TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Trucker Buddy International named three new board members during its annual meeting at the Mid-America Trucking Show at Louisville, Ky., in March.
They include Brad Williamson, manager of Detroit Diesel Product Marketing; Heather DeBaillie, marketing manager for CAT Scale Co. and Iowa 80 Group, and Steve Gundale, director of corporate communications for Dart Transit Co.
They replace Mike Pennington, Greg Shipman and Don Nerhring, all of whom just completed two four-year terms on the board, and have moved to the Trucker Buddy Advisory Council.
“Mike, Greg and Don have done a tremendous job as board members these last eight years and since they have so much equity within the program I’m thrilled that they accepted the challenge to help us on our Advisory Council,” Randy Schwartzenburg, Trucker Buddy executive director, said. “We will need their help and advice in moving Trucker Buddy forward. I’m also excited that Brad, Heather and Steve accepted board positions. Their leadership will help us continue to grow and improve Trucker Buddy.”
Williamson has worked in the trucking industry since 2005 after working for General Motors for five years.
“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of Trucker Buddy nation and to contribute to this great organization,” he said. “The Trucker Buddy organization offers so much to communities, schools and children that I am sure being a part of Trucker Buddy will be a very rewarding challenge. I look forward to working with the board and all of the members to ensure Trucker Buddy is a strong organization making a positive impact our children for years to come.”
DeBaillie has been part of the trucking industry for over 16 years. She oversees all marketing efforts for CAT Scale, including the very popular Super Trucks Limited Edition collector cards, as well as Iowa 80 Truckstop, the Walcott Truckers Jamboree and other Iowa 80 Group companies. DeBaillie is also very involved in Junior Achievement.
"Trucker Buddy works diligently to educate children about trucking. It's a fantastic program and has played a vital role in promoting a positive image for this industry. I am honored to have been chosen to be part of the organization," she said after being named to the board.
Gundale has worked for over 25 years helping to grow Dart’s driver base. The company grew from 250 to 2,400 contractors under Gundale’s leadership and communication between the contractors and Dart has improved dramatically. Gundale also helped Gary King start Trucker Buddy when Gary was a contractor with Dart in 1992.
"Trucker Buddy is one of the best things going in the trucking industry. Everyone who participates in the good work of this organization contributes to the education of our children and is doing something to improve our industry. I couldn't be happier to be part of Trucker Buddy," Gundale said.
Trucker Buddy International, an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, often called the No. 1 trucking image campaign in North America, has helped educate schoolchildren and introduce educators to the trucking industry.
“This shows them the world through the eyes of a professional truck driver,” Schwartzenburg said. “The Trucker Buddy program helps to educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades 2-8 as supervised by their teachers.”
After an extensive screening process, the professional truck drivers are matched with a class and as directed by the teacher, drivers share news about their travels with their class.
Students write letters and send pictures to their drivers. Students' skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history are enhanced and learning is fun, Schwartzenburg said.
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