President Trump will be hosting a group of truckers at the White House this afternoon to discuss the state of the trucking industry and health care issues.
According to the President’s daily schedule, the truckers will be welcomed into the White House before they begin a listening session.
3:00 p.m.: Trump welcomes truckers and CEOs to the White House.
3:25 p.m.: Trump leads a listening session in the Cabinet Room with the truckers and CEOs focused on health care.
The group who will be meeting with Trump are the CEO members of the American Trucking Association as well as “members of ATA’s elite team of professional drivers, America’s Road Team,” according to an ATA news release.
The twelve truck drivers attending the White House meeting will be driving and escorting the ATA’s Image Truck.
- Steve Fields, Independence, Missouri, (YRC Freight);
- Ralph Garcia, Albuquerque, New Mexico, (ABF Freight System);
- David Green, Hot Springs, Arkansas, (Werner Enterprises);
- Rhonda Hartman, Des Moines, Iowa, (Old Dominion Freight Line);
- John Lex, Monroe, Georgia, (Walmart Transportation);
- David Livingston, Springfield, Georgia, (TCW Inc.);
- Don Logan, Eskridge, Kansas, (FedEx Freight);
- Charlton Paul Jr., Chester, New York, (UPS Freight);
- Russell Simpson, South Vienna, Ohio, (Holland Inc.);
- Todd Stine, Altoona, Pennsylvania, (Carbon Express);
- Barney Earl Taylor, Orlando, Florida, (Penske) and
- Derrick Whittle, Fieldale, Virginia, (Cargo Transporters Inc.)
In addition to ATA President Chris Spear, 10 trucking CEOs will also be part of the team meeting with Trump.
- ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president, Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio;
- Jim Burg, president and CEO, James Burg Trucking Co., Warren, Michigan;
- David Congdon, CEO, Old Dominion Freight Line, Thomasville, North Carolina;
- Mike Ducker, president and CEO, FedEx Freight, Memphis, Tennessee;
- Eric Fuller, CEO, U.S. Xpress Inc., Chattanooga, Tennessee;
- Neal Kedzie, president, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, Madison, Wisconsin;
- Rich McArdle, president, UPS Freight, Richmond, Virginia;
- Dennis Nash, CEO, Kenan Advantage Group, North Canton, Ohio;
- Tonn Ostergard, president and CEO, Crete Carrier Corp., Lincoln, Nebraska and
- John Smith, chairman, CRST International Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Burch made it clear that he intends to emphasize the importance of lifting the regulatory burden on the trucking industry during the White House meeting: “We are looking forward to meeting with President Trump and talking to him about how we can ease regulatory burdens on our industry, reform our tax system and rebuild America’s infrastructure. I’m very excited to bring two trucks, trucks we use to convey a message of safety and essentiality around the country, to the White House.“