Mr. Rob Penner the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bison Transport has been named the chairman of Truckload Carrier Association, TCA for the 2017-2018 term. His history with the TCA goes as far back as 2010 when he was the chairman of the TCA’s Regulatory Policy Committee. He was also a member of the highway Policy committee, the Benchmarking Best Practices Group and also the Financial Oversight and Long-Range Planning Task Force.
He is the second Canadian to be named as chairman of the TCA and he took to the stage at the association’s annual convention that was held in Nashville, Tennessee and made a joke of how he would be the first chairman in a while to not have an accent.
Rob Penner stated in his speech that it’s a privilege to serve the association as chairman. He further added that somewhat between eight or nine years ago he had received a call from the previous TCA chairman Kevin Burch, asking if there was any chance I would be interested in not only becoming an officer at the TCA but also to get personally acquainted with many of the association’s members would be invaluable to him personally and also to his company.
Rob Penner has been in the industry for over 30 years and 25 years with Bison and he has been involved with many industry organizations like the Ontario Trucking Association in which he was one of the boards of directors. He believes that the TCA has had a positive influence on his own business and helped it develop and is essential to the continued growth of businesses. Particularly in embracing the future and all possible opportunities.
He further added that for businesses to thrive in the future they should continue to build upon not only the strengths but also the capabilities and the influences of the TCA. Businesses are in need of more and they are more than capable of delivering more. Penner believes that the time for debate is over and that it is now time for action and businesses need to chart their paths, detail their strategies and focus on executing on those strategies in order to get more meaningful things done. He also confirmed in his speech that a strategic task force had been formed that will be responsible for production of a TCA position paper that addresses issues that impact productivity, profitability and also the movement of freight across North America.
As chairman, Penner encourages the members to be more involved and engaged in current activities and opportunities that are present within the association. He also wants them to be more engaged in building up the membership of the association. He also wants the association to move away from being the followers and start being the leaders and mapping out their own goals. He wants the industry to turn away from discussing what the industry doesn’t want and turn to discussion on what the industry actually needs and also what it stands for and its desires. Check out Drive Armellini today!