TCA honours past chairman

LAS VEGAS — The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) recently awarded its prestigious Past Chairmen’s Award to Gary Baumhover, a long-time trucking executive and past chairman of TCA.

Baumhover was presented with the award during the association’s annual convention held this year at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

The Past Chairmen’s Award is given to recognized industry leaders who make a significant contribution to the business community, the industry, and the Truckload Carriers Association. It’s the highest award of recognition given by the organization.

Baumhover’s participation in TCA began in the late 1980s, when the association was known as the Interstate Truckload Carriers Conference (ITCC) and Baumhover was the president of Tri-State Transportation of Dubuque, Iowa.

Beginning in 1994, Baumhover began to rise through the leadership ranks of the organization (which by March 1997 was called TCA), serving as secretary, treasurer, and then third, second, and first vice-chair until finally becoming chairman from 1999-2000.

During his year as chairman, Baumhover oversaw the adoption of a TCA strategic plan that placed renewed emphasis on solving common management problems, as well as education and training. The
year brought the launch of Truckload Academy, a comprehensive training program for all levels of truckload carrier personnel, as well as the creation of special management panels for small carriers and the next generation of family members tasked with taking over their parents’ businesses.

After serving a year as immediate past chairman, Baumhover continued to participate in such TCA programs as the Benchmarking Management Panel, Shipper/Receiver “Just in Time to Wait” Management Panel, Committee on Operating Practices, Retention & Recruitment Human Resources Group, and Regulatory Policy Committee.

Professionally, Baumhover sold Tri-State Transportation to Grojean Transportation in 1998. After staying on with Grojean for a few years, he then took a position as executive vice-president of Gail Force in Janesville, Wisc.

His next career move was to Willis Shaw Logistics of Elm Springs, Ark., where he served as director of maintenance, and later, vice-president, independent contractor relations.

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