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said, faces some unique hurdle. “In Bob’s case, his year really was the


start of the Great Recession,” said Hunery- ager. “What I’d like to say about him is the practices that he put in place for our asso- ciation, from a fiscal standpoint, served us so well that we continue them today, even though we’re back on better footing.” That includes a monthly financial


conference call between the chairman, the treasurer and the president where they go over every single line item on the budget, he said. Leading the industry group through


those hard times was a challenge, Pem- berton acknowledged, and he just tried to find ways to streamline the TTA without compromising the services it provided for its members. For instance, cutting the costs associated with receptions at the conven- tion without damaging the appeal of the event. But he also knew the TTA needed to increase revenue, and he turned to its membership for help. “I challenged everybody at the conven-


tion, when I came in, to try and get just one more member,” he said. “Surely everybody knows one person in the trucking industry


“IF YOU’RE NOT GROWING AND TRYING TO MOVE FORWARDS, YOU’RE MOVING BACKWARDS. YOU


CAN’T STAND FLATFOOTED IN THIS BUSINESS, IT’S A PRETTY DYNAMIC BUSINESS EVEN THOUGH IT’S JUST TRUCKS AND TRAILERS.”


that’s not a member of the association right now. I tried to do some grass roots recruit- ing, really.” To help grow the association – “To


get some new blood in there,” as he put it – Pemberton was chairman when TTA also hired Catherine Stuart as membership coordinator. And he instituted the monthly conference calls with Mike McFarlin, the treasurer at the time, so the leadership knew “what’s coming in and what’s going out.” It’s a practice he says he’s glad the TTA has continued.


“There’s a learning curve on [a new]


chairman and about the time you figure it out, it’s time to leave,” he said. “That was real helpful because the board only gets to- gether three or four times a year. This way we were able to try and get ahead of some of those issues.” Naturally, Pemberton’s involvement


with the TTA doesn’t end when he leaves the boardroom. “Every year, our foundation runs four


regional Big Rigs for Little Kids events. Bob runs our east Tennessee Big Rigs event,”





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