This week, the TCA Profitability Program (TPP) community lost a great asset – long-time facilitator Chris Henry. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Chris for everything he has done for the program, and for being a valuable asset to the growth of TPP. When we envisioned a benchmarking program for trucking almost 18 years ago, the premise was to give those in the trucking community the ability to compare business metrics that guide their decisions and strategies. I helped develop that program roughly around the principles that the auto and truck dealers had applied for over 50 years.
When you adopt such a program, the byproduct is a deep admiration for the members that participate. I was a member of our truck 20-group for 15 years while managing our own dealership in the northwest. The 20-group process was one of the most important business regimens that I ever adopted. The ability to share business metrics, best ideas, and strategic plans to help your business from likeminded business leaders was invaluable. I molded the TCA benchmarking program around those principles.
When I first met Chris, he and Ray Haight had just started their company StakUp to develop a metric tracking program. A program that could have been in direct competition with me and my company Decisiv at the time. But fate must have been in play. Around the time we met, I had started my own company of strictly consulting. We had a need to enhance and grow the program, and the membership thereof. It is hard to adopt new people into your business world when the most important ingredient is passion for the program. That was never a problem with Chris.
Since the day we met, our relationship, and his passionate drive to make the TPP successful has never wavered, and I could not be more appreciative! The program is much better off as a result of Chris’ involvement. Unfortunately, the legal challenges of a Canadian working in America has led to the position we find ourselves in today. Chris has joined a great trucking-related company in CarriersEdge, and I look forward to seeing him as an ally and a friend in the future.
TPP has a new strategy to stay on path for success with Shepard Dunn’s advancement into Chris’ role. The FreightWaves team, lead by Todd Davis, are ready to adopt the same passion that I, John Lyboldt, Chris and Shepard have for the success of the program, and its members. With the continued support from John Lyboldt and the whole TCA team, we intend to stay focused on the success of the program and especially the members that participate.
With that, I wish Chris the very best in his new position, and warmly thank him for everything he has done for the program, and for me as a friend.