The American Trucking Associations announced that Tom Howells, president of the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, was awarded the ATA President’s Annual TAEC Leadership Award at ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition Oct. 20-23 in Orlando, Fla. The award recognizes the state trucking association that has gone above and beyond in its support of ATA, its members and the industry at large.
“The work of our state trucking associations is vital to the success of the American Trucking Associations,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “Tom is a dedicated advocate and for nearly 30 years has worked on behalf of the entire trucking industry. From his annual visit with the Call on Washington program, to hosting Share the Road events in Wisconsin, serving on the Trucker Buddy Board of Directors, and working on the Highway Policy Committee, Tom supports ATA and the industry.”
ATA and J.J. Keller created the award to honor a state trucking association leader and create an enduring legacy for that leader and for the industry. A $10,000 grant also will be awarded to a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) trucking education or research organization chosen by Howells.
“It’s great to see a state executive of Tom’s caliber receive this kind of recognition,” says Karen Rasmussen, TAEC national chair. “I have known and worked with Tom for nearly 20 years. He has always been a staunch supporter of the ATA federation and a strong advocate of the trucking industry. My colleagues and I are thrilled for Tom on this much-deserved award.”