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CONTENTS Volume 80, Numbe r 2 • Summer 2015 FEATURES: SPOTLight


Cover Profile: The Accidental Leader ......................34 2014 Leadership Award Recipient John Mondics By Steve Brawner


Central Freight’s Grider


Is 2014 Driver of the Year.........................................21 By Steve Brawner


For Blake, It’s All About Safety................................22 By Steve Brawner


James Wins Cheshire Award...................................23 By Steve Brawner


Emerging Leaders Builds Friendships, Leaders......44 Membership increases to 43 for 2015 By Steve Brawner


Another Record Year ................................................49 2015-2016 TXTA Foundation scholarship recipients By Katelyn Deibert


Member Spotlight: David Saunders.........................66 Workforce Q&A By Todd Traub


CAPITOLGains Carriers Move to Embrace Tech,


Find Tech Talent........................................................25 By Steve Brawner


Yokohama Offers Assistance with Fleet Tire Selection ..........................................29 By Mary Lou Jay


Leaders of the PAC...................................................30 TXTA TruckPAC Committee 2014-2015 By Glenna K. Bruun


Putting Trust Back in our Highways........................52 By John D. Esparza


Trucking Industry Promotes Safety


and Efficiency at State Capitol ................................54 By Glenna K. Bruun


ROADMap


Increasing Driver Wages..........................................32 Can raising driver pay slow the driver shortage? By Bethany May


Beyond Pay ...............................................................40 Retaining drivers in the modern day economy By Max Farrell


An Experience Behind the CNG Wheel.....................43 By Gary Babbitt


Tips for Driving Change............................................56 By Brian Fielkow


DOT Regulations for Trucking ..................................58 Equipment, maintenance and document retention under FMCSA By Mike H. Bassett and Aaron J. Rolen


The Affordable Care Act Is Here to Stay..................64 By Lynn Weirich


ONTHEScene Have You Heard?.......................................................18


A Look Back in Trucking Time.................................60 Excerpts from the TXTA Time Vault


DEPARTMENTS:


Past Chairman’s Message..........................................9 By Gary Salisbury, FTL


President’s Message ................................................11 By John D. Esparza, TXTA President & CEO


Index of Advertisers .................................................11 TXTA Board of Directors...........................................16


Chairman’s Message................................................30 By Danny Smith, UPS Calendar of Events ...................................................53 TXTA New and Reinstated Members .......................62


COVER PHOTO OF JOHN MONDICS BY JOHN DAVID PITTMAN


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