2016 UTA Safety Awards

UTA Honorees Driver of the Year Steven B. Webb Walmart Transportation 50 Years-7 Million Accident Free Miles Safety Supervisor of the Year Bryon Gravley Double D Distribution Trooper of the Year Trooper Michael K. Bennett Utah Highway Patrol UDOT Motor Carrier Division Industry Partner of the Year Sherri Hansen UDOT Motor Carrier Division Drivers of the Month Winners *Accident Free Miles Dallas W. Mullins Godfrey Trucking, Inc. Years: 18 Years Miles: 1.1 Million * Geremias Garcia Pride Transport Inc. Years: 12 Years Miles: 1.2 Million* Chad E. Arohalt Walmart Transportation Years: 20 Years Miles: 2.8 Million* Duane E. Lundskog Godfrey Trucking, Inc. Years: 10 Years Miles: 1.1 Million* Robert D. Butler Walmart Transportation Years: 40 Years Miles: 4.9 Million* James F. Harper Pride Transport, Inc. Years: 9 Years Miles: 1.3 Million* William “Scott” Aronhalt Walmart Transportation Years: 22 Years Miles: 2.6 Million* Larry N. Thornton Pride Transport, Inc Years: 9 Years Miles: 1.2 Million* Steven B. Webb Walmart Transportation Years: 50 Years Miles: 7 Million* Scott B. Olsen Pride Transport Inc. Years: 7 ½ Years Miles: 502,000* William E. McCracken FedEx Freight Years: 46 Years Miles: 1.5 Million* Chad R. Hamblin Pride Transport, Inc. Years: 4 Years Miles: 500,000* Chad R. Hamblin Pride Transport, Inc. Years: 4 Years Miles: 500,000* Kelly A. Boswell Geneva Rock Products Years: 36 Years Miles: 2.5 Million* Chris-Ann Lloyd Pride Transport, Inc. Years: 6...

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Trafficking Coalition Build

Trafficking Coalition Build By UTA Staff On October 11th the Utah Trucking Association, with the help of Truckers Against Trafficking and the Utah Attorney General’s Office, hosted a coalition build to help law enforcement and members of the trucking industry connect and gain insights into how they can better identify and help victims of human trafficking. Chief Leo Lucey of the Utah Attorney General’s Office addressed the group on the status of trafficking specifically in Utah.  Following Chief Lucey, Esther Goetsch with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) gave some insights to human trafficking specifically in the trucking industry. Beth Jacobs,...

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Utah Techs Crushed It at Nationals

Utah Techs Crushed It at Nationals Utah Trucking Association hosted its first state SuperTech Challenge in May of this year.  The competition hosted thirty-four competitors, breaking the record for the number of participants in a state’s first year. Each of the tech competitors were tested in thirteen areas of heavy vehicle technician mechanics and were scored according to their knowledge. Each of the techs did a great job in the competition and went home with some great prizes.  However, the professional first place winner, Darrell Duggan from Walmart Transportation and first place student, Clancy Johnson from the Utah Valley...

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Five news grabbing issues anticipated for the 2017 Utah Legislative Session

Five news grabbing issues anticipated for the 2017 Utah Legislative Session By Rob Jolley, Lobbyist & Managing Partner with RRJ Consulting Utah’s legislature continues to place transportation and trucking as a top priority in their discussions during the legislative session.  It is anticipated that there will be five noteworthy issues the legislature will discuss during the upcoming session. Although the gas tax was increased in 2015 and the local distribution of gas tax monies were settled in the November special session, there is still a lot of discussion about transportation. The primary focus of the upcoming session will be...

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Winter 2016 Executive Director Article

Dear Association Members and Friends, By the time this magazine edition is published we will be well into winter.  However, as I am writing this it is just days before Thanksgiving.  I so enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and what it stands for.  This year, like no other I can remember, has been interesting, especially in the political realm.  Just weeks ago, we concluded a very divisive presidential campaign and election process and even weeks later many are upset and concerned for the future of our country.  While of course our association gets concerned about politics and has a vested...

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IMPORTANCE OF FCRA COMPLIANCE

IMPORTANCE OF FCRA COMPLIANCE By Todd Anderson, Senior Professional in Human Resources with Platinum HR “statutory damages of up to $1,000 for each applicant, costs and attorneys’ fees, and punitive damages.” The number of employers that conduct background checks as part of the hiring process has steadily increased. Background checks can help uncover misconduct or dishonest behavior at previous jobs and determine whether applicants possess the positive traits employers desire. They can also help avoid negligent hiring claims if things go wrong with a new hire. However, a recently filed lawsuit demonstrates that the decision to use background checks...

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1st Annual Autumn Invitational Shoot

1st Annual Autumn Invitational Shoot Utah Trucking Association and North American Trailer hosted the first annual Autumn Invitational Shoot with the help of TAB Bank, Val & Julie Stokes, and Utility Trailer Sales of Utah as sponsors.  There was a great turnout with 54 total shooters – between the short planning time …and it being right in the middle of the deer hunt, it was a fantastic first year! The shoot was held at Wasatch Wing & Clay in Cedar Fort – a stunning location with wide open fields tucked up in the hills near Eagle Mountain with a...

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FINANCIAL FOCUS: Do You Have a Small-business Retirement Plan?

FINANCIAL FOCUS: Do You Have a Small-business Retirement Plan?  By Spencer Dow, Accredited Asset Management Specialist, Edward Jones If you’re a small-business owner, you’ve always got a lot to do: marketing your products or services, hiring employees, paying your bills, coping with competition – the list goes on and on. But there’s one task you may be overlooking: establishing your own retirement plan. And that’s not something you want to ignore – because, one day, you may want to trade in the title of “business owner” for that of “retiree.” Fortunately, when choosing a retirement plan, you’ve got some...

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Road Rally 2016: Telluride, CO

Road Rally 2016: Telluride, CO By: UTA Staff The annual Utah Trucking Road Rally always promises to be a good time, and this year was no exception.  With the best people in the industry, the ride broke the norm by extending the invitation to include cars with the motorcycles and having an overnight ride to Telluride, Colorado. The Northern Utah group met at the Utah Trucking Association building where they were fed a delicious hot breakfast sponsored by Quality Tire’s generosity. Once done with their meal, the group headed out from the UTA building to beautiful Moab, Utah to...

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SUTA Scholarship Test

  “I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am to have received this scholarship.  This is such a relief in a difficult time and I feel so blessed.  It is my dream to become a Diesel Technician.  I was ready to give up on my dream after several attempts to attend college were not successful because of my financial situation.  This scholarship will relieve the stress of worrying how I am going to pay for this program.  Once day I will return the generosity by giving back to the Association that has given me the opportunity to...

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