The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is comprised of government officials, academics, professional truck drivers and trucking company executives and suppliers from a diverse cross-section of the industry, all who understand the importance of sound science to an industry as complex as the trucking industry. The RAC is charged with annually recommending a research agenda for the Institute. 

If you’re interesting in applying to serve, or would like to nominate a colleague for a future term on ATRI’s RAC, click here.

ben banks, tcw

Ben Banks,
RAC Chairman

Vice President, Operations
TCW, Inc.

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colin Abernathy, Groendyke

Colin Abernathy

Director of Performance and Analytics
Groendyke Transport, Inc.

Groendyke Transport
brent allred, higginbotham

Brent Allred

Transportation Practice Leader and Managing Director
Higginbotham Transportation Services

renee bowen, franklin & prokopik, pc

Renee Bowen

Franklin & Prokopik, P.C.

tony bradley, arizona trucking assoc.

Tony Bradley

President & CEO
Arizona Trucking Association

2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC, Michael Bray

Michael Bray

Chief Commercial Officer
Platform Science

joyce brenny, brenny transportation

Joyce Brenny

President & CEO
Brenny Specialized, Inc.

2023 ATRI RAC, Bree Bryant

Bree Bryant

Vice President of Safety
Eagle Transport

mark colson, alabama trucking association

Mark Colson

President & CEO
Alabama Trucking Association

mark doughty, prepass

Mark Doughty

President & CEO
Prepass Safety Alliance


steve fields, art captain, yellow

Steve Fields

Professional Driver & America’s Road Team Captain

Captain John Hahn

Colorado State Patrol

Evangelos Kaisar

Evangelos Kaisar

Director, Freight Mobility Research Institute
Florida Atlantic University

jackie kelly, fedex

Jackie Kelly

Senior Federal Affairs Representative

2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC

Mike Ludwick

Chief Administrative Officer
Bison Transport


Ken Marko

Fleet Sustainability Senior Manager
US Foods


Robert Meyer

Vice President of Transportation

2023 - 2024 ATR RAC Andrew Mills

Drew Mills

Vice President of Operations
TrueNorth Companies

Andrew Owens

CEO – Manager
A&M Transport

Andrew Petrofsky

Vice President
J&M Tank Lines

J & M Tank Lines
2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC, Jose Samperio

Jose Samperio

Vice President and General Manager – North America On-Highway
Cummins Inc.


Jon Samson

Executive Director, Ag & Food Transporters Conference
American Trucking Associations

2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC, Amanda Schuier

Amanda Schuier

Strategic Maintenance Director

Jetco Delivery


2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC, Kimberly Skelton

Kimberly Skelton

Senior Manager, Consumer Insights
Pilot Flying J

Glissel Soliz

Director, Transportation Operations & 3PL
Coca-Cola North America

Mike Stapleton

Vice President, Industry Relations
ISAAC Instruments

Kerry Stritt

Vice President Fleet Services
Southeastern Freight Lines


Daniel Studdard

Planning Administrator
Atlanta Regional Commission

2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC, Heather Sykes

Heather Sykes

Director of the Office of Supply Chain, Professional, and Business Services U.S., Department of Commerce International Trade Administration

2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC, Greg Troian

Gregg Troian

PGT Trucking

2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC, Stephen Truono

Stephen Truono

EVP & Chief Risk Officer
NFI Industries

2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC, Connie Vaughn

Connie Vaughan

Manager, Government Relations
McKee Foods

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2023 - 2024 ATRI RAC, Tom Weakley

Tom Weakley

Director of Operations
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation