Meet the candidates

Mark Carter Pine, Colo.

Senior Member Mark Carter, 52, has been an OOIDA member for more than 16 years and has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Currently, Mark is leased to a carrier and hauls refrigerated freight.

One of the biggest problems that Mark sees for new drivers is a lack of knowledge and training. It’s hard to do a job correctly if you don’t know how to do it. Training should include not only driving the truck, but also customer service. Drivers need to be taught how to deal with others in the industry in a courteous and professional manner.

To be successful, you have to be flexible. The more flexible you are, the better service you can provide. As a small-business operator, you are in a better position to provide a personal level of care. Also, be flexible with what you are willing to haul; haul something new and ask questions.

Another industry problem that Mark identifies is allowing drivers to be classified as "unskilled labor." He believes large carriers have embraced this notion and set hiring standards accordingly. Mark would also like to see an end to the CSA program. It is a flawed system that offers no accurate way to predict future problems with carriers.

Mark appreciates the work OOIDA has done over the years. He believes he can offer his problem-solving skills to the board as an alternate. He wants to be an effective example of the best the industry and OOIDA have to offer. Mark would like to help identify areas where we might be able to be a positive example to the motoring public and give back to the industry.

When not trucking, Mark is involved with the Boy Scouts and church. He enjoys fishing, golf and woodworking.

David Jungeblut Sibley, Mo.

Life Member David Jungeblut, 61, is an owner-operator. Dave services a dedicated account hauling auto parts from Chicago to Kansas City, Mo., and employs one driver in a second truck doing the same.

He lives in Sibley, Mo., and has been driving truck for 28 years. Back in 1990, David was convinced that a collective voice representing truckers is better than a smattering of opinions and joined OOIDA.

Dave has hauled general freight with his own authority and as a leased owner-operator. 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 26 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 affect 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.

Dave says some of the most important problems facing a majority of owner-operators and drivers are the deluge of changes in the industry and the 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.

Dave has served one term as alternate director to the board. In this role, Dave has promoted OOIDA and its goals to both members and nonmembers. Dave would continue to do this and more if re-elected to the board.

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

John Marshall Koglman Oberlin, Ohio

Senior Member John Koglman, 71, is from Oberlin, Ohio. John, an owner-operator for many years has hauled stone, sand, steel, dies, molds, pipes, frozen food, canned food, hay, lumber, wheeled vehicles and more. Currently, he hauls mulch with a walking floor trailer and logs for a tree-crane service.

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.

John served one term as alternate to the board and feels he would be able to continue contributing if re-elected. John describes himself as a good listener who believes in treating others the way you would like to be treated.

John said he has learned much during his time on the board. He believes it is important for the Association to use the vast experience of its membership and board, relaying that experience to the younger members. He believes a major focus of the alternate board members should be to promote OOIDA to members and nonmembers alike.

He considers hours-of-service regulations one of trucking’s biggest problems and feels flexibility is a must. He views cheap freight as a huge problem and believes there must be transparency with the bills of lading. Another problem is driver etiquette; professionalism should 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 because of 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.

Michael Kordi Sunnyvale, Texas

Michael Kordi, 37, is an owner-operator from Sunnyvale, Texas. Michael is currently leased to a carrier and hauls dry van products primarily between the Midwest and West Coast. He joined OOIDA in 2006 to take advantage of services offered and to learn more about the Association.

Michael is seeking election as an alternate to contribute in the fight to make drivers’ jobs and lives easier. There are too many regulations designed to make things more difficult for drivers. Michael would like to be part of the solution by offering his ideas on how to make members’ operations better.

Michael feels some of the most important issues facing new drivers to the industry are potential health regulations with regard to sleep apnea and medical changes that might make it more difficult for drivers to pass the DOT physical. Another important issue is overcapacity in trucking. An overabundance of trucks and carriers creates challenges in finding freight lanes and customers.

Trucking is a service-based industry. To be successful, truckers must provide good service to their customers. To provide good service you must make only those promises you can keep, stick to your word, and deliver on the promises made.

Michael believes he would make a good alternate because he relates well to people and is a good listener. If a member or prospective member comes to him with an issue or problem, he can use his experience to relate to that person and work toward a solution.

Additionally, he believes that educating the public about how the trucking industry really works is important because it could garner a newfound respect for truckers. As an alternate, he would contribute to this endeavor by promoting and projecting a more positive image for all OOIDA members and would help bring education to the forefront.

Robert Dee Lloyd Ottawa Lake, Mich.

Life Member Robert Lloyd, 63, is a company driver from Ottawa Lake, Mich., with more than 46 years of experience in trucking.

Bob joined OOIDA in 1992 because of OOIDA’s history of fighting for drivers’ rights.

Bob is running for alternate because he has thoughts on improvements that can be made to the industry and the government. He believes OOIDA is the vehicle by which to communicate those industry suggestions and concerns. He has been an advocate for the Association since he joined.

New drivers face many obstacles. Bob believes one of the biggest issues is a lack of training. He is a certified trainer in Michigan and is a trainer for the company that employs him. Bob fields many questions about the industry and the business in addition to questions about truck operation. Bob thinks many drivers shrug these new guys off, and believes he can help them by teaching things he has learned over his trucking career.

Being successful in trucking is dependent upon your attitude. It makes all the difference when addressing customers, DOT officers and other drivers. Showing respect is the key to being treated with respect.

Bob believes he possesses skills that would benefit the organization, if elected to the board. First, he thinks that being a certified trainer gives him a unique perspective into the lives and minds of new drivers. Additionally, Bob has a CPAP machine as he has sleep apnea. Bob considers sleep apnea a big issue in trucking and says he does feel better in the morning after sleeping with the machine.

When not trucking, Bob is involved in Truckers United for Charities, Righteous Riders, CMA and Cedar Creek Church.

Jose "Tony" Martinez North Bergen, N.J.

Senior Member Tony Martinez, 59, is an owner-operator from New Bergen, N.J. Tony has

40 years of experience in the industry and has had his own authority throughout that time. He currently hauls hazmat pool products directly for a shipper.

Tony joined OOIDA in 2006 because he wanted a voice in Washington, D.C., and he believes there is great force in numbers. As an alternate, he believes he can bring a fresh mindset to the organization. OOIDA needs to bring in more and younger members for the future of the industry. It’s important that OOIDA stay strong for future drivers, and Tony would like to help in this endeavor. If elected, he will be 100 percent dedicated to OOIDA and its cause.

In speaking with new drivers while out on the road, Tony believes one of the biggest problems faced by these drivers is a lack of behind-the-wheel training. With experience as a trainer himself, he also thinks that many of the trainers are not qualified to teach new drivers. Four to six weeks is not enough time to train a driver or a trainer. Current industry "standards" are simply not adequate to teach a person all the things he or she needs to know before hitting the highways.

Tony has been successful in trucking over his career. He credits his success to having been consistent in the business, showing up on time for appointments, or calling the customer with any schedule changes. He says good customer service is imperative. Prove yourself to be reliable and learn from your mistakes. By providing the customers with what they need, he finds they will do the same for you.

When not trucking, Tony contributes his time to charities that benefit children.

Charles "Chuck" Paar Mount Jewett, Pa.

Life Member Chuck Paar, 61, is a small fleet owner with five owner-operators leased to him. He lives in Mount Jewett, Pa., and has more than 43 years of experience in the trucking industry. In 1989, Chuck joined OOIDA because he wanted to be part of an organization at the forefront of representing owner-operators and company drivers nationwide.

He considers compliance to be one of the most difficult issues facing new drivers. Learning the nuances of regulations and laws that are in place for drivers can be a daunting task and is one that causes many to leave the industry. Chuck hopes he can be helpful by mentoring drivers. His leased operators can glean from his overall experience, and he can look to others for input and advice in becoming a better businessman and person.

The most important factor in being successful in trucking right now is to know your cost of operation and to identify the market you want to serve. Also, it takes attitude, professionalism and quality of service to be successful. Customers won’t look for another carrier, even if that carrier is cheaper, if you provide superior, personalized service.

Chuck believes that he has much to bring to the table as an alternate to the OOIDA Board of Directors as he has extensive experience in various operations across 49 states and much of Canada. He believes his primary responsibility as an alternate would be to represent all the members of OOIDA. Accountability is important to him, and he would be accountable to the people that put him in the position – the members.

When not trucking, Chuck believes in giving back to the community. He is a licensed and certified minister and has made numerous foreign mission trips to Asia and one to Africa. He also served eight years as an elected official in his hometown.

Hamlin (Trot) Raney III Wake Forest, N.C.

Trot Raney, 45, is an owner-operator living in Wake Forest, N.C. He has his own authority and pulls a flatbed hauling various equipment and materials. He joined the Association because "OOIDA is the best collective voice to represent drivers to our state and federal lawmakers." He believes the only way to make a difference in this industry is to be part of the solution.

According to Trot, one of the most difficult issues faced by new drivers is the hours-of-service regulations. There is no flexibility in the rules. Large carriers are pushing for electronic logging devices for everyone to help them manage their fleets. While ELDs may be a benefit to the larger carriers, they will be a disadvantage to small owner-operators and carriers. Proponents have tied ELDs to safety, but Trot doesn’t see a correlation. You can be 100 percent compliant and still not be safe.

Trot came from a project management background in the IT field. The corporation he worked for outsourced jobs to Europe, so he started his own trucking business. This, he said, gave him control of his own destiny. He built his business from the ground up. He briefly went to work for a large carrier and decided that wasn’t the path for him. So he bought a tractor and decided if he was going to go broke it would be on his terms. He hasn’t looked back.

As board members approach retirement age or just decide to leave the board, Trot feels that we as an organization need to recruit younger members – just as the industry needs to attract younger drivers. As he is relatively new to the industry, he believes he can offer a fresh perspective on trucking and the issues faced. While there is much to learn from experience, we can also learn from those new faces to the industry.

Douglas Ralph Smith Bountiful, Utah

Life Member Doug Smith, 63, is from Bountiful, Utah. Doug has more than 46 years of experience in the industry with 37 as an owner-operator. His current operation is dump truck and heavy haul.

Doug joined OOIDA in 1999 because he liked the representation he got on issues that matter to him. He sees all the good OOIDA has done and believes it’s impressive how much "bang OOIDA gets for its buck" given the affordability of the annual dues. He believes it is the best organization for the money bar none and would like to help OOIDA continue its mission by adding his voice as an alternate to the board.

Doug sees wages as one of the biggest obstacles for new drivers entering the industry. To him, carriers look for the lowest common denominator at all times. For instance, large carriers want to allow drivers under the age of 21 in interstate operations, and they constantly work to bring in foreign drivers through the H2B visa program. Both initiatives are done in an effort to avoid paying decent wages to drivers.

He sees three major problems in the industry today. One is detention time. Excessive time at docks puts pressure on a driver’s ability to adhere to hours-of-service regulations. Next, electronic logging devices and speed limiters burden small-business truckers. We must educate regulators and lawmakers to understand how these devices have the opposite effect on safety. Finally, Doug is against excessive taxation by states via tolls, ton mile taxes, etc. To combat this, he believes OOIDA should file suit in those states as they did in Alabama and New York.

Doug is a member of Associated General Contractors and the Utah Trucking Association, and is a delegate to the State of Utah Republican Convention. When he is not trucking, Doug enjoys whitewater raft trips.