Hyundai Translead names Sean Kenney CSO

San Diego, Calif. — Hyundai Translead has appointed Sean Kenney chief sales officer, replacing Stuart James who is retiring in March.

Kenney, who joined the company this week, will serve as senior vice-president until he assumes the new role in April.

James will remain in the company as an executive advisor, the company said Tuesday.

Kenney will be responsible for all sales operations including Hyundai Translead’s dealer network and customer support teams. He will set long-term strategic sales objectives and drive corporate priorities.

“With Mr. Kenney at the helm as our new CSO, the strength of our market leadership, innovation and exceptional team, all point to a positive future,” said CEO Bong Jae Lee.

A fully owned subsidiary of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai Translead manufactures dry and refrigerated trailers as well as flatbeds, chassis and dollies.

It was established in 1989, and is headquartered in San Diego, Calif.


Regulators look to further reduce NOx in truck exhaust

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to further reduce the NOx produced by heavy trucks – particularly under low-load conditions when the vehicles are idling, moving slowly, or in stop-and-go traffic.

Details of the regulatory plans have emerged in a call for comments on the agency’s Cleaner Trucks Initiative, under an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule (ANPR).

Ongoing Canadian-based research into medium-duty vehicles will also have a role to play in the process. The EPA plans to use Environment and Climate Change Canada’s full vehicle testing being performed on this side of the border, exploring advanced technologies available in the market today.

“EPA expects this study will inform our baseline engine performance for medium-heavy duty engines,” the EPA says.

While NOx emissions in the U.S. have dropped by more than 40% over a decade, heavy-duty vehicles are expected to continue to be a leading mobile source in 2028. Those NOx emissions contribute to unwanted ozone and particulate matter.

“There is more work to be done,” the EPA says in the submission, noting that the EPA last revised the NOx standards in 2001. “We have an opportunity to modernize the requirements to better reflect the capability of available emissions control technologies.”

The EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, and the Southwest Research Institute, are now investigating technologies such as cylinder deactivation and intake valve closing to reduce airflow and increase exhaust temperatures. That is expected to help aftertreatment systems control emissions while also reducing fuel consumption – the primary focus of current emissions-related programs. The latest generation of aftertreatment configurations and formulas are also being investigated.

For gasoline engines used in heavy-duty applications, regulators are looking to keep three-way catalysts warm for improved cold starts and low-load emissions, as well as material changes to reduce the need for engine protection modes that increase emissions during high-load applications.

Another study is looking at the accuracy, repeatability, noise, interference and response times of current NOx sensors.

To help manufacturers, meanwhile, the EPA is looking for a way to demonstrate aftertreatment durability through an accelerated catalyst aging procedure.

“We have the opportunity to build on and repeat our past success, but to do so we need the agency to lead a collaborative, data-driven process to determine both the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of any future regulations,” said Jed Mandel, president of the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association. “Through the Cleaner Trucks Initiative, EPA can assure that any future regulations are not only cost-effective, but also provide sufficient regulatory lead time, stability and certainty.”

It wasn’t the only organization to comment.

“Since 1985, newly manufactured trucks have reduced NOx emissions by over 98%, but our work is not yet done,” said American Trucking Associations executive vice-president of advocacy Bill Sullivan. “ATA is committed to continuing to work closely with EPA on developing the next generation of low-NOx emitting trucks through the Cleaner Trucks Initiative. To this end, the trucking industry seeks one national, harmonized NOx emissions standard that will result in positive environmental progress while not compromising truck performance and delivery of the nation’s goods.”

Todd Spencer, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) said that “serious problems with earlier rulemakings have left small-business truckers justifiably wary of new emissions reduction proposals. However, over the last year, representatives of the EPA have gone to great lengths to fully understand how new policies may affect our members, which wasn’t standard practice under previous administrations.”

More information is available through the Cleaner Trucks Initiative web page.


Group makes Christmas merrier for trucker families in need

Christmas for numerous families of truck drivers will be brighter this year thanks to a group dedicated to helping their colleagues.

For the 12th year, the Trucker’s Christmas Group recently gave $500 each to 25 families across the U.S. and Canada. Volunteers raised some $13,000, a single-year record for the nonprofit.

“We knew there would be several challenges for our organization in 2019,” said Mark Abraham, president of TGCO. “Reports of a weakening economy and a record-number of trucking companies closing this year highlighted that we needed to have a larger awareness campaign to raise more funds than ever before this year.”

The group received 40 applications for aid, more than double the number from a year ago.

Abraham praised the work of the group’s volunteers, saying, “They believe that while Christmas is meant to be a time of hope for many who are facing hard times, they may have lost hope. Our goal is to be that ray of hope that carries them onto a brighter future in the following year.”

Gold Sponsors, individuals or businesses that donated a minimum of $500 in cash or products and services, include: the RoadPro Family of Brands, DPF Regeneration, Hoffman Trucking, Air-Tabs, Let’s Truck, Oil Purification Systems, Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Real Women In Trucking, Women’s Trucking Federation Canada, Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada, 1st Choice Logistics, Site Doctor911, Purolator, Teamsters Local 938, Flow Below, DOT, Brake Safe, Pittsburgh Power, and Brittani Martel Relations.


What is the Cost of A Tesla Cybertruck Insurance?

These elements may influence protection rates for the up and coming electric truck

We’re still in aggregate stun from Tesla’s Cybertruck uncover. From its wild hardened steel body to its work-in-progress protection glass, this electric truck makes rivalry from Rivian and Bollinger look practically traditional. We’ve seen it, we’ve ridden in it, and we’ve taken in a decent arrangement about the building that went into it. The Cybertruck’s anticipated beginning value is $39,900, yet what amount of will it cost to protect? We counseled Penny Gusner, customer expert for and, for certain bits of knowledge on future protection rates for the Tesla Cybertruck.

In what capacity will treated steel influence Tesla Cybertruck protection costs?

Various components may influence protection rates for the Tesla Cybertruck. To start with, the obvious issue at hand: the 3mm-thick hardened steel body boards. As we clarified in our assembling and designing examination, the collapsed hardened steel boards dispense with the requirement for a paint shop just as costly tooling. The body boards are additionally guaranteed to be gouge safe.

“On the off chance that they are genuinely imprint safe, at that point that could help the protection rates,” Gusner said. On the off chance that crash tests and genuine driving information bolster Tesla’s cases that the treated steel keeps inhabitants more secure, at that point that should help lessen protection rates on impact and any therapeutic inclusion, including individual damage insurance or medicinal installments and uninsured driver substantial damage.

“In any case, if the imprint safe material is a lot pricier to fix in the event that it is harmed, at that point that would likewise be taken a gander at by insurance agencies, and for crash inclusion [it] might be a negative and remove any decline of rates because of the scratch safe characteristics,” she included. Take the outdated GM brand Saturn for instance. In spite of the fact that the automaker offered scratch safe body boards, they cost more to fix since the polymer was progressively costly to create, she called attention to.

Kim Reynolds, our testing executive and occupant Tesla master, noticed that the boards could be costly to fix. “It may be the case that harmed boards would just must be supplanted,” he said. “Fortunately the substitution boards probably won’t be as costly as they would appear to be because of their economical framing costs.”

Another factor influencing protection rates is the means by which safe a vehicle is for different gatherings engaged with an accident. Taking note of it’s indistinct what the creation variant has available, “a steel body that looks as though it could make a lot of harm different vehicles and those on bicycles and walkers, would be of worry to safety net providers,” Gusner said. It’s impossible to say how the Cybertruck’s structure may change when it enters generation around late 2021, however ideally those contemplations will be tended to by at that point (on the off chance that they haven’t been as of now).

Incidentally, the tech that makes propelled security highlights like programmed crisis braking and path takeoff cautioning potential drives up protection rates on Tesla vehicles and different autos, Gusner said. Whenever harmed, the sensors and other framework segments can be costly to fix or supplant.

By what method may protection for the Tesla Cybertruck contrast with standard pickup trucks?

“I can just hypothesize as of now, however my sense is that it would cost more to safeguard the Tesla Cybertruck than a regular pickup truck,” Gusner said. Information focuses to Tesla vehicles being more costly to protect than different vehicles.

From the range somewhere in the range of 2015 and 2019, Tesla vehicles have been 67 percent more exorbitant to guarantee than the national normal. Model X protection was 83 percent more costly than the national normal rate for SUV protection, coming in at $3,042 contrasted with $1,661.

It’s sheltered to state the Cybertruck won’t coordinate offers of section stalwarts like the Ford F-150, at any rate not at any point in the near future. Parts won’t be as generally accessible, and in this way fixes could be more exorbitant than on a customary truck.

By what means may Tesla Cybertruck protection rates contrast with other Tesla vehicles?

It might be on the more costly side. Tesla vehicles that are fresher to the market will in general cost more to protect, Gusner said. Insurance agencies have more information on vehicles that have been on special for quite a while, and they can utilize that information to bring down rates on the off chance that they regard it conceivable.

So what amount may Cybertruck cost to protect?

Indeed, different variables will impact Tesla Cybertruck protection costs. Be that as it may, Gusner has an informed gauge. “For 2019, the Tesla vehicles national normal yearly accident coverage cost went from $2,400 to $3,300 and I’d anticipate that the Cybertruck should be in that range if not a slight bit higher.”

Will Cybertruck be secured through Tesla Insurance?

Tesla has not reacted to our solicitation for input on this article. In any case, we do realize that correct now Tesla is offering protection on its full lineup, including Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Roadster, so it would bode well to include Cybertruck. As of now, Tesla Insurance is just accessible in California, however the program will extend to different states later on. Now, it stays hazy the amount it would cost to protect Cybertruck through Tesla Insurance should the automaker go this course.

Tesla claims it can give lower protection rates than different bearers since it has a one of a kind comprehension of its vehicles, tech, wellbeing, and fix costs. As indicated by Tesla’s site, drivers can set aside to 20 percent, and now and again, as much as 30 percent. Tesla Insurance considers Tesla’s dynamic security and driver help advancements in its estimating.

“Most vehicle insurance agencies have not given out limits for Tesla vehicles or different vehicles with numerous security highlights, for example, path takeoff cautioning, programmed braking, impact help—as the back up plans state they are as yet viewing the information for confirmation that the highlights are working and eliminating crashes and additionally the seriousness of car collisions that do happen,” Gusner said. She trusts Tesla makes wellbeing information accessible to back up plans so they can all the more precisely anticipate the security of Cybertruck when it arrives at generation.


Need To Find Truck Insurance? These Tips Can Help!

You need to have some knowledge of what to look for and expect from an truck insurance policy. You need to know what resources are available to you and who can provide you answers as to what you need for your future. The tips below can help you with how to start.

Don’t just accept the first insurance quote you get. Different companies use different formulas to determine your premium. By researching many competitors, it becomes easier to find a good deal and save money.

Consider dropping comprehensive coverage to save money on your truck insurance. Comprehensive coverage is protection against physical damage, or things that aren’t related to liability or collision. Damages that might be covered under comprehensive insurance include vandalism, theft, or fire. You should be prepared to pay for these kinds of losses out of your own pocket if you decide to drop comprehensive coverage.

If your truck insurance carrier is not lowering your rates after a few years with them, you can force their hand by contacting them and telling them that you’re thinking about moving elsewhere. You would be surprised at what the threat of losing a customer can do. The ball is in your court here; tell them you’re leaving and watch your premiums fall.

Drivers who do not file insurance claims are entitled to big discounts. Make sure you broach this no-claims topic after you have been with the same insurance carrier for a few years. Drivers with five years of filing no claims can be rewarded with up to 75% off of their premium payments. Now that’s some big-time savings.

Never inflate your vehicle’s value when you sign up for insurance. Doing this only costs you more money, in the form of higher premiums. In the case that you would need a replacement vehicle, the insurance company would only use their value for your original truck, not what you initially quoted them.

To get the best deals on truck insurance you should be sure to understand the types of policies. This is because there are many types of coverage and they each protect you in different situations. Some of them will be more expensive but also provide higher coverage, while others will be much cheaper but not protect you as much.

Figure out how many miles you drive in a year before you get a truck insurance quote. This is another large factor in truck insurance premiums, so you want to make sure the company has an accurate estimation of the amount of time you spend on the road. This could add up to big savings on your quote.

To ensure your claims will be dealt with quickly, choose top rated insurance companies only. Unknown insurance companies may offer low rates and may seem like a good deal in the short run, but if they try to avoid paying your claims, they can cost you in the long run. Research insurance companies and be sure to select one with a good record.

When you purchase a new truck, you should keep your insurance rates in mind and look for the best safety features you can get. Safer trucks are cheaper to insure. Because insurance companies are responsible for medical liability, they will charge a lower premium for safe trucks that minimize injuries in an accident.

Installing anti-theft systems in your truck can save you significant money on your truck insurance. Regardless of their actual effectiveness, alarms and tracking devices deter thieves and insurance companies acknowledge that fact by reducing premiums. Remember that anti-theft equipment is a one-time expense, but the value of an insurance discount will continue to grow over time.

Whenever possible, avoid filing and submitting minor claims to your vehicle insurance provider. Unfortunately, increased reliance upon insurance services directly translates to significant increases in monthly rates. Consider filing claims only if you are unable to cover the cost of repairs, and if failure to have repairs creates an unsafe driving condition.

A great tip for getting affordable truck insurance is to consider dropping your coverage if your truck is only worth a couple of thousand dollars. Since coverage pays for damage to your vehicle, you would only need to have a couple of thousand dollars to replace the truck. Therefore, there is no need in having high coverage in this instance.

Take advantage of multi-truck discounts! If there is more than one truck in your household, consider purchasing all of the truck insurance policies under one insurance provider. Insurance companies typically offer large discounts on annual premiums, when you take out more than one policy with them.

Drive the speed limit, or at least don’t get caught speeding. Speeding tickets and other traffic violations not only add up to an eventual loss of your license, they increase the cost of your truck insurance. Drive safely and you’ll be in fewer accidents and pay out less for repairs, too.

Sign up to get your truck insurance directly through the website of the insurance company of your choosing. Truck insurance is often cheaper when you apply online because it costs the company less to process your information that way. You may receive a discount of up to 10 percent by applying online.

Ask your truck insurer if you can get a discounted rate if you pay for your monthly policy by automatic electronic funds transfer. Some companies give a discount for payments made by automatic EFT transfer because they do not need to send you a bill and they do not need to process any payment checks from you.

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A great way to save some money on your truck or truck insurance is to drive your vehicle less frequently. Many of today’s best truck insurance companies offer discounts to customers for low-mileage, incentivizing people to keep their trucks parked. If you can walk instead of drive, you can get some good exercise and save money on your insurance.

As you have seen in the above tips, there is a lot of knowledge that you can acquire before choosing and purchasing an truck insurance policy and it’s this knowledge that can help you with your truck’s future. Do everything you must, to find out what policy is best for your needs.

Great Ideas For Saving Money On Best Truck Insurance Rates

Some of the factors that affect the cost of insurance can be changed and some are fixed. Raising your deductibles can net you a lower premium. Read on for some ways to cut back on your truck insurance cost.

As you choose truck insurance, be sure to properly protect yourself when it comes to liability for property damage and bodily injury. The right amount of coverage in this area can make a big difference in the event of an accident. Not having enough coverage can leave you with a lawsuit that can be hard to recover from.

Make the most of any discounts your insurance company offers. If you get a new security device, be sure to tell your insurance agent. You may very well be eligible for a discount. If you take a defensive driving course, be sure to let your agent know. It could save you money. If you are taking classes, find out if your truck insurance company provides a student discount.

A lot of people have speeding and parking tickets that they’re not even aware of until they attempt to get a new truck insurance policy. To avoid this money trap, be sure to check with your local state office to receive a copy of your full driving record. This will let you know if there are any unpaid tickets you need to handle.

People with clean driving records, will pay the least in truck insurance premiums. Keep your record clear of tickets, moving violations, and accident reports if you want to lower your premium or keep it inexpensive. A single accident or ticket will likely increase the amount you have to pay.

If you have developed a history of trouble-free driving over the course of several years, inquire with your truck insurance company about a no-claim discount. Many companies offer these discounts for reliable customers they have not had to pay-out for. Some companies apply no-claim discounts automatically; with others the driver must inquire. It never hurts to ask!

Join an appropriate truck owners’ club if you are looking for cheaper insurance on a high-value truck. Drivers with exotic, rare or antique trucks know how painfully expensive they can be to insure. If you join a club for enthusiasts in the same situation, you may gain access to group insurance offers that give you significant discounts.

Take a course on safe driving. First, you will want to check and see if your truck insurance provider offers any discounts for safe driving courses. Many do. Having taken one might qualify you for a discount. The courses themselves are not very expensive and usually do not take more than a week or two to complete.

If you’re searching for lower rates, you might want to consider driving less. Simply put, if you drive less, your chances of an accident decrease. Most companies have low-mileage discounts for people that have a short commute or drive only a few miles a year. Ask your insurance company and see if you can receive that discount.

If you are getting truck insurance, it is important not to forget towing coverage. This is important because if you get into an accident or you are stuck somewhere, you do not want to be stuck paying towing costs. The rates for towing are usually not high for most insurance companies.

When you are setting up your truck insurance, make sure you remember what financing requirements you may have. There are certain minimums you must keep. If you change them, your account could have problems. It usually has to do with your deductible. So make sure you have it set for the correct amount that your bank requires.

Get between 3-5 truck insurance quotes before deciding on a company. This will allow you to see what the acceptable range is for the type of policy that you want. You can easily identify if one company is charging too much for their services and also if another is offering you a good deal.

In the truck insurance market, consider these three factors, they will have the most to do with the rate you get. You, your vehicle, and your garage location are the main considerations in where your truck insurance rate is set. Though some of the factors are static, most are dynamic, and can improve with time.

Before you lock yourself into any insurance policy, make sure that you have the financial means to cover it. If you happen to let your insurance lapse, you might end up paying a whole lot more to receive coverage again. Having the financial means to cover your policy for the duration is important.

Look for multi-truck discounts where ever you can get them. If your teen just started driving, you will save money by putting their truck on your policy. Newly married? Get quotes from each insurer for a new combined policy and go with the best company that gives you the best features for your money.

You should take your driving record into account when trying to figure out how much coverage you need to get. If you are known to be that unlucky one to get into fender benders or if you drive a lot for work, it might be a good idea to get as much coverage that you can afford.

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A great way to save some money on your truck or truck insurance is to drive your vehicle less frequently. Many of today’s best truck insurance companies offer discounts to customers for low-mileage, incentivizing people to keep their trucks parked. If you can walk instead of drive, you can get some good exercise and save money on your insurance.

As you have read, there are numerous ways to change the price you pay on your truck insurance. Things that are in your hands are where you reside, the amount you drive and your record. By educating yourself on these factors, you can bring your insurance down to a price that you can happily live with.

Peterbilt parade raises more money for United Way

DENTON, Texas — Peterbilt Motors raised more than $20,000 in donations at its fourth annual Pride and Class Parade at its home base in Denton last week, the company said.

The parade was part of the annual United Way Denton County campaign.

The event attracts owners of custom-built Peterbilt trucks from around the U.S. and Canada who showcase their rigs.

“The first Pride and Class Parade in 2016 was such a success with the community and Peterbilt employees that it became an annual event,” said Jason Skoog, Paccar vice-president and Peterbilt general manager.

“This year, we saw a nearly ten-fold increase in donations raised to support United Way Denton County compared to the 2016 event. We are honored by this opportunity to give back to Denton and the local community.”

Since 2002, Peterbilt and the United Way of Denton County have partnered to raise more than $6.5 million in support of the Denton County community.


Tips To Understand Third Party Only Insurance Policies

Taking a step into the world of truck insurance plans for the very first time might feel somewhat daunting. By keeping the helpful tips that are listed below in mind, you will soon find out how to find the most affordable truck insurance plans with good coverage for your vehicle.

You can reduce the cost of truck insurance by making sure you don’t buy coverage that you really don’t need. For instance, if you have an older truck with a relatively low replacement value then you may not need comprehensive or collision coverage. Eliminating excess coverage from your policy could lower your premiums considerably.

You should always make sure to tweak your truck insurance policy in order to save money. When you receive a quote, you are receiving the insurer’s suggested package. If you go through this package with a fine-tooth comb, removing what you don’t need, you can walk away saving hundreds of dollars annually.

People with clean driving records, will pay the least in truck insurance premiums. Keep your record clear of tickets, moving violations, and accident reports if you want to lower your premium or keep it inexpensive. A single accident or ticket will likely increase the amount you have to pay.

You may be able to avoid having to pay for costly rental truck insurance if you complete the rental transaction using a credit card that provides coverage. Be sure to read the fine print in your credit card agreement as the offerings can vary between cards. In most cases you’ll have to do the entire rental transaction on the same card to keep from voiding the coverage.

Once you have a teenage driver in your house, your insurance premiums will go up. To save money, buy a less expensive and safer truck for your teen to drive. Don’t give in if they beg you for a fancier, sportier truck. The safer the truck, the cheaper the insurance.

Your teenage driver may be eligible for a number of discounts that could make truck insurance more affordable, so be sure to ask. Some companies will give a discount to good students with a GPA above 3.0. Your teen’s premiums may also gradually decrease as they accumulate a safe driving record. Defensive driving courses and a truck with plenty of safety features can also get you a cheaper policy.

Before purchasing truck insurance, get quotes from several companies. There are several factors at work that can cause major variations in insurance rates. You want to shop around to find the best price, and you should check rates with different providers at least once a year. Make sure this year’s quote is for the same coverage as last year.

If you have an older truck that does not have a high value, remove the collision coverage from your insurance to save money. It is possible that your truck is worth less than your deductible, so consider carefully whether or not collision coverage is actually going to pay anything in the event of an accident.

Nearly all states require you to purchase liability insurance for your vehicle, although the minimum amount of coverage required often isn’t sufficient. For example, if you’re unfortunate enough to hit a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, chances are slim that your minimum property damage liability coverage is going to be enough to pay for the cost of repairs. Increasing your coverage is fairly inexpensive and is a smart way to protect your assets in the event of a serious accident.

Stay out of the gap. If you have more financed on your truck than it is worth, if your down payment is less than twenty percent, or if you lease, you should add Gap Coverage onto your truck insurance policy. The Gap Coverage will cover the additional amount, over the worth, if you total your truck or it gets stolen, and the entire amount of the loan will be paid off.

Drive safely and carefully. Good drivers will get discounts on their truck insurance. By avoiding drunk driving and respecting simple rules, you can avoid getting into an accident that you are responsible for. Your insurance should not increase as much if you get into an accident that you are not responsible for.

Buy your insurance through the internet. Sometimes companies offer lower rates if you sign up for their service online, and some companies have deals available online only. This is because the service is automated and you don’t have to deal with an agent. You may see rates reduced up to 10% or more.

Though it may seem obvious, it bears explicit statement: You should make sure all the trucks in your household are on the same insurance policy. If you have recently combined households with someone, compare your insurance and see which policy will offer better consolidated coverage. In virtually every case, a blanket policy is significantly cheaper than individual policies.

Avoid truck insurance extremes. You can definitely be hurt by a lack of adequate insurance. Even more costly is being over-insured. Many people pay for coverage they can not ever possibly need. The result can be a huge drain on your budget. Evaluate your truck insurance coverage and rates annually.

Whenever possible, avoid filing and submitting minor claims to your vehicle insurance provider. Unfortunately, increased reliance upon insurance services directly translates to significant increases in monthly rates. Consider filing claims only if you are unable to cover the cost of repairs, and if failure to have repairs creates an unsafe driving condition.

Truck Insurance

A great way to save some money on your truck or truck insurance is to drive your vehicle less frequently. Many of today’s best truck insurance companies offer discounts to customers for low-mileage, incentivizing people to keep their trucks parked. If you can walk instead of drive, you can get some good exercise and save money on your insurance.

So, after reading and applying the helpful tips listed above, you should feel a bit more at ease in the world of truck insurance plans. You have the tools, and you need to use them. You should feel confident and ready to begin looking for truck insurance plans to better protect your vehicle.

Risk Strategies acquires trucking insurance program manager Winter Group in CA

Risk Strategies has acquired Winter Group – a specialty insurance program manager focused on serving the trucking industry.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Winter Group, founded 1995, is an insurance wholesaler based in San Diego, CA. The firm offers national insurance solutions for essentially all aspects of the trucking and transportation industry – in particular, Winter Group strongly specializes in cross-border transportation risks. At present, it serves over 17,000 customers, helping brokers deal with NAFTA transportation risk management and compliance.

In addition to its San Diego office, Winter Group also has a presence in Texas, Florida, Washington, South Carolina, Atlanta, North Carolina, and Ohio. The firm also serves as a program administrator for a number of national trucking associations.

“Strong, continued economic growth is driving rapid expansion in the US transportation sector at a time when technological and road safety advances are creating new opportunities for differentiation and specialization,” said Risk Strategies senior managing director of wholesale Matthew Power. “More than ever, brokers serving this industry need more than access, they need a specialist like Winter Group on their side.”

“Risk Strategies is a highly collaborative and innovative firm,” added Winter Group managing director Phillip Winter. “Its focus on distinctly differentiated niche areas of our industry, and an acquisition strategy centered on specialty wholesale organizations, is a perfect foundation on which our team, customers and stakeholders can grow and thrive.”


Lisa Kelly: From tomboy to celebrity trucker

DALLAS, Texas – In an episode of Ice Road Truckers, Lisa Kelly jumps off her moving 22-wheeler to save herself as the ice begins to splinter on a remote Alaskan highway.

That is the only way truckers can make a quick escape in such harsh conditions on roads where the maximum posted speed is 10 km/h with no stopping allowed.

Although that is reality TV, real trucking life in the wilderness of Alaska is not much different.

In fact, according to Kelly, 38, what she does on the show “is real life.”

That is exactly why she likes her job, a job she has been enjoying for the past 15 years.

“I love trucks,” she summed up her passion for trucking in three words in an interview at last month’s Great American Truck Show (GATS) in Dallas, Texas.

Lisa Kelly on the Delo flyer.

Kelly was there as the brand ambassador of Delo, a line of heavy-duty engine oils developed by the lubricants giant Chevron Products Co.

A longtime user of the product, she signed Delo flyers for fans at the show.

“When I open my toolbox door, it’s always Delo,” Kelly says in a Chevron commercial.

She has been working for Chevron for about three years, and she says she goes wherever the company needs her to go.

“Mostly GATS and MATS (the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky).”

Kelly was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., but raised on a small farm in Sterling, Alaska, about 220 kilometers southwest of Anchorage.

She was a bit of tomboy with a can-do attitude, and “really liked getting out of the building and driving around town.”

Kelly drove a delivery van and a school bus before realizing her dream of “driving a big truck someday,” according to a bio posted on her website.

The trucker’s job also catapulted her to stardom and fame.

On History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers, simply called IRT, she and five male drivers ferry freight on big rigs through Alaska’s frozen lakes and rivers. The show premiered in 2007, and the 11th season aired in late 2017.

She also starred in the IRT spinoff IRT Deadliest Roads. A few episodes of that show were filmed in some of the deadliest roads in India, Bolivia and Peru. In one, shot in the Indian Himalayas, Kelly hauls supplies through “pretty wild” roads.

“(It was) unlike anything I have ever experienced,” she said.

Image courtesy: Lisa Kelly

Kelly is the biggest and most popular star of the IRT. She was once called “the sexiest trucker alive” by the men’s magazine Esquire.

She has more 66,000 followers on Twitter, but fame doesn’t affect her work as a trucker.

Kelly works and lives in the truck for a couple of months before taking a break and going home to Wasilla, Alaska. One time, she said, she was able to go home only after three or four months.

“I have a very understanding husband,” she said, giggling.

“He gives me the freedom to go away for so many months, and it is amazing.”

An avid dirt biker, Kelly met her future husband Traves Kelly while buying a Kawasaki 125 motorcycle in 2004. They married four years later.

“He was motorcycle mechanic. He is a plumber now. It’s a weird life,” Kelly said.

She said her best experience as a truck driver was the “cool places” she was able to go.

Kelly is aware of the fact that not many women are working in the trucking industry, but she thinks it is changing.

“Feels like it’s been going up, a lot.”

She said many people watching the TV show or meeting her at trade shows often comment that she doesn’t look like a truck driver.

“Stereotypical ones. You don’t have to fit a stereotype. You can just do whatever you like.”