The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has honored longtime trucking industry professional Lana Batts with its prestigious Past Chairmen’s Award.
Batts has amassed more than 30 years of experience in the trucking industry. Most recently, she retired from Driver iQ of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to that, she served from 2001-2010 as the managing partner of Transport Capital Partners, LLC, a mergers and acquisition firm that specializes in the trucking industry.
From 1994-2000, Batts served as the president of TCA, where she led the successful turnaround of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) and established the Truckload Academy.
Additionally, she was the senior vice president of government affairs for the American Trucking Associations from 1974-1992 and served as the president and CEO of the American Financial Services Association from 1992-1994.
Batts has received numerous awards for her contributions to the industry, including the 2006 PTDI Lee Crittenden Award. She was also the recipient of the American Trucking Association’s highest honor, the S. Earl Dove Award in 1994, and was named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar in 1997.
Batts currently serves on the board of directors of both Brown Trucking Co. and the Transportation Costing Group. She has also served on the boards of Mullen Transportation (a publicly traded Canadian corporation) and PeopleNet Communications, and served as president of the Transportation Research Forum.
Batts grew up in a trucking family in Billings, Montana, where her father owned a livestock trucking company. She graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in political science and history, and holds a master of arts with honors from the University of Miami in politics and public affairs. She has done doctoral work in transportation at the University of Maryland.
The Past Chairmen’s Award is TCA’s highest honor. Recipients are leaders who have made a significant contribution to the business community, the trucking industry, and the association.
Contrary to the name of the award, the awardee does not have to be a past chairman of the association.
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