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Driver recruiting and turnover have been persistent challenges for trucking companies, but the industry is also struggling to attract a new generation of technicians to maintain and repair the increasingly high-tech trucks that move the nation’s freight. What's next? Will maintenance shops finally find ways to revolutionize recruiting? To answer these questions, Seth Clevenger sits with the two people most-focused on the new technician hunt. Join us in Atlanta as we talk to Technology & Maintenance Council's executive director, Robert Braswell, and new chairman, Stacy Earnhardt and find out who's fixing the trucks of tomorrow.   

* interviews recorded live in Atlanta, Georgia at the 2020 Technology & Maintenance's Council's Annual Meeting. 

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Stacy Earnhardt has been elected TMC’s 2020-2021 general chairman and treasurer. He served this past year as the Council’s vice chairman and chairman of meetings. Earnhardt is the director of asset management and specialized operations for Best Specialized in Kernersville, N.C., supervising nearly 40 employees who keep the company’s 300 power units and 1,500 trailers on the road. He also runs Best’s flatbed and heavy-haul operation and the company’s warehouse facilities and mobile storage facilities. He has also received TMC's highest honor—The Silver Spark Plug award. Earnhardt has been involved in TMC for 13 years, specifically with initiatives relating to the driver’s experience and ways to improve the cab layout.

Robert Braswell

Stacy Earnhardt

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Guest One, Robert Braswell
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Robert Braswell has more than 25 years of experience in developing and managing hundreds of industry standards / best practices and other technical products / information for the trucking industry. His experience includes a broad range of technical areas including electrical, tires/wheels, brakes, chassis, onboard vehicle electronics, engines, cab and controls, and fleet data management for Class 2-8 commercial vehicles. As Executive Director for ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), Mr. Braswell is responsible for directing the Council’s $8.3 million operation and ensuring the effectiveness of all TMC programs, products, meetings and services covering all aspects of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle engineering, maintenance and maintenance management.