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SAN DIEGO — American Trucking Associations wrapped up its 2022 Administration Convention & Exhibition with a night of celebration after electing Dan Van Alstine because the federation’s 78th chairman.
Van Alstine, who’s president and chief working officer of Des Moines, Iowa-based Ruan Transportation Administration Techniques, reiterated the important nature of trucking throughout his remarks on the annual MCE banquet on Oct. 25.
“Our trade indisputably permits the usual of dwelling that all of us take pleasure in,” he mentioned. “Every of us has identified this for the reason that time of our begin on this enterprise, but it took a worldwide pandemic for our nation to actually perceive and respect that with out our trade, with out trucking, all the pieces merely stops.”
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►Dan Van Alstine, president and COO of Ruan Transportation Administration Techniques, Des Moines, Iowa, chairman
►Andrew Boyle, co-president of Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Mass., first vice chairman
►Darren Hawkins, CEO of YRC Worldwide Inc., Overland Park, Kansas, second vice chairman
►Dennis Dellinger, president and CEO of Cargo Transporters, Hickory, North Carolina, vice chairman
►Wes Davis, CFO of Huge M Transportation, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, vice chairman
►John M. Smith, chairman of CRST Worldwide Holdings LLC, secretary
►John A. Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Floor, treasurer
Shifting ahead, workforce improvement stays probably the most important wants going through the trade, Van Alstine mentioned.
“From behind the wheel to the entrance of a pc monitor, our trade presents nice careers for everybody,” he mentioned. “And it’s an thrilling trade. Everyone knows this, however we have to discover a solution to convey it to those that haven’t but thought of careers in transportation and logistics.”
To perform this, trucking’s leaders should work collectively to raise the general public notion of the roles on this trade, Van Alstine added.
“The pandemic shined a constructive mild on all that we do, and we should proceed to showcase our essentiality in recruiting and retention efforts in order that the roles we’re providing grow to be first alternative careers, similar to they need to be,” he mentioned.
Van Alstine succeeds quick previous chairman Harold Sumerford Jr., CEO of Birmingham, Ala.-based J&M Tank Traces.
“It has been an eventful however superb yr serving on this place,” Sumerford mentioned in his remarks on the banquet.
Sumerford receives a commemorative portrait from Van Alstine. (John Sommers II for Transport Matters)
He cited main wins for the trade, together with the bipartisan infrastructure legislation and the court docket victory in opposition to Rhode Island’s truck-only tolling program.
“We’ve seen quite a bit achieved in a yr, and I do know there’s much more to return,” Sumerford mentioned.
Nation star Walker Hayes performs on the MCE 2022 annual banquet. (John Sommers II for Transport Matters)
Later within the night, nation music star Walker Hayes capped off the occasion with an lively efficiency for MCE attendees.
In complete, the annual convention drew practically 2,900 attendees and featured 164 exhibitors.
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