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FROMTHE EDITOR The tornadoes that devastated the Shawnee, Moore, and El Reno areas this past May have taken an incredible toll on the Oklahoma City metro, and the state as a whole. It’s one thing to see images on television and read about the devastation, it’s a whole other thing to frantically call your loved ones to see if they’re okay, or knowing your friends no longer have homes. I can’t even begin to fathom what our neighbors are going through, and the loss of lives of those so young is heartbreaking. Oklahomans are no strangers to natural disasters and catastrophes. We also have a strong determination to help those in need, and to pick up, clean up, and rebuild again. We help our fellow man, our neighbors, and that is what makes me proud to be an Oklahoman. No one ever has to ask when something like this happens. We simply give. I would like to thank all of the OTA member companies and individuals who have helped to repair the wounds of the victims and rebuild our communities. Our Oklahoma spirit is strong, and you are the embodiment of it. Thank you.

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The last 60 days in Oklahoma have shown the true colors of our friends across this great land. The tragic storms have brought people from almost all our states and even several foreign countries to Oklahoma to help with our recovery. We are no strangers to tragic events in our state and we will recover from this terrible time with help from our friends here and from other places. I want to personally thank all our friends from across the nation for calling and checking on our association and our members. It really helps in a time like this to know that others are thinking about you and are offering to help any way they can. Several of our members helped with moving supplies for the needy and several other state trucking associations sent needed food and supplies to us. We have had and still are receiving monetary donations to our favorite charities which are The Central Oklahoma Food Bank and Feed the Children. They have worked wonders helping the victims. These member charities will continue for months to serve the victims and will need support for many months. Thanks to all who have helped.

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SIX STEPS TO MAXIMIZE TRANSPORTATION PROFITS by Jeff Lovelady, Bell & Company

Carriers know they should be more efficient and work smarter not harder. But sometimes they confuse increasing revenues with maximizing profits. Want to maximize profits instead of just increase revenues? Any carrier, of any size, can using these six steps. Step one: Get smart. Utilize technology to give your business an edge. The right equipment will provide cash and movement reports so you can stay on top of your business, as well as real-time updates on maintenance issues and driver performance. Technology is the one area where you do not want to save a buck. Months from now, you’ll hardly remember if you spent a little more than necessary, but you’ll kick yourself many times if you didn’t spend enough – especially if your competitors have capabilities you don’t. Step two: Get tough. Institute a fuel program, and then monitor it. Are you relying on your local or regional fuel salesperson to give you the best deal? How do you know what the best deals are? Cost plus? Retail minus? Better of? Bob Joiner of StrategEZ Fuel Network Solutions says carriers should contact fuel vendors regularly and negotiate the best prices possible. Deals shouldn’t stay in place year after year. Then carriers should track transactions to measure the results and make sure drivers are fueling at stops that are in the network. Many smaller carriers can’t afford a full-time fuel manager and assign this responsibility to another staff member, often the safety director. Safety directors have too important a job to ask them to take on this extra duty. Step three: Get lean. Make sure you aren’t wasting miles or keeping equipment you don’t need. Review your rates and your lanes in detail so you know where your trucks are going and so your customer service reps know what you need to turn a profit. When your customer asks you to do more, ask yourself if that request would force you outside your standard routes. Maybe you should consider passing on the business. Jimmy Starr, owner of Arkansas-based Woodfield Trucking, reduced his company’s fleets by 20 units about a year ago and now has 102 units. It was just too expensive to pay for trucks he wasn’t using and too hard to find qualified drivers to keep them moving. If the right business comes along, he’ll grow the fleet again, but he’s comfortable where he is. Another place to look when trimming your company is excess staff. We’ve found that a carrier needs one non-driving employee, including owners, for every seven drivers. If your company is way over the mark, review your processes and make sure you are not paying people just to shuffle paper around. In reviewing the operations of a particular company, we found that very few loads were being booked during the morning hours, and then right before the end of the day, several loads miraculously would be entered into the system. We concluded the company had too many dispatchers. The company removed two and never missed a beat.

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Step four: Get green – and by green, I mean more fuel-efficient. Gabe Stephens at CC Jones Trucking said his owner-operators spend up to $1,500 more a month on fuel using their older trucks than his company spends with newer trucks. One owner-operator got rid of his gas guzzler and is paying for his new rig with the difference in fuel costs alone. To really save money, move the speedometer back to 62 miles per hour. A carrier driving 12 million miles a year that improves its fuel mileage from five to six miles per gallon would save, at $4 a gallon, $1.6 million a year. Stephens said, “I told somebody the other day, ‘When’s the last time you were on the interstate driving 65 to 70 miles an hour, and you had a truck pass you?’ he said. “If you think about it, it just doesn’t hardly happen anymore.” Worried that you’ll lose drivers by doing that? Share some of those fuel savings with them. Bulkley Trucking out of Sulphur Springs, Texas, gives drivers incentives to improve their mileage. The company’s driver of the year averaged 9.1 miles per gallon and was awarded a Ford F-150 pickup truck in response. Thanks in part to its fuel efficiencies, the company’s profits and fleet size are increasing. Step five: Get better maintenance processes. Don’t skimp on maintenance – at all. Little things can cause big problems and review your utilization per shop personnel. This sometimes is a black hole where money goes in but nothing comes out. Accountability is the only way to stop the flow. Implement a repair order system, and if you already have one, make sure it is working as intended. Get shop reports weekly on equipment that needs to be repaired or is up for preventive maintenance, and have a person in management approve all repair and maintenance before it is performed. Check your production on your shifts, especially if you are running two of them. It could be that you need only one. Step six: Get a second opinion. CPAs who really know the trucking industry can do more than balance your books and file your tax returns. They can help you save on all kinds of expenses. They also can provide projections whether you want to expand your business, cut back, or trade equipment. If leasing or purchasing is a question, let your CPA help you figure out the best approach based on your current tax and cash flow situation. Work with your CPA to make sure you are presenting your financial statements to your creditors in the best possible light. Jeff Lovelady is a senior partner and an expert analyst on accounting strategies specific to the trucking industry at Bell & Company. Bell & Company, headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas, provides expert accounting and financial advice to over 40 southeastern trucking and logistics companies with a combined revenue of almost $650 million annually. Contact him at jeff.lovelady@ bellandcompany.net.


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THE “IF” FACTOR What Happens If You Have an Injury? BY HEATHER BURNHAM, VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING, CORVEL The trucking industry prides itself on relentlessly dedicating countless hours to accident prevention and safety training. The success of this proactive methodology is evident through proven year-afteryear results with numerous drivers being recognized for, literally, millions of miles without an accident. The dogma of the industry, to which both employers and employees subscribe, is every accident is preventable. And the safety first mantra appears to be the underlying key to motor carriers’ self-fulfilling prophecy. However, sometimes the improbable becomes reality and an incident occurs. Accidents happen. That’s when the strength of an industry-leading claims administrator is necessary – to step in should an “if” occur. Of course, no employer wants to need a workers’ compensation program – and in recognizing the preventative nature of the trucking industry – many will hopefully not need to utilize their programs to


their full capacities. But if something happens, if there is an accident, if your employee gets hurt at work, your claims administrator is there to take care of you, your employees and your company, when the situation is no longer in your hands. As such, employers need to be ready and informed in the event that a dreaded “if” occurs, by arming themselves with an artillery of healthcare management services provided by a superior claims team. The strength of the relationship between employers and employees relies on a foundation of trust knowing that employers have their employees’ best interests in mind. Does your claims administrator have yours? Claims There’s been an incident. Now what?

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Your claims administrator serves as your advoimmediate and accurate care intervention. cate as soon as the “if” becomes reality and you file a claim. The first step to claim closure is filing the First Notice of Injury (Form 2 in Oklahoma). offer both claims and healthcare management, can still work with employers by providing managed care services to asWith today’s technology, reporting a claim is no longer con- sist injured workers after an incident. If medical attention is fined to pen and paper, and the costly lag times that are often needed, employees have 24/7 access to provider directories associated. Claims can be submitted via phone call, email, fax via website portals and mobile apps. Employees can locate and even mobile apps. provider contact information and download detailed turnby-turn directions, providing you with the tools you need to A typical workers’ compensation program files your claim and get on the road to recovery faster. skirts through the process, your injured employee just another name on a ledger. An optimal program delivers on-demand In the trucking industry, where employees can be hundreds resources directly to you, connecting injured employees to the of miles from the location they woke up, more locations may next steps of care immediately. appeal to employers. It is important to distinguish quantity is not necessarily equivalent to quality. Networks boasting Integrated programs are at the forefront of industry, incorpo- hundreds of thousands of providers are useless if they are not rating technology, medical management and customer service coordinating with your claims administrator. that treats injured workers like humans, into a cohesive operating system to facilitate quicker return to work. Communication among employers, employees, adjusters and medical providers is essential to injured employees’ reWhen the unthinkable happens, you want to ensure not only turn to work initiatives. With options to tailor your network the quickest recovery route, but also the most complete. High or incorporate an existing Certified Workplace Medical Plan, quality care is often a casualty of trying to cut corners to close with carrier approval, employers and employees can receive claims. The right workers’ compensation program for your immediate, cost-effective medical care. company will share your goals and tailor your program to Figuring Out Pharmacy your needs. If an injured employee is prescribed medication, sophisticated pharmacy programs offered by claims administrators In workers’ compensation, an industry seemingly plagued by send prescriptions immediately to the nearest pharmacy. A a negative, dehumanizing stigma, programs with a people- high-quality program ensures the most efficient connection centered approach – that take on the patient before the paper- to care and foils the pharmacy conundrum. First fill prowork – will give you the confidence that you are your claims grams supply injured employees with temporary pharmacy administrator’s priority. cards so they can fill their first prescription without any outof-pocket expenses. Connecting You to the Resources You Need Successful methodologies of first class claims administrators With advancements in mobile technology, pharmacy ID card bring quality care to your injured employees by providing information can also be texted to the injured workers so they them with a healthcare roadmap. Under new changes incorpo- can easily obtain their first fill prescription. rated by Senate Bill 1062, fully-integrated administrators, that Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Summer 2013

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The epitome of our technology-induced culture can be summarized into the question: “Why wait when you can have it now?” The same applies to healthcare, which has been under siege by the infiltration of technology. Modern efficiencies have surfaced that were previously nonexistent due to slow moving paper trails and a lack of effective systems to manage patients and files. Trends in the pharmacy realm reveal prescription medications are becoming a multifaceted challenge for the workers’ compensation industry as they are one of the biggest cost drivers of claims. In order to mitigate your exposure, premium workers’ compensation programs will offer you 100% visibility into your program. A strong analytics platform is necessary to identify clinical variances as they occur – a window into patients’ medication histories and their current prescribing patterns. Direct access to your program’s information gives you answers to unasked questions. If an employee was addicted to opioids and cashing in on your company’s funds, would you want to know? Would your current system be able to indicate if there was a medication that could return an injured employee back to work sooner? If not, wouldn’t you want a system that could? Making Sure Every Dollar Counts – Bill Review While an injured employee’s health and ability to return to work is of utmost importance when a workers’ compensation claim happens, the costs of a claim are an undeniable concern for employers. Bill review services are crucial to any workers’ compensation program to ensure every dollar counts. Comprehensive bill review is a key service for your program. By examining bills line by line across a multitude of codes, services, fee schedules and networks administrators verify discounts are taken when appropriate and employers are not charged for services their injured employee did not receive. Again, integration is key. If an incident occurs, a cohesive unit – in the form of a one-stop shop claims administrator – improves outcomes. The results are two-fold benefiting the employee by reducing their amount of missed work and the employer by cutting down costs associated with a typical claims workflow, notorious for their inefficiencies. By analyzing inpatient and outpatient hospital bills and surgery facility charges, employers can be confident that they are paying for the exact care that their injured worker received. 14

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When reflecting on the efficiency of your current workers’ compensation program, employers should be confident that their claims administrator is keeping track of every penny. Conclusion As employers and employees within the trucking industry, you do everything in your power to prevent accidents from happening. Claims administrators never expect anything to happen, but are there for when the “if” comes to fruition. You demand the highest standards of your employees; we ask you to do the same of your workers’ compensation program – Can your claims administrator tackle the “if” factor?

About CorVel CorVel Corporation is a national provider of industry-leading workers’ compensation solutions for employers, third party administrators, insurance companies, and government agencies seeking to control costs and promote positive outcomes. We apply technology, intelligence, and a human touch to the risk management process so our clients can intervene early and be connected to the critical intelligence they need to proactively manage risk. We have extensive experience with the transportation and motor carrier industries and understand your needs for a provider who can deliver a comprehensive road map to recovery – returning your employees to the driver seat as soon as possible. With a robust technology platform at its core, our connected solution is delivered by a national team of associates who are committed to helping clients design and manage programs that meet their organization’s performance goals.


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BEAVER EXPRESS CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY This July marks the 70th anniversary of Beaver Express Service, a premier small package express and LTL motor freight carrier serving Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and New Mexico.

Beaver Express Service began as a small package express carrier, hauling packages and newspapers for The Oklahoman. Its service area began in northwestern Oklahoma, including the panhandle. In the spring of 1943, the dominant carrier of northwestern Oklahoma was Mistletoe Express, a company that would soon abandon service to the area. When Mistletoe Express gave up northwest Oklahoma, an entrepreneur named Floyd Hamm overtook the express service route between Woodward and Beaver, OK. Following the traditional naming system used by the railroad industry, he named the company after the farther point served, thus Beaver Express was born. A few years later, the company was sold to Clarence McPherson, who enlarged the service area, adding more Oklahoma panhandle towns including Guymon, Arnett, and Shattuck. In 1958, the company was sold once again to Clyde Reeves, former general manager at Mistletoe Express, and grandfather of the current president, Mike Stone. After being sold to Reeves, the company began immediate expansion. Within a few years, the service area had stretched down to include almost the entire Texas panhandle from Amarillo, into eastern New Mexico, and almost all of southwest Kansas.

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In 1973, the company was taken over by long-time employees Larry Stone and Duane Frech, who had worked for the company since the early 1960s. In 1984, the company entered into a management contract with Edmond Motor Freight. “With our contract with Edmond Motor Freight, we were allowed access to the vital Oklahoma City market in a regulated environment, and the company was able to survive tremendous competition from Mistletoe Express,” President Mike Stone said. The company began serving an important hub in Wichita, KS, as well as western Kansas, including Great Bend Beaver Express made a similar agreement with L&L Motor Freight in 1987, opening the additional service areas of Tulsa, southern and eastern Oklahoma, thereby followed by aggressive expansion into Kansas.

In 1986, Beaver Express gained access to serve towns west of Oklahoma City, such as Weatherford, Clinton, and Elk City. In 1989, the Stone family experienced tragedy with the sudden loss of Larry Stone, leaving the company under the leadership of his son, Mike Stone. Stone had been with the company since 1981 by that point, at the helm of several jobs, including management trainee, Customer Service Manager, and Marketing Manager. In 1990, L&L Motor Freight expanded in Ft. Smith, AR and Lawton, OK. During the summer of the next year, L&L additionally received authority to serve over 60 points in southeastern Oklahoma. “When deregulation passed in 1995, preventing states’ rights to regulate trucking in each state, Beaver Express, Edmond Motor Freight, and L&L Motor Freight were allowed to expand intrastate service to points in Oklahoma that they did not already serve,” Stone said. Given the success of the company, they attracted attention of a larger carrier in 1997, merging with Western Parcel Express, a Santa Fe Springs, CA based carrier. In January 2000, Edmond Motor Freight and L&L Motor Freight dissolved into Beaver Express, LLC, encompassing the collective growth of all three companies. In May 2002, the former owners of Beaver Express purchased most of the assets and liabilities of Beaver Express, LLC and created a new company called Beaver Express Service, LLC. Within a few months, a restructuring of the linehaul service around the Kansas City market opened the way to package express and LTL freight service to

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surrounding customers. January 2003 saw the addition of a Beaver Express terminal in Dallas, TX, followed by growth into East Texas. This was followed by leaps into West Texas including Abilene, San Angelo and Big Spring. In 2005, Beaver Express started flowing freight into major cities in central Missouri, and north central Texas. Beaver Express Service currently boasts the ability to service all points in Oklahoma and Kansas. They have over 3,200 Direct Service Points in the six-state area. They have 23 strategically located Service Centers, providing dependable pick-up and delivery service. They have partnerships with over 145 contractors that provide local service in most of the smaller towns they serve, ensuring excellent local service to customers in any size of town. With a company strategy that has allowed them to remain flexible, Beaver Express Service provides daily service to all points, regardless of volume. Their on-time, dependable delivery is crucial for perishable, seasonal, dated, and medical items. They have free automatic pick-up at the customer’s request. They also handle C.O.D shipments, and provide prompt remittance on all of these shipments. Additionally, they deliver on Saturday mornings, in many locations, at no additional cost. There are never and size or weight restrictions. The company utilizes a simple small package express rating system, based on the shipment weight, not a “per piece charge” like many parcel carriers. It’s this strategy that allows shippers to save with volume discounts. They offer competitive LTL motor freight rates on larger shipments. Beaver Express also may offer discounts for some heavily traveled traffic lanes, with information available through their Sales and Pricing Department.


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STATEMATTERS

GOV. FALLIN SIGNS WORKERS COMP, INFRASTRUCTURE BILLS by Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK.com

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed House Bill 1910, forming the LongRange Capital Planning Commission and creating a long-term plan to maintain state assets. The chief executive has also signed Senate Bill 1062, forging the most significant changes to workers compensation insurance in state history.

state’s many infrastructure needs.”

H.B. 1910, a priority for Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon, RLawton, was cosponsored by Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa. The measure envisions repairs to the state Capitol and development of an eight-year plan to address maintenance repair and infrastructure issues. The commission will also have authority to recommend liquidation, reuse or reallocation of government property.

The measure was the pro temp’s top priority this session. In a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK, Bingman said “Oklahoma’s runaway workers compensation court has been the number one roadblock to job growth for decades, and today, we’re finally putting the brakes on these costs. Replacing our broken workers’ compensation system is historic.

“This is an important pro-growth policy that will help us attract jobs and build a stronger and more prosperous Oklahoma.”

In a statement after Fallin’s signature was affixed to H.B. 1910 on May 7, Speaker Shannon said the legislation “shows this legislature’s commitment to becoming better stewards of the people’s buildings and the taxpayers’ money. Oklahoma now has a process in which responsible decisions can be made on repair and maintenance issues without taking on unnecessary debt which will burden future generations of Oklahomans. “Oklahoma has a chance to prove to the country that conservative values lead to prosperity. If we are to succeed, we must show that we as lawmakers value the very infrastructure we have asked the people to invest in.”

On May 6, S.B. 1062, the workers’ comp bill -- virtually certain to reduce insurance costs for state businesses – became law with the governor’s signature.

“The Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act sends a clear signal to job creators that Oklahoma is truly open for business. This bill is especially needed to help us control the year-to-year fluctuation of costs, and to help us compete for good manufacturing jobs while making sure injured workers are treated fairly.” Bingman thanked members of the Senate, as well as the governor and the speaker, for helping to press the measure into law. In his statement on S.B. 1062, Shannon said, “Oklahoma has finally found a modern solution to an old problem. For too long, workers and businesses have been subjected to an archaic and inefficient workers’ comp system. This monumental shift from an adversarial judicial system to an administrative system will lower costs for businesses and get injured workers the quick relief they need.” Gov Fallin thanked the Republican leaders for sending the bill to her desk. She asserted, “S.B. 1062 completely overhauls our flawed workers’ comp system, dramatically reducing the costs to businesses and freeing up private-sector resources that can be invested in jobs rather than lawsuits. Additionally, our reforms ensure injured workers are treated fairly and given the medical care needed to return to work. “This is an important pro-growth policy that will help us attract jobs and build a stronger and more prosperous Oklahoma.” You may contact Patrick B. McGuigan at Patrick@capitolbeatok. com and follow us on Twitter: @capitolbeatok.

Pro Temp Bingman commented, “The people of Oklahoma are the owners of buildings like the state Capitol, and they simply deserve better than an endless carousel of deterioration and depreciation. We can no longer wait to begin critical repairs to the state Capitol and other public assets in need of immediate rehabilitation. “This Eight-Year Plan is a conservative, methodical approach to responsibly maintain these buildings and ensure the people of Oklahoma see a return on the investment they’ve made.” The governor, who signed the two measures without public ceremonies, said in a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK: “It’s important we maintain and improve state assets, rather than watching them deteriorate. House Bill 1910 puts us on a path to ensure state infrastructure and buildings like the Oklahoma Capitol are well-maintained and cared for. My thanks go out to the Oklahoma Legislature for working with me to develop a plan to address the Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Summer 2013

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MELTON TRUCK LINES HELPS MOVE MORE THAN 110,000 FLOWER BULBS TO HELP CENTRAL OKLAHOMA A major effort to help Central Oklahoma recover from recent tornadoes is now underway in Joplin, Missouri. More than 100,000 flower bulbs will temporarily be planted in Joplin and, eventually, bloom in Moore, Shawnee, and other communities that were devastated by disasters in Central Oklahoma. America Responds With Love, a national non-profit organization, donated 114,300 flower bulbs to create Respond With Love Gardens in Joplin in Missouri and in Moore, Shawnee, and nearby communities affected in Central Oklahoma. Twenty-six pallets of flower bulbs arrived in Joplin on June 20th. Support for these efforts in Joplin included assistance from two Oklahoma organizations. Melton Truck Lines, an award-winning leader in the air-ride flatbed industry and headquartered in Tulsa, donated the transport for this civic project. “We were contacted by the Oklahoma Trucking Association who asked us if we could help with the transportation services on this special project,” explained Mr. Cardell Hall, Manager of Customer Service at Melton Truck Lines. “Like all Oklahoman’s and American’s, we were saddened by the great loss of life and destruction in Central Oklahoma, so we absolutely didn’t think twice about donating the truck to America Responds With Love. It is wonderful that the citizens of Joplin, who are just two years removed from their own great tragedy, are planting the flowers that in time will bring beauty and renewed hope to those that have suffered so much in Oklahoma.” “The Oklahoma Trucking Association has been pleased to help America Responds With Love in the recovery efforts for our tornado ravaged towns and cities, stated Mr. Dan Case, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Trucking Association. “We are very pleased to have members, such as Melton Truck Lines, who step up to the plate and are willing to help out in providing transportation services for these disaster areas.” Four of the 26 pallets of flower bulbs will be moved to Moore and Shawnee. Both of these cities will use one pallet each to plant flower bulbs now in their public parks and other public areas. In addition, Moore and Shawnee will each donate flower bulbs from the other two pallets to other communities in Central Oklahoma that were also hit by tornadoes in May of this year. In addition, some of the flower bulbs will be utilized by the City of Joplin to help restore the landscapes of public parks still recovering from the tornado that hit Joplin in 2011. The efforts of America Responds With Love and the City of Joplin are welcomed by leaders within Central Oklahoma. “We are so thankful to America Responds With Love for the incredibly kind donation of a semi-load of flowers,” stated Mr. Todd Jenson, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Moore in Oklahoma. “The non-profit organization was one of the first organizations to offer Moore assistance with our recovery from the May 20th tornado. Joplin, Missouri, and its citizens are graciously planting the flowers this year and they will be giving those to the citizens of Moore next year for planting in our community in 2014”.

Mr. Jenson continued: “The flowers will be a critical part in healing the scarred landscape of Moore. Moore will be taking a limited amount this summer to plant in our parks and public spaces. We feel this sends a strong signal to the community that while some of the damage remains from May 20th, the healing and recovery is underway.” The City of Shawnee joined the City of Moore in welcoming these civic efforts. “We appreciate the generosity of America Responds with Love. The non-profit organization has donated a semi load of flower bulbs for the Cities of Moore and Shawnee here in Oklahoma to help out with the recovery of the May 19th and 20th tornado damage,” stated Mr. James Bryce, Director of Operations of the City of Shawnee. “While efforts are going on to clean up the damage left behind, these bulbs will be the start of the healing process. Shawnee understands that we were not the only City hit and will be sharing the bulbs with the surrounding communities that were also affected. This summer Shawnee will take delivery of a couple of pallets to distribute and then in the Spring of 2014, we will receive the rest. Again, I say thank you, Joplin and America Responds With Love for your help.” “In the planting of flower bulbs, we are focused on the future and how the communities will be building back during the upcoming months,” said Richard McDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of America Responds With Love, Inc. “The citizens of Joplin and the area are showing their support for Oklahoma’s recovery by giving these flower bulbs a chance to bloom in Joplin and then offer them to Oklahoma citizens so they can bloom in their communities and brighten their future with beautiful flowers. It truly is a great symbol of hope moving from one community to another.” The City of Joplin knows how a tornado can impact a city. The community is pleased to be able to help Moore, Shawnee, and other cities devastated in Oklahoma. “Joplin received so much support with volunteers and donations,” said City Manager Mark Rohr. “This is one way our residents can help pay it forward, plus we can benefit from the beautiful flowers here this summer.” “This is a very large project and we really would appreciate the area residents to get involved in this donation effort,” said Chris Cotten, Parks Director. “We remember the large gift of flower bulbs we received from America Responds With Love, and it really provided many with an opportunity to replant flower gardens and beautify their yards. Many of the blooms in our community were from this gift. Now we have a chance to help Oklahoma.” America Responds With Love, Inc. is a national non-profit organization with its main office in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The organization provides a variety of products and services to people truly in need as well as to communities truly in need throughout the United States. Founded in 1989, the organization includes programs dating back to 1982. If you or your business or organization would be interested in participating in the Respond With Love Gardens, please contact Mr. McDonough at richard@respondwithlove.org or at 1-321-AMERICA (1-321-263-7422).


INTRODUCING THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY DRIVER STATUS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (DSNS)

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has created a new system designed to provide employers with up to the minute detailed information on any commercial licensed driver within the state of Oklahoma. With the new DSNS program your company can review driving records for occurrences of convictions, suspensions, disqualifications and points. Benefits of the DSNS Program • 24/7 access to driver records • Reports current driver status conditions directly from the DPS State Automatic Driver License System • Will notify the employer of reportable accidents: convictions; driver license suspensions and revocations; license expirations, license restorations, and medical certificate expirations. Participation is simple. • You must first enroll your company in the DSNS Program. • Contact Mr. Andrew Daniel, Administrative Programs Officer • OK DPS, Driver’s License Help Desk 405-425-2020 / ADaniel@dps.state.ok.us • Login to the DSNS portal https://dsns.dps.state.ok.us/ • Subscribe to the DSNS Program. Pay the $50 company enrollment fee. • Enroll your drivers by inputting their Oklahoma Commercial Drivers License Number. • The driver enrollment fee is $5 plus the $25 fee for the Motor Vehicle Report fee. All Fees are due and payable immediately. • The employer will receive from the Department a notification, via e-mail, to log in to the Driver Status Notification system and receive a current Motor Vehicle Report for the newly enrolled driver. The Motor Vehicle report shall meet the federal requirement of the employer to obtain an annual driving record for the driver. Enrollment of a driver entitles the employer to receive: • One copy of a Motor Vehicle Report for the driver, • Unlimited electronic notifications, via e-mail related to the driver. • An enrolled driver shall be maintained by the Department in the Driver Status Notification System until removed by the employer. For more information regarding the OKDPS DSNS Program visit www.dps.state.ok.us We each have a responsibility to stay on top of the constant changes of our industry. It’s up to each of us to protect our families, our community, the environment and the general public, all while keeping America’s economy moving. We are living in an era where computers and technology have evolved in such a way that it enhances our capabilities to recognize, analyze, correct and prevent unsafe behaviors. Are you staying on top of the constant changes? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a peer group to keep you up to date? The good news is that The Oklahoma Safety Management Council consists of safety professionals from across Oklahoma, committed to doing whatever it takes to make our streets and highways safer. Our membership network consists of industry professionals and Local, State & Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. We work together to provide our industry with educational seminars, training workshops and up to date regulatory information. Consider getting more involved with the OSMC and take advantage of the expertise and support available to you. Together we are making a difference.

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SONS OF SAFETY Rain or shine, these drivers and volunteers showed their dedication and made Oklahoma have another successful Truck Driving Championship.


Top: Kevin Stufflebeam (Niles Transportation) gives final instructions to the competitors during driver roll call on Saturday. Right: A Tank Class competitor nears the end of the course. Bottom: Kim Botts (XXXX) and Mac McDonald (Coffeyville Resources Crude Transportation) discuss volunteer stations before things get rolling on Saturday.

Richie Guess of UPS has been named the Grand Champion of the 2013 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships (TDC) which took place May 31 and June 1 in Oklahoma City. Guess competed in the Twins class, placing first. Guess has been an employee of UPS for 29 years with 8 years of service in trucking. Guess is married to Stephanie and they have three children, Tiffany, Zachary, and Cory. The Guess family currently lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Guess will now go on to represent Oklahoma at the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC). This will be his first competition National level. A total of 99 drivers in nine equipment classes competed in Oklahoma TDC this year. The winners of each class will go on to represent Oklahoma at the NTDC, August 7-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This year’s TDC was definitely one for the record books. After completing personal interviews and the written exam on Friday, the Pre-Trip portion of the event was cut short as severe storms began to roll into Oklahoma City. That evening, the Oklahoma metro was again making headlines for their severe weather. A massive, record-breaking tornado touched down in El Reno that evening, just miles from the competition site. The tornado was reported as being the widest on record in the United States, and was measured at 2.6 miles across according to the National Weather Service. The twister took a turn for the south and skirted across hotels along South Meridian near Will Rogers World Airport, where many contestants, their families, and TDC volunteers were staying for the event. Luckily, the storm did not cause any injuries to any of the competitors or volunteers, but it did call for some extra work on behalf of all those involved. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Summer 2013

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Upon returning to the course on Saturday morning, volunteers set up the course again which had been ransacked the night before. Portable toilets were moved back to their original set up places, and cones were reset on the course. The OSMC was able to get everything back in place for the driver roll call Saturday morning, and the competition was not slowed down.

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Despite the reminders of the tornado and flooding that preceded Saturday’s driving competition (there were seven cars in the ditch on Reno in front of the course that had been swept there from the flooding, and downed power lines at businesses along the road as well), Oklahoma’s best of the best went on to help complete another successful truck driving championship.

Drivers, volunteers, and their families took the change in stride. Cheering on the winners, laughing at the circumstance, and still checking their tickets in hopes to be a lucky doorprize winner.

Another problem, again caused by the storms, plaqued the championship though. Due to the extensive damage the storm caused, the hotel that was to host the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening had lost power and Banquet co-chairs Steve Niswander (Groendyke) and Joyce Ryel (Complete Production Services), were left with the task of trying to come up with a

As a result, an informal banquet was held at the same location, only outside, where the clear blue skies and shining sun would have left you doubt how a terrible storm was even around less than 24 hours prior.

So, despite nearly every unforeseen obstacle that popped up during this year’s TDC, the OSMC took each one in stride and still held a memorable and successful TDC. A special thanks to the sponsors of this year’s TDC who made all of the OSMC’s efforts a possibility.

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SPONSORS CLASS CHAMPION MHC Kenworth - OKC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Big Mack Tank Trucks Bruckner Truck Sales Inc. Cline Wood Agency D&D Truck Sales Hamm & Phillips Service Co. Hoffmeier, Inc. McCorkle Truck Line, Inc. Rush Truck Centers SAFETY PROFESSIONAL Environmental Management T&W Tire Vertical Alliance Group Wal-Mart COMPETITOR FTC Transportation, Inc. Great Dane Trailers Great West Casualty Company LuGreg Trucking Melton Truck Lines United Petroleum Transports Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. FRIENDS OF THE TDC Beaver Express Service, LLC Madewell & Madewell, Inc. PROGRAM SPONSORS Beaver Express Service, LLC FedEx Freight, Inc. Phelps Safety Services

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WINNERS STRAIGHT TRUCK 1st Place: Trent DeBusk UPS Freight

2nd Place: Lavern Reimer Wal-Mart

3rd Place: Joshua Rodriquez LuGreg Trucking

THREE-AXLE VAN 1st: Place: John Bergesen Con-Way Freight

2nd Place: Nathan Pennoke UPS Freight

3rd Place: Christopher Heitgrass Con-Way Freight

FOUR-AXLE VAN 1st Place: Robert Neese Jr. Con-Way Freight

2nd Place: Michael Buck YRC Freight

3rd Place: Kevin Mustin FedEx Freight

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FIVE-AXLE VAN 1st Place: Billy Durham

AAA Cooper Transportation

2nd Place: Floyd Olson Wal-Mart

3rd Place: Larry Kendall FedEx Express

FIVE-AXLE FLATBED 1st Place: Barry Marcum Con-Way Freight

2nd Place: George Sharp Melton Truck Lines

3rd Place: Michael Stief Wal-Mart

FIVE-AXLE TANK 1st Place: Robert Leftwich Jr.

Hamm & Phillips Service Company

2nd Place: Tim Chapman

Coffeyville Resources Crude Transportation

3rd Place: Matthew Stotts LuGreg Trucking

FIVE-AXLE SLEEPER BERTH 1st Place: Robbie Granstrom YRC Freight

2nd Place: Gilbert White FTC Transportation

3rd Place: Jonathan Atzenhofer FTC Transportation

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TWIN TRAILERS 1st Place: Richie Guess UPS

2nd Place: David Jones ABF Freight

3rd Place: Benny Gilbert YRC Freight

STEP VAN 1st Place: Justin Kingsley FedEx Ground

2nd Place: Richard Bright FedEx Express

3rd Place: Patrick Corrente FedEx Express

PRE-TRIP INSPECTION AWARD Charles Purvis FedEx Freight

C. DEWAYNE SLEEPER AWARD ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1st Place: Christopher Heitgrass Con-Way Freight

2nd Place: Tim Chapman

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3rd Place: George Sharp Melton Truck Lines

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TEAM AWARDS 1st Place: UPS 2nd Place: ABF Freight 3rd Place: UPS Freight

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On Friday, June 21, OTA members met on a

second flight winners were: the Hamm &

third place third flight winners were: the

gorgeous morning for another successful

Phillips Service Company of Dusty Runnels,

Hampel Oil of Mark Womack, Ted Dallas, Trey

Summer Shoot-Out Golf Tournament. This

Terry Nitzel, David Hightower, and Carlton

Dallas, Richard Singleton.

year’s event was held at the Coffee Creek

White. Second place second flight winners

Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma.

were: the Southwest Trailers & Equipment

Ninety-nine

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tournament. The players were broken up into teams, with three flights. The winners of the first flight were: the MC Petroleum team of Benny Long, Cody Miller,

first flight went to: Grant Pankratz (Great Dane Trailers), Riley Edmondson (Great Dane Trailers), John Titsworth (Triad Transport), and Marvin Loyd (Triad Transport). And third place first flight winners were: the Central Chad

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Mathis, and Kasey Evans. Third place second flight winners were: Jeff Norling (United Petroleum Transports), Carl Bailey (United Petroleum Transports), Bob Acker (Bruckner Truck Sales), and Chuck Dicker (Mondics

Kurt Burgess, and LB Watkins. Second place

National Bank team of John Duffy,

team of Wade Scarberry, Adam Dye, Harold

Insurnace). First place third flight winners were: Mike Stone (Beaver Express), Robert Eldridge

(Bendix

Commercial

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Systems), Gary Long (Cummins Southern Plains), and Susan Lobsinger (Lobdock Impairment Detection). Second place third

There were two closest to the pin awards, the one for hole number five going to Jeff Baker (Enid Mack Sales), and hole number 11 going to Kurt Burgess (MC Petroleum). Two longest drive awards were also given. The winner for hole number three went to John Thorpe (Central Tech), and the winner for hole number seventeen went to Chad Brown (Central National Bank). Tournament

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flight winners were: Joshua Rhodes (Warren

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Tournament Hosts ATC Freightliner Oklahoma City & Tulsa Bruckner Truck Sales Hamm & Phillips Service Company Melton Truck Line Oklahoma City & Tulsa, Bruckner Truck Sales,

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UPS. And Hole Sponsors: Beaver Express

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC,

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Bruckner Truck Sales, Cline Wood, CorVel

Mack Sales, Inc., Enterprise Commercial Truck

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Rental, Freymiller, Inc., Great Dane Trailers,

Drivers Legal Plan, Freymiller, Inc., McCorkle

Groendyke Transport, Inc., Hamm & Phillips

Truck Line, MHC Kenworth, Roberts Tuck

Service Company, McCorkle Truck Line, MHC

Center, United Engines, and UPS., Beverage

Kenworth, Mondics Insurance, Pacer Energy

Cart Sponsors: Bendix Commercial Vehicle

Marketing, Schneider Law Offices, Southern

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Legal Plan, Freymiller, Inc., McCorkle Truck

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MEMBERSPOTLIGHT AMERICAN TRANSFER AND STORAGE Q. How was the company formed? A. We have been unable to pinpoint the exact date,

the company was formed, but the first advertisement we found was in the 1923 phone book as B & B Taxi Service. It later became American Transfer and Storage, owned by Bill McCright, Steve’s great-uncle. Owner: Steve Montgomery Founded: Around 1923 Based: Tulsa, OK

Steve’s Dad, J. Earl “Buster” Montgomery, purchased the company from his uncle, and incorporated American Transfer & Storage August 1, 1950. It maintained it’s family ownership with Mr. Earl and his wife Joyce, with children Jim, Steve, and Sue. Mr. Earl and Joyce are gone now, and Jim retired in the late 1990’s. Steve is the remaining family member owning and managing the company.

Q. What do you think is different about American Transfer & Storage compared to other carriers?

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We are a small Oklahoma business, with deep roots in the Tulsa area. The company has always maintained a commitment to our customers and employees, and feel that American Transfer has a reputation as a reliable company to work for or do business with.

Q. What issue is the most important to your company right now? A. Locating and retaining a skilled employee base is of primary concern now. Although

the national unemployment rate is high, locally it is relatively low, and it is a recurring issue. In addition, the burden of government regulations concerning drivers, safety issues, crane operator certifications, and health insurance have greatly impacted us as a small business.

Q. What do you think the greatest benefit from being an OTA member is? A. The voice that OTA has state-wide and nationally to protect and promote our interests is very important, as well as keeping us updated on current issues is invaluable. There are many opportunities to network and keep in touch with others in our industry through the events sponsored by OTA.

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