ARLINGTON, VA. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has restructured.
As of today, the association will now see all of its functions fall under one of three reporting structures: national advocacy, communications and public affairs, or finance and operations. Each area is led by its own executive vice-president.
Heading up the national advocacy area is Dave Osiecki, formerly ATA’s senior vice-president of advocacy and regulatory affairs.
“I’m pleased and humbled that ATA’s members and [CEO Bill] Graves have shown the confidence in me to lead this new advocacy unit,” Osiecki said. “By bringing our legislative affairs, regulatory and legal affairs and federation relations groups together, I believe we can do even more to represent our members’ interests in Washington and beyond.”
Jeff Mason, who formerly held the role of senior vice-president of image and communications, is now executive vice president of communications and public affairs.
“Our members consistently say that promoting and improving the image of the trucking industry is among their top priorities,” Mason said. “This new organization will allow us to better leverage all our resources to continually remind the policy makers and the public that it is trucking, more than any other industry, that moves America forward.”
Karla Hulett, will serve as that ATA’s COO and is also the executive vice-president of finance and operations. She formerly held the titles of CFO and senior vice-president of finance and administration.
“After making it through the Great Recession, our members are more focused than ever on the bottom line,” Hulett said. “By bringing together the bulk of our revenue-producing units, including membership, marketing and finance, we can keep a better eye on ATA’s bottom line and make sure our financial resources are going where they are most needed.”
ATA president and CEO Bill Graves explained why he felt the changes would bring positive benefits for the association’s members.
“I have full faith that Dave, Jeff and Karla, as well as the rest of the hard-working and professional staff at ATA will continue to be effective advocates on behalf of the industry that drives this nation’s economic success,” said president and CEO Bill Graves.
“As our members are acutely aware, these challenging economic times require organizations to be more agile and responsive to changes—whether they are changes to the business environment or changes on Capitol Hill,” he said, “and by streamlining our organization, we can be more nimble in responding to the challenges facing our industry.”