TMC elects Dan Umphress general chairman, names Silver Spark Plug winners

NASHVILLE. Dan Umphress has been elected general chairman and treasurer of the American Trucking Assns.’ Technology & Maintenance Council. The election was held during the organization’s 2014 Annual Meeting here. Umphress term is for 2014-2015.

Umphress served this past year as the council’s vice chairman and chairman of meetings.

TMC also announced its Silver Spark Plug winners. He is vice president of maintenance and fleet services for A&R Logistics.

Others serving as TMC officers for 2014-2015 include: Vice Chairman and Chairman of Meetings Kevin Tomlinson, South Shore Transportation; Chairman of Study Groups Doug White, Dunbar Armored; Chairman of Membership and Publicity Peggy Fisher,TireStamp, Inc.; Chairman of Associates Al Anderson, Bose Corp.; Immediate Past Chairman Kirk Altrichter, Crete Carrier Corp.; and Executive Director Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology & logistics.

Directors-at-large include: John Adami, NW Heavy Duty Component Sales; Todd Cotier, Hartt Transportation; Greg Cybor, professional fleet manager; David Foster, professional fleet manager; Jeff Harris, Swift Transportation; and John Sullivan, Reliable Carriers.

The 2014 TMC Silver Spark Plug recipients are: Jim Clark, recently retired as director of engineering for TMD Friction, Troy, Mich.; Lilo Hurtado, applications engineer for ExxonMobil, Bolingbrook, Ill.; Bob Jeffries, sales manager for Remy Inc., Arlington, Texas; Mark Louzon, engine product development manager for Volvo Powertrain North America, Hagerstown, Md.; Vic Meloche, manager of technical sales for Detroit Diesel, Detroit; Don Raitzer, engineer for Stemco Brake Products Group, Livonia, Mich.; and Dan Umphress, vice president of maintenance and fleet services for A&R Transport, Morris, Ill.

“These recipients were awarded the Silver Spark Plug for their outstanding contributions to the improvement of equipment, maintenance, industry-related technology and management practices,” said Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology & logistics. “Through leadership and technical achievement, these individuals have all brought about significant improvements for the commercial vehicle industry.”

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