VT&T Welcomes Al Tucker
By Marek Krasuski
In its ongoing efforts to reach out to the commercial transportation industry, the Vocational Truck & Trailer is pleased to welcome George Tucker to our team. Our readers better know him as Al Tucker who pens the monthly column Tuck Routes. Always entertaining and informative, Al’s expertise clearly shines through in the profiles he writes on various service providers, many in the Vocational sector.
Al’s extensive knowledge of the industry matured from decades of related experience, beginning with his association with the Canadian Commercial Vehicle Transportation Sector dating back to the 1980s. From 1988 through 2006 he served as Managing Director for the Heavy Duty Distributor Council and later, under his stewardship, guided the Canadian Affairs for the Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA) in his capacity as Director for seven years. From 1990 to 2006 he was Executive Director of the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA), eventually serving a membership of over 500 corporations in the Commercial Vehicle Manufacturing sector in North America.
Al’s extensive product knowledge, so readily apparent in his monthly column, dates back even further to his earlier years when he held OE Sales & Marketing positions with Firestone Steel Products, Motor Wheel Corporation, Goodyear Metal Products and the BUDD Company. His Aftermarket & Up-fitter experience included Dana Canada, Double Diamond, Truckline Parts and Wheel & Rim Company of Canada.
Over the years Al reinforced his work history with complementary education in corporate training programs and industry-related courses at Western University, and membership in industry associations, notably the Canadian Society of Association Executives, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Stratford Chamber of Commerce, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He was also an Associate member of the Ontario Trucking Association Maintenance Council and the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association; this in addition to his role as Industry sector representative on the Transportation Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
In 2006, Al established Log Cabin Enterprises in order to serve as an Administrative Consultant to the Canadian Commercial Vehicle and Road Transportation sector. He continues to hold the status of a Registered Lobbyist with the Canadian Federal Government.
An ardent industry representative, Al’s passion is diverse, finding expression in community and artistic endeavours. His ongoing fundraising initiatives with the Canadian Paraplegic Association, and previously with Sick Children’s Hospital are examples of his commitment to the well being of others which extends into the artistic sphere as well. For several years Al Tucker was Director of the Stratford Symphony and a volunteer with the Stratford Summer Music festival. He is also a singer/songwriter, author and freelance journalist with a love of poetry.
We believe these collective skills and experience earn Al Tucker the distinction of a true Renaissance Man which will serve him well both as writer for our company and as one of our Sales Representatives as he reaches out to industry stakeholders in the Vocational market.
Welcome aboard Al!☚