Thursday, May 21, 2015

A charitable mind

In March, TravelCenters of America named its 2015 “Citizen Drivers” – an honor bestowed on five professionals who now have truck stops named after them. And that is why this week, the TA in Commerce City, Colo., became the Rick Ash Travel Center. The TA is named after an owner-operator from Lakewood, Colo., who possesses the integrity, the experience, the leadership ability and all of the values TA was looking for in their honorees.

I know Rick to be a tireless advocate for professional truck drivers who aside from his job as an owner-operator, maintains a constant backlog of projects that is somehow, someway making trucking a better place to live and work. For one thing, he’s a walking idea machine. He has great ideas and when it comes to getting them done, he is Mr. Follow Through.

He’s chairman of the Trucking Solutions Group, a small but focused group of professional truckers. I’m in contact with him frequently as he is an OOIDA member and serves on the Board with me at the St. Christopher Fund. Currently, we are working on a TSG project to bring a mobile mammogram mobile unit to the Great American Trucking Show, Aug. 27-29, 2015, in Dallas.

Every time I see Rick, he’s either doing a health walk, coordinating a blood donation project, helping OOIDA staff pack boxes for Truckers for Troops, or speaking to a convention about how to eat healthy on the road. And that’s not just talk. Several years ago he dropped more than 50 pounds and has kept fit by practicing good eating habits and exercising.

Kudos to TravelCenters of America for choosing Rick Ash for a 2015 Citizen Driver Award. Congratulations to you as well, Rick. Keep on being a cool guy.