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 products and produce from the New York/New Jersey region all the way to Florida. He also coordinates the shipment of hay from the New York/New Jersey region to along the entire Eastern Seaboard and inland to Tennessee and Texas. Terry was elected General Vice President of OOIDA by the board of directors on April 26, 2018.
Terry has first-hand and multifaceted experience throughout the freight transportation system and understands the economic impact of delays and where the inefficiencies lie within the system. Further, as a truck driver, Terry recognizes the important link between economics and safety and how policies at the national level will impact the truckers who are depended upon to move freight efficiently to its destination.
As a member of the Board of Directors for OOIDA, Terry is able to tap into the unique knowledge of 160,000 small business truckers to gain their insights on policy matters, including the research conducted by the OOIDA Foundation. OOIDA staff and members currently represent small business truckers on many industry advisory and policy panels, including: FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, the Transportation Research Board, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, DHS’s Highway and Motor Carrier Sector Coordinating Council, and others.
Current Service on Boards and Committees:
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Board of Directors
National Hay Association, Board of Directors and Chairman, Transportation Board
Yates County Chamber of Commerce, Yates County, New York
Past Service on Boards and Committees:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, County Committee for Yates County New York
Rushville Health Center, Board of Directors & Quality Improvement Committee
Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Associate’s Degree in Agriculture, Morrisville State College (formerly SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville), Morrisville, New York.