Board of Directors Election

Candidates appear in alphabetical order. Scroll down the page to view all of the candidate profiles. There are seven candidates for two Dealer openings on the Board. Please vote for no more than TWO Dealer candidates.

This year, the NTDA is again offering online voting. Only primary member contacts from Dealer and Allied members may vote. Those contacts will also receive an e-mail notification and a mailed ballot. More than one vote per company invalidates your vote. Selecting more than the specified number of candidates also invalidates your vote. Online and mailed ballots must be signed. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Online voting will conclude at midnight on Aug. 24, 2018.

Your vote is extremely important in determining the leadership and future direction of the organization. Newly elected Board members will begin their terms of service upon installation at the 28th Annual NTDA Convention, Oct. 3-5, 2018 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO.

The NTDA Board is made up of 12 members, nine of which are Dealer members, and three of which are Allied members. The Board is responsible for supervision, control and direction of the affairs of the Association within the limits of applicable laws and the NTDA’s Bylaws.

Board members are required to attend two to three in-person meetings per year and participate in conference calls throughout the year. Board members may volunteer or be assigned to Board Committees and/or Task Forces. Board members are reimbursed up to $1,000 per meeting for travel and expenses relating to meetings (other than those held during the annual Convention), and for special meetings that require travel. Per the NTDA’s Bylaws, Directors may not miss more than two consecutive meetings of the Board within a given year.

DEALER CANDIDATES

Kenneth C. Bumgardner

President
Royal Truck & Trailer Sales (Dealer)
Dearborn, MI
Years in Present Position: 3
Years in Trailer Industry: 20

Kenneth C. Bumgardner serves as President of Royal Truck & Trailer Sales & Service in Wixom, MI. He is the third generation to run the business since his grandfather started the company with two service bays. Since Kenneth took on a larger role six years ago as Vice President, and as President for the past three years, Royal has gone from one location with 30 employees to five locations with 150 employees. The major part of this growth has taken place in the greater Detroit Metro area. Royal was built on the principle that if you take care of your team and your customers the money will follow. This philosophy has allowed Kenneth to assemble and retain the best team in the business. It is with and because of this team that Royal has been a dominant player in their market and Kenneth is humbled to be part of a growing and expanding team.

Outside of his duties as President of Royal Truck & Trailer, Kenneth has been on the Sigma Phi Epsilon Eastern Michigan University Alumni Board for four years, Michigan Trucking Association and Luberfiner DAC boards for the past three years along with serving on his HOA for two years.

Industry issues of concern to Kenneth include:

1) Getting and keeping young talent into our industry. We should work with big manufacturers and vendors to set up training programs for high school and college age students.

2)  Lobby to eliminate FET. It is an old antiquated system put in place during WWI. It does nothing but punish companies wanting to update their fleet with the latest in technology.

3) Dealers must find ways to compete against large online retailers to survive in the changing marketplace.

Mark Hall

Corporate Trailer Sales Manager
Stoops Freightliner – Quality Trailer, Inc. (Dealer)
Indianapolis, IN
Years in Present Position: 2
Years in Trailer Industry: 11

Mark A. Hall has been the General Manager for Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailers, Inc.’s Trailer Division since 2016 and has been with the company the past 11 years. In his current position, Mark oversees trailer sales in 23 locations as well as parts and service in two locations. Prior to joining Stoops, Mark spent 14 years with General Electric, wrapping up his career there as National Account Manager. He joined GE after graduating with a degree in marketing from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

Mark is active in organizing volunteer activities for food banks in the Indianapolis area as he feels it is our responsibility to be great corporate citizens in the cities in which we live and work.

Industry issues of concern to Mark include:

1) Recruiting younger generations into the industry.

2) The lack of inventory in the marketplace.

3) Engaging the next generation of trailer dealers to in participate with organizations like the NTDA.

Michel Larocque

President
Great Dane Montreal (Dealer)
Montreal, QC, Canada
Years in Present Position: 25
Years in Trailer Industry: 33

Michel Larocque serves as President of Trailer Sales at Great Dane of Montreal, Inc. (Groupe St-Henri), a family business in Montreal, QB, Canada since 1901. Michel started with the company in 1984 after graduating with a marketing degree from SUNY Plattsburg in Plattsburg, NY. Michel started in the industry as a mechanic, then truck driver, deliveryman, and sales representative, working his way up to his current position. Michel has always been involved in several associations related to the trucking industry. In 2009, he joined the Traffic Club de Montreal and became President in 2017. He is also involved with and volunteers for causes that support disadvantaged children around Montreal.

Industry issues of concern to Michel include:

1) The increasingly difficult recruitment and retention of employees.

2) How new technology impacts the industry and how the industry must react.

3) The arrival of Millennials in the industry and their impact on changes of work habits.

Travis (TJ) Johnson

President
Intermountain Trailer Sales and Service – Salt Lake City (Dealer)
Salt Lake City, UT
Years in present position: 4
Years in trailer industry: 15

Travis (TJ) Johnson has been in the trailer industry for 15 years. With 20 years of operations and project management experience, TJ has spent the last nine years in the executive management level. TJ has continued to deliver double digit top line revenue and margin growth, along with significantly reducing fixed and operating expenses through improved operational efficiency initiatives. Many of TJ’s early transportation years were spent within the private fleet sector in operations management. In 2009, TJ joined OnRamp Trailer Wabash of Utah as Vice President Fixed Operations and in 2012 became President. In 2014, OnRamp Trailer was acquired by Prime Trailer where TJ continued to serve as president until 2017 when he was provided the opportunity to purchase the dealerships in Nevada and Utah and later acquire assets from Wabash National in Colorado to become what is Intermountain Trailer today. Intermountain Trailer has dealerships operating in Sparks, NV; Salt Lake City, UT; and Denver, CO.

TJ also has an ownership interest in Equinox Business Solutions that provides tax preparation, bookkeeping, and general accounting duties for truck drivers and independent contractors in many industries. TJ currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Kristi and their four sons; McKendrick, Mitchell, Mason, and Cody. He earned an Exercise and Sports Science degree from the University of Utah and later attended Colorado Northwestern Community College for an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.

TJ serves as an Employer Advisory Committee Member for Tooele Technical College, Vice President of Cal Ripkin Little League Baseball, President of West Jordan Little League Football, and is also an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Industry issues of concern to TJ include:

1) Continued government and EPA regulations on trucking, such as greenhouse gas emissions, hours of service/ELD, and employee classifications.

2) The shortage of truck and trailer technicians.

3) Continuing tariff impacts on manufacturing costs of equipment.

DEALER CANDIDATES CONT'D...

Mack Keay

Branch Manager
Ocean Trailer – Winnipeg (Dealer)
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Years in Present Position: 2
Years in Trailer Industry: 3

Mack Keay tells people he has been in the trailer industry since birth. His grandfather started Ocean Trailer in 1981, and the family owns and runs the company today. Mack officially started in January 2015 in the company’s Vancouver branch where he cycled through all aspects of the business. In 2016, he moved to Winnipeg to become Branch Manager. Since then, Ocean has seen excellent growth in the branch and Mack has become part of the senior management team. In this roll, Mack is involved in adding new brands, ordering stock, buying used inventory, and the every day dealings within the branch. Before joining the family business, Mack obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and with a minor in Business from University of Victoria, (Victoria, BC, Canada).

Ocean Trailer and their employees are active members of the communities where they live and work. Ocean is one of the largest contributors to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada along with involvement in countless other causes in Western Canada. Mack also co-owns and manages a wild salmon hatchery in British Columbia.

Industry issues of concern to Mack include:

1) Finding and keeping good people.

2) Having good relationships with customers and other dealers.

3) The current state of international tariffs.

Keith Rhodes

VP & General Manager
Trailer Sales of TN – a Division of Fleet Equipment (Dealer)
Nashville, TN
Years in Present Position: 1
Years in Trailer Industry: 33

Keith Rhodes has been the Vice President and General Manager of Fleet Equipment in Nashville, TN for the past year. He has over 20 years in the trucking industry and 17 years with FedEx before that. Keith attended the university of Memphis in Memphis, TN.

Industry issues of concern to Keith include:

1) The growing shortage of technicians.

2) The condition of old equipment and how it impacts new trailer sales.

3) Technology and training and the future of the trailer industry.

Andy Willms

National Sales Manager – Trailer Division
Fort Garry Industries Ltd. (Dealer)
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Years in Present Position: 3
Years in Trailer Industry: 24

Andy has more than 24 years of experience in the trailer industry and three years at his current position as National Sales Manager — Trailer Sales Division of Fort Garry Industries. After graduating from the University of Winnipeg with a Business Administration degree, he spent 16 years with Truck-Lite supplying lighting and harnessing products to the heavy-duty aftermarket, trailer OEMs and fleets throughout Canada and the U.S. While at Truck-Lite, Andy moved from Regional Sales Manager to Area Director, Western U.S. to Area Director, Canada to Director of Aftermarket, North America with his experience in creating and implementing harness and lighting systems at OEMs, to developing national aftermarket parts programs through OES and heavy-duty distributor channels.

Now at Fort Garry Industries, Andy is responsible for all trailer sales activity at 12 locations, which includes sales management, inventory control, marketing and advertising, along with national fleet accounts. Specific initiatives Andy has implemented are systems and processes such as online advertising standards, Web site development, pricing strategies and CRM implementation.

Industry issues of concern to Andy include:

1) Increasing the aptitude of sales people as the customer base is becoming self-educated on products through online resources.

2) Using technology to connect with customers and to provide better information to make good management decisions regarding inventory, product quality and changing market demands.

3) Attracting youth to consider the heavy-duty trailer industry as a successful career path.