New ATA Chairman Selected
On Wednesday, the American Trucking Associations elected Michael S. Card to the position of chairman. ATA's chairman is appointed each year by the Board of Directors that met this week in Las Vegas for the Management Conference and Exhibition.
Card certainly has the experience suitable for his new appointment. Currently CEO of Combined Transport Inc., Michael S. Card started in the trucking business working beside his father, Richard Card. Michael was there in 1980 when his father began the company. When he took over as CEO, he worked hard to build up their company, and today it is a successful, multinational business which carries building supplies, glass and heavy haul equipment on both flatbeds and lowboys throughout all 48 continental states in addition to Canada. Card is no stranger to serving his communities; he has already served as chairman on the Highway Policy Committee and the Insurance Task Force, before his appointment to vice chairman under the previous chairman, Dan England. In his home state of Oregon, Card served as president of the Oregon Trucking Association, as well as ATA's Oregon state vice president.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected to by one’s peers to represent them,” Card said. “So I hope to do America’s trucking industry proud this year.
“It is not secret that our nation and our industry are at a crossroads – with looming changes in hours-of-service, a steady, but still slow economic recovery, a federal government threatening to impose even more onerous regulations on our industry while all the while under-investing in the highway system we depend on. I truly believe that in order to overcome this myriad of challenges, we need to continue to work together as an industry and I hope to play a role in doing that.”
Card's participation, both in a multi-generation family trucking business and in politics on a small and large scale, makes him ideal for the ATA at this time.
“Card is emblematic of what makes our industry great,” said ATA's President and CEO Bill Graves. “The son of a driver-turned-entrepreneur and the leader of a family business, Mike will be a tremendous ambassador for ATA and for trucking."
American Trucking Associations was established in 1933, and has been serving the trucking industry with diligence for over 75 years, supporting national policy changes that improve safety and efficiency. Michael S. Card makes the ATA's 68th chairman.