On March 7, during the closing banquet for Truckload 2023: Orlando, Dave Williams officially accepted the position of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) chairman of the board for 2023-24.
Williams, who serves as senior vice president of equipment and government relations for Knight-Swift Transportation, received a standing ovation following his address to association members.
During his acceptance speech, Williams highlighted the importance of advocating for Truckload Carriers Association members — and the trucking industry as a whole — in Washington, D.C.
He stressed that TCA members must do more to advocate for professional drivers. In addition, he said, it’s vital to increase the rewards for investing in the trucking industry, to focus on the environment while pushing back on unrealistic time lines, and to become more self-governing regarding safety in the industry.
Williams, who holds a bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University, has been with Knight-Swift for 31 years. During his time at Knight-Swift, he has held many positions with both national and state trucking groups. He has served the Arizona Trucking Association as chairman and as a member of both the board of directors and the executive committee. On the national level, he has chaired multiple policy committees for the TCA as well as for the American Trucking Associations (ATA), including ATA’s Emissions Task Force and both TCA’s and ATA’s respective Highway Policy Committees.
He lives with Suzi, his wife of 27 years, in Glendale, Arizona; the couple have four children — Mallory, Ely, Gracie, and Ryan.
The following TCA members will assist Williams as association officers for 2023-24:
1st Vice Chair: Karen Smerchek, president of Veriha Trucking., Inc.
2nd Vice Chair: Jon Coca, president of Diamond Transportation System, Inc.
Secretary: Mark Seymour, president and CEO of Kriska Transportation Group
Treasurer: John Culp, president of Maverick USA, Inc.
Vice Chair to ATA: Ed Nagle III, president of Nagle Toledo, Inc.
Immediate Past Chair: John Elliott, CEO of Load One, LLC
Adam Blanchard, CEO of Double Diamond Transport;
Amber Edmonson, president and CEO of Trailiner Corp.;
Pete Hill, president of Hill Brothers Transportation, Inc.;
Joey Hogan, president of Covenant Transportation Services; and
Trevor Kurtz, general manager of Brian Kurtz Trucking, LTD.
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