Members, directors, officers of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and a variety of distinguished guests gathered in Grain Valley, MO, on Oct. 9 to join the professional trucker organization in dedicating its new headquarters. The event also commemorated OOIDA's 25th anniversary.
"For me, it is particularly significant that we are dedicating this new building at the same time we celebrate our 25th anniversary," said Jim Johnston, OOIDA president. "The building is dedicated to the success of small business trucking and it opens the next phase in our growing ability to better represent the interests of professional truckers."
Johnston took the time to recap the past 25 years, and noted that OOIDA's mission remains the same.
"Our goal has always been to provide the best representation possible to professional truckers," he said. "We strive to ensure that they are placed on at least equal footing with all competing interests, so that they have a fair chance to succeed in the competitive business of trucking."
The U.S. government's top trucking official was among those in attendance. George Reagle, associate administrator of the Office of Motor Carriers in Washington, DC, honored OOIDA on behalf of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Reagle, who congratulated the association on its 25th anniversary and acknowledged OOIDA's many accomplishments, served as an envoy for Rodney L. Slater, U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Reagle also presented a plaque from the Federal Highway Administration to OOIDA president Jim Johnston, in recognition of the organization's efforts to assist FHWA in promoting safer highways.
In concurrence with the dedication of the new OOIDA building, the association's board of directors convened Oct. 10-12 for the fall meeting.
Three professional truckers, Eric Beck of Little Rock, AR; Francis Collins of Sugar Run, PA; and Jim Mathews of Middleton, ID, were seated as new members of the board of directors. Alternates named to the board were Tim Trotter of Castaic, CA, and Kenneth Becker of Isabella, OK. LL