ATA creates new security council

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The American Trucking Associations has formed a new security council, a reflection of the heightened importance of trucking industry security. The council’s mission is to facilitate security education and training, the exchange of information, interaction between peers, and evaluation and exposure to new technologies.

The group’s security focus previously had been housed within ATA’s Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council. But because of the growing focus on security, ATA says it decided to establish a separate entity dedicated solely to trucking security issues and operations.

“This new focus on security will help us better target security information and services our members,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “Likewise, the feedback from experienced industry security officials will aid ATA in our efforts to assure that motor carriers can continue to move freight efficiently.”

Inaugural members of the council are:

  • Brian Shutt, ABF Freight System’s manager of security, who will serve as the council’s national chairman;
  • Curtis Shewchuk, Con-Way Transportation’s director of corporate protective services, the council’s first vice chairman;
  • William Downey, vice president of the Kenan Advantage Group, second vice chairman;
  • Susan Chandler, executive director; and
  • Mike Hodge, director of claims and security.