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Open Road is owned by the Louisiana Motor Transport Association and published four times a year. For more information, contact the LMTA at 225-928-5682. PUBLISHER Staci Buhler EXECUTIVE EDITOR Cathy F. Gautreaux CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kristin Perpignano PRODUCTION EDITOR Dana P. Weidman PHOTOGRAPHER John Ballance ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Lisa Busceme CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ted Griggs, Olivia McClure, Steve Wheeler, Timothy Boone EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Cathy F. Gautreaux ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES Dana P. Weidman John Austin PRESIDENT Bengal Transportation Services, LLC Andrew Guinn, Jr. 1ST VICE PRESIDENT PAI Material Handling, LLC MEMBER SERVICES Bridget V. Roussell LMTA OFFICERS Terry Warren CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Aeropres Corporation Gary Gobert 2ND VICE PRESIDENT Lake City Trucking Steve Sievert SECRETARY Southern Tire Mart Doug Plate TREASURER Dupré Logistics Judy Smart VICE PRESIDENT AT LARGE RoadRunner Towing & Recovery, Inc. Kary Bryce ATA VICE PRESIDENT Preferred Materials, Inc. letter from the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. -- Bern William As this issue was being finalized, we were deep in the throes of the Great Flood of 2016. When we started out months ago working on this issue, never in our wildest dreams could we have anticipated what was about to unfold in south Louisiana. Although this issue of the LMTA OPEN ROAD does not include articles or pictures of the flooding disaster, our next issue will be dedicated to the disaster and the incredible, resilient people of Louisiana. We need you to help us tell the story of the Great Flood of 2016. Please help us capture the spirit of our people with photos and stories that exemplify their courage and selflessness especially among strangers throughout the disaster area. We want to capture the essence of our people and our members working together to help each other in the wake of an incredible force of nature. And, of course, we will highlight the role of the trucking industry in the overall response and recovery efforts in Louisiana. But for now, we will share with you happy reflections of the 76th Annual LMTA Convention that was held at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. The program included very informative speakers about issues that will impact the trucking industry in the not too distant future, a new and revitalized golf tournament and some very interesting friends from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. As explained in this issue, the efforts of the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment will be incredibly important to the trucking industry. I can assure you that LMTA will actively promote the specific needs and desires of the trucking industry for consideration during their deliberations regarding the future of our highway program. All things considered, you need LMTA now more than ever in the coming months and probably for the next few years as we recover as a state from this disaster. As it was after Katrina, our focus now has to be on rebuilding Louisiana, addressing the needs of our people, stabilizing our state budget, etc.… Mother Nature redirected our priorities. You need to be active in LMTA to voice your concerns, your opinions… and more importantly, your “wish list” -- which will shape our agenda for the future. You need LMTA to be the vehicle that defends your interests, promotes your industry and continues to be the voice of trucking in Louisiana. We are here for you… Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA) is a Louisiana association of trucking companies, private carrier fleets and businesses which serve or supply the trucking industry. LMTA serves these companies as a government affairs representative before legislative, regulatory and executive branches of government on issues that affect the trucking industry. The association also provides public relations services and serves as a forum for industry meetings and membership relations. For information contact LMTA at: Louisiana Motor Transport Association, Inc. 4838 Bennington Avenue • PO Box 80278 Baton Rouge, LA 70898 • Phone: 225-928-5682 • Fax: 225-928-0500 Cathy F. Gautreaux LMTA Executive Director Open Road Q3 2016 ❘ 5

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