OTA Dispatch Issue 3, 2022

12 Oregon Trucking Associations, Inc. Oregon Truck Dispatch EVENTS 71st Annual OTA Convention & Exhibition: Change. Challenge. Opportunity. IN MID-AUGUST, OTA carrier members, allied partners, speakers, and other guests gathered at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes for the 71st Annual OTA Convention & Exhibition. The event brought together a diverse group to discuss the changes, challenges, and opportunities set before Oregon’s trucking industry. Topics covered ranged from national concerns, such as the supply chain and zero-emission vehicles, to more local issues, such as Oregon’s carbon policy, labor changes, and ODOT projects. Speakers included ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, ODOT Director Kris Strickler, representatives from vehicle manufacturers, and those involved in alternative energy. A number of OTA committee meetings also took place during the Convention, allowing all attendees to take a closer look at the work that these OTA members volunteer their time to accomplish and to inspire them to get involved. Attendees also had the chance to explore the exhibition floor, filled with OTA allied partners, and the latest goods and services available to help support the people and processes that keep the industry moving. This year’s event also offered plenty of time to connect with colleagues over food and drink, as well as a bit of fun to close things out. During the Annual Award Banquet, attendees were entertained by comedian and magician Art Skinner. Kristine Kennedy (Highway Heavy Hauling) and Andy Owens (A&M Transport) were “willing” volunteers during the show. After a few laughs, OTA recognized the following for their contributions and accomplishments. (see next page)