The President's Column
by Steve Weitekamp
2013 was a year that seemed to pass more quickly than most. A brief review of my columns over the past 11 months is evidence that we have addressed numerous issues this year. CMSA has had significant success on several issues and still there are other items that seem to never resolve. The year was strong from an economic perspective with many members reporting a strong business year that extended beyond the traditional moving season. As the year comes to a close, it is appropriate to stop and reflect on what has transpired.
Issues addressed in my column in 2013 included:
- Our legislative and regulatory efforts that resulted in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approval of the use of electronic documents for MAX 4 regulated shipments
- California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations and their impact on vocational trucking
- The value of pride and passion for our industry and our Association
- Notification of CPUC issues with MAX 4 revision and CMSA’s activity to correct the record
- A successful 2013 Convention
- Industry’s most successful scholarship program
- Strong member support of our Special Olympics relationship
- Updates on SDDC’s Open Season
- A successful summer moving season as well as van line capacity issues
- Warehouse lien compliance
- The National Council of Moving Associations
- Social media and online reviews
- Customer service
- The California Department of General Services and our efforts related to contracts for household and office moving for state employees and departments
- Bank fraud warning
- CARB and potential modifications to exemptions
- CMSA potential Bylaw revisions
I would hope that it would come as no surprise that the year began and ended with information related to the CARB On-Road Diesel Engine regulations. As I write this column, CMSA is lobbying CARB staffers for further enhancements of the recently proposed exemptions to the rule and monitoring potential litigation that could impact the regulation.
Year-end is also a time to share our gratitude for the people and events that make our lives worthwhile. In a busy world, we need to remember that we have much to be grateful for. My list includes: faith, family, country, work, coworkers, colleagues and friends. On behalf of my staff, family and I, we wish you a terrific holiday season and all the best in the year ahead!
December 2013 - CMSA