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Tom Love presented 4th Annual Guardian Award from Transportation Coalition (PRESS RELEASE)

Tom Love presented 4th Annual Guardian Award from Transportation Coalition (PRESS RELEASE)


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, October 8, 2014 – Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s infrastructure, presented its fourth annual Guardian of Transportation award to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores founder and executive chairman Tom Love during its annual Transportation Innovation Banquet held Tuesday evening at the Jim Thorpe Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Love’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014 and is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Tom Love is a founding member of TRUST and his advocacy for improving Oklahoma’s infrastructure by reversing years of diverting transportation project and maintenance funding across Oklahoma is a major reason why the legislature has returned transportation as a core priority of state government over the past eight years. TRUST president Neal McCaleb, former secretary of transportation and director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, said the award is presented annually to an individual that exemplifies excellence in all areas of the transportation industry.
“Each year there are numerous deserving recipients of this award who have helped lead the charge in placing transportation where it should be, as a core priority of state government, and Tom Love is certainly at the top of the list,” McCaleb said. “Tom and his family have built one of the most recognizable retail business names in Oklahoma and across the United States, however it is Tom’s dedication to sound public policy that makes him a very deserving recipient of this award. He served as chairman of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission during the administration of TRUST co-chairman and former Governor Frank Keating. He knows that without a modern and safe highway and bridge infrastructure system, Oklahoma simply will not flourish economically. Furthermore, he has been an outspoken advocate of the mission of TRUST which is to ensure transportation revenues are used strictly for transportation purposes. It is an honor for TRUST to present our Guardian of Transportation award to him.”
Over 225 TRUST members, transportation advocates, state legislators and elected officials attended the banquet which featured keynote remarks from Pennsylvania Ninth District Representative Bill Shuster, chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Congressman Shuster spoke about the state of the nation’s transportation infrastructure system, the financial condition of the Highway Trust Fund and the critical need for Congress to pass a long-term reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs. The current two-year reauthorization, known as MAP-21, expired September 30th but was extended by Congress temporarily through next May along with funding for the Highway Trust Fund. Congressman Shuster was introduced by Oklahoma Second District Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Westville), a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Congressman Mullin also spoke to attendees and stressed the importance of Oklahoma having representation on the committee.


TRUST is an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure. We are committed to creating a culture within Oklahoma government that values and adequately funds transportation as a core priority. Since 2005 TRUST has grown into a diverse coalition of statewide organizations representing banking, energy, agri-business, construction, chambers of commerce, public safety, transportation and concerned citizens. To learn more please visit

Contact: John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117,

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