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cifically for motor carriers with a corporate headquarters in Texas. “Writing insurance for a trucking

company is a very intensive process, espe- cially for a fleet business,” he said. “There’s a lot of operational detail you have to know and understand. Something about it appealed to me very much.” McDonald said ELC gave him indus-

try contacts, a better appreciation of what the association does for trucking, and an understanding of the industry’s nuances. “There’s obviously the old guard and

the new guard, and ELC showed me who the new guard was and introduced us to who the old guard was,” he said. Austin


McDowell, 29, a sales manager with W.M. Dewey & Son, grew up in the trucking indus- try. His grandfather, Todd McDowell, pur-

chased the pipe hauler in 1962. His father, Bob McDowell, and Bob’s brother, Edward, co-own the company. Edward’s daughter, ELC secretary Christi Yost, is a project manager, while his other daughter, Margaret Schroeder, works in accounting. McDowell worked in the pipe yard

during summers in high school and college. He worked at a bank after graduating Texas Christian University, but he always knew he would return to the family business. He hung around some of the other

ELC members during TXTA summer conferences as a child. He remembers skeet shooting, playing golf and attending concerts. As an adult, he was no stranger to the association, but ELC gave him a new set of experiences. “I think the ELC leadership program

has been very beneficial as far as gaining a lot of new friendships and learning a lot about the industry from different perspec- tives,” he said.

David Price, 30, Price

United Petroleum Transport’s vice presi- dent of chemical opera- tions, also works in a family-owned busi- ness—one started by

his grandfather, Keith Price, in 1966. While

the company’s corporate office is in Oklahoma City, Price works out of the Baytown office. “Being a resident of the state, I felt it

was up to me to take ownership of this association from our company’s standpoint,” he said. “As the years go on, I’ll probably become more of the representative.” Price’s father, Greg, had long been

involved in TXTA. David Price became more involved thanks to ELC. “It served as a catalyst to get me more

involved, to get to know a lot more people. ... With the structure of the council, it pushes you to go to X number of events per year, which gets you in front of and talking with people outside the council as well,” he said. Like Price,


Warren Smith, 26, the youngest ELC graduate, is a third generation trucking executive. His flatbed steel and con- struction products car-

rier, Amsco Transportation, was started by his grandfather, Alfred McLean Smith, and

then run by his uncle, Mack, and currently by his father, Rick. “It was basically all I really knew,” he

said. “Honestly, there’s some drivers still working here that have known me since I was in diapers.” Smith said ELC gave him a chance to

network with people near his own age. “The industry as a whole really is an

older industry, so being able to find and connect with some of these people that were close to my age, knowing they’re doing the same thing ... (and) going through some of the same little deals that I was going through was pretty nice—nice to build a friendship with those people so that when things do come up, you can just pick up the phone or shoot them an email,” he said. Krisha Sanchez, 34, regional market-

ing director for the Trinity Risk managing general agency, has had a variety of truck- ing experiences—previously with Great American Insurance; then working in mar- keting and sales with Fikes Truck Line; and then with Drivers Legal Plan, a nationwide law firm.


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