American Trucking Associations elects new president
NASHVILLE – The Board of Directors of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has elected Harold Sumerford Jr., CEO of J&M Tank Lines Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama, as its 77th president.
“It couldn’t be a better time to be not only a member of the ATA, but chairman of the board,” Sumerford said. “I am honored and touched to have been chosen by my fellow Members to represent the ATA and the trucking industry at this critical time.
Sumerford, who was elected on October 26, succeeds Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Trucking, as president.
“Harold is the accomplished professional and a tremendous ambassador for our industry,” said Chris Spear, President and CEO of ATA. “His story – working in the family business until he ran the family business – couldn’t be more representative of what trucking is. I look forward to working more closely with him as President and I want to congratulate him on this honor.
Sumerford has been deeply involved in the trucking industry and is a past president of members of the ATA Federation, the Georgia Motor Truck Association and the National Tank Truck Carriers, according to an ATA press release. In addition, he and J&M are long-time members and supporters of the American Transportation Research Institute and the Truckload Carriers Association, in addition to the Georgia Motor Trucking Association and the National Tank Truck Carriers.
Under Sumerford’s leadership, J&M Tank Lines has won numerous state and national safety awards and an ATA Mike Russell Trucking Image Award for the company’s work during the pandemic, the press release said.
The board also elected Dan Van Alstine, president and chief operating officer of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Des Moines, Iowa, first vice president of ATA and Andrew Boyle, co-president of Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Mass., Second. vice-president of ATA. In addition, the board of directors has appointed Darren Hawkins, CEO of YRC Worldwide Inc., Overland Park, Kansas, and Dennis Dellinger, president and CEO of Cargo Transporters, Hickory, NC, as vice presidents of the ATA. . In addition, the Board re-elected John M. Smith, President of Admiralty Holdings Inc., as Secretary and John A. Smith, President and CEO of FedEx Freight, as Treasurer.