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Tennessee Trucking News Q1 Spring 2018 -- Bottlenecks

The Official Magazine of the Tennessee Trucking Association

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16 Tennessee Home to Nine
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American Transportation Research
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9 A Passion for Transportation
TTA’s new Director of Safety, Jeremy Snapp,
on trucking, life and TTA


12 Caution: Planning Ahead
Drivers Legal Plan heads o trouble before
it starts


22 Providing World Class Benefits
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25 TTA’s Road Team


28 Member Spotlight: 
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5 From the Chairman:
by Wayland Thompson

7 From the President:
by Dave Huneryager

14 TTA New Members
30 Calendar of Events
30 Advertiser Resource Index


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truckingTENNESSEE Chairman’s Message
I hope by the time this magazine article makes it your
Official Magazine of the Tennessee Trucking Association
way, spring is in full bloom and everybody has had a
Tennessee Trucking News is owned by the Tennessee Trucking good Easter. We have three more seasons left; summer, fall, and
Association and is published quarterly by Matthews Publishing winter this year to make a difference in our industry and personal lives.

Group. For additional copies, to order reprints of individual A new season has arrived for us in our safety arena at TTA with the retirement of Edmond
articles or to become a subscriber to Tennessee Trucking Sorrell. Edmond was with us for 15 years and will surely be missed, but like spring coming to us
News, contact Carol Foster at [email protected] this year new and fresh, we have a new Director of Safety with the addition of Mr. Jeremy Snapp.

Publisher Jennifer Matthews-Drake Jeremy is as qualified a man as we could possibly have asked for. Our president Dave
[email protected] Huneryager has again done an excellent job moving this vacancy forward, in interviewing a
number of folks for this important role, and narrowed it down to Jeremy.
Executive Editor Dave Huneryager
[email protected] Jeremy has the credentials and personality to continue and expand our Safety efforts for the
TTA. In speaking with Jeremy his enthusiasm is infectious so reach out if you get a chance and
Art Director C. Waynette Traub welcome him to our organization. You could also register early for the new and improved annual
[email protected] TTA convention in Destin, FL and meet him in person.

Photographers Clay Cook We had a great Call on Nashville effort to meet and greet our current Tennessee legislators with
Larry Kuzniewski the help again from our friend, Dale Allen, and the offices of Adams and Reese.
Caleb Shane Lollar
John David Pittman We visited 13 legislators and with the Improve Act passing last year, it was mostly a thank you
Catherine Stuart campaign. The Improve Act was probably the single most needed piece of legislation we could
have hoped for our industry. There are over 100 different projects slated for our state roads and
Contributing Writers Steve Brawner bridges that are already underway to improve our infrastructure in the state. Chattanooga ranks
Jim Harris No. 11 in the nation on the list of the top 100 most congested traffic spots in America.

Renee Miller In addition we have eight other locations that rank in the top 100 most congested in America;
Derek Rayment five from Nashville, one from Memphis and two from Knoxville.
Jennifer Barnett Reed
We are headed next to Washington DC April 17-19 to see what we can do to encourage our
John Schulz Senators and Congressmen and women to continue the fight for our industry. This is not an easy
Todd Traub task and we appreciate everybody’s commitment to join us in person or in spirit. I have traveled
most of my work career and DC is one the most historic and frustrating places go. We must keep
Ad Production Doug Benjamin up the good fight for our country, state, individual, and industry rights. Lastly, I wanted to update you on our membership campaign for 2018. Donna England our
Tennessee Trucking Association Staff Membership Coordinator, is on a roll! She already has 27 signed up as new members for 2018.
Therefore, our goal of 100 new members has officially been jump started. Please consider helping
President & CEO and take advantage of the opportunity to help by referring:
Dave Huneryager
[email protected] • One to five new members you get recognized our newsletter & we add your logo with a
link to your website
Director of Safety
Jeremy Snapp • 10 plus new members you get ½ page ad in our quarterly magazine.
• Most important you will be part of our 88 year heritage by continuing to support and grow
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the Tennessee Trucking Association.
Membership Coordinator I will leave you with this thought “the Best Preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today”
Donna England H. Jackson Brown Jr.

[email protected] Thanks again,

Foundation Coordinator Wayland Thompson
Catherine Stuart FirstFleet and TTA Chairman
[email protected]
[email protected]
Administrative Coordinator
Carol Foster

[email protected]

An a liate of the American Trucking Associations

Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) has served as the voice for Tennessee’s
trucking industry since 1930. TTA is a trade association dedicated to the
furtherance of the trucking industry’s goals and interests in Tennessee and the
United States. Our membership is a diverse group comprised of motor carriers,
both public and private, and companies providing products and services to the
industry. TTA serves these companies as a governmental a airs representative
before legislative, regulatory and executive branches of government on issues
that a ect the trucking industry. The organization also provides public relations
services, operation services and serves as a forum for industry meetings and
membership relations.

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President & CEO Secretary The end of an era, the start of a new one!
DAVE HUNERYAGER JIM MOSBY While a more in depth article follows in this magazine’s edition, I’m pleased to
Tennessee Trucking Association
FirstBank announce the addition of Jeremy Snapp as the Director of Safety for the Tennessee
Trucking Association. Having most recently served as the Senior Manager – Regional
ATA State Vice President Treasurer Safety for Walmart, Jeremy has been responsible for the safety performance of 15
SCOTT GEORGE SCOTT SCHUMPERT distribution facilities, as well as directing 10 Field Safety managers and 1600 drivers. He
TCW, Inc. Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPSs has proven his ability to oversee multiple sites, large personnel pools, and complex safety
TruckPAC Co-Chairman East Tenn. Vice Chairman
DAVE MANNING Je Reed He follows Edmond Sorrell, who recently retired, leaving a legacy of having
TCW, Inc. strengthened the relationship between the TTA and the Tennessee Department of
Skyline Transportation Safety, which has been incredibly important in both our efforts to improve safety on
our highways. I would like to take one more opportunity to thank Edmond for all his
TruckPAC Co-Chairman Middle Tenn. Vice Chairman contributions to the association during his time with us! We wish him and Marcia a long
TERRY MINOR MIKE MCFARLIN and happy retirement and trust we will see BONE DRY and her around at future TTA
events when the two of them are not playing golf!
Cumberland International M & W Transportation Co., Inc.
Trucks, Inc. Southeast Tenn. Vice Jeremy will expand our work in this and other areas because he has a trucking
Chairman background and has been very involved in the Association and its membership.
TTF President CONNIE VAUGHAN With a CDL himself, he understands the challenges truckers face, and as a member
TOMMY HODGES of the Association and a part of the Safety Management Council, the Truck Driving
Titan Transfer, Inc. McKee Foods Transportation, Championship and the Technician Skills Competition, he brings a unique perspective to
Allied Vice Chairman LLC the position.

TROY DICKENS West Tenn. Vice Chairman Safely Keeping Tennessee on the Move is the motto of our association. Keeping people
Rush Truck Center, Nashville JASON HIGGINBOTHAM safe is the passion that drives Jeremy Snapp. I am pleased and proud to have him join
Immediate Past Chairman Ozark Motor Lines, Inc. our Tennessee Trucking Association team as the Director of Safety!

JOHN ROSS Non-Domiciled Vice We held our annual Call on Nashville and our Legislative reception in March,
Milan Supply Chain Solutions Chairman with the best attendance by our Legislators since we began holding this event! April
and May bring numerous opportunities to be part of what is going on at the TTA!
General Counsel NICK D’ANDREA Our annual Call on Washington is April 17-19, and we already have a great group of
C. DALE ALLEN UPS members scheduled to attend. The Technician’s Skills Competition and Truck Driving
Adams and Reese LLP Championships round out the month of April which are followed closely by the Big Rigs
for Little Kids events in Knoxville and Nashville during the first two weeks in May.
I encourage each of you to be engaged in all of these events! Thank you for your
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A Passion for Transportation

TTA’s new director of safety, Jeremy Snapp,
on trucking, life and TTA



Sometimes it’s a surprise when people safety. He’s done it through education, team

end up in the transportation industry. development, and paying attention to the gaps

Such is the case for the new Director of Safety in safety that could cause harm to people at

for the Tennessee Trucking Association, any level throughout the system.

Jeremy Snapp. Snapp received his Bachelor In a highly regulated industry it’s no

of Science degree from Tusculum College in small task to manage and ensure that the

Greenville, Tenn. with a major multitude of regulations given

in biology and pre-med. He by the DOT and the FMCSA are

went on to complete 2 years followed. It’s even more difficult

of graduate level study at the given the fast pace and rapid

University of Memphis School two-stepping that are required

of Dentistry in 1999 and began to administer a distribution

his long career with Walmart’s system as large as Walmart.

logistical distribution system As the Senior Manager –

that same year. Dentistry Regional Safety Manager for the

to transportation all in one Bentonville, Arkansas Walmart,

year! With a chuckle, Dave Snapp has been responsible

Huneryager, President of the JEREMY SNAPP for the safety performance of

Tennessee Trucking Association recounts 15 distribution facilities, as well as directing

why Snapp made the change. “Jeremy says 10 Field Safety managers and 1600 drivers.

by the time he’d finished the second year of He has proven his ability to oversee multiple

dentistry school, he’d decided he didn’t like sites, large personnel pools, and complex

the sight of blood!” There are similarities, safety processes. He has a certification

however, between what Snapp would have from the North American Transportation

been doing as a dentist and what his career Management Institute, (NATMI) and holds

evolved into within the transportation a Director of Safety Certification from CDS.

industry. Both include caring about people Additionally, he has a Hazmat certification on

and keeping them safe. Snapp has made his CDL and, in his current position has been

it his lifelong desire to give attention to responsible for ensuring compliance with the



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 the Association and a part of the Safety Marcia the best in their retirement.”
Management Council, the Truck Driving In addition to being a member of the
Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Championship and the Technician
Administration (PHMSA). Skills Commission, he brings a unique association, Snapp brings a fresh outlook
perspective” said Huneryager. “I look to the table having worked with the
His work with the Tennessee Trucking forward to his leadership in all of those Walmart system in Tennessee, Indiana,
Association (TTA) underscores his areas as well as his ability to help grow and Arkansas. He has gained experience
willingness to be part of the larger our membership.” and leadership ability in a very complex
cadre of characters that comprise the logistical system and has been able to
transportation industry, especially in Snapp replaces Edmond Sorrell use that experience to help others in the
Tennessee. According to Huneryager, whose background had been in industry stay safe. Lest it be thought,
that was one reason Snapp was such an Commercial Vehicle Enforcement however, that Snapp is a mere regulatory
attractive candidate for the position. “The before becoming the Safety Director of enforcement agent without a passion
motto of TTA is ‘safely keeping Tennessee TTA. “One major legacy Edmond left for the industry, it should be noted that
on the move,’” says Huneryager. “I when he retired from this position,” he loves transportation so much that he
wanted someone to take over this said Huneryager “was building and even likes to transport himself around
position who knew that motto and had strengthening the relationship between – using his CDL or his private pilot’s
a trucking background. If they know the TTA and the Tennessee Department license! It seems that transportation,
trucking, if they know our membership of Safety. It’s a partnership that is rather than dentistry, claimed the heart
and Association, then it’s a perfect blend focused on the same goal: reducing of Jeremy Snapp back in 1999, and that it
of what we need.” Huneryager expects and eliminating accidents involving still holds him today. So, he may not fix
that Snapp will spend a good part of his commercial vehicles. I can’t thank him our teeth, but he’ll certainly work to keep
energy in these areas. “As a member of enough for all his work and wish he and us safe. TTN




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Drivers Legal Plan Heads Off
Trouble Before It Starts



It was the happy hour that launched Klepper, not only the founder but the
plan’s president, was a county prosecutor
thousands of legal victories. from Oklahoma with vast experience in
traffic related hearings. He realized that
Sprung from humble beginnings, the after the Commercial Motor Vehicle
Drivers Legal Plan has for 27 years gone Act of 1986 and the creation of the
to bat for truck drivers and trucking Commercial Driver’s License, motor
companies who find themselves on the carriers and drivers could become targets
wrong side of a lawsuit, fine or penalty. for unnecessary traffic convictions.
The plan is in itself a law firm dedicated
to protecting drivers, companies and A board member with the Oklahoma
their interests. and Arkansas trucking associations,
Klepper knew that in the wrong legal
Designed, literally, on a cocktail napkin in hands and with the wrong outcomes,
1991, the Drivers Legal Plan is partially the
brainchild of legal expert Jim Klepper who CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
cooked up the idea along with some of his
acquaintances in the industry.


The value to the transportation industry is that DLP acts as a voice
and representative on behalf of the company and its drivers when
a legal matter arises,” McFarland said. “DLP is knowledgeable in
transportation and the compliance of the transportation industry.”
— Kristi McFarland, VP Safety & HR, Big G Express

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 retainer, payable through payroll or that time has had success each instance it
settlement deductions. The driver pays has used the plan’s services.
traffic cases would negatively affect a $100 to the Drivers Legal Plan firm to
company’s safety profiles and driver handle moving or non-moving violations “The value to the transportation
retention records. and $250 for simple accident cases. industry is that DLP acts as a voice and
representative on behalf of the company
At dinner, Klepper and trucking Brad Klepper said prices are and its drivers when a legal matter arises,”
industry friends sketched out a unchanged since 1991 and he doesn’t McFarland said. “DLP is knowledgeable
business model on a napkin, and the expect them to increase in the future. in transportation and the compliance of
Drivers Legal Plan was born. For close Thanks to the affordable fees, truckers the transportation industry.”
to 30 years it has remained practically have access to lawyers who will represent
unchanged in its mission to provide any CDL driver in the continental On top of that, Klepper said, the plan
affordable, quality legal help to drivers United States and use the plan’s extensive will defend drivers in any vehicle they
and motor carriers. resources to protect livelihoods. are operating, which could include boats
or, in one case, a DUI involving a riding
“We haven’t changed a comma,” “We’re able to keep guys on the road, lawnmower.
said Drivers Legal Plan Executive Vice keep guys employed, keep [them]
President and General Counsel Brad making their mortgage payments,” “Not only is DLP a valuable asset
Klepper, Jim’s son. Klepper said. to our company, it offers a level of
protection for our drivers 24/7 on
Plan Particulars Kristi McFarland, vice president the job or in their personal vehicles,”
The plan strives to protect the driver’s of safety and human resources at McFarland said. “DLP is able to
Shelbyville-based Big G Express, said represent our drivers with more
ability to make a living and keep points her employee-owned company has been knowledge and expertise than a driver
off companies’ CSA SMS scores. Drivers enrolled in the plan for 15 years and in could on their own while saving
can buy into the plan for a $2.98 a week


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or [email protected] leave a driver with less-than-expert
money for the company and the driver President Dave Huneryager said legal counsel while being charged

ord servibcye,,incomntaancyt:cHircaurrmissotannTceis,dsatlay6i1n5g-221-59t0h0e oars[email protected] costly premiums.
on the road and keep working while to members through its website and “This plan helps drivers in legal

they provide representation in court endorsed member forms distributed at expenses that would be hard to afford
on behalf of the driver. DLP also
events. if they had to pay outright for them,”

minimizes liability for our company.” “Our members payroll deduct a Huneryager said.

In an industry in which drivers are weekly amount from the driver that With a database of more than

targeted by enforcement agencies signs up for the service,” Huneryager 250,000 CDL cases and thorough

like no other, it only takes a couple of said. “The driver will be represented knowledge of current requirements
tickets for a driver to lose his license in moving/non-moving ticket, or a
in each state, the Drivers Legal Plan
and income. Just two convictions in
simple accident.” attorneys can enhance the odds for a

a three-year period mean a 60-day McFarland said the plan is promoted favorable decision.

suspension and a third conviction to Big G Express drivers during “This is all that we do and all that

means 120 days. orientation. we’ve done since 1991,” Klepper said.

“The transportation industry faces “Drivers are encouraged to enroll Attorneys have extensive experience

many challenges with driver turnover for protection of their most valuable in every state and most every court in
and retention,” McFarland said. “One assets, their CDL,” McFarland said.
the lower 48, and they dedicate their
citation or accident could cost a driver In exchange a driver gets an attorney whole practice to CDL defense. They
his career and the industry a driver.” experienced in the issues facing
include former prosecutors, legislators,

truckers, providing an alternative to and a state attorney general, many of

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them holding CDLs themselves and Because of attorney-client privilege a Big G Express driver was cited for
knowledgeable in rules, standards, and confidentiality, Klepper couldn’t running a red light after being involved
restrictions and the effects of different reveal the names of specific companies in an accident, but thorough work by
violations on a driver’s CDL. or drivers who have benefited from the legal plan attorneys saved the day.
plan. In testimonials, however, drivers
Whether a driver is cited for — names protected — note money “The other party involved admitted
running 15 miles over the speed limit saved, tickets overturned and the value to running the red light and not our
or involved in a fatal accident, the of having industry-smart lawyers. driver,” McFarland said. “DLP was able
DLP knows the small ball involved in to get the charges dropped from our
winning a favorable decision. Klepper recalled a case within the driver and kept this off of his record in
past year in which a driver was cited addition to helping us prove that we
Success Stories following an accident. The driver was were not responsible for the accident.”
Klepper estimated that the Drivers compliant and obeying all speed limits
when a vehicle cut across two lanes, Not to mention, McFarland said,
Legal Plan annually saves motor wound up in position to be clipped by the legal plan saves companies money.
carriers six figures in reduced fines the truck and then spun out. She recalled three different overweight
as it fights off penalties for things citations, among numerous other
like overweight trucks and sticker With no witnesses, the driver was cases, in which the plan got fines
violations. With a favorable outcome cited for following too closely but significantly reduced, — $1,871 to
rate of around 95 percent, Klepper said the Drivers Legal Plan attorney was $867, $344,473 to $11,000 and $14,347
the plan is the best legal defense for an able to take dashboard video to the to $4,700.
affordable rate a trucker can find. prosecutor, and the citation was
overturned. “DLP has saved our drivers and our
Often, he said, drivers never even company money countless times,”
have to appear in court. McFarland recalled a case in which McFarland said. TTN


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The American Transportation Research Institute has released its

list of the nation’s 100 worst truck bottlenecks, and nine Tennessee

locations are on it. Five are in Nashville.
Using data collected throughout 2016, the worst location in Tennessee was

the interchange in Chattanooga at I-24 and Highway 27, which placed 11th.
According to ATRI, the bottleneck had an average speed of 49.4 miles per
hour. Truck speeds begin falling after noon and reach a low of about 30 miles
per hour during the 5-6 p.m. hour. The good news is that peak average speeds
increased 7.74 percent from last year’s report to this one.

Four spots down at number 15 was the interchange in Nashville at I-24 and
I-440 North. There, peak average speeds dropped 7.63 percent from last year’s
report. During the worst hour, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., they fell below 25 miles per
hour. The I-40 and I-240 East interchange in Memphis was 22nd. Peak average
truck speeds there were 30.8 miles per hour, a drop of 14.07 percent from last
year’s report.



The rankings were based on a formula that factored average speeds and the
number of trucks affected.
Other Tennessee locations on the list were:
• Number 32, the I-65 at I-440 interchange in Nashville
• Number 60, the I-40 at I-65 East interchange in Nashville
• Number 68, the I-65 at Route 386 interchange in Nashville
• Number 77, the I-65 at I-24 interchange in Nashville
• Number 84, the I-40 and I-75 at I-140 interchange in Knoxville
• Number 85, the I-40 at I-640 West interchange in Knoxville
The nine locations on this year’s list are an increase from five the previous year.
The only state with more locations than Tennessee was Texas, which had 11.
Three states had seven: California, Georgia and Connecticut. That last state covers
5,543 square miles compared to Tennessee’s 42,144, according to the United States



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 much better in the preceding and I-95 at State Route 4 in Fort Lee, New
following hours. Atlanta was also home Jersey, where traffic from New York
Census Bureau. to the fourth worst bottleneck, the exits the George Washington Bridge
Among Georgia’s seven was the interchange at I-75 and I-285 North. and joins several other roads. The third
ATRI’s Rebecca Brewster, president and worst bottleneck was the Jane Byrne
nation’s worst bottleneck, the I-285 chief operating officer, pointed out that Interchange at I-290 and I-90/I-94 in
at I-85 North interchange in Atlanta, the location is near the Atlanta Braves’ Chicago.
otherwise known as the “Spaghetti new SunTrust Park, which could make
Junction.” Average traffic speeds hit for an interesting summer. ATRI has been producing the list
a little more than 15 miles per hour since 2002. The study has identified
during the 5-6 p.m. hour and weren’t The second worst bottleneck was congested road locations to study in
partnership with the Federal Highway
Administration, state departments of
transportation, motor carriers, and
state trucking associations. Suggestions
from stakeholders upped this year’s total
studied from 250 to 300. This year’s list
added a new feature, year-over-year
comparisons with last year’s average
speeds. Speeds at the worst five locations
decreased 5.5 percent.

This year’s study used GPS data
collected from more than 800,000 trucks
throughout 2016. Brewster said the
trucks produced “terabytes of data” that
requires tremendous effort to analyze.

“I’ve got a lot of smart people who
work here and a lot of computer
horsepower,” she said.

Brewster said that because the study
uses 2016 data, some locations could be
in better shape now than their ranking

Dave Huneryager, president and CEO
of the Tennessee Trucking Association,
agreed that all nine of the state’s locations
on ATRI’s list belong there based on
2016 data. However, two of those
locations, in Chattanooga and Memphis,
have been in the midst of major
construction projects that contributed to
the bottlenecks. With the construction
progressing and the improvements
already being made, they probably won’t
be on the list next year, he said.

In contrast, no construction is
being done on the five Nashville sites
and two Knoxville sites. As a resident


of the Nashville area where the TTA’s about it,” she said. “It’s not a survey where presentations for new members of the
headquarters are located, Huneryager people say, ‘This is what I think is the state House and Senate Transportation
lives that reality every day. Those worst traffic in the country.’ This is real- committees. The TTA referenced
locations could rise higher in the world data that’s saying, ‘These are the the study during the debate over the
rankings in the coming years, as more 100 locations where trucks are having the IMPROVE Act.
people move to Tennessee and as the state most difficulty operating.’ And as I always
continues to grow as a transportation and tell people, where trucks are going this Did it help pass the act? It didn’t hurt.
shipping center. slowly, cars are going this slowly as well.” “It was something that we certainly
talked about in leading up and during the
Help is on the way. During last year’s Huneryager said he uses the
legislative session, Tennessee lawmakers bottlenecks study when doing CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
voted for the Improving Manufacturing,
Public Roads and Opportunities for a CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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When IMPROVE Act-funded
construction gets underway, the
bottlenecks likely will become more
congested, so for seven of the nine sites,
it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
But it will get better eventually.

Brewster said the report can serve
as a catalyst for action and a tool for
targeting resources. Policymakers can
rely on data, not just anecdotes, to know
exactly where the worst bottlenecks are.
She said ATRI’s ranking the Jane Byrne
Interchange in Chicago as the nation’s
number one bottleneck three years in
a row led Illinois to reconstruct the
interchange. That project is expected to
be completed next year.

“It was that type of attention, based on
a very large, robust empirical data set that
incentivizes those in a position to make
these decisions to want to do something


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 The American Trucking and broadband internet. Moreover, only
$200 billion would be funded by the
course of our conversations,” he said. “We Associations (ATA) has federal government. Those federal dollars
have these existing bottlenecks that we would serve as seed money to encourage
know of. … It certainly would have been proposed a Build America state, local and private investment. The
more powerful I think to have nine on plan would relax prohibitions on tolling
the list as opposed to five.” Fund, a 20-cent-per-gallon existing interstates, which the trucking
industry opposes.
Huneryager said the study, motor fuel tax increase
which is available at ATRI’s website, The American Trucking Associations, can be a useful tool applied at the wholesale level (ATA) has proposed a Build America
for carriers because it features detailed Fund, a 20-cent-per-gallon motor fuel
descriptions of the sites, including how that would be indexed to tax increase applied at the wholesale level
much the speeds slow. that would be indexed to inflation and
inflation and fuel efficiency fuel efficiency improvements.
“If I’m a carrier and I see this
information, I want to go talk to my improvements. ATRI is due in April to release a
shipper and consignee and see if there report describing the costs of highway
are ways that I can route around these throw his political weight behind the tax congestion. Last year’s report, “Cost of
particular times of the day,” he said. increase because he is nearing the end of Congestion to the Trucking Industry:
his second term. 2017 Update,” estimated that congestion
The IMPROVE ACT was the first cost trucking companies $63.4 billion
fuel tax increase since 1989. Huneryager “There was just not a lot of appetite to in 2015 operational costs – more than
credited Gov. Bill Haslam with its get it done, and give the governor credit $22,000 for a truck traveling 100,000
passage. He said the governor was able to for taking it on and getting it done before
he left office,” he said.

President Trump has proposed
spending $1.5 trillion on infrastructure
over 10 years, but those dollars would be
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miles, as a result of 996 million lost That’s the equivalent of
hours of productivity. 362,000 truck drivers
sitting idle for a year.
That’s the equivalent of 362,000
truck drivers sitting idle for a year. The second-place New Jersey. these trucks, but they’re paying increased
ATA said last year the industry had a Tennessee had the 10th most costly prices for the goods they buy every day
shortage of 50,000 drivers, meaning that that are on those trucks because of this
completely congestion-free highways congested metropolitan area – the congestion,” she said.
would wipe out the shortage and leave Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-
the industry with a driver surplus. Franklin corridor, which had $958 Brewster said bottlenecks also affect
million in congestion costs. At the driver retention and recruitment.
The ATRI congestion report found county level, Davidson County had the
Tennessee had the ninth highest total nation’s sixth highest congestion costs at “You think about the number of
cost of congestion at more than $2.3 $592 million. trucks that sit stuck in that traffic day
billion. The state had ranked 12th the in and day out,” she said. “That’s got to
previous year, when the costs where $1.4 Brewster pointed out that the costs make it difficult to convince people that
billion. The $955 million increase was don’t just affect trucking. Instead, they this is a good career to stay in when
the fourth largest nationwide. are passed down to goods purchased by all they’re doing is sitting still burning
all consumers. through hours of service, generating
However, Tennessee’s $186,013 in frustration on the part of the driver,
congestion costs per National Highway “For four-wheelers, not only are they generating fatigue.” TTN
System mile did not rank in the top sitting in these bottlenecks alongside
10. First using that measurement was
Washington, D.C., whose $1.2 million
per mile was more than double that of



Debunking some myths surrounding
company-provided healthcare insurance



Ok, now that you have stopped our industry has touted a whole lot of A few weeks later, “John, wanted to let C
fancy acronyms, PPO, HSA, HRA, FSA, you know we have all the quotes back M
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these programs was to make us smarter some competitive offers and one carrier CM
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Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and called the incumbent and they said if we CY
dirty in the world of healthcare. the Health Savings Accounts (HSA), renew with them they will lower your CMY
we all said if you have more skin in increase down to 8 percent, sound good? K
Your first thought after reading the title the game, you will make a smarter Trend is 9 percent and ACA and other
was probably something along the lines decision. The problem, we didn’t make taxes are 2 percent so we are better than
of, ‘There are two certainties in life, death the information consumers needed the average. If you want to shave some
and taxes, but you might as well add easy to get, 60 percent of Americans more points, we can raise the deductible
one more to the mix, health insurance, have less than $1,000 in their personal and maybe the copays to get the number
it always goes up, either in deductible, savings account and are living paycheck down even further. I think we can put
premium or both.’ to paycheck. Instead of making smarter together a great program for around 5-6
consumers, we made the average percent.”
For the past 15 years or so the cost American choose between seeing a
of healthcare in the U.S. has risen at a doctor or paying their mortgage. So, is that all you can do? Shop the
tremendous rate. In fact, in 2016 we market and hope for the best? Do you
surpassed $10,000 per person for the So, Mr. CFO, what do we do? Tell run your business on hope? One of my
first time with projections showing me if this sounds familiar? “Hey John, favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein,
a 5.8 percent increase year over year this is Joe over at XYZ Agency and we “The definition of insanity is doing the
through 2025. Quick math means just got your renewal. It doesn’t look same thing over and over again and
that the average cost in 2025 will be pretty, they want a 15 percent increase, expecting different results.”
$17,183 per person or in your case, but don’t worry we are taken it out
per employee. Bottom line, health care to market and will have some better If you aren’t at least a little upset at this
is expensive because health care is options in a few weeks. I’ll give you a point, read the next five points carefully.
expensive. If you want the cost to go call when I have some news.”
down, you must pay less. If only it was CONTINUED ON PAGE 24
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Don’t worry there is light at the end to be blunt, but it’s time to wake up and
of the tunnel and you already know take control.
If you still aren’t mad, then have your how to manage the process. SUPPLY
assistant call 911 because you aren’t CHAIN. That’s it, supply chain. How You may be sitting there saying that
breathing. do you control the cost in every other all sounds great, but I am a small firm,
division of your company? You manage I only have 70 employees, how am I
• Roughly 10 percent of all the supply chain! You should be doing going to have enough leverage or clout
healthcare spend, $300 Billion that with your healthcare division. to control the supply chain. That is a fair
(with a B) is directly related to question, but the good news is there are
FRAUD & WASTE “Wait, I’m a trucking firm, I don’t companies waiting to work with you
have a healthcare division.” that have already done all the work.
• Wasteful healthcare spending
consumes 79 percent of household I hate to break it to you, but you do. In the next edition of Tennessee
income growth. If you don’t believe me, believe Warren Trucking News, I’ll go into a little bit
Buffet who said, “GM [General Motors] more detail and share some of the
• Musculoskeletal disorders is a health and benefits company with secrets Fortune 500 companies use
consume 4 percent to 4.5 percent an auto company attached.” Healthcare everyday to control the costs and
of the entire US GDP is the second or third largest budget how you can have a benefits program
item you have, and you have exerted just like theirs and unlock millions
• A 2015 study found that two- absolutely no control over that supply of dollars in EBITDA from your
thirds of cancer drugs approved chain for 15 years and it has risen at healthcare division. TTN
by the FDA from 2008 to 2012 10-15 percent annually like clockwork.
have no evidence that they actually It has destroyed the middle class, kept Alex Dampf is with Pancoast Benefits , a
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Craig Kendall

The Pete Store



Working parts hypnotized Craig As a specialty markets manager COURTESY CRAIG KENDALL
Kendall. Kendall deals in an assortment of trucks
that includes dump trucks, concrete training and I really benefited from
His father Jay was a Nashville area mixers, garbage trucks, some heavy haul that,” Kendall said.
mechanic and machinist who could and more.
frequently be found tinkering with He recalled Liberty staging jackknife
engines, on the job or off. “We like all kinds of trucks at the Pete situations on a skid pad, and Kendall got
Store,” Kendall said. to participate more than once. Typically,
“So I think the love of vehicles and he found it fun.
trucks and all things engine got in the He added, “We’re really fortunate right
blood,” Kendall said. now. We think we’ve got the best offering “I think the second time, maybe a
of trucks. Peterbilt has more different few of us had gotten too exuberant, and
As kid, he was happy to accompany trucks right now than they’ve ever had.” they didn’t let it go around quite as far.
his dad on outings around town to … Some of the customers got to go and
look at vehicles. They would visit the For a professed gearhead like Kendall, some of them really threw the trucks
truck dealerships on Nashville’s Polk the variety is literally the spice of life. around,” Kendall said.
Avenue and at dealer shows Kendall Throughout his career he has embraced
would climb all over the rigs, as at new technology where others might run Promoted to loss prevention manager,
home as a spider in its web. from it and embraced change and new Kendall stayed about three years. He
ideas that others might reject. enjoyed his time in California, he said,
“Anything with an engine in it but felt pulled back to the South and
interested me,” Kendall, 56, said. “It scares some people but I say ‘Don’t returned to Tennessee, leaving Liberty
“Whether it’s a weedeater, a truck or a be scared, let’s figure it out and keep Mutual in 1991.
jet fighter.” going,’ “ Kendall said.
Sure of where he wanted to be, he
His passion for the mechanical and OUT AND BACK
the technical have followed Kendall,
specialty markets manager and Kendall graduated Nashville’s
recruiting manager at the Pete Store Overton High in 1980 and earned his
in Knoxville, throughout his career. bachelors in agricultural engineering
He even returned to school to earn a at the University of Tennessee in
masters in mechanical engineering Knoxville in 1985.
at the University of Tennessee before
embarking on his current path. He went to work for Liberty Mutual
Insurance in loss prevention, working
The Pete Store is the major Peterbilt with some trucking companies in
dealer with headquarters in Baltimore that capacity. The company’s biggest
and 14 locations in seven states. customer was UPS, which led to
Kendall being sent to California with a
“We’ll probably have 15 or 16 open great deal of the West as his territory.
later this year,” said Kendall, with the
business since 2010. “Liberty did a great job with


was less sure of what he wanted to do. driver shortages are problems that can be all support and be proud of and be
Kendall milked his family’s dairy cows mitigated with smarter trucks, Kendall pleased with.”
for about a week; he drove a truck full of said. If younger drivers were allowed to
bric a brac to TGI Fridays locations in cross state lines, there would be more An association member since 2010,
Dallas and Tucson. over-the-road drivers; if the trucks are Kendall has been on the TTA East
smarter and safer, it would be safer to Region Board of Directors since
Finally, his mother Earline hire over-the-road drivers at 18. 2015. Association President Dave
recommended he go back to school. Huneryager praised Kendall’s efforts
“Why can’t we have people driving in that role and others.
He enrolled at Vanderbilt University trucks over the road between states that
and eschewed getting a business degree are younger than 21?” Kendall said. “Craig has served on our safety/
in favor of the mechanical engineering “We’ve got more technology than we’ve maintenance Council for two years in
masters program. He started working at ever had, we’ve got the ability to do a leadership role where he excelled on
Peterbilt Motors in Nashville, spending things with monitoring and training that preparing the meetings and leading
his days there and working on his engine we haven’t been able to do until recently.” the meetings,” Huneryager said. “All
valve actuation thesis at night. of the council leadership relied on
Kendall also pushes for an influx of Craig to get things done.”
“I guess I got it written good enough younger technicians.
they gave me a masters and kicked me “There’s some bigger associations
free,” said Kendall, who earned his “Sometimes, you hate to see it, but but I don’t think there’s a better
degree in 1993. some of these young people, they don’t state association than the TTA,” said
make it. It doesn’t work out,” Kendall Kendall, touting the TTA’s community
YOUTH TECH said. “We’ve had some good success with work and outreach, its collective
our younger technicians. We’ve been know-how and its Call on Washington
Kendall stayed at Peterbilt, working really impressed by how hard they work.” to the state’s elected representatives,
first in applications engineering — though he admittedly hasn’t yet
making sure trucks were optimized and We’re really fortunate right attended.
all components were properly situated now. We think we’ve got
— before becoming a district service “Huneryager’s going to call me and
manager with a territory covering several the best offering of trucks. say ‘Hey why haven’t you gone?’ “
states, then moving to corporate service Peterbilt has more different Kendall said.
trucks right now than Along with his board and council
He spent time at MHC Kenworth and they’ve ever had.” — Craig roles, Kendall tries to give back to the
Peterbilt in Texas, and while there he TTA simply by delivering the message
met Pete Store President and CEO John Kendall, The Pete Store whenever he makes appearances on
Arscott, forging a relationship that led the TTA’s behalf. And sometimes in
him to Knoxville in 2010. MUTUAL SUPPORT his free time.
Naturally, Kendall favors efforts by
“I think one of the tricks in life is the Tennessee Trucking Association “I think just talk it up,” he said.
finding what you’re passionate about to promote a youth infusion. The TTA “When you see people that might not
and what you like and what you’re has been pushing for lowering the be members of the TTA, I think it’s a
good at,” Kendall said. “If you can find over-the-road driver age to 18, as well good time to talk to them and say, ‘Hey
it and make a living at it you’re really as providing educational opportunities you would benefit by being in the TTA.’
fortunate.” to, hopefully, future members of the We’ve had the road team captains come
trucking industry workforce. and I think that’s a good thing. … I
Kendall’s passion includes embracing “The efforts for a scholarship think we need to talk about the positives
new technological wrinkles. He can see for technicians are good,” he said. in trucking.
firsthand how trucks are becoming more “The scholarship fund, the TTA
high tech, and he sees that as a way of Foundation, I think does some great “We do contribute to the greater good
solving problems and improving the stuff and that’s something we can and we contribute a lot of good things in
industry. our communities and our state and all
that.” TTN
Getting younger people into the
industry, for example, and the constant


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