Barry Pottle Elected ATA’s 74th Chairman

ATA Chairman Barry Pottle and wife Suzanne
New ATA Chairman Barry Pottle, with his wife Suzanne, are welcomed at ATA's Managment Conference & Exhibition closing banquet. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Barry Pottle, CEO of Pottle’s Transportation of Bangor, Maine, has been elected by American Trucking Associations’ board of directors to serve as the federation’s 74th chairman.

“To be elected chairman of ATA is a tremendous honor for me,” Pottle said. “I am excited and invigorated by the challenge of leading ATA and would like to thank my fellow members for entrusting me with this responsibility.”

“Barry has been a strong and engaged voice for our industry on the issues that are of critical importance to our industry,” said ATA President Chris Spear. “I’m confident he will continue to be a tremendous representative for our industry, and I congratulate him on this honor.”

Pottle succeeds Dave Manning, president of Nashville, Tenn.-based TCW Inc., as chairman.

Pottle purchased Pottle’s Transportation from his father in 1988 and guided its growth from an 11-truck fleet to its current size of more than 180 trucks and 575 trailers.

Pottle had been serving as ATA First Vice Chairman. Pottle also has served as chairman of Truck PAC, the Maine Motor Transport Association and the Truckload Carriers Association.

The board also elected:

  • Randy Guillot, president of Triple G Express of New Orleans, as ATA first vice chairman
  • Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Trucking of Findlay, Ohio, as ATA second vice chairman
  • Harold Summerford Jr., CEO of J&M Tank Lines of Birmingham, Ala.; and Dan Van Alstine, president and COO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, as ATA vice chairmen.

The board also re-elected John Smith, chairman of Admiralty Holdings, as secretary, and Mike Ducker, former president and CEO of FedEx Freight, as treasurer.