five years.
Tennessee Trucking Foundation members of the board voted to support Trucking Moves America Forward and believe the campaign fits seamlessly with their mission. A photo of the donation presentation can be downloaded at the TMAF website.
“Trucking Moves America Forward is an educational initiative that will not only further the understanding of our industry, but will also ignite a passion in others for what we do,” said Tennessee Trucking Foundation President Tommy Hodges. “Our nation’s economy runs on freight hauled by the dedicated and hard-working men and women who travel our highways and roads delivering America’s goods. We are pleased that our contribution will help spread the critical message of safety and highlight how essential trucking is to our way of life.”
“TMAF’s partnership with the Tennessee Trucking Foundation indicates the momentum that is building across the country to educate the public about the importance of trucking to our nation’s economy,” said Kevin Burch, TMAF vice chair and president of Jet Express. “The foundation has been committed to inspiring and reaching the next generation of drivers through their goal of donating Papa Doug Hauls Strawberries & Smiles Books to local Tennessee elementary schools. We are thrilled to have the support of Tennessee’s Trucking Foundation behind the TMAF movement.”
“Pilot Flying J is thankful to the Tennessee Trucking Association along with all other state Associations who have donated to Trucking Moves America Forward,” said Whitney Haslam Johnson, Pilot Flying J Director of Brand and Customer Experience. “We are especially proud that a fellow Tennessee trucking industry partner has recognized the importance of this movement.”
TMAF, which launched in March 2014 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, is an industry-wide image and education initiative informing policymakers and the public about the benefits of trucking to build a groundswell of political and grassroots support to strengthen and grow the industry.
TMAF has been bolstered by significant financial contributions from the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry (ACT I), Old Dominion Freight Lines, Great West Casualty Company, Pilot Flying J, TAEC Region IV, Trucking Associations Executive Council and Jack Cooper Transport. TMAF has also received significant financial support from state trucking associations including Minnesota Trucking Association, Motor Carriers of Montana, New York Motor Truck Association and the Texas Trucking Association.
TMAF is also proud to have received strong support from industry leaders such as National Tank Truck Carriers, National Auto Dealers Association and Truckload Carriers Association, and 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
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 the Tennessee Trucking Foundation
As the 501(c)3 charitable arm of the Tennessee Trucking Association, the Tennessee Trucking Foundation works to build, shape and protect the industry’s image in Tennessee through highway safety programs, community education and involvement with children’s charities. In 2014, the Foundation published a children’s book, Papa Doug Hauls Strawberries & Smiles, which has quickly become a favorite among the industry’s families and supporters. The 25-page hardcover book tells the sweet story of a big-hearted truck driver, his relationship with his young son, and his commitment to delivering his load safely and on time. Through gentle stories and gorgeous images, the book not only creates a window into the life of a trucking family, it also educates children and adults alike on trucking’s vital role. Papa Doug Hauls Strawberries & Smiles books are a natural extension of the TMAF movement because the story reaches children at an early age to establish the professional truck driver’s place as an important part of American life, and gives the driver a face and a family that young readers can relate to. The Foundation’s contribution to TMAF is primarily funded through the sale of Papa Doug Hauls Strawberries & Smiles books.