Chris Spear Biography

Chris Spear is a government relations specialist with over two decades experience on five continents, serving the transportation, energy and defense technology sectors.

Mr. Spear is President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, advocating public policy on behalf of the nation's trucking industry. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Transportation Research Institute, the Federal Advisory Committee on Autonomous Technology, the Northwestern University Transportation Center Advisory Council and the Congressional Award Foundation. Previously, Mr. Spear was Vice President of Government Affairs for Hyundai Motor Company, serving on the Global Automakers Executive Committee; Vice President of Emerging Markets for Honeywell International, based in Bracknell, United Kingdom; and Vice President for Honeywell Government Relations in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, managing corporate interests in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Latin America.

Mr. Spear served in the US federal government as Deputy Representative for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. Prior, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy. During his appointment, he was the President's Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Labor; Commissioner on the President's Mental Health Commission; and, Executive Committee Member of the US Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. Before his nomination, Mr. Spear worked as professional staff in the US Senate.

Mr. Spear is a graduate of the Honeywell Executive Development Program, a recipient of Honeywell's Premier Achievement Award and was awarded the US Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Medal. He holds a master's and bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming and is now a board member of the University of Wyoming's Center for Global Studies and the Louisa Swain Foundation.