Meet the 2016 OOIDA Board Alternate Candidates - Koglman

John Koglman - Oberlin, Ohio

Senior Member John Koglman, 71, is from Oberlin, Ohio. John, an owner-operator, for many years hauled stone, sand, steel, dies, molds, pipes, frozen food, canned food, hay, lumber, wheeled vehicles and more. Currently, he hauls mulch with a walking floor trailer and logs for a tree-crane service.

John Koglman
He bought his first truck in 1972. He joined OOIDA in 2004 to join the fight against overregulation and rules that hurt and demean drivers.

John served one term as alternate to the board and feels he would be able to continue contributing if re-elected. John describes himself as a good listener who believes in treating others the way you would like to be treated.

John said he has learned much during his time on the board. He believes it is important for the Association to use the vast experience of its membership and board, relaying that experience to the younger members. He believes a major focus of the alternate board members should be to promote OOIDA to members and nonmembers alike.

He considers hours-of-service regulations one of trucking’s biggest problems and feels flexibility is a must. He views cheap freight as a huge problem and believes there must be transparency with the bills of lading. Another problem is driver etiquette; professionalism should be a main focus.

John has been active in contacting lawmakers in Ohio, especially regarding speed limits and tolls. He says he will not haul into California because of the CARB rules and has contacted the California agency with his concerns.

John served in the U.S. Navy (1962-68) and is a retired police officer (25 years for Elyria, Ohio, police department). When he’s not trucking, he enjoys hunting, fishing, gold prospecting, camping and gardening. He is a member of the National Rifle Association. 

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