By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor
OOIDA Life Member Steve Davenport was at the White House on Monday, May 16, as an invited guest of the administration’s Champions for Change program, which salutes innovators, educators and builders. Davenport has a lot to offer. He is an Army veteran, a 43-year veteran of trucking and an alternate member of the OOIDA Board of Directors.
As part of his visit to DC for the Champions of Change program, Davenport was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with 19 other invitees from different areas in transportation. The event coincides with National Transportation Week, which is May 14-20. OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston also attended the roundtable discussion in DC.
Davenport is from Lewisville, TX. He owns and operates one truck, hauling flatbed building materials. Prior to obtaining his own authority a decade ago, Davenport was a company driver for 33 years. He joined OOIDA because of the Association’s advocacy for all professional drivers.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Davenport was in active service 1969-’71 and was in the Reserves 1971-’75. Since 1990, he has actively participated in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle tribute to Vietnam veterans and has made many runs to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in DC.
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