Purkeys' Larry Rambeaux was among this year's winners of the Technology & Maintenance Council's Silver Spark Plug award.

ATA's TMC honors 5 with Silver Spark Plug award

March 25, 2019
Council's highest honor recognizes outstanding contributions to industry

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council recently honored five professionals with its highest honor—the Silver Spark Plug—during the opening of TMC’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

“The Silver Spark Plug is our industry’s highest honor, recognizing professional excellence in commercial vehicle maintenance,” said Robert Braswell, TMC’s executive director. “This year’s winners represent the pinnacle of our industry and we are pleased to bestow this honor on them.”

This year’s honorees are:

Winston Minchew, training manager, Old Dominion Freight Line, Thomasville NC

Dave Dettman, president, QTC Transportation Holdings, Freeport IL

Homer Hogg, manager, technical development, Travel Centers of America, Lakeland FL

Joe Long, director, heavy duty business development, Old World Industries, New Fairfield CT

Larry Rambeaux, national fleet and truck representative, Purkeys, Lowell AR

“I congratulate these tremendous individuals for their efforts to keep our trucks, and America, moving,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “More than half of the 7.3 million people employed by the trucking industry do something other than drive a truck, and without them, our nation’s goods don’t get to our stores, hospitals and factories.

These individuals are examples to all of us in this industry and they’re to be commended.”

Added Jeff Harris, TMC’s general chairman and vice president of maintenance at USA Truck: “Only individuals who represent the best of our council in their commitment to improved engineering and maintenance standards through the development of TMC recommended practices are honored with the Silver Spark Plug.

“I congratulate all these winners for their achievement and commitment."