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next five years are going to be huge to our industry,” Roullier said. “They, of course, affect safety.” McKinny agreed. “The trucking industry

is no place for the faint-hearted. Our biggest challenges moving forward will come from government regulations like CSA 2010, electric on-board recorders, cost of insurance and so on.” But he and the other owners are optimistic. “Trucking execs are entrepreneurs who rise above all the others because, frankly, they think they can do it better,” McKinny said. Roullier compared the current climate

to that during their acquisition of Davis Transport. “When we bought the business in early 1983, we were just recovering from a recession. We sat there thinking ‘man, what did we get ourselves into.’” All three praise their incredible staff for

staying strong. “We’ve been in five or six of these recessions and [our employees] just don’t panic,” McKinny said. “They know this will end and we will come out on top.” Dunn, crediting his staff for their overall

reputation for safety said, “I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. I think, if anything, it comes back to the people.” Davis has an

open-door policy with all of its employees, something they believe is a reflection of the Motor Carriers of Montana’s approach to information sharing. “People are more cognizant of the effects safety has on your business. We have a better and more open line of communication with other companies because of the need for safety. There are no secrets when it comes to safety,” Dunn said. “Not all Motor Carriers of Montana (MCM)

members can afford to be members of the American Trucking Associations (ATA),” McKinny who currently serves as chairman of the MCM board of directors said. “MCM is able to educate and make resources available for those companies—to disseminate information from the top down.” Besides information sharing, the greatest

benefit of MCM membership comes in the form of a voice for trucking in Montana. “There are a lot of benefits to being a member,” Roullier said. “The single biggest thing it gives us is a unified voice that helps us in so many ways. It doesn’t make a difference what segment of the industry you belong; Spook [MCM executive vice president, Barry “Spook” Stang] does an awesome job of taking care of our interests.”

DAVIS TRANSPORT, INC. AT A GLANCE

JIM DUNN

Hometown:Missoula, MT

College: University of Minnesota, criminal justice Title: Executive Vice President

JIM MCKINNY

Hometown: Born in Wisconsin, grew up in Helena, MT College: University of Montana, business Title: President/General Manager

BOB ROULLIER

Hometown: Anaconda, MT then moved to Missoula, MT at age 9 College: University of Montana, business

Title: CEO

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