Shawn Jacobs, president and CEO of STS Trailer & Truck Equipment, Syracuse, N.Y., was installed Thursday as the 49th president of the NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry.

Jacobs accepted the gavel from immediate past president Frank Livas, president of Brake & Clutch Inc., Salem, Mass., in Indianapolis at the NTEA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show.

“A main focus for me over the next year as president of the NTEA will be to make fellow NTEA member companies aware of all the opportunities and connections the Association offers,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs began his work truck industry career in the parts department of STS Trailer & Truck Equipment after graduating from college. Before becoming president in 2004, he served in many positions, including office manager, equipment salesperson, new and used sales manager, and general manager.

In his current role, he is responsible for the company’s overall administration and operations, as well as working to ensure business growth and guide the vision. STS has more than 100 employees, with offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Syracuse, NY.

Jacobs majored in truck marketing at Northwood Institute (Midland, MI) and received an associate’s in business from Central City Business Institute (Syracuse, NY). He has also served on and led numerous trailer and truck equipment manufacturer advisory boards and distributor councils.

Jacobs, his wife and children reside in Brewerton, NY.

Also serving on the 2013-2014 Board are Executive Committee Members: First Vice President Mark Woody, president of Palfinger North America (Niagara Falls, ON, Canada); Second Vice President Jeffrey Messer, president of Messer Truck Equipment (Westbrook, ME); Third Vice President and Treasurer Matt Wilson, president of Switch-N-Go, AmeriDeck & Bucks Divisions of Deist Industries, Inc. (Hadley, PA); and Secretary Steve Carey, Executive Director of NTEA.