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Lane Kidd hands over leadership keys of Arkansas Trucking Association

Lane Kidd’s new organization will provide business services to the transportation industry. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker News Services

2/24/2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Trucking Association and Lane Kidd, the organization’s president since 1992, Monday announced that Kidd is leaving the organization to devote his full energies to The Kidd Group LLC, a business investment and public affairs firm he created in 2013.

“I’ve wanted to pursue my own projects for some time now and there are many opportunities out there, so this feels like a good time to say goodbye to the ATA,” said Kidd.

“My career as ATA president has been a phenomenal experience, and I’m handing the keys over with ATA looking much better than it did 22 years ago.”

The Kidd Group will operate in Washington and Arkansas providing business services in the transportation industry where Kidd said he is most experienced — corporate advocacy and public affairs strategies, media relations, corporate branding and publishing.

“We also have the capability to arrange private equity opportunities for companies in the transportation industry,” said Kidd.

Gary Salisbury, chairman and CEO of Fikes Truck Line in Hope, Ark., and ATA chairman, said Kidd put the Arkansas group on the map.

“During Lane’s tenure, he has taken a relative unknown group of truckers and propelled us to the front of the line,” Salisbury said. “The ATA is known across the country as a leader and an example for other associations to strive for. As chairman of the ATA, I speak for the Board of Directors when I say that Lane will be missed and we wish him success as he starts his newest pursuits.”

“We’ve achieved so much in this association over the last 22 years,” said Kidd, “but spending personal time with industry icons like J.B. Hunt and Sheridan Garrison will always be the best of my experiences in this job, because you couldn’t spend five minutes with them without learning something about business but also about life.”

Salisbury said the ATA will announce plans to name a replacement soon.

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