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Al Calkin Innovative Safety Solutions, Inc.


ABOUT YOU... Hometown: Fort Benton,Montana

Spouse: Laura

Children: One daughter, Carmen, and one grandson, Trevor, who is a freshman atMSU. What was your first car? 1957 Nash Favorite color: Blue

Favorite book: FederalMotor Carrier Safety andHazardousMaterial Regulations (After these, I don’t read much other than my NRA magazines)

Favorite ice cream flavor: I like them all

I always...Try to become more knowledgeable of issues that affect my clients.

I’ve never...Regretted jumping out on a limb and forming Innovative Safety Solutions, which has allowed me to develop many new friendships

BlackBerry, Android or iPhone? Blackberry

What is the last thing you Googled? An FMCSA AdministrativeDecision

Which super power would you prefer to have? See into the future

What’s the last movie you saw in theaters? Prefer staying at home and watching them onDVD

What is the farthest you’ve been from home? Bangor,Maine

Favorite vacation spot: Home

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Steak, with a little wine on the side

YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE... Current Title: Transportation Safety Consultant

Why did you go into trucking? To satisfy a friends request

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Always remember your manners

What is your business philosophy? Treat others as you would like to be treated

What is the biggest challenge currently facing the trucking industry? A shortage of new drivers with a good attitude and respect for the past

What improvements have you seen in the industry? Improved Safety with a reduction in crashes

What are the greatest benefits of membership in the Motor Carriers of Montana? MCM is one of the best voices that speaks to the legislature and to otherGovernment offices on behalf of its membership

YOUR COMPANY... When was it started? How long has it been in operation? I established Innovative Safety Solutions Inc. inOctober 2002

How many employees? OneMan Band, nobody can work for me

What are the challenges facing your business today? Too many people in the industry don’t ask for help until they already are in a deep hole that sometimes is extremely difficult to get out of.

What assets set your company apart from your competition? Knowledge of the regulations and experience in dealing with the regulatory community

Where do you see growth coming from in the future? I don’t plan to expand at this time

What is the most important service your company provides to fill a need in trucking? By providing assistance for clients and members of theMCM to maintain compliance with regulations that are sometimes difficult to understand, while trying to keep the government out of their back pockets. RW


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