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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT


Tom Zimmer Tri-State Truck & Equipment, Inc.


BY RW STAFF ABOUT YOU...


Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota


College: University of Nebraska – Lincoln and the University of Minnesota


Children: 3


What was your first car? Oldsmobile Cutlas Favorite color: Blue


Favorite movie: Hard to name one – will go with “Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?”


Favorite ice cream flavor: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch


I always... try to be open minded.


I‘ve never... been afraid to get advice from others.


What is the last thing you Googled? Bangor, Maine – looking to buy some equipment there.


On which reality show do you most wish to be? I don’t watch reality TV, but it has felt like our industry has been on Survivor for the past few years.


Who, living or deceased, would you most like to meet? Abraham Lincoln


Which super power would you prefer to have? It would be Superman and his ability to fly.


What‘s the last movie you saw in theaters? Inception


ROADWISE |


If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Beef – and I could probably trade Bill Davies some beef for some eggs (see previous issue).


YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE...


Current Title: Vice President


Why did you go into trucking? It was a chance to be an owner in a small business and deal with customers who, for the most part, are owners of their own business.


What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Be yourself.


What is your business philosophy? We will only be as successful as our customers, therefore we need to provide our customers value through our products and services.


What is the biggest challenge currently facing the trucking industry? Increasing government regulations and mandates that put the cost burden on the transportation industry


What improvements have you seen in the industry? From what I can see, the transportation industry has made great strides in improving awareness of the value of trucking with the general public and that starts with groups like the ATA and on through to the state organizations, particularly the MCM.


ISSUE 5, 2010 | www.mttrucking.org


What are the greatest benefits of membership in the Motor Carriers of Montana? It is an excellent opportunity to interact with fellow members and work together to make a difference in the future of the transportation industry.


TRI-STATE TRUCK & EQUIPMENT, INC.


When was it started? 1961 How long has it been in operation? We are celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2011.


How many employees? 50


What are the challenges facing your business today? Planning for the upturn in the economy as to when and how fast it’s coming.


What assets set your company apart from your competition? Our people and our commitment to respect, dependability and integrity in all that we do.


Where do you see growth coming from in the future? I think that coming out of the last three years there will be opportunities for growth in all facets of our business.


What is the most important service your company provides to fill a need in trucking? Our industry is not a one size fits all business. We focus on listening to our customers’ wants and needs and then finding the appropriate solution for them. RW


19 BlackBerry or iPhone? Blackberry


What is the farthest you‘ve been from home? Venice, Italy


Favorite vacation spot: Wherever there is two feet of fresh snow to ski on with my family.


PHOTO: PHIL BELL


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