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child, Briscoe played hide-and-seek in the warehouse. At age 18, he earned his com- mercial driver’s license and ran shipments across Texas during his summer vacations at Angelo State University. He even man- aged the company’s San Angelo lease loca- tion while in college. He spent about 10 years with J.B. Hunt before returning to the family business in 2012. Briscoe, now vice president of opera-

tions, said that before ELC, “I didn’t have any idea TXTA existed, to be honest with you.” That’s changed. “I really enjoyed it, would highly rec-

ommend it, and we’re working on getting another manager from one of our locations in probably the next group just to experi- ence that,” he said. “I’ll definitely continue to help out and foster the next generation of Emerging Leaders, too.” For Clayton


Cavell, 29, a regional manager with Protective Insurance, which specializes in trucking and transpor-

tation, ELC was worth traveling for. The Texas native is based in Indianapolis, but flew to Texas for the various events. Cavell, who has worked three years

for Protective Insurance, became active in TXTA about six months before becoming involved in ELC. He particularly liked the management conferences. He said being exposed to industry veterans as well as his fellow class members helped him better understand his clients’ risks. “It’s done an excellent job of giving me

exposure to how trucking companies oper- ate and how my Emerging Leader counter- parts that work in those companies see the industry and what their needs and concerns are,” he said. “It’s helped me learn a lot about the industry from their perspective.” Stephen Dennis, 42, a partner work-

ing out of the San Antonio law office of Strasburger and Price, has been working with motor carriers since joining the firm 12 years ago. He didn’t really become involved with

TXTA until he became a member of ELC thanks to the encouragement of another

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member of his firm, Sam Hallman, who recently served as president of the Transportation Lawyers Association. He said sharing the

experience with others in the trucking industry helped him see issues from new perspectives. “Oftentimes when we’re working with

clients, it’s in a very kind of strict business sense, and so this was nice because we could all sit down together and really look at broader topics about the trucking indus- try together,” he said. Dennis said his favorite seminar was

one by fellow attorney and Emerging Leader Robert Fuentes regarding legal principles on cargo claims. Ernesto Gaytan Jr., 31, general manag- er, Super Transport International, has been doing office chores since he was 11 years old in the family-owned trucking business start- ed by his father. The


carrier specializes in flatbed, oversize and overweight hauls. “To me it was very interesting with

the cranes and the forklifts and all that stuff, so since I was a kid, I really did want to be in this industry, just being around it all the time,” he said. Gaytan said he had not been very

active in TXTA until his father, Ernesto, encouraged him to get involved in ELC. It’s been a good experience that could bear fruit down the road. “If I have now a new load that I cannot

cover and I have a partner that I just met at ELC that can help me with those loads, then I don’t let that business go,” he said. Michael

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McDonald, 39, a project manager in the Houston office of Warriner and Associates Insurance, became involved in ELC about the same time he

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