by Marty Cook
Posted 2/25/2014 08:22 am
Updated 10 months ago
Lane Kidd woke up at 6 a.m. Monday, two hours earlier than usual.
Kidd was revved up by his career change. Kidd, 60, announced in a news release that he was stepping down as president of the Arkansas Trucking Association after 22 years.
Kidd said his departure from the ATA was an amicable parting of the ways, and both sides agreed on the possibility Kidd could return in the future as a consultant. Kidd, though, is leaving to concentrate on his work as a senior manager with the Trucking Alliance in Washington, D.C., and his newly formed firm The Kidd Group, an investment and public relations company.
"At my age, I was not ready to drift off into the la-la land spending my day on the golf course," Kidd said. "It has caused me to really pause and think, 'OK, am I ready to let everything run on auto-pilot or do I really want to do some things that interest me?'" It was the latter.
"It makes me feel younger in terms of the desire to get things done, and it makes me feel old at the same time. This sounds exciting to me."
Kidd said the ATA board of directors met with him a few weeks ago to discuss his job status since he was working with three different entities. Kidd said he was devoting about one-quarter of his time in Washington with the Trucking Alliance and both sides realized that the working arrangement needed a change.
Gary Salisbury of Fikes Truck Line is the chairman of the ATA board and also on the board of directors of the Trucking Alliance. Salisbury said in the news release that the board expected to name Kidd’s replacement soon, and Kidd said organization was in capable hands in the meantime under the leadership of Vice President Shannon Samples Newton.
"It was tough to float two boats," Kidd said. "The Arkansas Trucking Association deserves someone who can devote 100 percent of their time in Arkansas. I just felt like I wanted to get out and do something different."
Kidd formed his company this past year and said he realized if he was going to stay at the ATA he would have to "fold up the other tents." He didn’t criticize the ATA wanting him to devote all his energies to the job, saying the organization deserved that.
He was just wasn’t prepared to give it any more.
"I’ve always wanted to own a business, and I’ve always been too scared to try," Kidd said. "I’ll crash and burn or I’ll fly. That’s where the risk comes in. That’s pretty exciting, too."
Kidd said he was invigorated by his work with the Trucking Alliance in getting federal legislation that required electronic onboard recording devices on all trucks. He said his experience on the state level prepared him for the Trucking Alliance’s national work.
"We’ve done so many great things in Arkansas," Kidd said. "The state is a different place for trucking that it wasn’t 22 years ago. It has been a nice time there, and I’m leaving it in a lot better shape than I found it.
"I owe the Arkansas Trucking Association everything in terms of what I’m attempting to do now."