KMCA Annual Convention 2020 Cancelled


Over the past six months, the trucking industry has been on the front lines in the fight of our lives against COVID-19. We all thought the number of cases were falling and everything would be open for business as usual soon, but that has changed over the last four weeks. Kansas is considered to have an “uncontrollable spread” of COVID-19, for the first-time in 106 years the Kansas State Fair has been cancelled and the Governor issued a statewide order requiring the use of face masks in public.

With the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases affecting almost every county in Kansas, the KMCA Executive Committee met to discuss whether to cancel this year’s KMCA Convention scheduled for September 16-18, 2020 at the Marriott in Wichita. Members of the Executive Committee reviewed actions of other state trucking associations in dealing with their conventions, CDC guidelines for social distancing and the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick County. After a lengthy discussion, the Executive Committee voted to cancel the 2020 KMCA Convention and work with the Wichita Marriott to reschedule for 2021.

The sales staff at the Wichita Marriott have been great to work with. We were able to cancel our contract with the hotel for 2020 without penalties and sign a new contract for the 2021 KMCA Convention scheduled for September 23-25, 2021 in Wichita. We will work to make the 2021 KMCA Convention the best celebration of our 85th Anniversary.

The 2019 Safety Awards Banquet was previously postponed until the 2020 Convention. With cancellation of the convention we will also be cancelling the awards ceremony. To make sure the Kansas Trucking Industry Safety award winners are acknowledged, KMCA will be sending the winners from each category their certificate, plaque, and/or trophy to their employer. We ask our member companies to please photograph their winners with their awards and send them to Samantha Stanley at In honor of all 2019 Safety Award winners we will publish these photographs in The Dispatch.

KMCA bylaws require the association to adopt an annual budget and elect new officers each year. To comply with the KMCA bylaws the KMCA Board of Directors will meet virtually at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The Board of Directors Meeting will be followed immediately by the Annual KMCA Membership meeting. All members are encouraged to participate in the board meeting and annual membership meeting. More information will be provided when we have additional details.

Times may be tough, but the Kansas Trucking Industry is strong. We will continue to deliver the goods and “Keep Kansas Moving Forward.”

Tom Whitaker, KMCA Executive Director


2019 SPONSOR LIST (as of 9/10/19)

Diamond Level - $3,000 and up

Great West Casualty Company - Thursday Breakfast

Kansas Soybean Commission - Friday Breakfast

Kansas Turnpike Authority -Wednesday Night Reception

Truck Insurance Mart - Program Back Cover, Capitol Club Reception and Hole Sponsor


Platinum Level - $1,500 to $2,999

Foley Equipment Company - Clay Shoot Prizes, Indoor Exhibitor and Monetary Donation

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. - Monetary Donation and Golf Hole Sponsor

PrePass Safety Alliance - Monetary Donation and Golf Hole Sponsor

Gold Level - $1,000 to $1,499

Hampel Oil - Clay Shoot Lunch

KFSA Insurance / Rutter Cline Associates - Program Inside Cover

Tollie Insurance Services, LLC - Keynote Speaker

WKI Operations Inc. dba Wichita Kenworth - Golf Tournament Beverage Cart and Keynote Speaker

Silver Level - $100 to $999

Alderson Law Firm - Golf Hole Sponsor

Bar K Bar Trucking, Inc. - Monetary Donation

Bergkamp Insurance Center Inc. - Golf Hole Sponsor

Central Power Systems and Services - Indoor Exhibitor

Cline Wood, a Marsh & McLennan Agency - Golf Hole Sponsor

DeClue Transport - Dodge City, KS - Bunko Prizes

DOT Compliance Services - Indoor Exhibitor

E.J. Trucking LLC - Board of Directors Meeting Refreshments

Hoyt’s Truck Center/NationaLease - Indoor and Outdoor Exhibitor

Jim Hawk Truck Trailers of Kansas City - Indoor and Outdoor Exhibitor and Golf Hole Sponsor

Mayfield Carrier Services, LLC - Golf Hole Sponsor

Railsback HazMat Safety Professionals LLC - Golf Hole Sponsor

RedGuard - Golf Hole Sponsor and Prizes

S&G Associates Inc. - Indoor Exhibitor

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