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
I view the NTEA as a steadfast and respected resource that assists, supports, and advocates for our industry. I am motivated to serve due to the unprecedented challenges that all NTEA members will face in the upcoming years. I want to share leadership and insight, and advance thoughtful, meaningful discussions to help solve these challenges and offer ideas for addressing our obstacles.
I believe that the NTEA can lead and unite an industry made up of many unique, quality, and innovative companies. The unifying factors that I believe I can impact the most are those of education and training, improving our collective workforce and the sharing of meaningful management communication.
- The Need for Education – The industry’s future is ripe with opportunity for people entering the workforce as well as those already in it. Electric and autonomous vehicle platforms require workers with unique skills that need to be addressed through continuing education and training. The NTEA needs to continue to develop and expand its wide range of learning programs and experiences. This collective program promotes opportunities and advancement within companies while drawing in talent and new participation.
- Attracting and Retaining the Best and Brightest – The competition at both the management and hourly labor levels is fierce and our workforce is critical to the industry’s future successes. Educational programs will help us attract and retain the best and brightest and so will career advancement, recognition and providing career opportunities that are satisfying in a work-life balance sense.
- Managing through Shortages and Disruptions – The supply chain has been challenged like never before with shortages and disruptions in supply lines throughout the industry at the OEM, supplier, and logistics levels. The stresses placed on members to successfully run and operate their businesses in these conditions need to be addressed at the association level. There are no easy answers, however, the NTEA can serve as the hub of our industry’s experience by expanding the remote and in-person sharing of best practices, leadership councils and discussion groups addressing these challenging topics.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to get to know me. I am proud to be running for the NTEA Board, and I look forward to serving you in the years ahead.