Up Front - As The Seasons Change
- Created on 03.25.2014
Chairman & CEO, Fikes Truck Line
Chairman, Arkansas Trucking Association
The sun is lingering just a little longer in the western skies as winter desperately tries to hold on. If you were unfortunate enough to have been on I-30 between Malvern and Arkadelphia a few weeks ago, you would certainly realize Old Man Winter isn’t going down without a fight. But sometime—perhaps not a soon as we would like—spring will come and bring with it changes in the weather, regulations and even leadership.
The Last Word
- Created on 03.20.2014
Eyes Wide Open: The Big Rig Dilemma
By Tom Ricciardone, Guest Writer
On February 5, the day after an icy, wintry mix hit Central Arkansas, the front page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette featured a four-column wide photo of an over-turned tractor-trailer. The bold type headline: “Rig Flips on I-30 Exit Ramp.”
Just days later, after another blast of weather, Sunday’s Page 1 headline read: “Woman Missing After Leap Into River to Avoid Hit By Rig.”
Imagine, with no advance warning, you have five minutes to address a room full of colleagues from throughout the state. Your task is to present a short bullet-point wish list for “marketing” the Arkansas trucking industry within the state and beyond.
As an industry insider, with a unique vantage point, what would you tell them?
This brief column can only scratch the surface, highlight a few “wish-list” items that might resonate along with some essential points of context to consider.
Arkansas' Trucking Industry: At the heart of it all
- Created on 11.27.2013
The Last Word
- Created on 12.03.2013
Who’s Winning the Political Perception Game?
By Mitchell Lowe, Guest Writer
While it’s difficult to identify any political winners in the aftermath of last month’s partial federal government shutdown, it’s not difficult to deduce that U.S. Senator Mark Pryor likely benefits the most from the fact that it occurred more than a year prior to Election Day 2014. Several recently released surveys show that Arkansans place most of the blame for the shutdown on President Barack Obama and the Democrats. One such poll, the 15th annual Arkansas Poll, conducted by the University of Arkansas from October 10-17, reveals that 39 percent of likely voters blamed the President and his party for the shutdown, while 27 percent placed blame with Republicans in Congress.