Trucker Buddy names new director

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In a short, emotional ceremony at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., Trucker Buddy International announced the appointment of new Executive Director Roxane Campbell Rose. Rose has 15 years of experience in the trucking industry, as well as a number of years of nonprofit volunteer work.

“The search was long, but well worth it, and I am real excited about where Trucker Buddy is now and where it is going in the future,” said Trucker Buddy President Don Nehring, an owner-operator leased to FedEx Ground.

Rose was one of the founders of rpm magazine, launched in 1992. Since leaving the magazine in 1997, Rose has worked for the marketing department at Great Dane Trailers and written articles for Motor Truck and the Arkansas Trucking Association. Rose, who also is on the board of directors of the Truck Writers of North America, credited her predecessor, Ellen Voie, with “an amazing job in her six years as executive director. I just hope I can fill the big shoes she leaves behind as well as meet, or exceed, the new expectations and goals of the organization.”

Rose said her goals include pursuing grants, increasing membership and developing new fund-raisers. “By supplementing children’s education now,” Rose said, “we are also exposing them to the many great men and women who drive our economy and the future employment opportunities that await them in our industry.”

Also, American Trucking Associations spokesman Mike Russell was named to the Trucker Buddy board of directors.