Venerated NMFTA Staff Member George Beck Retires After 51 Years of Service

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George Beck, NMFTA’s longest-tenured employee, will retire at the end of 2022.

Alexandria, Va., Oct. 21, 2022 — George Beck, an industry professional with 51 years of service at the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), received a rousing tribute during a celebration honoring his career at the association’s triannual Membership Meeting this week.

The event, which was held Oct. 16-18 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Va., brought together less-than-truckload industry professionals to shape the future of the association through strategic planning and committee meetings.

“On behalf of the NMFTA’s Board of Directors, its leadership, and employees, we want to thank George for his leadership and impact during his more than five decades with the organization,” said Debbie Sparks, Executive Director at NMFTA. “This is a very rare milestone in today’s workforce – celebrating 51 years at one employer – and something very few are able to experience.” 

The celebration for Beck took place during the awards ceremony Monday evening. Attendees enjoyed a champagne toast, a compilation of photos from throughout the years, a video montage featuring staff and colleagues, and personal congratulations from NMFTA Board of Director members in attendance.

Beck was also presented with an award that read: “George Beck, 51 years of dedicated and appreciated service. Your NMFTA family thanks you for half a century of hard work and friendship. You made a difference!”

Beck, who is set to retire at the end of 2022, currently acts as the association’s historian, given his vast knowledge of the less-than-truckload industry and his extensive experience in the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC).

On July 15, 1971, Beck began his career as an Assistant Tariff Compiler. Over the next few years, he was promoted to Classification Interpretations Assistant and shortly after named Secretary to NMFTA’s National Classification Board. Soon thereafter, Beck was named Chief of the Interpretations Section and in that capacity served as Secretary to the Weighing & Research (W&R) Association, now referred to as the W&R Advisory Council. 

Years later in 1979, Beck became a member of the National Classification Board but after its demise, he continued to serve as a senior member of the classification staff. 

Beck was one of the original members of the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) when it was created in 2007 and remained an integral part of the board when it was renamed to the Freight Classification Development Council (FCDC). Those who serve on the Council have expertise in the classification of goods moving in commerce by motor carriers. Council members are responsible for establishing, maintaining, and updating the classification related provisions of the NMFC.

Additionally, Beck has facilitated carrier and shipper consultations, interpreted freight claims procedures, and was instrumental in the development of classification education and training.

“It has been my great honor and privilege to serve at NMFTA for more than 50 years,” said Beck Monday evening. “I am proud of the organization we are today and the impact we’ve had. I cherish the relationships I’ve built and the work that has been done with regard to the classification. Now, if only I could continue to serve for another 10 years or so to see the future of NMFTA – it will be spectacular, I’m sure!” 

Sparks added, “We are sincerely grateful to George for his dedication to the association and its membership and wish him nothing but the best in his next chapter.”

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NMFTA’s Historian George Beck addresses attendees on Monday, Oct. 17 during an awards ceremony. Beck is NMFTA’s longest-tenured employee with 51 years of service.


Since 1956, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (NMFTA) has represented the interests of the less-than-truckload (LTL) motor carrier industry. NMFTA is committed to helping LTL carriers meet the challenges confronting the transportation industry in the 21st century through research, education and the publication of specifications, rules, transportation codes and the preparation and dissemination of studies, reports and analyses. Membership in NMFTA is available to all for-hire interstate and intrastate motor carriers.


Marli Hall
Director of Communications & Member Services

SOURCE National Motor Freight Traffic Association