TAMPA, Fla. — The Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations has bestowed its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug Award — to four trucking industry professionals.
The awards were presented during the Council's 2010 annual convention here in February.
The 2010 TMC Silver Spark Plug Recipients are Doug White, vice president of maintenance for Dunbar Armored of Hunt Valley, Md.; Vincent Lindley, national fleet service account manager for Volvo Trucks North America at Frisco, Texas; Roger Maye, national service manager for Consolidated Metco at Raleigh, N.C., and Carl Tapp, vice president of maintenance for PAM Transport at Tontitown, Ark.
These recipients were awarded the Silver Spark Plug for their outstanding contributions to the improvement of equipment, maintenance, industry-related technology and management practices.
White has been a TMC member since 1997. He provided the leadership when TMC started its S.15 Specialty Vehicles Study Group and continues to lead the study group as chairman. He has led numerous Task Forces and has served as moderator or panelist for numerous technical presentations and is a past recipient of TMC’s Maintenance Supervision Excellence Award.
Lindley is a TMC Recognized Associate and has been a member since 1994. He has been active in several study groups where he has helped facilitate the development of numerous Recommended Practices. He has been a presenter for TMC technical sessions, and currently serves as secretary for TMC’s Associate members.
Maye is a TMC Recognized Associate and has been a member since 2003. He has worked within the S.6 Chassis and Brake Systems Study, and played a leading role in developing RP 648, “Troubleshooting Ride Complaints.” He has been active in TMC’s Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC) since its inception, and has served as a station chairman or co-chairman for PTDC’s national technician competition, and has helped produce training sessions for the PTDC Technician Training Fair. He has supported TMC International meeting in Canada and regularly appears on the Council’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio Show, “Tech Talk with TMC.”
Tapp has been a TMC member since 1996. He has been active in the S.1 Electrical and Instruments Study Group, and has distinguished himself as a memorable technical session presenter, sharing his wealth of industry knowledge from a fleet perspective. He is a regular participant in several task forces and currently chairs the Road Service Diagnostic Evaluation Process Task Force. He also serves on ATA’s Technical Advisory Group.
The Silver Spark Plug is awarded annually to individuals who have:
• Given outstanding service to TMC.
• Donated a minimum of five years of active service to TMC, including three years active service with a Study Group and/or Task Force.
• Contributed new ideas, practices, or innovations in the maintenance of commercial motor vehicles, which have contributed materially to the improvement of equipment.
• Demonstrated strong support of TMC by organizing, chairing, and/or participating in several sessions, or serving on meeting committees or as sergeants-at-arms or other TMC supporting activities.
• Attended various Study Group meetings or Task Force meetings scheduled outside of TMC's three yearly meetings.
• Earned the respect and admiration of their peers in the trucking industry.
Since the award's 1968 inception under the Regular Common Carrier Conference Maintenance Committee, 179 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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