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Industry Leaders Recognized During TMC Annual Meeting

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Several industry professionals were honored for their service to the council and the trucking industry during the Technology & Maintenance Council 2022 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition on March 8.

TMC gave the Study Group Secretary Award to Grant DeGeorge, Alcoa Wheels and the Excellence in Maintenance Supervision Award to James Wenger III of U.S. Xpress Inc.

Wenger, who was a first-time attendee at TMC 2022, was humbled by the recognition.

“I realize how real this is when you’re recognized for work and the industry sees it,” he said before receiving the reward. “I truly feel that if you put in the hard work and let that work speak for itself, the results will come, and that’s what has driven me.”

Chuck Bartley of Alcoa Wheels accepts a Recognized Associate Award from TMC’s Jill Gingrich. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

In addition, the council bestowed the honors of Recognized Associates to Andrew Krum, Virginia Tech Technical Institute; Brandon Uzarek, Accuride Corp., Chuck Bartley, Alcoa Wheels; and Doug Will, Infinity Air Products.

“TMC strives to advance the professional standards for commercial vehicle maintenance in our industry and has done so for more than 65 years,” TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell said. “We have leaders across our organization, but the technicians and executives we honor here set and raise the bar for excellence in this industry every day.”

The council also announced the graduation of its third and fourth group of candidates from the TMC of Tomorrow Leadership Development Program.

TMC Leaders of Tomorrow Class of 2022

TMC Leaders of Tomorrow graduating class of 2022. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Class of 2022 graduates includes valedictorian Arcia Jackson from UPS Inc. and:

• Christopher M. Gates, Truck-Lite

• Mason Queen, Gray Manufacturing

• Caitlin Gottier, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Co.

• Jacob Hanson, FedEx Ground

• Radu Pop, Stertil-Koni USA Inc.

• Tyler Black, Dogget

• Brett Delp, Dorman Products Inc.

• Matthew Farcosky, Fleet Pro

• Tony Thompson, Hub Group

• Michael Nowoslawski, Alcoa Wheels/Howmet

• Megan Junker, Paccar Parts

• Ian Fox, Wabash National

• Jamil Young, Fontaine Modification

• Jeremy Haskin, Truck Worx

• Ana Salcido, Navistar Inc.

• Sarah Arens, Altec Industries

TMC Leaders of Tomorrow Class of 2021

TMC Leaders of Tomorrow graduating Class of 2021. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

In her valedictorian speech, Jackson thanked UPS and her mentors for assisting her in the development program. She also praised her fellow classmates for their resilience from finishing training that had originally started in February 2020, and was delayed due to the pandemic.

We all were so excited in February 2020, then we went home and the whole world slowed down and we had to speed up.

Class of 2022 Valedictorian Arcia Jackson of UPS

“We all were so excited in February 2020, then we went home and the whole world slowed down and we had to speed up,” she said. “And we did what the industry taught us to do — we kept moving.”

Jackson noted that the class continued its task force programs virtually while still developing recommended practices.

“But most importantly, we all took care of each other,” she said. “I’m so excited for the future and because of all of you, I know that our industry isn’t only going to survive but we’re going to thrive.”

Each of the technicians and executives was honored by Premier Trucking Organization.

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