The American Trucking Associations Board of Directors elected Pat Thomas, senior vice president of state government affairs for UPS, as the federation’s 71st chairman.
“It is an immense honor to be chosen by my fellow ATA members as their chairman for the next year,” Thomas said. “I want to thank them for this opportunity and say how privileged I feel to be leading this outstanding organization at such a critical time for our industry.”
“Pat has always been an outstanding advocate for the trucking industry and I have great faith that he will continue to be one in his role as chairman,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “His passion for trucking will serve this federation and our industry well.”
Thomas replaces Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C., as ATA chairman.
“The past year has been a tremendous experience for me and my family,” Long said. “I’d like to thank the ATA staff, the state association executives and my fellow truckers for the chance to serve as your chairman. I wish Pat all the best and believe he will be a superb representative of our industry.”