ATA Announces Inaugural Class of New LEAD Program

by Jana Ritter - Published: 9/20/2013

American Trucking Associations announced the first 17 trucking industry executives who have been accepted into Lead ATA, the trucking group's new program to educate and engage future leaders. Sponsored by PeopleNet, the program will provide exclusive educational opportunities designed to highlight how the regulatory and legislative process affects the trucking industry and the important role ATA plays in shaping both, as well as demonstrating the many tools available to industry executives through ATA.

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"This diverse group of individuals truly represents our industry," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. "Representing carriers of all sizes and types, these 17 executives have demonstrated great passion and enthusiasm for our industry and we're proud to admit them as part of LEAD ATA's inaugural class."

"When we announced LEAD ATA in May, our hope was to recruit some of the best and brightest in trucking and give them the tools to guide our industry and ATA into the future," said Kevin Burch, ATA vice chairman and president of Jet Express, Dayton, Ohio, "and I think we've found a tremendous group of individuals for our first class."

LEAD ATA is a one-year program, created to engage the trucking industry's best and brightest and prepare them to become our leaders of tomorrow. Participants will gain real-world experience and in-depth industry insights not available through any other program. By selecting a diverse group of candidates, this program will represent the many different segments, regions, and fleet sizes that make up our industry.

This select group will attend four classes, throughout the year, designed to highlight the many facets of ATA and learn how to more effectively utilize tools available to better serve themselves and the companies they represent. As part of their journey, participants will gain a better understanding of the regulatory and legislative process, how it directly affects their business, and what role ATA plays in that process on their behalf. These emerging trucking executives will develop a vast network of industry peers, enhanced leadership and management skills, and a thorough understanding of the ATA and the industry it represents. Graduates of LEAD ATA will possess all of the tools necessary to lead their companies and our industry into the future.

LEAD ATA's first session will take place this October at ATA's annual Management Conference and Exhibition at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Fla.

This first class includes men and women ranging in age from 23 to 49, representing 12 states and working at fleets with between 28 and 30,000-plus trucks.

Lead ATA Inaugural Class:

Larry Barnes, Greenbush Logistics Inc.; Doug Bennett, US AutoLogistics LLC; Brent Bois, Calhoun Truck Lines; Chad Brueck, CRST International Inc.; Tim Chrulski, Garner Trucking Inc.; Michael Clifford, Ventura Transfer Company; Chris Cooper, Boyd Bros. Transportation; Charlie DeLacey, Kenan Advantage Group; Casey Diaz, Charles Diaz Trucking Inc.; Stephanie Fisher, YRC Worldwide Inc.; Robert Haag, Perfect Transportation LLC; Rick Hoyle, Trimac Transportation; Dustin Koehl, Total Transportation of Mississippi LLC; Robert Loya, California Cartage Company; Chelsea Pottle, Pottle's Transportation; Jason Tempalski, FedEx Ground and Martin Tewari, Con-way Truckload.