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Trucking Industry Defense Association Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary TIDA funds support students, association members and volunteer efforts Niles, Ill., June 19, 2013— The Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) is proud to announce its 20 year anniversary. The national organization strives to reduce loss costs to the trucking industry with members that range from motor carriers, transportation logistics companies and insurers of motor carriers to third party claims administrators and defense counsel. In 1993 David Sauvey, founder and the first president of TIDA, along with his fellow cofounders, gathered in a conference room in Chicago for the first formative TIDA meeting. At this meeting, the founders elected the first Board of Directors and Officers as well as prepared the bylaws of the organization. “I clearly remember that day 20 years ago,” said Inga Upshaw, a member of the original TIDA Board of Directors and the second president of TIDA. “I am very proud to say that I was a part of TIDA from the beginning and could not be happier with how the organization has flourished and continues to increase membership each day.” The industrious group set a vigorous agenda that day and held TIDA’s first conference a mere six months later at the Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. TIDA continued to grow in size adding board members that represented trucking companies, insurers and other trucking interests, while remaining committed to the original concept of valuing industry input and reducing loss costs. TIDA is a large proponent of education and has consistently grown its educational opportunities each year through seminars that discuss topics ranging from basic principles to more advanced issues within the industry as well as educational webinars. In order to cater to the needs of its members, TIDA has supplied more than $255,000 in scholarships to trucking and insurance members to help offset the cost of attending the organization’s annual meeting. TIDA also always volunteers for a local cause in whichever city the annual meeting is held. In 2008 the Endowment fund program was created and the organization has since allocated more than $75,000 in funds to schools whose curriculums serve to better the trucking industry. Similarly, the association also created a mentor program that pairs a


current TIDA member with a new member so that they can share leadership skills, knowledge and professional networks with one another. “We have remained true to our original bylaws and mission statement to assist in the defense of the trucking industry through the pooling of shared knowledge and resources,” continued Upshaw. “I cannot believe that it has already been 20 years since the birth of TIDA and I look forward to propelling this influential association into the future.” Today the nonprofit organization has nearly 2,000 members devoted to sharing knowledge and resources for defense of the trucking industry. TIDA continues to reduce the cost of lawsuits and personal injury, property damage, workers’ compensation and cargo claims for motor carriers, trucking insurers, defense attorneys and claims servicing companies. TIDA is steadily growing and plans to advocate on behalf of the trucking industry’s interests for many years to come.

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