The Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation (MCIEF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education to insurance professionals who serve the transportation industry.
MCIEF creates education and networking opportunities to help for-hire truckers and insurance professionals to fully understand the business – including operations, government oversight, risk management and the overall insurance needs of this unique sector. Members of MCIEF include retail and wholesale insurance entities, insurance carriers and vendors with a vested interest in the trucking industry.
While the organization was officially founded in 2013 by Tommy Ruke, the MCIEF story began many years earlier.
Tommy grew up working for his father, M.T. Ruke, who owned and operated a truck fleet that hauled pickles – earning him the nickname “The Pickle Man”. After Tommy graduated from Wake Forest University in 1964 with a degree in mathematics, he spent several years managing his parents’ other business, an International Harvester dealership.
About a decade later, Tommy started as an insurance agent in the transportation field and later earned his CIC designation. After developing the trucking curriculum for the Society of CIC, he realized his love for education and began exploring ways to pass his growing knowledge of the transportation industry on to others in the field. That is where the MCIEF story was born…
Today, MCIEF regularly reaches students across the United States and abroad with an average of 25 different rotating education programs. While some things have changed since the organization was founded, the original vision of the MCIEF remains the same – to create quality, educational content that will benefit all who are involved in the trucking industry.
Tommy remains an active member of the company – juggling his duties as founder with being a loving father to three, grandfather to 12 grandchildren, and an avid traveler. When asked if he has plans to retire, his response is: “I’ll retire when people stop calling me… and people are still calling!”