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I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and like me are preparing for a wonderful Christmas spent with family and friends. I would like to begin my first column as your Chairman with a huge thank you for entrusting this position to me for the next year. While it seems like a very long time from when one comes on to the Executive Committee, the next seven years actually go by far too quickly. I feel very fortunate to have participated in the process and I am looking forward to developing some exciting new ideas/programs over the next year. president Larry Johnson

vice president Sheila O’Connor

director of operations Diana Garcia

controller Keith Nesja

As an individual that became engaged as a ‘young person,’ among my peers in the Association, I’ve always believed that our ability to recruit and retain young people into our Association leadership ranks is vital. While we’ve done a good job of putting young people into leadership roles on events such as the Truck Driving Championships Steering committee, the Holiday Party Planning committee and council leadership roles, I feel we need to do more to reach out to the next generation of leaders we are developing within our companies. While I work with our Association staff, I will be looking at new ideas that are sent our way. If you have any ideas on how to get more participation into our key leadership roles, I am anxious to hear them. These younger folks are our future and I hate to waste their time and talents by not engaging them.

Overall, I feel very confident in our Association staff and fully support their efforts in recruiting younger leaders, their actions spent building a positive career pathway to recruit and retain future leaders in the trucking industry, producing an appealing and relevant magazine and developing partnerships for progress in literally every state department from Labor to Nebraska State Patrol and Economic Development to Education. Their work in helping to understand the Departments’ processes and sharing how and why things work in and with the trucking industry have taken us a long way in streamlining processes and making both sides more productive and user friendly.

Nebraska Trucking Association is a statewide trade association for commercial truck and bus operators and affiliated businesses. It is a not-for-profit association governed by a board of directors elected annually. Nebraska Trucking is an affiliate of the American

Trucking Association (ATA). ATA serves and represents the trucking industry on a national level, influencing federal and state government actions, advancing positive trucking industry image, providing education programs and industry research, and promoting highway safety and security.

For more information, contact Nebraska Trucking: 1701 K Street P.O. Box 81010 Lincoln, NE 68501

Phone 402.476.8504 Fax: 402.476.8570

Here’s to another great year of progress and prosperity with in the Association. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Bob Winter

President & CEO, Distribution Inc. Chair, Nebraska Trucking Association



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