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Cline Wood University is established

Posted May 22, 2013 by Administrator

Cline Wood Agency, which provides commercial agribusiness and trucking insurance, has a new offering: Cline Wood University.

This university covers various topics of interest related to the trucking and agribusiness industries.

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Cline Wood Agency Announces Web-Based Cline Wood University

Posted May 13, 2013 by Administrator

PRESS RELEASE

Leawood, KS, May 13, 2013: Cline Wood Agency, known for its commercial agribusiness and trucking insurance, has a new offering – Cline Wood University.

Cline Wood University covers various topics of interest related to the Trucking and Agribusiness industries.  It will be made available for all interested parties to view at any time at clinewood.com under the Cline Wood University tab.

Cline Wood recently held their first seminar, “New Hours of Service Changes – Impact on Driver Dispatch and Operations”, on April 18th with high attendance and excellent feedback from participants. The initial attendance was very strong and they expect this following to continue to grow. Cline Wood will be hosting these seminars on a monthly basis (look for a schedule of dates and topics at clinewood.com shortly). The goal of this program is to educate and inform our business partners on important topics and issues that impact our industry every day.

“I am looking forward to continuing the success of our first webinar,” said Tom Dickmeyer, CEO of Cline Wood Agency. “We saw the need to address critical issues and important topics. The attendance and positive feedback is exciting. We look forward to the opportunity to connect to those in the agribusiness and trucking industries to strengthen and build knowledge.”

For more information about Cline Wood Agency visit www.clinewood.com or call (888) 451-3900.

About Cline Wood Agency

Founded in 1984, Cline Wood Agency serves as a national commercial property and casualty insurance agency focused exclusively on the two industries we know best; commercial trucking and agribusiness. Cline Wood Agency has three offices throughout the Mid-West with its headquarters at 4300 W 133rd Street, Leawood, Kansas. More information is available online at www.clinewood.com.

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Cline Wood CEO quoted in “Inconsistent enforcement: CSA vs. the independent” ~Overdrive

Posted March 14, 2013 by Administrator

Inconsistent enforcement: CSA vs. the independent

Todd Dills | March 14, 2013
The truck of an independent owner-operator is four times as likely to get inspected as a truck running under the authority of carriers with more than 500 trucks, according to inspection data from the first two years of the Compliance Safety Accountability program. The likelihood of being placed out of service is three and a half times as great for independent drivers – and almost twice…

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TheRealDealTrucking.com eBook Recognizes Benefit of Cline Wood Agency

Posted September 19, 2012 by Administrator

Thank you Jo Bernard for recognizing Cline Wood Agency as a beneficial business partner for truck drivers in his ebook “Demand Strategies for the High Income Earning Trucking” at THEREALDEALTRUCKING.COM.

Here is the excerpt from Chapter 19: “Business Products”

“A little bit on Insurance Services.  To run your own Authority you have to have $750,000 primary liability and $100,000 in Cargo. I also got Hazmat insurance, basically for the same reason I had extra cargo. I thought when I got Hazmat my insurance payments should go up, mine actually went down. My previous insurance provider didn’t allow the option of Hazmat, I then found other insurance companies like Cline Wood Agency Inc. that wrote coverage through Great Western Casualty, I explain that I would only get a few Hazmat loads maybe 12 or so a year, so they design a convenient price around those chances, when I got the final monthly payment I was paying about $70.00 less monthly, as some might say “I was stoked”   I can’t tell you how many loads I missed not having Hazmat, I can’t tell you how many but it was a lot.”


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Cline Wood’s THANK A TRUCKER! Event A Success

Posted September 19, 2012 by Administrator

“We are excited to be a part of this important celebration again this year. Honoring the men and women dedicated to keeping this country and all of us supplied with the things we need is a privilege we look forward to every year”, said John Cline, President and Co-Founder of Cline Wood Agency.

September 19, 2012

Slideshow of photos from event is shown to the song “Truckin’ Song” by Pure Grain.
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Cline Wood Agency Honors Truck Drivers on September 19

Posted September 14, 2012 by Administrator

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During National Truck Driver Appreciation and Wellness Week, Cline Wood Agency will host “Thank a Trucker!” This event will take place September 19, starting at 9 am, at the Mayhew Scales located outside Odessa MO on eastbound I-70.

Cline Wood Agency employees will hand out gift bags to truck drivers stopping at the scales. The bags will contain various fun items, including a healthy snack to emphasize the important of the truck driver’s health and wellness.

Cline Wood Agency Honors Professional Truck Drivers During National Truck Driver Appreciation and Wellness Week

Posted August 27, 2012 by Administrator

Leawood, KS, August 27, 2012: Cline Wood Agency, along with the entire trucking industry, is taking the week of September 19th through 25th to honor the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.

“We are excited to be a part of this important celebration again this year.  Honoring the men and women dedicated to keeping this country and all of us supplied with the things we need is a privilege we look forward to every year”, said John Cline, President and Co-Founder of Cline Wood.

During the National Truck Driver Appreciation and Wellness Week, Cline Wood Agency will celebrate by hosting THANK A TRUCKER! This event will be held on September 19th, 2012 beginning at 9am at the Mayview Scales located outside Odessa, Missouri on eastbound Highway 70. Cline Wood Agency employees will hand out gift bags to truck drivers stopping at the scales. The bags will contain various fun items including a healthy snack to emphasize the importance of the truck drivers’ health and wellness.

Truck drivers are the heart of the trucking industry. Cline Wood Agency has shown how much we appreciate them during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week for many years.” said Tom Dickmeyer, CEO of Cline Wood Agency. “We wouldn’t miss it! We certainly hope to see you at the scales.”

There are over 3.1 million professional truck drivers nationwide – delivering life’s essentials. These professional men and women behind the wheel log close to 398 billion miles each year and in 2011 delivered 67 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage – or over 9.2 billion tons of freight. 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on the trucking industry. Professional truck drivers keep this country moving.

Americans across the country depend daily on the trucking industry to bring the essentials they need to live. Most never realize how the more than 3.1 million truck drivers improve their quality of life.

We are looking forward to celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation and Wellness Week. Please join us in celebrating the men and women across the country that work so hard every day to make sure the things we need are available to all of us.

About Cline Wood Agency

Founded in 1984, Cline Wood Agency is one of the country’s leading providers of insurance and risk management services to the trucking industry.  From our headquarters in Kansas City and our offices in St. Louis and Dallas we work for over 2,000 trucking company customers.  More information is available by calling toll-free (888)451-3900 or online at www.clinewood.com.

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Prime, Inc. and Driver Carl Bailey of Hirschbach Motor Lines Take Top Honors in TCA’s Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdow

Posted May 11, 2012 by Administrator

Winners to Be Honored at TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting

Alexandria, Virginia:

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown.  Carl Bailey of Fair Play, Missouri, took the top honor for individuals and Prime, Inc. of Springfield, Missouri, won the company contest.

Managed by Lindora Clinic, a personalized weight management company, the competition brought together teams of 12 drivers and staff from 11 carriers to determine which individual and which company could achieve the greatest percentages of weight loss.  The participants followed the Lean-for-Life program, which is based on a low-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate protein menu plan coupled with exercise, nutrition education, and lifestyle changes.  The competitors received weekly phone calls from Lindora’s coaches, who educated them on nutrition and behavioral changes, helped boost their morale, supported them through their personal challenges, and recorded their weight loss.

Bailey, a professional truck driver for Hirschbach Motor lines of Medata Heights, Minnesota, went from 227 to 169 pounds.  This 58-pound loss equaled 26 percent of his body weight.

For his achievement, Bailey will receive $2,500 from the sponsor of the individual contest, Cline Wood Agency of Leawood, Kansas.

“All of us at Cline Wood recognize how important drivers are to not only the industry but to the entire economy,” said Mike Wood, president and co-founder of Cline Wood Agency.  “Given the high percentage of them struggling with health issues, we are excited to see greater awareness of and action in this area.  We began promoting wellness for our employees two years ago and the results have been outstanding.  Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown is a great way to get the health and wellness message out and it’s a privilege to be a program sponsor.”

The team from Prime lost a total of 353 pounds, going from 2,309 to 1,956.  This represented a 15 percent drop in the team’s collective weight.

As the top company, Prime will receive StayFit Fitness room equipment donated by TravelCenters of America/Petro.  Valued at $13,000, the package includes the following commercial grade items:  A cable motion dual pulley strength frame rack, an integrity elliptical cross trainer, and a recumbent stationary bike.  TA/Petro will also provide restaurant and food gift cards or certificates valued at $3,000.

“TA/Petro has been thrilled with the opportunity to support Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown,” said Tom O’Brien, the company’s president and CEO.  “We saw enormous synergy between TCA’s efforts to promote driver health and wellness and our own StayFit program of better eating, fitness rooms, walking trails, and other health services.  We congratulate Prime as the company winner of this year’s Showdown and all of the participants for committing themselves to better, healthier living.”

Overall, the 2012 competitors shed 3,022 pounds, or 10 percent of their collective body weight.  Also, 90 percent of the participants managed to complete the program.  According to Lindora Clinic, this figure is higher than the completion rates for similar initiatives, which are usually about 80 percent.

“The fact that so many competitors made it to the end and achieved so much proves our industry is ready to stop talking and start acting when it comes to health and wellness,” said Chris Burruss, president of TCA.  “My thanks and congratulations go out to all of them.”

TCA will recognize the achievements of the Showdown’s winners at its 2012 Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting.  This event is scheduled for May 20-22 in Norman, Oklahoma.
To learn more about the competition and its participants, visit www.truckingsweightlossshowdown.com.

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Prizes Announced for TCA’s Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown

Posted February 29, 2012 by Administrator

Cline Wood Agency and TravelCenters of America / Petro Stopping Centers provide incentives to help participants achieve maximum results

Alexandria, Virginia:

Although a healthier body should be the ultimate prize in any weight loss challenge, extra incentives can only help strengthen the resolve of the participants. Fortunately, the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown just got more enticing with generous cash and fitness equipment prizes offered by two trucking industry suppliers.

Cline Wood Agency of Leawood, Kansas, will give a $2,500 prize to the individual who loses the greatest percentage of weight during the Showdown. TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers of Westlake, Ohio, will provide the incentive for the company whose team collectively loses the greatest percentage of weight. This StayFit Fitness room equipment package is valued at $13,000 (shipping not included) and includes the following commercial grade items: A cable motion dual pulley strength frame rack, an integrity elliptical cross trainer, and a recumbent stationary bike. It will also give restaurant and food gift cards or certificates valued at $3,000.

Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown kicked off on January 24, 2012, as teams of 12 drivers and staff from 11 TCA-member trucking companies throughout North America embarked on a special program to determine who can achieve the greatest percentage of weight loss in a 10-week period. The program, administered by Lindora Clinic, providers of America’s leading medically based weight-loss and health management wellness programs, stresses a low-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate protein menu plan coupled with exercise, nutrition education, and lifestyle changes. The first-ever Showdown is one of TCA’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and wellness of truck drivers and all trucking industry staff.

“It’s hard for the average person to lose weight, let alone a truck driver who sits all the time or a dispatcher who is tied to her desk for hours on end,” said Gary Salisbury, TCA’s outgoing chairman and the president and CEO of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., of Hope, Ark. “We know these teams are committed to losing weight, but the prizes offered by our sponsors will hopefully provide that extra incentive needed so that everyone continues to stick with it.”

Mike Wood, president of Cline Wood Agency, said, “Cline Wood has focused on providing insurance and risk management solutions to trucking companies since 1986. Our results are tied closely to the trucking industry and we recognize the many challenges the companies and drivers are facing, including the difficulty of staying healthy on the road. When we got a chance to participate in a fun competition that encourages the extra effort it takes for trucking people to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we jumped at it. This is a great concept and we are excited to be a part of it.”

During TCA’s upcoming convention, March 4-7, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla., attendees will watch a video introducing them to the Showdown teams. The winners—both fleet and individual—will be announced at TCA’s Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting, which will take place May 20-22, 2012, at the Embassy Suites Norman – Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma

“We are thrilled to support Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown as title sponsor,” said Thomas O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. “Our own StayFit health and wellness program offers TA and Petro guests a chance to eat better, get health related information and services, exercise in our on-site fitness rooms for free and unwind on our over 100 mapped walking trails while they are away from home. Providing a complete StayFit fitness room health equipment package and StayFit meal gift cards is symbolic of the healthy choices more drivers than ever before are making today. Installation at the winner’s location represents a recognition of drivers and their health as tremendously important to the success of the trucking industry. We applaud all the participants and wish them good luck on this terrific weight loss challenge and in their future wellness.”

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TCA to host New Member Reception at Annual Convention

Posted February 9, 2012 by Administrator

Alexandria, Va. – For many years, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has welcomed its newest members with a New Member Breakfast at its Annual Convention. Today, the organization announced it will replace the morning event with an evening cocktail reception, to be held Saturday, March 3, 2012, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., prior to the start of the convention at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla.

Aaron Tennant, carrier co-chairman of TCA’s Membership Committee and president of Tennant Truck Lines, Inc., of Orion, Ill., said that the new event would better facilitate networking and relaxed, casual conversation between members. “It’s important for new members to start off with that first, powerful dose of networking so they grasp what this association is all about,” he said. “There’s a wealth of support and knowledge available. We’ll help the newest members tap into that right away.”

The guest list for the New Member Reception will include meeting attendees who joined TCA in 2011 and 2012, as well as TCA’s officers, division chairs, committee chairs, and “Rigster” members (individual employees of TCA-member companies who have been credited with recruiting new members).

“If any company is on the fence about either joining TCA or attending the convention, plan to come to Kissimmee one evening early to be part of our New Member Reception,” said Tom Dickmeyer, the associate co-chairman of TCA’s Membership Committee and the CEO of Cline Wood Agency of Leawood, Kan. “It’s one thing to send in a dues check or a convention registration fee, but it’s entirely different to interact with the movers and shakers of the truckload industry in person. This is a rare opportunity to form lasting connections with those who are ‘in the know’ and can share that insight with their peers.”

For more information about TCA’s New Member Reception or about attending TCA’s Annual Convention, please visit www.truckload.org or call (703) 838-1950.

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