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Nebraska Trucker Issue 4, 2017 -- Bob Clark, Chief Carriers

The Official Magazine of the Nebraska Trucking Association

Keywords: trucking,transportation,politics,safety,business,association

Volume 79 Number 4 | 2017

$3.95 Value

The Of cial Magazine of Nebraska Trucking Association

Bob Clark

Chief Carriers

DISTRACTED
DRIVERS
NEBRASKA
SUPERTECH
COMPETITION
WINNERS

MEMBER
SPOTLIGHT:

BOSSELMAN
ENTERPRISES

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Nebraska Trucker is owned by Truck Services, Inc., and is PRESIDENT’S
published bimonthly by Matthews Publishing Group. For PERSPECTIVE
additional copies, to order reprints of individual articles or to
become a subscriber, contact Becke Galarza at 402.476.8504. Greetings members and
friends of the industry!
publisher
Jennifer Matthews-Drake Another month of activity and events behind us and
Matthews Published Group, LLC I’m looking forward to the usual Fall events that include
[email protected] the National Truck Driver Awareness Week, the Special
Olympics Convoy and Fall Conference. I think I’ll also
executive editor try to make a trip or two to the Nebraska State Fair. It’s
Larry Johnson always a great time and I love trying all the food.
production editor I would like to once again congratulate all of our state truck driving competition
Sheila O’Connor winners who competed at Nationals. We are all very proud of you and your
art directors companies for participating and representing all of us back home. Keep up the
Douglas J. Benjamin great work and we look forward to seeing you again in Grand Island next June.
[email protected] With this edition, I can’t resist reminding everyone just one more time that our
C. Waynette Traub Fall Management Conference is just around the corner. We’ve got a great line-up
[email protected] of speakers and fun for everyone to enjoy. Please consider joining us in the new
photographers Lincoln venue this year.
Kristian Anderson I am happy to announce that the Association has a new benefit offering effective
Thomas Grady immediately. After a long and extensive search we have a new member benefit
Callie Tuck Knapp for your DOT Drug/Alcohol/Background screening services. The new, easy to
Kaylie Sirek remember service is called “NDOT Drug/Alcohol/Background Screening.” It is
contributing writers being sponsored by our Nebraska Trucking Association and provided by Essential
Steve Brawner Screens which is headquartered in Grand Island, NE. They have an extensive,
Renee Miller nationwide drug testing network and a fully DOT compliant menu of services
Jennifer Barnett Reed with pre-negotiated member discounts to keep you compliant with all Federal
Derek Reymant regulations at an affordable and accessible level. Our goal is to offer you a very
John Schultz high level of turnaround time, customer service and the ability to talk to a person
Angela Thomas that can help you when you need it. This is an exciting addition to our menu of
member benefits and is reminiscent of the organization that our former President
Todd Traub Jim Preston, started when mandatory testing first started back in the 1980’s, called
STA-United. It was a tremendously successful venture that actually was started in
www.nebtrucking.com our basement at 1701 K Street. While it’s long gone under that name, if you are
president looking to make a change or know of someone that needs help in this area, please
contact NDOT for additional information. Our advertisement for NDOT is on
Larry Johnson page 23 of this edition.
[email protected] Thank you for your support of your the NTA and our related services. Until
next edition...
vice president
Sheila O’Connor Larry Johnson
[email protected] President
Office Administrator
Becke Galarza Nebraska Trucking Association
[email protected] [email protected]

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association for commercial truck and bus operators and
affiliated businesses. It is a not-for-profit association
governed by a board of directors elected annually. Nebraska
Trucking is an affiliate of the American Trucking Association
(ATA). ATA serves and represents the trucking industry on
a national level, influencing federal and state government
actions, advancing positive trucking industry image,
providing education programs and industry research, and
promoting highway safety and security.

For more information, contact
Nebraska Trucking Association:

1701 K Street
P.O. Box 81010
Lincoln, NE 68501
Phone 402.476.8504 Fax: 402.476.8570
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CHAIRMAN’S Nebraska Trucking Executive Committee
LETTER
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Greetings members and friends! BOB WINTER
Distribution Inc.
This column is one of my final duties as your chairman
before passing the gavel at our upcoming Fall Management CHAIR-ELECT
Conference to our incoming chairwoman, Mary Davie. MARY DAVIE
Serving as your Chairman has been a very rewarding Flatbed Express
experience. As I would consider myself an active member
for many years, I didn’t realize all that goes on behind the VICE-CHAIR
scenes at your Nebraska Trucking Association to accomplish what we as members SCOTT ROMANS
sometimes may take for granted. Romans Motor Freight

From the robust calendar of events, the many scheduled activities, which require TREASURER
preplanning and work; the meetings surrounding the events; the weekly and monthly CRYSTAL ANDERSON
printed publications; the daily operations of the organization and board affairs - it Pitney Bowes Presort
takes a smart, hardworking and dedicated staff. We are fortunate to have this kind of
experience and leadership at your NTA headquarters led by Larry and Sheila. They SECRETARY
are constantly working to provide a high level of value and content for your member- BRENT FALGIONE
ship dollars if you’re a trucker and the best return on your sponsorship or advertising Greater Omaha Express LLC
investment if you’re an allied member. The team at the NTA and Truck Services work
diligently to provide the highest level of customer service and knowledge to ensure AT-LARGE DIRECTOR
that, when you’re on the road, you don’t have to worry about deadlines, penalties or TIM ASCHOFF
fines. Our organization knows if we have a question on anything we can find a quick
and accurate answer with a phone call to your NTA. Crete Carrier Corporation

I would be remiss to not express my thanks and appreciation to all those involved AT-LARGE DIRECTOR
on our recent ‘Call on Washington.’ Our delegation had many successes on this trip: TIM MCCORMICK
meeting with all members of the Nebraska delegation, attending the Nebraska Break-
fast, meeting with other state trucking associations’ leaders and taking in the sights of Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.
Washington, D.C. As you know, ATA President & CEO Chris Spears is from Nebras-
ka and we were fortunate to have his son, James, spend some time ‘on the Hill,’ with STATE VICE PRESIDENT TO ATA
us. James selected the University of Wyoming over the University of Nebraska; we’ll DANNY TOMPKINS
still claim him as a ‘Husker!’
Nebraska Transport Company
Please accept my personal invitation to join me at the Fall Management Con-
ference. Registration is flexible, allowing you to attend the full conference or select ALTERNATIVE STATE VICE PRESIDENT TO ATA
sessions that work with your schedule. It’s a great opportunity to meet your fellow ERICH HELGE
members, our allied members who support these events and your association staff.
Your membership is valuable; you benefit when you participate. Seward Motor Freight

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
BOB CLARK
Bob Winter Chief Carriers
President & CEO, Distribution Inc.
Chair, Nebraska Trucking Association BOARD OF DIRECTORS

4 Nebraska Trucker - Issue 4, 2017 Don Adams Jerry Kilthau

Dean Aden • Chris Klotz •

Steve Aherns Tom Koenigs

George Akerson • Jean Kurtenbach •

Crystal Anderson Heidi Loop

Tim Aschoff Mike Maloley

Blaine Batten Terry McMullen

Dennis Bauder Ron Mencl

David Billings Lloyd Mettenbrink •

Joanie M. Bogers Trey Mytty

Kurt Brown Scott Olson

Butch Brown • Tonn Ostergard •

Bob Clark • Dave Parker •

Mary Davie Jack Peetz •

Eldon Dokter • Dick Pierson •

Dwight Dunsworth • Tom Pirnie •

Dave Erlandson Gene Quandt

Brent Falgione Dick Reiser •

Ross Faubel Greg Reitmeier •

Corby Flagle Norm Riffel

Hugh Fugleberg • Scott Romans

Michael Galvin Ronald Romans •

Norman Geiken John Sahling

Rick Gomel Roger Schmidt

Tom Hastings Russell Stough

Mark Hauptman Danny Tompkins • •

Erich Helge Nick Vuko

Mike Herre • Dave Walde

Albert Hill Curt Werner

Phillip Holliday Clarence Werner •

Dan Hurt Jerry Wessel

Don Kaiser Brian Wood

Larry Kersten Rallen R. Zeitner

• PAST CHAIRMAN
• • PAST CHAIRMAN TWICE

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REGISTER TODAY!

Learn, network and have fun
at the Nebraska Trucking Association

2017 Fall Management Conference

‘Trucking Moves Nebraska Forward’

Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22
Courtyard Marriott - Lincoln

Join the Nebraska Trucking CONFERENCE TENTATIVE AGENDA
Association for the
2017 Fall Management Thursday, September 21 Friday, September 23
Conference at the
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Trap Shoot 7 – 8 a.m. Conference Registration
Courtyard Marriott, Lincoln.
Arrive early to enjoy the networking continental breakfast Courtyard Marriott (Lobby, Bistro and Courtyard)
This event delivers great information before the shoot. 7 – 8 a.m. Pre-breakfast Drink Bar
for any size of trucking company in a 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Conference Registration
very friendly format. Customize your Courtyard Marriott (Lobby, Bistro and Courtyard))
conference experience with sessions Courtyard Marriott (Lobby) 8 – 9:45 a.m. Awards Breakfast and President Safe
you want to attend from a menu of 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. University of Nebraska Lincoln Driving Awards & Photography
programs, social and sporting events. Memorial Stadium Tour
Courtyard Marriott (Scarlett Ballroom)
Hear from Nebraska trucking’s The tour starts at the Osborne Athletic Complex Lobby (north 10 - 11 a.m. General Membership Board Meeting
leaders and national speakers on side of the stadium) Guests are encouraged to park in the
Stadium Drive Parking Garage at 10th and ‘T’ Streets. (No Courtyard Marriott (Scarlett Ballroom)
today’s key industry topics. cost to attend, registration required.) 10 – 11 a.m. Movers Conference Meeting
11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Welcome Keynote Luncheon
Room Block - The conference will be held at the Courtyard Marriott (Scarlett Ballroom)
Safety Management Council’s July,August and September 12 Noon Lunch
Courtyard by Marriott Lincoln at 808 R Street.To book for Drivers of the Month Presentation
the conference or to make reservations extending into the Dave Osiecki, Scopeilitis Transportation Consulting LLC Boxed lunches will be provided at the golf course.
football weekend, please call 402-904-5136. Courtyard Marriott (Scarlet Ballroom) HiMark Golf Course, 8901 Augusta Drive
1:15-1:30 p.m. Networking Break 12:30 p.m. Golf - shotgun start
CANCELLATION, REFUND AND TRANSFER POLICY
Conference registration cancellations must be received in Courtyard Marriott (Lobby) Format is an 18-hole 4-ball scramble
writing (email: [email protected]) prior to the event, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Business Program General Session HiMark Golf Course, 8901 Augusta Drive
and no refunds will be given if the cancellation is received Keynote -Mark Brown ~5 p.m. Golf Awards
after Sept. 19. Registrations may be transferred to another
company representative and are accepted via email to Courtyard Marriott (Scarlet Ballroom) HiMark Golf Course, 8901 Augusta Drive
[email protected], until Sept. 19. No shows will NOT 3 – 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
be refunded.
Courtyard Marriott (Lobby)
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Business Program - Dave Osiecki,
Scopeilities Transportation Consulting LLC

Courtyard Marriott (Scarlet Ballroom)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Hosted Cocktail Reception

Courtyard Marriott (Lobby, Bistro and Courtyard)
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Networking Reception

Courtyard Marriott (Scarlett Ballroom)
6:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. Annual Banquet

Women of Distinction and Golden Deeds Presentations
9:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. Poker Run/Walk in
Haymarket and Railyard

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NEBRASKA TRUCKER

CONTENTS

VOLUME 79, NUMBER 4 • 2017

FEATURES

On the Cover:

BOB CLARK, CHIEF INDUSTRIES 14
CARRIERS, GRAND ISLAND

BY STEVE BRAWNER

DISTRACTED DRIVERS 8

A clear threat on Nebraska Roads
BY DEREK RAYMENT

NTA SUPERTECH COMPETITION 12

BY SHEILA O’CONNOR

Member Spotlight:  24

BOSSELMAN ENTERPRISES

Charlie Bosselman shares insight
on the bene ts of being a family-owned

and operated business

BY RENEE MILLER

DEPARTMENTS

From the President: Larry Johnson....................................3
From the Chairman: Bob Winter ........................................4
Calendar of Events..............................................................26
Along the Route...................................................................20
Advertiser Resource Index................................................26

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OF BOB CLARK BY KAYLIE SIREK

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DDIRSTIVREARCST,ED
a danger on Nebraska roads

BY DEREK RAYMENT other drivers stay out of blind spots off the road for a few seconds has already
Contributing Writer and give them plenty of room to turn gone the length of a football eld. This is
and come to a stop. Drivers who are plenty of time to collide with a tractor-
Truckers have a lot to watch out distracted will have a more dif cult time trailer who has already begun to slow due
for on the highway. Hazardous road doing this since their focus isn’t entirely to debris in the road. The ATA suggests
conditions, heavy traf c, bad weather, on the road. The American Trucking staying approximately 20 car lengths
high speeds and curvy roads are enough Associations state that more than a third behind a truck, a distance that can quickly
for truckers to be concerned about. Now of all accidents involving a tractor-trailer diminish if the truck comes to a stop and
add a driver traveling the opposite way and a car occur on the right-hand side the driver continues on at a high speed.
who happens to be texting, head down, of a truck’s blind spot. The organization
and eyes not on the road. Distracted also states that distracted driving can AAA believes that by raising awareness
drivers pose a dangerous threat for be as dangerous as drunk driving. and understanding how dangerous
everyone who travels on Nebraska’s distractions can be, needless deaths can
roads. The consequences can be fatal. A driver may believe they have plenty of be reduced. Founded in 1947, the AAA
time to look down and send a quick text. Foundation for Traf c Safety’s goal is
Drivers are encouraged to drive safely When in reality, it’s much more dangerous to research and address highway safety
at all times, but it becomes even more than that. Given the rate of speed most issues. Issues that can effect Nebraska’s
crucial to do so when near a tractor- cars travel at on a highway, a driver trucking and transportation industries.
trailer. Operators of tractor-trailers prefer traveling at 60 mph who takes their eyes
AAA’s Foundation for Traf c Safety
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states federal estimates suggest that Fred Zwonechek with the Nebraska Department of
distracted driving contributes to about
16 percent of all fatal crashes, amounting Highway Transportation Safety Of ce says often times
to roughly 5,000 deaths each year.
AAA also says that teens are the drivers CRASHES ARE CAUSED BY A
impaired the most by distracted driving. DRIVER’S ACTION OR IN-ACTION.
A study conducted by AAA’s foundation
showed that teenage drivers are distracted admit they have engaged in distracted outright ban for texting and driving,
about 25 percent of the time they are driving behavior such as texting or there is a texting while driving law that
driving. Another study released in talking on a cellphone,” said White. can be enforced as a secondary measure.
2015 by the foundation that measured
cognitive distraction found distractions While the state hasn’t issued an Continues
on the road can last approximately 27
seconds, whether that’s texting, adjusting moving forward.
the navigation system or eating.
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“Teens are especially at risk. Teen
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than those for adult drivers, and traffic
crashes are the leading cause of death for
that age group,” said Rose White, public
affairs director with AAA Nebraska.
“Teens face an increased risk of distracted
driving-related crashes because they
are avid users of cell phones and other
technologies, are inexperienced drivers,
and are still undergoing development
in areas of the brain responsible for
decision-making and risk management.”

In figures provided by AAA
Nebraska, teen traffic crashes in the
state involving cell phones has hovered
between 34 and 44 each year between
2005 and 2015. There were 43 crashes
in 2015, the second highest in that
span. Readers might be surprised that
that those numbers aren’t higher.

“Nearly nine in 10 teenage drivers

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Last year, a total of 218 citations were “Many people think talking on a place that makes texting while driving
issued under this policy according to hands-free cellphone while driving is a primary offense, meaning drivers can
AAA Nebraska. This is similar to the safer than having the same conversation be cited if a police officer sees the driver
seat belt law, where drivers in Nebraska on a hand-held device,” said White. “But looking down at their phone texting.
can’t be cited for not wearing one unless even if you drive with both hands on That law became official in July 2017.
they have been cited for another law the wheel while talking on the phone, Drivers in Iowa can still talk on the phone
violation. White says that while surveys you’re still putting yourself and others in and use navigation devices, however.
indicate a majority of Nebraskans would danger. When you talk on the phone, your
support a ban, most still engage in the mind is engaged in the conversation.” Wyoming has had a distracted driving
activity of texting while driving. In recent law in place since 2010, banning texting
years, Bluetooth technology has enabled Truckers traveling out of Nebraska while driving for everyone. The state even
hands-free usage of electronic devices. will find that the law varies state by goes a step further, banning cell phone use
state. For instance, Iowa has a law in outright for ‘novice drivers.’ Those that
fall under the age of 18 are prohibited
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(888) 365-0923 for the dangers of distracted driving
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Fred Zwonechek with the Nebraska
- Department of Highway Transportation
Safety Office says often times crashes are
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10 Nebraska Trucker - Issue 4, 2017 injuries that result from them.”

Zwonechek also states that the Nebraska
Trucking Association has been one of the
leaders in collaboration with his office to
help raise awareness for distracted driving
and the dangers that go along with it.

“The Nebraska Trucking Association
has been a partner for a very long
time and I have been here for close
to 40 years. There’s a long history of
collaboration on activities. They have
been a great partner with us,” he said.

The two organizations have worked

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together on various safety initiatives, COURTESY AAA FOUNDATION FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY will be active this fall and winter when
public policy and most recently, reflective students will get behind the wheel of a
decals that can be placed on the back of ultimate goal is to give drivers in other tractor-trailer, attempting to maneuver
tractor-trailers to help gain the attention vehicles a second thought, something in around a course similar to real-life
of other drivers on the road. Another the back of their mind that says ‘maybe scenarios truckers see on the road. The
organization the Nebraska Trucking there’s another set of eyes watching,’” ultimate goal Johnson says is to make
Association has partnered with in an said Larry Johnson, president of the sure everyone gets home at night.
effort to reduce the number of distracted Nebraska Trucking Association.
drivers is the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Said Johnson, “The Nebraska Trucking
Enforcement Division. In this partnership, The work of organizations across Association works hard with partners in
the program called Trooper in a Truck will Nebraska has helped raise awareness highway safety on prevention and make
allow for officers to ride in commercial for the dangers of distracted driving. sure everyone gets home safely.”
tractor-trailers in areas that see a high But Johnson says they just getting
traffic volume. Officers in the truck that started. Programs in area high schools
spot a distracted driver can then radio for
help, preventing a crash before it occurs.
Eventually, there will be decals on the back
of trailers that will indicate the potential
of a state trooper presence in the truck.

“As the trucking industry continues to
see truck-related accidents and fatalities
decline on a per million mile basis, we
tend to see other driver’s responsibilities
rise. The Trooper in a Truck program will
give state patrolman a bird’s-eye view
of what goes on while on the road. The

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NTA SuperTech Competition

Raece Paulsen of More than 100 competitors
Nebraska Truck registered to take the qualifying
Center the 2017 online, ASE-style test. The top 16
Nebraska SuperTech from the online test advanced
Champion. to the hands-on skill stations
final round hosted by Central
12 Nebraska Trucker - Issue 4, 2017 Community College in Hastings,
NE on July 13.

As the Nebraska 2017 SuperTech winner, Paulsen will receive
transportation and lodging to represent Nebraska at the National
SuperTech competition September 16 – 21 in Orlando, FL. The
competition is hosted by the American Trucking Associations’
Technology and Maintenance Council. The runner-up was Anthony
Heller with Inland Truck Parts and Service, Lincoln and third
place was Joel Kaup of Truck Center Companies, York. Additional
winners won cash prizes including station winners. Following are
the winners from each station.

A student competition is also held with students from four of
Nebraska’s Community Colleges. Jack Compton from Northeast
Community College in Norfolk earned the top student prize, a $500
voucher for tuition or books.

This event would not be possible without our volunteers and
sponsors. Member organizations provided 34 judges, sponsors and
equipment suppliers to this year’s event.

Career education and worker competency in transportation,
distribution and logistics are two of Nebraska’s economic
development selling points. Showcasing the pro ciency of
commercial vehicle technicians highlights the eld as a career that’s
important to Nebraska’s growth as a North American distribution
hub. The Nebraska Trucking Association’s Maintenance Council
organizes the Nebraska SuperTech competition.

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Proof of Hanging Event Banner (Main)

Print Qty: 1 Size: 45”h x 60”w Jack Compton from Northeast
Community College in Norfolk
earned the top student prize, a
$500 voucher for tuition or books.

Top three Winners Station Winners

Nebraska SuperTech Competition Winners

First time participant Station Winners • Engine Mechanical, Joel Kaup, Truck
• Anthony Heller, Inland Truck Parts & • Vehicle Inspection Trailer, Tim Zieman, Center Companies, York

Service, Lincoln Truck Center Companies, Lincoln • Drive Train Universal Joint, Raece
Paulsen, Nebraska Truck Center
Student Champion • Vehicle Insptection Tractor, Joel Kaup,
• Jack Compton, Northeast Community Truck Center Companies, York • Electrical, Raece Paulsen, Nebraska
Truck Center
College, Norfolk • Drive Belr, Cameron Clapper,
Metropolitan Community College, • Hydraulics, Jon Buller, Inland Truck
Omaha Parts and Service, Lincoln

• Engine Electronics, Scott Resler, Wicks • Transport Refrigeration, Scott Resler,
Trucks, Omaha Wicks Trucks, Omaha

• Tire Pressure Monitor System, Robert
Peters, Bosselman Boss Shop

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CCMHhieIeEeft’Fs
BY STEVE BRAWNER
Contributing Writer

PHOTOGRPAHY BY KAYLIE SIRAK

Bob Clark, general manager of Chief joined the company, it was being led by
Carriers, doesn’t spend any time in casinos. If Bob Eihusen, the son of the founder. His
he did, his boss wouldn’t go there with him. son, D.J., later became the third generation
CEO of the family business.
“I wouldn’t want to play poker against
him,” said D.J. Eihusen, CEO of parent Chief Carriers, which began in 1968, is
company Chief Industries. “It’s the same one of the company’s seven business units,
Monday or Friday with him. He really which between them have locations in six
has a calmness about him, very practical Nebraska cities, as well as two locations
approach to things, and so that is certainly in Indiana and operations in England and
a welcoming type of management in that it France.
just really breeds consistency.”
The oldest of the other divisions is Chief
That consistency has enabled Clark to Construction, a general contracting and
slowly and steadily grow Chief Carriers, a construction management firm that grew
flatbed over-the-road carrier, from the 50 from that garage. Along with construction
trucks it operated when he joined the fleet and construction management, this
Oct. 1, 2001, to 80 trucks today. division includes Chief Development, a real
estate development arm whose projects
When Clark made the move, he was include The Railyard on Canopy Street,
joining a company with a long, proud a conversion of more than 400 acres of
tradition. The parent company was begun underutilized railroad property in Lincoln’s
in 1954 by D.J.’s grandfather, Virgil Haymarket District into an entertainment
Eihusen, as a small construction company
in a Grand Island garage and since has Continues
grown to 1,300 employees. When Clark

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and residential district. Another part of Each division or subsidiary Finding employee drivers isn’t easy, either,
Chief Construction is Heartland Electric, is its own autonomous unit, which is why the company tries to be in the
a commercial and industrial electrical responsible for individual top tier of carriers in terms of pay. A driver
contractor. operations, revenues, profits with over-the-road experience can average
and losses. Chief Carriers 55 cents per mile, including extra pay for
The five other divisions are Chief began as a private fleet for the stops, tarps, delays, vacation and holiday
Buildings, which manufactures metal other divisions, hauling for pay. Meanwhile, being a part of the Chief
buildings; Chief Agri/Industrial, a grain a fee their raw materials and family enables the company to offer very
storage manufacturer that also has a finished products, including competitive benefits, including health,
United Kingdom office and purchased raw steel, coils and sheets, dental and vision insurance, company-paid
France’s Phenix-Rousies Industries in grain bin parts and other life insurance, and a 401(k) plan. Driver
1996; Chief Fabrication, which offers steel materials. The company perks include free XM radio service. A few
fabrication services; Chief Ethanol Fuels, obtained closed-ended contract years ago, the company instituted a pet and
which operates Nebraska’s first dry-mill carriage authority in 1977, irregular route
ethanol plant; and BonnaVilla®, which common carrier authority in 1983, and
manufactures modular homes. contract carrier authority in 1986. It now
travels through the 48 states. Today about
Clark said the company’s diversity has half of its business comes from the various
contributed to its stability over those 60 Chief divisions and the other half comes
years; when one division is down, others from outside customers hauling similar
can be up. But despite its size, it hasn’t lost products.
touch with its small company roots.
All but two of the company’s 80 trucks
“With all of those business units, we are are driven by company employees. Clark
able to make it all feel like a small family said that arrangement has not necessarily
company – again, treating employees with been deliberate; it’s just been very difficult
respect and dignity, showing concern with to grow the owner-operator market.
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“We do work very hard at trying to meet the the reason for that is our employees,
needs of our drivers knowing that they’re out the tremendous staff that we have here,
and on the road away from from their families drivers as well as all of our office staff and
… a couple of weeks at a time,” – Bob Clark, maintenance staff, are all contributing
general manager of Chief Carriers to the same goal, which is to provide
unparalleled service to our customers.”
rider policy as one more inducement for important than that is just treating the
drivers to join or remain with the company. drivers the way they should be treated and Chief Carriers is a family-owned
keeping the drivers moving under loads company, and D.J. Eihusen said Clark
Clark said administrative and and getting them home when they need to works hard to also give it a family
maintenance personnel know to focus on be home.” atmosphere.
the drivers “because we know that’s where
it all starts.” If a driver calls, he typically Clark credits all the company’s “We have annual safety banquets, and
knows their voice. employees for much of its success, it’s amazing to me how well he knows
explaining that the staff and drivers “do all all of the individuals,” he said. “In this
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meet the needs of our drivers knowing that different areas of the country, so it’s not
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their families … a couple of weeks at a he said. “We do what we say we’re going an office. But yet he seems to know them
time,” he said. “And I think it’s certainly to do from a service standpoint for our very well. He knows their families, their
a help or we wouldn’t do it, but more customers, all customers. And again, interests, their hobbies. He just takes a real
genuine interest in all of our people.”

In addition to its pay and perks, the
company is trying to more actively use
social media to recruit drivers, and it’s
redesigning its website. However, policy

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changes at the federal level also would and then gradually was implemented State College in Nebraska on a football
help, Clark said. He’d like to see a change fleetwide. As everyone in the trucking scholarship playing linebacker. There he
to the prohibition against interstate driving industry knows, the devices will be required met his future wife, Laurie, in the student
for drivers under age 21 so they can be starting this December. Many are predicting cafeteria. His path to graduation would be
brought into the industry, perhaps via a the mandate will lead to a capacity crunch a winding one. Not really knowing what
training process where they could drive into as drivers can no longer drive past their he wanted to do with his life, he left college
neighboring states. allowed hours of service and then fudge their to work at a sporting goods store that was
logbooks, while some drivers will exit the opening in Norfolk and was owned by his
Despite the challenges, under Clark’s industry rather than make the change. Clark high school coach. It didn’t work out. Then
leadership, the company has grown to about said Chief saw a decrease in productivity of he worked for his cousin driving a grain truck
80 trucks. The growth has been measured, about 5 percent when it switched. and hauling John Deere equipment before
which is fine with Eihusen. taking another job driving a straight truck.
“I think it’s going to be quite a shock to As he and Laurie became more serious, he
“I guess if you were to define us, you the industry,” he said. “We do have a driver went back to school and earned a bachelor’s
could say that we’re a conservatively shortage, and I think it will worsen quite a degree in secondary education and teaching.
managed company in that it’s slow and bit.” They married the same day she graduated.
steady wins the race. … We don’t get overly Meanwhile, he had another year-and-a-half
aggressive,” Eihusen said. “We’re privately Clark took an unusual path to becoming left in school before earning his degree in
held, so we’re not looking for these monthly, a trucking executive. He grew up in Fremont, 1976.
quarterly results that show nothing but where his father, Lyle, was a poultry
growth. The decisions we make, the capital operations manager and his mother, Agnes, After college, he became a seventh grade
expenditures that we do are for the long term. was a secretary in a dental office. They were, math teacher and assistant football coach
It’s not for the short term.” he said, “hard working, regular people” in Scottsbluff, while Laurie taught in the
who raised him along with his older sister high school – the last 20-plus years before
The company has tried to stay ahead of and older brother. During the summer, he her retirement at an alternative school in
the curve with technology, installing satellite drove a straight truck for his dad’s company Grand Island. Unfortunately, he said, “After
communications in 1998 and electronic delivering feed to poultry houses. a couple of years, it just didn’t seem to be the
logging devices in 2011. That last technology
started as a voluntary initiative for drivers After high school, he enrolled in Wayne

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right challenge for me.” He then left teaching good, stable company,” he said. to work with and for. He was a strong leader
and went to work in the sales organization He and Laurie have three grown sons: with great ideas and very supportive of the
for Americo Carriers in Scotts Bluff. The staff.” He also has been involved in special
company bought and sold products for Garret, who lives in Syracuse, New York; events; in particular, Johnson said Clark is
farmers and ranchers, including steel posts Bret, who lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and a great interviewer of carrier enforcement
and barbed wire. Its trucks hauled bentonite Matt, who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. personnel at the Nebraska Truck Driving
into the Oklahoma and Texas oil fields and Between them, he and Laurie have four Championships. Johnson said Chief Carriers
hauled product back out of the fields. grandchildren ages 6, 4, and two who are has long been an active company in the
less than one year, so they spend a lot of time NTA’s Safety Management Council and
Even though he didn’t spend long in traveling in the air or on the road. Nebraska Logistics Council and participates
teaching, it helped prepare him for the road in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy®, which
ahead. His hobbies include a little golf and raises funds for the Special Olympics.
smoking and curing meat. His son bought
“What’s required there is similar to him an inexpensive smoker several years Clark said the NTA gives carrier leaders
what’s required in business, and that is to ago, and it’s turned into a favorite pastime. with different experiences a chance to share
treat everyone equally and give everybody a He enjoys the process, which can take 12-20 with each other what’s worked and what
chance,” he said. hours. hasn’t worked at their companies. The
relationships help everyone improve.
The job at Americo Carriers introduced “It’s just a hobby, and the results are very,
him to trucking, but it was not yet his very tasty,” he said. “I think the greatest thing about the
passion. For him, it was just a job, a new NTA is just building relationships with the
challenge outside of teaching, and so he then Clark has long been active in the rest of the trucking industry in Nebraska,”
went to work for Burroughs Corporation Nebraska Trucking Association, serving as he said. “The trucking industry is such
selling mainframe computers to banks. That its chairman in 2015-16. He has served on an engaging and friendly industry. People
relationship lasted about three years and the NTA Board of Directors since 2006 and share things, ideas. It gives everyone that
included a transfer to Grand Island. served the past eight years as a member of the wants to be involved the opportunity to
executive committee. He’s also been chairman learn and grow.”
He returned to the transportation and of the Nebraska Trucking Foundation, which
logistics industry permanently in 1985 when raises scholarship funds. The NTA’s president,
he started working for Beeline Motor Freight, Larry Johnson, said Clark has been “Great
an Omaha-based LTL carrier. He remained
in Grand Island, starting as a salesperson and
then adding terminal manager duties after a
couple of years. The move gave him a chance
to work for two men he admired, Ed Trout
and Dick Pierson, both Nebraska Trucking
Association chairs.

“I learned a great deal from them. ….
Learned the importance of building customer
relationships, meeting the needs of the
customers and treating employees with
dignity and respect,” he said.

His career at Chief Carriers was still a
couple of moves away. First, he worked as
transportation manager for Country General,
which operated farm, ranch and home stores.
When it was bought by a similar company
and the corporate offices were closed, he
want to work for Ryder Logistics, which
introduced him to the third party logistics
sector. When he was asked to transfer to
Kansas City to manage a larger account, his
family didn’t want to make the move because
his youngest son was still in high school,
and there was an opening to be the general
manager at Chief.

“I knew about Chief for years and years
from Grand Island. … I knew it was a very

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Bosselman Enterprises

Charlie Bosselman shares insight on the benefits
of being a family-owned and operated business

Charlie Bosselman BY RENEE MILLER
24 Nebraska Trucker - Issue 4, 2017 Contributing Writer

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KAYLIE SIREK

“These days you can’t just set up a fuel pump, sell a few candy
bars and make it in the truck stop business,” according to Charlie
Bosselman, President of Bosselman Enterprises. That’s just about

what Charlie’s grandfather, Fred Bosselman, did back in 1948.
Fred, a farmer and half-time trucker, hauled loads between
Nebraska and Colorado and he personally experienced
the demand for fuel and food along the way. So, he
opened Bosselman & Eaton Truck Stop along
Hwy 30 in Grand Island. Then, in 1965, he built
Bosselman Truck Plaza along I-80 and Hwy 281,
also in Grand Island. This became known as the
“Truckstop of Tomorrow” and Charlie and his team
are still keeping it that way even though the industry
and culture have shifted significantly over the years.
Charlie knows about those shifts. “We’ve seen
the ups and downs, the ins and outs and lived through
all the good and bad times. The industry has changed
a lot – it used to be that anyone could be in the business,

but the days of independent truck stops are numbered.” It
would be easy to simply lament the reality of ‘conglomerate
creep’ – large companies moving in and stealing the customer
base through low prices. Instead, Charlie and his family do two
important things to ensure they not only maintain their business,
but strengthen it. First, they work with, rather than against, the
large corporations by building meaningful connections with them
that serve both Bosselman Enterprises and the conglomerates.
And, second, they keep their eyes focused on what is coming
down the pike, in order to be ready to react in a way that
will keep them targeted for growth rather than failure.

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Recognizing that a fuel pump and candy bars just aren’t enough Charlie emphasizes they have had to aggressively go after
anymore, Bosselman Travel Center now flies under the Pilot/ these new relationships and opportunities. From a truck stop
Flying J banner, having worked out a mutually beneficial contract perspective, the migration is toward the larger chains because
with Pilot. One strategy Bosselman Travel Center has employed of fleets and fuel contracts. “Fuel,” said Charlie “has become
to adapt to a difficult changing landscape in the industry has been a commodity.” Consequently, Bosselman is taking a stronger
to diversify the company. This has made it possible to bob and role in renewable fuels. For example, they have the most
weave with the new needs of the transportation industry, as well blender sites in the state of Nebraska; blending ethanol in
as maintain a fairly consistent balance sheet in years when one their convenience stores. At the truck stop, they’re also very
department may not be as successful as another. Consequently, the active with bio-diesel, and have even installed a Tesla Charging
flagship Bosselman Travel Center still proudly operates on I-80 Station. “What’s coming down the pike is renewable energy,
and Hwy 281, but Bosselman also serves the industry through and we’re focusing on that.” Charlie said emphatically.
an impressive number of convenience stores, hotels, restaurants,
and their 43 Boss Shops specializing in truck service and repair. It’s not easy for ‘mom and pop’ establishments to survive in
an environment that is dominated by big business. Charlie seems
The development of meaningful connections with the chains to have found a winning formula with his attention to building
and large corporations has been crucial. “We realized pretty early relationships and keeping a broad vision for what’s ‘coming down
on,” said Charlie, “that as a family-owned independent business, we the pike.’ Still, without one last component, Bosselman might
could not compete with the large corporations, but we could survive find themselves in the same place as many other family-owned
a long time on the crumbs that came our way.” Those crumbs have businesses that have found themselves pushed out of existence.
included several truck service locations that became opportunities That component is the ability to be nimble in the changing
for Bosselman precisely because they had built and maintained environment. Being nimble makes it possible to capitalize on
relationships with Pilot. When Pilot bought out Flying J, they got vision and relationships. Charlie Bosselman and his team have
16 truck service shops in the deal. Servicing trucks, however, wasn’t figured that out. As Charlie remarked, “We’re not so big that we
one of their company’s core competencies. They went straight to have to turn around the Titanic when we need to change. We’ve
Bosselman who was only too ready to add them to the 10 truck been in the transportation industry for so long that it’s natural
service shops they already owned and operated. The Boss Shops to us. We can think and react quickly.” When larger companies
portfolio of 10 truck service shops grew to 26, and now stands at 43. are still in committee meetings, Charlie and his team are carefully
That was one of Charlie’s ‘crumbs’ – dropped his way – just because making new decisions to take them into the future alongside the
he had taken the initiative to develop partnerships and connections. large conglomerates.

Even the truck service side of the business, however, has had to In their own way, they’ve become a conglomerate themselves
endure re-shaping and change. Years ago, trucks needed frequent with their ability to service trucks on the road with Boss Shops,
oil changes. Those oil changes kept truckers moving on down the to provide care for travelers through their convenience stores,
highway, and it kept money in the coffers of Bosselman. Technology to offer Drivers and the motoring public hotels and food as they
has changed all that. Technology has extended the intervals between move along the nation’s highways. This diversity is what Charlie
oil changes, and that has had a significant impact on the truck most cares about. “People think we’re just one truck stop, but
service side of the business. “We’ve had to re-focus,” said Charlie. we take care of a large customer base; over-the-road truckers,
“We’ve actively taken on the challenge to help Drivers through grandma and grandpa at the restaurant, Drivers and travelers at
our on-the-road services. Previously, done only in emergency hotels. Even a small Nebraska trucking company can contract
situations, this has become a primary business for us.” Just as with us because if they break down in Oklahoma, we have a
technology has made it possible for Drivers to keep their trucks location that can take care of their trucks.”
on the road longer before needing service; when trucks do break
down, they need a technological fix. “It’s difficult for a trucker,” Just recently, Bosselman, a company in its third generation,
quipped Charlie, “when they break down now, they can’t just became a fourth generation company, when Charlie’s daughter,
grab a hammer and pound away until the truck gets going again. Brandi, joined Bosselman Enterprises. With a degree in Fashion
They have to hook up to a computer to see what’s going on.” In Merchandising and Marketing, she is primed to help Bosselman
addition to offering well-trained service people to help Drivers in yet another layer of the customer base – the online community.
when they’re out on the road, Bosselman has also tweaked their Putting together the e-Commerce division, that includes social
business model contracting with large fleets to go on their lots media and marketing, Bosselman Enterprises is now poised for yet
to do truck and trailer servicing and repair; again building key another evolution of a company that began, and continues to be,
relationships that help both the large companies and Bosselman. the “Truckstop of Tomorrow.”

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