Press Release

Daseke Inc. Becomes 15th Member of TCF Founders Club

May 05, 2023

Washington – Today, the American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Cares Foundation announced that Daseke Inc. has committed to becoming the 15th member of the TCF Founders Club.

“The trucking industry does so much for our country and our economy, and the Trucking Cares Foundation embodies this spirit of service,” said Jonathan Shepko, CEO of Daseke. “We are proud to contribute to the Foundation and support the good work they are doing.

“Additionally, Daseke is honored to play a leadership role in TCF’s development thanks to the hard work of our own Phil Byrd, CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express, who has served as chairman of the Foundation since its inception in 2018,” he said.

The Founders Club is a special class of donors comprised of individuals and corporations that have committed to a $100,000 contribution over a 10-year period. Founders Club members will receive special recognition across Trucking Cares Foundation programs for their early and generous commitments to making our mission a reality.

“We appreciate the support of Daseke, and all of our Founders Club Members. They are setting the Foundation up for sustained success in its mission to support countless important causes and relief efforts in the US and around the world,” said TCF President John Lynch. “By building up the Foundation’s resources, we are able provide immediate relief for natural disasters, as well as contribute to our other ongoing charitable efforts.”

Membership in the Founders Club will close on May 8 – the two-year anniversary of the launch of the Trucking Cares Foundation.

With Daseke’s commitment, the 15 members of the TCF Founders Club are

•    ACT-1, the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry
•    Covenant Transport
•    Cummins Inc.
•    Tommy and Dean Hodges
•    J&M Tank Lines Inc.
•    LaunchIt Public Relations
•    Greg and Val Owen in memory of Josh Owen
•    UPS Inc.
•    Charles “Shorty” and Ro Whittington
•    Yellow Corporation
•    Scopelitis Law Firm
•    Bridgestone Tires
•    Dave and Betsy Manning
•    The Ruan Foundation
•    Daseke Inc.

Established in 2018, the Trucking Cares Foundation is the trucking industry’s charitable arm, focusing on several core areas, including: humanitarian and disaster relief; eradicating human trafficking; leadership development; strengthening the industry’s relationships with law enforcement, the military and veterans’ organizations; safety and research opportunities.

For more information on the Trucking Cares Foundation, visit