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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.

Award-Winning Drivers

May 2019

NPTC honors Hall of Fame and National All-Star drivers.

A Pioneering Leader

April 2019

NPTC Board Chair Carol Heinowski with Meijer, Inc. marks successful three-decade career.

Humble Beginnings

March 2019

Service and reliability the foundations of Brakebush Brothers.

Best in Show

February 2019

NPTC’s 2019 exhibition presents model of networking success.

Drivers of Steel

January 2019

Eaton Steel’s logistics services add value to quality products. 

Measuring Driver Performance

December 2018

Core-Mark’s balanced scorecard is industry leader.

‘Five Amazing Days’

November 2018

NPTC’s 2019 Private Fleet Management Institute sets a high bar.

Still the Gold Standard

October 2018

“Transportation expertise now carries a higher premium within corporations. The CTP credential is more relevant, more valuable, and more critical…

Guardians of the Road

September 2018

Founded in 1952 by Art Kehe, an entrepreneur who started the business delivering food to retailers in the Midwest, KeHE…

Fleet Scorecarding

August 2018

The 2018 NPTC Benchmarking Survey Report, published and distributed to Council members on August 1, comes at an extraordinary time…

The Road Ahead to Safety

July 2018

NPTC’s National Safety Conference, scheduled for September 13-14, is ex­pected to draw nearly 250 private fleet safety professionals from a…

Beyond Just Role Models

June 2018

Four truck drivers who have together logged more than 17 million miles of safe driving in about 170 combined years…

Dance Hall Trucking

May 2018

Privately owned Orscheln Group, based in Moberly, MO, is comprised of diverse companies engaged in OEM parts manufacturing, retail farm…

New Fleet in Town

April 2018

CHEP, A BRAMBLES COMPANY, manages, maintains, transports and supplies more than 300 million platforms for a wide range of markets…

An Optimistic Outlook

March 2018

This year’s NPTC Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition will concentrate on the best management practices and model benchmarking standards…

The Secret Sauce

February 2018

Sentinel Transportation has been one of the nation’s top private fleets for nearly 25 years. From its beginning, the company…

Josh and Michele

January 2018

The trucking industry’s struggle to attract young people to a truck driving career is an “old story.” Truck drivers tend…

A Rewarding Journey

December 2017

In 2018, NPTC’s Certified Transportation Professional® (CTP) program, now sponsored by J.J. Keller & Associates, will celebrate its 25th anniversary…

Gratifying Work at Berry Global

November 2017

BERRY GLOBAL INC. is a global manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products with over 130 manufacturing locations worldwide and…

Golub Growing Younger Drivers

October 2017

Established in 1932, Golub Corp. is a regional grocery chain covering six states in the Northeast with a well-earned reputation for…


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