ATA honors longtime CEO with lifetime achievement award
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Posted by: Ford Boswell
The Alabama Trucking Association recently honored longtime Association President and CEO Frank Filgo with its H. Chester Webb Award for outstanding service to Alabama’s trucking industry.
The group surprised Filgo with the lifetime achievement recognition during its 77th Annual Convention held April 23-25 in Destin, Fla.
For more than two decades, Filgo has built the Alabama Trucking Association (ATA) into a powerful advocate for highway and industry safety and a champion for sensible pro-business legislation and industry regulation.
His tenure at ATA has delivered meaningful results that have help Alabama trucking businesses reach their individual goals. Many times his efforts are done behind the scenes, and often with little fanfare.
Boyd Bros. Transportation CEO and last year’s Webb award recipient Gail Cooper said Filgo’s dedication and reluctance to take credit for his work was a driving force for the Association’s decision to give him the award.
She added, “The board felt that acknowledging Frank’s contributions and dedication to Alabama truckers was much deserved and long overdue. His stewardship of ATA has made Alabama’s trucking industry better, safer and stronger. ”
Under his leadership, ATA has vastly improved services for members; raised the Association’s profile in the states’ political arena; and built a strong coalition of industry, regulatory and enforcement officials and staff members to shape a supportive environment for trucking businesses to thrive.
ATA Chairman of the Board Wayne Watkins pointed to the Association’s recent successes as evidence of Filgo’s work. Those accomplishments include:
- The Metal Coil Securement Act of Alabama, which preserves the federal regulations as it applies to the securement of metal coils
- The Anti-Indemnification Bill which makes shippers responsible for acts of sole negligence
- Legislation allowing for additional weight for the use of fuel saving auxiliary power units (APUs).
- Apportionment of the 2-cent inspection fee, a tax savings of $295 per truck.
- Legislation allowing for a permanent state trailer tag.
Watkins added that Filgo also “successfully spearheaded ATA’s recent lawsuit victory to limit property taxes on Alabama motor carriers involved in interstate commerce to miles driven within the state only. That ruling has resulted in significant tax savings for Alabama’s motor carriers.”
A key component of Frank’s management philosophy is to be “a king maker, not a king,” Cooper said. “He puts his membership’s best interest forward in everything he does and surrounds himself with great people to achieve success. He always gives credit to others for the Association’s successes, and accepts its failures as the fault of his own.”
Filgo has 42 years of experience in association management, having served both national and state trade associations. He grew up in Tupelo, Miss. and graduated from Mississippi State University and the National Institute of Organization Management at the University of Delaware.
He is a member of the American Society of Association executives and is past president of the Alabama Council of Association Executives. He received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1988. He serves on the Board of Directors of Business Council of Alabama and is past chairman of the Region II Trucking Association Executive Council (TAEC), currently serving as its secretary.
He and wife Jackie have two adult children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
ATA’s Webb Award is given annually to recognize individuals for service and contributions to the industry. It also encourages public service by members of the highway transportation industry. Winners of the award are those who have given their talents, leadership and dedication to the Alabama trucking industry, the Association, and the communities where they reside.