OOIDA 2014 Board election: Meet the candidates

By Land Line staff | 11/14/2014

Six OOIDA members are running for seats as alternates on the Board of Directors and will be on the 2014 ballot now in the mail to all active OOIDA members. Ballots are due back by the last day of December.

Alternates are elected by and from the membership for two-year terms. During the time period Nov. 15-Dec. 31, active members can vote by mail or online – and this year there’s an additional way to vote. If you happen to meet Jon Osburn on the road with OOIDA’s tour truck, you can vote at the truck.

The candidates are Arthur Ballegeer, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Tilden Curl, Olympia, Wash.; David Jungeblut, Sibley, Mo.; John Koglman, Oberlin, Ohio; Paul Storz, Independence, Mo., and Monte Wiederhold, Lebanon, Ohio.

To help members learn a bit about these candidates, here are short bios. You can also read them in the November issue of Land Line and in addition, OOIDA’s satellite radio show, “Land Line Now” on the Road Dog Channel 146, will feature interviews with each candidate beginning Monday, Nov. 17. According to the show’s host, Mark Reddig, those interviews will repeat during the week of Christmas.

Arthur Ballegeer, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Life Member Arthur Ballegeer, 67, is an owner-operator from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has 21 years in the trucking business, all as an owner-operator leased to a carrier.

He has hauled industrial and agricultural-type commodities and equipment, including oversize heavy haul. He currently is hauling open deck industrial freight with his own tractor and trailer, leased to Kleysen Group, a part of Mullen Trucking.

He joined the Association in 2008, recognizing that OOIDA “is the only organization that can and will represent drivers and owner-operators in a professional effective manner.” As a professional trucker, Arthur participates in the training and mentorship of other drivers. He does computer support service and also finds time to do community volunteer work.

If Arthur is elected, he believes it will give him the opportunity to contribute to OOIDA and, importantly, provide some “hands on” experience in dealing with issues involving both the Canadian and U.S. trucking environments. He believes a critical function of a board member is to communicate to all levels of government and jurisdictional bodies, to be a resource and educator for various groups and to be a resource and distributor of info to the general public.

Arthur feels that alternates provide important support to the board by being “field representatives,” staying in contact with other drivers and the public to get the right information out there and promote the image of trucking as a safe one.

He believes the most important problems truckers face include making enough money to maintain a satisfactory profit margin and maintaining a safe operating environment for drivers through education. He also thinks lawmakers and the public must recognize trucking as a “participant in the community and the environment.”

Arthur communicates frequently with his lawmakers on all government levels and attends public meetings to support trucking issues.

Tilden Curl, Olympia, Wash.
Life Member Tilden E. Curl Jr., 55, 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. Currently, he owns one truck and pulls his own stepdeck/flatbed. He’s hauled flatbed freight, general freight, equipment, lumber, steel sheets and bars and machinery.

He joined the Association in 2001 because OOIDA fights for drivers’ rights and for driver issues. He would like to be a bigger part of the solution. He sees the role of a board member as one of responsibility for providing the Association’s general direction and, importantly, deciding what driver issues should be addressed and on which issues the Association should take a position on.

His top three concerns are driver compensation, unfair punishment of drivers by law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and driver education. The FMCSA’s scope of authority is another of his concerns.

Tilden believes the primary responsibility of the alternate board member is to stay informed on issues, provide insight and assistance to the board, and be ready to step up at any time.

Tilden is active attending meetings, truck shows, hearings and has testified before the U.S. Congress on trucking issues. He’s active with email, letters and phone calls to lawmakers and maintains a blog on which he writes about trucking issues.

When he’s not behind the wheel of a big truck, he still likes to be on the highway with his Harley-Davidson. He’s a member of the Harley Owners Group. In 2010, he was named the Goodyear Highway Hero.

David Jungeblut, Sibley, Mo.
Life Member David Jungeblut, 58, is an owner-operator leased to Rush Trucking. He lives in Sibley, Mo., and has been truck driving for 25 years. Years ago, David was convinced that a collective voice representing truckers is better than a “smattering of opinions” and joined OOIDA.

David has hauled general freight with his own authority and as a leased owner-operator. He currently owns three trucks and five trailers. He believes he can contribute to establishing “well- reasoned and well-explained positions” on issues that affect every CDL holder in the country, as well as their dependents.

He has been a member for 14 years because he sees OOIDA as a diverse group of people who share the goal of trying to achieve a positive effect on issues that impact the entire industry. He supports OOIDA because it’s the “only voice whose sole function is to protect the interests of individual drivers against big trucking, political pandering and knee-jerk regulations.”

David says some of the most important problems faced by a majority of owner-operators and drivers are the “deluge of changes” in the industry and “predatory practices by large, well-funded groups.” He strongly believes in OOIDA and continuing to build an effective, united voice to counter those groups and provide constant pushback.

As an alternate board member, David feels that his responsibility would be to promote OOIDA’s goals and be prepared to assume a role as a full member.

When he’s not trucking, one of his favorite hobbies is gardening.

John Marshall Koglman, Oberlin, Ohio
Senior Member John Koglman, 69, is an owner-operator from Oberlin, Ohio, currently leased to Jones Motor Group. With his flatbed and sliding tarp system, he hauls stone, sand, steel, dies, molds, pipes, frozen food, canned food, hay, lumber, wheeled vehicles and more.

He bought his first truck in 1972. He joined OOIDA in 2004 to join the fight against overregulation and rules that “hurt and demean” drivers.

If elected, he feels he could contribute a lot to the board as a “good listener” who believes in treating others the way you would like to be treated. John feels it is important for the Association to use the vast experience of its membership and board and “relay” that experience to the younger members. As an alternate, he says his primary responsibility would be to “back up” the board in their decisions and to promote OOIDA to members and non-members.

He considers hours of service one of trucking’s biggest problems, and flexibility is a “must.” He also thinks cheap freight is a huge problem and there must be transparency with the bills of lading. Another problem, he feels, is driver etiquette; professionalism must be a main focus.

John has been active in contacting lawmakers in Ohio, especially regarding speed limits and tolls. He says he will not haul into California due to the CARB rules and has contacted the California agency with his concerns.

John served in the U.S. Navy 1962-68 and is a retired police officer (25 years for Elyria, Ohio, police department). When he’s not trucking, he enjoys hunting, fishing, gold prospecting, camping and gardening. He is a member of the National Rifle Association.

Paul Storz, Independence, Mo.
Senior Member Paul Storz, 54, 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.”

Paul believes he can contribute to the OOIDA Board because he is passionate about the organization. “I have been promoting OOIDA since I discovered the organization was all about trucker rights and trucking safety,” says Paul. “I also try to sign up new members whenever possible.”

To Paul, the three most important issues faced by owner-operators and drivers right now are CSA scores, loading and unloading times, and HOS regulations. Paul says the CSA program needs to be abolished, but he knows that is not likely to happen. So he believes we can lobby for modifications that will benefit our members.

Paul communicates with lawmakers regarding issues that concern his industry. He prefers to contact those lawmakers via email.

Paul is also a member of the National Rifle Association and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Monte Wiederhold, Lebanon, Ohio
Life Member Monte Wiederhold, 58, is an owner-operator with his own authority from Lebanon, Ohio. He joined OOIDA in 1983 because of the Association’s insurance program for owner-operators. He has been driving a truck for 39 years hauling flatbed, reefer and dry van freight.

The owner of one truck and four trailers, Monte hauls flatbed freight and believes in keeping the equipment in good shape and “looking professional.” Monte thinks that appearance and professionalism is an important message to put out – “and if you do,” he says, “you will be treated as such.”

Monte 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 like his own. That, he says, includes keeping “big trucking in check.”

If elected, Monte feels his job as an alternate would be to “observe and contribute opinion” at the board meetings. Monte feels the top problems truckers face are poor training for company drivers, “fine print” on leases that do not get read, and not being “dedicated to the job at hand.”

Monte is also a member of the National Rifle Association. He is active with phone calls and email to his elected representatives.

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