Oklahoma Motor Carrier - Special 80th Anniversary Issue

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In this issue Features 21 22 28 32 39 44 70

OTMC at the National Supertech 80th Annual Convention Convention Golf Classic OTA Members Celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Introducing the 2012-2013 OTA Board of Directors Celebrating 80 Years of Service: A History of the OTA Past Chairmen of the OTA

Departments Editorials 5 From the Editor 7 From the Executive Director OTA Member News 6 Katherine Singleton Selected as 2012 Wilburn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Recipient


New Members 8 Trucking Tidbits: Nationwide News 10 Motorcoach Safety Advisory Bulletin: Exceeding Tire Load Ratings 10 CSA Goals Admirable, But System Keeps Missing the Target State Matters 13 COMMENTARY: Keeping it real – Is it time to vote yes on State Question 766? OSMC’s Safety Zone 18 Upcoming Events 16


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Executive Director Dan Case dancase@oktrucking.org Bookkeeper Les Hinkle leshinkle@oktrucking.org Director of Events Rebecca Chappell rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org Chairman of Board Bob Peterson Melton Truck Line

Board of Directors John Titsworth Triad Transport Greg Price OTL-UPT David McCorkle McCorkle Truck Line LaVern McCorkle McCorkle Truck Line Steve Niswander Groendyke Transport Jim Klepper Drivers Legal Plan Carmalieta Wells Madewell & Madewell, Inc. Susan Boese Tri Alexander Transportation, Inc. David Freymiller Freymiller, Inc. Ken Case Dugan Truck Line, Inc. Michael Mayer Rush Truck Centers Louis Thompson Beaver Express Service, LLC Robert O’Brien Time Lines Management Shawn Reeves Advance Food Company Jeff Jones Kelworth Trucking Co. Adam Dye Southwest Trailers & Equipment

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from the It’s hard to believe that eighty years ago, the Oklahoma Trucking Association was born. Imagine what the OTA’s founders would think about all of the changes in our industry since 1932. Not just the equipment, roads and laws, but the issues that we have faced. It’s been a long road, and hopefully a road that we’ll be on for a long time to come - no matter the twists and turns it may throw our way. We celebrated our 80th Pearl anniversary at the Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma this September. I want to thank all who attended and all our sponsors that made that celebration such a success. A special thank you to Dan Case and the OTA Staff, Les Hinkle, Rebecca Chappell and Nanci Davis for organizing such a lovely celebration. At the convention we introduced our new Chairman, Bob Peterson of Melton Truck Lines. The OTA couldn’t be happier to have Mr. Peterson as our Chairman. We anxiously await his new ideas and his continued efforts in the Workman’s Comp, MVR fees, and Oversized/Overweight issues that we are facing. A huge thank you to our outgoing Chairman John Titsworth, Triad Transport. He helped us lay a foundation for our efforts for Workman’s Comp reform at the Capitol and appreciate all of the support you have provided to the OTA. With that said, I hope that you truly enjoy this special anniversary issue. Not only will you see the events of today, but the history of the Association. Thank you so very much to our members and advertisers who have made this issue one to remember. Enjoy!


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2012 Wilburn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Winner Katherine Singleton receives her scholarship check from OTA Executive Director, Dan Case.

Katherine Singleton Selected as 2012 Wilburn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Recipient The Oklahoma Trucking Association announce the 2012 Wilburn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Winner earlier this summer. This year’s recipient was Katherine Singleton of Fort Gibson, Arkansas. Katherine is a 2012 graduate of Fort Gibson High School and is enrolled at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Katherine’s mother, Debra Singleton, is an employee of Oklahoma Trucking Association member company, Trucks For You. This year’s winner was selected by a panel of Oklahoma teachers & education professionals. Katherine was selected for the $1,000 scholarship out of nine total applicants. Each year, the Oklahoma Trucking Association offers a scholarship to one child or grandchild of a member company. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, a senior in high school who is enrolled in a college for the fall semester, and must also complete an essay to qualify for the scholarship. For more information, please contact Rebecca Chappell at (405) 525-9488 or rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org or check back with the OTA’s website next Spring.

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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR If you were alive in 1932 you could have seen Amelia Earhart cross the Atlantic Ocean to become the first woman to do it solo. Jack Benny did his first radio show for NBC and the New York Yankees swept the Chicago Cubs to win the 29th World Series. Franklin Roosevelt became our 32nd President and Jack Sharkey beat Max Schmeling to become Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. But maybe the most important thing that happened in 1932 was a one cent federal gas tax that passed and helped start our national highway system. Without this system our industry would have struggled to ever have highways that would accommodate trucks that would be efficient enough to supply this great nation with the products that would drive our economy. We salute our forefathers who had the presents of mind to start our Oklahoma Trucking Association when this great nation started to show the vision of building national highways that would carry our economy to new heights. I hope we have the vision to see into the future of this great industry, and enhance our position for our membership, with our state government, and our Federal partners. We carry the goods that make this economy work on a daily basis and deserve to have the ability to operate efficiently and at a profit. Happy 80th OTA and may we have many more!

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Motorcoach Safety Advisory Bulletin: Exceeding Tire Load Ratings FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has identified a critical safety concern related to the safe operation of motorcoaches. In these days of increased travel on motorcoaches, some motorcoaches are being loaded with high numbers of passengers and their associated baggage, potentially resulting in loads that are near the safety capacity of the motorcoach tires. FMCSA is publishing this advisory bulletin to raise awareness on this issue, and to increase the safety of motorcoach operations and potentially save lives. While applicable to all motorcoaches, this issue has particular implications to double deck buses (with high passenger/ cargo loading) used for intercity transportation. The Agency believes that motorcoach operators must consider the maximum tire load capacity, adequate speed rating, and an adequate safety margin when carrying maximum passenger and luggage loads. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, 49 C.F.R. § 393.75, prohibit motorcoaches from carrying a weight greater than that marked on the tire and prohibit operating a motorcoach with damaged or worn tires. While this regulatory prohibition applies to all commercial motor vehicle operations, recent investigations suggest that motorcoaches utilizing the double deck design may be susceptible to overloading. One common configuration utilizes three axles with

a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of between 53,000 and 61,000 pounds. A fully loaded double deck motorcoach at or near the maximum number of passengers and a maximum luggage load could exceed this GVWR, one or more gross axle weight limits, or the tire weight ratings. Safety demands that operators of these motorcoaches have policies and procedures in place to monitor the loading of their vehicles, and take appropriate action (such as reduce passenger/cargo loading or increase tire pressure) to ensure that they remain within the allowable tire weight rating and State vehicle weight limits. FMCSA is working with State officials to increase enforcement of these important safety provisions of Federal and State laws. A tire on a motorcoach loaded beyond its weight rating, operated at highway speeds for a significant period of time, is more likely to overheat and fail, possibly placing the lives of passengers and other motorists at risk. This concern is heightened when motorcoaches are operating in the extremely hot temperatures experienced across the Nation this year, as drought and high heat conditions have plagued a large portion of the United States. Due to this serious safety concern, if FMCSA determines that motor carriers have violated applicable tire loading restrictions, FMCSA may declare those carriers and/or their vehicles to be an imminent hazard and, as such, place them immediately out-of-service pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 521. If you have questions concerning this issue, please contact the FMCSA Commercial Passenger Carrier Safety Division via email at MC-ECP@dot.gov.

CSA Goals Admirable, But System Keeps Missing the Target Sean McNally - ATA

Arlington, Va. – In testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, American Trucking Associations again called for changes to make the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program better able to achieve its stated goals. “ATA has been supportive of the objective of CSA, to reduce commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities, since the program’s inception. However, ATA has significant concerns with the program in its current form,” Scott Mugno, vice president of safety for FedEx Ground Package System, said on behalf of ATA. Mugno cited issues in data weakness that prevent FMCSA from having enough information to properly evaluate carriers, as well as methodology issues that count all crashes – regardless of preventability – against a carrier, as among the most significant issues with CSA.


While ATA continues to support CSA’s stated goal, Mugno said FMCSA needed to take several steps to fix the program. “First, FMCSA must acknowledge that CSA scores are often not a reliable predictor of future crash risk. Second, the agency must confirm that CSA’s highest priority should be to focus on the least safe carriers. And finally,” he said, “FMCSA must establish a specific plan to develop and implement the changes necessary to ensure that the system functions as intended.”

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COMMENTARY: Keeping it real – Is it time to vote yes on State Question 766? By Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK www.capitolbeatok.com

Among the half-dozen ballot questions facing Oklahoma voters in November, State Question 766 is arguably the most significant in economic terms. If voters agree, the measure would exempt “all intangible personal property from property tax. No person, family or business would pay a tax on intangible property. The change would apply to all tax years beginning on and after Jan. 1, 2013.” An “intangible” tax, according to state law, involves items that certainly are tangible to property owners — cash on hand, gold, silver, coins, money on deposit, accounts receivable, promissory notes, and similar things. But it could include almost anything, from the value of insurance policies to a business’ good will. The measure resulted from a collaboration between state Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa and state Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City. Passage would put in place clear, affirmative protections for businesses and individuals against what would otherwise be major new taxes. This year’s legislative work on the issue, leading to placement of the constitutional amendment before the people, flowed from a process that began in the 2010 legislative session, as legislators grappled with the implications of a 2009 ruling in the case of AT&T v. Oklahoma State Board of Equalization. Controversy emerged because the justices decided that anything not listed explicitly would be considered “tangible” for purposes of taxation. In a nutshell, that’s the rub. The court in that instance interpreted existing state constitutional provisions that explicitly exempt from taxation a variety of business assets. These are items deemed tangible, in Article 10, Section 6A of the state constitution, such as gold and cash. Concern about intangible taxation brought the free market Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs and the liberal Oklahoma Policy Institute to nearly the same conclusion at hearings held last fall, during the legislative task force’s hearings designed to address unease created in the business community over the ruling’s implications. Testifying before the task force, OCPA president Michael Carnuccio pointed out that no surrounding states levy a tax on intangibles. In fact, according to the Tax Foundation, only 10 states in the whole nation do so.

David Blatt of the Oklahoma Policy Institute said last fall the best solution was a constitutional amendment to restore the “status quo ante,” putting the levy on centrally assessed entities only, that is, larger entities whose property tax assessments are made at the state level. This year, however, Blatt’s group has offered criticisms of S.Q. 766. In a July 18 blog post, OK Policy’s Gene Perry argued that a result of the measure’s passage “would be a revenue loss to schools and local governments of about $65 million that would have to be made up for by a combination of budget cuts and hikes in the tax rate on the property that remains taxable.” He said, “there are much better way to achieve property tax relief than creating more arbitrary caps and exemptions.” In a Sept. 11 guest post on the OPI blog, Michelle Cantrell, a tax specialist in Tulsa, contended the measure could cost local governments around $50 million, most of that in public school funding, and an undefined higher amount over time. The concern is that over the past three decades, in a growing service economy, “intangibles” have become a higher portion of the perceived value of businesses. Pointing to Oregon and Washington state as places that include intangible taxation to one degree or another, Cantrell said the approach proposed in S.Q. 766 would create “a giant tax loophole for corporations.” (continued on page 14)


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Concerns from conservatives, however, are not theoretical. The logic of the state court decision could lead to significant increases in the size of government and the tax burden on business. Are some of us worrying too much about theoretical possibilities? Probably no. At least one county assessor in central Oklahoma — not Leonard Sullivan in Oklahoma County, the state’s most populous urban center — has been making inquiries to lawyers and tax accountants about the value of goodwill in home sale transactions. In that scenario, the intangible to be taxed could shift from business to the most ubiquitous benchmark of the American dream, a man’s or woman’s castle. In the views of one seasoned, admittedly Republican, student of government, with S.Q. 766, “personal pensions, the value of any license — including a teaching certificate — and even ‘goodwill’ could be taxed.” More on that in a moment. In Florida, before intangible taxation was tossed overboard, even the cash value of whole-life insurance policies was subject to the levy. Supporters of S.Q. 766 include OCPA’s analysts, chambers of commerce members, leading businesses, and, unsurprisingly, AT&T. Legislation sending the constitutional measure to the ballot sailed through the state House easily, guided by Dank, on a relatively bipartisan vote, then got locked up a bit in the Senate, where Democrats broke against it. On this one, there is broad unity on the political “right,” loosely defined, in Oklahoma. There is concern about what failure for the proposition would mean — among the majority of conservative activists, as well as those analysts sometimes deemed “Chamber types.” Speaking of chamber types, people engaged in commerce worry about taxing the value of items identified by the State Chamber of Oklahoma’s Gwendolyn Caldwell in a recent backgrounder — customer lists, relationships, databases, goodwill, employment contracts, patented technology, lease agreements, trademarks, trade names, software, land leases, mineral interests, insurance, and a virtually endless list of other possibilities. At this point, arguing against S.Q. 766 is Blatt’s OK Policy, based in Tulsa, some school superintendents and defenders of the original decision. Here’s a personal take on the situation. For business interests, a tax on intangibles is essentially double taxation. A woman’s business is taxed on profits, not the unrealized value of a name brand. A man who leases mineral rights already pays a tax on income — should he also have to pay a tax on the value of a lease?


And, what about the value of a relationship established by contract? For that matter, what about the value of a handshake agreement, which is still the way a lot of Oklahomans do business? To this day, such deals benefit both parties, in most cases. In the end, a successful outcome gets taxed the right way, on actual profits. I run the Oklahoma bureau of the Franklin Center’s news organization, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to strong, independent journalism, albeit on the Internet rather than in print. When people quiz me about being in the pioneer generation of the adventure known as nonprofit journalism, I often tell them that the weekly community newspaper I am part of, The City Sentinel, is a longstanding pioneer of nonprofit journalism, even if it wasn’t intended that way. As a journalist, I will never get rich, but I do get taxed. I have accumulated, dare I say it, “goodwill.” The “brand name” for both news organizations is obviously “valuable” – one locally, the other nationally. Still, I don’t know how in the world anyone could determine the taxable value of that any more than they could put a monetary value on the respect I have for advocates like Carnuccio and Blatt. Taxes are plenty high on the things that can be assessed and monitored, like real property values and profits. Keep it real, and tangible. That ought to be enough for any government. This essay first appeared in the October edition of Perspective Magazine, monthly publication of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. You may contact Patrick B. McGuigan at Patrick@capitolbeatok.com and follow him on Twitter: @capitolbeatok.

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Upcoming Events November OSMC Fall Seminar November 1-2, 2012

Accidents are down, statistics are improving every year and now is the time to continue that success. With so many pressing issues at the forefront of our industry there is no better time than the present to hear from industry leaders and experts as we move into 2013.

Alcohol and Controlled substances. Plus, you’ll review the critical parts of the DOT regulations on Alcohol and Drug testing (Part 382 and Part 40). TMC Fall Technology Workshop Wed, November 14, 2012 TMC Fall Technology Workshop, November 14, 2012. Francis Tuttle Reno Campus. More information to follow!

We must move forward and not slow down where December transportation safety is concerned. We must continue to strive to be the very best. We must pursue excellence NATMI CDS & CSS Safety Certification in safety. To accomplish this, we must begin “Raising December 3-7, 2012 The Bar”. Motor Fleet Safety Basics - Dec. 3-4 Please come join us for an education packed seminar Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs, Dec. 5-6 revolving around the most current and pressing issues Certification Exam - Dec. 7 the industry faces. We will have speakers such as John Conley, NTTC; Boyd Stevenson, ATA ; Rob Abbott and Register Today, Seats Are Limited! many others. This year the Fall Seminar will be hosted at the Holiday Inn in Jenks, OK. Situated perfectly between the Riverwalk and the Oklahoma Aquarium, there is much to see and do during your stay. The seminar will take place on November 1 & 2 so make plans now to attend. Please visit oksafetymanagementcouncil.com to register today! NATMI Safety & DOT Compliance Series November 13-14, 2012 Oklahoma City, OK Please Register Early - Seating Will Be Limited. Registration Deadline is November 6, 2012. The Safety & DOT Compliance series is three seminars held back-to-back. Attend one, two or all three. Day 1 (All Day): DOT Compliance & Safety: This seminar focuses on driver qualifications, safety fitness and safety ratings, roadside inspection, CDL requirements, and driver physicals. Master the safety compliance skills necessary to survive a DOT safety audit. Day 2 Morning: Hours of Service & Driver Logs: This hands-on interactive seminar provides training on the federal hours of service regulations and the proper use of driver logs. You’ll participate in a driver log review and learn to identify inaccurate entries. Day 2 Afternoon: Controlled Substances and Alcohol Mandatory Training: This seminar completes the DOT’s mandatory supervisor training requirements for 16

Congratulations to OTA on 80 years! One asset to carriers and the trucking industry in general which sadly is not utilized enough are the State Trucking Associations like the Oklahoma Trucking Association and the Oklahoma Safety Management Council. OTA is comprised of companies which are diverse in size, type and commodities transported and alongside them are allied members from organizations with trucking interests. Any company or individual who utilizes trucks of any size or configuration and regardless if it’s one or one thousand, can and do benefit from the work OTA does on a daily basis. OSMC is Oklahoma’s premiere council on transportation safety and education and is comprised of safety professionals from around the state. These professionals are committed to highway safety, dedicated to the transportation industry and come from all aspects of the trucking industry. Combined OTA and OSMC form a strong, cohesive voice to protect and promote the trucking industry and its interests. Through legislative actions at the capital in Oklahoma City and beyond, OTA works to protect and improve the industry here in Oklahoma. Through training, guidance and practical application OSMC continues to improve highway safety in Oklahoma and the United States. During the past year I have had the privilege and honor of serving as Chairman of the Oklahoma Safety Management Council. These members are in my opinion true Safety Professionals. They care and will do all they can to protect their own and help others. These organizations are great resources, if you’re not currently a member, join. Thank you.

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Supertech NationalS Christopher Barnett, Hebron, Ky., was recognized as the nation’s top truck technician as he was named TMC SuperTech 2012 grand champion at the council’s 2012 National Technician Skills Competition, held Sept. 10-12 in Pittsburgh.

Jonathan Love (City of OKC) the 2012 Oklahoma State Supertech Champion works on the Brakes station.

Barnett, a senior technician with Ryder System, was one of 114 technicians from across the country to compete in a day-long test with 17 “hands-on skills stations that tested an array or troubleshooting skills, general truck maintenance, electronic diagnostics applications, and safety and environmental practices. Although, Barnett did not receive the top score for any individual skill station, his consistent high scores in each tested event placed him in first place for the overall competition score. John Ragland, FedEx Express, Kansas City, Kan, repeated his second-place win from last year and Chris Tate, Mohawk Truck, was the Third-place finisher. TMC, a technical council of American Trucking Associations, created the competition through its Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC) to recognize and promote truck technicians. In addition to the competition, held in conjunction with the council’s 2012 Fall Meeting, technicians participated in PTDC’s Technician Training Fair that included six technical sessions, each eligible for continuing education credit through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

Johnathon Love with other State Champions at the National Supertech Competition in Pittsburgh.

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Oklahoma Trucking Association members gathered at Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma, September 19-21, 2012 to celebrate 80 years of the OTA! The festivities kicked off with registration and a Welcome Reception, sponsored by Drivers Legal Plan, Groendyke Transport, Inc., Midlands Management Corporation, Roberts Truck Center and Triad Transport. The Welcome Reception took place in a gorgeous open pavilion overlooking beautiful Green Country. A caricaturist and tarot card reader were also on hand to help give members a glimpse of the themselves and their future. Michael Mayer (Rush Truck Center), David Groves (Rush Truck Center), Evan Oneto (FedEx) at the Welcome Reception.

Thursday kicked off with the Annual Convention Golf Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Club, followed by lunch on the course and meetings back at Downstream.

Benton Landers (ATA), Danny Smith (UPS), Jim Klepper (Drivers Legal Plan) and Brad Klepper (Drivers Legal Plan) at the Welcome Reception.

Some attendees ventured off to Sandstone Gardens instead of hitting the greens Thursday morning where they were welcomed by stunning views, intriguing statuary and perhaps most importantly, great shopping, sponsored by McCorkle Truck Line, Inc. After some time to wind down, the Chairman’s Reception and Silent Auction began with a wide variety of items donated by our gracious members. This year’s Chairman Reception was sponsored by McCorkle Truck Line, Inc., Southwest Trailers & Equipment, Triad Transport, Inc. and United Engines.

Up for auction, the flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol on the OTA’s 80th Anniversary


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Dana and Guy Emerson (Oklahoma City Freightliner) enjoying their evening as a couple at the Welcome Reception.

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Diamond Sponsor MHC Kenworth Attendees from Dugan Truck Line enjoying a break at the Welcome Reception.

Mike Dye (Southwest Trailers & Equipment) poses for a masterpiece c aricature at the Welcome Reception.

Guest speaker, Mike Boettcher, talks about his time as a correspondent in Afghanistan.


Once the bidding was over, it was time for the main event, the Red Vest Banquet. The banquet started with frenzied betting on two live auction items, tickets and pit passes donated by UPS. Then on OSU v. West Virginia football tickets, OKC Thunder v. Utah Jazz NBA tickets and a gift card donated by Drivers Legal Plan. The banquet featured guest speaker Mike Boettcher, an ABC News Afghanistan Correspondent and Professor of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma, as well as Correspondent in Residence for the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Boettcher spoke about his experiences throughout the years, and more importantly, his recent travels in Afghanistan with his son. His story was an intriguing reminder of the sacrifice that our military makes for our country each day.

Past Chairman, John Titsworth (Triad Transport) addresses the crowd after receiving his honorary red vest.

But after Professor Boettcher had spoken, it was time for our main event, the presentation of the Red Vest. David McCorkle told us the story of how the tradition of the red vest began back with former OTA Executive Director, Vince Elliott’s wife, who created the first one. Some time later, when a representative from the American Trucking Associations visited one of our Red Vest Banquets, he so much liked the idea of honoring the past chairman with a Red Vest, that he took that idea back to the ATA, where they adopted a Red Jacket to honor their past chairmen.

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Jay Wommack (Vertical Alliance) speaks during the General Session on Friday.

David McCorkle (McCorkle Truck Line) gives an ATA update during the General Session.

Past Chairmen of the OTA gathered after the Red Vest Banquet. From left to right, Mike Dye (Southwest Trailers & Equipment), David McCorkle (McCorkle Truck Line), LaVern McCorkle (McCorkle Truck Line), Dusty Runnels (Hamm & Phillips Service Company), Steve Montgomery (American Transfer & Storage), John Titsworth (Triad Transport), Danny Smith (UPS), Steve Niswander (Groendyke Transport), Greg Price (United Petroleum Transports), and Ken Case (Dugan Truck Line).

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Ken Case (Dugan Truck Line) and Steve Niswander (Groendyke Transport) brothers from another mother meet again at the Chairman’s Reception.

Attendees gather at the annual Red Vest Banquet.

OTA Executive Director, Dan Case, then honored outgoing Chairman, John Titsworth (Triad Transport) with his Red Vest. John addressed the crowd and thanked them for the honor of being Chairman of the OTA. He noted the increase in the Association’s revenue, membership as well as the work they had accomplished so far in terms of workmen’s comp reform. John noted that while we may have a long way to go, we have at least made a good start to a better system. Friday morning greeted attendees with a wonderful breakfast and General Sesssion. Jay Wommack spoke from the Vertical Alliance group on business solutions, Benton Landers from the ATA gave an update about the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition, and David McCorkle addressed the audience with an ATA update. Past Chairman John Titsworth introduced the new OTA Board of Directors and new Chairman, Bob Peterson of Melton Truck Lines. Mr. Peterson spoke about his excitement of being named Chairman of the OTA and stressed the importance of being actively involved with the OTA’s activities so that we can celebrate many more years to come. All in all, the OTA’s 80th Annual Convention was a great success. Thank you to all of the sponsors and attendees who made this wonderful event so memorable.

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Mark Brown (Central Tech) and Danny Smith (UPS) sizing up the competition.

Bob Peterson (Melton Truck Lines) is ready to put the pedal to the metal & tee off. The 2012 Convention Golf Classic took place on Thursday, September 20 at the Eagle Creek Golf Course. Players couldn’t have asked for a better day to hit the links as the weather was clear and calm. Terry Bitner (Great West Casualty), Rocky Montoney (Great West Casualty), Rick Peschka (Add On Systems) and Trent Ohman (United Engines) seem pleased with their round.

Over 65 golfers joined up to support the OTA in the tournament which was sponsored by ATC Freightliner, Great Dane Trailers, JJ Keller & Associates, MHC Kenworth, Melton Truck Lines, PrePass, T&W Tire, and Southwest Trailers & Equipment. Players enjoyed eighteen holes on the course with a par of 71 for men. The first place team blew that par out of the water with a score of 60! Bragging rights belong this year to this team that was made up of John Titsworth (Triad Transport), Marvin Lloyd (Triad Transport), Grant Pankratz (Great Dane Trailers) and Todd Randall (Great Dane Trailers). Second place, first flight went to the T&W Tire team of Ryan Woodard, Darrin Newfield, Emmit Hahn, and Marshall Brackin. Rounding off the first flight, was the third place team from Rush Truck Centers, Mike Mayer, Steve Zwinggi, Neal Carrick, and David Groves.

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Scott Rose (JJ Keller), Dieter Patraw (Southern Tire Mart), Tom Stewart (Southern Tire Mart) and Kent Thompson (Mack Trucks).

Roger Fuller (ChemOil Energy), and Lucas Willson (Love’s) work on winning the longest drive.

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Michael Mayer (Rush Truck Center) shows us that he is also known as the “duck whisperer.� The second flight rankings followed with first place going to Dusty Runnels (Hamm & Phillips), Mike McFadden (Hamm & Phillips), Drew Burk (OKC Freightliner), and Chad Brandt (OKC Freightliner). Second place, second flight went to the team of Rocky Montoney (Great West Casualty), Terry Bitner (Great West Casualty), Trent Ohman (United Engines) and Rick Peschka (Add On Systems). Third place second flight was awarded to Brandon Fitzgerald (Roberts Truck Center), Roger Fuller (ChemOil Energy) and Lucas Willson (Loves Corporate). Rounding out the team placements were the third flight where the first place winners were Bob Peterson (Melton Truck Line), Russ Elliott (Melton Truck Line), Ken Davis (Bruckners Tulsa) and Kelly Harper (Midlands Management). Second place went to the Oklahoma City Freightliner team of Fred Bucklin, Mac Flanary, Will Higginbotham and Bob Morrison. Third place was awarded to the MHC Kenworth team of John Williams, Robby Donaldson, Rod Stiger and Warren Bryning. Two longest drive contests were held where Roger Fuller (ChemOil Energy) won on hole number one and Ryan Woodard (T&W Tire) won on hole number eleven. In addition to the longest drive contests, there were also two closest to the pin contests where Lucas Willson (Loves Corporate) won on hole number seven and David Groves (Rush Truck Centers) won on hole sixteen.

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Board of directors Bob Peterson

Mr. Peterson has served as Melton Truck Line’s president since July 1991 when he acquired the company. Prior to that, he served as President of GlasTran, Inc. a trucking company he founded in 1989. Mr. Peterson joined Contract Freighters, Inc., of Joplin, Missouri July 1985 and served in a number of capacities concluding as Executive Vice President. Prior to CFI, Mr. Peterson’s professional experience included executive management positions in venture capital, bank management, and public accounting. Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor

Greg Price

Chairman of the board of Arts Degree in Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California; he is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Peterson’s hobbies include golf and swimming. He is an active supporter of the Tulsa Area United Way, Boy Scouts of America, and various other organizations.

1st Vice Chairman

In 1966 Greg’s father, Keith Price, started Oklahoma Tank Lines. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 with a degree in accounting, Greg Price rejoined Oklahoma Tank Lines as the Tulsa Operations Manager.

He currently serves on the Executive Committees of both the Oklahoma Trucking Association and National Tank Truck Carriers, as well the Board of Directors of the Texas Motor Transportation Association.

In 1980 Greg formed United Petroleum Transports and was promoted to President of the combined transportation fleets in 1991. The organizations have successfully grown to 16 locations across the southwest transporting petroleum products throughout the United States and Canada.

Greg and his wife Donna live in Jones, Oklahoma. He has three sons; Matthew, David and James. Matthew and David are actively involved in the UPT family business.

Ken Case

Ken has been in the trucking business for 25 years involved in sales for Beaver Express, TTI, and Dugan Truck line. He has served on the OTA board for 13 years and served as chairman in 2006.

2nd Vice Chairman

Ken is married to his wife Janet and they reside in Edmond, Ok. He is very involved in weight lifting and holds several national records in the bench press.


John Titsworth

Immediate Past Chairman

Born and raised in Heavener, Ok where he graduated from High School in 1964. After graduation he went to college at the University of Oklahoma. Graduated from OU Business Administration, Major Finance and Marketing, Minor Accounting. Went to work for Phillips Petroleum for 3 years in Bartlesville, accounting. Then he went to work for his father-in-law, Welton Kelly, at the time, from 1973 to 1976. In January 1977, they went into business together and started Kelworth Trucking Co, which is still operating 100 trucks in Poteau

David McCorkle

In 1986 he became the ATA Alternate State Vice President. From 1989-1992 he was the founding Chairman of the Dump Transports Division of the Interstate Carriers Conference. In 1988 he became the ATA State Vice President and retained that position until he became the ATA Vice Chairman in 1996, a position he held until 2000.

LaVern McCorkle

In 1999, he received the Truck PAC President’s Club Award and from 2000-2001 served as the ATA Chairman. In 2005, he received the TAEC J.R. “Bob” Halladay Award which is awarded for outstanding contributions in assisting and supporting the work and efforts of ATA’s 50 state Trucking associations. And in 2009, he received the Truckload Carriers Association Past Chairman’s Award which is the Past Chairman’s Award presented for dedication and service to the trucking industry.

State Vice President to the ATA

In 1957 she became President of McCorkle Truck Line, Inc. and became very involved in the Associated Motor Carriers of Oklahoma. In 1994, she was selected to serve as the OTA’s Chairman and has served on the OTA Board of Directors since 1995. In 2000, she served as the ATA First Lady and in 2002 became the OTA’s State Alternate Vice President to the ATA.

She’s served as the OTA State Vice President to the ATA since 2002. In 2005, she received the TAEC J.R. “Bob” Halladay Award for outstanding contributions in assisting and supporting the work and efforts of ATA’s 50 state trucking associations.

Alternate State Vice President to the ATA

Is Vice President of Safety Policy & Regulatory Relations for Groendyke Transport, Inc., where he has been employed for over 33 years in the safety arena, with the last 18 as Vice President. Prior to Groendyke Transport Inc he served in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Vance Air Force Base, and later graduated from Phillips University, in Enid. He is very active in the American Trucking Association and is the 2nd Vice President of the ATA Safety Management Council. He has served


Started Triad Transport, Inc. in 1985 with his wife Gwen. He was the Chairman of the OTA from 2011-2012 and is also currently Ward 2 Councilman for the City of McAlester.

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In 1953 David McCorkle founded McCorkle Truck Line, Inc. on Route 66 Luther, Oklahoma. He was chairman of AMC from 1985-1986.

Steve Niswander

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on six of its committees and is a member of the American Transportation Institute’s Research Advisory Committee. He was named ATA’s National Safety Director of the year in 2006; NTTC’s Safety Professional of the Year in 1990, 1991, 1999, and 2000; and was OTA’s Safety Professional of the Year in 1989 and 2009. He is past chairman of OTA and is the National ATA Representative for the OTA. He has twice been named chairman of OSMC.

Jim Klepper

Vice President At-Large

Attorney at Law, founder, and President of Drivers Legal Plan® and Interstate Trucker LTD™, Mr. Klepper received his B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Jim served with distinction as prosecutor in Seminole, Hughes, and Pontotoc counties (OK) representing the government in countless traffic-related hearings. Jim took that experience, along with a lifetime affinity for trucking, to establish a national

Susan Boese

Susan has been in the trucking industry for more than 25 years. Beginning her career with a major flatbed carrier based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After 15 years with the same company, Susan moved on to become the Vice President of Sales for a medium sized Dry Van carrier based in Pennsylvania. In 2006 Susan decided to open her own trucking company. She and her business partner began Tri Alexander Transportation, Inc. Today they have more than doubled their fleet, increased their mar-

Jeff Jones

His relationship with his father is the reason he gravitated towards this field. He started working with his father just before finishing high school in 1994 and continued to work with him while he completed his degree in Accounting from Arkansas State University. He was excited to start full-time employment at Kelworth Trucking and committed to learn every aspect of the business. He spends a great deal of time focusing on sustainability of the company through sales and opera-

Adam Dye

He basically grew up at Southwest Trailers & Equipment. When his father, Mike Dye, started the company in 1993 he was 9 years old. From that age onward, he worked there during summer and Christmas breaks from school doing all sorts of odd jobs.

law firm dedicated to transportation law, specifically the representation of CDL drivers and their carriers. Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Truckload Carriers Association, the Oklahoma Trucking Association, and is Chairman of the Oklahoma Humane Society. He has also served on the Boards of the American Trucking Association and the Arkansas Trucking Association. Jim also maintains a current CDL.

Vice President At-Large ket share, and have developed a proven track record for safety and premier service. Tri Alexander has been the recipient of 3 Platinum National safety awards for outstanding achievement in Highway Safety plus two Gold Achievement awards. In 2009, Tri Alexander was also named as “One of the Best Fleets to Drive For in North America”

Vice President At-Large tions. The majority of his time outside of work is spent with his wife, Katrina, and their two children, Bryce and Jenna. Civic involvement is important to him and he volunteers with the LeFlore County Youth Services Program and sit on the board of several other organizations. He is an avid reader. He believes to enhance life you have to add new experiences. His hobbies have included restoring cars, playing drums, biking both mountain and road, riding motorcycles and dune buggies; anything to get his adrenalin going. Vice President At-Large position for northern Oklahoma. He started attending OTA events in 2007 and have enjoyed meeting customers and members alike. He is honored to be apart of the OTA board and look forward to working with and meeting new people in the industry.

After graduating from Oklahoma Christian University in 2007 with a degree in business, he first went into the credit managers position at Southwest. Beginning in 2009, he took the trailer sales


Carmalieta Wells

She started working at Madewell & Madewell, Inc. in 1973 at the age of 17, during her junior year at Jones High School. She was the company’s first secretary and worked after school and the summer until she graduated high school in 1974. She then began what she thought would be just a job, but became a lifelong career!

Vice President at-Large and deliver scrap batteries and their components throughout the country. It has truly been her pleasure being a member and serving on the board of the Oklahoma Trucking Association.

In 2004, Mr. Madewell sold the company to her business partner and herself and they have continued on with their fleet of trucks that pick up

David Freymiller

Known around the offices of D&M Carriers as the “Trucker’s Almanac”, David Freymiller has built his entire life around trucking. As a self-taught executive, David learned at a very young age the inter-workings of trucking equipment fueled by an intense fascination and curiosity behind its changing technology. David learned how to drive and operate tractor-trailer units before the driving age and developed a very strong work ethic at a young age. David is no stranger to hard work, a trait instilled in him by his father, Don. David and his fa-

Michael Mayer

For-Hire Carrier Representative ther, in October of 1996 partnered to form D&M Carriers, Inc. and in 2001, the organization added Freymiller, Inc. as a subsidiary company. Today, David is happily married to his wife of 19 years, Mindy and together with their three children, Tara, Blake and Kalista reside in Edmond, OK. David attends Life Church OKC, enjoys golfing and spending time with his family. David continues his many successful ventures and enjoys his role as CEO for Freymiller.

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Michael first started in the trucking industry at J.T. Jenkins Kenworth in Bakersfield, CA, in August 1974, as a parts counterman. In 1984 moved to Oklahoma and went to work at Oklahoma Kenworth as parts counterman. In 1986 he was promoted to Operations Manager over the PacLease and Carrier Transcold franchises at the dealership. In 1987 he began working at Oklahoma Peterbilt as a parts counterman and in 1991 was promoted to Assistant Parts Manager. In August 2005 he was promoted to Regional Parts Manager over our

Louis Thompson

Louis Thompson currently serves as the Safety Director for Beaver Express Service, LLC., Chairman of the OSMC and 2nd Vice Chair of KMCA. Louis Thompson began his career in trucking in 1981 after serving in the United States Navy. By 1988, he had purchased his own truck and eventually went on to form Eagle’s Glory Trucking, Inc. in 1993. Over the course of his driving career, he accumulated over 2.8 million accident-free miles. In 2006, he embarked on a new journey by closing


OKC, Tulsa, and Ardmore stores. In August 2008 he was then promoted to General Manager of Rush Truck Center-Oklahoma City, his current position. His greatest task as GM was the start and completion of their fantastic new dealership. Michael has been married to his wife, Diane, since 1975 and have a son and a daughter and five wonderful granddaughters. His hobbies, when he has time to relax are camping, boating and spending time with the family. OSMC Representative down Eagle’s Glory Trucking, obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree and began work for Beaver Express Services. He continued his education in safety by completing his Master’s Degree in 2007 and eventually earned accreditation through the NATMI as a Certified Director of Safety in 2009. His dedication to his work was given great recognition when he was selected to receive the 2010 Oklahoma Safety Professional of the Year Award and then the 2011 Kansas Safety Professional of the Year Award.


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Robert O’Brien

Bob is a thirty eight year veteran of the motor coach industry. His experience covers virtually all aspects if this industry with senior management positions covering the charter & tour market, startup organizations, public/private transit operations and contract transportation services. He also spent five years working for one of the foremost manufacturers of motor coach equipment. A lifelong resident of the Chicago area (up until now), most of his career has centered around the

Shawn Reeves

Motor coach Representative Midwest and Chicago metropolitan areas, he finds Oklahoma City a refreshing “change of pace”. Bob was educated at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and received a B.S. in Business Administration. Several post graduate courses were taken in the accounting and management areas. Bob has also served for five years as a Director and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for a highly rated Credit Union in the NW Suburban Chicago area. Private Carrier Representative

Shawn Reeves has served on the Oklahoma Trucking Association’s Board of Directors since 2010 as the Private Carrier Representative. He currently serves as Safety Director of AdvancePierre in Enid.

Dan Case

Dan Case was chosen as Executive Director of The Oklahoma Trucking Association in May of 2002. A native Oklahoman, Case attended Jones High School (’70) and Oklahoma State University (’74). While at OSU, Case played football for the Cowboys as a lineman. Dan has been involved in the transportation industry for over 32 years, working with Halliburton Services, Roadway Express, Holmes Freight Lines & Consolidated Freightways. While at Consolidated Freightways, Dan was named to the President’s Circle, which recognized outstanding

Executive Director achievements within the company. Not only had Case achieved $3 million in sales, he also developed an air-ride system for CF’s 28 foot trailers (pups). As part of his duties as the Executive Director of the OTA, he is a registered Oklahoma lobbyist, representing the trucking industry at the state capitol. Case lives in Oklahoma City. He has two children, Travis and Mary Beth. When not working, Case enjoys racing thoroughbreds in Oklahoma. In 1991, Case and his father founded their stable.


Celebrating 80 years When you attend the annual conventions, do you ever wonder about those that were there before you? How did it come about that a collaborative effort between carriers and their allied support companies came to fruitition? This is the history of a great organization who has stood the test of time and never looked better. From humble beginnings in 1932 with the threat of the railroad industry infringing their business, to the multi-state membership and newly-built member-funded headquarters in Oklahoma City that offers training and meeting opportunities to its over four-hundred strong membership. The trucking industry has faced many challenges throughout the years. From changes in technology and equipment, to regulation, then deregulation, one would think that the OTA has seen it all, but they are the wiser for their years and know that change can be around any corner, and they’re ready for it and to fight for their members.


of service... Sixty-eight individuals have stepped up to the plate to lead this organization throughout the years. All coming from different backgrounds, areas of business and parts of the world. But they all share one common goal, and that was to make the OTA and its members a success. Come join the Oklahoma Trucking Association now in celebrating their Pearl Anniversary and 80 years of serving the needs of Oklahoma’s trucking industry!


Associated Motor Carriers of Oklahoma began in 1932, about the same time that the state economy hit rock bottom from the effects of the Great Depression. During such economic times, it is easy for one to isolate threats to ones livelihood. One major threat viewed by the truck and bus carriers of the day was the still burgeoning railroad industry. So in 1932, several individuals united to establish an organization that would face the powerful rail industry head on. Among them were notable figures such as Moss Patterson, Evans Nash, B. H. Clanton, W. W. Warren, R. G. Hickox, J. M. Moncrief, among several other truck and bus operators. On June 24, 1932, the Associated Motor Carriers of Oklahoma, Inc. was established. The organization was first headquartered in the Colcord Building in Oklahoma City. The drive for membership began shortly thereafter, and on July 5, 1932 the first bulletin was issued to all truck and bus operators in Oklahoma. It was a passionate plea to businessmen to recognize the threat faced from the railroad industry as well as a summary of what the organization could do for the industry. 1933 was a proper trial by fire of the new AMCO. It saw the emergence of House Bill 523, which stated, “From and after the passage and approval of this act, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to transport any persons or property for hire over any public highway within the State of Oklahoma.� Despite the obvious obstacles that faced them, the organization won important battles that year, including an increase in size and weights, and prevention of diverting gasoline tax revenue from highways. Given the success and the realization by many in the industry of the benefit of representation, membership grew from 47 members to over 800. By 1934, the 1000 mark was reached with membership. In 1935, at the Fourth Annual Convention, the first-ever safe driver awards were presented. That same year AMCO sponsored House Bill 461 creating the Motor Carrier Department of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The bill provided for a Director and six Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers. Passed legislation that year created Ports of Entry and 30 Day Tag Provisions for trucks.

AMCO saw further growth in 1936 as they passed the 2,400 membership mark, largely consisting of employee memberships. 1937 saw the addition of the Oilfield Haulers Division, increasing membership from its numbers. In 1938, the Oil Jobbers Association of Oklahoma was merged into the association, creating a division of the same name. A private carrier division was also created toward the end of the year. In 1939, Ports of Entry were abolished.



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Melton Truck Lines congratulates the OTA on its 80th Anniversary. Thank you for advancing important trucking issues in Oklahoma.

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Thank you for 80 years of service to the trucking industry!

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Congratulations on 80 years supporting the trucking industry! Thank you for your continued efforts in the industry.

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AMCO hosted the first Oklahoma State Truck Roadeo in 1940. The organization continued to show signs of progress as it headlined principal speakers Governor Leon C. Phillips, Oklahoma Corporation Commission Chairman Redford Bond, and Ray Atherton of the Interstate Commerce Commission. 1941 brought wartime shortages. The association was forced to discontinue its publication, The Oklahoma Motor Carrier. In 1942, Oklahoma Motor Carrier was again forced to take a sabbatical due to wartime shortages. However, the publication made a triumphal return in April of 1943 after 18 months of cold presses. In 1944, the association worked closely with Governor Robert S. Kerr in planning a post-war highway construction program that would be financed by gasoline taxes. A year later, the association faced a mileage tax, which was introduced into the Oklahoma State Legislature. With determination, the measure was soundly defeated. The nation continued to face wartime shortages, one particularly important topic of convention that year was the shortage of truck tires. In 1946, the University of Oklahoma initiated a continuing education course for fleet supervisors. AMCO greatly aided in the success of the course contributing several speakers. 1947 proved successful with a size and weight increase for trucks. Another success for the year was the creation of a safety committee to combat traffic deaths on the nation’s highways. That same year, the association resumed the Oklahoma State Truck Roadeo. Safety continued to be a big topic in 1948 at the annual convention. That year the association sponsored safety meetings throughout the state. Speed limits for trucks were increased in 1949 to 50 miles per hour; 40 miles per hour for trucks over 48,000 pounds, and buses to 55 miles per hour.


AMCO took their message to the streets in 1952 with a public information campaign telling Oklahomans statewide about the motor carrier industry. The effort involved forty-four daily newspapers and two major radio stations carrying the messages sponsored by the association. 1953 brought the message of the motor industry into more homes as the association expanded their efforts to the television airwaves. That year they sponsored a Sunday afternoon TV show on WKY-TV to further promote the industry’s message. A MCO achieved another major victory that year by defeating a ton-mile tax against regular route carriers. The association also helped increase truck height allowances from 12 ½ feet to 13 ½ feet. The Turner Turnpike had its Grand Opening that year, which was officially held in Stroud, OK on May 16th. With the success of the Turner Turnpike, and its generation of over one million dollars, the Turnpike Authority looked to expand with a planned 308-mile network of toll roads. The following year, 1955, President Eisenhower pushed for legislation to modernize the U.S. highway system. In 1956, AMCO and the American Trucking Associations supported Congressman Hale Boggs’ legislation creating the interstate system and the national defense of highways. Maximum gross weight for trucks increased from 60,000 lbs. to 66,000 lbs. in 1957. That same year, The Oklahoma Council of Motor Carrier Safety Supervisors was created as the governing safety body of the association. AMCO convinced the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to establish discounted rates for commercial vehicles that year as well. In the first six months of 1958, Oklahoma turnpikes saw an increase of 30% truck and bus traffic thanks to the commercial discounts. AMCO sponsored the victorious House Bill 752 increasing gross vehicle weight to 73,280 in 1959. That same year, a Carl C. Crim from Okmulgee, OK was awarded National Driver-of-the Year by the ATA for his safe driving record. He received the award in Washington D.C. and was congratulated by Vice President Richard Nixon.


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In 1960, the association branched further into the communities to develop good public relations. AMCO successfully sponsored legislation to provide annual permits for vehicles up to 60 feet in 1961. Additionally, they were key in helping to pass legislation authorizing the Oklahoma Tax Commission to enter into prorationing agreements with other states. In 1962, Oklahoma was chosen by the National Highway Users Conference and the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads in piloting a new concept in highway traffic regulation to be used in the event of a national emergency. The project was called Exercise Spadefork. Legislative victories in 1963 included the expansion of a 60 foot annual permit law for oilfield haulers and vehicle license fees assessed upon the truck tractor with only a minimal $20 fee required for trailers and semi-trailers. AMCO acquired a group insurance plan for members. In 1964, the association added the Oilfield Fluid Carriers Division. 1965 brought the legislative addition of permitting twin trailer combinations measuring 65 feet in length. The Oklahoma State Truck Roadeo returned in 1966 after a few years off, drawing a record crowd. A Dump Truck Division was added that year, bringing the total number of division in AMCO to 12. In 1967, Oklahoma hosted the National Truck Roadeo, which was held at the Exposition Center in Tulsa. The association secured a provision in the vehicle inspection law allowing fleets to inspect their own equipment. AMCO sponsored and passed a bill to completely revise and modernize the Oklahoma Motor Carrier Act in 1968. In 1969, their public relations campaign continued with the donation of a new 40-foot safety exhibit trailer to the Department of Public Safety. Their legislative contributions that year were a new procedure for issuance of motor carrier identification devices, exemption of dump semi-trailers from Internal Bridge Formula, and extension of load for automobile transporters.


In 1970, the association sponsored a bill, which provided for reinstatement of a motor carrier’s operating authority in instances where the carrier was suspended for failure to have proper insurance on file. Specifically, this referred to instances where failure to file was not due to the carrier’s own negligence. An exemption from certain regulatory requirements for three axle open top dump trucks was also favored and supported by AMCO. 1971 was yet another successful year for the association. Among the bills sponsored and passed were: the establishment of requirements in transporting explosives, increasing bus width to 102 inches, and providing for issuance of OCC identification devices for power units only. In 1972, several changes were made to size and weight limits. House Bill 1639 provided increases in single axle weights to 20,000 pounds. It also permitted use of 102 inch width for truck on Oklahoma highways. House Bill 1640 created a new system for issuing oversize and overweight permits. The association also defeated a proposed increase in license fees for trucks. Overall, it was the association’s most progressive year since inception. With 1973 came the fuel crunch, yet the previous year’s victories in size and weight limits held promise for fuel savings of 12 to 17% for motor carriers. Oklahoma received federal money to improve four major highways for the state. 1974 brought talks of industry deregulation. In 1978, AMCO presented information at an Hours of Service hearing in Dallas, TX. In a summary of traffic accidents for 1977 from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, trucks were only shown to be involved in 6.42% of the traffic accidents. In 1979, AMCO continues to wrestle with talks of deregulation in the air.


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With 1980 came the beginning of deregulation in the trucking industry, sparked by the signing of the Motor Carrier Act. Two successful bills were sponsored by AMCO that year. The first was HB 1796, which allowed the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to calibrate tank trucks. HB 1812 allowed the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to establish a minimum rate level for the transportation of road building materials that were transported in open-top dump trucks in excess of three axles. The “Sharing the Road� program launched that same year as a venture between AMCO and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. In 1981, the system for issuing oversize and overweight permits was again modernized due to Senate Bill 50. SB 50 represented the largest overhaul of the system in over 30 years. Also that year, Governor George Nigh announced the formation of the Oklahoma Motor Transportation Advisory Committee. The committee formed to examine possible improvements that could be made within the motor carrier industry. Topics of interest for the committee included safety, size and weight, permits, economic regulation, and operating rules. AMCO proved to be vital in 1982 by aiding the defeat of HB 1588, which would have created a variable motor fuel tax on the weight average price of fuel. Recommended by AMCO, and passed into law that year, HB 1855 required the Oklahoma Tax Commission to monitor the fuel taxes and fees assessed against Oklahoma by other states and gave the OTC authority to assess similar fuel taxes and fees against residents of other states. In 1986, HB 1986 was defeated. The measure would have deregulated all oilfield transportation and motor carriers in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Council of Motor Carrier Supervisors rebranded that year to the Oklahoma Council of Safety Professionals. The Trucking Industry Self-Funded Research and Development Act of 1987 created a cooperative agreement between public and private sectors to make the state an international marketing, warehousing, and distribution center for the U.S.


In 1990, Governor Henry Bellmon signed HB 1989 requiring commercial drivers to pass a written exam as well as a driving test. The resulting commercial drivers license would be valid for four years. The bill also prohibited commercial drivers from obtaining more than one license, and must be issued by the state of residence of the driver. Thanks to the Trucking Industry Self-Funded Research and Development Act, passed 5 years earlier, Oklahoma became the number one state in the nation for trucking. It was reported that in 1990, one in every eleven workers in the state was employed by the trucking industry. In 1993 TISRAD funding was cut off. TISRAD was officially abolished in 1994 with the passing of HB 2392. AMCO fought for an increase in speed limits in 1995. That year, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission increased the speed limit for trucks on interstate highways and four-lane divided highways to 70 miles per hour. In 1996, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved lower speed limits on some of Oklahoma’s two-lane highways. In a strategic move to identify with other state trucking associations, Associated Motor Carriers of Oklahoma rebranded itself to the Oklahoma Trucking Association in 1997. The OTA started publishing the weekly tip sheet. In 1999, the OTA helped defeat HB 2334. The measure would have jailed a truck driver for 6 months, or required him/her to pay a $1,000 fine for violation of overweight regulations.


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Happy 80th Anniversary! Thank you for your continued support of the trucking industry in Oklahoma.

Congratulations on 80 wonderful years supporting Oklahoma’s trucking industry. We are proud to be a part of such a great organization.



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Compliance Concepts of Oklahoma Congratulations on your Pearl Anniversary! Thank you for all the wonderful years and many more to come!

The OTA brought in the new millennium with great hopes for the success of the industry. However, 2000 was a very negative year in terms of anti-trucking legislation. The OTA took these challenges in stride, however, and defeated truck-only lane restrictions, and established ports of entry. The Nation changed as a whole from the events of 2001, and as a result of the September 11 attack, many new laws and regulations would take effect. In 2002, Dan Case was selected for the postition of the OTA Executive Director, and hetook on the role in May of that year. In 2004, the OTA helped pass SB 141, which was known as the “Trucking One Stop Shop Bill.” This bill enabled all of the motor carrier functions of the Oklahoma Tax Commission to be moved to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Oklahoma also passed the first truck indemnification bill in the nation. After several years of lobbying, 2005 brought about major change to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, where they granted an increase of $170 million per year without raising taxes. The OTA then launched a fundraising campaign in 2006 to purchase land and to build a permanent home for the Association. That campaign was a tremendous success, and in the spring of 2008, the OTA moved into their new home just a mile north of the capitol. In 2007, OTA Chairman, Steve Niswander received the ATA’s Safety Director of the Year award.


Roberts Truck Center is happy to celebrate and support the Oklahoma Trucking Association’s 80th It is our wish that OTA and its members Anniversary. OTA continues to show continue the tradition of unity in our industry. their commitment and loyalty to the Just as the best pearls are brilliant and unique our best effort should be to represent trucking industry, and the Roberts Truck Center Family is fortunate to know our unique areas of industry to guide us as the moon guides in darkness, we shall shine. such a great organization. Pearls strung together on a thread symbolize order and unify.

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A new decade brought on new challenges to the trucking industry. The implementation of Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA 2010) sparked a new fevered debate between the FMCSA and the trucking industry. Listening sessions and lawsuits have plagued this new system that has been offered up as the wave of the future where data will be stored and shared across departments and states. While the system has only been in place for two years, the debate continues as the industry adjusts to a new method of tracking. But 2010 wasn’t finished with its changes, in July of the that year, the cost to obtain an MVR in Oklahoma jumped from $12.50 to $27.50, effectively making Oklahoma known for the highest MVR fees in the country. The OTA continues to fight this fee increase today. In 2011, the 24/7 online permitting through the Department of Public Safety was made available. In early 2012, the first of the new state-of-the-art ports of entry was opened in Kay County on Interstate 35. This new facility is a joint venture between the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Public Safety Department and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.




Past Chairmen


1932-1940 | Moss Patterson

1966 | Charles True

1991 | Michael Richardson

1941 | Evans A. Nash

1967 | Gordon Masters

1992 | Joe Esco

1942 | Moss Patterson

1968 | Jess Crook

1993 | Greg Kannady

1943 | L.M. Voss

1969 | Lloyd Stith

1994 | Chris Smith

1944 | R.W. Lee

1970 | John Hefferin

1995 | LaVern McCorkle

1945 | L.M. Voss

1971 | William Jackson

1996 | Steve Montgomery

1946-1947 | J.E. Stith

1972 | Frank Cochran

1997 | Will Higginbotham

1948 | Evans A. Nash

1973 | L. Dale Brown

1998 | John Wilkins

1949 | Roy A. Griffitts

1974 | Jerry Hagan

1999 | Tom Howell

1950 | Duncan McRae

1975 | Jerry Jenkins

2000 | Mike Dye

1951 | Guy Nall

1976 | Max Caddell

2001 | Barry Miller

1952 | R.E. “Bob” Lee

1977 | Gary Ryan

2002 | Ron Boyd

1953 | M.A. Dixon

1978 | Roy Sullivan

2003 | Teresa Brown

1954 | Don Eaton

1979 | Gene Naukam

2004 | Cindy Miller

1955 | M.S. “Stan” Lee

1980 | Vince Elliott

2005 | Craig Schneithorst

1956 | Earnest Pickett

1981 | Ike Glass

2006 | Ken Case

1957 | J.W. Boyles

1982 | KenMcLinn

2007 | Steve Niswander

1958 | Sam Carpenter

1983 | John Maupin

2008 | Mike Stone

1959 | R.E. Hagan

1984 | Charles Bowen

2009 | Danny Smith

1960 | Levoy Ellsworth, Sr.

1985 | Don Lacy

2010 | Dusty Runnels

1961 | Lyle Breeding

1986 | David McCorkle

2011 | John Titsworth

1962 | James Daniel, Jr.

1987 | Larry Hill

1963 | J.H. Jenkins

1988 | Greg Price

1964 | W.R. “Dick” Stubbs

1989 | Kirk Hagan

1965 | Jack Turner

1990 | Harold Hamm


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