Five OOIDA members now have more in common than their professions and memberships in the Association. They have been recently elected as alternates to the OOIDA Board of Directors and will be seated at the board meeting scheduled for the end of April.
Life Member Tilden E. Curl Jr. is an OOIDA member from Olympia, Wash, with more than 21 years of experience driving a truck. For more than 16 years, Tilden has been an owner-operator with his own authority. He joined the Association in 2001 because OOIDA fights for drivers’ rights and for driver issues. A former Goodyear Highway Hero, Tilden would like to be a bigger part of the solution.
Life Member David Jungeblut is an owner-operator from Sibley, Mo., and has been truck driving for 25 years. Back in 1990, David was convinced that a collective voice representing truckers is better than a “smattering of opinions” and joined OOIDA.
Senior Member John Koglman is an owner-operator from Oberlin, Ohio. He is currently leased to Jones Motor Group. He bought his first truck in 1972. He joined OOIDA in 2004 to join the fight again overregulation and rules that “hurt and demean” drivers. John spent 25 years with the Elyria, Ohio, police force. He says he will not haul into California due to the CARB rules.
Senior Member Paul Storz is from Independence, Mo., and has been a company driver for the past 30 years. He currently hauls food and bakery products LTL. Paul joined OOIDA 20 years ago because he “wanted to keep up with and be educated about the ever-changing rules and regulations of the trucking industry.”
Life Member Monte Wiederhold is an owner-operator with his own authority. He lives in Lebanon, Ohio. He joined OOIDA in 1983 because of the Association’s insurance program for owner-operators. He believes the OOIDA Board serves an important function in promoting small-business trucking and keeping in touch with lawmakers and government officials about legislation that affects business interests. That, he says, includes “keeping Big Trucking in check.”
Every two years, OOIDA holds an election for alternates to the Association’s Board. Alternates are elected by and from the membership for two-year terms. The nominations are made by the membership and elected by the votes of the membership. The results were announced the second week in January by Robert Esler, chairman of the OOIDA Board Nomination-Election Committee.
The newly elected Board members will be sworn in at the spring Board meeting, tentatively set for April 22-25, 2015 at OOIDA headquarters in Grain Valley, Mo.
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