ATA names Lynch senior VP, federation relations and strategic planning

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The American Trucking Associations has announced that Timothy P. Lynch has been named to the new position of senior vice president, federation relations and strategic planning.

Lynch, who has served as president and CEO of the Motor Freight Carriers Association since 1997, will assume his ATA post on Oct. 3. The veteran trucking industry legislative and policy expert previously worked for ATA from 1993 until joining MFCA.

ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said Lynch will help develop and execute strategic plans to assure that ATA and its member motor carriers achieve the necessary public policy goals to keep the U.S. trucking industry safe, efficient and profitable.

A critical element of Lynch’s assignment, according to Graves, will be to mobilize and coordinate the efforts of ATA’s affiliated and nonaffiliate organizations, including its councils and conferences: This includes its 50 affiliated state trucking associations.

“We’re very pleased to have Tim Lynch join us,” said Graves. “He is a great talent. As the trucking industry continues to grow larger and more important to the national economy and our way of life, Tim’s mission is to be ready with a sensible plan in hand when our national decision-makers consider actions that may help or hinder our role in delivering the nation’s freight and providing millions of good jobs.”

“While our industry’s focus is first on highway safety,” said ATA Chairman Steve Williams — also chairman and CEO of Maverick Transportation in Little Rock, Ark. — “we need to be up to speed and ready to meet all of the other challenges we might face. We also need to look to the future and be ready to handle what might come our way in areas such as safety policy, economic pressures or productivity issues. Tim Lynch’s role in making this happen will be a tough one, but I’m positive he will keep us up to speed.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity to work closely with Bill Graves, the ATA leadership and the dedicated hard-working ATA staff to advance the industry’s agenda,” said Lynch. “Truckers move the nation’s freight and are vital to continuing our economic prosperity. I am excited about ‘coming home’ and working with all segments of the industry to meet our goals and objectives.”