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Barry Pottle of Pottle's Transportation Elected As Truckload Carriers Association Chairman for 2006-2007
Barry Pottle, CEO of Pottle's Transportation, Bangor, Maine, has been elected as 2006-2007 chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). The swearing-in ceremony took place on Sunday, March 12, at the association's Annual Meeting, held March 12-15, 2006 at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Florida.
Pottle began his career in 1978 working as an owner-operator truck driver. After five years on the road he began his career at Pottle's as vice president managing the maintenance and operations department. In 1989, Barry and two private investors bought the company from his father, Clifton Pottle. In 1994 Pottle bought his investors' interest in the company and in 1996 he bought another trucking company, increasing Pottle's fleet and making it one of the largest carriers in Maine.
Pottle has held a variety of leadership positions in the trucking industry and is committed to truck safety. The winner of last year's TCA National Fleet Safety grand Prize, Pottle is a past chairman of the Maine Motor Transport Association, State Vice President of American Trucking Associations and past chairman of TCA's membership committee.
In his year as chairman, Pottle wants to bring attention to the truck driver shortage and encourage TCA members to think about their drivers' needs in new and different ways. Pottle explained, "I feel trucking companies are doing a good job, not a great job in retaining drivers; however, we need and can do better." He also cited the importance of other industry forces in retaining drivers, "I am here to tell you that the trucking companies can't fix the problems alone. We need to get our customers and suppliers behind us as well." As the voice of the truckload industry he will also tackle regulatory issues including the Hours of Service rules, impending EOBR regulations, and truck size and weight guidelines.
The following individuals were also elected and will serve with Pottle until the next Annual Convention:
At-Large Officers are:
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of over 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce an annual revenue of over $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.