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In this Issue


IMTA Staff Brenda Neville, CAE President

Don Egli

Director of Safety and Security

DeAnn Moody

Executive Assistant

Phillip Nicolino

Marketing Manager

Mike Spalla

Membership Manager

Janelle Stevens

Events/Education Manager


Chairman’s Message............................. 5

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President’s Message............................... 7 Technology Update.............................8-9 History of Compliance.....................10-11 Alternative Compliance...................12-13 TDC Editorial....................................... 15 Carrier Spotlight.............................16-18 Spring Golf Outing Registration............ 19 Cover Story....................................20-23 Legal Update & FMCS Screening.....24-25 Iowa Truck Services.............................. 27 Members in the News.....................28-29 Convention Committee........................ 30 TDC Committee................................... 31 ICSM Activities..................................... 32 2011 Legislative Efforts........................ 33 Boxing Night..................................34-35 2011 Leadership Class...................38-39

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Chairman’s Message Mike Riggan, TanTara Transportation Corporation

The frustrating Aspect of being in the trucking business…. As many of you know by now, I am not afraid to express my opinion and since I have been involved in trucking most of my life, I believe that I know a fair amount Mike Riggan when it comes IMTA Chairman of the Board to running a trucking company. Like many of you, I started out with one truck and over the years have grown a good business that pays good wages and employs good people. I am proud to be involved in trucking and proud of the operation I run. I am always happy to remind people that if “they have it…a truck brought it”. Unfortunately however, the bureaucrats and in some cases, even lawmakers, are losing sight of that simple but powerful statement. Trucks are the most efficient mode of delivery and I am starting to think that we are being penalized for that. We have one of the safest records in history, accidents decreasing, and fatalities decreasing and yet, every time you turn around, another regulation or rule change is being cast our way. There is a high cost to this increasingly regulated environment and not only does it impact a trucking company, it eventually is felt by every single consumer. All this talk of economic recovery will quickly disappear as the costs of delivering products continue to escalate. Like others in the industry, safety is a top priority at our company too and I am proud of the efforts we make to ensure that safety is on the minds of every employee. But I have to wonder, if all these new regulatory proposals are really being introduced in the name of safety.

We all know that there are other forces in play here and unfortunately, the trucking industry has to bear the vast majority of that burden. The Hours of Service (HOS) issue is a prime example of oversight gone awry. Less than three years ago, the industry presented their case. Thousands and thousands of comments were made in objection to the HOS rules. Comments that were presented by the men and women who are actually in the trenches each and every day, people that knew what they were talking about. In that same time period, the industry produced a stellar safety record. The trucking industry stepped up ONCE AGAIN and proved that a commitment to safety really is our top priority. The statistics don’t lie and the industry deserved accolades and recognition. But yet today, we are facing more rule changes and more oversight than we

responsible when they are out on the road. We know the risks involved with a job that is performed going down a highway. Anyone that has even a minimal amount of education can do the math and the law of averages will quickly emerge. While we all would love to totally eliminate accidents…. that is just not going to happen. No amount of government oversight is going to accomplish that goal. So than I would suggest that we step back for a moment and determine what regulations really support an environment of safety. What processes truly ensure that a safe environment exists and maybe, just maybe, a little less government oversight would produce even better safety records when our main focus is on delivering that load in the safest and most efficient manner rather than contending with the mountains of paperwork that is required to be in compliance.

I am proud to be involved in trucking and proud of the operation I run. I am always happy to remind people that if “they have it… a truck brought it”. have ever faced. And despite our best efforts in trying to impact these rules through comments and letters, I am not certain any of it will matter. In fact, all this government oversight only creates more “uncertainty” and “unrest” in the industry. I believe we haven’t even seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hiring qualified drivers in the future. I am extremely fearful of the industry’s ability to recover from this past economic crisis over the last two years because of all the new challenges we are facing. While I try to remain optimistic and positive about an industry I love, there are days quite frankly, that it is difficult to do.

I love this industry too much to simply walk away and like you, I will continue to do what it takes to be in compliance. But through my involvement with IMTA, I will continue to challenge us an industry to keep up the fight and maintain a focus on REAL safety efforts. That is my opinion on the current state of the industry; I would certainly love to hear yours as well. “If you got it a truck a brought,” Mike Riggan, TanTara Transportation IMTA Chairman of the Board

Every time a truck rolls off of my lot, I hope and pray that it has a safe trip. None of us in this industry wants to deal with accidents or fatalities. We invest a substantial amount of time, energy and money in training and educating our drivers to be safe, smart and

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President’s Message Brenda Neville, Iowa Motor Truck Association As I write this, our state legislature is in a stalemate as they try to reach agreement on the budget. Governor Branstad has said on many occasions, he will only accept a two year budget and that doesn’t seem to be setting well with some of the Democratic leaders. As with anything there are advantages and disadvantages but, the Governor will prevail….he is the Governor by the way. Several IMTA members have commented about this situation and while some don’t agree with the two year budget proposal, all of them have expressed praise and gratitude for a politician to stay firm to his word and wage a battle of principle. As we can all agree, the only way we are going to have success in tackling some of the daunting issues facing our state is to show great fortitude and leadership. And our Governor is doing just that. There are some very tough decisions to make in an effort to get this state back on track and it is no easy task. IMTA’s executive committee recently met with the Governor. Given the fact that we had not had an audience with a Governor for the past 10 years, IMTA leaders were very pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Governor Branstad and discuss issues of interest. Our Governor shows no signs of slowing down, at our meeting he was enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic and excited about the future of the state. He has a number of solid strategies to address some of the mounting issues facing Iowa and he is relying on organizations such as IMTA to help accomplish those goals. IMTA leaders left the meeting feeling very good about the priorities that were outlined by the Governor and we will continue to stay active and involved in offering support and assistance.

A group of us also recently traveled to Washington DC to wave the flag for IMTA. This has become an important mission of IMTA leaders and while the trip often reminds us of the monumental challenges we face on the federal level, it also reminds us of the importance of IMTA Leaders Head to DC – L-R: Brenda Dittmer, Weinrich Trucking, having a presence Brenda Neville, IMTA, Pat Storey, Motor-Ways, Inc., Representative Steve in DC. The group King, Bob Kohlwes, BTI Special Commodities, Mike Riggan, Tan Tara began the trip Transportation, Delwin Van Wyk, Interstate Power Systems. with a briefing from the American Since IMTA was organized in 1942, Trucking Associations and I will tell you advocacy has been its top priority and after several hours of “bad news” as we it remains a top priority yet today. While learn about all the pending rules and this legislative session has been one of regulations on the horizon, some of the the quietest sessions for IMTA as far as IMTA members question why they are big issues, it is by no means a reason in trucking. However, that briefing also for us to minimize or pull back in our serves as tremendous motivation as we efforts. This industry is far from a full head to Capitol Hill and tell our elected economic recovery and our nation teeters leaders about the importance of trucking on great success or great despair as on several fronts. This trip is always a a number of factors remain unstable. poignant reminder that a relentless and We must never walk away from our consistent communication campaign with responsibility to be involved, engaged these lawmakers is of great importance. and active in the legislative process.x I With the exception of a few, we had great am most appreciative of the members discussions with these lawmakers, but that came up to the Capitol, came to the we also felt a real sense of exasperation Capitol Club luncheons and continue to from them as they described the current support our PAC. Your involvement is of environment in DC, as one Congressman critical importance and I urge you all to said, “DC is very dysfunctional at this continue to demonstrate that leadership point in time”. This statement was another by interacting with your elected leaders compelling reminder on the importance throughout the summer and stay informed of being involved with the legislative and of the many priorities and challenges we political process. We must always make face. Your support is valuable and is now our presence known and involvement is the more important than ever. Thanks for key. everything you do to enable IMTA to be an effective advocate.

IMTA Leaders go to DC

IMTA Leaders meet w/Governor L-R: Kevin Gass, PDI, Inc., Bob Kohlwes, BTI Special Commodities, Dave Dickey, Harold Dickey Transportation, Murry Fitzer, Florilli Transportation, Brenda Neville, Mike Riggan, TanTara Transportation, Governor Branstad, Mike Gerdin, Heartland Express, Jackie Johnsrud, Johnsrud Transport, George Crouse, Crouse Transportation, Dan Stevens, Farner-Bocken Company, Jeff Wangsness, JMT Trucking.

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Technology Update Steve Grubbs is the CEO and Founder of Victory Enterprises headquartered in Davenport. A former Iowa legislator and Chairman of the Republican party of Iowa. Steve holds a Bachelors Degree and a Law Degree from the University of Iowa. Victory Enterprises began in 1993 as a comprehensive Political and Corporate Consulting and Communications firm and over the years the company has expanded into several different areas including social networking and marketing applications.

Taking Advantage of Facebook’s Revolutionary Targeting Tools

If your company needs targeted, affordable advertising, consider some of the revolutionary options available on Facebook. I meet a lot of fellow CEO’s Steve Grubbs who say ‘I Victory Enterprises don’t get this Facebook thing, I don’t care about the mundane happenings of someone’s life.” While some people use Facebook to broadcast the routine events in their life, the reality is that Facebook has become a gathering place where people can socialize and interact in ways never before possible. Event planning, gaming, chatting, organizing, showing off photos, conducting business, market research and so much more now occurs on Facebook. This is the real revelation I had a few months ago, Facebook is becoming the Web inside the Web. Think about that statement: people used to spend most of their time on the Internet moving from site to site, now many people spend most of their time inside Facebook. Much of what they need can be found there. The bottom line for businesses is this: 600 million users in an organized market cannot be ignored.



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I have taught many companies how to effectively advertise on Google and I still believe in that medium for targeted advertising, but today, we are encouraging just as many to take a close look at Facebook. Facebook can be an effective way to advertise B2C (business to consumer) or B2B (business to business).

While some people use Facebook to broadcast the routine events in their life, the reality is that Facebook has become a gathering place where people can socialize and interact in ways never before possible.

I want to share one interesting trick to succeed with Facebook advertising. Targeting to a market is the key to most successful marketing campaigns. Facebook provides unparalleled targeting opportunities: for example, we have a retail store that sells “the world’s largest greeting cards.” Over Valentine’s Day, we were able to target giant Valentine cards to all Facebook users who currently list ‘engaged’ as their relationship status. Where else can you laser target an ad to millions of Americans who are engaged to be married?

Technology Update Let’s say you own a restaurant, you can now choose to create an ad – including an image of your tastiest food – and target it only to people who live in your local community. But maybe you want to build a lunch crowd as well, Facebook gives you the ability to create a lunch special and target it only to people who work at businesses located near your restaurant.

Perhaps you own a manufacturing company and have struggled to get your products into a targeted company despite the best efforts of your sales force. In some cases, it’s one gatekeeper that’s preventing you from succeeding while there may be many in that target company who would love to have access to your products.

Facebook has introduced a new targeting tool where you can choose to target the employees of that company and reach out directly to them. In fact, the headline of your ad can be as specific as “Acme Corp Look” So there may be 600 million Facebook users but the only ones who will see the ad for your widget are those who work at the companies you select. And this is the cool part: you are not charged when people see your ad, you are only charged when they click through to your Web site and view the

Facebook is becoming the Web inside the Web. special offer. In other words, thousands of Facebook users may view the ad you made especially for them, but you are only paying the 1/1000 of a dime when they click through. Your total cost for 10,000 ad views and 10 click throughs: about $5. Online advertising is changing quickly. Millions of people now spend more time on Facebook than they do watching television, reading the newspaper or reading their mail. Learning how to master this new tool is a critical part of succeeding in business in the new age.

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History of Compliance History of Traditional Compliance

Over the last several months, several different proposed rules have been introduced with the Hours of Service (HOS) proposal getting the most attention. As a result of the various rules that have been introduced, many folks contacted the IMTA office to get a better understanding of the whole rulemaking process and while many members know this information, a quick history of compliance and the rulemaking process has proven of interest to many. With the help of the fine folks at the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) the history of traditional compliance is outlined.

Originally the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was authorized by the US DOT to oversee and carry out duties relating to motor carrier safety. But in 1999, as a result of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MCSIA) the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established and regulatory oversight was moved over to them.

FMCSA created

FMCSA was created to enforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) which are designed to promote carrier safety by reducing large truck and bus crashes, injuries and fatalities. Some very specific regulatory and program responsibilities fall under the FMCSA’s authority. The programs include:

As a result of the various rules that have been introduced, many folks contacted the IMTA office to get a better understanding of the whole rulemaking process. How it all began

Prior to the 1935 Motor Carrier Act (MCA) the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) put most of its attention on the railroads. However, in response to the lack of consistent and uniform motor carrier regulations, ICC was charged with implementing the Motor Carrier Act to regulate the safety and economic health of for-hire motor carriers. In the early days, ICC focused its oversight on driver qualification and safety. As the regulations progressed, vehicle safety was also added into the oversight. In 1984, MCA revised the 1935 act to include minimum safety standards for commercial motor vehicles and granted the US DOT Secretary the authority to execute motor carrier safety statutes and regulations. The purpose of the regulations was to ensure that both the drivers and the vehicles were operating in the safest manner possible.



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Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP), Commercial Driver’s License (CDL); Motor Carrier Safety Identification and Information Systems; New Entrant Safety Assurance Process; Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM); research and technology; and waivers, exemptions and pilot programs. These FMCSR standards apply to all US interstate trucking operations as well as buses and motorcycles. Intrastate operations are regulated by state statutes and regulations; however, many jurisdictions have adopted most or all of the interstate regulations and applied them to intrastate motor carriers, buses and motor coaches. It is not uncommon however, for states to make changes to the regulations to address issues that are specific to the state. Each state that enacts a federal regulation is allowed to make

modifications to fit individual state-level needs. This can result in variations across laws or rules applicable to interstate carriers. In the cases of those laws or rules that clearly fall under FMCSA jurisdiction, states will normally adopt the rule as outlined. If the state chooses however, to make modifications to the federal regulation, the state regulation must remain compatible with the applicable section of the FMCSRs. In addition to rules enacted at the state level, 49 USC Section 31502 allows for the Secretary of Transportation to adopt regulations relating to motor carriers and drivers engaged in interstate commerce. The provisions of this regulation ensure that: • commercial motor vehicles are maintained, equipped, loaded and operated safely • the responsibilities imposed on operators of commercial motor vehicles do not impair their ability to operate the vehicles safely • the physical condition of commercial motor vehicle operators is adequate to enable them to operate the vehicle safely • the operation of commercial vehicles does not have a deleterious effect on the physical condition of the operators

History of Compliance Procedures Act (APA)of 1946. The APA provides federal administrative agencies with the guidelines needed to propose, implement and enforce major legislative acts as directed by Congress. Agencies utilize these processes throughout the rulemaking effort. Prior to a federal agency initiating regulatory action, Congress must first pass a law or an act that is designed to address a social or economic need. After the law is passed, an appropriate agency is selected to develop regulations required for effective implementation and enforcement of the law. The regulatory agency creates those requirements according

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) are designed to promote carrier safety by reducing large truck and bus crashes, injuries and fatalities. The Transportation secretary was given further regulatory authority through Section 31144 (a) and (b) for the purpose of using intrastate inspection records to determine a federal safety fitness rating. Under another ACT, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEALU), safety fitness is determined through carrier compliance review. The program as outlined in SAFETEA-LU is supported by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) which provides a forum for the industry, safety and enforcement organizations, state DOTs and the Federal government to discuss ways to improve safety and security for commercial vehicles.

The Rulemaking Process

Federal rulemaking procedures are defined under the Administrative

to “rules” as defined by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). Under the APA, the agency MUST publish all proposed regulations in the Federal Register and any other specialized publications as deemed relevant, for a period of at least 30 calendar days. This provides a means for interested parties to comment, offer amendments or to object to the regulation. After the deadline is reached, the agency will then review and address the comments on the proposed rule. The government agency will then publish the FINAL RULE again in the Federal Register. If no further concerns are raised, the rule is then codified into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Typically, most rules do not become effective for several months after being

finalized and with some rules provide several years for compliance. A similar procedure is implemented on the state level as well.

Hours of Service Proposal Summary Published

– December 29, 2010

Comment Period

– Originally scheduled to end February 28 but extended to March 4

Comments Submitted – Anne Ferro has published verbally that they received over 25,000 comments.

Final Rule Timeline

– As a settlement for the original lawsuit, the new rules are supposed to be implemented by July 2011. According to what I am hearing ATA will take measures to push that back.

• Article reprinted from ATRI publication

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Alternative Compliance Assessing the Benefits of Alternative Compliance The Problem

While the 2009 large truck fatal crash rate was the lowest in U.S. DOT-recorded history, the raw data for total truckinvolved fatalities has not experienced the same dramatic declines. At the same time, stakeholders in the industry continue to question whether current regulatory requirements, safety metrics and evaluation tools completely and accurately depict a carrier’s safety performance. In response, government research and private sector investments into alternative safety tools have increased over the last several years, predicated on the notion that nontraditional “Alternative Compliance” (AC) tools can help to reduce truck-involved crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Research Goal

This (American Transportation Research Institute) ATRI-initiated research commenced with a comprehensive review of trucking safety data, which confirmed that opportunities exist to improve safety through modifications to traditional compliance. A primary objective of the study was to provide a blueprint for a pilot program through research corroboration of potential AC activities. Other research objectives included: • Analyzing public data to validate the application of AC in the trucking industry

Documenting safety compliance programs, regulations, policies and procedures across the trucking industry that are presently utilized to effect safety outcomes

Examining government and industry research to identify various AC safety tool efficacies, strategies and devices used to improve truck safety

Evaluating and mapping AC tools to a larger AC certification concept



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The primary research methodology utilized in this study centered on the identification and mapping of comparative safety performance data associated with traditional and nontraditional safety tools, programs and strategies. The ATRI team used research and data collected through an extensive synthesis of the literature, as well as from discussions with industry and safety experts, to develop an exploratory framework that evaluates the merits of various AC strategies that would likely enhance safety within the trucking industry.


Under the current safety compliance system (i.e. compliance reviews [CR], safety audits and roadside inspections), the downward trend line for total fatalities is not extraordinary. However, there are a variety of alternative

safety-related strategies being used by carriers that appear promising for reducing crashes and fatalities more dramatically. ATRI researchers developed a metaphorical “tool box” of AC safetyenhancing options. Tool box components represented an initial group of AC strategies that have adequate supporting research to document truck safety impacts, including return-on-investment (ROI). These include the employer notification system (ENS), electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs), fatigue management programs (FMP), commercial driver drug and alcohol testing using hair, simulatorbased training, speed limiters/governors, forward collision warning systems (FCWS), lane departure warning systems (LDWS), roll stability control systems (RSCS) and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). Although not an exhaustive list, these are the types of tools that could populate an AC program.

This ATRI-initiated research commenced with a comprehensive review of trucking safety data, which confirmed that opportunities exist to improve safety through modifications to traditional compliance.

Alternative Compliance ATRI researchers then provided evidence that the previously listed AC tools could be meaningfully integrated into, or supplant, existing and historical systems. A practical guide was developed for incorporating an AC program into Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores, Motor Carrier Safety Status Measurement System (SafeStat) ratings and Inspection Selection System (ISS) values. Furthermore, benefits and limitations were discussed in detail, with an emphasis on incentive-based valuations for carriers to proactively address safety by investing in AC programs and tools – thus shifting responsibility from state and federal regulators to the carriers themselves.

Among the most salient findings, ATRI discovered that, while crash rates are notably lower following CRs for small fleets, this safety benefit diminishes (and even disappears) as fleet size increases. For instance, between years 2004 and 2008, carriers with 1-5 power units experienced a sizeable reduction

Finally, traditional compliance efforts were evaluated in their current form. ATRI utilized carrier CRs as a proxy of traditional compliance, as a CR audits a carrier’s compliance with existing regulations, policies and management tools. Following this logic, large data sets were analyzed to examine carrier safety during pre- and post-CR time periods and these data were stratified with respect to fleet size.

in crash rates following a CR (mean = 51%). Similarly, carriers with 6-20 and 21-100 power units also saw crash rate reductions following a CR, though only by 32 and 18 percent, respectively. Larger carriers, however, seemed to benefit least from a CR. In 2004, carriers with fleet sizes of 251-1,000 and 1,000 or more had crash rate reductions of five percent or less, suggesting that the CRs were not highly beneficial for these fleet groups. By 2007, both

A pilot study is proposed to further assess differences between crash rates by carrier sizes and the impact that different AC tools would have on safety outcomes.

large and very large carrier groups had experienced higher crash rates after receiving a CR intervention. Based on these and other analyses, it is suggested that larger fleets may benefit more from AC than their smaller counterparts. However, a pilot study is proposed to further assess differences between crash rates by carrier sizes and the impact that different AC tools would have on safety outcomes. The research design required for such a study is outlined by ATRI in the full report. Nonetheless, enough evidence exists to warrant further consideration of an AC program and ATRI has outlined the critical activities needed to develop and certify such a program. Although the research did not identify all of the resources necessary to effectively implement, manage and enforce the program, preliminary needs were identified, including financial constraints, additional training/staffing, technology devices and enabling legislation. For each gap, one or more potential solutions were proposed.

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Jackie Johnsrud Johnsrud Transport Member of 2011 TDC Committee

I am writing to encourage you to send at least 1 driver to the TDC. The TDC is a very fun event and a positive way to stay in touch with your drivers. The driver you send should be someone that meets the criteria and that you are proud to have driving a truck with your name/logo on it. We usually send at least 3 drivers, which is the number needed to make a Team. You do NOT need to have a “Team” to have your company represented. I enjoy the time spent with our drivers at the TDC and it’s a great time to see them focused and on point to compete. It becomes a bit addicting for some drivers and they want to come back year after year to compete and improve their scores. The TDC brings to light the PRIDE they take in their jobs and the PRIDE they have in your company. Imagine how proud they would be if the boss showed up to cheer them on and watch them drive as well. Why wouldn’t we take the opportunity to improve a driver’s skills and to provide him/her a memorable experience in his professional career? Like in any job, the cream of the crop needs challenge and ongoing experience to stay at the top of his game, drivers are no different. We need to be active in promoting our industry by participating in this event. THIS IS OUR CHANCE AND FORUM TO SHOW THE STATE OF IOWA THAT GOOD POSITIVE THINGS COME FROM TRUCKING AND PRIDE IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL! In tough and challenging times, it’s more important than ever to keep the troops motivated and excited about our company and our jobs! Jackie Johnsrud President & CEO Johnsrud Transport, Inc. P.O. Box 8069 Des Moines, IA 50301-8069 (515) 263-8265 office (515) 263-0253 fax Transporting Bulk Liquids for the Food Industry Certified WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise

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Carrier Spotlight

Randolph’s Trucking In October of 1973, Randy Magnussen opened the doors for a new business in Traer, Iowa. With three trucks and three trailers Randolph’s Trucking was formed. Prior to Randolph’s, Randy Magnussen worked for Wieck Brothers also located in Traer and when Wieck Brothers made the decision to buy Priebe Oil in Waterloo, Randy saw an opportunity. That opportunity was to buy Weick’s three trucks and start his own company. And while Wiecks kept him busy in those early days, Randy quickly realized that he needed to expand his customer base and Mobil became that first customer. The company specialized in hauling LP gas and refined fuel. Like any company in its early years, there were plenty of obstacles to overcome and challenges to face. But dedication, hard work and knowledge of the business prevailed and the trucking company thrived. In 1979, the decision was made to get out of the LP business and focus specifically on hauling refined fuel. The LP business was just too seasonal and



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L to R: Mark Dinsdale, wife Shelby Dinsdale, Sue Nachazel, Norma Schuett, KAren Shaw, David Gottschalk

hampered the company’s ability to fully service the refined fuel segment of their business. The business had also doubled by that time with the addition of the Amoco products. Dedicated employees and a razor sharp focus on customer service was the number one priority from the first day the company was open for business and those two key factors continue to be the driving force behind the company’s success yet today.

With three trucks and three trailers Randolph’s Trucking was formed. Demand continued to soar and the company continued to grow in an effort to keep up with the demand. In 2003, Randy purchased two other local companies which doubled the size of Randolph’s and a trucking company in Traer, Iowa was quietly growing and gaining respect throughout the state for being a quality operation. That same respect is garnered today as Randolph’s continues to provide impeccable service to its customers.

Carrier Spotlight

In 2007, Randy’s daughter Shelby and son-in-law, Mark Dinsdale both 20 year employees with the company, bought the operation and proudly carry on the tradition of running efficiently and safely while providing the best customer service possible. And the company has the awards to prove that they are true to their word. In 1998, they won IMTA’s top safety award and have won many other subsequent awards for their safety efforts and customer service that are proudly on display. “There is no question that the quality of our drivers and the dedication of our

In 1998, they won IMTA’s top safety award and have won many other subsequent awards for their safety efforts and customer service that are proudly on display. employees is what make us successful,” said Mark Dinsdale. The company has 37 employees and while they are headquartered in Traer, they have trucks stationed throughout northeastern and central Iowa, with 28 full time and 2 part time drivers. The company specializes in refined products, alcohol, oil and antifreeze delivery and face a challenging group of customers.

Mark proudly highlights several employees that have been with the company for many years; Martin Kucera, a driver that has been with them 32 years, Larry Ewing, a driver for 27 years, Sue Nachazel, a dispatcher that has been with them 27 years and Dave Siver, another driver has been with them 23 years plus many others that contribute to the company’s ongoing success.

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Carrier Spotlight “It is very challenging some days because we have a large percentage of our hauls that are ordered today for delivery today. And when the product is brokered in the stock market, it is feast or famine, nobody can ever complain about not being busy because that is just not the nature of our business,” continued Mark. Over the years, the most significant change is the volatility of the market, in

The trucking industry is what I know and I am proud to be involved with it,” said Mark.

the earlier days the 1 to 2 cents swings were considered a big deal but now it is easily 10 – 12 cents swing a day and that poses a tremendous amount of challenge in this specific business. The

other challenges facing Randolph’s are common to the industry as a whole; adaptation to the constantly changing laws and regulations, staying on top of all the compliance and regulatory rules, grappling with escalating health insurance costs, increasing fuel costs and just running a business in today’s environment. Mark and others within the company look forward to the future and continue to work on creating efficiencies within the company. They are looking at all the different products on the market that create efficiencies and continue to be active in organizations like IMTA to get accurate information and advice. “There are days it is very hard to be in this type of business but I wouldn’t do anything else either. The trucking industry is what I know and I am proud to be involved with it,” said Mark. And that kind of pride and dedication is evident throughout the company. It was the driving force in 1973 when Randy Magnussen first opened for business and continues on to the next generation. The company’s continued focus on safety, customer service and dedication to quality has led them to be an industry leader and a valued transporter. That same dedication will be the driving force behind Randolph’s continued success far into the future.



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Spring Golf Outing Thursday, May 26, 2011 | Legacy Golf Course | Norwalk, Iowa

Schedule: *Shotgun start at 11:00 AM *Steak fry, golf awards, prize drawings at approximately 5:00 PM Questions: Call the IMTA office (515) 244-5193 Instructions: 1. All players will be registered in the order in which their registrations and contributions are received. 2. Registration includes green fees, golf

cart, steak fry and refreshments for the golfers. 3. This is a fundraiser for the Truck PAC Iowa (IMTA’s political action committee) and you will be solicited for donations. Personal check for $125/person or $500/foursome made out to TRUCK PAC IOWA is suggested. (Iowa law prohibits the acceptance of company checks) 4. If you are requesting specific partners, one person from the group must handle the entry for the entire

group. However, individual registrations are welcome and individuals will be added to other registered groups. Confirmations will be sent out prior to the outing. 5. This is a four-player, best shot tournament 6. Money will be refunded if cancellation is made prior to Friday, May 20th . NO REFUNDS AFTER May 20th!

The Legacy Golf Course Nestled within beautiful central Iowa rolling terrain, The Legacy is a well manicured public golf course is designed to attract and test golfers of all abilities.The Par 72 golf course, which opened in 2002, features vast bentgrass fairways, undulating greens, and four sets of tees to offer a challenge to every skill level. The Legacy provides a nationally recognized award winning golf course with cutting edge GPS technology, large clubhouse and first-rate amenities and practice facilities. Located just south of Des Moines, this course promises to make this traditional event another great experience for all IMTA members.

2011 IMTA GOLF OUTING REGISTRATION FORM Contact:_____________________________ Phone:__________________ Fax:_______________ Email:____________________________ Name:______________________________________________ Company:__________________________________________________ Name:______________________________________________ Company:__________________________________________________ Name:______________________________________________ Company:__________________________________________________ Name:______________________________________________ Company:__________________________________________________ No Golf, Dinner Only – # of attendees_____________ x $50/person =__________ Enclose Entry Form & Personal Check - No Telephone Registrations PLEASE!

Mail Entry Form and Entry Fee To: IMTA 717 East Court Ave Des Moines, IA 50309

Always Additional Fun TOO! Since this is the largest fundraiser for the trucking industry’s political action committee

we always have a number of additional contests offered to help us raise some extra money and also create more fun at the event. So bring your cash, your competitive yet generous spirit AND be prepared to have some FUN! As always there will be great prizes and some cash giveaways!

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By: Brenda Neville IMTA President

What is the Next Step?

I was recently coming back from a day of making member visits and as I pulled in to get gas, an elderly couple approached me and scolded me for driving a SUV that “guzzled gas” and sternly accused me of being part of the reason the world was running out of natural resources. I was so shocked by this behavior because by mere observation they looked like gentle and loving grandparents, so I couldn’t even respond. I watched them put bright, yellow flyers on some parked trucks and eventually they proceeded to get into a black Toyota Pruis and drove away. I half expected them to depart on foot or by bike given their position on our shrinking energy reserves. For the next several days, I shared my experience with colleagues, members and friends. And through these many conversations, it quickly became apparent that everybody has a very definitive opinion about “energy”. Energy seems to be on the minds of many people and there seems to be a growing concern on our reliance on foreign oil. Debate flourishes on an immediate need to explore options that seem to exist right here on our own soil.


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While energy has been a lightening rod of controversy over the years, some folks close to the topic believe that more “constructive work” on developing domestic energy policies has taken place in the last three years compared to the last 25 years. Now, the general public seems to be weighing in as a nuclear plant in Japan simmers towards the brink of disaster, political unrest escalates throughout the Middle East, and the Presidential elections loom on the not too distant horizon. Energy advocate groups are quickly jumping on this new found energy (no pun intended) and interest, and people everywhere seem to be demanding some attention to this issue. Recently, President Obama addressed the issue in a speech he gave at Georgetown University. The President said that the US

The State of American Energy needs to free itself from dependence on foreign oil and set a goal of reducing oil imports by one-third in the next decade. “American ingenuity, American knowhow can lead the nation into a future that doesn’t involve risking energy security in tumult in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere,” the President said. The President is not alone in this thinking and the topic of energy is springing up in many political speeches.

While many alternatives are continuing to emerge, Oil’s many unique qualities makes it very difficult to supplant with any alternatives developed so far. Like many people, I have heard a lot of different facts and figures thrown out about “energy” and because of that, I decided to embark on a fact finding mission. According to the US Government’s Energy Information Administration, the United States consumes about 400 million gallons of gasoline every day. That figure equates to about 20 million barrels of oil every day and domestic production is only 6 million

barrels per day. No surprise here, the majority of oil consumed in the United States is imported. The cost to import that oil is approximately $410 billon dollars a year at $75/barrel which is the average price the Energy Information Administration used in a recent report, however, the price of a barrel was teetering at $105 when this article was written. The US Energy Information Administration goes on to report that oil consumption in the United States and Canada equals almost 3 gallons per day per capita. (The difference is these countries’ transportation sectors, with their dependence on private vehicles to travel relatively long distances.) Oil consumption in the majority of the other industrialized countries equals 1.4 gallons per day per capita. Our reliance on foreign oil was so critical that during the Jimmy Carter administration, in response to an energy crisis and hostile Iranian and Soviet Union relations the Carter Doctrine was created. This Doctrine declared that any interference with US interest in the Persian Gulf would be considered an attack on vital interests. President Reagan expanded the doctrine even further. So the energy debate has been brewing for decades.


From its founding in the late 18th century, the US was a largely agrarian country with abundant forests. During this time period, energy consumption focused on the most abundant resource which was firewood. However, with the

rapid industrialization of the economy, urbanization and the explosion of the railroads, coal was the nation’s primary energy source by 1885. For the next seven decades, coal was the dominant energy source, but by 1950 coal was quickly surpassed by both petroleum and natural gas. As of 2011, coal consumption is now at the highest it has ever been, with coal being used to generate electricity while natural gas, which is cleaner-burning and easy to transport has become the preferred source of heat for residences, industry and business. At the beginning of the 20th century, petroleum was a minor resource and was used mainly for lubrications and fuel for kerosene and oil lamps. Now, just a short 100 years later, petroleum has become the preeminent energy source for the US and the rest of the world. Its rise is understandably attributed to the emergence of the automobile. While many alternatives are continuing to emerge, oil’s many unique qualities makes it very difficult to supplant with any alternatives developed so far. In June 2010, the American Energy Innovation Council which includes Bill Gates, Microsoft and Jeffrey Immelt, General Electric, urged the government to more than triple its spending on energy research and development. They are suggesting that $16 billion a year be dedicated to energy research and development, currently the federal government spends less than $5

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The State of American Energy billion a year on energy research and development, not counting the onetime stimulus projects. To put that in perspective, about $30 billion is spent annually on health research and more than $80 billion on military research and development. This group and countless others are advocating for a much more aggressive approach to our energy efforts. As a result, grassroots efforts

and non-renewable energy. There has also been several energy related policies that deal with energy but on a different spectrum. The majority of the focus has been on creating energy-efficiency incentive programs, policies and rules that prefer to let the market drive CO2 reductions in an effort to mitigate global warming. The trucking industry knows all too well about the various “energy” policies that have been targeted at the industry in an effort to create a clean environment.

Balanced Energy Policies?

are emerging across the country as this issue continues to gain momentum by concerned folks everywhere.

Energy Policies in the US

Several mandates have been proposed over the years such as when President Nixon proposed a mandate that would never “allow gasoline to exceed $1.00/ gallon” and when President Jimmy Carter proposed that the “United States will never again import as much oil as it did in 1977.” But a comprehensive, long-term energy policy has never been proposed in the United States. While there has been continued debate and concern over the absence of something as valuable as this, no significant action to correct the problem has been implemented either. In 1992, 2005 and 2007 legislation was passed that pertained to energy policy but these various pieces of legislation focused on conservation provisions, an Energy Star program and energy development, with the promise of grants and tax incentives for both renewable



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But what about the other piece of the energy puzzle? Is it possible to create some balance in our endeavors to minimize reliance on foreign suppliers? Groups like the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) believe it is very possible to create balanced energy policies. This group has been urging the Administration for several years to make energy policy a top priority. In 2009, when CEA released its “Recommendations for a Balanced Energy Policy” the US energy policy stood at a perilous junction. At the time, price volatility and high energy costs contributed to the destabilization of the economy as America grappled with record high oil prices. In the report, CEA called on the Administration and Congress to “adopt sensible policies that would promote development of all domestic energy sources, with the ultimate goal of diversifying US energy supply.” However, the Administration and Congress again chose not to implement a balanced energy policy, and as the CEA wrote in its most current report, “Development of vital US energy sources has been restricted through moratoria, bans, and an unclear regulatory environment. American consumers have time and again demanded that the federal government implement a responsible energy policy – a path forward that utilizes domestic resources and the innovation to create jobs, revenue and a stable energy future while protecting the environment.”

According to a November 2010 report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the United States has the largest energy reserves on Earth. The report states that the United States has 1,824 billion barrels of oil equivalent (or barrel of oil equivalent for other sources of energy) when combining its recoverable natural gas, oil and coal reserves. Russia is a close second with 1,248 billion barrels and third is Saudi Arabia with 543 billion barrels. The information also stated that the United States has only tapped into 13% or 21 billion barrels of its oil reserves, with the 87% still untouched. The report also indicates that the United States has 28% of all the world’s coal reserves with Russia coming in second with 19%. In 2009, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) estimated that America had an enormous natural gas deposit at 2,047 trillion cubic feet. Experts indicate this is a very conservative figure given the expanding shale gas revolution. At the current rates, that is enough natural gas for 100 years. In the same report, CRS also mentions methane hydrates, a resource that is “immense..Possibly exceeding the combined energy content for all other known fossil fuels.” The United States also maintains a strategic petroleum reserve at four sites in the Gulf of Mexico. Given the recent oil spill and the subsequent outrage at the manner in which this was handled, little mention is made of the reserves off the Gulf. However, it is estimated that there is a total capacity of 727 million barrels of crude oil at those four sites. The maximum withdrawal capability is 4.4 million barrels/per day.

What about Energy and Jobs?

Another important component of this overall energy discussion must include the impact on the economy. The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported in their 2011 The State of American Energy: A Summary reports that the oil and natural gas industry support more than $1 trillion to the economy annually with 9.2 million jobs. The report goes on to say “developing more of

The State of American Energy America’s oil and natural gas resources will help meet growing demand, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, provide revenue to federal and state government while enhancing our nation’s energy security.” A new study published by Wood MaKenzie shows greater potential for higher government revenue from increased energy production compared to higher taxes on energy companies. The Study found that from 2011 – 2025, negative economic consequences of higher taxes will, in the long run, more than offset any short-term tax revenue gains under higher taxation. Revenues are estimated to decrease by $128 billion, but increased access could generate an additional $149 billion in government revenue. The same study also stated that “as millions of Americans struggle to find work, in 2025 more than 400,000 additional jobs are possible in the increased access scenario. The higher tax scenario could result in job loss estimated at almost 170,000 in the peak job loss year of 2014.” The American Petroleum Institute along with organizations like Consumers Energy Alliance are committed to working with policy makers to pursue a thoughtful, common sense energy agenda. “We must pursue a policy that promotes economic growth, creates jobs while producing safe, affordable and reliable energy for the future,” said John Kerekes, Central Region Director for American Petroleum Institute. Andrew Browning, with the Consumers Energy Alliance echoed the same sentiment, “a balanced energy policy will enhance US economic and energy security while providing affordable energy for struggling American consumers. The lack of such a policy will only jeopardize the nation’s energy and economic future.”

Government policies should harmonize our energy and environmental goals, encouraging responsible development that creates jobs and helps drive our economy.” The number of groups and organizations that are engaged in promoting domestic energy polices grows daily. These proponents are focusing their efforts on influencing critical decision makers and are also eyeing the upcoming Presidential elections as a key step in moving closer to decreasing our country’s reliance on foreign energy. The majority of the groups are making two simple requests:

1. Make energy a priority 2. Create significant DOMESTIC energy policies While those two simple requests seem pretty easy and straight forward, they are much more difficult than one may think given the fact that no significant energy policies have ever been created. There are many theories as to why these goals cannot be accomplished given the number of advocacy groups that are pushing for such action. However, there are equally as many groups that are strongly opposed to broadening energy options in the US. These groups are commonly grounded on their belief and support of global warming and a tremendous fear that the environment will be sacrificed in the process. This fear is fueled with compelling statistics and tragic stories of the ongoing poisoning of our environment by corporate America in its quest to make money while eliminating our dependence on foreign oil. These activists are equally committed and passionate about their position

and believe that the reports of the immense resources are inaccurate and the focus should only be on improving the environment. These groups strongly support renewable fuels that do not harm the environment and have been highly effective in getting their agenda moved forward. As the American Petroleum Institute concluded in their 2011 Energy report “given this energy reality, the nation has important decisions to make about its energy future. What we need today and tomorrow are policy choices that increase, not decrease, energy production. Government policies should harmonize our energy and environmental goals, encouraging responsible development that creates jobs and helps drive our economy.” “Now is not the time to remain passive as a society when it comes to energy, the environment or economic growth. Each will fall short of its fullest promise, absent constructive industry-government partnerships committed to providing our nation with a workable energy security policy”. There is no question that the trucking industry will need to be involved in this effort and given Iowa’s role in the political landscape through our caucuses, we (IMTA) will have a unique opportunity to have a front row seat. We certainly need to get it right when it comes to energy because there is simply too much at stake for our nation to do otherwise.

SOURCES CONSULTED: 1. Recommendations for a Balanced Energy Policy - Consumers Energy Alliance 2. U.S. Fossil Fuel Resources: Terminology, Reporting, and Summary Congressional Research Alliance

3. 2011 The State of American Energy: A Summary - American Petroleum Institute 4. U.S. Energy Resources Report 2010 5. Energy in the United States

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Legal Update Jason Palmer is a shareholder at Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor, & Fairgrave, P.C. where he maintains a general practice, including, but not limited to, trucking and transportation law. Jason is a member of the Transportation Law Association (TLA) and the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA).  Jason represents national motor carriers, Iowa transportation companies, and insurers with regard to trucking accidents, cargo claims, and other general transportation matters.

Pre-employment Screening and the FMSCA

On October 7, 2009, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) announced that it would launch the new Driver PreEmployment Screening Jason Palmer Program Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor, (“PSP”) which & Fairgrave, P.C. would allow commercial motor-carrier companies to electronically access driver inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process. The PSP is the result of federal legislation requiring the FMCSA to provide employers of commercial drivers with electronic access to crash and inspection data in FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System (“MCMIS”). The program became active on May 11, 2010, and it is important to note it is a voluntary program for carriers. This article will outline the framework of the PSP and briefly discuss the practical ramifications of the program for motor carriers. The PSP offers access to up to five years of driver crash data and three years of inspection data regardless of the state or jurisdiction. By using driver safety information during pre-employment screening, commercial carriers, according to the FMSCA, will be able to better assess the potential safety risks of prospective driver-employees. PSP also gives drivers additional opportunities to verify the data in their driving history and



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correct any discrepancies and therefore will improve the quality of safety data. A driver’s records will be protected in accordance with federal privacy laws. The PSP is populated monthly by the MCMIS and it is comprised of driver performance data including inspection and compliance review results,

enforcement data, state-reported crashes, and motor carrier census data. Information from traffic tickets, however, will not be posted prior to the court date or after a conviction. Thus, a driver’s record from a State Department of Motor Vehicles will not be available through PSP. The PSP only contains MCMIS inspection and crash information. This information will not contain data on suspensions that are not related to safety issues—like child support. The PSP provides more rapid access to commercial driver safety performance information than was previously available under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act requests. Further, records are available twenty-four (24) hours a day via Web request. The motor carrier must enroll to participate in the PSP program and the fee structure

is inexpensive with a subscription fee ranging from $25 to $100 and $10 per PSP report. FMCSA is working with a contractor, National Information Consortium Technologies (“NIC”), to provide the data for the PSP with the operator-applicant’s written consent. The NIC is subject to routine audits by FMCSA to ensure

compliance with applicable Federal laws and regulations and compliance with the contract terms. Motor carriers are also subject to random audits by NIC and/or FMCSA to ensure that operatorapplicant written consent is obtained and those records of consent are maintained. The operator-applicant will not receive separate notice from NIC that the information was released. However, it is mandatory that the motor carrier receive the operator-applicant’s written consent prior to the data being released. NIC is also required to adhere to the Privacy Act, the applicable sections of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable Federal laws to protect driver information. NIC is required to develop processes and systems to protect the FMCSA-supplied data from unauthorized disclosures, including processes to ensure

Legal Update that operator-applicant’s written consent is obtained, thefts, manipulation, or dissemination, in accordance with federal security requirements, including the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994. Motor carriers may only request Driver Information Resource records for the purpose of conducting pre-employment screening. Thus, motor carriers cannot use the PSP to request data on current employees. Operator-applicants, however, will be able to get a copy of their inspection and crash data in

allows motor carriers to search a driver’s history in multiple states. The fee remains $10 regardless of the number of states queried for a driver. Operator-applicants will be able to access their own records and no enrollment is required of individual operator-applicants. While the PSP is a voluntary program for carriers, it will likely become standard practice. Not only will plaintiff’s attorneys quickly begin attacking carriers who do not use the program with claims of not performing due diligence

By using driver safety information during preemployment screening, commercial carriers, according to the FMSCA, will be able to better assess the potential safety risks of prospective driver-employees. MCMIS through PSP for the prescribed fee. Motor carriers may continue to obtain driver safety performance information by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to FMCSA at and operator-applicants may obtain their own information free of charge from FMCSA by submitting a Privacy Act request. Motor carriers can enroll in the PSP at It takes approximately two (2) weeks for NIC to complete the enrollment process. Once the enrollment is complete, NIC will e-mail the main contact listed on the account and provide instructions for accessing user credentials. Aside from periodic maintenance, the site is available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Reports are transmitted almost immediately in most circumstances. Drivers and motor carriers can view the records using a PDF viewer, and can save and print the record. Drivers can also view the record in HTML, with no PDF viewer required. The motor carrier may also request multiple drivers at one time. The PSP system

before placing drivers on the road, but eventually the public and insurance underwriters will also be looking at the data. Therefore, it is highly recommended that all carriers consider using the PSP as part of the hiring process.

The information may not be disclosed to other company employees or those outside the company. Third, information obtained through PSP is subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Under the FCRA, if an employer uses any PSP information in its decision to not extend employment to an applicant, it must provide the applicant with a complete and full copy of the information obtained from the PSP prior to taking any adverse action on the application for employment. Fourth, the employer must inform the applicants that they have a right to dispute incomplete or inaccurate information through the FMCSA data system. The employer must also inform the applicants that they may obtain information about the FCRA at It is highly recommended that all carriers begin using the PSP as a tool during their hiring process. However, each carrier will need to determine and adopt its own standard for using the PSP information in the pre-employment screening process and then apply that standard uniformly to all drivers.

Whether you already use the PSP or are contemplating its use, it is important that motor carrier’s be aware of some of the legal requirements of the program. First, the employer must receive the applicant’s written consent prior to making a request for information to PSP and inform the applicant in writing that information obtained from the PSP will be used in the hiring screening process. The written consent along with information obtained through PSP must be kept by the carrier for three years for its potential use in random audits. Second, the employer may only use the information obtained from PSP for pre-employment screening of drivers. As such, carriers may not obtain PSP reports on current employees. Further, the PSP information may only be seen and used by company employees that are involved in the hiring process.

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Iowa Truck Services Corrective Action Planning is Main Key to Improving CSA Ratings

With hundreds of carriers in Iowa, and thousands all across the United States, having now received warning letters from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for being alert in at least one CSA BASIC, the need for a corrective action plan could never be greater.

Phillip Nicolino IMTA Marketing Manager

Iowa Truck Services is dedicated to providing private, for-hire and specialized motor carriers a full-scope of regulatory, safety and compliance services. Some companies have the manpower and ability within their own operation to respond quickly and effectively to the FMCSA. But the harsh reality is most do not, leaving a large number of carriers mystified and ill-equipped to take proper action. Fortunately, the Iowa Motor Truck Association has positioned itself to help any carrier with a need for regulatory and safety compliance assistance through the recent development of a new division – Iowa Truck Services.

Dedicated to working with carriers of all types and sizes, Iowa Truck Services offers industry-best practices, comprehensive safety services and tailored solutions to meet specific operational demands. Corrective action plans performed by Iowa Truck Services professionals encompass: • A full, step-by-step review of company processes • An in-depth look into found deficiencies • Suggested action plans to correct deficiencies based on proven processes and regulatory compliance While Iowa Truck Services provides virtually everything a company needs to be proactive or reactive to the FMCSA – including CSA management and training, mock regulatory audits and safety meetings – corrective action planning may be the most important when it comes to CSA. Having implemented one into current business practices tells the FMCSA you are aware of your deficiencies and are working to improve them. That becomes a crucial point of distinction after an organization has been issued a warning letter. A little known fact about CSA is that carriers having received letters are put on a watch list, and they are monitored for a 12-month period. If an operation is able to lower its BASIC to below threshold in those 12 months, it is removed from the watch list. However, any company still above threshold is immediately categorized as a high risk carrier, making them subject to an investigation. Having a correction action plan developed and employed based on the expertise and recommendations of Iowa Truck Services and the IMTA will benefit any operation if an investigation is launched. If an effective corrective action plan is being utilized to successfully lower a carrier’s BASIC rating, the FMCSA is less likely to enforce its own processes.

Conversely, any carrier failing to lower its BASIC below threshold without executing a corrective action plan will become the focus of an FMCSA intervention that could ultimately lead to a mandated cooperative safety plan in order to remain in business. So it seems any company that gets a warning letter has fairly clear options: • Take the proper steps towards building a stronger, safer operation by enlisting the IMTA and Iowa Truck Services to help develop a corrective action plan that will create long-term benefits. • Do nothing and hope that ratings fall below threshold on their own while risking being put out of business. What would you choose? The Iowa Motor Truck Association hopes all carriers alerted of their deficiencies select the first option so they can remain a valuable part of Iowa’s trucking industry for years and decades to come.

About Iowa Truck Services

Iowa Truck Services is dedicated to providing private, for-hire and specialized motor carriers a full-scope of regulatory, safety and compliance services. A division of the Iowa Motor Truck Association, the ITS team offers industry-best practices, comprehensive safety services and tailored solutions to meet specific operational demands. From licensing and permitting to preventative training programs, mock regulatory audits and corrective action plans, ITS is driven to keep you on the road. For more information about Iowa Truck Services, contact the Iowa Motor Truck Association at (515) 244-5193 or visit

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Members in the News IMTA’s First and Only Female Chairman of the Board Passes Away

Bonnie Vetter was a remarkable and special woman that was a tremendous leader to the Iowa Motor Truck Association and the transportation industry. Bonnie and her husband Bonnie Vetter Gene started Vetter Moving & Storage a moving business, Vetter Moving & Storage and eventually the Iowa Moving and Warehouseman’s Association was formed and Bonnie was instrumental in getting the association up and running. She served as it executive secretary for many years and eventually as its President. It was because of that leadership role in the moving industry that she ultimately got involved with IMTA. IMTA was representing the interests of the moving industry at the Capitol and Bonnie accepted an invitation to sit on the IMTA Board of Directors to represent the moving industry. Throughout her tenure with IMTA, Bonnie was extremely active on several committees and eventually moved into the highest elected position and was the chairman of IMTA in 1997. Bonnie was the first woman to serve in that capacity and remains the only woman to be the IMTA Chairman. Bonnie was instrumental in IMTA’s legislative activities and in the development of its political action committee. In 1992, Bonnie was appointed a commissioner to the Iowa Department of Transportation by Governor Branstad and served on the commission until 2000. In 1999, she was elected Chairman of the Commission by her fellow commissioners. Bonnie was very active in Iowa’s political landscape and was a highly respected and distinguished leader because of her commitment to learning and understanding the issues at hand.



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Bonnie and her husband Gene were lifelong business partners and remained active not only in statewide organizations and activities, but within their beloved community of Spencer. Bonnie was active with the Chamber of Commerce and served on the City Council, Bonnie was also active with the Grace United Methodist Church and other community organizations. Bonnie was also on the Iowa Transportation Museum Board. Bonnie is survived by her husband Gene, their four children and 10 grandchildren.

Two join Peterbilt Sales Team in Council Bluffs

in Marketing Management at Iowa Western and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Buena Vista University. “Our Peterbilt dealership is pleased to add to our staff these two quality salesmen to assist our customers,” said Sales Manager Pete Petersen. Brett Cook

Clark Bannister Joins McKenna Truck Center

Two new salesmen recently joined the Truck Sales Team at Peterbilt of Council Bluffs & Omaha. The pair of truck sales representatives, who are familiar with heavy-duty and medium-duty vehicles, are now showing new and used trucks to customers. Dan Engstrom brings 37 years of heavy truck and trailer sales experience to his new position. He most recently sold Class 8 trucks Dan Engstrom to customers of Werner Enterprises Truck Fleet Sales in Omaha for seven years. Prior to that, he sold trucks for an International dealer for six years. Engstrom started his career in semi-trailer sales in 1973. Brett Cook brings knowledge and vitality to his new position as a Peterbilt truck sales representative. He has seven years of hardware-related sales/management experience, including two years as a Snap-On Tools Dealer. Cook also knows heavy vehicles. While attending school, he worked periodically as an ag mechanic’s assistant – gaining some valuable lessons in the mechanical field. He earned an associate’s degree

Clark will be following in his father’s (Bob Bannister) footsteps at McKenna Truck Center as a new and used truck salesman. Clark was previously employed by Central Trailer Service for the past 7 years where he began in parts sales and then moved in to trailer sales. Clark’s enthusiasm and work ethic have already become apparent to McKenna Truck Center. McKenna Truck Center is pleased to have Clark aboard and we are confident that he will be a great addition to the McKenna family. McKenna Truck Center is located in Des Moines. Clark Bannister

Members in the News including President of the company which was a position he maintained until his retirement. In addition to his affiliation with IMTA, Virgil was deeply committed to the national issues impacting the trucking industry and was active in several national organization such as the Common Carrier Conference, Irregular Route and the Truckload Carriers Conference (TCA) which he also served as its highest elected leader in 1991 – 1992. Virgil and Rachel Umthun

Longtime Trucking Legend and Friend to the Industry Dies

Virgil Umthun, a long time friend and leader in Iowa’s trucking industry passed away on January 18, 2011. Virgil had been active with the Iowa Motor Truck Association for many years and served as IMTA Chairman in 1977. Virgil had served on virtually every committee within the association from the PAC committee to industry relations to serving as the Co-Chairman of the Building Committee in 1996. He and George Crouse chaired the building committee that was responsible for making IMTA’s headquarters a reality at the foot of the State Capitol. Because of their outstanding leadership, almost a million dollars was raised in less than six months for the construction of the 10,000 square foot building that continues to be a testament to strength and perseverance of Iowa’s trucking industry. Virgil was equally committed to providing unwavering leadership to his community of Eagle Grove and the company that was synonymous with that same community, Umthun Trucking. Virgil and his wife Rachel began their married life in northern Indiana during the construction of the Indiana toll road. Virgil was employed as a heavy equipment operator. They moved back to Eagle Grove in 1955 and Virgil was employed by Steve Umthun and sons and later to be known as Umthun Trucking from 1968 through his retirement in July of 1998. Virgil started in the company as a driver and served in numerous positions

Within the community of Eagle Grove, Virgil and Rachel Umthun were known for their generosity and commitment to making the community a great place to live and work. Virgil was extremely active in a number of organizations including the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Wright County Museum Board, Eagle Grove golf and country club, Boy Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Knights of Columbus, Dollars for Scholars and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

enjoyed time with his family and friends, small farm and animal husbandry, fishing, hunting, motorcycling and was an off-road jeep enthusiast. Virgil was highly respected and regarded by IMTA members and for those of us that were lucky enough to work with Virgil we will always remember his engaging personality, the smile he always had and his willingness to be the sole Democrat on the IMTA Board for many years. He was truly a friend to the industry and a leader that will never be forgotten.

Virgil is survived by his wife Rachel and their 6 children and their families. Virgil also is survived by 5 brothers and sisters. Virgil truly enjoyed life with his family at their Eagle Grove and Lake Cornelia homes. Virgil was an avid golfer and also

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Prairie Farms Dairy Dubuque, IA

Rainbow Oil Burlington, IA

Hull Enterprises, Inc. Coal Valley, IA

Halbrook Excavating Ankeny, IA

Classic Trucking, Inc. Hedrick, IA

Goff Trucking LLC Knoxville, IA

A-1 Strorage & Crane Services, Inc. Manchester, IA

Transportation Alliance Bank Perryville, MO

Schau Towing & Salvage, Inc. Ida Grove, IA

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Members Providing Leadership

Delwin Van Wyk-Chairman Interstate Power Systems

“The IMTA Management Conference is a rich tradition that allows carriers and vendors to come together and celebrate the many accomplishments of the industry as a whole. We are looking forward to offering another first class experience that combines quality educational offerings with valuable networking opportunities with business colleagues and friends. The conference is a unique and worthwhile experience for everyone. We have a great committee working on the event and I guarantee the members will be anxious to attend.�

Ma nag ement C onf erence C ommi ttee The management conference committee is responsible for developing a quality conference and implementing efforts that raise the necessary funds for the event and also attract attendees to this annual meeting. These volunteers are actively involved in the planning and promotion of the conference and because of that involvement, IMTA offers one of the best trucking conferences in the nation.

Adam Clark

Matt DeSchepper,

Dave Dickey

Joel Donaghy

Fred Grask

Mike Riggan

Kathy Swank

Jeff Wangsness

Midwest Wheel Companies

Cedar Rapids Truck Center, Inc.

Great West Casualty Company

Tan Tara Transportation



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Harold Dickey Transport, Inc.

D.R.S. Transport, Inc.

Donaghy Kempton Insurors

JMT Trucking Company

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Members Providing Leadership

Dan Gardner-Chairman Wal-Mart Transportation

“The truck driving championships is such an important event because it showcases the professional truck drivers. These men and women are the foundation of the trucking industry and this is one event that focuses entirely on their value and their professionalism. I think we have one of the finest events in the country and the pride and confidence that is instilled as a result of this event is priceless. I look forward to the TDC every year and am honored to be able to serve once again as the chairman of this outstanding event.”

Marvin McGinnis -Co-Chairman

“For many years I’ve been involved with the Iowa Truck Driving Championships. I have always been very proud to be affiliated with the event because it is a tribute to the many professional drivers that are truly the foundation of this industry. Iowa has one of the best events in the nation and I enjoy my involvement with the event.”

Casey’s General Stores, Inc.

Truck D ri vi ng C hampi onshi p s C ommi ttee Save the Dates – June 10 & 11 – (Friday & Saturday) Iowa Speedway in Newton Sid Carroll

Great West Casualty

Gary Handley

BTI Special Commodities, Inc.

Brian George

GTL Transportation, Inc.

Dan Hannasch

Farner-Bocken Company

Rodney Glassner

Con-Way Freight Inc.

Jackie Johnsrud

Johnsrud Transport

Since 1943, the Iowa Truck Driving Championship has been a strong tradition in Iowa. Professional drivers from across the state gather for the annual event that focuses specifically on the drivers. While the testing is rigorous and stressful, the camaraderie and recognition that EVERY participant receives more than makes up for the butterflies and nervousness. As one driver wrote on his evaluation last year, “I always leave the event feeling very proud and appreciated AND I carry that pride with me every day. I believe I am a better driver and a better employee because of my participation at the truck driving championships.” IMTA members are encouraged to consider participating in the 2011 Iowa Truck Driving Championships. Applications are available by contacting the IMTA office (515)244-5193 or at IMTA’s website

Not Pictured Julie Pruitt

Crouse Transportation Services, LLC

Dave Neuwohner

All Seasons Trucking, Inc.

Bridget Nixon Solar Transport

James Ransom

Ruan Transportation Management Systems

Mike Riggan

Tan Tara Transportation

Larry Spain

Continental Western Insurance Company

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ICSM Activities Iowa Council of Safety Management Holds Annual Regulatory Breakfast

The Iowa Council of Safety Management held its annual Regulatory Breakfast and heard from Iowa FMCSA Director Shirley McGuire and Iowa DOT Chief Dave Lorenzen. The breakfast was well attended and provides a valuable opportunity for safety professionals, company owners and regulators to network and discuss issues of importance. The group received various updates from the regulatory leaders and also had a valuable Q & A exchange. “We believe it is vitally important that we continue to work with the regulators, we all ultimately want the same outcome and it is much easier to accomplish that when we have a positive working relationship. These types of events foster those kind of relationships,” said IMTA Director of Safety Don Egli.

Gary Handley, BTI Special Commodities, Inc., Don Egle, IMTA Safety Director Vance Phillips, Casey’s General Stores, Inc.

ICSM hosts the event each year and always get good participation. The ICSM meets the second Tuesday of the month, except in July and August.

L to R: Dan Noe, Harold Dickey Transportation, Larry Spain, Continental Western Ins., Bridget Nison, Solar Transport, Dan Gardner, Walmart Transportation, Shirley McGuire, FMCSA Division Administrator L to R: Lisa Gonnerman, James Ransom and Chuck Gilstrap, all of Ruan, are very active supporters and members of the ICSM.

IMTA Members Participate in IDOT Ride Along

The Iowa Council of Safety Management hosted its annual Iowa DOT Ride Along program. IMTA members and ICSM members were invited to participate and spend a day riding with an Iowa DOT enforcement officer. This is an extremely valuable experience and provide both everyone with the opportunity to learn more about the trucking industry and enforcement. The second part of the program allows for a DOT officer to ride along with a truck driver at some point. Iowa DOT Chief Dave Lorenzen is supportive of the program and looks forward to strengthening the relationship between enforcement and the industry. “We always appreciate the opportunity to get our officers more familiar with the industry and the men and women involved in trucking. It is a win win situation for everyone,” he stated. The ICSM also hosts a ride along with the Highway Patrol which will be later this spring.



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IMTA members participated in annual IDOT Ride Along program. L to R: IMTA Members -Darrell Whitehead, Julie Prutt, Mark Olson L to R: IMTA Members -Dan Noe, Andrea Heus, Oddis Meyers, Rodney Glassner

2011 Legislative Efforts

Members head to the Capitol. L to R: Gary Handley, BTI Special Commodities, Inc., Matt DeSchepper, Great West Casualty Company, Linda Upmeyer, House Majority Leader, Delwin VanWyk, Interstate Power Systems

IMTA members once again have been involved and active in the 2011 Iowa legislative session by participating in Capitol Club House Majority Leader Linda luncheons Upmeyer was first speaker at and Day IMTA Capitol Club Events at the Capitol events. Although compared to previous sessions, this one has been relatively uneventful. As a result of the

Rep. Eric Helland and IMTA Lobbyist Dave Scott answer questions at IMTA Capitol Club.

2010 elections, Republicans control the house and the Governor’s office and Democrats are in the majority in the Senate.

issues. The task force will meet over the summer and have recommendations by this fall to present to the legislature in 2012.

There has been a tremendous amount of time spent on various issues that are more “social” in nature but collective bargaining, education funding and the overall budget seem to be the top priorities. However, IMTA has remained very active in several business issues and is watching closely as agency directors are nominated as various task forces are appointed to study specific topics. The Governor recently appointed a transportation committee comprised of public citizens to study the road funding

IMTA leaders and members have continued to promote the industry and show support of creating a pro-business environment in the State of Iowa. “We continue to support the efforts of any lawmaker that believes in the importance of a pro-business agenda. This economy is still shaky at best and we all need to be working on ways to improve the state’s economy while preserving our ability to make a good living,” said IMTA Chairman Mike Riggan.

Senator Bill Dix talks to the group of IMTA members about creating a probusiness environment.

Dave Scott, Bill Dix, Mike Riggan, Brenda Neville

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Boxing NIght TRUCK PAC Fundraiser –Successful Event! IMTA’s TRUCK PAC Boxing Night Raises over $10,000 for PAC!

The second annual PAC Boxing Night was another success. This private boxing event raised over $10,000 for The 2nd Annual TRUCK PAC Iowa and attracted more than a 150 spectators. The Iowa Golden Gloves association hosted the event and provided 12 fights featuring some of the major up-and-coming boxers in the Midwest. This year’s event also featured a 14 year old division and women’s division. In addition to seeing some tremendous boxing matches, folks were able to network and socialize with other IMTA members and show support of TRUCK PAC Iowa. A number of prizes were given away throughout the night and organizers hailed it a big success. “It was a much better event this year and given the support that was shown, I predict that this will become a signature event in our PAC fundraising efforts,” said IMTA Chairman, Mike Riggan. The idea was first tested last year and while it was a success, a new venue and working with the Iowa Golden Gloves organization proved to be a positive move. The event was held at the Embassy Suites on the River in downtown Des Moines and members from throughout the state were in attendance.

Decker Truck Line employees, Keith Lamfers, Lonnie Wallace, Tim Burnes and Christopher Patrick, Cottingham & Butler, pose with the Ring Girls.

A special thanks to the IMTA PAC Committee and the sponsors for making the event such a tremendous success.

Jim Wilson, Freightliner of Des Moines, Jeff Baedke and Ryan Bastian, Truck Country

L to R: Andrea Jacobs, Sasha Monthei and Charles Blade all from Scheldrup Blades, Shrock, Smith & Aranza



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Chad Saemisch, Central Iowa Concrete and Jeff Wagness, JMT Trucking

Doc Wilson, Cummins Center Power, LLC, Charlie Williams, Boyer Petroleum

Boxing NIght Mack Harbour, Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc., Dave Dickey, Harold Dickey Transport, Inc., Judy Dickey, Harold Dickey Transport, Inc.

Brenda Neville, President IMTA, Tim Burnes, Decker Truck Line and Chris Patrick, Cottingham & Butler

S p eci a l Tha n k s t o our Sp onsors Bout 1

Boyer Petroleum

Bout 2

Cedar Rapids Truck Center/ Quad City Peterbilt

Bout 3

Decker Truck Line

Bout 4

Housby Mack

Bout 5

Thermo King Christensen

Bout 6

Truck Country

Bout 7

Reynolds & Reynolds

Bout 8

Interstate Power Systems

Bout 9

McKenna Truck Center

Bout 10 Huggins Group Bout 11 Warren Transport

Mike Bagg, Central Trailer Service People of all ages enjoyed the event. Here Easton Moody, Cody Fansch and Marshall Sheldahl get acquainted with the Ring Girls.

David Riggan, TanTara Transport, Inc., Elise Matson, Diane Riggan, TanTara Transport, Inc.

Special Thanks to the 2011 PAC Committee for their efforts in organizing such a successful event Chairman: Ralph Arthur, Ruan Transportation Management Systems Clayton Fisk, Warren Transport Fred Gask, Cedar Rapids Truck Center Dave Nelson, Freightliner of Des Moines Mike Riggan, TanTara Transportation Dan Stevens, Farner-Bocken Company Mark Zieman, Cherry Valley Enterprises, Inc. Dave Van Wyk, Van Wyk, Inc.

Bout 12 Wolin Mechanical Dinner & Beverage Sponsors Cummins Central Power LLC Federated Insurance Crouse Transportation Services, LLC Reilly Construction Co, Inc Ten D Inc. Ruan Transportation Gold Table Sponsors: Association & Legislative Resources BTI Special Commodities Cherry Valley Enterprises Freightliner of Des Moines JMT Trucking Company Manatt’s Inc. Midwest Wheel Companies TanTara Transportation

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2011 Leadership Class 2011 Leadership Class Kicks Off Another Year

Since 1992, the Iowa Motor Truck Association has been committed to the development of future and emerging leaders within the industry. This year was no exception and 12 individuals gathered for the 2011 session. The group comprised of carriers and vendors again represents a diverse scope of individuals that parallels with IMTA’s diverse membership. Over the course of 2 months, they will participate in four day long sessions and then additional sessions are offered throughout the session. In September, they are recognized at the IMTA Management Conference and then challenged to stay active and involved with IMTA. “This is without question one of the most valuable investments we can make for the future of IMTA,” said IMTA President Brenda Neville. “We continue to have interest and support for the program and from each class, we get a percentage that stay active and engaged in IMTA. Many of these participants will eventually be called upon to lead the organization.” There are a variety of sessions that are offered through the IMTA program. Some of the sessions focus on professional development and others hone in on personal development. There is a variety of speakers and instructors that lead the sessions and the class also has a lot of opportunity to network with one another as well. A special thanks to all the companies that show support of the 2011 class by allowing their employees to participate and to IMTA leaders for their assistance in developing the curriculum and assisting with the classes.

Kevin Hadenfeld

Bill Kahn

Bill Walton

Chad Humphrey

Darrell Short

Eric Davis

Missy Heinaman

Kevin Smejkal

Keith Lamfers

Tim Ryan

Heather Hueneman

Jason Galbraith

Midwest Wheel Companies

Ruan Transportation Management Systems

Denver Construction

Quad City Peterbilt

Team building excercises are a valuable part of the class.



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Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions

Hy-Vee Stores, Inc.

Farner Bocken Co.

Hueneman Farms

Ruan Transportation Management Systems

Des Moines Truck Broker

Decker Truck Lines, Inc.

Consolidated Metro, Inc.

2011 Leadership Class “This is without question one of the most valuable investments we can make for the future of IMTA,� said IMTA President Brenda Neville.

Darrell Short, Hy-Vee Stores, Inc., Kevin Gass, Perishable Distributors of Iowa Tim Ryan, Quad City Peterbilt, Mike Riggan, TanTara Transportation - IMTA Chairman, Keith Lamfers, Decker Truck Lines, Inc.

Mike Riggan, IMTA Chairman was a featured speaker during a lunch session.

Team Building Activity - One of the most popular activities is getting the class to participate in this team building activity with blind folds.


Tim Ryan, Quad City Peterbilt, Bill Kahn, Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions

2 0 1 1 Le a d e r s hi p C l a s s at the

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Road Team 2011 Iowa Road Team Kicks Off Their Efforts

The Road Team promoted the trucking industry at a local Hy-Vee store for an afternoon visiting with over 300 people Tony Maiefski – Con-Way Freight and Kelly Lien – Solar Transport hand out “Share the Road” brochures to the public.

The 2011 Iowa Road Team was named in late 2010 and after a thorough orientation session, the group made their debut appearances recently. The Iowa Road Team is comprised of professional drivers with impeccable safety records and driving careers. Members of the team represent a variety of operations and a variety of different experiences. The only automatic slot on the team goes to the IMTA Driver of the Year recipient. Any first place winner at the annual Truck Driving Championships is given an automatic interview whereas other drivers have to fill out an application to be considered for an interview. Then the arduous task of narrowing the field down to 8 or 10 begins. It is always a very difficult and demanding task for the selection committee because all the applicants are qualified and have exemplary records and achievements. “It really is a tough task to be on the road team selection committee because the caliber of drivers that are submitted for nomination is the very best of the best,” said IMTA Chairman of the Board, Mike Riggan.



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But once named, this team of professional drivers becomes IMTA’s biggest asset in their ongoing public relations efforts. These professional drivers become the symbol of the industry, professionalism and commitment to safety. They wave the flag for the industry at schools, in front of lawmakers, media and the general public. “There isn’t an event that they attend that people are not thoroughly impressed and surprised at what they see in the Road Team. They are impressive and demand the kind of respect they should be getting daily,” said IMTA President Brenda Neville.

The Road Team traveled to the Iowa Department of Transportation in Ankeny to meet with officers L-R Major Lance Evans – Iowa Department of Transportation, Kelly Lien – Solar Transport, Jeff Bean – Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC, Tom Goddard – Hy-Vee, Inc., Ryan Kelley – Fed-Ex Freight, David Bean – Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC, Brian Gardner – Fed-Ex Freight, Jeff Cooper – BTI Special Commodities, Tony Maiefski – Con-Way Freight, Inc. Chief David Lorenzen – Iowa Department of Transportation.

The 2011 Road Team just recently kicked off their activities for the year and will continuing to do a variety of special outreach events throughout the coming months. If an IMTA member is interested in having

a member of the road team at an upcoming company or community event, please don’t hesitate to call the IMTA Office (515)244-5193.

“There isn’t an event that they attend that people are not thoroughly impressed and surprised at what they see in the Road Team,” said IMTA Chairman of the Board, Mike Riggan.

(far back row) Kelly Lein – Solar Transport (back row) Jeff Cooper – BTI Special Commodities, Tom Goddard – Hy-Vee, Inc., David Bean – Wal-Mart Transportation, Ryan Kelley – Fed-Ex Freight, (front row) Tony Maiefski – Con-Way Freight, Jeff Bean – Wal-Mart Transportation, Brian Gardner – Fed-Ex Freight

From grandkids to grandparents, over 75 people took advantage of checking out the inside of the truck and show trailer on display

Road Team 2011 Iowa Road Team Tom Goddard Hy-Vee, Inc.

The Road Team got a tour of the Capitol and visited with legislators (back row – LR) Mike Spalla, Iowa Motor Truck Association, Jeff Cooper – BTI Special Commodities, Tony Maiefski – Con-Way Freight, David Bean – Wal-Mart Transportation, State Representative Richard Arnold, Ryan Kelley – Fed-Ex Freight, Brian Gardner – Fed-Ex Freight, Jeff Bean – Wal-Mart Transportation, Kelly Lien – Solar Transport

The Iowa Road Team is comprised of professional drivers with impeccable safety records and driving careers.

Tony Maiefski Con-Way Freight, Inc. Brian Gardner Fed Ex Freight Jeff Cooper BTI Special Commodities Kelly Lien Solar Transport Jeff Bean Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Visting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in Ames, IA (LR) Art Fleener – Officer - FMCSA, Tom Goddard – HyVee, Inc., David Bean – Wal-Mart Transportation, Ryan Kelley – Fed-Ex Freight, Kelly Lien – Solar Transport, Jeff Cooper – BTI Special Commodities, Jeff Bean – Wal-Mart Transportation, Brian Gardner – Fed-Ex Freight, Tony Maiefski – Con-Way Freight, Shirley McGuire – Director – FMCSA

Ryan Kelley Fed-Ex Freight

Team members climbed the 100 steps up to the Capitol dome (LR) Jeff Bean – Wal-Mart Transportation, Kelly Lien – Solar Transport, Tony Maiefski – ConWay Freight, Tom Goddard – Hy-Vee, Inc., Ryan Kelley – Fed-Ex Freight, Jeff Cooper – BTI Special Commodities, Brian Gardner – Fed-Ex Freight

Kelly Lien – Solar Transport, Representative Bob Hager

Share the Road Program – Road Team members talked to 55 drivers ED students, got them in the truck and gave them a firsthand look at the “No Zones” around the truck.

David Bean Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Free coffee and cookies were a huge hit with people coming and going out of the local Ankeny Hy-Vee. (LR) Ryan Kelley – Fed-Ex Freight, Brian Gardner – Fed-Ex Freight, Jeff Cooper – BTI Special Commodities

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The Final Word This is the first in a series of articles that will feature perspectives from folks from the next generation. Former and current leadership class participants will be invited to share their perspective in this column. The author of this inaugural column is Rory Triplett, Account Representative with Motor-Ways Insurance. Rory has been involved with the trucking industry for over 8 years getting his start in the industry by working at the Iowa Motor Truck Association as the Director of Marketing & Membership and then moving into the trucking insurance industry. Rory is a graduate of The University of South Dakota and is an active supporter of many IMTA events.

The Next Generation Speaks!

Why do you belong to IMTA? Fortunately I work for a great company Rory Triplett that has been Motor-Ways a member of the IMTA for many many years and it is through my employment with them that I get to continue to stay active with the IMTA. I know that in some cases, I am at an advantage when it comes to knowing what the benefits of membership are. I worked in the IMTA membership department for a few years and through that experience I really saw the good things that the association was doing for the industry. I went from selling memberships to the IMTA to working for a member of the IMTA and essentially becoming a member myself. Membership with the IMTA continues to prove very beneficial to me in my career. As a younger person involved with the association, I think one of the greatest benefits that IMTA offers is the opportunity to network with colleagues, customers and prospective customers. IMTA is in a unique position to put together events that bring a large scope of members to the table. I don’t think enough young people take full advantage of those opportunities. I know it takes time and a lot of us are



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busy and involved with other things. But I am telling you, there is a tremendous value to coming to some of these activities because it really helps you get better acquainted with other IMTA members. When I’m on the road talking to prospects or current customers, having the common interest of membership with the IMTA to talk about is a great benefit. Even if you come to an IMTA event and only stay 30 minutes, you will have made an impact and I guarantee you will know at least one other person and by the time you leave, you will become acquainted with at least one to two other members. In addition to the networking benefits one could enjoy by attending the events mentioned above, a younger IMTA member, like myself, has a wonderful opportunity to learn about the industry from individuals who have been trucking

As a younger person involved with the association, I think one of the greatest benefits that IMTA offers is the opportunity to network with colleagues, customers and prospective customers.

since before I was born. They have established themselves as leaders in this industry and it is no coincidence they have ascended to leadership positions with the IMTA. You will always find IMTA leaders at IMTA events and these folks have years and years of experience. Having the opportunity to talk with them about their experience and expertise in the industry, one on one, is really valuable! These are individuals whom have really lived in and through the industry’s ups and downs over the years. Their stories are fascinating, educational and informative. It is at an IMTA event where you will hear those stories and get a glimpse of the real world of trucking. You aren’t going to find that through Google, Facebook or a Twitter. So, I know it is easy to discard the announcement about an upcoming IMTA event especially when there are so many other options fighting for our time and interest. But I will tell you, if you are truly looking at making a career in the trucking industry, you are foolish not to make the time to attend one of the many opportunities to interact with other IMTA members. Believe me there is certainly someone that is taking advantage of those opportunities and whenever I walk into an IMTA event and look around the room and see some of the trucking legends there, I figure if it is a big enough priority for them to make time for it, it certainly needs to be a priority for me as well. I look forward to seeing you at a future IMTA event. I guarantee it will be well worth your time.

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