Trucking Moves Forward Campaign Halfway To $1 Million Destinationby Jana Ritter - Published: 4/29/2014
Since the official launch of the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign in March, the organization has announced that they have raised more than $500,000, which is more than halfway to its annual goal of one million dollars per year.
TMAF describes itself as “an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policy makers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.” The group was formed by a coalition of trucking industry players, which include the “Big 3” tire makers, and has gained support from a diverse group of industry influencers, including leading executives, professional truck drivers and technicians. Other groups involved include the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry, the American Trucking Associations, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, and the Truckload Carriers Association
The “Trucking Moves America Forward” campaign launch was announced at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville and described itself as “an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policy makers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.”
Steve Ponder, chairman of Trucking Moves America Forward and vice-president of Great West Casualty Co. said, “Trucking is an important industry to our country, nearly every consumer good touches a truck along its journey and we are excited to share what makes trucking so special with the American people. Today’s modern truck drivers are skilled professionals and devoted family men and women, trained to focus on safety, efficiency and reliability while operating the safest and most sustainable trucks we have seen to-date,” he added.
Ponder has also expressed how thankful the committee is for the response and feedback since the launch of the campaign. He said they especially appreciate the top-level sponsorship commitments from major industry leaders, but that every donation is greatly appreciated. “There is no amount too small as we are all working toward improving the industry and improving America,” Ponder said.
Mike Card, fundraising chairman of Trucking Moves America Forward and President of Combined Transport added, “The trucking industry is critical to the American economy, it injects more than $642 billion dollars into this country annually and trucks exclusively serve more than 80% of our country’s communities. The industry has made great strides in safety, innovation and technology and looks forward to sharing that with the American people,” he said.
Trucking Moves America Forward is an on-going movement and hopes to reach its annual $1 Million Goal for years to come. For more information go to: