David Oren receives Minnesota Trucking Association President’s Award
Posted: August 30, 2021
Congratulations are in order for our own Dave Oren! At the Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) annual conference banquet, he received the MTA’s President’s Award.
To be eligible for this prestigious award, the recipient must be a long-term member of MTA, have been active with both their time and the company support of the association, and have extensive experience in the transportation industry.
Of course, that perfectly describes Dave with his life-long involvement in transportation! Dave was named President of Dart Transit Company in 2005, the third generation of the Oren family to lead the company. He started coming to work with his dad when he was in elementary school, picking up trash and keeping the trailer yard clean. In 1975, he began working part-time as a general laborer in the trailer shop, working on trailers, changing tires, replacing lights -- whatever needed to be done.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1981 with his degree in Business, Dave started working full time at Dart in operations. His interest in what truck drivers faced on the road lead him to get his CDL. After work, he would run loads of cans from the Twin Cities to Austin and Owatonna. He learned the business from the ground up and was actively involved in sales, operations, marketing, contractor recruiting and information systems design during a period of significant company growth.
Dave has been granted four patents for transportation equipment or software related to transportation. He spearheaded the design of what became the standard 53’ trailer and was instrumental in developing a state-of-the-art transportation management system known as D4000 and the voice response system known as MAX before VRUs were widely used. In 2009, Dave designed and patented a new semi-trailer sidewall known as the Eco TrailerTM.
Today, Dave is President of Dart Express, a relay transportation operation. Dave’s contribution to the industry and our organization has been outstanding! We are very proud of him, his wife Laura, and their four sons.
Join us in congratulating Dave on this impressive recognition!