Chris Spear Biography

Chris Spear is president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, the nation’s leading organization representing the interests of the trucking industry.

As president and CEO, Chris leads ATA’s efforts to advocate and educate on behalf of the trucking industry. Employing more than 7 million people and moving more than 10 billion tons of freight annually, trucking is the industry most responsible for moving America’s economy.

Prior to his time at ATA, Chris has deep background and experience in the transportation, energy, labor and technology sectors over five different continents.

Chris came to ATA from Hyundai Motor Co., where he served as vice president of government affairs. In that role he served on the Executive Committee for Global Automakers. Previously, Chris was ATA senior vice president of legislative affairs and worked for Honeywell Process Solutions.

Chris also has extensive experience in the federal government, serving as deputy representative for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, assistant secretary of labor for policy and as professional staff in the U.S. Senate.

Chris is on the board of directors for the University of Wyoming's Center for Global Studies, has been awarded the US Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Medal and Honeywell’s Premier Achievement Award. As President and CEO of ATA, Chris also serves as an Association Member on the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Council and on the American Transportation Research Institute’s Board of Directors.

Chris holds a master's and bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming.