Ohio Trucking Association announces Inaugural Emerge OTA Class

The Ohio Trucking Association is constantly working to find ways to engage, educate, and provide for it’s membership in order to meet it’s goal to make Ohio the most operationally efficient, profitable, and relevant state to operate a trucking business.

This year, that effort included the introduction of the Emerge OTA program. Emerge OTA is a comprehensive leadership development program crafted for Ohio’s trucking industry leaders, both future and current. The areas that the program will focus on will include: strategic and financial business planning, trends in transportation, legal affairs, insurance data, and the emergence of third party logistics. It will also include a day at the Ohio State House to learn about legislative action and grassroots advocacy efforts and finally a full day of public relations and communications training.

On August 6, 2018, 10 finalists were selected from a pool of 25 candidates by a committee of five independent trucking industry executives from around the state. Committee Chair, Melanie Feeley of K-Limited Carrier, Ltd. said the following about the process, “It was an honor to work with the other committee members to review and select the inaugural Emerge OTA class. The nominations that we received were all well qualified and made the selection process somewhat difficult, which is a great problem to have. It is very exciting to see members investing in their future and the future of the trucking industry. The Emerge OTA program is an opportunity for these future leaders to understand what OTA does for the industry, provide them with leadership advice and guidance from current leaders in the industry and allow them to get involved in the association.  After graduation from the Emerge OTA program, our hope is that these leaders will be mentors for the future leaders in the industry and the Emerge OTA program.”

Ohio Trucking Association President & CEO, Tom Balzer said, “Emerge OTA is going to be a leader in trucking industry education and my hope is to see the program grow from 10 to 20 participants or more in the future,” claiming that “Emerge OTA is an investment in a trucking company’s talent pool and future as an organization.”

The 10 participants were announced at the 2018 OTA/ OAM Annual Conference at the Renaissance by Marriott – Downtown Toledo on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Opening Lunch Session. In the coming year, the Emerge OTA -participants will attend four in-person sessions that will cover the various aforementioned industry hot topics. Following sessions in December 2018, February 2019, April 2019, and August 2019, the participants will graduate at the 2019 OTA/ OAM Annual Conference at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown on September 18, 2019.

The Ohio Trucking Association Board of Trustees and staff are happy to introduce to you,  the inaugural Emerge OTA Class.

Rebecca Pohl Liette, Pohl Transportation, Inc.

Rebecca Pohl Liette

Rebecca Liette, is Vice President of Marketing at Pohl Transportation, Inc.  Pohl Transportation, a mid-sized family owned company, located in Versailles, OH. Pohl Transportation is a leader in Northwest Ohio and operates in 32 states, hauling 97% no touch dry van freight.  Rebecca has been with her family’s company for 15 years, and has worked in everything from safety, billing, and driver orientation.  Rebecca said that herhope is that “the Emerge OTA program will help her gain a better understanding of OTA, the process behind it’s operations, and all that it has to offer her company.”

Tyler Billeg, Premium Transportation Logistics

Tyler Billeg

Tyler Billeg is Director of Safety and Compliance for Premium Transportation Logistics in Toledo, OH. Prior to working in the trucking industry, Tyler worked as a Claims Specialist for auto and workers’ compensation claims in the insurance industry and graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in criminal justice. Tyler says that is hope is to “use the Emerge OTA Leadership Program to hone my industry knowledge, improve leadership skills, and accelerate my journey of becoming an industry leader.”

Eric Borrell, Peoples Services, Inc.

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Eric Borrell

Eric Borrell is currently a Warehouse Manager for Terminal Warehouse, Inc., a division of Peoples Services, Inc. Eric has been with the company for 14 years, and worked at TWI part-time while obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from The Ohio State University.  Eric started with TWI in their Akron, Ohio facility, but has since moved on and now manages two facilities in Columbus, Ohio with a total of 750,000+ sq.ft. of chemical storage.  Eric’s background is predominantly in warehousing and now he is looking to gain a better understanding of the current trends and issues as they relate to the trucking industry.  He cited the countless carriers and drivers that are in/ out of the facilities on a daily basis as one of the many reasons he wanted to be involved with Emerge OTA, saying that “a better understanding of the trucking industry will grant me the opportunity to share that knowledge with others and continue to develop warehouse environments that are sought after rather than avoided.”

Seth Skaggs, ContainerPort Group

Seth Skaggs

Seth Skaggs has been with ContainerPort Group for almost six years and currently holds the position of Operations Specialist. At this time he is being cross-trained in every role of operations at the CPG Columbus, Ohio facility as he prepares for more of a leadership role within the company. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master’s in Business from Ohio University. Seth currently resides in Lancaster, Ohio with his fiancé and two children, but they will be on the move shortly, as they are in the process of buying their first home in Jamestown, Ohio. Seth said, ” I hope to gain a well-rounded understanding of current and future trends in the transportation industry that I can utilize to become a better leader,” about the Emerge OTA program.

Angela Brown, GOLogistic

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Angela Brown

Angela Brown is the Business Development Manager for GOLogistic in Millbury, Ohio.  A recent addition to the team, Angela is looking forward to developing, mentoring, and coaching her team to success. Before this role, Angela was Customer Development Specialist for Gordon Food Service for 12 years. As a member of the Emerge OTA class, Angela hopes she will hone in on her leadership skills, improve her knowledge of the industry, and better understand the challenges that affect us all.  With this knowledge she will continue to help grow GOLogistic and the trucking and logistics industries.

Tiffany Carrocce, R&J Trucking

Tiffany Carrocce

Tiffany Carrocce, 28, works as Project Manager at R&J Trucking, Inc. She predominantly spends her time focusing on systems and procedural improvements, with most of her focus on the ELD mandate and making sure they complyR&J is a third generation trucking company, started by Tiffany’s uncle in 1960, with corporate headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio. The Carrocce family has continued to grow the company and currently operate over 600 company owned trucks. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at John Carroll University where she also studied abroad in London, as well as her Masters of International Business from Nova Southeastern with a capstone in Beijing. As a member of Emerge OTA, she looks to gain further knowledge of the industry as well as a clearer vision for the future. She also hopes to gain insight from other peers and companies as to how they face challenges in trucking, and looks to share hers.

Barbara Howerton, Rising Sun Express, LLC

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Barb Howerton

Barb Howerton resides in Jackson Center, Ohio with her husband Rick.  She has worked in trucking since 1984, with the past 30 years being with Rising Sun Express, LLC in Jackson Center, Ohio.  She started as the office staff of one, is the current CFO, and in June 2019, she will complete the transition to sole owner of Rising Sun Express, LLC. She has an Associates Degree in Accounting and is currently attending Bluffton University’s Organizational Management program for her Bachelors Degree.  Barb said the following about Emerge OTA, “I expect to gain and share a unique set of experiences and insights that could only be possible through the Emerge OTA leadership program .”

Adam Lonardo, The Acme Company

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Adam Lonardo

Adam Lonardo, 29, is Vice President of The Acme Company. As Vice President he oversees all sales, operations, financial planning, and business development for the business. Acme was founded by Adam’s Great Grandfather, Carmine Zarlenga Sr. in 1938, which makes Adam the fourth generation business owner. He started out greasing and washing trucks at 11 years old, and worked his way to upper management by 2014. In 2015, Adam founded Broadway Recovery Housing which is a residential sober living home in the heart of Youngstown, Ohio, and spends a large portion of his free time speaking at jails, hospitals, and treatment centers about overcoming Drug Addiction and Alcoholism. As a member of the Emerge OTA program Adam seeks knowledge, training, and experience to become a better manager and business owner. He aims to not only continue his fourth-generation family business, but also to grow it into a more efficient company as a whole.

Chad Schindewolf, Schindewolf Express

Chad Schindewolf

Chad Schindewolf is currently the VP of Maintenance & Tank Wash Facilities at Schindewolf Express and continues to take on a more active leadership role within the family owned company in DeGraff, Ohio.  He says he is eager to be a part of the Emerge OTA program and hopes to gather new skills that can be applied in various situations in the future. “I hope to gain and fine-tune some leadership skills, as well as make some new friends within the industry,” said Schindewolf.

Mike Maloney, Kenan Advantage Group

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Mike Maloney

Mike grew up in Youngstown, OH as the oldest of five children and spent his entire childhood in Northeast Ohio.  After graduating high school, he attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH earning a degree in Marketing and Logistics.  After college, he began his career in transportation, working for Manfredi Motor Transit as a Logistics Analyst.  Manfredi soon became DistTech and was acquired by Kenan Advantage Group.   Mike has had the opportunity to work in variety of positions over the years, but remained in operations at all times. Starting his career working on site at a customer location and was quickly introduced to load planning and dispatch.  Mike spent time learning terminal operations from washing out tankers to filling in for Terminal Managers when they were on vacation.  Eventually he stepped into the role of an Account Manager, where his primary focus was overseeing the daily operations for the company’s largest customer.  Today, Mike serves as the Senior Director of Operations for the SPG Dedicated Contract Carriage team at Kenan Advantage Group and resides in Cleveland, OH.  Mike concluded by adding, “There is never a dull moment in this business and I couldn’t be happier working for an industry leader like KAG and am thankful that they nominated me for the  Emerge OTA program!”

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