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Thomas A. Balzer, CAE

President & CEO
614-653-0290
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Thomas A. Balzer, CAE is the president & CEO of the Ohio Trucking Association a position he has held for over seven years. Tom has over 25 years of experience as an association executive. During his tenure, the Ohio Trucking Association has seen some significant changes and logged some significant legislative wins. Including a 1,400% increase in assets, greater transparency and membership engagement, increased donations to the Political Action Committee and a heightened presence in Ohio politics.

Prior the Ohio Trucking Association Tom served as the director of administration at Midwest Motor Express, an LTL carrier with 32 terminals in 16 states, and a board member with Midnite Express, a truckload carrier that served 48 states and Canada. Tom has his CDL and drove linehaul during some of the busier times.

For over six years Tom was the executive vice president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association. During his tenure with the Association membership increased by 35% to the highest levels in organizational history, he returned the organization to profitability after over ten years of losses, and expanded its trucking education program offerings, including the nation’s only conference specifically for oilfield trucking operations.

Tom currently serves on the board of American Trucking Associations’s TruckPAC and the past chair of the Ohio Society of Association Executives. He also served on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Household Goods Consumer Protection Working Group and serves on a variety of policy committees for the American Trucking Associations.

Tom was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota, received his M.B.A. from the University of Mary and his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Dakota.

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Bradie Berry

Vice President of Meetings & Events
614-519-6462

Bradie Berry is an experienced association professional possessing more than 20 years of industry experience. In 2018, she joined the Ohio Trucking Association (OTA) as the Vice President of Meetings & Events. In this role, she is responsible for the high-level planning and execution of all meetings and events including site selection, speaker management, event promotions and logistics. She also manages the association’s website and membership app.

Prior to joining OTA, Bradie worked for the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) for more than 15 years where she progressed through a series of promotions, culminating as the Director of Major Events, a role in which she oversaw the organization’s Mid-America Restaurant Expo, a multi-day annual education and trade show exposition.

She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Organizational Communications from Otterbein University. Bradie resides in Marysville with her husband and their two children.

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Della Hole

Office Manager
614-753-5125

Della M. Hole is the Office Manager. She joined the Ohio Trucking Association (OTA) July 2021. She brings experience in office management, property management, finance/bookkeeping, human resources, and organizational management. In her role as office manager she will be responsible for coordinating meetings, maintaining the operations of the office, and keeping things running smoothly.

Prior to joining the OTA, she was employed in healthcare, both in the hospital corporate setting and long-term care. Responsibilities in these roles ranged from finance to recruitment and retention.

Della comes from Urbana, OH where most of her family still resides. She has two adult children Travis and Kelli, and is also the mom to two fur babies, Pepper Jo and Bella Rose. In her free time, she is an avid baker (focusing on creating new cheesecakes) and reader. She prides herself in being a lifelong learner.

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Irwin Shires, CDS

Vice President of Education & Engagement
614-633-5449

Irwin Shires, CDS is a 31-year veteran of the trucking industry, including 9 ½ years as a professional driver, racking up over one million accident-free miles during that time.

From 2000-2019, Irwin worked for Panther Premium Logistics, mainly in the areas of Safety and Government Compliance. As a trainer, driver support specialist, and, for the last 14 years, as Government Qualification Coordinator, he has educated hundreds of drivers and transportation employees on regulations regarding border crossings, hazardous materials, and shipments requiring Protective Security Services.

Irwin has conducted numerous driver sessions and chaired several roundtable discussions on driver and carrier safety processes. He has testified before Congress, the FMCSA, and The National Academies of Science on behalf of the trucking industry. Within the last five years, he has served on several boards and committees, including chairmanship of the Safety Subcommittee of the National Defense Transportation Association, as well as three terms on the Legislative Board of The Expediters Association of North America. Most recently he chaired the Protective Service and Security Committee of the American Trucking Associations’ Government Freight Conference.

Irwin is a 1988 graduate of Ashland University, with a Bachelor’s of Education degree. He is an avid bowler, with four sanctioned 300 games to his credit, and also appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy! in July 2000, where he finished a close second, with $16,800. His actual prize was a $2500 gift certificate to art.com. Irwin lives in Reynoldsburg with Susan, his wife of nearly 25 years, son Andrew, a recent college graduate, and two rescue cats named Emmett and Elliott.

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Pete Thompson

Accountant
614-225-1033

Lobbyists - Governmental Policy Group

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Brooke Cheney

Chairman of the Board

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Victor Hipsley

President & CEO

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Matthew Whitehead

Vice President

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Andrew Huffman

Director of Legislative Affairs

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Patrick Markovich

Policy & Communications Manager

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Aubrey Spencer

Manager of Operations

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Kelsey Woolard

Manager of Governmental Affairs

Officers

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Chair

Glenn Fehribach
Chief Financial Officer 
ContainerPort Group, Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Tony Tomase OTA 2021-12013153

First Vice Chair

Tony Tomase 
Owner
GetGo Transportation Co., LLC
Milbury, OH

JonathanGaupp

Treasurer

Jonathan Gaupp 
General Transportation Manager 
Walmart Transportation

Jay Sewell OTA 2021-12013146

Secretary

Jay Sewell
President and CEO
Sewell Motor Express

Ed Nagle

Immediate Past Chair

Edwin J. Nagle
President & CEO
Nagle Companies
Walbridge, OH

Dean Kaplan OTA 2021-12013164

ATA VP from Ohio

Dean Kaplan
CEO & Executive Vice President
K-Limited Carrier, Ltd.
Toledo, OH

Trustees

ChrisBobbitt

Chris Bobbitt

Sanborn, Brandon, Duvall & Bobbitt

SherriGarnerBrumbaugh

Sherri Garner Brumbaugh

Garner Trucking, Inc.

Kevin Burch OTA 2021-12013124

Kevin Burch

Jet Express, Inc.

Mark Carrocce OTA 2021-12013160

Mark Carrocce Sr.

R&J Trucking Inc.

Tim Cowen OTA 2021-12013111

Tim Cowen

Cowen Truck Line, Inc.

Richard M Crockett OTA 2021-12013148

Richard M. Crockett

Capital Transportation, Inc.

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Candi Coate

K-Limited Carrier, Ltd.

Ed Donovan

Ed Donovan

Marvin Johnson & Associates

Willy

Willy Jennings

Gateway Distribution, LLC

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Joseph Kerola

P I & I Motor Express

Rebecca Liette OTA 2021-12013130

Rebecca Pohl Liette

Pohl Transportation, Inc.

DanLyons

Dan Lyon

Cummins

Kevin Mast OTA 2021-12013102

Kevin Mast

Mast Trucking, Inc.

ScottPauchnik

Scott Pauchnik

FedEx

Jerold Richards OTA 2021-12013107

Jerold Richards

Classic Carriers, Inc.

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Ryan Richards

JRayl Transport, Inc.

Stacy Sadar OTA 2021-12013093

Stacy Sadar

Idelic

Matthew Selby OTA 2021-12013114

Matt Selby

Frantz Ward LLP

Doug Sosko OTA 2021-12013136

Doug Sosko

CliftonAllenLarson LLP

Kiera Sullivan OTA 2021-12013097

Kiera Sullivan

Continental Express Inc.

Ashley Von Derau OTA 2021-12013143

Ashley Von Derau

Rush Transportation & Logistics

OTA Past Chairmen

2020-2021

Ed Nagle

2019-2020

Jim Subler

2018-2019

Dean Kaplan

2016-2018

Doug Sibila

2014-2016

Daniel Doran

2012-2014

Paul Williams

2010-2012

Suzie Schindewolf

2008-2010

John N. Hofstetter

2006-2008

Richard E. Durst

2004-2006

Keith A. Tuttle

2002-2004

Daniel E. Hennessey

2000-2002

Vernon E. Garner

1998-2000

Robert A. Barnes

1996-1998

James W. Bates

1994-1996

Steven D. Walker

1992-1994

A. Roger Atkinson

1990-1992

Jay L. Kaplan

1988-1990

Edward E. Ross

1986-1988

William G. Verst

1984-1986

Daniel E. Fuhrman

1981-1984

Philip E. Lattavo

1980-1981

Charles H. McCreary

1979-1980

Milton H. Bortz

1977-1979

John E. LeFevre

1975-1977

Carl W. Reagan

1973-1975

Ronald R. Sibila

1971-1973

Ralph E. Hennessey

1969-1971

R.R. Johnstone

1967-1969

O.M. Lattavo

1965-1967

Don E. Blancett

1963-1965

Howard E. LeFevre

1961-1963

J. Otis Ford

1959-1961

Samual J. Tutt

1957-1959

Jesse W. Sentle

1955-1957

Clarence A. Kelley

1953-1955

C.E. Williams

1951-1953

Kenneth Herriott

1949-1951

William Burbank

1947-1949

Frank Egner

1945-1947

Enry De Maria

1943-1945

John Ernsthausen

1941-1943

H.B. Franks

1939-1941

Ed Lee

1937-1939

L.J. Hughes

1935-1937

Merle Fullerton

1932-1935

Glenn R. Ward

1931-1932

Paul J. Herbert

1929-1931

Ray Wagner

1926-1929

Thomas Heil, Jr.

1923-1926

Frank Schmidt

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