Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton recently received the American Trucking Association’s President’s Trucking Association Executives Council Leadership Award during the association’s 85thManagement Conference and Exhibition.
Newton is the 17th recipient of the award, which was created in 2002. According to an ATA press release, the award honors state trucking association leaders and is designed to “create an enduring legacy for that leader and for the leader.”
Originally joining the Arkansas Trucking Association in 2003, Newton became president of the association in June 2014. During her tenure, she edited the association magazine and managed a worker’s compensation program. After becoming president, Newton has supported implementing the electric logging device mandate and the Honest Operators Undertake Road Safety (HOURS) Act.
“We are honored to present this award to someone who has worked so tirelessly on behalf of our federation during her tenure leading a state that has a major trucking footprint,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said in a press release. “Shannon and her team in Arkansas have shown strength and determination at the state level, but have also supported regional and national advocacy efforts and continued to fight for the betterment of our industry.
In addition to the award, Newton will receive a $10,000 grant that will be presented to a non-profit trucking education or research organization of her choice.
“Our industry benefits greatly from leaders like Shannon who build coalitions, generate relationships and make sure pro-safety, pro-trucking policies are enacted at the state level and supported at the national level,” incoming ATA Chairman Barry Pottle said.”Shannon is a great example of the wonderful relationship ATA has with our state federation and how we can use those to make a positive impact in our industry.”