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Before I go to bed, I want to say that our 1st Annual Pilot Car Conference Tuesday was a total success! I am very proud of the work done by Vonda Tamburin, Carol Crump, Peter Lynch, David Pressey and Jonathan Boyd. Y'all did good! More later.
This is to inform all interested parties that the National Pilot Car Association (NPCA) has no relationship whatsoever with the National Pilot Car Safety Institute (NPCSI) , or any of its officers and/or members, effective immediately.
I am addressing this to the people who already have joined the National Pilot Car Association. As acting president of the Association, I, Elton Boyd, along with the NPCA Board of Directors want to assure you that we are intent on proceeding even more vigorously than we have up to this point. As Steve Barnes often said, this movement toward a culture of greater professionalism and safety in the pilot car industry is not about any one person or even a chosen few people. It is about the industry as a whole. Steve would want us to move on with his vision for our industry. We strongly feel that we would dishonor the name of Steve Barnes if we did not do that. In fact, we will increase our efforts to balance our board of directors so all regions of the country are evenly and equally represented. We are going to be very deliberate in selecting a permanent president and vice president. We want to find the right people who understand the pilot car business and will actively contribute and participate...people who “get it”...who can see the big picture and support our mission and vision. We will forge stronger partnerships with the rule makers, regulators and enforcer of laws and regulations that impact the pilot car industry as well as related industries such as the trucking community, permit companies and vendors. We will work harder to reach out to the public to help them understand what we do and why we do it. While NPCA is not directly involved in the Best Practices Guidelines re-write project, several of our members are on the stakeholders committee to ensure that the pilot car industry is fully represented during the re-write process. These are uncompensated positions: we do it for the industry and in honor of Steve Barnes. We pledge to be good stewards of your dues. None of us are being sponsored or compensated by NPCA to attend the 1st Annual Pilot Car Conference in Atlanta on March 3d. We remain focused on finding and developing meaningful and rewarding benefits which will give you value for your dollars. The Board as a whole, and I personally, will be available to answer your questions or just to offer a shoulder. We thank you for your support during these chaotic times. We invite others to join us as we begin the journey to a better trained, more professional and safer pilot car industry. That was the vision Steve Barnes developed years ago. In his honor, we are moving ahead. We invite you to take the trip with us.
This is what happened while I was checking out of my hotel this morning in Yreka, CA. A man came up to me and gave me his condolences for Steve Barnes. I was shocked since I didn't know this man. He said he saw me eating in a restaurant the night before and he saw my truck so he looked me up on facebook and saw the posting about Steve. I was very touched that a complete stranger took the time to talk to me about Steve. He said he didn't know Steve just saw the posting. I didn't catch the guys name but he works for Star Towing and he was there because his grandma was in the hospital and very ill. I said a little prayer for his grandma and was on my way. Amazing how Steve is still touching my life.
We will post Memorial information as it becomes available to us.
We mourn the loss of our founder, our visionary, our president Steve Barnes today. Steve Barnes was my friend and yet my mentor as well. I am proud to have been associated with this honest yet gentle man. In the five plus years I have known Steve, I have watched him respond kindly to situations where I might have responded in anger. He taught me to turn the other cheek when I might have reached out and touched someone. He was a most selfless man. I know that even when he was struggling financially he helped others pay their bills. Someone tonight said that no matter how busy Steve Barnes was with his multiple projects, he always made time to help someone in need. It is true. Steve was a master multi-tasker. He managed his manufacturing plant. He was project leader in the process of re-writing the best practices guidelines, despite what misinformed people may say. I am using the kinder words that Steve would use. My words would be MUCH harsher. He was president of both the National Pilot Car Safety Institute and the National Pilot Car Association. He was developing a new, more robust, more complete pilot car certification program. He was a husband and a father. Steve Barnes was a genius. He had no more formal education than high school, yet he continually improved his knowledge. He learned how to computer design products. He could take a few measurements, plug them into a computer, send that off to plasma cutter and then powder coat the end product. He was a perfectionist workaholic. He became quite skilled at website design and graphics. He had a sense of humor that would sneak up on you. And he had a vision about the pilot car industry. For years he nurtured it and patiently herded a bunch of in the direction of developing an association that would help our industry gain respect and a voice among regulators for our industry. Almost single-handedly, Steve Barnes pushed and prodded a wildly diverse group to form the National Pilot Car Association. We honor his name and his vision by continuing to develop our Association because that is what he would have wanted. We continue to plan to hold our 1st Annual Pilot Car Conference in Atlanta on March 3d, because Steve would have wanted it that way. I will miss my friend Steve Barnes, yet years from now, I will honor him for his wholehearted commitment to the pilot car industry. RIP Steven Barnes. I am proud and honored that I knew you.
I am very sorry to report that there has been a tragic loss today. Steve Barnes has passed away this morning 02/12/2015