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Truckload Authority Staff
The Truckload Authority News Staff, comprised of award winning journalists and graphic artists, produces content for Truckload Authority, working in cooperation with the Truckload Carriers Association staff. Truckload Authority aims to keep TCA members abreast on the latest trends in the trucking industry as well as articles that feature TCA member executives and drivers. The Truckload Authority staff is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Access Timely Webinar Recordings

Throughout this unprecedented time, the Truckload Carriers Association has made it a priority to provide our members with valuable resources. In addition to daily news briefings and COVID-19 resources page, TCA has hosted numerous webinars about truckload-specific topics relating to the pandemic as well as the overall success of its members. Financial Navigation in Uncertain Times This webinar featured expert speakers from the TCA Profitability Program (TPP) and KSM Transportation Advisors who shared financial best practices and strategies to build a strong contingency plan for your company during these uncertain times. Managing Operations During Uncertain Times This webinar featured key updates about how to...
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Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Since 1973, the Truckload Carriers Association Scholarship Fund has been helping students with connections to the truckload industry. The fund awards up to $6,250 per year, per full-time college student. Much of the program’s support comes from within the truckload family — companies and individuals who are committed to our community’s future. Deadline for applying is Friday, July 10. The application is accessible via the TCA website at truckload.org/scholarships. Any student in good standing (minimum grade point average of 3.0) who will be attending an accredited, four-year college or university as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior and who is either the...
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2020 and 2021 Refrigerated Meeting

The Truckload Carriers Association’s 2020 Refrigerated Meeting, which was originally scheduled for July 15-17 in Acme, Michigan, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Make plans to connect with colleagues at TCA’s 2021 Refrigerated Meeting set for July 14-16, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Albuquerque, New Mexico. First time attending? This is the premier event for industry professionals focusing their operations on temperature-controlled equipment. Those who previously registered for the 2020 event will receive full refunds for their registrations. For questions, contact TCA Meetings Department at (703) 838-1950.
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Highway Angels | July-August

Professional truck drivers Chris Delancey, John DeGood, Eric Eaton, and Frank Martin have been named Highway Angels by the Truckload Carriers Association for performing heroic actions while on the job. Chris Delancey Delancey is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and drives for Covenant Transport. He is being recognized for quickly responding to pleas for help for an unresponsive child. Delancey was aggravated. It was the day after Christmas, around 4 a.m., and he was finally on the road on Interstate 20 heading for Fayetteville, North Carolina, after dealing with serious delays in Atlanta. “It was just after the holidays and the shipper was really backlogged,”...
John Lyboldt

On the Road to Normalcy

As I write this, the state of Virginia is still in Phase One of reopening post-coronavirus. Our governor is remaining cautious but optimistic. By the time many of you read this, your states will have reopened many businesses, and life will be on the road to getting back to our pre-COVID-19 normal. As COVID-19 cases slow, and North Americans return to their jobs, stores, restaurants, and visiting with family and friends, TCA also prepares to reopen its office. TCA’s leadership team has crafted a reopening plan which will allow TCA staffers to slowly return to their offices and begin the process...

Driver of the Year Contest

The Truckload Carriers Association is preparing to accept nominations for one of the association’s most prestigious awards — driver of the year. There are two categories — Company Driver of the Year and Owner-Operator of the Year. Nominations will be accepted beginning Aug.1 and can be made online at truckload.org. The overall goal of the contest is to recognize and pay tribute to the company drivers and owner-operators who provide reliable and safe truck transportation in moving the nation’s goods. Three finalists will be chosen in each category. A grand-prize winner will be selected from each group of finalists. The grand-prize winners will be...
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Truckload Authority – July/August 2020 Digital Edition

Truckload Authority Digital Edition July/August 2020: DOT Secretary Elaine Chao says administration listened to drivers' HOS concerns
John Lyboldt

Handling a disruption effectively

As not only our industry, but the world, experiences disruptions to our operations and lives amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I take a moment to reflect about how much has changed since Truckload 2020: Orlando in early March. In the last few weeks, we’ve borne witness to how this pandemic is impacting our industry, our families, our communities, and our very way of life. I couldn’t ask to be part of a more selfless industry to weather this storm with. The trucking industry has taken this challenge head-on. Professional truck drivers continue to make their runs, even asking for additional ways...
Kevin Burch

Kevin Burch receives Past Chairmen’s Award

Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express, Inc., of Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded the Truckload Carriers Association’s prestigious Past Chairmen’s Award. Burch has amassed more than 40 years of experience in the trucking industry, which includes less-than-truckload, truckload, air freight, and consolidation. He has also been instrumental in the Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) initiative that is designed to enhance the image of trucking among the general public. Since 1990, Burch has been president of Jet Express, Inc., as well as a partner in the company. Under Burch’s leadership, the company has grown to 90 company drivers, 220 owner-operators, and 600...
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Carriers recognized for efforts

During Truckload 2020: Orlando, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) recognized Truckload Carriers Association members who volunteered their time and equipment to haul The Wall That Heals in 2019. The presentation was made by VVMF’s Director of Outreach Tim Tetz. “Today we recognize a five-year partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association providing transportation needs for The Wall That Heals,” said Tetz. “Through the efforts of its members, The Wall traveled over 19,000 miles and was visited by more than 300,000 in 34 communities in 2019. In bringing our heroes and our veterans home, together we honor and remember all those...

Whistle stop hosts receive thanks

Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) member company Trekker Logistics and TCA Highway Angel spokesperson and Nashville recording artist Lindsay Lawler, have been recognized for contributions to the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative. Trekker Logistics CEO and TCA Immediate Past Chairman Josh Kaburick and Lawler were each presented a “2019 Whistle Stop Award” for planning and hosting TCA’s whistle stop — a free public event — Nov. 21 at Bridgestone Arena Plaza, located just steps from Broadway Avenue in downtown Nashville. “We are honored that the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree visited Nashville on its journey to the nation’s capital,” said Kaburick. For nearly...
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TCA Profitability Program growing

Because of participant demand, the Truckload Carriers Association’s Profitability Program (TPP) has formed two new best-practice groups focusing on flatbed and refrigerated carriers. “The TPP is designed to provide participants with the tools, data, and trusted peer groups to put them on the right path to continuous improvement,” said TCA President John Lyboldt. He cited several improvements that members participating in TPP have already implemented from their involvement with the program: Reduced average maintenance cost per mile from $0.34 to $0.19 in nine months; Improved gross margin by 43% (rolling six-month average); Reduced health insurance expense, without modifying plan design, by...
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TCA members recognized for longevity

At the kickoff reception during its annual convention, the Truckload Carriers Association paid tribute to its Ambassador Club member companies that have contributed to the long-term growth of the Association. Hundreds of attendees had the opportunity to network and enjoy an evening on the Coquina Lawn thanks to event sponsor Lean Staffing Solutions. Membership Committee Co-Chair Glynn Spangenberg, who is also chairman and chief advisor of Spangenberg Partners, LLC, congratulated the members for reaching these membership milestones. “TCA is thankful for having so many long-standing and committed members,” said Spangenberg. “TCA welcomes these new Ambassador Club members and looks forward to servicing...
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Highway Angels | May-June 2020

Professional truck drivers Kyle Fitzgerald, Paul Hopson, William Lyons, and Steve Marcy have been named Highway Angels by the Truckload Carriers Association for performing heroic actions while on the job. Kyle Fitzgerald & William Lyons Fitzgerald and Lyons, professional truck drivers with Smokey Point Distributing, were honored for their orchestrated efforts to divert traffic away from a disabled vehicle in the middle of a busy interstate. It was just after noon on Sept. 19, 2019, and Fitzgerald and Lyons were traveling through Michigan on Interstate 75 with a set of airplane wings destined for Toronto. Lyons was carrying one wing and Fitzgerald...
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We interview TCA’s Highway Angel Award Winner

Ed and Tracy Zimmerman, drivers for Hirschbach Motor Lines Inc. of Dubuque, Iowa, have been named the 2019 Highway Angels of the Year, also known as EpicAngels, by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its partner EpicVue. The husband-and-wife driving team was recognized Tuesday during TCA’s annual convention, Truckload 2020: Orlando.

Keep on truckin’: Stakeholder perspectives on trucking in America

The Anatomy of a Hearing: Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety David Heller Vice President of Government Affairs, Truckload Carriers Association The overall theme of the hearing was the safety ramifications of all the topics being discussed in today’s trucking environment. The presentations were really well done; each directly addressed the pertinent topic while giving committee members the opportunity to tell their side of the story. I was especially glad to see the two senators — Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. — who chaired the committee had done their homework and were well versed on the industry. There was quite of...
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TCA Profitability Program provides stability in times of change

In July 2017 the Truckload Carriers Association launched the TCA Profitability Program (TPP), a three-tiered system powered by the inGauge™ online platform. The program was built off the success of TCA’s benchmarking program — one that shared with truckload carriers functional composites which could increase their profitability and lower their risk profiles. A major factor in the success of the program comes from the acknowledged fact that the industry is constantly changing. “The more carriers can maintain during times of major change, the easier it is for them not only to get through these times unscathed, but to remain highly profitable,” said...
John Lyboldt

A Heart for Trucking

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since I took the helm of the Truckload Carriers Association. After 35 years of serving the automobile-dealer industry, I was eager for a change. When I first joined TCA, I was warned that trucking had a way of “getting in your blood.” I can now confirm that trucking is pulsing through my veins. In a recent Truckload Indexes article, I took the opportunity to reflect upon my time at TCA, the relationships I’ve formed with people — from carriers to vendors throughout North America — and even shared key characteristics of mature...
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2020 The Wall That Heals tour

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has announced “The Wall That Heals” national tour schedule for 2020. The exhibit includes a three-quarter scale replica of Washington’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile education center. The 25th season of The Wall That Heals began February 20 in Marco Island, Florida, and will visit 35 communities throughout the year. “We received more than 100 applications to host The Wall That Heals in 2020, and we are excited to announce the cities that we’ve selected as hosts for our 25th touring season,” said VVMF President and CEO Jim Knotts. “The Wall That...
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Truckload Authority, January/February 2020 Digital Edition

Truckload Authority Digital Edition January/February 2020: TCA President John Lyboldt speaks succinctly about the association, trucking issues