Rick Miller of MacKinnon Transport, Inc., to Chair Truckload Carriers Association’s Open Deck Division


Miller takes over from Gary Salisbury, the division’s founder, who has been elected TCA Chairman

San Diego, California:

The Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Open Deck Division has a new chairman: Rick Miller, senior vice president, operations, for MacKinnon Transport, Inc., of Guelph, Ontario. Miller took charge of the division on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, during TCA’s Annual Convention at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and San Diego Convention Center in California.

The Open Deck Division is a special TCA subgroup that allows member carriers who operate open haul equipment to meet with their peers to discuss problems, share ideas, and seek solutions unique to their specialized area of operations. In addition to Open Deck, TCA maintains three other divisions: Independent Contractor, Refrigerated, and Safety & Security.

Miller, who served as the division’s vice chairman last year, takes the reins from Gary Salisbury, president and chief executive officer of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., of Hope, Arkansas. Salisbury, who helped found the division and served as its acting chairman as well as first chairman, had to step down as division chair in order to fulfill his obligations as TCA’s newly elected chairman for 2011-12.

“I am passionate about the Open Deck Division and am glad to be able to pass the torch to a trusted colleague,” said Salisbury.

The feeling is mutual. Miller says he has plenty of respect for Salisbury and what he’s done since 2009 to get the division going. “There’s no doubt I’ve got really big shoes to fill. No one knows flatbeds better than Gary and his team,” he said.

According to Miller, the Open Deck Division will be busy this year as it addresses numerous issues affecting the efficiency and profitability of its members. “We’ll be rallying to get the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to recognize that special provisions need to be considered for open deck carriers under the new CSA rulings,” he said. “Another focus will be training drivers on how to prevent workplace injuries and making sure they use three points of contact and can recognize unsafe situations. Also, statistics show that the ages of flatbed drivers are steadily increasing. We’ll need to contribute to TCA’s initiatives to improve overall industry image as the catalyst for finding new ways to bring in younger drivers.”

Joining Miller as officers of the Open Deck Division will be the following:

Vice Chairman
Aaron Tennant
President, Tennant Truck Lines, Inc.
Orion, Illinois

Diann Barnes
President & COO, Fairfield Trucking, Inc.
Hamburg, Arkansas

Regional Vice Chairman
Richard Bailey
President, Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc.
Clayton, Alabama

Regional Vice Chairman
Daniel Doran
President, Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging
Cincinnati, Ohio

Regional Vice Chairman
Thomas Witt
President, Roehl Flatbed & Specialized, Roehl Transport
Marshfield, Wisconsin