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ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman of Board | Jo-Don Clanton Pioneer Transport

CEO | Jim Newport (P) 405.525.9488 x3 jimnewport@oktrucking.org Director of Events | Rebecca Chappell (P) 405.525.9488 x1 rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org Office Assistant | Tana Mehlhaff (P) 405.525.9488 x2 tanamehlhaff@oktrucking.org

1st Vice Chair | Adam Dye Southwest Trailers & Equipment 2nd Vice Chair | David Snapp Groendyke Transport Past Chairman | Bob Acker Bruckner Truck Sales, Inc. State VP to the ATA | Bob Peterson Melton Truck Lines, Inc Alternate State VP to the ATA | LaVern McCorkle McCorkle Truck Line, Inc Mario Archaga | UPS Houston Brittain | Action Enterprises David Freymiller | Freymiller, Inc Zac Kannady | LuGreg Trucking Brad Klepper | Drivers Legal Plan Brian Malatka | Dolese David McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Line, Inc Bobby Smith | Premier Truck Group

THANK YOU SPONSORS Throughout the year the OTA turns to our partners to work toward successful events, programs and operations! We are thankful for each of our sponsors and would like to highlight our top donors. Without each of our members and investors the OTA would not be able to achieve its mission!

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FROM THE CEO Members, We’ve all heard catchy phrases perhaps intended to motivate or inspire us. Here are a few quick definitions of some that tend to focus on self rather than an organization. Go it alone - to act by oneself without assistance. Stand on your own two feet - to be or become self-reliant or independent. Self-Made - made by oneself. At the appropriate time and place, these can all inspire us to demonstrate a type of resiliency to whatever life may throw at us. Another type of strength is that of an organization. Organization - an organized body of people with a particular purpose. Here’s another common saying. Strength in Numbers - a group of people having more influence or power than one person. From the historical book of wisdom, “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.” Proverbs 11:14 (NASB) In simple terms, when bright and dedicated people sharing the same goal are united, they are more likely to enjoy success. Seeking to accomplish the best common goals together is just plain smart. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I hope you see the value of an organization like your Oklahoma Trucking Association and the role you play in it. You can take pride in your organization being strong and vibrant. To say we are the “voice of trucking” in Oklahoma would be just empty words if there’s no momentum behind it. Your membership and participation at all levels continue to push this organization to levels we’ve not seen before. One quick example is that this year alone the OTA engaged in more legislative bills than ever before and scored “WINS” on every front. We want to continue to not just TALK about it, but BE about it! It makes sense to be a part of the one organization that day in and day out supports your livelihood. From PAC contributors, Safety, Maintenance, Drivers, Board leadership, Carrier and Allied partners, thank you for serving your role in this dynamic organization.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transpor-

The website features motor carriers throughout

tation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

the country who are seeking to hire 18-20-year-old

(FMCSA) announced that it has published a new job

drivers as part of FMCSA’s Under 21 Military Driver

opportunities website to help 18-20-year-olds who

Pilot Program, which was announced in June 2019.

possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial

Interested service members, reservists, National

driver’s license (CDL) find and apply for jobs with

Guard, active duty, or military veterans who possess

interstate trucking companies.

the equivalent of a CDL can use the job listing resource to learn more about job opportunities that

“Our country has a shortage of truck drivers.

are available with participating motor carriers.

This resource will help military service members translate their training into good-paying jobs safely

The online job opportunities listing page can

operating commercial vehicles across the country,”

be found here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.






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FMCSA’s pilot program will allow a limited number of

FMCSA’s Under 21 Pilot Program is being launched

individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate

at a time of sustained job growth for the U.S.

large trucks in interstate commerce. During the pilot

economy. The September U.S. Department of Labor

program, which is slated to run for up to three years,

jobs report indicated that the national unemployment

the safety records of these drivers will be compared

rate has fallen to a 50 year low of 3.5%.

to the records of a control group of drivers to help determine whether age is a critical safety factor.

To learn more about the Under 21 Pilot Program and how to apply, visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

“We are excited to offer this resource to help military


servicemembers find jobs in the trucking industry. With our country’s economy growing at record pace,

For complete information on USDOT’s programs

we know motor carriers around the country are looking

to help veterans transition into civilian

to hire skilled drivers. We encourage servicemembers,

careers, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/

National Guard, and reservists to visit this online


directory and look for a trucking job today,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Jim Mullen.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019; FMCSA

ashington - the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that registration is now open for the Congressionally-mandated Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, employers, medical review officers, and substance abuse professionals can now visit https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov and register to create a secure online user account. “As this Congressional mandate is enacted, FMCSA’s goal is to ensure drivers, employers, and everyone who will be using the clearinghouse are registered as efficiently and effectively as possible. FMCSA is here to be helpful during this implementation, and we strongly encourage all CMV stakeholders to get registered in the clearinghouse now,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. Registration is required to be able to access the clearinghouse once it is fully implemented on January 6, 2020. To access the clearinghouse, authorized users must register. These users include: • Drivers who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP).


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Employers of CDL drivers. This includes those who employ themselves as CDL drivers (owner-operators), typically a single-driver operation. • Consortia/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs). • Medical Review Officers (MROs). • Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs). There is no cost for registration. Commercial drivers are not required to immediately register for the clearinghouse, but will need to register to respond to an employer’s request for consent prior to a pre-employment query or other full query being conducted. FMCSA’s clearinghouse website contains important resources, including user brochures and instructional aids with step-by-step registration instructions for all users. Users can visit https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov to access these resources and to start the registration process. The clearinghouse will be a secure online database that will allow FMCSA, CMV employers, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and law enforcement officials to identify – in real-time – CDL drivers who have violated federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements, and thereby improve safety on our nation’s roads.




October 6, 2019; ATRI

an Diego, California - The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s notfor-profit research institute, unveiled its annual Top Industry Issues report, which includes the list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry. For the third year in a row, the driver shortage is the top-ranked issue for trucking f leets, as they struggle to recruit and retain qualified drivers. The Hours-of-Service rules held on to the #2 issue in the survey for a second consecutive year, ref lecting the industry’s call for additional f lexibility in the rules, particularly the sleeper berth provision. Two new issues appeared on this year’s list for the first time ever, ones that also impact the industry’s ability to recruit and retain qualified drivers; Driver Compensation and Detention / Delay at Customer Facilities. Driver Compensation ranked third overall and represents two sides to a complex issue; motor carriers who have raised driver pay significantly over the past year in response to the driver shortage and drivers who are concerned that their pay has not kept pace with inf lation. Driver detention at customer facilities, making its debut at #4 on this year’s list, ref lects growing concern over excessive delays that create cascading impacts for drivers’ hours-of-service compliance, compensation, and ability to find safe, available truck parking. The lack of available truck parking rounds out the

top five issues on this year’s list, but ranks 3rd among commercial driver respondents after compensation and HOS rules. The complete results of the annual survey, which generated more than 2,000 responses from motor carriers and commercial drivers, were released at the 2019 American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California. Now in its 15th year, the ATRI Top Industry Issues report also includes prioritized strategies for addressing each issue. “While 2018 was an incredible year for trucking, we’ve seen some challenges in 2019 and certainly finding and retaining qualified drivers remains at the top of the list for our industry, said Barry Pottle, ATA Chairman and president and CEO of Pottle’s Transportation. “ATRI’s analysis reveals the interconnectedness of these top issues and provides a roadmap for how motor carriers and professional drivers believe we should move forward as an industry.” ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. A copy of the survey results is available from ATRI at TruckingResearch.org. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q





Thursday, October 17, 2019; ODOT

ighlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s Monday, Oct. 14 meeting include commission approval of three Oklahoma Department of Transportation plans for highway construction and county roads, consideration of school zone updates in more than 10 communities and an update on a visit from a U.S. Senate staffer. Contracts were awarded for projects on I-40 in Oklahoma County and Custer County and on I-35 in McClain County. The commission voted to approve ODOT’s Eightyear Construction Work Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 – 2027, along with the companion four-year Asset Preservation Plan. The updated $6.5 billion Eight-year Plan continues the agency’s progress on bridges by replacing the state’s remaining structurally deficient bridges and addressing older structures before they become deficient. Additionally, the plan


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focuses on ODOT’s refined performance goals for improving pavement conditions and modernizing two-lane highways with deficient shoulders. The State Fiscal Year 2020 – 2023 Asset Preservation Plan includes $482 million in projects to extend the life of existing infrastructure through pavement resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation and preservation, as well as accessibility improvements on many highways. Also approved was the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Plan for SFY 2020 – 2024. The nearly $1 billion CIRB Plan includes state funding for major county road and bridge projects that individual counties would be unable to fund on their own. Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma Executive Director Gene Wallace spoke in support of the plan and the successful partnership between the state and the counties to address hundreds of very

old and structurally deficient county bridges since the program was created in 2006. As part of the consent docket, commissioners voted to approve school zone updates in more than 10 communities, including Dewey, Okemah and Cement. Gatz informed commissioners that the department is working on more upcoming school zone updates that will provide improved signage and flashing beacons at no cost to the local school districts. He noted that National School Bus Safety Week is in October and urged all drivers to do their part in observing school zone speed limits and stopping as required for buses when students are loading and unloading. Commissioners also learned that ODOT recently hosted U.S. Sen. James Inhofe’s transportation policy advisor, Dan Hillenbrand, who toured several major highway construction projects. In addition to viewing work at I-235 and I-44 in Oklahoma City and the new Kickapoo Turnpike between I-44/Turner Turnpike and I-40, Hillenbrand got to see some of the critical

needs that remain on the highway system, such as the I-40 and I-44 interchange and several structurally deficient bridges on I-40 in Del City. The commission awarded a $1.4 million contract to resurface nearly three miles of I-40 east of I-35 at the Fort Smith junction in Del City, an $8.6 million contract for more than five miles of resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation on I-40 near Clinton and a nearly $5 million contract to reconstruct the I-35 ramps at SH-74 South in Goldsby. Commissioners voted to award 21 contracts totaling nearly $29 million to improve highways, roads and bridges in 14 counties. Contracts were awarded for projects in Alfalfa, Choctaw, Custer, Grady, Marshall, McClain, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Osage, Pottawatomie, Stephens, Tulsa, Washita and Woods counties. A list of all awarded contracts can be found by visiting www.odot.org/contracts, selecting the September 2019 AM letting, clicking Go, then Award. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q


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Oklahoma’s REAL ID Extension Has Been Granted Through September 18, 2020 Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Oklahoma Department of Transportation


he Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announced they have been notified that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted the state’s REAL ID extension through September 18, 2020. This means the federal government will continue to recognize Oklahoma driver’s licenses and ID cards for f lying on commercial airlines or entering federal facilities until that time. “The Department of Public Safety and its new leadership are working quickly and effectively to update systems and take the necessary steps to implement REAL ID,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “This will be the final extension needed for our state to become fully compliant with federal law, as Oklahoma is set to begin issuing the updated IDs later next year. We are prioritizing this project in order to ensure our citizens can continue to use their Oklahoma licenses to travel seamlessly across the U.S. and enter federal facilities. By implementing REAL ID, we are also making sure our state remains competitive, successfully attracts new businesses, and retains our hardworking people as we continue to make Oklahoma a Top Ten state.” Public Safety Commissioner John Scully said “We know Oklahomans are anxious for our state to become REAL ID compliant. Achieving this goal is the number one priority of DPS and we are on track to begin issuing REAL

IDs beginning April 30, 2020 in select locations. We will be releasing more information in the near future to help citizens make decisions regarding their need for REAL ID, what documents will be needed to process the REAL ID request and locations that will be available to obtain their REAL ID. We intend to streamline this process and make it as easy as possible for Oklahomans to get a REAL ID.” Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to make driver’s licenses more difficult to forge. Oklahoma legislators in 2007 passed a bill preventing the state from meeting provisions of the act. Lawmakers in 2017 passed legislation that was signed by the governor, which allowed state officials to begin work on building a compliant system. That includes training tag agents and creating a centralized office to handle card manufacturing and storage. There are 43 total requirements that must be met by states to be in full compliance. Oklahoma currently is in full compliance with 30 of those requirements, partial compliance with 12, and only one non-compliant. The one non-compliant is the final certification letter that the state can’t complete until it has the system in place to issue the documents. For more information and frequently asked questions, go to the USDHS website or the DPS website.

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Friday, October 18, 2019; ODOT

ith more than a decade and a half of

Transportation and ODOT Executive Director

improvements on Oklahoma’s highways and

Tim Gatz said. “First, we must continue to replace

interstates under its belt, this year’s updated Eight-

and address bridges, not only to finish tackling

year Construction Work Plan is paired with newly

structurally deficient bridges, but also to maintain

refined goals to further address the most critical

good standing and stay ahead of the needs of our

issues affecting drivers every day. Two complete

aging infrastructure. Second, we must improve

cycles of the Eight-year Plan have come and

two-lane highways with deficient shoulders to

gone successfully since the program became the

provide an added layer of safety when driver errors

Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s project

occur. And third, we must improve pavement

road map, starting with the 2003 plan. However,

conditions to increase safety as well as lower

there is still much work to be done to continue

vehicle costs to the driving public. If we apply

improving safety and making traveling our state

ourselves to these goals, we can make Oklahoma a

more efficient.

‘Top 10 State’ in these categories.”

On Monday, Oct. 14, Oklahoma Transportation


Commission members approved the Eight-year


Construction Work Plan, charting ODOT’s course for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 - 2027 and approved

• Nearly $6.5 billion in federal, state, local and

two additional updated infrastructure plans

tribal transportation funding

outlining asset preservation and major projects for the county road system.

• 1,396 total projects

This iteration of the Eight-year Plan continues to

657 bridge replacements or major rehabilitations

focus on replacing structurally deficient highway bridges as well as addressing older bridges before they develop deficiencies, along with improving

• 780 miles of shoulders improved on two-lane highways

two-lane highways with deficient shoulders and increasing the focus on improving good condition pavement miles. Gov. Kevin Stitt is looking for

• 3,131 lane miles improved to a state of good repair

each agency to show taxpayers how their dollars are being spent and the Eight-year Plan has been praised as a way of achieving performance

at the end of 2018 compared to 1,168 rated

measures as well as being accountable and

as structurally deficient in 2004 (ODOT is

transparent to the public.

responsible for 6,800 bridges statewide)

“The metrics were selected to directly move

More than $6.5 billion worth of highway and

the needle in three key areas,” Secretary of


• 132 structurally deficient bridges remained

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bridge projects are scheduled, including several

key phases of improvements to I-44 west of the


Arkansas River in Tulsa.



The nearly $1 billion County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Plan for State Fiscal Year 2020 -

• The continued goal is to have ODOT’s highway

2024 was also approved by commissioners. Through

bridge inventory at a manageable level of less

the efforts of counties’ Circuit Engineering Districts,

than 1 percent structurally deficient by 2020

county commissioners and ODOT engineers, the

and keep it there into the future. This will

rebalanced CIRB plan is set to address 375 county

require replacing or rehabilitating structurally

bridges, of which 179 are structurally deficient, and

deficient bridges and consistently planning to

more than 800 miles of county roads. In a continued

preserve and address older bridges.

effort to make the most of state resources, 29 of the planned bridge projects will use recycled I-40

• The refined goal on two-lane highways includes

Crosstown bridge beams.

decreasing the total miles with deficient shoulders by 10 percent by 2023, which will

“Though not all equal in size or scope, each

give the driving public an added layer of safety

of these three infrastructure plans is a vitally

in case of errant drivers on the roadway.

important road map for the department and the counties working hand in hand to address separate

• The increased goal to improve the amount of

parts,” Gatz said. “By following these plans, our

good condition pavement miles by 10 percent by

state’s largest asset – the roads and bridges – is

2023 will be met by projects in the Eight-year

being preserved and replaced consistently, which

Plan and the Asset Preservation Plan upgrading

makes our transportation network safer, more

and extending pavement life to change its rating

efficient and more effective from county roads all

from fair or poor to good.

the way to the interstates.”


Since the first Eight-year Plan in 2003, ODOT’s field division engineers, transportation

The commissioners also approved the $482 million

commissioners and stakeholders have identified the

Asset Preservation Plan for State Fiscal Years 2020

state’s most critical highway and bridge projects,

through 2023. This plan works in conjunction with

creating a balanced statewide plan with anticipated

the Eight-year Plan to extend the life of current

federal and state funding in an accountable and

highway infrastructure through an adequately

non-biased manner. Each year, the plan is updated

funded program that includes improving surface

to ref lect project completions, adjustments in

condition of existing infrastructure, rehabilitating

projected revenue and costs and another year

bridges and improving accessibility. In the updated

of projects is added. Funding comes from a

plan, nearly 400 projects are set to improve 2,500

combination of state income tax and state motor

lane miles of pavement and rehabilitate 85 bridges

fuel tax revenues, as well as the federal Highway

that are currently at risk of becoming deficient.

Trust Fund.

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t’s been a busy year for everyone, but I would say a successful year as well. We had a great Truck Driving Championship with 106 total competitors including 32 rookies this year, and a good turnout at the OTA Annual Convention with 43 companies represented. We consistently see growth at our OSSC meetings welcoming in 15 new members and averaging 20 people at each meeting. It was another busy year with changes in regulation as well. With so many changes, we thought we would take this opportunity to cover a few brief details within some of the key changes. As you know ELD final implementation is finally upon us. ELD compliant devices must be active no later than 12/16/2019. The only exemptions are as follows: • Drivers who conduct driveaway, towaway operations where the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered. • Drivers of vehicles that have pre-2000 model year engines. • Short-haul drivers who are not required to maintain records of duty status (RODS). • Short-haul drivers who breach the short-haul limitations and have to maintain RODS, but for no more than 8 days in a 30-day period. Another major change is the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Motor carriers and CDL drivers who are subject to 49 CFR Part 382 are subject to the clearinghouse rule. Beginning January 6, 2020, motor carriers must start reporting all of the following events: • Alcohol testing violations, including an alcohol concentration of 0.04 blood alcohol content (BAC) or higher and refusals to test. • Certain drug-testing scenarios where the employer makes the refusal to test determination. • Actual knowledge of a driver’s drug or alcohol use through observation, driver admission, previous employers, or a DUI while operating a commercial motor vehicle. • Specific milestones in the SAP program, including: • A negative drug and/or alcohol return-to-duty test. • Successful completion of all follow-up tests. Clearinghouse queries must be performed on anyone seeking or currently holding a position to operate a vehicle requiring a CDL (safety-sensitive position). When a driver is hired or transferring into a safety-sensitive position, the motor carrier or its designated consortium/third-party administrator (C/TAP) must request a preemployment query of the database. Much more information about this topic can be found at: https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/Resource/ Index/Registration-Employer-Instructions Have a safe day! Chris Pape, Chairman, OSSC


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FLEET SAFET IRREGULAR UNDER 1 MILLION MILES 1st Place – The Waggoners Trucking 2nd Place – FTC Transportation, Inc. IRREGULAR 1-5 MILLION MILES 1st Place – ABF Freight System, Inc. 2nd Place – Pioneer Transport

TWO MILLION MILE DRIVERS Melton Truck Lines – Marvin Williams United Petroleum Transports – William Spillman UPS – Edmond Amburn UPS – Leland McDowell

THREE MILLION MILE DRIVERS John Christner Trucking – Cletis Zundel UPS – George Rumenapp

PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS Carl Andrew United Petroleum Transports

Samuel Salazar John Christner Trucking

Walter Behringer John Christner Trucking

William “Bill” Spillman United Petroleum Transports

REGULAR 1-5 MILLION MILES 1st Place – AAA Cooper Transportation

Lenard A. Dockter John Christner Trucking

Carl Thederahn United Petroleum Transports


Gregory C. Gilyard FTC Transportation

Mark VandenBerg Melton Truck Lines

Michael Hipp Melton Truck Lines

Parke Whitney John Christner Trucking

Jimmy Rabaca John Christner Trucking

Bill L. Wrenn Jr. John Christner Trucking

IRREGULAR OVER 5 MILLION MILES 1st Place – Freymiller, Inc. 2nd Place – FedEx Freight, Inc. 3rd Place – Melton Truck Lines

PETROLEUM UNDER 1 MILLION MILES 1st Place – Miller Truck Lines, LLC PETROLEUM 1-5 MILLION MILES 1st Place – BKEP Crude LLC PETROLEUM OVER 5 MILLION MILES 1st Place – United Petroleum Transports


MISCELLANEOUS 1-5 MILLION MILES 1st Place – LuGreg Trucking, LLC MISCELLANEOUS OVER 5 MILLION MILES 1st Place – Complete Energy Services 2nd Place – Groendyke Transport, Inc. ONE MILLION MILE DRIVERS John Christner Trucking – Ramon Guiterrez John Christner Trucking – Milton Jenkins Melton Truck Lines – Timmy Blandburg Melton Truck Lines – Jason Corino Melton Truck Lines – George Dixon Melton Truck Lines – Armando Dorado Melton Truck Lines – Michael Dukes Melton Truck Lines – Robert Gable Melton Truck Lines – James Johnson Melton Truck Lines – Christofer Lodge Melton Truck Lines – Steven Malugin Melton Truck Lines – Timothy Randall Melton Truck Lines – Franklin Raulerson Melton Truck Lines – Henry Sanchez Melton Truck Lines – Joseph Stievenart Melton Truck Lines – James Tinnin Melton Truck Lines – Edwin Watkins Melton Truck Lines – Raymond Worrall Miller Truck Lines – Timothy Carmichael Miller Truck Lines – Daniel Everett Miller Truck Lines – Gerald Goad Miller Truck Lines – William Martinez Jr Miller Truck Lines – Ronnie Melton Miller Truck Lines – James Roscher Miller Truck Lines – Daniel Turkelson United Petroleum Transports – Jackie Adkins Walmart Transportation – Mark Feist


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Parke Whitney – John Christnew Trucking Oklahoma driver, Parke Whitney from John Christner Trucking (JCT), was selected as the 2018 Oklahoma Driver of the Year. Throughout Whitney’s 48 years as a professional driver, he has accumulated over 5 million miles. Whitney served two tours in Vietnam with the Navy/Marine Corp. as a helicopter door gunner.

TY AWARDS Irregular Under 1 Million Miles 1st Place – The Waggoners Trucking

Irregular Over 5 Million Miles 1st Place – Freymiller, Inc.

Irregular Over 5 Million Miles 3rd Place – Melton Truck Lines

Miscellaneous Over 5 Million Miles 1st Place- Complete Energy Services

One Million Mile Drivers John Christner Trucking Ramon Guiterrez

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Jason Corino

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Armando Dorado

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Michael Dukes

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Robert Gable

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines James Johnson

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Christofer Lodge

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Franklin Raulerson

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Henry Sanchez

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Joseph Stievenart

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines James Tinnin

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Edwin Watkins

One Million Mile Drivers Miller Truck Lines William Martinez Jr

One Million Mile Drivers Miller Truck Lines James Roscher

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Steven Malugin

One Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Samuel Salazar

One Million Mile Drivers FTC Transportation Gregory C. Gilyard

Two Million Mile Drivers Melton Truck Lines Marvin Williams

Professional Drivers John Christner Trucking Bill L. Wrenn Jr.

Professional Drivers John Christner Trucking Jimmy Rabaca


Professional Drivers John Christner Trucking Lenard A. Dockter

Professional Drivers United Petroleum Transports Carl Andew & Carl Thederahn

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ALLIED MEMBERS AXELE, LLC Ronda Lewis / Chief Revenue Officer 7600 NW 5th Place Gainesville, FL 32607 http://optym.com Services Provided: trucking software AXON DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Jason Kretzer - Sales 201 15 Innovation Blvd Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 2X8 http://www.axonsoftware.com Services Provided: trucking software BOK FINANCIAL EQUIPMENT FINANCE, INC. Tim Kubiski / Commercial Relationship Manager One Williams Center Tulsa, OK 74172 BRIDGEPOINT INVESTMENT BANKING Wm. Lee Merritt 816 P Street Suite 200 Lincoln, NE 68508 http://www.bridgepointib.com Services Provided: financial CARGO TANK SERVICES, LLC Ryan Roche 5204 W I-40 Service Road Oklahoma City, OK 73128 www.cargotankservices.com Services Provided: truck/trailer parts, sales and service CUSTOM TRUCK ONE SOURCE Matt McGuire / Sales Rep 6725 SW 44th St OKC, OK 73179 www.customtruck.com Services Provided: truck/trailer/parts sales and services DRIVERREACH Jeremy Reymer / CEO & Founder 8440 Westfield Crossing Blvd Ste 500 Indianapolis, IN 46240 http://www.driverreach.com Services Provided: trucking software EZLOGZ CJ Karman / CEO 201 NE Park Plaza Dr Ste 148 Vancouver, WA 98684 http://ezlogz.com Services Provided: trucking software

EROAD, INC Keith Halasy 7618 SW Mohawk St Tualatin, OR 97062 www.eroad.com Services Provided: fleet management and compliance solutions, featuring an easy-to-use in-cab device, accurate tracking and a robust web-based portal for management and reporting IMPACT BRANDING UNLIMITED Sonny Callazzo 6656 NW 39th St. Ste 103 Bethany, OK 73008 www.ibrandultd.com Services Provided: promotional, print, office supplies MCLEOD SOFTWARE Danny Giffen / Regional Sales Manager 100 Corporate Parkway Birmingham, AL 35242 Mcleodsftware.com Services Provided: Providing powerful transportation management and trucking software solutions to the trucking industry since 1985. The leader when it comes to software for trucking dispatch operations management, freight brokerage management, fleet management, document imaging, workflow, EDI, and business process automation solutions for trucking, freight brokerage, third party logistics, and shipper companies in the United States. NORTH AMERICAN COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW PARTNERSHIP Sarah Mitchell / Audience Development Manager 8755 W Higgins Road Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60631 http://nacvshow.com Services Provided: The most comprehensive commercial vehicle trade show in North America, targeting fleets, products, and services. It’s the show where major brands release their latest advancements and innovations before they hit the market. QUALITY PETROLEUM INC Angel Cleveland - Admin/Marketing Specialist 11610 Maybelline Road North Little Rock, AR 72117 http://www.qualitypetroleuminc.com Services Provided: oil and lubricant distributor headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas. An authorized distributor for Shell, Pennzoil, Quaker State, Motorcraft and Mystik. Servicing the majority of Arkansas, Southeast Kansas, Southern Missouri, Oklahoma,

and North Texas through distribution centers in North Little Rock, Jonesboro, Texarkana, Van Buren, Neosho, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. RIMKUS CONSULTING GROUP, INC. Sonnie Maughan/District Manager 2201 S. Fretz Ave Ste 110 Edmond, OK 73013 www.rimkus.com Services Provided: accident reconstructionist, roadway design, fire investigation, mechanical failure, engineer, failure analysis TBS FACTORING SERVICE Genie Wood/Marketing Director 7740 NW 85th Terrace OKC, OK 73132 Tbsfactoring.com Services Provided: financial services – factoring Compliance – USDOT/MC/IFTA/Permits/Insurance TRUCK BOSS SHOW Isela Cuarenta/Social Media Coordinator 7740 NW 85th Terrace OKC, OK 73132 Truckbossshow.com TULSA TECH CENTER Donnie Tulk PO Box 477200 Tulsa, OK 74103 Tulsatech.edu Services Provided: transportation and safety education UMB BANK Brock Hamlin / Vice President Commercial Lending 204 North Robinson Oklahoma City, OK 73102 http://www.umb.com Services Provided: bank and commercial lending UNIVERSAL INSURANCE AGENCY Mark Holland / Vice President – Sales 2615 Kelley Pointe Parkway Suite 100 Edmond, OK 73013 http://www.unversalinsurance.com Services Provided: insurance

CARRIER MEMBERS ASPHALT EXPRESS ENTERPRISES, LLC Roy Davis / Owner 1405 4th Avenue NW PMB #348 Ardmore, OK 73401 http://asphaltexpress.net Services Provided: transport company that provides service in the southern United States - transports fuel oil, spent lube and all types of asphalt in addition to onsite treating and blending of oil COFFEYVILLE RESOURCES CRUDE TRANSPORTATION Joe Nation / DOT Compliance Specialist 33075 W. Airline Road Pauls Valley, OK 73075 www.coffeyvillecrude.com Services Provided: crude oil transportation


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GONZO, LLC Wesley Holland / Director of DOT 15750 NW Expressway Yukon, OK 73099 www.Gonzoenergy.com Services Provided: vacuum trucks, winch trucks, heavy haul PAISAN LOGISTICS, LLC Kristi Morgan – Safety & Recruiting 302 East Mathew B Brady St Suite 8305 Tulsa, OK 74120 Paisanlogistics.com Services Provided: specialize in transporting crude oil from lease sites to rail stations, pipelines and refineries; the company prides itself in being extremely easy to do business with, reliable and safe

STOUT TRANSPORTATION, LLC Brian Elston – Director 330 NE 36th St Rear Building Oklahoma City, OK 73105 info@stouttransportation.com Services Provided: transportation of refrigerated food products



by Bonne Karim

technicians representing nine different companies and 17 students from six Career Tech Diesel Technology programs competed for honors in OK SuperTech 2019 Friday, May 3, at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Competitors were challenged with a 50-question general knowledge written test and then tested their skills at 14 hands-on work stations. Patrick Allen, Travel Centers of America, placed first in the truck technician track and will represent Oklahoma at SuperTech 2019 this fall in Raleigh, NC. Toby DeVoy, Travel Centers of America, placed 2nd and Clarence Preston, Cummins Sales & Service, 3rd. Chebon Palomino, Love’s, won the Trailer Tech competition with Jorden Kettles and Triston Price, also Love’s technicians, placing 2nd and 3rd. Jason Russell, Tulsa Technology Center, won the Future Tech competition, with Marcos Hernandez, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and Samuel Ortiz, OSU Institute of Technology placing 2nd and 3rd. Station winners in the Truck/Future Tech track were Patrick Allen (Travel Centers of America) RP Manual, HVAC and Wheel End, Toby DeVoy (Travel Centers of

America) Fluids/DEF, Brakes, Tire & Wheel, and Tire Inflation, Clarence Preston (Cummins) Electrical, Fasteners and Fifth Wheel, Ian Lyman (Francis Tuttle) Service Information, Matt Smith (Hamm & Phillips) Engine, Daniel Swanner (Francis Tuttle) PMI, Sean LaChance (Travel Centers of America) Trailer Lighting and Jed Wagner (Francis Tuttle) Written Test. Trailer Tech station winners were Jorden Kettles (Love’s) King Pin Inspection & RP Manual, Triston Price (Love’s) Trailer PMI, Jacob Warnock (Dolese) Trailer Electrical, Chris Gibson (Freymiller) Trailer Alignment, Chad Gill (Love’s) Roll-Up Doors, and Chebon Palomino (Love’s) Written Test. We would like to recognize our sponsors for the TMC SuperTech this year. It would not have been possible without them: Platinum Sponsor Hamm & Phillips, Gold Sponsors LuGreg Trucking and Freymiller, Silver Sponsors Rush Truck Centers and Truck-Lite, Bronze Sponsors MHC Kenworth, Summit Truck Group, Cummins Southern Plains, Penske, Bendix, and Bosselman Boss Shop. Lunch was sponsored by T&W Tire and with a cash donation, CarCab. Thank you to everyone involved! Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q





n May 10-11, 106 drivers from all over the state came and competed in a stimulating and challenging competition. With many awards given out to the top three drivers in every class, FedEx Freight’s very own Nicholas Arnold took home this year’s Grand Champion Award. Having competed 4 other times in state competitions and placing first in the ATA’s 2018 National Truck Driving Championship 4-Axle Class it came as no surprise Arnold would bring home the Grand Champion as well as the 1st place trophy in the 4-Axle class. Arnold has been in the trucking industry for 13 years. He’s married to Renee Arnold. When not working, Arnold’s hobbies include camping, boating and traveling. Congratulations Nicholas! Grand Champion is not the only prestigious award given out during the TDC. Before driver’s headed out to the course on the second day, they competed in a pre-trip inspection after taking a written test on the first day. This year’s Pre-Trip Award recipient is FedEx Freight’s Shawn Grady. Out of the 32 rookies competing in this year’s TDC,


only one of those rookies will walk away with the C. Dewayne Sleeper Rookie of the Year Award. This year Terry Hancock, a driver from Walmart Transportation, was the proud recipient. Congratulations on bringing home that ROTY! Our TDC wouldn’t be a thing if it wasn’t for the many volunteers, and our overwhelming supportive sponsors. From donating time, trucks, food, and money, the members of the OTA came together and produced an extremely successful TDC. Thank you to our Annual Platinum Sponsors, Bruckner Truck Sales and Premier Truck Group, Annual Gold Sponsor Rush Truck Centers, as well as our Gold Sponsors: Complete Energy Services, FedEx Freight, Groendyke Transport, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc., Melton Truck Lines, and Miller Truck Lines. Another special thanks go out to Premier Truck Group for once again serving those delicious hamburgers for attendees. On behalf of the OTA staff, thank you again to all the drivers and their families who came out to compete and cheer at our TDC. We are striving to make it bigger and better every year!




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n the morning of September 25th, 2019, our Convention Classic Golf Tournament kicked off at the beautiful Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Catoosa, OK. Golfers registered, paid for Mulligans, set up their golf carts which came with a goody bag, then sat down for a boxed lunch before heading out to their assigned tee boxes. Over 60 golfers showed up for some fun and comradery. The day was hot and humid, but what else is to be expected for a September day in Oklahoma? We were thankful for our kind volunteer, Dom from Premier Truck Groups, for helping keep our golfers hydrated and taking some pictures. There were two fun games incorporated into the day. At tee box one, Tara Jones, our long-time loyal volunteer, hosted the longest drive. To put a spin on the traditional longest drive, golfers were challenged with hitting a campfire sized marshmallow the farthest for a small fee. Several participated in this fun challenge, but only one took home the prize. Susan Smith, a volunteer from Bruckner’s, hosted the Ladies’ Skirt Game. Golfers were given the opportunity to hit from a ladies’ tee box, but there was a catch. Golfers had to wear a ladies’ skirt for another small fee. A lot of fun was had at this game. We appreciate everyone who participated in these fun games as your generosity always helps support your association. Later that evening, OTA hosted the Welcome Reception in the Sky Room on the 18th floor of the Hard Rock Resort and Casino. CEO Jim Newport greeted


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members and announced the tournament winners from earlier that day. Nate Angus from Summit took home cash for the shot that landed Closest to the Hole. Mitchell Brown from Southwest Trailers took home cash for the Longest Drive. Scott Watson, who golfed with Premier, won the prize money for the Marshmallow Long Drive. The team winners in Flight A: 3rd place went to Summit Truck Group: Joe Madore, Terry Price, Dan Keefe, and Nate Angus. 2nd place went to MHC Kenworth: Britton Kollman, Brad Crain, Brad Nelligan, and Zach Nielsen. 1st place went to Southwest Trailers and Equipment: Adam Dye, Mitchell Brown, Brian Malatka, and Berry Harrison. The team winners in Flight B: 3rd place went to Premier Trucking Group: Bobby Smith, Blake Mann, Scott Watson, and Trey Kimbrough. 2nd place went to T&W Tire: Ryan Woodard, Darrin Newfield, and Barry Burrows. 1st place went to Wells Fargo’s John Bovre, Great Dane’s Grant Pankratz, Thermo King’s Len Armon and Meritor’s Jeff Walker. Congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to our Annual Platinum Sponsors: Bruckner Truck Sales and Premier Truck Group, Annual Gold Sponsor Rush Truck Centers, Platinum Sponsor Summit Truck Group, Diamond Sponsor MHC Kenworth, Host and Diamond Sponsor MHC Kenworth and Classic Sponsor T&W Tire. Thank you for your generosity and continued support of our great members. Without you, OTA could not be the “Voice of Trucking” in Oklahoma.



he following day, September 26th, started with breakfast and an OSSC meeting, followed by Conference Meetings. Southwest Trailers & Equipment’s Adam Dye kicked it off with an Allied update. TMC chair, Bonne Karim, gave an update on TMC. United Petroleum Transports’ Holly Forsyth gave an OSSC update. Bob Costello, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations for the American Trucking Associations, took his turn and spoke on the direct financial correlation between the U.S. Economy and Trucking. Rebecca Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer, American Transportation Research Institute, came in to speak on topics from top critical trucking issues to average cost of trucking operations. Everyone’s topics proved to be very timely with relevant information. Members then enjoyed a lunch buffet while listening to CEO Jim Newport’s update on the Oklahoma Legislature and a recap on the bills affecting the trucking industry. After lunch, some members enjoyed some free time around Tulsa and/ or the hotel and casino while others attended the OTA Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings. That evening, the Annual Red Vest Banquet

was underway back in the Sky Room on the 18th Floor of the Hard Rock Casino. Some members participated in the Silent Auction that offered numerous different recreational items, sporting events, leisure packages, etc. provided by generous donors. The OTA used this time to say thank you to our outgoing chairman, Bruckner Truck Sales’ Bob Acker, and presented him with the coveted Red Vest and crystal truck. Pioneer Transport’s JoDon Clanton was then welcomed as the incoming chairman. After dinner, comedian Pete Borchers provided entertainment. The evening ended in the Hospitality Room with more laughter and enjoying newly formed friendships. As always, the OTA couldn’t put on great events without the continuing support from our members. We owe a big THANK YOU to all our generous sponsors for this event: Annual Platinum Sponsors Bruckner Truck Sales and Premier Truck Group, Annual Gold Sponsor Rush Truck Centers, Platinum Sponsor Summit Truck Group, and Diamond Sponsor MHC Kenworth. We hope to see everyone back at next year’s 88th Convention, but also look forward to seeing several new faces as we welcome new members to the OTA family. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q




n Friday, October 11, the Oklahoma Trucking Association held their third annual Fall Clay Shoot. Despite near freezing temperatures in the morning, we hosted more than thirty shooters at the Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Each participant had the chance to hit 100 targets throughout the silver course, competing for not only bragging rights, but for gift cards from Academy. After completing the 12 station course and catered barbecue lunch, the scores were tallied and results were in! Congratulations to Jeff Duncan from Premier Truck Group who came in first with a score of 84! Coming in at second place


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was Mark Helm with Premier Truck Group/Dolese shooting a score of 82. Third place went to LuGreg Trucking’s Craig Branstetter with a score of 77. Last, but certainly not least, the Dead Last Winner (donkey bobble trophy) was Bruckner’s Steve Sorrell. As always, we want to say a special thanks to our sponsors. Those companies who supported our Fall Clay Shoot this year were Annual Platinum Sponsors Bruckner Truck Sales and Premier Truck Group, Annual Gold Sponsor Rush Truck Centers, Shot Gun Shell Sponsor MHC Kenworth, Lunch Sponsor Hamm & Phillips Service Company, and Station Sponsor LuGreg Trucking.

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By Bonne Karim

ver 250 diesel technology students and trucking industry maintenance professionals attended the 2019 Fall Technology Workshop sponsored by the OTA Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Eleven career tech and two university programs from around the state were represented among the attendees. The morning general session featured a panel highlighting the ASE Certification Program and its importance from both management and technician perspectives with Frank Lynch, ASE Education Foundation, Tom Hendricks, UPS Director of Learning & Development, and Matthew Adams, Service Manager, Rush Truck Leasing. Roger Maye, National Service Manager ConMet, followed with “Lessons Learned From SuperTech” covering insights and tips he’s learned from working with SuperTech participants over the past 15 years. New “Above and Beyond” Awards were also presented to ConMet, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, SAF Holland, Travel Centers of America, Truck-Lite, and T&W Tire for on-going support of the Technology Maintenance Council. During the Walk-Around lunch, 25 companies


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with Vendor Showcase and Career Fair tables presented technical information and a wide range of job opportunities. The Pinewood Big Rig Challenge, sponsored by ConMet, featured a record 17 entries competing for “Fastest Truck” and “Best Appearing Truck” honors. Fastest Truck winners were “Big Woody”, Cody Sproul and Ty Yeakley from Canadian Valley Tech Center 1st, “Pink Piano”, Becky Robison 2nd, and “Bobcat”, Mark Robison 3rd. Best Appearing trucks were “Bobcat”, Mark Robison 1st, “Bad Attitude”, Wyatt Cross, Cole Kilpatrick, and Nathan Weaver from Central Technology Center 2nd, and “Tankliner”, Jamey Taylor, Kraig Jones, and Ruben Omelas from Central Technology Center 3rd. New OTA member, The Truck Boss Show, was on hand to film the spirited race action and interview participants. Five small group technical training sessions allowing for hands-on activity were available after lunch with attendees able to pick any three. Choices included Electrical Trailer Lighting (Truck-Lite), Air Disc Brake Inspection (Bendix), Volvo Turbo Compound (Mack & Volvo Truck Academy), Preventive Maintenance Topics (Ryder), Roadside Inspection Criteria (Oklahoma Highway Patrol).

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YEAR IN REVIEW HB 1071 Increased turnpike speed limit 80 and 75 mph Signed by Governor 4-6-19 HB 1210 Allows owners of 3 or more commercial vehicles to renew in the same month Signed by Governor 4-4-19 HB 1972 Relates to Corporation Commission and transportation by providing oversight, employment, and issuance Dormant as of 4-26-19 HB 2036 Directs DPS to adopt set rules for replacement CD license through tag agency by 7-1-21 Vetoed by Governor 5-14-19 HB 2095 Extends tax exemption for qualified clean-burning motor vehicles Signed by Governor 5-6-19 HB 2307 Permits new motor vehicle sales certificate holders to sell used motor vehicles Signed by Governor 5-28-19 HB 2612 Creates the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act Signed by Governor 3-4-19 SB 61 Provides exceptions to vehicle length limits and permits transport of cargo and freight within weight limits during backhaul Signed by Governor 5-2-19 SB 83 Permits CDL courses to include identifying and preventing human trafficking and removes requirements for Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Control Signed by Governor 5-2-19 SB 189 Provides an exception to legal large motor vehicle following distance standards for vehicles engaged in electronic “platooning” Signed by Governor 4-30-19 SB 365 Creates the Oklahoma Driving Automation System Uniformity Act Signed by Governor 5-7-19 SB 374 Provides definitions for dual lane and trunnion axles, disallows tow and recovery vehicles that are non-covered, heavy-duty, and of a certain weight from traveling on Interstate and Defense Highways Signed by Governor 5-7-19 SB 378 Permits CD schools to employ designated examiners of DPS to be third-party testers Signed by Governor 5-15-19 SB 405 Removes provision against rules which enforce rest break requirements for intrastate transportation of hazardous materials under the Motor Carrier Safety and Hazardous Materials Transportation Act Dormant as of 3-1-19 SB 608 Requires wine and spirit manufacturers of certain “top brands” to offer their product to all wholesalers for the same price Signed by Governor 5-13-19 SB 687 Transfers duties and responsibilities for the Household Goods Act from the Corporation Commission to the Dept. of Public Safety Dormant as of 4-26-19


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SB 690 Increases maximum vehicle height restrictions from `3.5 feet to `4 feet on highways and turnpikes Signed by Governor 5-9-19 SB 691 Provides specifics to vehicle weight load restrictions and defines fees, fines and punishments for violation of such restrictions Dormant as of 4-26-19 SB 878 Increases the fee assessment by rim size and applicable to tire recycling fees imposed and caps the amount of funds deposited into certain related funds Signed by Governor 5-9-19 Continued Involvement with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) OTA CEO Jim Newport continues to serve on the important ATA Highway Policy Committee and the Safety Policy Committee. Oklahoma Safety & Security Council After hosting their first TDC, the OSSC was in full force with TDC planning meetings, safety roundtable discussions, and a packed room for FMCSA’s update on the new Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse rule. Midwinter Conference The Midwinter Conference was held at the new Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Edmond. We had a great lineup of speakers covering topics from the new medical marijuana laws and businesses, to a regulatory panel comprised of FMCSA, OCC, DPS, a roads and bridges update from the newly appointed Secretary of Transportation, and a technology panel. Truck Driving Championships (TDC) A record number of drivers entered and competed in the TDC. We had a great turnout of volunteers, and support from our members. Trucking Association Executive’s Council (TAEC) CEO Jim Newport participates with the Trucking Association Executive Council. The council meets collectively at ATA’s MCE conference. The TAEC is also divided into four regions. Jim has served the past two years as TAEC’s Region 3 Chairman. The TAEC lead out in policy discussions. Audit The annual audit was presented and approved by the board. Convention Golf Classic The Convention Golf Classic kicked off our Annual Convention this year. Cherokee Hills Golf Club hosted attendees on their beautiful course. After a very short rain shower at the beginning, golfing went on without a hitch with a couple of fun games tucked in. 87th Annual Convention 87 years of trucking. This was celebrated at the Annual Convention and something we should all be proud of. OTA held this event at the Hard Rock Casino and Resort in Tulsa. We were lucky to host the Welcome Reception on the 18th Floor in the Sky Room with a beautiful view of the city. The Annual Convention featured topics on the U.S. Economy and Trucking, top critical trucking issues, cost of trucking operations, and an update on trucking in Oklahoma Legislation. The Annual Convention concluded with a Silent Auction benefitting the OTA scholarship fund and the Red Vest Banquet. Fall Clay Shoot OTA’s third annual Clay Shoot was held in October at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie. Despite frigid temperatures in the morning, we had a great turnout. TMC Fall Tech Workshop Another successful TMC event closed out the year for OTA. This year the workshop had 250+ students in attendance, 25 vendors, and a record number of Pinewood trucks all competing for the top spot of best appearance and fastest truck.

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER From Jo-Don Clanton A Del City native, Jo-Don began his career in heavy highway construction after working for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department for five years while pursuing a Criminal Justice degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. Switching direction in 1996, he began as a ground man with TJ Campbell Asphalt. Over the next 16 years, he had the opportunity to learn all aspects of the asphalt business including dispatching, operations, plant maintenance and trucking and worked his way through many positions including Dispatcher, Production Manager and eventually VP of Production.

In 2012, Duit Holdings purchased TJ Campbell and within the first year of acquisition, Jo-Don was promoted to General Manager of Pioneer Transport, Duit’s trucking division. He currently oversees a fleet of approximately 50 trucks and 40 drivers. His fleet consists of dump trucks, belly dumps, end dump trailers and heavy haul transport. Under Jo-Don’s leadership, Pioneer Transport has received safety awards in 2016 and 2017 from the Oklahoma Trucking Association.

Jo-Don has been married to his wife, Teddi, for over 23 years. They have 3 children and live in Norman.

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SAFETY & TMC EXCELLENCE AWARDS DEADLINE Monday, January 27 MIDWINTER CONFERENCE & SAFETY AWARDS Wednesday, March 4 Location: Embassy Suites, Oklahoma City, OK TRUCK DAY @ CAPITOL Thursday, March 5 Location: Oklahoma State Capitol| Room 511-A APRIL BOD MEETING Thursday, April 16 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION – APRIL Monday – Friday, April 20 - 24 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK TMC SUPERTECH COMPETITION Friday, May 1 Location: Francis Tuttle Reno Campus, Oklahoma City, OK TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP Friday – Saturday, June 5-6 Location: Embassy Suites & OSU-OKC Driving Course, Oklahoma City, OK SUMMER SHOOT-OUT Tentative Date: Friday, June 19 Location: TBD NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION – JUNE Monday – Friday, June 22-26 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK WILBURN WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Postmark Deadline Friday, June 26 FALL CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT Wednesday, September 30 Location: TBD 88TH ANNUAL CONVENTION Wednesday - Friday, September 30 – October 2 BOD Meeting – Thursday, October 1 Location: River Spirit Resort – 8330 Riverside Pkwy, Tulsa, OK 74137 NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION – OCTOBER Monday – Friday, October 19-23 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK FALL CLAY SHOOT Friday, November 6 Location: Silver Leaf Shotgun Sports 8513 S Douglas Blvd, Guthrie, OK 73044 DECEMBER BOD MEETING Thursday, December 3 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK

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