As is the case in nearly every industry, a new generation of leaders is needed to face tomorrow's challenges. That is why the ATA began the LEAD ATA program. Designed to select, prepare, and transform the best and brightest in the truck industry today, to become our leaders of tomorrow. 

LEAD ATA Overview

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. 

Program Goal

LEAD ATA 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.

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2023 - 2024 LEAD ATA Class Roster

Ryan Bennett Bennett Family Companies
Joseph Briner Hoffman Transportation, Inc.
Jackie Bull Cummins, Inc.
Christopher Eckhart Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary, P.C.
Andy Engardio AssuredPartners
Matt Fleming Ruan Transportation Management Systems
Manny Hoyt TrueNorth Companies
Quetura Hudson DDC FPO
Joshua Mecca Grammer Logistics
Issac Ramirez United Parcel Service
Derek Sizemore United Parcel Service
Adam Smith KSM Transport Advisors (KSMTA)
Joe Soliz Link Labs
Dana Spencer CRST The Transportation Solution, Inc.
Joshua Wallace FedEx Freight


Applications for the LEAD ATA Class of 2025 will open May 2024.



Program Requirements


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


  • Tuition: The cost of tuition is $950 with payment due in full prior to ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition.
  • Participant Costs: 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 cover all registration fees associated with the program (including MC&E and Mid-Year Management Session) during the year you are enrolled.


The LEAD ATA class is comprised of candidates selected from a diverse group of ATA Motor Carrier Members, ATA Moving and Storage 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, the four core meetings are mandatory. In the event that someone cannot attend a required meeting, they will be given the opportunity to make up that class the following year.

Important Dates

The application deadline is August 1, 2023. Selected candidates will be notified no later than September 1, 2023.

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Virginia Bulger
Manager, Industry Affairs
(703) 838-1836