Todd Spencer

Todd Spencer, President of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. Todd Spencer began his career in trucking as an employee-driver in 1974. In 1976, he purchased a truck and became an owner-operator trucker leased to a motor carrier. In 1978, he was elected to the Association’s Board of Directors. In 1981, he sold his two trucks … Continued

Lewie Pugh

William “Lewie” Pugh has been an OOIDA member for two decades and has served on the OOIDA Board of Directors since 2004. Lewie resides in Holden, MO; he has 26 years of trucking experience with 22 years as an owner-operator Lewie quit trucking in 2017, moved to Missouri and began working at OOIDA as a … Continued

Terry Button

Terry Button

Name: Terry Button Terry Button is an owner-operator truck driver, shipper, receiver, exporter, broker, and family farmer. As the owner of his one-truck operation, he makes all decisions for his business regarding equipment purchasing, rates and routes, and must constantly adjust to market conditions, fuel prices, and road conditions and weather. He hauls hay, agricultural … Continued

Robert 'Bob' Esler

Robert Esler

Bob Esler, OOIDA Secretary, was elected to the Board of Directors in 1980 and in 1983 was appointed by the Board of Directors to the position of Association Secretary. Bob started driving full time in 1968. He bought his first truck in November of 1978. From 1978 to 2003, he hauled a variety of freight … Continued

Leo Wilkins

Leland Wilkins

Leland “Leo” Wilkins is serves as OOIDA treasurer. Leo has been in the trucking industry since 1971 and drives a 1995 Freightliner hauling cars. Leo and his wife, Rita, have two children and three grandsons. An inspection a few years back in Illinois provided him with one of his favorite moments in trucking, Leo said. … Continued

Gary Green

Gary Green

Name: Gary Green Number of years trucking: I have held my commercial driver’s license since 1969. What type of load do you typically haul: Over the years I have hauled everything from dirt, to whiskey, and everything in-between. Family information: My better-half, Susie, and I have been married for over 30 years and have one … Continued

Mark Elrod

Mark Elrod

Name: Mark Elrod Numbers of years trucking: 32 Make, model & year of truck: 1985 IH 9670 What type of load do you typically haul?: Logs, lumber, firewood, grain Family information: Wife, Margo; daughter, Mia; son, Mason; grandsons, Zyan and Xander Favorite trucking story or moment: I have a few, but would probably take too … Continued

Kenneth Becker

Kenneth Becker

Name: Kenneth Becker Number of years trucking: First drove trucks in 1974 Make, model and year of truck: 1998 Volvo 610 What type of load do you typically haul?: Train parts, railroad equipment, pipe, and general flatbed freight. Favorite trucking story or moment: I was headed south out of Nebraska on 281 and decided to … Continued

Brad Hennon

Brad Hennon

Brad Hennon grew up in the offices at OOIDA. His grandparents Jim and Mary Johnston minded him as a toddler and Brad spent his childhood playing on the office floor under Jim’s desk and with his grandma as she worked on the phone collecting money owed to truckers. In January 1998, Brad officially became an … Continued

Gary Carr

Gary Carr

I was born Gary William Carr in Hamilton, Ohio 69 years ago. I grew up in Watts, California where I worked with my father before and after school in his vehicle repair shop. After High School, I served in the U. S. Navy. Upon the completion of my military service, I worked for the Bell … Continued

Lou Esposito

Lou Esposito

Lou Esposito, 68, lives in Duanesburg, New York and has been involved in trucking for more than 47 years, with 25 years’ experience as a company driver. For the past 22 years, he has been an owner-operator with his own authority hauling general freight. Lou has been an OOIDA member for almost 15 years. He … Continued

Johanne Couture

Johanne Couture

Johanne Couture is from Brockville, Ontario, Canada. She has been in the trucking industry since 1994, and has been a member of OOIDA since 2005. Johanne is an owner-operator contracted to a Canadian carrier and currently hauls liquid chemicals. She owns a 2011 Volvo 730, pulls a stainless steel tank and runs all lower 48 … Continued

Hamlin 'Trot' Rainey

Hamlin ‘Trot’ Raney

Tilden Curl

Tilden Curl

Tilden Curl has been in the trucking industry since 1993. He drives a 2016 Kenworth T660 and hauls wood products, spas and steel. Tilden and his wife, Lesli, have two children, Lena and Tessa. At least a couple of things come to mind when Tilden considers what have been his favorite trucking moments. “There have … Continued

Richard 'Dick' Pingel

Dick Pingel

Richard “Dick” Pingel was an owner-operator for 46 years. He drove a 2008 Volvo VNL 780 hauling refrigerated LTL freight. Dick is married to his wife, Char. They have a son, daughter and three grandchildren. His two favorite trucking moments are being elected to the OOIDA Board of Directors and being named as a TA … Continued

Bryan Spoon

Bryan Spoon

Bryan Spoon, Asheboro, NC, is 44 years old and has been an OOIDA member since 2004. He is a third-generation trucker and is currently an owner-operator with his own authority. He hauls general flatbed freight. Bryan joined OOIDA at the recommendation of a friend and fellow driver. He believes that he can contribute to the … Continued

Montee Wiederhold

Monte Wiederhold

Monte Wiederhold has been in the trucking since 1978. He drives a 2000 Western Star pulling a flatbed. Some of the items he hauls are steel, coils and skidded aluminum blocks. Monte and his wife, Charlotte, have two children, Stephanie and Leslie. His favorite trucking moment a few years back when he was unloading in … Continued

John Kogleman

John Koglman

John M. Koglman has been in the trucking industry for over 30 years. He drives a 2013 Kenworth T800 and pulls a 48-foot walking floor trailer hauling wood chips and mulch. John has been married to his wife, Susan, for 54 years. They have four children: Thomas, Sheryl, Katie and Adam. His favorite trucking memory … Continued

Chuck Paar

Charles ‘Chuck’ Paar

Charles “Chuck” R. Paar has been in the trucking industry for over 46 years. Chuck has two trucks: a 1997 Peterbilt 362 cabover and a 2013 Freightliner Columbia. His Peterbilt is a “show and go!” Chuck pulls a pneumatic tanker hauling dry bulk products such as cement and sand. Chuck has been married to his … Continued

Danny Schnautz

Danny Schnautz

Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Doug Smith has been in the trucking industry over 50 years. He drives a 1998 Kenworth W900L hauling oversize and overweight loads. Doug and his wife of 44 years, Linette, have six children: Sam, Dallas, Kara, Katie, Harrison and Liz. His favorite and most memorable experience in trucking happened in the spring of 2019, when … Continued

Dave Jungeblut

Dave Jungeblut

Life Member David Jungeblut is an owner-operator from Sibley, Mo., and has been truck driving for 27 years. Back in 1990, David was convinced that a collective voice representing truckers is better than a “smattering of opinions” and joined OOIDA.

Sylvia Dodson

Sylvia Dodson

Sylvia Dodson is the OOIDA Board alternate employee director. She has has been employed with OOIDA since 1986. She manages the Membership Department and oversees nine employees. She is married to her husband, John. They have two children, Daniel and Amy, and four grandchildren. Sylvia likes the heart and camaraderie of truckers in the trucking … Continued

Linda Allen

Linda Allen

M. Carl Smith

Carl Smith

Carl Smith Sr. is one of our alternate board members and has been in the trucking industry for more than 39 years. Carl drives a 2009 International ProStar and pulls a chemical tanker hauling hazardous loads and motor oil in the Midwest. Carl’s favorite trucking moment was back in 1979, when he got his start … Continued

Rodney Morine

Rodney Morine

Rodney Morine is an OOIDA alternate board member. He has been in the trucking industry for more than 24 years. He drives a 1996 International 9400 and hauls general freight. Rodney is married and has four daughters. “Several favorite trucking moments come to mind, too many to actually choose just one” Rodney says. “All my … Continued

Brad Peterson

Brad Peterson

Ralph Fries

Ralph J. Fries purchased his first truck, a 1970 Freightliner 3ax-81″ COE-318 Detroit engine, on December 26, 1976, after an impressive career in the United States Navy. (He retired from active duty on June 1, 1977). He and his wife, Harlean Laurel, have two sons, Gary and Glen. Gary and his wife, Peggy, have a … Continued

Fred Barnes

Name: Frederick Barnes Number of years trucking: 40 Make, model and year of truck: 2000 Freightliner Classic XL What type of load do you typically haul?: Small packages Family information: Mother, Georgian Barnes What do you like about the industry?: The profit margin is very small in trucking, but it’s challenging, different and always something … Continued

Don Phipps

Don Phipps

Charles P. Parfrey

Name: Charles P. Parfrey Number of years trucking: 17 What type of load do you typically haul?: Pulled a flatbed. Now we broker flatbed, stepdeck and lowboy freight Family information: Wife, Donna L. Parfrey Favorite Trucking Story or Moment: They are all good…some better than others. We saw places in this country we would never … Continued

John Taylor

Number of years trucking: 64 Make, model and year of truck: 1993 W900L KW and 2001 Utility Reefer Trailer What type of load do you typically haul: Food products, canned, frozen and fresh produce, and meat products Family information: Wife, Martha; son, James; daughters, Carol and Christine. Martha, retired tax preparer and bookkeeper; son James … Continued

Woody Chambers

Woody Chambers

Woody Chambers retired from the board in April 2018.   Number of years trucking: 45 years Make, model and year of truck: I had a 1989 Kenworth T600A and 1996 Reitnouer step deck. I have since retired from active trucking, but I sure miss that old truck. What type of load do you typically haul: I hauled HHG … Continued