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TMC awards Silver Spark Plug to 7 honorees

Since the award's 1968 inception 201 individuals have been recognized with the Silver Spark Plug Award. Both fleet representatives and members of the supplier community are eligible.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council awarded its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug Award — to seven trucking industry professionals during the council's 2014 annual meeting here last month.

 The 2014 TMC Silver Spark Plug recipients include:

• Jim Clark, recently retired as director of engineering for TMD Friction, Troy, Mich.

• Lilo Hurtado, applications engineer for ExxonMobil, Bolingbrook, Ill.

• Bob Jeffries, sales manager for Remy Inc., Arlington, Texas

• Mark Louzon, engine product development manager for Volvo Powertrain North America, Hagerstown, Md.

• Vic Meloche, manager of technical sales for Detroit Diesel, Detroit

• Don Raitzer, engineer for Stemco Brake Products Group, Livonia, Mich., and

• Dan Umphress, vice president of maintenance and fleet services for A&R Transport, Morris, Ill.

“These recipients were awarded the Silver Spark Plug for their outstanding contributions to the improvement of equipment, maintenance, industry-related technology and management practices,” said Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology & logistics.

“Through leadership and technical achievement, these individuals have all brought about significant improvements for the commercial vehicle industry.”

 Since the award's 1968 inception under the Regular Common Carrier Conference Maintenance Committee, 201 individuals have been recognized with the Silver Spark Plug Award. Both fleet representatives and members of the supplier community are eligible.

In order to receive the award, a TMC full or associate member must have demonstrated five years active service in support of TMC leadership and/or activities, earned the respect of his peers, demonstrated clear industry leadership, and contributed new ideas, practices, or innovations in the management and maintenance of commercial motor vehicles for the improvement of equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management.

TMC is a technical society for truck equipment technology and maintenance professionals. TMC features a diverse membership of equipment managers, service-dealers, owner-operators, industry suppliers and manufacturers, educators, academia and others that support the trucking industry. TMC member fleets represent the broad range of industry vocations, including truckload, less-than-truckload, municipal, private, on/off-highway, construction and other operations.

Find out more about TMC online at http://tmc.trucking.org.         

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