OTA Dispatch Issue 3, 2022

www.ortrucking.org 3 Issue 3 | 2022 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chair & ATA State VP Evan Oneto (FedEx) Vice Chair Erik Zander (Omega Morgan) Secretary/Treasurer Bart Sherman (Sherman Bros. Trucking) ATA State VP Nick Card (Blackwell Consolidation) Past Chair Andy Owens (A&M Transport) ISI Rep Diane DeAutremont (Lile Int. Co.) Chair Appointee Ron Riddle (Leavitt’s Freight Service) DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE John Barnes (TEC Equipment) Greg Galbraith (Market Express) Scott Hammond (Knife River Corp.) Heather Hayes (Tradewinds Trans.) David Hopkins (TP Trucking) Charles Ireland (Ireland Trucking) Kirk Watkins (Western Heavy Haul) Regional Representatives Central Oregon Ron Cholin (Stinger Transport) Eastern Oregon Roni Shaw (Bowman Trucking) Metro Region Tim Love (Carson Oil Co.) Southern Oregon  Ryan Hutchens (F.V. Martin Trucking) Willamette Valley Ron Bowers (Ron Bowers Inc.) COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES Safety Management Council (SMC) Jennifer King (WHA Insurance) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Mike Vallery (Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Inc.) Standing Committee Representatives Allied Trevin Fountain (Cummins) Government Affairs Kristal Fiser (UPS) Highway Policy Kristine Kennedy (Highway Heavy Hauling) Image Michael Card (Combined Transport) Membership Nick Card (Combined Transport) OTA in Action Mark Gibson (Siskiyou Transportation) Truck PAC Erik Zander (Omega Morgan) COMMITTEES Allied Government Affairs Highway Policy Image Membership Oregon TruckPAC OTA in Action To learn more about the committees or councils listed above, contact OTA at membership@ortrucking.org or 503.513.0005. 2022/2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OTA Welcomes the Following New Members! BMO Harris Bank Commercial Tire Del Barber Excavation, Inc. Forest City Trading Group Rivermark Community Credit Union Rogue Medical Septic Medic, Inc. SS Welding Weitman Excavation wheel or in executive offices. To fill all of our open positions, it’s imperative that we explore every option and consider that our approach and priorities will change right alongside the workforce we depend on. Oregon’s politics may also be shifting soon, as we vote on new executive leadership this November. No matter how you decide to vote, change is coming. In the end, no matter the makeup of the legislature and government agencies, and no matter who is sitting in the governor’s office, trucking must continue to present a united front. OTA will continue to fight on behalf of our industry, but it’s up to us as companies and individuals to get involved and invest in the outcomes that will shape trucking’s future. OTA makes the connections that can influence results. With fully funded special interest and labor groups often on the other side of the battle lines, we have to seize every opportunity to make a difference. We can define our industry and our future, not by the changes and challenges put before us, but by how we react to them. We all have full schedules. We all have our own considerations when it comes to running our companies. We all would like to take an extended vacation somewhere without cell service. But we all also have the opportunity to affect the future of Oregon’s trucking industry. As an OTA member, you know the value of having a collective voice, but we can assume that someone else will always speak for us. We need to yell just as loud as the person next to us. Imagine going to a football game where one team only has five guys on the field when the other team is at full force. It’s time for all of us to step on the field. The penalties will only come if we don’t. Even with all of the ups and downs over the past few years, I enjoyed my time as the OTA Board Chair. Getting involved at this level gave me a unique perspective of everything our association does for us—and also of the role we all play in OTA’s success. I encourage you to explore how you can get more involved in OTA’s mission. It doesn’t have to mean a huge time commitment. It can be as simple as sharing your experience with a potential new member, or attending an ODOT meeting, or submitting public comments when the call goes out. I know Evan, the OTA executive committee, and all of us are up to the task of moving the association forward into its next chapter. I’m just glad that I got to be part of the story. All members are listed in our online directory via the member portal.