We are pleased and excited to announce that Driverge Vehicle Innovations President Mark Minatel has been named a candidate for the National Truck Equipment Association’s Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for Driverge and Mark to take a leadership role within this respected and influential association. Get to know Mark and read in his own words why he is the right person for this position below:
Why I am running for the NTEA’s Board of Directors
By Mark Minatel, President, Driverge Vehicle Innovations
Thank you for taking a few minutes to get to know me. I am proud to be running for the NTEA Board, and I hope over the next few minutes to share that excitement with you.
I am motivated to serve NTEA to provide new and, possibly, unique leadership perspective in an industry that faces many challenges. In the short term, the pandemic, will of course impact us, our families, and our work in unpredictable ways. The good news, however, is that there are many technological, process and human resource improvements that will drive thoughtful and innovative solution for years to come.
I view the NTEA as the hub that brings together all the great minds of an industry that is the backbone of the US. It is a resource to assist, support, and, at times, drive, and clear the sometimes-foggy windshield of vocational use and people-moving vehicles. It can serve as a constant resource for us, our teams, and our industry community. Are we using this resource to help stimulate progress, or do we view it only as the association that executes a terrific trade show? Leveraging the NTEA to its fullest extent is what motivates me to serve.
Within NTEA we have many great leaders and members that share common experiences and bonds. And there are others, and, I am probably in this category, that may offer a distinctive view rooted in know-how derived from building vehicles and products that primarily move and transport people (as well as vocational goods and services).
It is this unique perspective that I have to offer, and this perspective comes with high relevance. Driverge (formerly TransitWorks) is the country’s leading builder of accessible commercial shuttles and transporters. In addition, Driverge’s products include vocational, service equipment, and custom conversion vehicles for specific work use. For 16 years running, Driverge has been recognized by Ford as its #1 mobility pool and we are proud to have been a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) since the program’s inception. Driverge’s OEM relationships run deep as it is also a Mercedes-Benz Master Solutions Upfitter and Ram Commercial Q-Pro supplier.
Lastly, I am a leader in a company considered by most experts to be mid-sized in overall conversions. However, we still wear our “wrenchers and welders” badge proudly while advancing a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. We have developed a “can do and will do” spirit, and we find the ability to answer every challenge with a confident “YES.” It is this same passion and commitment that I promise to bring to the NTEA, and your support of my NTEA Board of Directors candidacy will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading this and please know that my mind and door will always be open to any ideas that you may have to continue the growth and support of a fantastic association. Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via LinkedIn.