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. The officer told him his fire extinguisher wasn’t charged.

“I told him it was, just try it” Leo said.

The officer did, and it was pointed right at him.

“He looked like Frosty the Snowman!” Leo said.

Leo says he enjoys trucking because he gets to meet people throughout the country.

He dislikes the freedom being taken away with ELDs and the 14-hour window.

Leo’s success as an owner-operator he attributes to perseverance, keeping busy and his wife.

He’s a member of OOIDA because truckers need an organization on their side.

“OOIDA is the only association that fights our corrupt representatives in Congress,” Leo says. “They stay on top of government regulations and laws concerning truckers.”