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Alabama dealer wins state association’s highest honor

Jason Cannon May 6, 2013
The Alabama Trucking Association has tapped Birmingham businessman and former ATA Chairman of the Board Bill Scruggs with its H. Chester Webb Award for Distinguished Service – the group's highest honor for an individual member.
The Alabama Trucking Association has tapped Birmingham businessman and former ATA Chairman of the Board Bill Scruggs with its H. Chester Webb Award for Distinguished Service – the group’s highest honor for an individual member.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Southland International Trucks Vice President Bill Scruggs has been awarded the Alabama Trucking Association’s H. Chester Webb Award for Distinguished Service, the group’s highest honor for an individual member.

Scruggs is a former ATA Chairman of the Board. Elected as the Association’s Chairman of the Board in 2007, Scruggs guided the Association during the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, which harshly impacted the trucking industry, forcing many firms to downsize, consolidate, or even shutdown completely.

“His leadership skills were evident to all, and he has always done whatever he could to make our Association stronger, better and more efficient,” ATA president & CEO Frank Filgo, says. “As Chairman, he generated record-funds for ATA’s political action committee and placed a major emphasis on member retention, working to keep our members active and engaged. I consider that a remarkable feat, especially in a down market.”

Scruggs grew up around his family’s truck stop and has been involved with the industry his entire life.

Over the years he has equip and serviced motor carriers with several businesses before joining Southland in 2010 to lead its trailer division.

The H. Chester Webb Award was in established 1958 to recognize individuals in the state’s trucking industry for service and contributions to the industry and encourage public service by all members of the highway transportation industry. Winners of the Webb Award are those who have given their talents, leadership and dedication to the Alabama trucking industry, the state trucking association, and the communities where they live and work.

Southland International Trucks has been a hotbed on the awards circuit this year, with president Drew Linn being named the 2013 ATD Truck Dealer of the Year in February.

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