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NPTC President and CEO Gary Petty writes a regular column in Fleet Owner Magazine, in addition to online articles in Fleet Owner Newsline, that focus on leaders, private fleet companies, best practices, and unique features which make private fleet trucking a competitive advantage in corporate transportation.. Reaching more than 100,000 subscribers, three-quarters of whom are private fleet professionals, these publications highlight expert management practitioners and successful business models of leading private fleets.

Gary Petty | | 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.

Eyes Wide Open on SafetyMagazine Column

August 2017

NPTC’s National Safety Conference, which is scheduled for Sept. 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel near Washington Dulles International Airport, is designed to help . . .

A Farmer’s Life DeferredMagazine Column

July 2017

Early on in life, Gary Strausbaugh, a top expert private fleet manager and NPTC’s highly respected and beloved volunteer leader, had every intention of following in his father’s vocational footsteps in . . . ._x000D_

Smarter About CostsMagazine Column

June 2017

Dean Foods’ executive Mike Ahart ranks as one of the nation’s top practitioner experts on corporate fleet financial management and is a leading advocate for private fleet managers at every . . . ._x000D_

Time-Sensitive DeliveriesMagazine Column

May 2017

Started in 1949 as a small family business, American Proteins has grown to become the international source for processing allied poultry products.

Truck Pilots of TomorrowMagazine Column

April 2017

In the recently published book titled Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman predict that “every disruptive technology has a dark side, and millions of truck drivers and taxi drivers will lose their job” as a result of   . . .  read more . . .

NPTC 2017Magazine Column

March 2017

The NPTC 2017 Annual Education Management Conference & Exhibition will be filled with the largest and most comprehensive array of learning opportunities, award recognitions, workshops, and roundtable discussions. The Conference Planning Committee is made  . . .  read more . . .

All-Star DriverMagazine Column

February 2017

“Growing up on a 300-acre farm in Pennsylvania, I watched my dad operate trucks all the time. In addition to working the farm, Dad owned a tractor-trailer and hauled coal and later cement,” says driver Niles Frantz   . . .  read more . . .

School of Private FleetsMagazine Column

January 2017

Over the past decade, the National Private Truck Council has developed a master plan to provide private fleet management practitioners with education, training, and business networking services through live events and web-based information that deliver optimal take-away value at an affordable cost.   . . .  read more . . .

Driver Data AggregationMagazine Column

December 2016

Recognized as Number One in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index among national QSR-pizza chains for 15 of the past 17 years with over 3,400 restaurant locations in North America, Papa John’s operates a safe and efficient private fleet of 527 full-time team member drivers   . . .  read more . . .

Teamwork and LoyaltyMagazine Column

November 2016

Organized in 1899, VF Corp. is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories with more than 30 brands, 64,000 associates, and revenue of $12 billion in 2015.  The company’s business and brands are organized into four coalitions, one of which is VF Jeanswear Inc. (featuring well-known brands Wrangler, Lee, Riders by Lee, and Rock & Republic), based in Greensboro, NC,     . . .  read more . . .

Making the Business CaseMagazine Column

October 2016

Entering its 180th year in business, Moline, IL-based Deere & Co. operates a successful private fleet consisting of 110 power units, 345 trailers, and 170 full-service leased drivers. John Van Geest, CTP, manager of Canadian Logistics and Fleet Services, says the purpose of the private fleet is to support the    . . .  read more . . .

Benchmarking ReportMagazine Column

September 2016

Results from NPTC’s 2016 Benchmarking Survey Report published last month provide an inside look into the differentiating performance qualities that private fleets bring to a broad cross-section of industries and customers..     . . .  read more . . .

Cost-of-Service ExpertsMagazine Column

August 2016

With $2.7 billion in annual sales, Chicago, IL-based Hill-Rom Inc. is a leading provider of medical technologies for the health care industry, including the manufacturing and distribution of hospital beds, furniture, patient lifts, operating room, diagnostic and other health care equipment, and medical technology systems.     . . .  read more . . .

Standards for Bigger StakesMagazine Column

July 2016

Road congestion, eroding, unsafe roads and highways with insufficient lanes for high traffic volume, and dangerous bridges are at epidemic levels.  Poor road conditions account for one-third of highway fatalities.  Lawsuits, jury awards, and settle­ments from accidents involving commercial trucks are routinely at multimillion-dollar levels.     . . .  read more . . .

Benchmarking ExcellenceMagazine Column

June 2016

Measuring private fleet performance is reaching higher standards of accountability with each passing year. Ten years ago, fleets went through a seasonal exercise comparing how well their numbers “stacked up” against. . . .  read more . . .

Shifting GearsMagazine Column

May 2016

Headquartered in Naperville, IL, KeHE Distributors LLC (KeHE) distributes natural and organic specialty and fresh products to retailers across the U.S. and Canada. In the past three years, KeHE has grown rapidly through both organic sales increases and strategic acquisitions. . . .  read more . . .

Aaron’s FleetMagazine Column

April 2016

Aaron’s Inc. is the nation’s leading sales and lease-to-own retailer of furniture, home appliances and accessories, computers, and consumer electronics. Founded in 1955 and headquartered in Atlanta, the company has more than 2,000 company-operated and franchised stores in the . . .  read more . . .

Tone at the TopMagazine Column

March 2016

Founded in 1982, Dallas-based Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics is widely recognized as one of the best diversified transportation businesses in the United States. Under the innovative and visionary leadership of founder and CEO Daryl Flood, the company has a long-standing reputation for hiring quality people  . . .  read more . . .

A Model ConventionMagazine Column

February 2016

Over the past 15 years, the National Private Truck Council’s annual conference has become the centerpiece event and premier marketplace crossroads for the private fleet truck industry. Each year, the conference grows a little bigger and provides more value than the year before._x000D_
The annual conference has steadily grown in overall attendance figures  . . .  read more . . .

The Best PeopleMagazine Column

January 2016

Since its founding in 1968, Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. has expanded through both internal growth and acquisition of established wholesalers. It is now the country’s largest wine and spirits distributor, operating in 35 states and  . . .  read more . . .

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