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March 2, 2020 12:15 AM, EST

At Closing Banquet, Earnhardt Highlights Technician Development

TMC Chairman Stacy Earnhardt at closing banquetEarnhardt at closing banquet by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

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ATLANTA — Stacy Earnhardt took the reins as general chairman of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council here Feb. 26 at the closing banquet of TMC’s annual meeting.

In his remarks to TMC’s membership and other attendees, Earnhardt emphasized the importance of not only recruiting, but also supporting a new generation of diesel technicians.

“Just getting them in the door is not enough. These technicians should be afforded the same opportunities for growth and advancement that we have all enjoyed,” he said. “Without a persistent effort to develop the next generation of leaders, our industry will not continue to thrive and reach the levels of success we aspire to.”

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Earnhardt, director of asset management and specialized operations at Best Logistics Group, also highlighted the work of outgoing chairman Kenneth Calhoun.

Stacy Earnhardt makes presentation to Kenneth Calhoun

Stacy Earnhardt (right) recognizes the work done by Kenneth Calhoun during his term as TMC Chairman at TMC's closing banquet. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

“Thanks to the initiatives of Mr. Calhoun, along with several past chairmen, bolstering and developing a skilled workforce is receiving more focus than ever before,” Earnhardt said. “By raising awareness for this critical need, I have been given a great head start and it is vitally important that I continue your efforts.”

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Calhoun, fleet optimization manager for Altec Industries, reflected on his year leading the council.

“I am convinced that this year will represent the pinnacle of my career and I could not be any prouder than to have had the opportunity to represent you, so thank you,” he said.

Prior to the remarks from TMC’s incoming and outgoing chairmen, comedy magician Dewayne Hill brought some levity to the dinner with his humorous magic act.

The Marshall Tucker Band performs at TMC's closing banquet

The Marshall Tucker Band performs at TMC's closing banquet. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The evening concluded with a performance by Southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band, which played classics such as “Can’t You See” and “Fire on the Mountain.”

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