ATA posthumously appoints McCormick chairman

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The board of directors of the American Trucking Associations posthumously appointed Mac McCormick as the industry trade group’s chairman during its recent 2006 Management Conference and Exhibition in Dallas. The board further agreed that Patrick Quinn, who has served as ATA chairman since 2005, will continue on as chairman until June 2007, at which time ATA First Vice Chairman Ray Kuntz will assume the post.

McCormick, who was scheduled to lead the association for the next year, died Oct. 26 when his private airplane crashed near the Lawrenceville-Vincennes International Airport in Indiana. McCormick was set to take over as chairman of ATA at the federation’s annual conference Oct. 31.

Quinn, of Chattanooga, Tenn., is one of the two co-chairmen of truckload carrier U.S. Xpress, the sixth-largest truckload carrier in the United States. The firm operates 7,000 over-the-road and drayage tractors out of its Chattanooga headquarters and 63 terminals and global distribution centers. Within ATA, Quinn serves on ATA’s Executive, Management, Highway Policy and Communications and Image Policy committees; he also serves on the ATA Litigation Center’s board of directors.

Kuntz is the chairman and chief executive officer of truckload and less-than-truckload carrier Watkins and Shepard Trucking, which operates 655 tractors and 22 terminals from its Helena, Mont., headquarters. Kuntz, who began his active involvement with ATA in 2000, sits on ATA’s Executive, Management, Membership, Labor & Regulatory Policy, Highway Policy and Safety Policy committees, as well as the Insurance and Size and Weight task forces. Most recently, Kuntz was appointed to direct the association’s efforts to address the critical long-haul truck driver shortage.