Shannon Newton Named President of Arkansas Trucking Association

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 4:52 pm  

Shannon Newton of Bryant has been named president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, the ATA's board announced on Wednesday.

Newton has been with the ATA since 2003 and has been vice president since 2008. She succeeds Lane Kidd, who resigned earlier this year. Newton begins her duties immediately.

"When we began our search for a new president, we knew that an experienced leader with deep industry knowledge and a broad skill set was exactly what we needed," said Craig Harper, ATA board chairman and executive vice president and COO of J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell.

"Shannon is a dynamic leader and extremely knowledgeable on the complex issues faced by our members," Harper said. "The board was unanimous in this appointment. She became the clear choice to lead the Arkansas Trucking Association forward."

"I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to lead the ATA," Newton said in a news release. "The Arkansas trucking industry is a recognized national leader. My years with the association, working on behalf of this great industry, the member companies and the thousands of dedicated, professional men and women, in the cab and out, have been so rewarding.

"I welcome the opportunity as president to continue to work with the ATA’s extraordinary and dedicated staff and with these extraordinary members to help drive our industry’s growth," she said.

Since joining ATA, Newton has worked in planning, finance, member services, governance, regulatory and legislative affairs and advocacy.

She is chair of the association’s insurance council. 



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