President / CEO
Rick Taylor was named the President/CEO of the Kentucky Trucking Association on October 2, 2018. Prior to this position, Mr. Taylor served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for nearly 27 years. Much of his service was in the Transportation Cabinet where he held various positions including the Assistant Director and Director of the Division of Motor Carriers and for the past 10 years he has served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Vehicle Regulation.
During his tenure he focused on administrative regulations, legislative issues, constituent concerns, process improvement, modernization of systems, and reducing expenditures. He served on various organizational committees with the International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) and the International Registration Plan (IRP). In 2016 he was elected to the IFTA Board of Trustees to represent the Southeast Region.
“I am very excited to lead this organization and I appreciate the opportunity to serve the motor carrier industry of Kentucky. KTA is very special to me and my family as my wife’s grandfather, O. B. Arnold, was President for 10 years. The transportation industry is going to see substantial changes over the next decade and we want to be a partner with government and industry leaders in this process,” Rick told our members at the Annual Leadership & Management Conference last month.
Mr. Taylor attended the University of Kentucky where he received a BBA with a major in Finance in 1991 and in 2011 he graduated from the Leadership Kentucky program. He is from Owensboro, Kentucky and he has been a resident of Frankfort for the past 24 years. He and his wife, Tiphanie, have been married for 22 years and they have three sons; Tre, Ty, and Coen.
Ms. Welch decided to leave retail management to pursue other dreams. Little did she know, after accepting the position of Vice President of Preston's Trucking, she would soon go on to own her trucking company. These decisions were the catalysts that led to the realization of her love for the transportation industry. Christy brings her business management experience combined with the ability to earn and manage financials associated with high volume revenue. She possses the business acumen to manage people and events, foster and develop relationships, procure and negotiate contracts, and be the engine that drives the operations of the business. She implemented performance based pay scales for her trucking company and her program was adopted by many transportation industry leaders. She is excited to bring this experience to the Kentucky Trucking Association.
Christy loves working with people. There is a special place in her heart for the sacrifices drivers and trucking company owners, and their staff make to run the companies that provide all goods to all consumers. Christy’s mission is to teach people why and how the KTA benefits their business. She wants to create foundational strength by growing teams working together to achieve the same goals to move trucking forward. She will support all KTA members and offer direction about KTA programs and events successfully into the next decade to benefit the KTA and it's members. She majored in pre-pharmacy undergrad and is a certified pharmacy tech. She transferred to Liberty University later where she entered a BS to MBA program in International Business Management. She is still pursuring furthering her education.