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OPEN ROAD Q3

July 21-23 • Perdido

July 21-23 • Perdido Beach Resort • Orange Beach, Alabama 18 ❘ Open Road Q3 2016

cal knowledge from a wide range of speakers, played in the LMTA Golf Tournament and still managed to soak up some sun on the beautiful beaches of Orange Beach. And during the off-hours, what happened at the Flora- Bama stayed at the Flora-Bama. By Steve Wheeler More than 160 Louisiana Motor Transport Association members and guests received the latest industry updates and installed a new slate of officers at the 76th Annual LMTA summer convention held July 21-23 in Orange Beach, Ala. 2015 LMTA President Terry Warren, the association’s first female president, handed over the president’s gavel to 2016 President John Austin with Bengal Transportation Services. Warren, distribution manager with Aeropres Corporation, thanked the membership and board of directors for their hard work during her term. Austin thanked his mentors in LMTA and encouraged members to remain involved at all levels of the association for the good of the industry. “We’ll need a lot more people involved,” he said. Convention attendees got legislative briefings from state and national industry leaders, gained practi- Industry information, family fun The convention kicked off with a “Zippity Zoo Da” family night reception and dinner where kids and grownups got up close and personal with some furry and feathery friends from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. “I think it was fantastic,” said Raejean Tubre, wife of Bengal Transportation Services Owner Shane Tubre. “I loved the family atmosphere. I like how they’ve intentionally involved everyone, spouses, families and kids. We all feel welcome here.” Karl Mears with Razorback Rentals said he appreciates his LMTA membership more after attending the summer convention. “It (LMTA) gives everybody an equal voice,” said Mears, whose company operates nine trucks. “I came for the speakers. I like to stay ahead on technology.” “It’s informative, and information is power,” agreed Tim Ordoyne with Kenworth of Louisiana. “We have to know what’s going on,” he said. “We’ve gotta stay in the game.” Ordoyne, chairman of the convention golf tournament, said the LMTA annual convention also allows members Open Road Q3 2016 ❘ 19

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