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Andrew Boyle Brings Heart and Humor to ATA Chairman's Post

Boyle Transportation Executive Pays Tribute to Federation, Past Leaders
ATA Chairman Andrew Boyle
Newly installed ATA Chairman Andrew Boyle introduced himself to the banquet audience with a mixture of humor and heartfelt gratitude. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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AUSTIN, Texas — American Trucking Associations wrapped up its 2023 Management Conference & Exhibition with an evening of celebration after electing Andrew Boyle as the federation’s 79th chairman.

Boyle, co-president of Billerica, Mass.-based Boyle Transportation, gave a heartfelt, modest speech, laced with the humor of a stand-up comedian, quickly winning over the audience, drawing frequent laughs and applause at the annual MCE banquet Oct. 17.

“Thank you very much,” Boyle said greeting the crowd. “But I gotta tell you. I ain’t scared of you people. So this is not an accomplishment but rather an opportunity to serve.”

Early on, Boyle expressed high regard for ATA personnel and the leaders who came before him.

“I can tell you from a deeply personal and immediate experience that I can attest that we have hardworking, intelligent people who care about working on our behalf," he said. "And furthermore, I’m grateful for the support I am going to get, whether they like it or not, for my co-workers, both at Boyle and the Andlauer Healthcare Group, and particularly my great partner and brother Marc.”

Outgoing ATA Chairman Dan Van Alstine, president and chief operating officer of Des Moines, Iowa-based Ruan Transportation Management Systems, thanked his company and his wife for their “incredible support.”

“What an extraordinary and humbling 12 months,” Van Alstine said. “My time as chairman of the American Trucking Associations is winding down. But the impact it will have on my life will never fail.”

ATA Chairman Dan Van Alstine

"The impact it had on my life will never fail," outgoing ATA Chairman Dan Van Alstine said of his tenure. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

“To the incoming chair, my friend, my brother, I  know with great confidence, the impact you will have on ATA as our next chair will be indelible,” Van Alstine said. “Your ability to respectfully challenge, your critical thinking skills, and your creative nature will serve you well. Your powerful intellect is a strong, strong ally. Your love for this industry is in your DNA, and your passion is evident in all that you do.”

He added jokingly: “Yet, unfortunately it comes with feeble, frail and frequent failed attempts at wit and humor.”

Helping wrap things up at the banquet was Grammy, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award winner Ashley McBryde.

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