ATRI Announces New Research Advisory Committee Members

Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
December 1, 2014

Arlington, VAThe American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the names of those individuals appointed by the ATRI Board of Directors to serve on the 2015-2016 Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Among other activities, ATRI’s RAC is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry. RAC members represent a diverse cross-section of trucking industry stakeholders including motor carriers, industry suppliers, commercial drivers, shippers, law enforcement, academia and government.

Steve Niswander, VP of Safety Policy & Regulatory Relations for Groendyke Transport was appointed to a second term as Chairman of the RAC. New RAC members appointed for the 2015-2016 term are:

Doug Bennett
Director, Operations & Business Development
U.S. AutoLogistics, L.L.C.

Amy Boerger
Executive Director, NA Engine Business
Cummins Inc.

Michael Bray, Sr.
Mgr., Business Development
Omnitracs LLC

Louis Campion
Maryland Motor Truck Association, Inc.

Dennis Dellinger
Cargo Transporters

Duke Drinkard
Energy Manager
Southeastern Freight Lines

Paul J. Enos
Chief Executive Officer
Nevada Trucking Association

Sherri Garner Brumbaugh
Garner Transportation Group

David W. Guess
Vice President of Safety and HR
Usher Transport, Inc.

Kevin X. Jones
Vice President, Inbound Transportation
Wal-mart Stores, Inc.

Shannon Lively
Vice President – Planning and Engineering
ABF Freight System, Inc.

Michelle D. Livingstone
Vice President – Transportation
The Home Depot

Vladimir Livshits, Ph.D.
System Analysis Program Manager
Maricopa Association of Governments

Brenda Neville
Iowa Motor Truck Association, Inc.

David L. Palmer
Major, Texas Highway Patrol Division
Texas Department of Public Safety

Jonathan R. Peters, PhD
Professor of Finance, CSI School of Business
College of Staten Island – The City University of New York

Karen  Rasmussen
President and CEO

Barbara Robinson
American Truck Dealers (ATD)

Wellington F. Roemer, III
President and CEO
Wellington F. Roemer Insurance, Inc.

Steve Rogers
Vice President, Truckload Operations
J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.

Andrea Sequin
Director, Regulatory Services
Schneider National, Inc.

Brandon Shafer
Director of Health and Safety
UPS Freight

Ronald Uriah
Vice President of Risk Management, Compliance and Government Affairs
Pitt-Ohio, LLC

Rusty Weiss
Director, External Research
Lytx – DriveCam

Geoffrey Wood
Vice President, Operations and Safety
Canadian Trucking Alliance

Current RAC members who were reappointed to an additional two-year term on the RAC are:

Andrew Boyle
Executive VP and CFO
Boyle Transportation

Randy Boyles
Senior Vice President, Tailored Solutions

Cheryl Bynum
Manager, SmartWay Transport Partnership
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Michael Conyngham
Director of Research
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Chad England
Chief Executive Officer
C.R. England, Inc.

Sanford Hodes
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Ryder System, Inc.

Barbara Ivanov
Director, Freight Systems
Washington State Department of Transportation
(Environmental & Engineering Programs Design Office)

Chris McLoughlin
Cargo Risk Manager
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Scott A. Mugno
Vice President, Safety and Maintenance
FedEx Ground

Dean Newell
Vice President, Safety
Maverick USA, Inc.

Brett A. Sant
VP, Safety and Risk Management
Knight Transportation, Inc.

Keith Tuttle
Motor Carrier Service, Inc.

Tom Weakley
Director of Operations
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation

“The RAC serves a critical role in developing and prioritizing research proposals that address the trucking industry’s top issues. We applaud those appointed by the Board to serve in this important role and we look forward to working with them,” remarked Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President and COO.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

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