AFTC hires Samson as executive director

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Updated Oct 17, 2011

The Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference of American Trucking Associations on Sunday, Oct. 16, announced that it has hired veteran agricultural lobbyist Jon Samson as its new executive director.

“We’re happy to have Jon join our team, representing our interests before lawmakers and regulators,” says Rick Yost, AFTC chairman, vice president of V-Y Truckline Inc. pf Sterling, Co. “Jon’s personal and professional history with our industry makes him uniquely suited for this role.”

Prior to coming to AFTC, Samson has worked as director of public policy for the Agricultural Retailers Association and served in the office Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). Samson replaces Russell Laird, who left AFTC earlier this year.

“We’re pleased that Jon has agreed to join the ATA family through the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “We’re confident that he will do an exemplary job advocating for AFTC and its members.”