Every two years, OOIDA’s voting members cast ballots to elect alternates to the Association’s Board of Directors. On Tuesday, Jan. 4, Bob Esler, chairman of the OOIDA’s Nomination-Election Committee, announced the names of the newly elected alternates.
Esler announced that Henry Albert, Larry Beebee, Steve Davenport, Lou Esposito and Miles Verhoef will be sworn in at the Association’s Spring Board Meeting.
Henry Albert, 47, Statesville, NC, has more than 28 years’ experience in the trucking industry with 14 years as a company driver and more than 14 as an owner-operator with his own authority. Currently, Albert participates in Freightliner’s “Slice of Life” program. Freightliner provided him with a 2009 Cascadia to operate for one year. He pulls a flatbed, primarily East Coast, and a dry van, from Charlotte to Laredo. Albert has been an OOIDA member since 1999. He has served one term as alternate to the OOIDA Board of Directors. He’s married and has one son. When he isn’t trucking, he enjoys being involved in church, spending time with his family, and riding ATVs and dirt bikes.
Larry Beebee is an OOIDA life member from Sparta, MI. Beebee is 63 years old and has more than 45 years’ experience in the trucking industry – 12 as a company driver, more than 30 as an owner-operator leased to a carrier. Currently, he is an owner-operator with his own authority. He’s hauled machinery, lumber, general commodities, food products and automobiles in the past. He currently hauls general commodities and refrigerated freight. Beebee joined OOIDA more than 19 years ago. When he isn’t trucking, he enjoys motor sports, spending time with his family and grandchildren and “puttering around the homestead.”
Steve Davenport is an OOIDA senior member from Lewisville, TX. Davenport is 62 years old and has been trucking for more than 43 years. He is currently a one-truck, one-trailer operator with his own authority and he pulls a flatbed hauling building materials. Before becoming an owner-operator, he was a company driver for 33 years and has hauled general freight, dry goods, refrigerated goods, meat and produce. Davenport joined OOIDA more than 11 years ago. When Davenport is not trucking, he keeps himself busy with a pickup truck restoration project. He is also an avid investor and self-professed student of the stock market.
Lou Esposito, 63, lives in Duanesburg, NY, and has been involved in trucking for more than 40 years, with 25 years’ experience as a company driver. For the past 13 years, he has been an owner-operator with his own authority hauling general freight. Esposito has been an OOIDA member for almost 10 years. Although trucking is a large part of his life, he also contributes his time to local politics. He was appointed as a committee person for his town and ran successfully for the town board in the 2010 election. He is married and has one daughter.
Miles Verhoef, 45, is from Tomah, WI, and has been trucking for more than 27 years. For 16 years, Verhoef drove a company truck, then became an owner-operator leased to a carrier. For the past six years, he’s been an owner-operator with his own authority. He has hauled frozen food, produce, dry bulk, cryogenic liquids, grain, livestock, logs and aggregate. Verhoef joined OOIDA in 2000. When he isn’t working, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling. He is a member of the NRA and the North American Hunting Club.
The business of OOIDA is governed by a Board of Directors composed of a minimum of 17 and a maximum of 22 voting members. The bylaws call for a minimum of three and maximum of five alternate members of the Board.