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Since 1933, trucking executives across the country have joined the American Trucking Associations to represent our industry to lawmakers and regulators, as well as to enhance their companies’ efficiency and profitability.

LEAD ATA is a one-year program, created to engage the trucking industry’s best and brightest and prepare them to become our leaders of tomorrow. Participants will gain real-world experience and in-depth industry insights not available through any other program. By selecting a diverse group of candidates, this program will represent the many different segments, regions, and fleet sizes that make up our industry.

This select group will attend four classes, throughout the year, designed to highlight the many facets of ATA and learn how to more effectively utilize the tools we make available in order to better serve themselves and the companies they represent. As part of their journey, participants will gain a better understanding of the regulatory and legislative process, how it directly affects their business, and what role ATA plays in that process on their behalf. These emerging trucking executives will develop a vast network of industry peers, enhanced leadership and management skills, and a thorough understanding of the ATA and the industry it represents. Graduates of LEAD ATA will possess all of the tools necessary to lead their companies and our industry into the future!

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Tuition: The 2020 tuition cost will be $895 with payment due in full prior to November 2019.

Travel Cost: Participants will be responsible for their own travel costs including airfare and lodging.

What's Included: LEAD ATA will cover the cost of most meals while attending classes, as well as, frequent receptions and off site activities. LEAD ATA will also cover all registration fees associated with the program (including MC&E and Summer Leadership Meetings).


The LEAD ATA class is comprised of candidates selected from a diverse group of ATA Motor Carrier Members and ATA Allied Members


All selections will be made in August by the LEAD ATA Selection Committee. Consideration will be given to ensuring that the diversity of our industry will be represented, whether that covers, transportation segment, fleet size, region, etc.


In order to graduate, all participants must attend all 4 core meetings. In the case that someone cannot attend a required meeting they will be given the opportunity to make up that class the following year.


All applicants must be an employee of a current ATA Motor Carrier or Allied Member in good standing with the association.

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Important Dates

Applications are due in early summer and a new class is notified in late August.

2019 LEAD ATA Class Roster

Wayne Bailey   FedEx Freight
Jeremy Byrd SmartDrive Systems Inc.
Brett (Sean) Connell Bergstrom Inc.
Erica Denney Denney Transport LTD
Wesley Dunn RangeWay Carriers LLC
Amber Edmondson Trailiner Corp.
Anna Faford C & K Holdings Acquisition LLC
Cristian Garcia Alto Systems Inc.
Soona Lee EROAD
Allison Meiners Ruan Transportation
Barkely Park Jr. UPS Freight
Amanda Pearson Pottle's Transportation LLC
Andrew Petrofsky J & M Tank Lines
Terrence (Terry) Pump CRST Expedited
Whitney Massengill Stokes Big M Transportation
Ryan Walpole Walpole Inc.