Each year, the Colorado Motor Carriers Organization (CMCA) honors one of their members for their contributions to the betterment of the organization and the trucking industry. This award, CMCA’s …
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Each year, the Colorado Motor Carriers Organization (CMCA) honors one of their members for their contributions to the betterment of the organization and the trucking industry. This award, CMCA’s Distinguished Service Award, is presented to someone in the organization who has a long history of service and achievement. This year, Dan Coleman a Colorado native and Arvada resident, was honored.
Coleman started driving a truck when he was 19 years old. In 1972 he bought his first truck — a 1968 Mack Cabover.
He and his family have since built the company to operate 100 trucks and have 125 employees.
Coleman became a member of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association Board of Directors over 20 years ago and was the Chairman for the Board of Directors in 2009.
When he was Chairman for CMCA, the team worked with the House Transportation Chairperson and other groups to provide a safe means to comply with the Chain Law and provided $5 million in funding to add 100 safe spaces off the highway to chain up as well as funds to create a very successful Heavy Tow Program which continues today.
Because of these actions, there has not been a single truck driver killed while chaining up in that corridor, chain law compliance is up, and closures of the highway by trucks are down.
Coleman has continued to be a champion for the industry and Association as he spearheaded efforts on pre-qualification guidelines for safety for trucking companies operating under state contracts.
Today, Coleman is still active in the family business. His partner in business is his wife Kathy, who he married 52 years ago. He also stays busy with his five grandchildren and his five great grandchildren (with one on the way).
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