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Mondics accepts the 2014 Leadership Award at the TXTA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas

That would include friends within TXTA. “We have a great relationship with the

staff at TXTA and there are so many mem- bers of the association that we are friends with and are our clients, I prefer not to list them for fear of leaving anyone out,” said Mondics, who was enlisted to join the asso- ciation by Larry Wells, of the Winkle and Wells law firm, when it was known as Texas Motor Transportation Association. In its long relationship with TXTA,

Mondics Insurance Group has worked with four different executive directors and “25 years worth” of executive committees. “The work we do is well received by

the membership,” Mondics said. The relationship has always been sta-

ble, Mondics said, because whoever has been in charge of the association has always hired good employees who share the constant, common goals of doing what’s good for the industry and what’s good for the safety of the general public. “We have made long-term friends

there, we have had long-term business there,” Mondics said. The diversity of Mondics’ company,

with a background that includes real estate, 38 Summer 2015

has been good for the trucking clients because a transportation company has a diverse set of assets that includes much more than trucks. And the transportation industry and TXTA has been good for Mondics’ company thanks to experiences with board memberships and committees as well as providing an education about the legislative process and issues. It is no secret the trucking industry is

often grappling with new regulations and mandates, and can often be targeted for lit- igation if things go wrong. But that’s part of the job, Mondics said. “Trucking, like all businesses, has its

risks,” he said. “Within trucking, like all industries, there are good and bad risks. The difficult part with trucking is that one small mistake by a good driver with good equipment can result in the loss of life or severe property damage.” Mondics and Lee have two grown

children, Jonathan and Madison and two grandchildren. When not working he likes to cook, or more correctly, grill, just about year round. And the food is usually better with a good bottle of wine, Mondics said. The wine theme extends to some of

the couple’s travel destinations — Napa, California and Oregon’s wine country, along with visits to New York City and Florida. They have also been to England and Italy, recently cruised the Mediterranean and “would like to go back to several of the countries that we got to spend a little time in but want to go back for a longer stay.” When home, Mondics is involved in

his church, March of Dimes to benefit babies born prematurely, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “65 Roses” program and Operation Kindness, the largest no-kill animal shelter in north Texas. It’s all been rewarding. And to think

it started with a sudden road trip in 1976. “It was a lot of fun,” Mondics said. There were challenges in the early

going, and there may be challenges in working with the industry now, but Mondics said it’s an industry worth getting to know. “Trucking has been good to us,” he

said. “[It is] a type of business that takes dedication and knowledge of the industry but rewards those who take the time to understand the business.” R

Photo by Jon D. Kennedy

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