The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is comprised of government officials, independent scientists, labor union officials, academics 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.

Karen Rasmussen, RAC Chairman
 

Executive Director
Independent Carrier Safety Association
Phoenix, AZ

 

Mike Ahart
 

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Omnitracs
Dallas, TX

Thomas A. Balzer, CAE
 

President and CEO
Ohio Trucking Association
Columbus, OH

Shawn R. Brown
 

Vice President of Safety
Cargo Transporters
Claremont, NC

Kenneth Calhoun
 

Fleet Optimization Manager
Altec Service Group
Carlisle, AR

Allison Conway, Ph.D.
 

Assistant Professor
The City College of New York
New York, NY

Robert P. Costello
 

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President,
International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations
American Trucking Associations
Arlington, VA

Dan Drella
 

Director, Safety and Training
Schneider National, Inc.
Green Bay, WI

James Fields
 

Chief Operating Officer
Pitt-Ohio, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA

 

James Langley
 

President
Trimble
Minnetonka, MN

 

Victoria King
 

VP, Public Affairs
UPS
Atlanta, GA

 

Stephen Laskowski
 

President
Canadian Trucking Alliance
Toronto, Ontario

 

Don Lefeve
 

President and CEO
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
Alexandria, VA

 

Kevin Lhotak
 

President
Reliable Transportation Specialists, Inc.
Chesterton, IN

 

Mike Ludwick
 

Chief Administrative Officer
Bison Transport
Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

Douglas B. Marcello, Esq
 

Transportation Attorney
Marcello & Kivisto, LLC
Carlisle, PA

 

Jaime Maus
 

Vice President of Safety and Compliance
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
Omaha, NE

 

Caroline Mays
 

Director, Freight and International Trade Section
Texas DOT
Austin, TX

 

Shannon Newton
 

President
Arkansas Trucking Association
Little Rock, AR

 

Steve Olson
 

President and Chief Underwriting Officer
Great West Casualty Company
South Sioux City, NE

 

Holly Pixler
 

Sr. Director of Transportation and Logistics
Ardent Mills
Denver, CO

 

John Prewitt
 

President
Tideport Distributing, Inc.
The Woodlands, TX

 

Steven Raetz
 

Dir. Research & Market Intelligence
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Eden Prairie, MN

 

Jeremy Reymer
 

Founder and CEO
DriverReach
Indianapolis, IN

 

Lee Sarratt
 

Director of Safety
J.B. Hunt
Lowell, AR

 

Mark Savage
 

Retired Deputy Chief Colorado State Patrol
Lakewood, CO

 

Kary Schaefer
 

General Manager of Marketing and Strategy for Freightliner and Detroit Brands
Daimler Trucks North America, LLC
Portland, OR

 

Russ Simpson
 

America’s Road Team Captain
Holland
South Vienna, OH

 

Mike Stephens
 

Vice President of Finance
USA Truck, Inc.
Van Buren, AR

 

Collin Stewart
 

President and CEO
Stewart Transport, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ

 

Sara Walfoort
 

Manager, Freight Planning
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Pittsburgh, PA

 

Tom Weakley
 

Director of Operations
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation
Grain Valley, MO

 

Shawn Yadon
 

Chief Executive Officer
California Trucking Association
Sacramento, CA