ARLINGTON, Va. (Feb. 10, 2015) — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has promoted four executives to new positions, including a new senior vice president of legislative affairs and vice president of highway policy.
“Coming off a tremendously successful year, one that saw membership and revenue grow and significant policy victories in Washington, it seems only fitting to reward some of our key contributors,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “It takes the hard work of many to have as good a year as we did in 2014, but I'm pleased to congratulate these four individuals who have contributed mightily to that success.”
Effectively immediately, the ATA promoted:
- Chris Spear to senior vice president of legislative affairs from vice president of legislative affairs;
- Darrin Roth to vice president of highway policy from his previous post as director of highway operations;
- Mike Doran to regional vice president of allied membership from membership sales associate;and
- Jack Brady to vice president of business operations from associate publisher, business operations at the ATA's Transport Topics publication.
“Chris and Darrin have done, and will continue to do yeoman's work in crafting ATA's position on important issues, which will be critical as we move forward with a highway reauthorization later this year,” Mr. Graves said. “However, that work won't be possible if our staff on the business side of ATA weren't doing their part.
“Mike and Jack have done strong work and will continue to do so to make sure our policy and advocacy staff have the resources they need to be an effective voice for trucking.”
Mr. Spear, who joined the ATA in 2013, will continue to lead the trade group's efforts on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining the association, he worked for Honeywell, the U.S. Department of Labor and as a professional staffer in the U.S. Senate. In his time at ATA, Mr. Spear “was instrumental in guiding the effort to secure risk-reducing changes to the hours-of-service rules and several other legislative wins,” according to the Arlington-based association.
Mr. Roth, who has been with the ATA since 1996, has spent the much of the past two decades as its point person on highway issues ranging from infrastructure finance and speed regulations to truck productivity and congestion.
Mr. Doran joined the ATA in 2007 and has worked in a number of sales and marketing positions within the federation. As regional vice president, the ATA said he will work to grow its memberships in the allied community, focusing on companies in the eastern U.S.
Mr. Brady, with Transport Topics since 2013 as associate publisher, will now oversee all of the publication's business operations including art and production, circulation, marketing and website development.
The ATA is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry, comprising a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils.