About the TTA’s YPC

MISSION – The Young Professionals Council (YPC) is comprised of young trucking professionals who have passion and drive for the future of trucking in Tennessee. The council’s mission is “To empower and build camaraderie through the professional development of its young industry leaders through education, mentorship, and leadership opportunities while continuing to grow and strengthen the Tennessee Trucking Association.”

  • 2-3 Annual Events (like the Legacy Event, Sounds Game and Top Golf Fundraiser)
  • Periodic council and membership meetings
  • Getting involved with TTA events (like volunteering, Call on Nashville, Call on Washington)
  • Annual state-wide toy drive, Haulin’ for the Holidays

Why Do We Do It? We have a stake in, and passion for the future of trucking in Tennessee and are excited to be part of the process to shape that future.

For More Information – Please reach out to Sarah Heffington at (615) 426-2466.

For information on other YPC chapters and their officers view the pages below: 


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Upcoming YPC Events: 

There are no upcoming events at this time


YPC Officers, 2023-2024

  • ChairmanSarah Heffington
  • Vice ChairmanAndrea Hall
  • CommunicationsDan Joniak

Founding members

  • Patrick Mendenhall
  • Holly Czuba
  • Greg Maniscalco
  • Sarah Heffington
  • Rob Marsh
  • Jarit Cornelius
  • Jeff Angst
  • Aaron Ray
  • Joe Fischer
  • Taylor Minor
  • Edward Coble
  • Darcie Thompson








December 14, 2022

Contact: Carla Rose

(770) 432-0628



ATRI Announces 2023-2024 Research Advisory Committee Members


Washington, DC – The American Transportation Research Institute today released the names of those individuals appointed by the ATRI Board of Directors to serve on the 2023-2024 Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Among other activities, ATRI’s RAC is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.  RAC members represent a diverse cross-section of trucking industry stakeholders including motor carriers, industry suppliers, commercial drivers, shippers, law enforcement, academia and government. 


Mr. Ben Banks, Vice President of Operations for TCW, Inc. was appointed to serve as Chair of the RAC. The 2023-2024 ATRI Research Advisory Committee members are:


Colin Abernathy         

Director of Performance and Analytics

Groendyke Transport, Inc.


Brent Allred

Transportation Practice Leader & Managing Director

Higginbotham Transportation Services


Andrew Andrusko

Statewide Freight Planning Director

Minnesota Department of Transportation


Renee Bowen


Franklin & Prokopik, P.C.


Tony Bradley

President & CEO

Arizona Trucking Association


Michael Bray

Chief Commercial Officer

Platform Science


Joyce Brenny

President & CEO

Brenny Transportation, Inc.


Bree Bryant

Vice President of Safety

Eagle Transport Corp.


Mark Colson

President & CEO

Alabama Trucking Association


Mark Doughty

President and CEO

PrePass Safety Alliance


Steve Fields

America’s Road Team Captain



Rob Haddock

Group Director, Planning and Logistics

Coca-Cola North America


Evangelos Kaiser

Director, Freight Mobility Research Institute

Florida Atlantic University


Jackie Kelly

Senior Federal Affairs Representative

FedEx Corp.


Mike Ludwick

Chief Administrative Officer

Bison Transport


Ken Marko

Fleet Sustainability Senior Manager

US Foods


Andrew Mills

Vice President of Operations

TrueNorth Companies

Andrew Owens

CEO – Manager

A&M Transport


Andrew Petrofsky

Vice President

J&M Tank Lines


Dustin Ragon

Lieutenant, Commercial Carrier Enforcement

Wyoming Highway Patrol


Jose Samperio

Executive Director, End-User Sales

Cummins Inc.


Jon Samson

Executive Director, Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference

American Trucking Associations


Amanda Schuier

Director of Employee Engagement

Jetco Delivery


Andrea Serra

Senior Enterprise Product Manager

CH Robinson


Kimberly Skelton

Senior Manager, Consumer Insights

Pilot Flying J


Mike Stapleton

Vice President of Industry Relations

ISAAC Instruments


Kerry Stritt

Vice President Fleet Services

Southeastern Freight Lines


Daniel Studdard

Principal Planner, Transportation Access and Mobility Division

Atlanta Regional Commission


Heather Sykes

Director of the Office of Supply Chain, Professional, and Business Services

U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration


Gregg Troin


PGT Trucking


Stephen Truono

EVP and Chief Risk Officer

NFI Industries


Connie Vaughn

Manager, Government Relations

McKee Foods


Tom Weakley

Director of Operations

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation

“ATRI’s RAC members serve a critical role in identifying and prioritizing the trucking industry’s top research needs. We congratulate all those appointed by the ATRI Board to serve in this important role and look forward to working with them,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster
ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
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Highway Transport’s Pam Randol selected as finalist for NTTC Driver of the Year Grand Champion


The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) has recognized Highway Transport driver Pamela “Pam” Randol as one of eight finalists in the 2022-2023 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion program.

The eight finalists advance to the final round of the selection process in Arlington, Virginia, where a panel of industry professionals will judge contestants on their knowledge of the tank truck industry, dedication to safety, ability to communicate the industry’s messages, overall safe driving record and influence outside of their driving responsibilities. The 2022-2023 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion will be unveiled in Washington, D.C., during National Tank Truck Carrier’s 78th Annual Conference in early May 2023.

“Pam’s passion for the profession of trucking began in her childhood and continued into her military service during Desert Storm,” Highway Transport CEO Marshall Franklin said. “Pam’s spirit shines with everything she does every day. She builds relationships wherever she goes, and this has a positive impact on our industry. We are grateful for her service at Highway Transport and her commitment to her fellow drivers and colleagues.”

A professional driver since 1992, Randol has been driving tank trucks for three and a half years. Prior to that, Randol served in the U.S. Army from 1987-1992, during which time she served in Desert Storm. While deployed, Randol drove a 20-ton dump truck as part of an engineering unit that completed projects such as building roads.

“Part of what drives me is when somebody says, ‘You can’t do that,’ ” Randol said. “Well let me show you something: I’m just going to keep doing it until I succeed. I’m not afraid of anything. When I was eight years old, I saw a convoy of trucks and said to myself, ‘I’m going to drive a truck in the Army.’ I did, and the bug got me – I’m doing this for the rest of my life. My experience in the military showed me what I’m capable of.”


Randol’s achievement as a finalist marks the third time in company history that a Highway Transport driver has been selected for recognition and awards by the NTTC. Last year, the organization bestowed its highest national award to Highway Transport’s Thomas Frain, naming him the NTTC 2021-2022 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion. Highway Transport driver Alen Smailovic was recognized as one of the eight finalists in the 2020-2021 contest.

NTTC is a trade association representing more than 500 companies that specialize in transporting bulk or related services throughout North America. The Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary tank truck company driver or independent contractor who serves the industry with the most reliable and safe transportation of liquid or dry bulk commodities. The winner represents the best the tank truck industry has to offer with a demonstrated record of safety and a tireless involvement in community and charity organizations.  


“Safety is the number one priority,” Randol added. “I’m constantly thinking of safety. And I try to treat other people the way I want to be treated. I’m in a Highway Transport truck, and they’re glad to see that truck pull in. But then when they see me, that makes it more special for me and taking pride in my job.”


Thanks in great part to the diligence and safety record of its drivers, including Randol, Highway Transport earned the Responsible Care® Partner of the Year Award from the American Chemistry Council in 2019, 2021 and 2022. Highway Transport also has received recognition as a “Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation” by Women In Trucking in 2021 and 2022.


Highway Transport currently is hiring experienced drivers, and candidates can learn more at Drive4Highway.com. 


About Highway Transport
Highway Transport is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based company providing bulk transportation of specialty chemicals. The tanker fleet operates from 20-plus service centers in major chemical manufacturing areas across the U.S. with a fleet of 500+ tanker trucks and over 900 stainless steel trailers. Highway Transport has service centers in the following U.S. markets: Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Kingsport TN; Chicago and Kankakee in Illinois; Detroit; Charlotte; Atlanta and McDonough, GA; Bridgeport, NJ; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA; Cincinnati and Toledo, OH; Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, LA; Houston, Dallas, Freeport and Garland, TX.


Highway Transport received the Responsible Care® Partner of the Year Award in 2019, 2021 and 2022. The Responsible Care® organization recognizes partners with companies that have superb performance and safety records involved in the transportation of chemicals. Discover more in-depth information about Highway Transport by visiting HighwayTransport.com.



Photo Caption:
Highway Transport driver Pam Randol has been named one of eight finalists in the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) 2022-2023 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion program.


Dec. 13, 2022




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Take a peek at the 2022 Toy Drive

The 4th annual Haulin’ for the Holidays results are remarkable. Thanks to a combined effort by corporate angel sponsors and individuals, we raised $50,000 in toys and supplies for the children served by 7 different nonprofits in Tennessee. Our beneficiaries include YES Youth Encouragement Services in Nashville, Hands Up! Jackson, FedExFamilyHouse in Memphis, Toys for Tots in Knoxville, East Side Elementary in Chattanooga, Chambliss Center in Chattanooga, and Metro Nashville Police Department’s Christmas Basket program.


The YPC would like to thank our 2023 corporate angel sponsors for their generosity:

Adams and Reese LLPAscendChristenson Transportation Inc.Conard Transportation ServicesCumberland CompaniesDanny Herman Trucking, Inc.DunavantFirstFleet, Inc.Goggin Warehousing, LLCIntactKimbro Oil CompanyMurphy-Hoffman Company (MHC Kenworth)Mid-South WireThe M&W Logistics Group, Inc.Ozark Motor Lines, Inc.The Pete Store LLCReliance PartnersREPOWRRush Enterprises, IncSkyline Transportation, Inc.Titan Transfer, Inc.Tenney GroupU.S. Xpress, Inc.


To see pictures from the 2022 Haulin’ for the Holidays toy drop-offs, click here.

FMCSA is proposing to narrow the scope of regulations from which relief is provided automatically for motor carriers providing direct assistance when an emergency has been declared. Through the proposed changes, the Agency would ensure that the relief granted through emergency declarations is appropriate and tailored to the specifics of the circumstances and emergency being addressed. The Agency also proposes revisions to the process for extending an automatic emergency exemption where circumstances warrant.


Public comments must be received on or before February 6, 2023.



House and Senate GOP re-elect top leadership team

Tennessee House Republicans unanimously voted current Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) to lead the House of Representatives for a third term. The House GOP Caucus also voted to reelect Rep. William Lamberth (R-Portland) as Majority Leader, Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) as Caucus Chairman, and Rep. Johnny Garrett (R-Goodlettsville) to serve as Majority Whip. Rep. Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville) was chosen to serve his second term as Speaker Pro Tempore, and Rep. Mark Cochran (R-Englewood) was elected to his first term as Assistant Majority Leader.

The Senate Republican Caucus voted current Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) to a fourth term as Speaker, and to return Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) as Majority Leader and Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) as Caucus Chairman.