Posted 2/24/2014 09:01 am
Updated 2 weeks ago
Lane Kidd said Monday that he's leaving the Arkansas Trucking Association after 22 years as president of the group.
Kidd and ATA announced the move in a joint news release. Kidd said he will devote his energies full-time to The Kidd Group LLC, a business investment and public affairs firm he created in 2013.
"I've wanted to pursue my own projects for some time now and there are many opportunities out there, so this feels like a good time to say goodbye to the ATA," he said. "My career as ATA president has been a phenomenal experience, and I'm handing the keys over with ATA looking much better than it did 22 years ago."
The Kidd Group will operate in Washington D.C. and Arkansas providing business services in the transportation industry where Kidd said he is most experienced - corporate advocacy and public affairs strategies, media relations, corporate branding and publishing.
"We also have the capability to arrange private equity opportunities for companies in the transportation industry," Kidd said.
ATA Chairman Gary Salisbury, who is chairman and CEO of Fikes Truck Line of Hope, said the group plans to announce a replacement "soon."
Salisbury said Kidd put the ATA on the map.
"During Lane’s tenure, he has taken a relative unknown group of truckers and propelled us to the front of the line," he said. "The ATA is known across the country as a leader and an example for other associations to strive for. As chairman of the ATA, I speak for the Board of Directors when I say that Lane will be missed and we wish him success as he starts his newest pursuits."