ATA honors former Chairman Gail Cooper with Webb Award
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Posted by: Ford Boswell
The Alabama Trucking Association recently honored Boyd Bros. Transportation CEO Gail Cooper for lifetime achievement and service to the trucking industry.
At its recent 76th Annual Meeting and Convention held April 24-26 in Destin, Fla., the Association gave Cooper its H. Chester Webb Award for Distinguished Service, an annual award given to members of the Association for their work to improve the trucking industry, as well as their service to the the Association and the communities where they live and work. It is the highest honor for an ATA member.
For her part, Cooper's contributions to trucking are many. For nearly 30 years she has worked for the family trucking business, becoming its CEO in 2000, and guiding it to become one of the most successful and respected trucking firms in the country.
In 2010, she was elected as this Association’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. She is the first and only woman to hold the office in the Association’s 76-year history.
According to ATA president and CEO Frank Filgo, as his group's Chairman, Cooper bolstered the Association’s stature as one of the state’s leading highway and driver safety advocates by investing in proven initiatives administered by state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (or TACT) program; the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s safety monitoring program Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA); and federal and state lawmakers’ efforts to enact across-the-board bans on texting while driving by commercial and non-commercial drivers.
“She offered the perfect blend of tradition and innovation to guide us through some pretty rough times,” Filgo said. “She led with grace and conviction, and was an outstanding representative for the state’s trucking industry. She was the perfect person for the time.”
Her father, the late Dempsey Boyd, was the founder of Boyd Bros. and a trucking institution, having supported the industry and the Association for more than 40 years, serving as its Chairman in 1983. Mr. Boyd would later go on to receive the Webb Award in 1987.