Jim Ward Named 2021-22 Chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association


D.M. Bowman, Inc. President Jim Ward takes helm at TCA

Alexandria, Virginia: 

The Truckload Carriers Association’s 2021-22 Chairman will be D.M. Bowman, Inc.’s President James Ward. He gave his acceptance speech Tuesday afternoon during TCA’s virtual Board of Directors Meeting that was held in conjunction with the association’s Spring Business Meetings.

Ward, who resides in Hagerstown, Maryland with his wife, Starla, has been in the transportation industry for 43 years. Prior to joining D.M. Bowman in 1986, he started his career with the Western Maryland Railroad. Jim served as Managing Director of the Transportation Industry Division for Willis of Nashville, Tennessee starting in 1992 before returning to D.M. Bowman, Inc. in 1999.

In addition to Ward’s responsibilities as TCA Chairman, he also serves on TCA’s Board of Directors, Financial Oversight Committee, Highway Policy Committee, Regulatory Policy Committee, and Recruitment & Retention Human Resources Committee.

Jim has a variety of interests, including outdoor activities, travel, reading, and most importantly, spending time with his family. Jim and Starla, who will be celebrating 40 years of marriage this year, have two sons, Jason (spouse Kim) and Keith (spouse Sara), a grandson, Aden, and a granddaughter, Mila.

D.M. Bowman Inc., a TCA member company for 55 years, began in 1959 when Don Bowman climbed into his used B 61 Mack tractor and trailer to haul coal. Don operated the tractor and trailer as an owner-operator with the dream of one day having 10 trucks. Don Bowman founded D.M. Bowman, Inc. which obtained its first ICC Authority in 1966, adding several trucks to transport bricks from Williamsport, Maryland to locations outside of the state. Throughout the years, the company has added short haul truckload and warehousing services. D.M. Bowman, Inc. currently has a fleet of 382 power units and eight terminals on the east coast.

The following individuals will assist Ward as TCA’s officers:

Immediate Past Chair: Dennis Dellinger, President & CEO, Cargo Transporters, Inc.

First Vice Chair: John Elliott, CEO, Load One, LLC

Second Vice Chair: David Williams, Executive Vice President, Knight-Swift Transportation

Treasurer: Karen Smerchek, President, Veriha Trucking, Inc.

Secretary: Pete Hill, Vice President, Hill Brothers Transportation, Inc.

Association Vice President to ATA: Joey Hogan, President, Covenant Transport

At-Large Officer: John Culp, Executive Vice President of Finance, Maverick USA

At-Large Officer: Ed Nagle, President, Nagle Toledo, Inc

At-Large Officer: Jon Coca, President, Diamond Transportation System, Inc.

At-Large Officer: Mark Seymour, President & CEO, Kriska Transportation Group

At-Large Officer: Trevor Kurtz, General Manager, Brian Kurtz Trucking, LTD