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October 3, 2016 5:00 PM, EDT

Iowa Motor Truck Association Wins Mike Russell Image Award

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LAS VEGAS — The Iowa Motor Truck Association captured the Mike Russell Trucking Image Award from American Trucking Associations on Oct. 3 at the annual Management Conference & Exhibition here for "developing an innovative campaign to encourage members to promote the industry by awarding points for various activities."

“The Mike Russell Trucking Image Award honors motor carriers, industry suppliers, associations and individuals who go above and beyond in drawing positive attention to our industry,” said incoming ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc. “We can all tout the great things our companies and employees are doing for the community, but this award is ‘for those who best promote the trucking industry.’ ”

Earlier in the day, the state association's president, Brenda Neville, received the Trucking Association Executives Council Leadership Award.

Other Russell Image Award winners were:

  • Help Inc., whose support of ATA’s Share the Road program, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Truckers Against Trafficking and the efforts of state trucking associations, along with a series of safety quizzes that promoted a positive safety message for the trucking industry.
  • Garner Trucking Inc., for its extensive community engagement efforts, including generous support of Trucking Moves America Forward and its participation in the trailer wrap program, offering technician scholarships and sponsoring its local American Legion baseball team, participating in the inaugural class of LEAD ATA, and delivering water to Flint, Michigan, during that city’s water crisis.
  • Wal-Mart truck driver John Lex, an America’s Road Team Captain and the Georgia Truck Driver of the Year.

“Those of us in trucking are aware of the vital role that it plays in the daily life of every person," said Tommy Hogan, manager of transportation account management at HireRight, which sponsored the awards.

"Some individuals and organizations go above and beyond to broaden and strengthen that awareness among the millions of people who benefit from the trucking industry every day,” he added.

The Mike Russell Trucking Image Awards are named in honor of the late Mike Russell, a former ATA vice president of public affairs.