Jerry Thrift, manager for new product development for Ryder System, was installed as the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) 2010-11 general chairman and treasurer during the TMC’s 2010 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, held February 9-12 in Tampa FL.
Thrift has served in several other TMC leadership positions, most recently on TMC’s board of directors as vice-chairman and chairman of meetings, and chairman of study groups. Thrift has moderated and been a presenter for numerous TMC technical sessions. He received the Silver Spark Plug, the council’s highest honor, in 2005. He has also served as a member and chairman of American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Technical Advisory Group.
Other officers include: Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Meetings, Roy Gambrell, Truck It; Chairman of Study Groups, Dan Umphress, FedEx Freight; Membership and Publicity Chairman, Jerry Warmkessel, Mack Trucks; Chairman of Associates, Al Anderson, Jost International; Immediate Past Chairman, Steph Sabo, Norrenberns Truck Service; and Executive Director, Carl Kirk, TMC/ATA.
Directors-at-Large on TMC’s 2010-2011 board include: Jerry Anderson, Daimler Trucks North America; Bob Flesher, FedEx Ground; Lee Long, Southeastern Freight Lines; Oren Summer, FleetNet America; Ron Szapacs, Air Products & Chemicals; Kevin Tomlinson, South Shore Transportation; and Dave Williams, Verizon Fleet Operations.
TMC will hold its 2010 Fall Meeting and National Technician Skills Competition at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh NC. Set for Sept 20-23, TMCSuperTech2010 will be the sixth national competition for finalists of state and corporate technician competitions. For more details, contact Joe Hite at 703-838-1927 or online at http://tmc.truckline.com.