Meet the 2016 OOIDA Board Alternate Candidates - Carter

Mark Carter - Pine, Colo.

Senior Member Mark Carter, 52, has been an OOIDA member for more than 16 years and has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Currently, Mark is leased to a carrier and hauls refrigerated freight.

Mark Carter
One of the biggest problems that Mark sees for new drivers is a lack of knowledge and training. It’s hard to do a job correctly if you don’t know how to do it. Training should include not only driving the truck, but also customer service. Drivers need to be taught how to deal with others in the industry in a courteous and professional manner.

To be successful, you have to be flexible. The more flexible you are, the better service you can provide. As a small-business operator, you are in a better position to provide a personal level of care. Also, be flexible with what you are willing to haul; haul something new and ask questions.

Another industry problem that Mark identifies is allowing drivers to be classified as “unskilled labor.” He believes large carriers have embraced this notion and set hiring standards accordingly. Mark would also like to see an end to the CSA program. It is a flawed system that offers no accurate way to predict future problems with carriers.

Mark appreciates the work OOIDA has done over the years. He believes he can offer his problem-solving skills to the board as an alternate. He wants to be an effective example of the best the industry and OOIDA have to offer. Mark would like to help identify areas where we might be able to be a positive example to the motoring public and give back to the industry.

When not trucking, Mark is involved with the Boy Scouts and church. He enjoys fishing, golf and woodworking.

Listen to Land Line Now host Mark Reddig interview Mark Carter, one of nine candidates running for five positions on the Association’s board.