AHAA Founder & Former Chairman, Kirk Williams, named Ultimate CEO, Jacksonville

Running his own company is what Kirk Williams always wanted.Throughout his career, Williams has accomplished a lot: At 22, he was the youngest terminal manager at Carolina Freight Carriers, he’s held multiple executive positions in large logistics companies, and this year, he was recognized as the Automotive Supply Chain Executive of the year.But the thing he’s most proud of, he said, is his purchase of Proficient Auto and finally running his own company.“Raising the trust of investors I had not worked with previously, and the millions needed to purchase the company, is what I am very proud of,” Williams said. “I had no doubt about my ability to grow the company into a successful corporation.” Read more

AHAA in the news-US car carriers: Driven to deliver

The US car market is forecast to contract slightly over the next two to three years, with sales set to fall from a high of 17.8m this year to around 16.3m in 2019, according to figures from industry analyst PwC. As OEMs cope with swelling inventory, the car carrier sector faces some difficult questions over excess capacity built up over a seven-year period of growth and investment. But a drop in new vehicle sales is likely to be more than compensated for by a rise in the movement of used vehicles, which account for the majority of business for many car carriers. Read more

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway acquiring majority stake in Pilot Flying J truck stops

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett struck a deal to eventually acquire control of truck-stop chain Pilot Flying J in a move that will preserve the company's Tennessee headquarters and leadership. The deal will mark the end of the Haslam family's control of Pilot Flying J, which has more than 27,000 employees, 750 locations and $20 billion in revenue. Read more

Regulatory and Legislative Update-October 2017

MCRR Coalition faults new SMS model, touts periodic reviews of all carriers In comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Motor Carrier Regulatory Reform (MCRR) Coalition argued that any new statistical model to replace the Safety Measurement System (SMS) inherently would suffer from most – if not all – of the same systemic flaws that make SMS wholly ineffective and unfair. Moreover, FMCSA cannot dismiss as merely “anecdotal” the overwhelming evidence that publication of flawed SMS metrics has hurt shippers, brokers, and – especially – small carriers and would continue to do so under any system based on a statistical model, the coalition contended. Read more