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The Florida Trucking Association was incorporated in 1934, in Jacksonville, Florida when a man named Lewis Raulerson recognized the need for the trucking industry to become affiliated. Today, the FTA continues to play a vital role in the business environment of its members. The trucking industry continues to evolve and adapt to changes in transportation laws and policies, and in energy costs. Nearly 70 percent of freight by weight is hauled by the industry, making trucking the cornerstone of commerce in the United States. The FTA is here to be the dynamic advocate and resource for Florida's trucking and transportation industry.

For over 75 years, Florida Trucking Association (FTA) has been a dynamic advocate and resource for Florida's trucking and transportation industry.

The FTA represents the interests of its members, while promoting highway and driver safety, and a healthy business environment. To achieve these goals, the FTA conducts its business through six committees appointed each year:

• Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee. The Committee and its designated subcommittees are charged with making recommendations to provide guidance to FTA on local, state, and national issues affecting the trucking industry.
• Safety Education and TICOTH (THE INDUSTRY COMMITTEE ON THEFT AND HIJACKING) Committee. The Committee acts as a liaison between the FTA Board and the FTA Safety Management Council. The committee works to promote safety related educational training for the Florida Trucking Association membership through safety/educational seminars and programs. The TICOTH arm of the committee is responsible for developing and recommending effective plans to ATTACK THE THEFT AND HIJACKING problem. The committee is also responsible for promoting and actively supporting programs that have safety as a goal.
• The Insurance Committee. The Committee is responsible for recommending new insurance programs that are beneficial, necessary and cost-effective for the membership. The committee also provides consulting advice on insurance programs and policies.
• The Public Relations Committee. The Committee is responsible for developing programs to improve the public image of the trucking industry by implementation of special projects, supplying speakers for civic groups, and other worthwhile programs.
• Metro Planning Organization Committee. The Committee duties are to review the agendas, monitor and attend Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization meetings as they relate to truck transportation. There are 26 MPOs in the state of Florida, that have a voice in Florida transportation planning.
• Membership Committee. The Committee is responsible for membership recruitment/retention programs.

In 2009, FTA had a meeting of its Technology and Maintenance Council, whose activities are spearheaded Rob Carryl and Susan Barfield.

FTA Executive Leadership

Chairman of the Board Daniel Baugh, Service Trucking, Inc.
Chairman Elect Tom Hindle, Commercial Carrier Corporation
1st Vice Chairman Phillip Pritchett, Pritchett Trucking, Inc.
2nd Vice Chairman Rob Carryl, Reliance Supply
Secretary Doc Hyder, Rowland Transportation
Treasurer Charlie Brown, Nextran Truck Center- Orlando
2010 Member At Large Joe Whitfield, Sunco Carriers, Inc.
2011 Member At Large John McTyre, McTyre Trucking Company, Inc.
Immediate Past Chairman Keith Walpole, Walpole Leasing, Inc.

Past Chairman Richard Schuler, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Past Chairman Jimmy Davis, Davis Express, Inc.
Past Chairman N. Terry Dicks, Dicks Enterprises
Past Chairman R. Mark Bostick, Comcar Industries, Inc.
Past Chairman R.C. "Dick" Rechtien, Rechtien International Trucks, Inc.
President and CEO Mary Lou Rajchel, Florida Trucking Association

FTA Board of Directors, 2008-2009

Phares Acuff Florida Utility Trailers, Inc.
Jim Barr Ryder Systems, Inc.
Jules Armellini Armellini Express Lines, Inc.
Richard Baugh Sunstate Carriers, Inc.
Steven Bacalis Tom Nehl Truck Company
Ernie Bentley Sterling & Western Star Trucks Of Tampa
Bob Arrington Atlantic Truck Centers
Daniel Baugh Service Trucking, Inc.
Mark Bostick Comcar Industries, Inc.
Rob Carryl Reliance Supply
Bob Brody Ottawa Truck Of Florida, Inc.
Eddie Corbett Con-way Freight
Charlie Brown Nextran Truck Center - Orlando
Jimmy Davis Davis Express, Inc.
Timothy Brown Brown Moving & Storage
John Dewhurst Merchant Transport
Todd Bynum Bynum Transport, Inc.
N. Terry Dicks Dicks Enterprises
J. B. Drury Armellini Express Lines, Inc.
Lisa Hughes FCC Equipment Financing, Inc.
Robert Dwyre Forcon International Corp.
Doc Hyder Rowland Transportation
Matt Guice Sunbelt Transport Refrigeration
Jim Jacobs Boulevard Tire Center
June Hargraves Gene Hyde Trucking Co., Inc.
Stuart Knowles Thermo King Corporation
Thomas Hindle Commercial Carrier Corporation
John McTyre McTyre Trucking Co., Inc.
Thomas Oakley Oakley Transport, Inc.
R.C. "Dick" Rechtien Rechtien International Trucks, Inc.
Pat O'Malley Landstar Carrier Group
Denis Ross Kenworth Of Jacksonville
Donald Poston Ring Power Systems
Thomas Runck Rountree Transport & Rigging, Inc.
Jon Pritchett Nextran Truck Center - Jacksonville
Bob Schomber Florida Power & Light Co.
Phillip Pritchett Pritchett Trucking, Inc.
Richard Schuler Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Bob Snyder United Parcel Service
Tommy Thomas Roadmaster Drivers School, Inc.
Mark Stephenson AequiCap, Inc.
Duple Travillion FedEx Corporation
Cliff Stewart Nextran Truck Center - Jacksonville
Richard Vest ACS State And Local Solutions
R.L. Stohler C.S.P.I., Inc.
Keith Walpole Walpole Leasing, Inc.
Michael Sutton Insurance Office of America
Edwin Walpole Walpole, Inc.
Joe Whitfield Sunco Carriers, Inc.

2008-2009 Conference Chairmen

Household Movers
Timothy Brown
Brown Moving & Storage

Common Carriers
J.B. Drury
Armellini Express Lines, Inc.

Allied Industry
Matt Guice
Sunbelt Transport Refrigeration

Tank Truck
Tom Hindle
Commercial Carrier Corporation

Agricultural and Citrus
Ronald Oakley
Oakley Transport, Inc.

Specialized Carriers
Thomas Runck
Rountree Transport & Rigging, Inc.

Private Carriers
Richard Schuler
Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Dump Trucks
David Warren
David Warren & Son, Inc.
Florida's Road Team is the cornerstone of FTA's safety and public awareness program. Each professional truck driver on the Team is an example of trucking at its best — articulate, knowledgeable and dedicated. Each driver is selected for the Team on the basis of their safety record, leadership abilities, concern for the image of the trucking industry, and commitment to continuous improvement. The Road Team drivers take a few days away from work each month to speak to various groups about highway safety and the trucking industry.

"The current FTA Road Team members are:

A A A Cooper Transportation - Eddie Weeks
Con-way Freight - Paul Agostin
Con-way Freight - Andy Severe
FedEx Ground - Mark Shallar
FedEx Ground - Melinda Davis
FedEx Ground - Tom Davis
FedEx National LTL - Kelvin Brown
FedEx National LTL - Red McKee
FedEx National LTL - Eddie Pennington
Publix Super Markets, Inc. - Avi Figueroa, Jr.
Publix Super Markets, Inc. - Larry Fleming
Publix Super Markets, Inc. - Eddie Hosegood
Sunco Carriers, Inc. - Jimmy McSwain
UPS Freight - Robert Foskey
UPS Freight - Roger Nicholson
Wal-Mart Transportation - John Lex
Yellow Transportation - Paul Medders


FTA hosts and provides hyperlinks to a number of Trucking Safety reports, including a report titled Florida - Motor Carrier Safety Fact Sheet -- an excerpt from the report by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. An online training course in FMCSR compliance and DOT/TSI and OSHA regulations is available to FTA members Here and membership verification Here.


The Herman Fauss Scholarship Fund was established by the Florida Trucking Association Safety Management Council to recognize and reward outstanding undergraduate academic performance and overall involvement in community affairs of children and grandchildren of commercial vehicle drivers of Florida Trucking Association member companies. Recipients must be individuals who succeed both inside and outside of the classroom, whose qualities exemplify excellence. The annual scholarship provides $2,500 to support the education of the chosen recipient(s). Recipients are selected each year and announced in June at the Florida Trucking Driving Championship.

Joining Florida Trucking Association

FTA members include owners and operators of fleets of heavy-duty diesel trucks ranging from two to three trucks in fleet size and up into the thousands. FTA membership also includes a wide variety of businesses that support trucking industry in Florida through sales, service, and related activities. Membership application.

Major Annual Actiities

The FTA Annual Membership Conference
FTA Safety Management Council Annual Awards and CSA Seminar
Truckers Day at the Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida
Florida/Georgia Joint Vehicle Inspection and Safety Program
Herman Fauss Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament
Annual Florida Truck Driving Championship

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