May 16, 2011 2:30 PM, EDT

Former Roadway CEO Mike Wickham Wins ATA’s S. Earl Dove Award

American Trucking Associations said Monday it has given its highest award to Mike Wickham, former president and CEO of Roadway Corp. and the founding chairman of the American Transportation Research Institute.

Wickham won ATA’s S. Earl Dove Highways Award, named for former ATA chairman and former owner of AAA Cooper Transportation S. Earl Dove.

“Given his vision for and energy in creating and leading an independent research organization, there is no one more deserving to be added to these august ranks than Michael Wickham,” said Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA and current chairman of ATRI.

ATA President Bill Graves said Wickham’s “vision for a strong, credible independent research organization focused on the industry’s safety and productivity” was a driving force in the reorganization of the ATA Foundation into ATRI.

ATA presented the award during its celebration of ATRI’s 10th anniversary at the association’s annual leadership meeting Sunday in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.