When producing the January issue of Truck News, I always need to be mindful to change not only the year on the cover page, but also the Volume and Issue number. The January issue, out now, is the first issue of the 35th volume. Pretty impressive. Thirty-five years of delivering news to the Canadian trucking industry.

But what’s more impressive is that many of our staffers have been around since nearly the beginning. Doug Copeland, regional account manager, has just completed his 30th year with the publication.

Doug cares deeply about the industry and his clients – and just as importantly, about the magazine itself. He reads it front to back each month and often offers feedback and suggestions to the editorial team.

He’s an old-school ad salesman, spending a good part of his month on the road visiting clients, taking pictures of their facilities and equipment for sale and serving as the intermediary between our art department and his clients to ensure their ads are as effective and current as possible.

He also makes a habit of stopping by the truck stops on his journeys to support our distributors and ensure our magazines are displayed neatly where they belong.

Congrats on 30 years, Doug!

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James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 20 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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