AMTA elects new board, executives

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CALGARY, Alta. — The newly formed Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) has completed its first election and a new board is now in place.

Six regional directors were elected, as well as four directors-at-large. AMTA executive director, Lane Kranenburg, says the elections featured a number of very close battles.

“Edmonton was fierce and close, Calgary was tight — the first vote was a tie — and Lethbridge was really tight. It was about one vote apart,” says Kranenburg. “There were nine people running for four positions as director at large,” he adds.

The regional council winners were Eric Astell of Cobra Oilfields in the Northwest; Bill Craig of Craig’s Trucking in Edmonton; Rocky Downton of Downton’s Transport in Red Deer will represent the Central Regional Council; Gene Orlick of Gene Orlick Transport in Calgary; Dean Paisley of Lethbridge Truck Terminal was the winner in the south; and Jeff Taylor of Gibson’s Petroleum will represent the Northeast Regional Council.

The new directors-at-large are Roy Craigen of ECL Group, Norm Shupe of Mullen Transportation, Dennis Pettit of Canadian Freightways and Ron Singer of Ron Singer Truck Lines.

New executives elected include past-president Andrew Vlasetti of Big Horn, who was formerly the president of the Alberta Trucking Industry Safety Association before it’s amalgamation with the Alberta Trucking Association (ATA). Former ATA president Jurgen Mantei of Mantei’s Transport was elected as president, and John Finn of Exalta Transport will also be joining the AMTA as president elect.

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