ATA Extends Contract for President, CEO Chris Spear

Spear addresses the association's board of directors May 18, during the 2021 ATA Mid-Year Management Session in San Antonio. (American Trucking Associations)

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American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear has signed a contract that extends his leadership of the organization for five more years, ATA announced.

The ATA board of directors approved the contract extension, the federation said in a May 18 announcement. Spear signed his new contract while addressing a crowd of association officers and members during the 2021 ATA Mid-Year Management Session in San Antonio.

“I’m grateful for the confidence and support of the ATA Board, and I’m excited to take on the challenges that lie ahead,” Spear said. “I am honored to work on behalf of this incredible industry, and I look forward to continuing to strongly advocate for trucking, as well as grow ATA’s impact and influence.”


Spear signs his contract while Garner Brumbaugh looks on. (American Trucking Associations)

Spear has been president and CEO of the association since July 2016. Issues he has focused on during his tenure include infrastructure, lawsuit abuse and highway safety.

“Chris has proven himself as an exceptional leader of ATA during the past five years, elevating the organization and providing tremendous vision for our industry at a critical time,” ATA Chairman Sherri Garner Brumbaugh said. “We look forward to how he will chart the course for the association in the years ahead.”

“We have been fortunate to have Chris at the helm during the past five years,” said John Smith, ATA treasurer and CEO-elect of FedEx Ground. “Chris’ strong, smart leadership has benefited ATA immensely, and we look forward to how his passion and innovative thinking will continue to position the association and the industry for success.”

ATA is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry, which employs more than 7 million people and moves more than 10 billion tons of freight annually, according to ATA. The group includes a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils.

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