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of a volunteer commit- tee that originally tried to plan the ELC before Crow took on the job. She’s pleased. “When we go to

the annual conferences or go to attend meetings, it was hard to find your place, I guess, and I think Emerging Leaders Council ... one of the big purposes was to help younger leaders overcome that and get more involved, and we have definitely suc- ceeded at that,” she said. She later added, “It’s been a great net-

working opportunity for all of us that are in the group together, and a great friend- ship-building opportunity. We have cer- tainly created lifelong friendships. A few of my co-members attended my wedding. We’ve really become close.” Timmy Yeary, 42, a sales producer

with the Cline Wood Agency, has experi- ence in and around the trucking industry. Yeary’s dad, Ronnie, is a single truck opera-


tor hauling agricultural products, while one cousin hauls fracking material and another hauls aggregates. In Yeary’s current job, he focuses on transporta-

tion risk management and insurance. For many years he was operations manager at a pneumatic trucking company now known as 1845 Oilfield Services. “All of my family is in the trucking

business, and so that’s really all I’ve ever known most all of my life,” he said. “So I’m probably one of the only commercial insur- ance salesmen that actually has a CDL and actually knows how to drive (a truck), so it kind of does give me a different perspective from a lot of guys for sure.” ELC gave Yeary some long-wanted

understanding of the association’s political activities. It also gave him a chance to see how second- and third-generation execu- tives were being groomed to take on leader- ship roles, he said.


Brothers Houston H. Walker

Walker, 29, and Joe Walker, 27, of J.H. Walker Trucking com- pleted ELC together. The company hauls oil- field equipment and

also does flatbed package delivery of “any- thing from an envelope to a 5,000-pound, 20,000-pound whatever,” Houston said. Their father, Johnny Walker, started the company in 1978. Growing up, they worked many odd jobs. “He couldn’t

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stand that over the summer time, we might be sitting at

home watching TV, so he would just put us to work instead,” said Joe. Today, Houston is the controller while

Joe is vice president of sales, but they took remarkably similar paths to their current positions. They both attended Texas A&M and both went to work doing accounting for Pricewaterhouse Coopers before mak- ing their way back to the company. “The more I thought about it, the

more I realized that, well, I can go out and try and do something on my own,” Joe said, “but in reality, my dad’s built this incredible company, and I have got a great opportunity in front of me to go and try and succeed there, so eventually I kind of swallowed my pride and came around.” Both had plenty of experiences with

TXTA going back to their childhoods, when their father would bring them to con- ferences. ELC gave them a chance to become more involved as adults. “One of the things I like about TXTA

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is that it is a pretty close-knit group, and (there are) a lot of people you know that will have your back and look out for you,” Joe said. “I can tell you that between my dad and Houston and me, we call and bounce ideas off of other people that we’ve met through TXTA all the time. ... We’re in competition, but the people, the experienc- es that we’ve made through TXTA have been very helpful, and it’s more of a friend- ship than it is a competition.” R

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