Dale Jones, left, is the new chairman of TTMA. Dan Giles, right, completed his term as chairman at the end of the convention.

TTMA can’t wait ‘til next year

July 5, 2016
Though it wasn’t ‘17, it was a very good year for TTMA convention

The Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association is planning a big jubilee for its 75th convention next year, but the association wasn’t looking past this year’s event in order to get there.

TTMA had plenty going on at its most recent convention, including the highest attendance since Bill Clinton was president. Still basking in the afterglow of the trailer manufacturing industry’s best year ever, TTMA members heard a forecast for trailer demand (the market is expected to remain firm) and analysis of the trends affecting trailer customers. A complete report on those presentations and others can be found on the pages that follow.

The convention was held April 6-9 in La Quinta, California. TTMA’s milestone 75th annual convention will be held April 26 -29, 2017 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida.

In the meantime, the following industry representatives will be leading the association until their term expires at the end of the 2017 convention:

2016–2017 Officers:

Chairman of the Board: 
Dale Jones
Timpte, Inc

Vice Chairman of the Board
Rick Mullininx
Great Dane Trailers

Jeffrey Sims

Menno Eby
M H Eby Inc

Chairman Policy Committee
Dick Giromini
Wabash National

Vice Chairman Policy Committee
Dan Giles
Fontaine Trailer

Chairman, Convention Committee
Rick Mullininx
Great Dane Trailers

Vice Chairman, Convention Committee
Gary Smith
Kentucky Trailer 

2016–2017 Board of Directors:

Dave De Poincy, East Manufacturing Corporation

Lloyd Elias, Lode-King Industries

Steve Fairbanks, XL Specialized Trailers

Frank Flowers, General Engines Company

Jan Hoover, Strick Trailer

Jay Kulyk, Rogers Brothers

Everett Merritt, Merritt Equipment Company

Bill Persinger, Wilson Trailer Company

Lynn Reinbolt, XPO Logistics Manufacturing

John Rust, Trail King Industries

Bob Wahlin, Stoughton Trailers

2016–2017 Tank Conference Executive Committee:

Tom Anderson
LBT, Inc.

Vice Chairman
Peter Weis
Polar Tank Trailer

Other committee members include John Cannon, Wabash National; Zach Coley, Heil Trailer International; David Shannon, MAC LTT; and Daniel Tremblay, Tremcar, Inc. ♦

About the Author

Bruce Sauer | Editor

Bruce Sauer has been writing about the truck trailer, truck body and truck equipment industries since joining Trailer/Body Builders as an associate editor in 1974. During his career at Trailer/Body Builders, he has served as the magazine's managing editor and executive editor before being named editor of the magazine in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.