Arkansas Fayetteville Shale Transporter Association, Inc.
© arkansasafta.com 2012
The Arkansas Fluid Transporter Association (AFTA) was founded in the second half of 2009 in order to bring together trucking, production, and service companies working in the Fayetteville Shale Play in central Arkansas who wanted to promote safety in the wokplace and improve community relations with the citizens of the area. The motto of this group is "Making Arkansas roads safer one truck at a time."
Early in 2012 it was agreed upon to change the name of the association from Arkansas Fluid Transporter Association to Arkansas Fayetteville Shale Transporter Association to include ALL transport companies working in the natural gas industry. Water haulers, sand haulers, dump trucks, rig movers, anyone involved in the trucking part of the gas industry in Arkansas.
All the activities of AFTA are of a voluntary nature and we see our member companies, their drivers, and many others associated with AFTA participating together to improve our communities. We continually see our members give freely of their time, money, and resources in order to help Arkansas become a leader in safety and environmental responsibility while supporting our people and their families.
AFTA is a non-profit organization and meets the 1st Tuesday of each month @ 4PM at a predetermined location that is convenient to everyone.
AFTA was formed for two main reasons:
Promote safety on the roads
To improve community relations
This will be achieved by educating our driver group and the general public.
AFTA has 3 committees:
As a benefit of membership: The long standing tradition of Challenge Coins with a mission to "always be safe" is adopted and given to each member.
The Challenge Coin represents solidarity, enhances morale and holds its unit members to a certain standard. It is a constant reminder to a group's mission. AFTA has chosen to give its members these Challenge Coins to show it's stance on eduation, compiance and commitment to safety.
2013 AFTA Board Members
-Daniel King -President
-Britt Varner -VP
-Amy Hilburn -Secretary
-Debbie Johnson -Treasurer
In March of 2012 several members of AFTA attended the State Capitol to show its opposition to the severance tax proposal.
AFTA ESTABLISHES CHARLIE REITER MEMORIAL AWARD SCHOLARSHIP AT UACCM
The Arkansas Fayetteville Shale Transporter Association (AFTA) recently established a $3,000 scholarship for students in the petroleum technology program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton The scholarship was established through a gift to the UACCM Foundation in memory of Charlie Reiter who was employed at Southwestern Energy (SWN) as a Desoto Field Completion Manager for the past seven years until his death in January 2012.
Reiter was a respected member of the oil and natural gas community and was awarded the President’s Bottom Line Impact Award from SWN in October 2011. As an employee of SWN, one of AFTA’s member organizations, Reiter was recognized as someone who considered safety as a high priority, and that characteristic fits closely with AFTA’s mission to promote safety on the roads. AFTA Board President Rod Krug said, “Charlie didn't just talk safety, he believed everything revolved around safety.” Krug added, “Charlie embraced our efforts and successes.”
AFTA’s board worked closely with Reiter’s wife, Marilyn Reiter, to establish the scholarship in his memory. Marilyn Reiter said, “I am honored that AFTA chose Charlie for this award.” Marilyn Reiter, as well as many of Charlie’s friends and colleagues, remember him as an exceptional leader with a work ethic matched by few, and the criteria for the newly established scholarship calls for the same characteristics in a recipient. Krug recalled, “He was a mentor to many new people in our industry, and his ideals and character will carry on for many years through the people he touched.” And now, they will also carry on through AFTA’s Charlie Reiter Memorial Award. Applications for this award are currently available, and the first award will be made in the amount of $1,500 for the 2013 spring semester. The scholarship is renewable one time, and AFTA plans to continue the gift on an annual basis.
AFTA was founded in 2009 to bring together trucking, production, and service companies working in the Fayetteville Shale Play in central Arkansas who want to promote safety in the workplace and improve community relations in the area. Activities of AFTA are of a voluntary nature, and their member companies, drivers, and others associated with AFTA participate together to improve their communities. AFTA’s members give freely of their time, money, and resources in order to help Arkansas become a leader in safety and environmental responsibility.
The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton greatly appreciates the support from partners in the petroleum technology industry and scholarships such as this one are crucial to the success of the program and students. For more information about this scholarship or the UACCM Foundation contact Development Officer Morgan Zimmerman at 501-977-2085 or Zimmerman@uaccm.edu.