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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.

Gary Petty | gpetty@nptc.org | Private Fleet Editor for FleetOwner Magazine

Gary Petty has more than 30 years of experience as CEO of national trade associations in the trucking industry. He has been the president and CEO of the National Private Truck Council since 2001.

Best Practices

April 2004

This month, the National Private Truck Council launches its highly innovative “Best Practices Safety Guide” program, an interactive, online safety…

NPTC Institute Gets High Marks

March 2004

Attention private fleet managers: Mark your calendars for January 15-19, 2005. These are the dates for the next…

The Million Dollar Fleet

February 2004

The private fleet of Bridgestone-Firestone North American Tire, LCC, is among the top 100 private truck fleets in the U.S…

Texas Pete’s Fleet

January 2004

The story of Texas Pete Hot Sauce begins at the dawn of the Great Depression in l929. Founder Thad W.…

Learning On-Line

December 2003

The National Private Truck Council (NPTC) has launched the Fleet Learning Center, a comprehensive on-line training program designed to enhance…

Nothing Runs Like a Deere

November 2003

Here’s a good example of a private fleet that has grown-and made money. Moline, IL-based Deere & Company has a…

Tax Shakedown

October 2003

For all practical purposes, the State of Illinois is the trucking capital of the world. On any given day, more…

A Wonderful Life

September 2003

I received a surprise call one morning this summer from a calm, lovely voice. It was Mrs. John C. White…

Engine Evolution

August 2003

In the event you haven’t been keeping up on all of the recent press regarding Class 8 emissions regulations, a…

Cream of the Crop

July 2003

Exceptional people come in all walks of life, but few are more impressive than the drivers in this year’s NPTC…

Farmers’ Fleet

June 2003

It “links farmers to almost any market in the world,” envisions a “global food economy where every crop will grow…

Small Accident, Big Impact

May 2003

Before patting itself on the back too hard for having one of the best safety years in company history, the…

Cargo Theft Wake-Up Call

April 2003

What happens when one of the top private fleets in America has three straight cargo thefts in the span of…

The Truck’s in the Mail

March 2003

Mail trucks rarely make headline news. Even fewer are the subjects of a police chase shown live on TV. However,…

The Little Store That Could

February 2003

Eighty-one-year old Walter Hachborn shows up for work every day, still passionately committed to his dream. He is founder and…

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…


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