John Sommers II for Transport Topics
SAN DIEGO — Duane Long, the new chairman of American Trucking Associations, pledged to continue to advance the industry’s commitment to safety and recruiting new drivers at an annual banquet held to honor the federation’s top ambassadors.
At the prestigious grand ballroom of the Marriott Marquis in the city’s historic marina, Long told more than 1,000 people, including top executives from major firms, that he will travel around the country to tell the stories of truck drivers.
“Every step of the way, a person – a hard-working, dedicated, safety-minded person – put their stamp on our industry. A stamp we should all be proud of,” said Long, chairman of Longistics in Raleigh, North Carolina. “We need people when they see a package at their door, or items on the shelves at the store, that a person drove a truck and delivered those goods when they needed them. These trucks don’t drive themselves – at least not yet they don’t.”