ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Deborah “Debbie” Sparks, vice president of development for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), announced she will leave the organization on May 31 to oversee strategic development and logistics for Wreaths Across America (WAA).
Sparks, who has been with TCA since December 2006, helped foster TCA’s partnership with the non-profit organization that strives to “remember, honor, and teach” about the sacrifices veterans have made for their country. She has served on the Arlington National Cemetery strategic development team, which made history two years in a row by placing a wreath on every marker at the cemetery. She and her team at TCA, working closely with the transportation group at WAA, have been responsible for recruiting and dispatching hundreds of trucks that transport remembrance wreaths to nearly 1,300 veterans’ cemeteries nationwide.
“Though we will miss Debbie at TCA, she is the right person for this position,” said John Lyboldt, TCA’s president. “This is a great opportunity for both Debbie and TCA, as we are committed to our partnership with Wreaths Across America and look forward to continuing to share the mission within the trucking community.”
In her newly created position, Sparks will continue to be involved with the trucking industry by working to grow the involvement and contributions of carriers and the larger trucking industry throughout the country.
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.