Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed.
Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists.
In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry.
Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc.
The list of supporters and like-minded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase “Raising the standards of the trucking industry.”
Donna Smith is an active part of the advocacy for professional drivers. Although she has not driven a truck nor does she have a CDL license, her strong convictions destroys all notion of “you have to drive a truck to understand”… and she IS the wife of a career truck driver.
Donna believes justice can be achieved through passion, honesty and transparency, and that same belief and passion allows one to be an advocate for whatever the cause is they believe so strongly in.
Donna holds a degree in Medical Technology and has been a part of industry research for many years. Her love for research led to a patent she received while working at General Foods Corporation, one of many research projects she was involved in.
In 2001 Donna became involved with husband Allen’s advocacy for professional drivers and she combined her love for research with her belief in justice to aid with many of the movements that Allen and she became so passionate, active, and known for.
Donna enjoys networking with others and believes that in order to achieve positive change, one must first be able to recognize and be accountable for their own actions and not be quick to point fingers at others, nor depend on others to carry the load. “Stand up for what you believe in, never give up.”
Hal is a 20 year OTR veteran who started in the trucking industry in 1989, after having served in the military police for 12 years, where he performed many tasks including; turning wrenches on tractor trailers, doing welding, replacing floors in trailers and a wide array of truck repairs. He also performed “FHWA” inspections (now called DOT Inspections) of all trucking equipment that went on the road.
In 1991, Hal began his driving career, doing local runs delivering produce in the southwestern portion of Florida. In 1995 Mr. Kiah made the decision to go over the road, and hauled refrigerated product for the first year, moving into open equipment in 1996.
Over the years, his time on the road has included hauling over-dimensional freight, i.e., military, construction, aircraft parts, windmill and mining equipment and parts, bulkmatic tankers, dry goods and electronics. He has also dispatched and has been a trainer for Over The Road new drivers.
All these years of experience has helped Hal to see serious needs and issues that the driving community currently faces, along with future issues that need to be addressed. He has been instrumental in the last few years aiding and mentoring other drivers via social media and personal communication to help address driver issues to keep them safe on the road.
John first came online in 2002 and quickly realized the power that the Internet offered to access places and information from the four corners of the globe.
After learning the aspects of web creation and design, he went on to learn the behind the scenes technical skills related to website hosting and management. This included the processes involved in web hosting and web server management.
Starting in 2006, he began to offer technical support and services to online marketers. This involved creating and installing websites, setting up web hosting accounts, managing Web servers, providing technical support and all that was related to maintaining an online business.
Through this process, John had the opportunity to work with some of the top Internet marketers that are out there today. In providing technical services to them, he had the opportunity to look behind the scenes of how a successful online business is set up and run.
This included the different means for traffic generation to a site, developing means to capture visitor information and use e-mail marketing to promote products and services, installing and setting up sales processing and affiliate management software, different techniques to launch and promote new products and services in ways to streamline the customer support process.
In 2011, John decided to devote his time and expertise to helping small and medium-size local businesses to leverage the technology and power of the Internet to maximize the exposure of their business in the ever-growing global marketplace. He offers website design through War Horse Media Design and marketing solutions at his main site War Horse Media LLC.
Gary Worden and Elizabeth (Libby) Smith
Gary Worden and Elizabeth (Libby) Smith
Gary Worden, a veteran truck driver, has been involved in the trucking industry for 42 years. He worked for several trucking companies as well as being an owner operator for many of those years. He retired 2 years ago.
Libby has also been involved in the trucking industry for many years, including being on the truck with Gary during the last 5 years of his career.
Having seen the industry undergo many changes, some good, some not so good, Gary and Libby are actively involved with North American Trucking Alerts (NATA). They research trucking news topics and are responsible for much of the social media posting for NATA.
They are so proud of the hard work that NATA is doing for drivers and the industry and are excited to be a part of it.