Veteran nonprofit leader takes the helm, representing Florida’s trucking industry
TALLAHASSEE—On Thursday, February 6, 2014, Ken Armstrong will begin as President and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association (FTA), a major industry trade group in Tallahassee. Armstrong succeeds Mary Lou Rajchel, who left the position after seven years as the chief advocate for the state’s trucking industry. Armstrong will bring extensive nonprofit experience to the FTA, including over a decade at the United Way of the Big Bend.
Armstrong’s appointment to the FTA is an exciting opportunity, according to the chairman, Doc Hyder of Rowland Transportation (Dade City).
“We are excited about Ken’s extensive experience in resource building and his proven leadership,” Hyder said. “We saw in him the opportunity to tell our story to a new audience and use his tenacity to make sure everyone knows how important this industry is—because if you have it, a truck probably brought it.”
As President and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association, Dr. Ken Armstrong will help the 350-member organization elevate the image and issues of the state’s trucking industry in political, regulatory and business arenas. His mission is clear: to continually tell the story of the industry in a way that underscores the essential value of trucking for all Floridians and our visitors.
Dr. Armstrong is a veteran of the nonprofit sector, and FTA is the fourth institution where he has served as chief executive officer. Much of his career has been in resource development; organizations under his leadership have raised almost a quarter billion dollars.
In past leadership roles, he worked with such national figures as Bill Gates, Carol Burnett, Jeb Bush, Jimmy Buffett and Roger Staubach on major gift and community development. He brings these skills to the FTA to enhance its business contacts and community involvement.
He will draw from an extensive network of business, nonprofit, government and political contacts to push forward the issues of Florida’s trucking industry. As the most visible spokesperson for the industry, he will call upon this group of varied leaders to help inform and guide his advocacy for the FTA.
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“I had the privilege of working together with Ken for many years during his tenure as the CEO of the United Way of the Big Bend,” noted Chris Dudley, Managing Partner of Southern Strategy Group. “ I know he will bring the same level of success to the trucking community in Florida.”
Dr. Armstrong most recently led the United Way of the Big Bend for 16 years. While he was at the helm, the organization received the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s 1999 Small Business Excellence Award. That same year, he won the Distinguished Leadership Award, presented by Leadership Tallahassee. He also received the Budd Bell “Champion for Children” and the Workforce Plus “Living the Mission” awards over the course of his career. He has served on almost 20 community boards and coalitions, and continues to have deep roots in the community and a great passion for the organizations that improve lives locally.
Dr. Armstrong will benefit from his time as chair of the Board of Governors of United Way of Florida as he leads this major statewide trade association. Throughout his 25+ year career, he has brought imagination, warmth and growth to the organizations he has led. He is noted for his high level of energy and ability to draw people to the cause he represents.
About Florida’s Trucking Industry and the FTA
Florida’s trucking industry is vital to the well-being and livelihood of everyone in the state—the trucks represented by the Florida Trucking Association travel the length of this massive state carrying the goods that make modern life possible. That means across 58,000 square miles, criss-crossed by the 12,000 miles of highway, along the 13-hour Panhandle-to-Keys drive, trucks supply the fourth largest state in the U.S. every single day, year-round. And without Florida’s trucking industry, our 19 million citizens would want for the very necessities of daily life.
Trucking in Florida provides more than 290,000 jobs—or one out of 20 in the state—earning wages of more than $12.6 billion, with an average salary of $43,267. Each year, in excess of 80 percent of the billions-plus tons of freight moving in this state is done so by truck. The Florida Trucking Association is 350 members strong, representing every aspect of the industry.
The FTA celebrates its eightieth year in 2014. Eight decades of telling the story of Florida’s trucking industry and advocating on behalf of the men and women who keep the state moving makes the FTA a major trade association and regulatory partner. As we say in this state, “Without Trucks, Florida Stops.”
About the Florida Trucking Association: Headquartered in Tallahassee, the Florida Trucking Association represents Florida’s trucking industry and its allied services, addresses public policy issues related to the industry, and forges vital relationships between truckers and various regulatory components at the state and federal level. FTA is dedicated to promoting the safest, most dependable and cost-effective motor transportation system for all of Florida. www.fltrucking.org