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ATA President Shannon Newton Receives Industry Leadership Award

Spear, Newton and outgoing American Trucking Associations Chairman Dave Manning with prize money  photo by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Arkansas Trucking Association is proud to announce President Shannon Newton was named the 17th recipient of the American Trucking Associations' President's Trucking Association Executives Council (TAEC) Leadership Award during ATA's 85th Management Conference and Exhibition in Austin, Tex. today.

Newton was recognized as a leader in the industry for her advocacy efforts and for promoting the image of the industry across the state and the nation.

"Our industry benefits greatly from leaders like Shannon who build coalitions, generate relationships and make sure pro-safety, pro-trucking policies are enacted at the state level and supported at the national level," said incoming ATA Chairman Barry Pottle, president of Pottle's Transportation. "Shannon is a great example of the wonderful relationship ATA has with our state federation and how we can use those to make a positive impact in our industry."

The President's TAEC Leadership Award was created in 2002 by ATA to honor a state trucking association leader and to create an enduring legacy for that leader and for the industry. The award comes with a $10,000 grant for a non-profit 501(c)(3) trucking education or research organization chosen by Newton.

"We are honored to present this award to someone who has worked so tirelessly on behalf of our federation during her tenure leading a state that has a major trucking footprint," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "Shannon and her team in Arkansas have shown strength and determination at the state level, but have also supported regional and national advocacy efforts and continued to fight for the betterment of our industry."

Newton joined the Arkansas Trucking Association in 2003 and quickly set to work establishing herself as a proponent of positive change within the industry. She built her trucking portfolio by editing an award-winning state trucking association magazine and managing a worker's compensation program before moving into her leadership position. As president, she joined forces with American Trucking Associations to garner support for multiple projects that have shown support for a safety-first image of the industry. This includes advocating for the full implementation of the electric logging device mandate, despite significant pressure, and helping shepherd the introduction of the Honest Operators Undertake Road Safety Act, the HOURS Act.

The Trucking Association Executives Council is comprised of staff executives of state trucking associations and conferences affiliated with the American Trucking Associations. TAEC serves to promote the trucking industry; contribute to the improvement of the associations and organizations established to serve the trucking industry; and advance the professional stature and capabilities of the managers and executives of such associations.

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