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In this issue Features 22 John Hill: Oklahoma Driver of the Year 24 Faces of a Million Miles 28 2010 Professional Drivers 32 2010 Fleet Safety Award Winners 41 Louis Thompson: 2010 Safety Professional of the Year 44 Midwinter Conference 46 Donor Appreciation Dinner 48 Freshman Legislators’ Reception Departments Editorials 5 From the Editor OTA News 6 Utility Tri State Expands Parts & Service Facilities 6 OTA Welcomes New Director of Events, Rebecca Chappell 7 USA Mobile Drug Testing Opens New Oklahoma City Location

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New Members 8 Trucking Tidbits: Nationwide News 10 FHWA Launches New Bridge Safety Initiative State Matters 14 The Week (or two) that was: House Republicans Highlight Agenda Steps OSMC’s Safety Zone 18 Safety Rocks! Upcoming Events 21 Member Spotlight 50 Triad Transport, Inc.

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from the Spring is here again! Time for yard work, after-school sports and stormy weather. As Oklahomans, we have become accustomed to dangerously turbulent weather. We’re bonded by our shared experiences of wind and hail. Something that has always fascinated me about Oklahomans is our ability to pick up the pieces and rebuild. No matter our differences as individuals, we always seem to take that bond and rebuild, recreate. We stick together and help each other through the tough times without a second thought. We know what has to be done, and we simply join together and get the job done. I see that same bond in our industry in this Great State as well. Every year, carriers submit their standings, their statistics and plans to the OTA in hopes of being honored with a coveted Fleet Safety Award. Once again, no matter our differences, no matter our business interests and competitors, we’ve all strived for and have worked together for safer roads and workplaces. We’ve joined together to better the industry and each year I am so pleased by the success of each and every member that submits their work to the Fleet Safety Awards program. We work together to make a better industry, a better state and a better association. That is truly one of our greatest strengths. This issue is full of the faces of the people who have been a part of the work our industry has accomplished this past year. From safety directors to technicians, from drivers to CEOs, we’re in this together and have united again to make a prosperous, safe and successful year.

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Of course, the expansion will necessitate hiring additional mechanics and trailer re-builders. This will give a boost on turnaround time for repairs, allowing customers to keep their equipment running with less down time. The trailer sales parking area has already been expanded by six acres, which will allow them to carry a huge selection of both new and used reefers, dry vans and flatbed trailers. Everyone at Utility Tri-State is looking forward to the expansion, and we’re excited about the changes this will bring for us in the future.

OTA Welcomes New Director of Events, Rebecca Chappell The Oklahoma Trucking Association is pleased to welcome Rebecca Chappell as the new Director of Events. Rebecca, a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and has previously worked in marketing for an Oklahoma City-area bank. “I’m very excited to have been given the opportunity to fill the position as the new Director of Events and am looking forward to my future with the OTA,” Chappell said, “Event planning is a passion of mine and I am excited to learn more about the trucking industry as well as getting the opportunity to work with all great people involved.” The previous Director of Events, Ashley Brandt, resigned early in March as her husband was promoted and transferred to Houston.


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Swift Reaction to U.S.-Mexico Truck Agreement By Brian Straight, managing editor FleetOwner

The announcement that the U.S. and Mexico have reached agreement on a border trucking program garnered swift reaction among interested groups. Both the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA) issued strong statements opposing the deal, which was announced at a joint press conference at the White House yesterday by President Barack Obama and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon. In a statement from OOIDA expressing “outrage” at the announcement, executive vp Todd Spencer said it was “simply unbelievable” that the U.S. would agree to a deal. “For all the President’s talk of helping small businesses survive, his administration is sure doing their best to destroy small trucking companies and the drivers they employ,” he said. Teamsters general president Jim Hoffa expressed similar sentiments, saying the deal “puts Americans at risk. This agreement caves in to business interests at the expense of the traveling public and American workers.” (For more on cross-border trucking, click: Fleet Owner’s Special Report: Mexico: A one-way border.) Not everyone, of course, is disappointed with the agreement. “ATA is pleased that Presidents Obama and Calderon and their administrations have worked through their differences and have put our two countries on the path to resolving this issue after nearly 16 years,” said American Trucking Assns. (ATA) president & CEO Gov. Bill Graves. “We hope this agreement will be a first step to increasing trade between our two countries, more than 70% of which crosses the border by truck.”

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two years on many U.S. products entering Mexico.” There were no specific details released yesterday by the Obama administration, but the U.S. government released in early January what it called a “concept document” on how a cross-border trucking program would work. That document laid out a five-step process for any Mexican carrier wishing to operate inside the U.S. border. Included in that is the understanding that Mexican-based drivers would need to demonstrate proficiency in English, knowledge of U.S. traffic laws, and have documented a “Mexican Commercial Driver’s License ...to demonstrate comparability.” Also, any Mexican carrier would need to show proof of insurance and its vehicles would have to meet all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) as well as EPA emissions standards. According to a spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Congress, the Obama administration will brief Congress on the agreement and publish a Federal Register notice to solicit public comment. “They don’t need Congressional authorization [to put the agreement in effect,” he pointed out. “ The legislative concern is that Congress could act again to proactively bar funding for the program, which is what happened in 2009, leading to the [Mexican] tariffs.” The spokesperson supplied FleetOwner with this description of the agreement it had received from the White House: “This afternoon President Obama and President Calderon will announce that Mexico and the United States have found a clear path to resolving the cross-border long-haul trucking dispute.

The agreement, which Obama said will be sent to Congress for approval, will result in the immediate end to some of the $2.4 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods, according to the Wall Street Journal, that Mexico imposed immediately after the previous cross-border demonstration project was killed in March 2009. The rest of the tariffs would be lifted once Mexican trucks start crossing the border, the Journal said.

This path will allow for the establishment of a reciprocal, phased-in program built on the highest safety standards that will authorize both Mexican and United States long-haul carriers to engage in cross-border operations under NAFTA. It will also result in the lifting of retaliatory tariffs imposed by Mexico. Specifically, Mexico will commit to suspending 50% of the tariffs at the time a final agreement for a new program is signed by both countries. The remaining 50% will be suspended at the time the first Mexican carrier receives authorization under the new phased program. USTR will ensure that as the program is phased-in, Mexico takes action to lift the tariffs.

“This is an important step to promote job growth on both sides of the border and shore up our bilateral relationship,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president & CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ”It is long past time for the United States to live up to its trade commitment and allow cross-border trucking services. This delay put more than 25,000 American jobs at risk, and retaliatory tariffs have been in place for

The new program, subject to final agreement, will emphasize safety, security, efficiency. For instance, all trucks will be required to have electronic on-board recorders that will track compliance with hours-of-service and cabotage laws. Trucks will also be required to comply with all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. In addition, DOT will review the combined driver record of each driver who wishes to


member news participate and require that all drug testing samples are analyzed by a U.S. laboratory. And, the DOT will require participating drivers to undergo an assessment of their ability to understand English and U.S. traffic laws. The new program will also include some improvements that are important to Mexico, for example, credit for past participation and a path to full and permanent authority. In addition to these improvements, the new program will advance the economic interests of both the United States and Mexico. It will lift tariffs on more than $2B of U.S. good, increasing U.S. exports to Mexico and expanding jobs on both sides of the border. This is a very positive development, but it is not a done deal. The negotiating teams for the United States and Mexico continue to work on the details. We expect to have a proposed agreement available for Congressional briefings and public notice and comment by late March/early April. The DOT will respond to all comments it receives and then work with Mexico to finalize an agreement.”

OOIDA’s Spencer believes Mexico bullied the U.S. into the cross-border agreement due to the tariffs. “Mexico’s economic bullying tactics should not be tolerated,” he said. “The onus is on Mexico to raise the safety, security and environmental standards for their trucking industry. We should not allow ourselves to be harassed into lowering our standards.” “The Teamsters believe the administration should have brought a challenge against Mexico for imposing excessive tariffs on U.S. goods, as the Teamsters Union has urged for nearly two years instead of agreeing to open the border to unsafe trucks,” Hoffa added. The two countries first launched a cross-border trucking program in 2007 to meet the free trade requirements established by the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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FHWA Launches New Bridge Safety Initiative USDOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on March 21 a new and improved bridge oversight initiative that will enable the Federal Highway Administration to more closely monitor how states are performing their bridge inspections and maintenance. “The safety of our nation’s bridges is of paramount importance,” Secretary LaHood said. “There is always room to do better, which is why we have launched this new safety initiative.” The new approach allows FHWA to more clearly and easily identify bridge issues in each state. Previously, FHWA prepared a written assessment of a particular state’s bridge inspection program based on the outcome of a general review of key inspection areas. Under the new system, FHWA will replace the narrative with an actual grid of 23 specific inspection program areas to identify potential safety challenges more easily. Inspection areas include such items as bridge load limits, loss of sediment from the foundation due to erosion and inspection frequency by individual states. Because the new system is based on more objective data, it provides for more consistency in the bridge inspection program nationwide and more targeted approaches to identifying problem areas in specific states. In addition, during the last year, FHWA performed supplementary error-checks on data submitted by states, conducted workshops and created working groups with states, industry and academia to promote and share best practices in bridge inspection and preservation. “We take our stewardship role very seriously,” Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said. “As part of our ongoing commitment to the bridge program, we have adopted these measures to ensure the continued safety of our nation’s bridges.” President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget calls for $70.5 billion to maintain and build roads and bridges, including $320 million for bridge inspections. The proposal would reduce the backlog of bridge rehabilitation projects first identified in 2006 by 50 percent by 2017. Since 1994, the percentage of bridges in the worst condition has declined from 19.4 percent to 12 percent. The FHWA helps ensure the safety of our nation’s bridges through federal inspection regulations and the oversight of state programs. It also provides funding to assist states in replacing and rehabilitating and preserving bridges.

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The Week (or Two) That Was: House Republicans Highlight Agenda Steps CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

At the end of this sometimes tumultuous week, House Republican leaders and several members of the majority caucus highlighted “agenda accomplishments” they affirm as the lower chamber’s work on its own proposals ended. A wide range of measures sent from the House over to the Senate include policies that, at least a “majority of the majority” contends will enhance the state’s economic environment, improve public safety, access to affordable health care, reformation of educational practices, streamlining and modernizing state government, protecting traditional values, and defending constitutional rights. To be sure, there were disagreements within the majority caucus that played out in deeply divided and/or confusing votes over the past two weeks, including late-night sessions filled with challenging debates and procedures. In the end, however, most priorities pressed by the Speaker and his top allies prevailed. In some cases, super-majorities needed to attach emergency clauses fell short, as was the case with some legal policy reform items and some pieces of the touted education reform agenda.

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subcommittee. “If we are going to compete in the crucial next few years, we had to stop talking and start acting to dramatically reform our state tax system. The GOP is doing just that." House Republicans have stressed they are committed to creating an environment conducive to job retention and job growth including worker’s compensation reform, lawsuit reform, improving transportation infrastructure and not raising taxes. “House Republicans believe economic growth should be measured by the number of private-sector businesses that can grow and employ Oklahomans,” said House Floor Leader Dan Sullivan of Tulsa. “The reforms we have advanced will reduce frivolous litigation and allow the private sector to thrive.” “For nearly 20 years, Oklahoma road funding was badly neglected,” said House President Pro Tempore Jeff Hickman of Fairview. “House Republicans have reversed that trend, and we remain committed to protecting road funding. Our state cannot grow without a viable transportation system.” Several measures have advanced to improve public safety through responsible corrections reform and further addressing illegal immigration to create safer communities and protect limited taxpayer dollars.

“I am extremely proud of the Republican Caucus for adhering to the agenda priorities,” said House Speaker Kris Steele of Shawnee. “It is an enormous responsibility knowing each vote cast could change the lives of Oklahomans. Our focus is on doing what’s best for our citizens and the future of our state.”

“While House Republican believe there must be consequences for those who commit crimes, we do not believe the state must always utilize the most expensive punishment available,” said state Rep. Lisa J. Billy, who chairs the appropriations subcommittee on public safety. “The reforms we have enacted have been shown to cost less while also reducing recidivism. We are working to preserve public safety while being smart with public dollars.”

The House entered the 2011 Legislative session faced with a $600 million budget deficit, requiring cuts to balance the budget, as required in the state constitution, and leading to critical looks at business incentives, tax credits and facets of tax reform.

“To deal with the pressing issues of illegal immigration the House Republicans are taking a very deliberate course of action looking for solutions,” said state Rep. George Faught of Muskogee, who is co-chair of the joint committee on immigration.

“Because we face a $500 million shortfall, this is clearly a challenging budget environment,” said state Rep. Earl Sears of Bartlesville, who chairs the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. “However, House Republicans are advancing reforms that will help close that hole by streamlining and modernizing state government. The money saved through these reforms will help us protect vital areas such as education, transportation and public safety.”

“This focus on this measure will be centered on public safety which affects all citizens of this state. We are taking input from the law enforcement officers who deal daily with the issues of public safety and encourage their solutions to crime and illegal immigration. Our goal is to give law enforcement officers the tools and information that will help them become effective in enforcing our laws and protecting our citizens. There should be consequences for criminal behavior.”

“I am proud that House Republicans are focused on fixing the flawed tax credit system,” said state Rep. David Dank of Oklahoma City, who chairs the House Revenue and Taxation

House Republicans say they want to provide better access to affordable quality health care and promote a competitive free market system.


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increase academic rigor and accountability, providing Oklahoma children a better future.” “The education reforms promoted by House Republicans will provide greater transparency to parents, allowing them to determine how their local schools are performing through a true applesto-apples comparison,” said state Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing, who chairs the House appropriations subcommittee on education. “That information will highlight successful schools and allow the dissemination of successful teaching strategies, benefiting all children and districts in the state.” The House GOP agenda is aimed at streamlining state government, reforming state pension systems, and eliminating or reforming tax policies that fail to generate widespread economic benefit. “We have made significant strides in developing initiatives for those needing health coverage,” stated state Rep. Doug Cox of Grove. “House Republicans are centered on reducing Oklahoma’s uninsured population by building a premiere healthcare exchange constructed on rock solid conservative values.” “Having health insurance that is accessible and affordable is an issue that has our focus and commitment this session,” said state Rep. Glen Mulready of Tulsa. “House Republicans want Oklahoma to lead the way in building a better health insurance marketplace, one that truly empowers individuals and small-business owners to purchase plans that best meet their needs.” Republicans took steps on a challenging education reform agenda, including measures they assert are devoted to ensuring all Oklahoma students have access to a quality education by advancing measures to eliminate trial de novo, eliminate social promotion, increase accountability and transparency, and provide greater instructional opportunities to include protecting parents’ rights to educate their children by other means.

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“For Oklahoma students to become productive adults, they must have access to a quality education,” said state Rep. Ann Coody of Lawton, who chairs the House Common Education Committee. “The reforms we are advancing will

“For years, our unfunded pension liability has been the enormous financial problem of state government that no one would acknowledge,” said state Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Oklahoma City. “This year, we have finally started making the tough decisions necessary to ensure the continued viability of those retirement systems without increasing taxes on working families.” “By eliminating needless duplication in state government, we can save millions of taxpayer dollars while maintaining services,” said state Rep. Jason Murphy of Guthrie. “By enacting the common-sense reforms that private industry has used for years, we are bringing state government into the 21st Century.” The release from Republican legislators circulated today (Friday, March 18) said, “The Republican caucus will continue its commitment to protect traditional Judeo-Christian values, including the sanctity of human life and the traditional family. “House Republicans have enacted pro-life reforms with bipartisan support to provide greater protections to the mostvulnerable Oklahomans – those in the womb,” said state Rep. Pam Peterson of Tulsa. “We are modernizing state law to reflect the medical and scientific realities of 2011, which show us unmistakably that a child in the womb is a precious, living member of our human family deserving of our protection.”


“One of the greatest challenges facing Oklahoma is the fragmentation of families,” said state Rep. Mark McCullough of Sapulpa. “Divorce leads to increased demand for many state services. By working to enact policies that can help preserve families, we can ultimately save hundreds of millions in the long run.” Finally, House Republicans said they are “dedicated to restoring and defending the Constitution, including promoting second and tenth Amendment rights.” “The right to self-defense is one of the most fundamental constitutional rights granted Americans, and House Republicans have advanced legislation that prevents the erosion of that right,” said state Rep. John Enns of Enid. “Law-abiding citizens should not be left defenseless against criminals who will not hesitate to commit murder or rape, let alone break a gun control law.” The House will begin hearing Senate bills next week.

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“Safety Rocks” Here we are at the official start of Spring and I am so excited it’s here! There are two reasons I start getting anxious this time of year; the first is I know there’s warmer weather coming (winter is just not as much fun as when I was a kid), the second is I know the State Truck Driving Championships are just a mere 90 days away. Each year I have the honor of volunteering my services as the Pre-Trip Chairman at the TDC. I look forward each year to seeing old friends and making new ones. It is always a pleasure to spend time with all the Professional Drivers who compete in this prestigious event. If you have never attended the TDC, I encourage you to join us this year on June 3rd and 4th to watch the finest Professional Drivers in Oklahoma compete. The overall winner will represent Oklahoma at the National Truck Driving Championships which will be held in Orlando, Florida this year. I would also encourage you to get your drivers involved in the TDC. It is always great to see the respect and admiration the driver have for one another; and who wouldn’t want a vacation in Orlando? Lastly I would like to thank all of the OSMC members in advance who work so hard and spend endless hours making this event run like a welloiled machine year after year. It is because of these folks the Oklahoma TDC is looked upon as one of the premier Truck Driving Championships in the Nation. I hope to see you all in June and can’t wait to hear that first driver say when asked “So what’s next?” and their reply is “I’m going to Disney World!” Donnie Tulk 2011 OSMC Chairman

Oklahoma Safety Management Council Chairman, Donnie Tulk of Oklahoma Tank Lines - United Petroleum Transports

OSMC Officers First Vice Chairman Louis Thompson Beaver Express Service Second Vice Chairman Kimberly Gonzalez Hoffmeier, Inc. Secretary/Treasurer John Mallory John Christner Trucking, Inc.

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Oklahoma Trucking Association

Notices & updates

Truck Driving Championship Season Has Begun!

2011 Nationwide TDC Schedule

Arizona, California and Tenneesee will start off this year’s Truck Driving Championship season this April. Oklahoma is holding the 2011 Truck Driving Championships on June 3 and 4 in Oklahoma City. The winners from each state’s competeition will go on to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Florida this August 9-13.

Alabama May 14-15

Illinois June 10-11

New York June 10-11

Alaska May 20-21

Indiana June 17-18

North Carolina June 3-4

Arizona April 16

Iowa June 10-11

North Dakota June 4

Kansas June 17-18

Ohio June 17-18

Kentucky May 20-21

Oklahoma June 3-4

Colorado June 4

Louisiana June 3-4

Oregon June 18

Connecticut June 11

Maine May 14

Pennsylvania June 10 -11

Delaware May 7

Maryland June 11

Rhode Island June 18

Florida June 16-18

Massachusetts June 12

South Carolina April 15-16

Georgia May 5-7

Michigan June 24-25

South Dakota May 15

Minnesota June 11-12

Tennessee April 29-30

Mississippi May 6-7

Texas Finals June 17-18

Missouri June 10-11

Utah June 10-11

Montana June 11

Virginia May 13-14

Nebraska June 10-11

Washington June 25

Nevada May 21

West Virginia June 11

Arkansas It takes a lot of people to put on a succesful Truck Driving June 24-25 Championship each year and Oklahoma is known for having California Final one of the best events in the country. June 5 You can help support this year’s TDC by volunteering your time during the event or by taking advantage of one of the many sponsorship opportunities that are available. The sponsorship classes that are available this year include: Class Champion $3000, Rookie of the Year $1500, Safety Professional $500, Competitor $250 and Friends of TDC $100.

In addition to the general sponsorships available, you can also support the Oklahoma TDC by being a program sponsor. The program sponsorships that are currently available include: Full Page $300, Half Page $150, Quarter Page $75, Business Card $25.

For more information, please visit www.oksafetymanagement.com or contact the TDC Chair, Kimberly Gonzalez at Idaho (918) 428-6195 or by email at kimberlyg@hoffmeier.com. May 13-14

New Hampshire/ Wisconsin Vermont June 10 - 11 June 4 Wyoming New Jersey June 11 June 24-25 New Mexico April 30

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Oklahoma Trucking Association

Upcoming Events

May Wilburn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Deadline Tue, May 31, 2011 The Oklahoma Trucking Association is proud to announce the 2011 Wilburn Williamson Memorial Scholarship. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one qualified applicant chosen by a third party panel. The qualifications for the scholarship include:

the Oklahoma Safety Management Council hold the state Truck Driving Championship. This twoday event puts each contestant through their paces with the challenges of a written exam, personal interview, pre-trip inspection and a skills course. After the competition is over, we celebrate the accomplishments of these fine drivers at our awards banquet. Winners of each class go on to compete in the ATA National Truck Driving Championship. Please contact the TDC chairman, Kim Gonzalez, with any questions you may have.

· Child or grandchild of an employee of an OTA member company · High school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale · High school Senior · Enrolled, or plan to enroll, at a university or college for the 2011 Fall semester · All required documents including: High School Transcript Completed application 1 page single-spaced, typed essay Topic: If you could spend the day with any famous person (living or dead) who would it be, and what would you do?

Technology & Maintenance Council Supertech 2011 Technician Skills Competition Sat, June 4, 2011

Applications will be judged by a third-party and only properly completed applications and documents post marked by the deadline will be considered. The winner will be notified by the Oklahoma Trucking Association after judging is completed.

We encourage you to register today for this fun day with great networking opportunities and the chance to win prizes as well as support the OTA, Wilburn Williamson Scholarship and the PAC Fund.

Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2011. You may download the application on the OTA’s website at www.oktrucking.org/events

June Oklahoma Truck Driving Championship June 3-4, 2011 Annually the Oklahoma Trucking Association and

Driver Compliance: Accident Preservation Thu, June 16, 2011 2011 Summer Shoot-Out Fri, June 17, 2011 The Oklahoma Trucking Association is hosting its Annual Summer Shoot-Out Golf Tournament at the exciting and well-received Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond.

NATMI Fleet Accident Investigation June 22-23, 2011

July NATMI Certified Driver Trainer Program July 18-20, 2011

August NATMI Transportation Risk Management Tue, August 16, 2011

September 79th Annual Convention September

December NATMI CDS & CSS Safety Certification December 5-9, 2011

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John Hill

Oklahoma Driver of the Year

John Hill is a Broken Arrow, Oklahoma resident who has been driving professionally for over 27 years and has accrued over 1,862,000 accident-free miles. Since 1995, Hill has worked for Oklahoma Tank Lines-United Petroleum Transports (OTL-UPT) and during his time there, he has achieved great success. Andy Walker, Vice President of Risk Management/Safety at OTL-UPT said, “John is an invaluable member of our OTL-UPT team and has achieved Grand Master level status. Mr. Hill serves as a much valued Certified Driver Coach. John’s exemplary safety record and professionalism is evident in his achievement of Grand Master, the highest level in our Driver Career Path program.”

Greg Price, OTL-UPT President and CEO was very pleased for Hill on his win. “John Hill exemplifies the professionalism and performance essential to OTL-UPT and the motoring public. Mr. Hill has been associated with OTL-UPT for 16 of his 27-year career and we’re very proud of him,” said Price. Hill has been a winner of the Oklahoma Trucking Association’s Professional Driver Award from 2003-2010 as well as an OTL-UPT Driver of the Year Nominee from 2006-2009. He also has competed in the Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships in the 5-Axle Tank division, claiming third place in 2005 and 2006 and earning the Rookie Award in 2005. In addition to his career at OTL-UPT, Hill also served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years. During his time in the military, he received two Good Conduct Medals, an Overseas Deployment Medal and a Humanitarian Medal. Hill and his wife, Jann, are active members of the Broken Arrow School District Parent Teacher Association where their son, Wyatt, attends school.

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Louis Thompson currently serves as the Safety Director for Beaver Express Services, LLC and as the First Vice President of the OSMC. After spending over 30 years in the trucking industry, Thompson’s dedication to his work was given great recognition this year when he was selected to receive the 2010 Oklahoma Safety Professional of the Year Award. Steve Niswander, a long-time OSMC member and previous two-time Oklahoma Safety Professional of the Year recipient, believes that the award couldn’t have gone to a more qualified candidate. “Louis was always there with a helping hand no matter what it was, or how long it took, or the time of day. He has always been there for the TDC and this year on the statewide CSA classes. He was the first to step up and help out. Louis is a true professional with an ‘I can help attitude,’” Niswander said. Since Thompson joined the OSMC in 2007, he has made an extremely positive impact on its members. Current OSMC Chairman, Donnie Tulk, said, “Since becoming a member of the OSMC, Louis has unselfishly given his time to promote safety all over the state of Oklahoma. Louis is always first to step up when help is needed with putting on any OSMCsponsored event. I am proud to call Louis a true Safety Professional and especially proud to call him my friend.” Thompson believes that OSMC membership is invaluable. He believes the most beneficial part of being an OSMC member is, “Networking with the best safety professionals in the state. Knowing that you can call on any member at anytime, we are there for each other. Working together for the safety of our employees and the general public.” 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. As owner of Eagle’s Glory Trucking, he based most of his operations in 49 states and Canada, focusing mainly on transporting highvalue/special handling cargo, radioactive/explosive and government shipments which required him to obtain security clearances. Over the course of his driving career, Thompson accumulated over 2.8 million accident-free miles. In 2006, he embarked on a new journey by closing 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 North American Transportation Management Institute as a Certified Director of Safety in 2009. Thompson said that having his peers select him as the recipient of this great honor is, “Wonderful, heartwarming, having my peers acknowledge my work is amazing. Considering the quality of professionals that belong to OSMC, I am honored.”

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FLEET SAFETY AWARDS BANQUET

The 2011 Fleet Safety Awards Banquet took place on February 23 at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. More than 225 people showed up to celebrate drivers and carriers that were nominated for the annual awards. Mike Thompson, Deputy Director of the Insurance Commission, was the keynote speaker for this exciting event. Bonne Karim, USPS and Chair of the OTMC, presented the first Maintenance Supervision Excellence Award to Randy Decker of OTL-UPT. The OTA appreciates the generosity of the banquet sponsors, Great West Casualty Company, Hamm & Philips Service Company, Simons Petroleum, T&W Tire, and UPS - without their support, this event would not have been possible.

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Legislative Reception Sponsors Bruckner Truck Sales Freymiller J.J. Keller Melton Truck Lines PrePass - ACS Rush Enterprises Southwest Trailers & Equipment Southern Tire Mart United Engines

Break Sponsors Cummins Southern Plains Drivers Legal Plan Environmental Management Glass Trucking Groendyke Transport Hoffmeier, Inc. J.J. Keller MHC Kenworth Madewell & Madewell McCorkle Truck Line Oklahoma Tank Lines PrePass - ACS Triad Transport, Inc.

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Ken Davis - Volvo Trucks North America, Dan Case - OTA, and Adam Dye - Southwest Trailers & Equipment

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Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Benton Landers - ATA, Bob Peterson - Melton Truck Lines, and David McCorkle McCorkle Truck Line


OTA Executive Director Dan Case and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb

ATC Freightliner Bank of Oklahoma Bruckner Truck Sales Cummins Southern Plains, LTD Drivers Legal Plan Great West Casualty Company Hamm & Phillips Service Company Hoffmeier Inc. JJ Keller Love’s Travel Stops Melton Truck Lines MHC Kenworth Pacer Energy Marketing PrePass Rush Truck Center Simons Petroleum Southern Tire Mart Southwest Trailers & Equipment Specialized Carriers Triad Transport T&W Tire United Engines UPS Volvo Trucks North America

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Triad Transport Owner: John Titsworth Founded: 1985 Location: McAlester, Oklahoma

How did it all begin?

John Titsworth started Triad Transport in 1985 with his brother-in-law, both of their wives and another couple. These three couples were how they became to be known as “Triad” Transport. Triad had humble beginnings, with most of the operations taking place in home offices, until five or six months after the business began when they purchased a building in McAlester, which has been their home ever since. The company began by hauling rock, sand, and gravel, but quickly diversified into hauling commodities of raw bulk materials for the manufacturing industry. In correlation to transporting raw materials, they have become most well known for hauling hazardous waste. In 1992, the company expanded with terminals in Utah and Texas. Eventually, Triad expanded to Arkansas, Arizona and Ohio, enabling them to work virtually anywhere in the country, where most specialized carriers like them mainly service specific regions only.

What is unique about your company?

A lot of what makes us unique is that we are specialized in what we do. Being in the hazardous waste business, it’s a niche market. In the few years after the EPA act, there were a lot of big jobs involving cleanups. After doing those type of jobs for 5 years, we saw the need for rolloff boxes & trailers, then tank and vacuum trailers, and we had already started obtaining flatbeds and vans and now we have all different types of equipment which most carriers don’t. We’re a specialized carrier, but we have more diverse equipment than other specialized carriers and are nationwide, where others are regional carriers.

What issue is most important to your company right now?

Working through the CSA process is a big thing. It’s like you’ve been going to school your whole life with one type of grading method, and then suddenly in the last semester of 12th grade, they change the grading scale. It makes you look at things differently and also makes you look at how to best communicate those changes to your drivers and technicians.

What do you think the greatest benefit from being an OTA member is?

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Issue Features: Midwinter Conference, Oklahoma Driver of the Year, Million Mile Drivers, Oklahoma Professional Drivers, Safety Professional...

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