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Oregon trucking executive chosen chairman of ATA

Mike Card heads Combined Transport Inc., which hauls building materials, glass and heavy haul equipment on flatbeds and lowboys in all 48-states and Canada. (The Trucker: LYNDON FINNEY)

The Trucker News Services

10/11/2012

LAS VEGAS  – Michael S. Card, president of Combined Transport Inc. of Central Point, Ore., has been elected the 68th chairman of the American Trucking Associations.

He had served last year as first vice chairman of the federation.

His election came Wednesday during the ATA’s Board of Directors meeting during the organization’s Management Conference and Exhibition here.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected to by one’s peers to represent them,” Card said. “So I hope to do America’s trucking industry proud this year.

“It is not secret that our nation and our industry are at a crossroads – with looming changes in hours-of-service, a steady, but still slow economic recovery, a federal government threatening to impose even more onerous regulations on our industry while all the while underinvesting in the highway system we depend on. I truly believe that in order to overcome this myriad of challenges, we need to continue to work together as an industry and I hope to play a role in doing that.”

“Card is emblematic of what makes our industry great,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “The son of a driver-turned-entrepreneur and the leader of a family business, Mike will be a tremendous ambassador for ATA and for trucking.

Combined Transport Inc. hauls building materials, glass and heavy haul equipment on flatbeds and lowboys in all 48-states and Canada and was founded in 1980 by Card’s father, Richard Card.

Card takes over as chairman from Dan England, chairman of C.R. England Inc., Salt Lake City.

“This past year as ATA chairman has been an extraordinary experience,” England said. “I’d like to once again thank my fellow ATA members and wish my friend Mike Card the best of luck this year. I’m sure he’ll be an excellent representative of our industry.”

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