ATA Announces 2019-2020 Road Team Finalistsby Jake Tully - Published: 10/16/2018
Earlier today, the American Trucking Associations announced its list of the 34 professional commercial truck drivers who were named as finalists for America’s Road Team in the 2019-2020 term.
ATA president and CEO Chris Spear reports that announcing the finalists found the ATA researching drivers who have displayed professionality, diligence and passion for their industry.
"ATA believes the men and women who work safely day after day to deliver our goods – truck drivers – are the best representatives of the trucking industry and we are inspired by the finalists for the upcoming class of America's Road Team," said Spear. "Throughout the evaluation process, we read and heard stories from truck drivers about pride, courage, and selflessness – the kinds of stories we are excited to share with the public, media and elected officials."
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Sources at the ATA report that the 34 finalists will advance to a final round during the selection process in Arlington, Virginia on January 27-30 2019, wherein the finalist will be judged by a panel comprised of trucking industry officials and media representatives.
Finalists for the road team will be announced on January 30 following a ceremony on Capitol HIll in Washington, and the team will begin working from that point to advance the industry in a positive manner.
"The trucking industry has millions of truck drivers who work tirelessly to safely deliver goods to our communities, so it is a major responsibility to represent that workforce as an America's Road Team Captain," said Elisabeth Barna, ATA COO and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs . "These finalists, and all the nominees, are valuable representatives for our industry and we are looking forward to meeting them in January and welcoming a new team to join the proud legacy of being an America's Road Team Captain."
The ATA reports that finalist for the 2019-2020 Road Team hail from 22 states and represent drivers with backgrounds that haul a diverse pool of products and materials all while operating in the lower 48 states.
Eligible nominees are professional drivers leased to or employed with an ATA member company with a clean driving and safety record and a demonstrated passion for the industry.
More information regarding the ATA Road Team Finalists may be found at the ATA’s site.