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TMC Honors Industry Leaders in Annual Meeting


Contact: Marsh Galloway

March 2, 2016



TMC Honors Industry Leaders in Annual Meeting

Nashville, Tenn. – Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council honored several industry professionals with a variety of awards for their important service to the council and the industry.


The awards were presented during the Council’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition.


These awards included:


·         Richard Winters, fleet manager, Verizon Fleet Operations, New Freedom, Pa., who was honored with the Peggy Fisher Study Group Leadership Award;

·         Jason Gagnon, shop manager, Transport America, North Jackson, Ohio, who was honored with the Excellence in Maintenance Award;

·         Anita Byrne, national sales manager, Mobile InnerSpace, Wapakoneta, Ohio, Todd Cross, sales manager, Delco Remy, Pendleton, Ind., and Rob Nissen, national service manager, SAF-Holland USA, Muskegon, Mich., who were honored as Recognized Associates; and

·         Alex Knight, market segmentation manager, Class C Solutions Group, Independence, Ohio, who was honored with the Study Group Secretary Award.


“For 60 years, TMC has worked to set and improve the standards for commercial vehicle maintenance and equipment,” said Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology & logistics and TMC executive director, “and these individuals exemplify that in their work every day. Congratulations to them and to all our hard-working TMC members who are setting the bar for our industry.”


The Peggy Fisher Study Group Leadership Award, established in 1986 and named after its first recipient, honors excellence in management of TMC study group activity. To earn this award, candidates must demonstrate distinguished service as a study group chairman for three years, earn the respect of their peers, and demonstrate leadership in the creation of new recommended practices and organizing technical programs. Since 1986, only 17 individuals have received the honor.


Winters, a TMC member since 2005, has been active in the S.14 Light- & Medium-Duty Trucks and S.15 Specialty Trucks Study Groups and Corrosion Control Action Committee for many years, serving as S.14 chairman since 2009. He has overseen the development or update of numerous recommended practices in S.14/S.15 and oversaw the merger of the two study groups. He has chaired or moderated numerous technical sessions and chaired several task forces, including CCAC’s Hydraulic Brake Systems Corrosion Control and S.14 RP Updates. He is a recipient of TMC’s Silver Spark Plug, the Council’s highest award.


The Excellence in Maintenance Supervision Award honors a front-line supervisor for excellent performance in maintenance supervision. Continuing a maintenance career that began in the United States Marine Corps, Gagnon has held positions from technician to shop manager at Transport America for nearly 15 years.


“Jason’s strong leadership presence combined with his interpersonal strength has earned him the respect of his team and his peers,” said Sam Broyles, regional maintenance leader for Transport America. “This has also cleared the path for positive process improvements and reduced the time necessary for successful implementation of productivity enhancing changes in his shop.”


Over the past year, Jason’s team delivered a 51% increase in warranty dollars recovered as compared to the previous year. This was 53% over the expected target totaling more than $430,000.


The Recognized Associates award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of equipment, its maintenance and support of TMC activities.


Byrne, a TMC member since 2009, received the TMC Study Group Secretary Award in 2015 and has served on the Member Outreach and Secretary Committees. She currently serves as Study Group Secretary for the Corrosion Control Action Committee and has served as secretary for several task forces.


Cross, a TMC member since 1995, has served on the Meeting Mechanic and Sergeant-at-Arms Committees. He has been active in the S.1 Electrical Study Group and currently is chairman of the S.1 RP Updates Task Force.


Nissen, a TMC member since 1994, received TMC’s Silver Spark Plug award in 2015. He has served on the Mentor and Member Contact Committees. He has been active in the S.6 Chassis and Brake Systems and S.7 Trailers, Bodies and Material Handling Study Groups, having chaired several task forces.


Knight, a TMC member since 2005, has contributed to the recommended practice development process and assisted in organizing technical sessions as secretary of the S.14 Light- & Medium-Duty/Specialty Trucks Study Group. In addition to her role as study group secretary, she serves as secretary for all eight of S.14’s active task forces.


Deryk Powell, president of Velociti, presented special prizes to the schools of the top three winners of TMCFutureTech 2015, who were:


·         1st Place —Daniel Hanna, Forsyth Technical Community College

·         2nd Place — Jonathan Kelly, Southside Virginia Community College, and;

·         3rd Place — Karl Kerutis, WyoTech Blairsville


TMCFutureTech is sponsored by Velociti.


Mr. Powell presented Leonard Kiser, dean of engineering, of Forsyth Technical Community College, with:


·         $2500.00 of Mac Tools in the form of a gift certificate to be redeemed by the school

·         One Eaton Fuller Reman Transmission, 

·         A year of access to Cengage Learning's ASE Truck Technician Test Prep for their diesel tech students from Cengage Learning, and;

·         A Mini Dream Shop from Reliance Supply, which retails for $2000.


The schools' whose students placed 2nd and 3rd also received a year of access to Cengage Learning’s ASE Truck Technician Test Prep for their diesel tech students from Cengage Learning.


Accepting the prizes for Southside were Jonathan Kelly and Bryan Lewis, and accepting for WyoTech was Duane Tegels. 


TMC is America's premier technical society for truck equipment technology and maintenance professionals. TMC features a diverse membership of equipment managers, service-dealers, owner-operators, industry suppliers and manufacturers, educators, academia and others that support the trucking industry. TMC member fleets represent the broad range of industry vocations, including truckload, less-than-truckload, municipal, private, on/off-highway, construction and other operations. Find out more about TMC online at http://tmc.trucking.org.


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