The Alabama Trucking Association has selected Birmingham trucking executive Wayne Watkins as its top elected official for fiscal year 2014-‘15.
Watkins, 61, was installed as the Association’s Chairman of the Board of Directors at a ceremony at the group’s headquarters in Montgomery, Ala. on June 24.
Nearly 200 Association officials, guests and other dignitaries, including state legislators, public officials, family and friends were present to witness outgoing Chairman Kevin Savoy of Greenbush Logistics hand over the reins.
Watkins will serve a one-year term as Chairman beginning July 1 through June 30, 2015 (ATA operates on July 1 fiscal year).
Watkins is President and co-owner of Watkins Trucking Co., a flatbed hauler specializing in the shipment of lumber and metal products. The company employs 75 full-time employees and has 45 company-owned trucks and another 40 leased tractors.
A third generation trucker, Watkins has been active in the industry officially for more than 50 years, but remembers “bumpingtrucking tires” at the age of 6 on trucks owned by his grandfather and company founder, Irvin Watkins.
“It is with great honor and anticipation that I approach my year of service as the Chairman of the Alabama Trucking Association,” he said. “This association is truly a backbone of support for trucking in Alabama and has a terrific staff that looks after the current and future needs of the industry.I hope that in retrospect I will see that I took advantage of opportunities to help move trucking forward as a safe, innovative and contributing sector for the progress of our state and our country.”
In his acceptance speech, Watkins laid out his agenda for the coming year, which includes a legal challenge by the Association seeking an end to the Alabama Dept. of Revenue’s practice of appraising motor vehicle equipment for property tax purposes based on the MSRP.
Other initiatives include bolstering membership numbers; increasing existing member involvement in ATA events and special projects -- especially among trucking firms; and fortifying and improving the industry’s public image for economic development and overall industry safety and professionalism.