Mike Card of Jacksonville was recently named the 68th Chairman of the American Trucking Association, a nationwide federation that advocates on behalf of the trucking industry. Card, 53 and his brothers own Combined Transport of Central Point, a hauling and logistics firm with 400 tractors, 375 drivers, 90+ office and shop employees and $125 million in annual revenue. Combined Transport was founded in 1980 by Card’s father, Richard, who at the time was an owner-operator who wanted a comprehensive trucking company rather than just a few trucks. Today, Mike Card is president of the company.
Combined Transport has three divisions: glass, heavy-haul and general-flatbed. Their typical length of haul is 800-1000 miles with loads up to 260,000 pounds, far in excess of the usual 80,000-pound limits. The firm is well known and respected for transporting high value items such as windmills and GE jet engines for Boeing.
Card’s extensive experience includes working on an array of trucking policy issues. He currently serves on the board of the American Transportation Research Committee and is past president of the Oregon Trucking Association. Card has dealt with and has expertise in a myriad of national policy issues including insurance and tort issues, national highway policy, size and weight limits, and independent contractor issues.
Card was born and raised here and grew up on Old Stage Road. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and an avid Ducks fan. As the new ATA Chairman, he notes his focus will be tackling new policy issues including driver hours of service, new electronic hours logging, new entrant requirements, drug and alcohol screening mandates, environmental rules, driver shortages, fuel prices and economic stagnation.
Mike and his wife Pam have lived in Jacksonville since 1995 and have two children in their 20’s, Nick, and engineer and Stephanie, a culinary student.