American Trucking Associations President to Speak at Transportation Table


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ARLINGTON, Va. – American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves will assess the state of the trucking industry in an address to a Transportation Table luncheon at the National Press Club on Friday, Oct. 12.

Graves will speak on the recent Hours of Service court actions, highway infrastructure and environmental issues, among other topics. He will answer questions from the audience following the speech.

The event starts at noon in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club and lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and will end no later than 2 p.m.

The Transportation Table is the leading transportation forum in the nation's capital. The National Press Club is located on the 13th floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Reservations are required.
Please call the Transportation Table at (202) 355-1141 no later than Wednesday.

Under Bill Graves’ leadership, the ATA is advancing several safety initiatives. ATA has proposed requiring that all new heavy trucks be equipped with speed limiters and supports a government proposal to test the use of onboard recorders. In the public policy arena, he is leading a coalition that opposes the rush by state governments to lease public highways to investors who would operate them and levy and collect tolls.

In June 2007, Graves was elected Chairman of the American Highway Users Alliance, which represents motorists, bus companies, truckers, RV enthusiasts, motorcyclists and a broad cross-section of businesses that depend on safe and efficient highways.

Before heading ATA, Graves completed 22 years of public service in the state of Kansas highlighted by two terms as governor of Kansas. He was reelected to his second term with the largest percentage of votes in Kansas history. Under his administration, Kansas taxpayers saw the largest tax cut in state history, and many state services were streamlined. In 1999 he signed an historic 10-year, $13-billion comprehensive transportation program into law, improving highways, railroad infrastructure, airports and public transit service in Kansas.

Graves has been involved in the trucking industry his entire life. For almost 70 years, members of his family have operated trucking companies. In addition to his duties at ATA, Graves serves on the board of the International Speedway Corp., the leading promoter of motorsport racing in America.

Graves earned a degree in Business Administration from Kansas Wesleyan University in his hometown of Salina, Kansas, and attended graduate school at the University of Kansas. Graves and his wife Linda have a daughter, Katie.

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.

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