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Industry Leader Bill Reed Jr., CEO of Skyline Transportation, Dies

Skyline Transportation truck on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

William Reed Jr., CEO of Skyline Transportation and prominent in the trucking industry for advocating for a broad number of issues, died suddenly Dec. 17 at his home in Farragut, Tenn. He was 71.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 10, 2019
Business

Former ATA Chairman Ernest Cox Dies at 89

Ernest Stedman Cox, a former American Trucking Associations chairman and prominent figure in the industry, died Oct. 1. He was 89.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
October 4, 2018
Business

John Conkin, Longtime Commercial Lender in Trucking, Dies at 62

John Conkin, a longtime commercial lender and supporter of the trucking industry who most recently was managing director at BMO Transportation Finance, died June 3 after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 19, 2018
Business

Doyle Coatney, Longtime Owner of Acme Truck Line, Dies at Age 82

Doyle Coatney, the longtime owner and CEO of Acme Truck Line in Gretna, La., died May 1. He was 82.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
May 10, 2018
Business

Harris Saunders, Truck Leasing Executive, First Trala Chairman, Dies at Age 93

Harris Saunders Jr., the former head of Saunders Leasing System and picked to be the first chairman of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association in 1978, died May 6. He was 93.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
May 10, 2018
Business, TCA

Jay Kaplan, Owner of Freightway Corp., Dies at 76

Jay Kaplan, who owned the trucking firm his father founded and led industry advocacy groups, died Feb. 24 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. He was 76.

Mark Zaborney | The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade
March 2, 2018
Business, Equipment

Harvey Brodsky, ‘Voice of Retreading,’ Dies at Age 81

Harvey Brodsky, known around the world as the “voice of retreading” and who was the former managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau and the Retread Tire Association, died Sept. 17 of complications from lung cancer at his home in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

September 28, 2017
Business

'C.B.' Crook Dies at 80; Built N.C. Used-Truck Dealership

Retired businessman Cletus Beatrix “C.B.” Crook Jr., who helped turn his father’s automobile dealership into a major platform for used-truck sales, died May 28 at his home in Albermarle, North Carolina. He was 80.

Transport Topics
June 6, 2016
Business

Trucking Executive Bill Bender Dies at 84

William “Bill” Bender, a former senior executive at IU International Corp. and co-founder of Customized Transportation Inc., died Sept. 10 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He was 84.

Transport Topics
September 25, 2015
Business

University of Memphis Establishes Award Honoring Trucking-Industry Figure Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington, Photo by John Sommers II for TT

The University of Memphis has established the D. Mike Pennington Award for Outstanding Mentoring to honor a longtime trucking-industry figure who died in December.

Transport Topics
May 15, 2015

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