SAN DIEGO — Leadership of a revised, restructured American Trucking Associations wants to plow forward on the federal Highway Trust Fund and a surface transportation plan, but also sees an opportunity to burnish the industry's image with the public.
ATA President Bill Graves and the federation's top elected leaders said infrastructure improvement is imperative and they will have to push and cajole politicians into making the critical decisions they were elected to make.
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Duane Long, the new ATA chairman from North Carolina, said he will travel the country as did his predecessor, Philip Byrd Sr., to get the word out on trucking's attributes and contributions to the nation's economy, as well as its preferences on key political issues.
In addition to Long replacing Byrd in the chairman's slot, Pat Thomas of UPS Inc. was elevated to first vice chairman of ATA. Kevin Burch of Jet Express in Dayton, Ohio, rises to second vice chairman.
Barry Pottle of Maine and Dave Manning of Tennessee will be vice chairmen.
Graves, president of ATA since January 2003, will remain with the federation at least through the end of 2016.
By Jonathan S. Reiskin
Associate News Editor - Transport Topics
Source: Transport Topics