TTSI is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen by reducing our carbon footprint in communities we operate as well as sustaining a healthy workplace for our employees - as well as reducing the impact to the environment where we work and the nei
Victor La RosaPresident/CEO & Cofounder of TTSIVic's career spans over thirty years in all facets of transportation including operations and sales development.
In 1989, he cofounded TTSI.Vic's responsibilities include business development as well as strategic planning for TTSI.In addition, he is a founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), a member of the Waterfront Coalition Board of Directors, a Board Member of the Harbor Trucking Association, and Chairman of the Southern California Intermodal Steering Committee for the California Trucking Association.Vic holds his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville New Jersey and a degree in Transportation from Academy of Advanced Traffic, New York City.Victor is an avid outdoorsman who spends all his spare time hunting and fishing in Montana.
He believes that we all have a responsibility to promote and protect our environment.
His plan is to position his company as a leader in environmentally friendly solutions to support his customers supply chain.
In lieu of the great gains TTSI has made with Clean Diesel and LNG trucks, Vic La Rosa and TTSI have launched a campaign to become a zero emission trucking company through the use of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.
Bill and Vic also cofounded Western Regional Delivery Service, a successful southern California LTL operation, eventually selling the firm to concentrate on TTSI's growth.
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Vic LaRosa, president of TTSI, estimated that 80 percent of the drivers he deals with at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach prefer to own and operate their trucks rather than to be direct employees of a drayage company.
As an indication that drivers at most ports prefer to be independent businesspersons, LaRosa told a conference of the Transportation Lawyers Association Friday in Los Angeles that in many cities hundreds of employee driver positions go unfilled.
Although the employee driver model is seen infrequently at seaports, many retailers, grocery store chains and manufacturers have employee drivers who drive company-owned trucks.
Owner-operators in those port cities could apply for those positions, but most prefer to remain independent, LaRosa said.
In fact, there is a nationwide driving shortage in many areas of trucking, including over-the-road trucking where the employee driver model is more common, he said.
Ever since trucking deregulation, most harbor drayage companies have found that the costs associated with unionized, employee drivers make it impossible to compete in the cutthroat harbor trucking industry.
While increased wages are a factor, loss of productivity is the main obstacle to having employee drivers, LaRosa said.
TTSI for a period attempted to operate some trucks with employee drivers provided by temp agencies, but the company ended up losing $1 million because of a drop in productivity, he said.
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The Gomez Family and Vic La Rosa, President of TTSI at the signing ceremony
Jorge Gomez and his son sign the papers to own their truck with Vic La Rosa
Vic La Rosa, president and CEO of TTSI in Rancho Dominguez, CA, recently handed over the keys of a truck that Jorge Gomez and his son, also named Jorge, had been leasing since 2009 as independent contractors.
La Rosa said that other independent contractors will soon be reaching the time when they also will be able to purchase the trucks they have been leasing, not only at TTSI, but at other Southern California drayage companies, as well.
This development is an important victory for the harbor trucking companies in Southern California that have argued since the beginning of the Clean Truck Program that they could maintain an owner operator fleet while, at the same time, giving the drivers an opportunity to eventually purchase the trucks.
Opponents of this business model, led by the Teamsters, had charged that in the highly-competitive harbor trucking industry, freight rates were too low to allow independent contractor drivers to properly maintain and eventually purchase the new generation of low-emission rigs.
The Teamsters union, which has been attempting to organize drivers at the nation's container ports, said a successful Clean Truck Program must be based on the model of financially-sound drayage companies purchasing the trucks and hiring the drivers as direct employees.
La Rosa said the Southern California business model could not have succeeded without the cooperation of cargo interests.
The Gomez Family along with Rick Gabrielson (president of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation), and Vic La Rosa (President TTSI)
La Rosa said TTSI's next goal is to operate trucks that approach zero emissions.
"Our mission is far from over," he said.
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