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Wayne GaumerWayne Gaumer of Lightning Transportation in Hagerstown, Md., has been recognized as the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s (MMTA) Person of the Year for 2019.

The award recognizes a key figure dedicated to serving the trucking industry.

Gaumer has spent 53 years in the trucking industry and is currently Lightning’s President Emeritus. Lightning Transportation is one of the largest motor carriers, providing drayage services hauling containers to and from the Port of Baltimore.

Under Gaumer’s leadership, the company’s terminal network has grown from one to seven, with terminal locations in Hagerstown, Baltimore, Norfolk, Charlotte, Savannah, Atlanta and Charleston. Lightning has about 350 drivers in addition to 50 employees spread throughout its terminal network.

Gaumer’s roots in the trucking industry run deep. His father was in trucking most of his career and got Wayne into the business. Wayne’s brother, Dan, was a driver with Pitt Ohio Express — reaching the milestone of two million miles of safe driving.

MMTA’s 2019 Person of the Year Banquet generated more than $5,000 in scholarships, which will be awarded to students undergoing commercial driver’s training to get their CDLs at Garrett College and Montgomery College.

Gaumer’s many contributions to the trucking industry include:

  • Giving testimony before the Federal Maritime Commission concerning Port congestion.
  • Serving as a longtime MMTA Board member.
  • Serving as Maryland’s representative to the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
  • Serving on the Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference of the American Trucking Associations and on ATA’s Independent Contractor Policy Committee.
  • Remaining active in local issues concerning the Port of Baltimore.
  • Serving on the Liberty Mutual Insurance Maryland/DC Advisory Board.