PHILADELPHIA – The American Trucking Associations Sunday named its third class to the LEAD ATA industry leadership program, and announced the graduation of the second class, during the annual ATA Management Conference & Exhibition.

The program for up-and-coming trucking industry professionals offers education on how the regulatory and legislative process affects the trucking industry and the important role ATA plays in influencing those processes.

“One common theme we saw from this ambitious group of individuals was a determination to do more than just enhance their professional profiles these individuals truly want to learn how trucking can impact communities and each of them wants to help position trucking as a safety-first industry with a strong public image,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

“When we announced LEAD ATA in 2013, we set out to attract the best and brightest in trucking and provide them with the tools to direct our industry and ATA into the future, said Kevin Burch, ATA second vice chairman and president of Jet Express, Dayton, Ohio.

The program is sponsored by PeopleNet.

2016 LEAD ATA Class: Elise Chianelli, PeopleNet; JJ Clemmons, Summerford Truck Line Inc.; Jordan Culver, Q Carriers; Jonathan Doss, Celadon Trucking; Melanie Feeley, K-Limited Carrier Ltd.; Shawn Goad, Ruan Transportation; Mack "Dutch" Guest, LAD Truck Lines, Inc.; Megan Melichar, Fed Ex Ground Package Systems; Dan Olivier, USF Holland Inc.; Thomas Putnam, FedEx Freight Inc.; Jeff Reed, Skyline Transportation Inc.
2015 LEAD ATA Graduates:
Scott Beaves, FedEx Ground; Lisa Black, FedEx Ground; Nataly Bryce, Preferred Materials Inc.; George Fetsko, FedEx Ground; Mason Guillot, Triple G Express; Anne-Marie Hulsey, U.S. Legal Services; Jaime Maus, Werner Enterprises Inc.; Rebecca Pohl Liette, Pohl Transportation Inc.; Travis Russo, U.S. AutoLogistics LLC; Trevor Spring, Energy Dispatch LLC; James Winton, Trimac Transportation Inc. and Brandon Woods, Refrigerated Transport Inc.