In the ever-changing atmosphere of the trucking industry, education is the key to not only surviving, but in achieving any level of personal or business success. Many professional truck drivers become “trapped” within the idea that the only skill they may possess is one of driving.
The National Minority Trucking Association is “committed to providing its members with comprehensive education that will enable them to succeed in all areas of the trucking and transportation industry.”
From financial planning to CDL training to assisting in employment opportunities, NMTA is leading the effort to help truckers and minority-owned motor carriers with successful business tools such as teaching how to secure and maintain government and commercial contracts, as an example.
Although their foundation is based upon the minority community, the NMTA works for all truckers, offering many services and benefits to assist in their industry success; whether it be as a driver, broker or diesel engine technician, the point is clear: there are many additional opportunities within the industry, other than “driving.”
Founder and CEO, Kevin Reid, launched the NMTA as he discovered a void in the representation and educating of minorities in the trucking and transportation industry.
Their statistics offer a clear insight into an area of trucking that very few are aware:
There are 458,729 minority owned transportation firms:
- 44% are Hispanic
- 37% are African-American
- 16% are Asian
- 3% are Native American
- .03% are Women
There are 1.5 million minority truck drivers in the U.S:
- 14% are African American
- 12.6% are Hispanic
- 5.4% are Women
The National Minority Trucking Association is already seeing a steady rise of achievements in response to their efforts. Through their commitment in helping those to succeed in the industry through education and training, providing benefits and resources and consultation and advocacy work, the NMTA reports that a 21% growth rate among minorities is projected within the industry through the year 2020.
Kevin Reid will join us as our special guest on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” on Thursday, September 25, 2014 to further discuss the future goals of the NMTA and their work in helping those to succeed in an industry which clearly shows a pattern of biased decision making, specifically toward women and minorities.
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