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Gary Petty
Private Fleet Editor,
    Fleet Owner Magazine
President & CEO, NPTC

Each month NPTC President and CEO Gary Petty writes a column in Fleet Owner magazine that focuses on the individuals, companies, best practices, and resources that make private trucking the force that it is in the American economy. Reaching more than 100,000 subscribers, three-quarters of whom are private fleet professionals, this column provides an excellent forum to communicate the value of the private fleet.

Time to Speak Up

January 2003

The countdown for Sept. 30, 2003 has begun. On this day, the historic Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century…

A History of NPTC

December 2002

The National Private Truck Council traces its lineage back to l939, when a rift developed between the private fleet and…

The case for UCR

November 2002

The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) are supporting legislation to change a nearly 40-yr.-old…

Behind the Wheel

October 2002

Leading private fleet managers make driver appreciation a way of life year-round — not just during Driver Appreciation Week. They…

Earning Its Keep

September 2002

Boise Cascade has one of the most successful private trucking operations in the country, earning it the No.-64 ranking among…

A 30-Year Man

August 2002

I asked Ed Nieuwenhuis, retiring vice president of logistics for Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, what advice he would give…

The Gold Standard

July 2002

For over fifteen years, the National Private Truck Council has sponsored a Driver Hall of Fame program to recognize the…

Amber Waves of Grain

June 2002

One of the most glorious vistas on a sunny summer day is the “amber waves of grain” that coat the…

Secure Enough?

May 2002

Thousands of cargo containers from overseas vessels are off-loaded at U.S. docks every day. Most of the contents are then…

Sleeping On Empty

April 2002

Driver fatigue is emerging as a new frontier in risk management. We must recognize that drivers’ on-duty hours-of-service reports paint…

Saluting a Unique Fleet

March 2002

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Marvin Schwan’s dream. In the early 1950s, Schwan and his parents operated a…

NPTC’s Fleet Career Center

February 2002

The challenge of finding and keeping good, long-term employees will only grow more difficult in the years ahead, notwithstanding the…

Fleets Deliver Second Harvest

January 2002

Donated shipping services of private trucking fleets and for-hire truckers play a big role in reducing hunger in America. The…

Alive and Well

December 2001

Private fleets are alive and well! That’s the overall conclusion one can reach from a recent Heavy Duty Private Fleet…

Start Drilling

November 2001

A major energy crisis looms large over our nation’s future. Rolling blackouts and steeply spiked gasoline prices earlier this year…

Keep Mexico In Mind

October 2001

Imagine doing $500,000 of business every 60 seconds. Half a million dollars a minute. That’s the amount of trade between…

NPTC Awards Program

September 2001

The purpose of NPTC’s awards and recognition programs is to affirm the importance of high standards. Winners for 2001 represent…

Going Strong

August 2001

The state of affairs at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) is one of renewed momentum and enthusiasm. After a…

Hours of Standstill

July 2001

Ten years from now, the trucking industry could be asking Congress to extend the home mortgage interest deduction to cover…

Spinning the Web

June 2001

Times are tough in the food and trucking industries. Escalating costs and limited pricing power, as well as rapid consolidation…


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