ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations (ATA) is now accepting applications for the 2020 LEAD ATA class. Rising young trucking executives are encouraged to apply for the leadership-development program.
Sponsored by Trimble Transportation, LEAD ATA provides up-and-coming trucking professionals an exclusive opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through the industry’s largest association. In addition to learning valuable leadership skills, program participants will gain an in-depth understanding of how the regulatory and legislative processes affect the trucking industry. LEAD ATA participants graduate with an understanding of the role ATA plays in influencing these processes as well as gaining an overall understanding of the trucking industry. The program coaches participants to use resources available to industry executives through ATA such as policy experts, industry-leading data, communications tools and networking opportunities.
“As is the case in any major industry, news leaders and talent are required to achieve long-term sustainability and growth,” said Chris Spear, president and CEO of ATA. “Trucking is no different, and the LEAD ATA program is essential to that mission. The program has a proven, documented history of preparing the right individuals to take on and succeed in leadership positions within their companies.”
The LEAD ATA program was launched in 2013 and is now in its eighth year.
“Trimble is proud to continue its sponsorship of LEAD ATA,” said Alicia Jarosh, vice president of customer insights at Trimble Transportation. “Both LEAD ATA and Trimble share a commitment to developing trucking’s next generation of leaders, helping to ensure that our industry is in good hands — both today and in the years to come.”
During the LEAD ATA program, participants gain a first-hand perspective of ATA’s government structure and how the member-led policymaking process functions in real time. Participants have the opportunity to meet with ATA executives and trucking-policy experts, receive professional training to enhance their public-speaking skills, gain insight into how ATA works with legislators to create a more efficient and profitable environment for trucking, and observe how ATA and its members are improving the trucking industry’s image.
This summer, members of the LEAD ATA class will visit with their elected officials on Capitol Hill and educate members of Congress about critical trucking issues, as well as highlight their respective companies’ roles in their communities.
“As the president of two trucking companies and a member of the ATA, I’ve watched the LEAD ATA program thrive, and I’ve watched as my son worked his way through the program and returned with meaningful new skills and knowledge,” said Randy Guillot, ATA chairman and president of Triple G Express.
“ATA plays a major role in the legislative and regulatory processes that impact our industry,” Guillot continued. “It’s important that the next generation of leaders has a chance to see that up close and understand how we represent trucking’s interests in our nation’s capital and all around the U.S. LEAD ATA offers them that