A longtime trucker and owner-operator is transitioning from life on the road to life fighting for the rights of truckers at the federal level.
OOIDA Senior Member Scott Grenerth is joining the OOIDA staff as director of regulatory affairs. Grenerth spent 13 years as a trucker based out of northwest Ohio before relocating to Grain Valley, Mo., to join the government affairs team at the Association’s headquarters.
In his new role, Grenerth said he will be tasked primarily with advocating for truckers by working with regulatory agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He said he hopes to use his experience as an over-the-road driver and owner-operator to give perspective to those who try to regulate the trucking industry nationally.
“The key part is using my background and experience in dealing with these regulations every day,” Grenerth told Land Line. “We know that people in Washington, D.C., lack hands-on experience. We need to make sure we have the opportunity to provide input and let them know what the real-world impact is going to be.”
Grenerth became an OOIDA member in 2003 and has averaged two trips per year to Capitol Hill to speak to representatives and agencies about issues affecting truckers. Most recently, he gave comments at a public hearing earlier this year hosted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency on fuel economy standards for heavy trucks.
“I like challenges, and this job will be one,” he said. “Before taking this job, I’ve been thinking of (the impact of regulatory issues) primarily from my perspective as a single owner-operator. Now, representing the entire membership, I realize it’s incredibly diverse, with lots of niches. I’m looking forward to expanding my grasp on that and having a greater appreciation for the diversity of the membership and the industry.”
A cycling and nature enthusiast, Grenerth holds an associate’s degree in recreation and wildlife interpretive services from Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. He is originally from Miami, Fla. He is a member of the Trucking Solutions Group and Truckers United For Charities.
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