The activities and news coming out of last week’s ATA event may be winding down, but there are still reverberating impacts from certain announcements and industry issues covered. One of the most important pieces of news was the announcement that Gov. Bill Graves, president and CEO of the ATA, will be stepping down from his post at the end of 2016 when his contract expires.
Graves has been at the helm since his appointment in 2003, and he has deftly led the organization and the broader industry through positive times and some rough waters. He has been a longtime champion of the industry and its image, and has been dedicated to improving its safety. During a press conference at last week’s event, Graves continued to advocate for safety measures, asking OEMs to embrace technologies that will make vehicles safer—an effort that we fully endorse! Currently, the ATA is doing all that they can in its search for the next organization president, and chairman Philip Byrd Sr. is heading up a search committee focused on narrowing down the field of candidates.
In other show news, it was announced by the ATA that Omnitracs was named a Featured Product provider, which enables us to be more involved in the ATA’s upcoming educational activities, events, and publications. As a longstanding member, we’re very pleased that we have been able to strengthen our commitment and support to the organization, and further enhance industry understanding of the benefits of mobile fleet management technology.
ATA was a great show that delivered an exceptional line up of industry guest speakers and educational sessions that delivered actionable takeaways. There was exciting news from many of the attendees, and we can see that there are big changes ahead for the ATA. As we prepare for Graves’ departure, we look forward to the next era of leadership and working with that individual to ensure that ATA remains the strong and positive voice of the industry it has always been.
To see the original Bill Graves story that broke on Transport Topics, read the article here: http://www.ttnews.com/articles/showtemplatemce2015.aspx?storyid=39808&page=1
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