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Navistar And Women In Trucking Award The Trucking Industry’s “2011 Influential Woman Of The Year”

Rochelle Gorman, Chief Executive Officer, CalArk International  Named Inaugural “Influential Woman of the Year”

Navistar, Inc. and the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) presented the inaugural “Influential Woman of the Year” award to Rochelle Gorman, chief executive officer, CalArk International, at a ceremony during this week’s Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) annual meeting.

“The ‘Influential Woman of the Year’ award is designed to shine a spotlight on the great leadership demonstrated by women in the trucking industry,” said Anne Belec, vice president and chief marketing officer, Navistar. “Rochelle’s dedication to trucking and her personal commitment to mentoring other women is exactly what we set out to celebrate.”

“We are excited to honor a woman who has been so influential in the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, president of Women In Trucking, “Rochelle is proof that women are achieving great things in all trucking professions, from drivers to accountants to CEOs. Rochelle’s story of tripling CalArk’s revenues while at the same time mentoring other women and raising a family is an inspiration as WIT furthers our mission to celebrate the success of women in what has traditionally been a very male-dominated industry.”

Gorman accepted her award immediately following a panel discussion about overcoming the challenges women often face in the trucking industry.

“Women today have the opportunity to lift each other up in ways that provide inspiration, leadership and encouragement that may not have existed when I entered the industry,” said Gorman. “We are now trusted to promote the good and positive of the trucking industry.”

Two runners-up for this year’s award were also recognized at the TCA event: Shelley Simpson, executive vice president, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. and Andreea Raaber, vice president, business development, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC.

“Navistar is proud to sponsor this award with the Women In Trucking Association to promote and recognize the leadership of influential women in our industry,” said Phyllis Cochran, president, Navistar Parts. “It is important to Navistar that the trucking industry attracts the best and brightest from a diverse pool of talent. With that goal in mind, Navistar will continue to sponsor the ‘Influential Woman’ award moving forward.”

The “Influential Woman of the Year” award seeks to recognize a woman in the trucking industry who makes or influences key decisions in a corporate, manufacturing, supplier, owner-operator, driver, sales or dealership setting. Other criteria for the award include demonstrating a record of responsibility and success in mentoring other women.

“We are very pleased with the response to the first year of this award and our judges had a difficult time selecting a winner from more than 30 well-qualified nominees” Voie added. “Our goal is to continue to build on the momentum with a call for 2012 nominations late this summer.”

CARB Get’s It Wrong, Again – 55% Overestimate Of Truck And Bus Emissions

An independent study of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) on-road in-use diesel regulation indicates that the agency has again overestimated emissions and the need for regulation.

As has been widely reported, CARB has been accused of out-right fraud with respect to its assessment of the health risks posed by exposure to diesel emissions. Following publication of a study published in April by Sierra Research, an independent Sacramento-based air quality consulting firm, CARB admitted that its estimates of emissions from off-road construction equipment, which it used to justify its regulations, were inflated by more than 340 percent.

Now CARB is admitting that the emission estimates upon which it based its on-road diesel regulations were also inflated by 30 percent. Another Sierra Research study commissioned by a group of diesel truck owners and organizations representing a variety of commercial interests known as the Ad Hoc Working Group indicates that even CARB’s most recent estimates are still off base by an additional 25 percent.

Specifically, the Sierra Research study found that when recent data from a survey of Ad Hoc Working Group members were analyzed in combination with available data regarding the average maximum mileage accumulation by trucks and CARB’s own “low growth” economic forecasts, the actual NOx emission levels without the CARB regulation will be equal to those CARB originally forecast under the regulation.

In addition, Sierra found that the updated inventory for PM indicated that the additional reductions in emissions needed to reach CARB’s regulatory goals are smaller than those envisioned by the agency at the time the regulation was adopted.  Sierra’s efforts indicated that the CARB on-road diesel inventory cannot be reasonably or thoroughly reviewed based on the information currently available and that where a review is possible, there are substantial issues that need to be addressed.

“Unfortunately this follows a sequence of bad decisions and unsupportable conclusions by CARB involving a variety of regulatory endeavors,” said Jay McKeeman, vice president for government relations, California Independent Oil Marketers Association.  “CARB needs to start over if they wish to maintain any credibility as an objective, thorough, data-driven agency,”

“Yes, we need a do-over,” said Lee Brown, executive director for the California Dump Truck Owners Association, a member of the Ad Hoc Working Group.

“Businesses have already absorbed millions of dollars in equipment devaluation and new equipment purchases due to adoption of regulations that are now being found to have little basis in reality,” Brown said.  “This multi-billion dollar regulation must be revaluated immediately before more California businesses close their doors”

The Ad-Hoc Working Group commissioned the independent study because CARB staff has repeatedly refused requests for the underlying data in the emissions models and inventories prepared in the run-up to the 2008 Truck and Bus Rule.

The group has also been persistent in asking for an independent science study on CARB’s public health determinations after it was discovered the first science report was authored by a CARB researcher who faked his credentials as a PhD in statistics.  Since then, serious allegations have surfaced that CARB conclusions have been skewed by concluding there are serious health effects from diesel emissions, when underlying data shows just the opposite.

For more information or copies of the new report Executive Summary contact Lee Brown, CDTOA at 909-982-9898, or by email at leebrown@cdtoa.org

Source: William E. Davis, Executive Vice President

Southern California Contractors Association

Registration Open for The Work Truck Show 2010

NTEA Announces Complete Event Schedule

The NTEA Work Truck Show is the industry event that best addresses the trucking needs of the construction industry.

Registration is now open for North America’s largest work truck event, The Work Truck Show 2010. Register online atimageswww.ntea.com to explore 500,000 square feet of cutting-edge truck components, equipment and full-size vocational trucks. Attendees can choose from more than 40 training sessions to help improve their operations, including a full-day Fleet Management Symposium and a Truck Fleet Manager Training Session and Networking Luncheon open exclusively to fleet managers.

The Work Truck Show 2010 is held in conjunction with the 46th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention, March 10-12, 2010 at America’s Center in St. Louis, MO. The Convention,images-1educational sessions and Green Truck Summit open March 9.

“We know that organizations have to consider all travel costs very carefully,” says Allen Birmingham, NTEA Convention chairman and national sales manager of Tommy Gate Co. (Phoenix, AZ). “That’s why the NTEA has been working overtime to ensure that The Work Truck Show 2010 is the one event fleet managers must attend in 2010. We’ve teamed up with the industry’s leading companies to put together an unmatched line-up of training, new product launches and equipment that you just can’t find anywhere else. If you can only make it to one show in 2010, make it The Work Truck Show!”

The Work Truck Show 2010 floor fills both America’s Center and the Edward Jones Dome with Class 1-8 trucks, components and specialized equipment from a diverse range of global manufacturers. Dozens of new products are launched at the Work Truck Show. To make it easier to seek out the latest developments, many new products are identified in the show directory and on signage with a New Product Spotlight logo.

The leading chassis manufacturers do more than just show off their coolest new trucks at the Work Truck Show — 10 give full-blown presentations covering what’s new and upcoming with their product lines. For example, representatives of Hino will discuss the company’s chassis cab model line-up changes for 2011, 2012 and 2013, as well as new options for the service/utility market. General Motors Fleet and Commercial Operations will focus on significant improvements planned for the Silverado and HD chassis to better serve the commercial truck market. International Truck plans to talk about its Advanced EGR and hybrid technology. These chassis update sessions are scheduled as part of the educational conference March 9-11.

Fleet management professionals in any industry or government agency may benefit from the Fleet Management Symposium. In the Symposium, consultant Kelly Walker, president of Kelly Walker Associates, (Dallas, TX) teaches methods to drastically improve fleet and shop productivity while reducing costs. Separate, advance registration for the Symposium is required. Registration includes entry into The Work Truck Show 2010 and all concurrent educational sessions. The Symposium runs from 8:30am–4:30pm on Tuesday, March 9.

Fleet management professionals are also invited to an exclusive Training Session & Networking Luncheon to find out “What’s Wildly Important — Using Data to Manage Fleet Costs” on Thursday, March 11, from 11:30am–1:30pm. At this session, Steve Saltzgiver, director, State of Georgia Office of Fleet Management (Atlanta, GA) will share ideas and success stories about reducing and controlling fleet costs. The luncheon also gives fleet managers an opportunity to meet and learn from each other.

Some of the other educational sessions designed for fleet managers include: Fleet Management Survival Strategies for the Next Decade, Optimizing Work Truck Body and Equipment Design, Trailer and Towing Factors for Class 1-4 Trucks, and Spec’ing Truck Chassis to Match Job Requirements and Optimize Performance. For a  full schedule click here.

Additional Work Truck Show 2010 highlights include:

  • Inspirational keynote address by William Shatner at the President’s Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 11.
  • Expanded Green Truck Summit on Tuesday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 10.
  • Fortifying industry connections and reconnecting with peers at the Opening Reception in America’s Center on Tuesday, March 9.
  • Taking the latest hybrid and alternative fuel work trucks for a spin in the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive Wednesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 11 from 12:00 pm -4:30 pm.