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Newton named president of Arkansas Trucking Association

Shannon Newton has been with the Arkansas Trucking Association since 2003 and vice president since 2008.

The Trucker News Services

6/12/2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Shannon Newton has been named president of the Arkansas Trucking Association. The Board of Directors of the Arkansas Trucking Association said Newton has been at the Arkansas association since 2003 and has served as vice president since 2008. She succeeds Lane Kidd, who resigned earlier this year to become managing director of the Trucking Alliance.

Newton will assume her duties immediately.

“When we began our search for a new president, we knew that an experienced leader with deep industry knowledge and a broad skill set was exactly what we needed,” said Craig Harper, ATA Chairman of the Board and executive vice president and chief operating officer at J.B. Hunt Transport. “Newton is a dynamic leader and extremely knowledgeable on the complex issues faced by our members. The board was unanimous in this appointment. She became the clear choice to lead the Arkansas Trucking Association forward.”

Newton said she was honored and humbled to have been chosen to lead the Arkansas group.

“The Arkansas trucking industry is a recognized national leader,” she said. “My years with the association, working on behalf of this great industry, the member companies and the thousands of dedicated professional men and women, in the cab and out, have been so rewarding. I welcome the opportunity as president to continue to work with the ATA’s extraordinary and dedicated staff and with these extraordinary members to help drive our industry's growth.”

Since joining ATA, Newton has filled a range of leadership roles with expanded responsibilities in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives across core areas including planning, finance, member services, governance, regulatory and legislative affairs and advocacy.

She has held a number of association and national industry leadership positions and currently serves as chair of the Trucking Association’s Insurance Council. She is a member of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives, Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyists, and serves on the board of directors and as Treasurer for Project Zero, a statewide non-profit organization on adoption awareness.

Newton is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas.

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