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BY BETHANY MAY Contributing Writer

Te surprising rise of Donald Trump and

Bernie Sanders in this year’s presidential campaigns is evidence of the changing views of the establishment in Washington, and lobbyists are finding a new strategy is necessary. In July, the American Trucking

Associations announced Chris Spear as its 9th President & CEO. Spear takes on the same title as his predecessor, retiring Governor Bill Graves, but his job will be markedly different. “Bill and I have very different

backgrounds,” Spear says. “I have tremendous respect for his time as governor, his public service, his family history with the trucking industry. It’s quite frankly exceptional, and he came to the ATA at a time when we had a different environment and flavor here in Washington D.C. Now he leaves this role, and the environment has changed dramatically.” To cope with the changing environment,

fewer bills moving, fewer opportunities to tell the trucking story, Spear says his mindset is grounded in his previous experience legislating on the Hill and regulating in the agencies in recent years. Spear’s resume in government relations

and economic development is long and impressive - the kind of list you’d want for an association that deals with strict

DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT Chris Spear speaks on trucking leadership in Washington

Chris Spear, President & CEO of the American Trucking Associations Photo: ATA

regulations and interstate commerce issues. Before he worked in legislative affairs for

ATA, Spear was vice president of emerging markets for Honeywell Process Solutions, based in Bracknell, United Kingdom and served as a board member for two joint ventures in Libya and Nigeria. Spear was also vice president for Honeywell Government Relations in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium, managing corporate and business interests in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. In 2001, he was nominated by President

George W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy. Before his nomination, Spear worked as legislative director for U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson

(R-Ark.). Elisabeth Barna, recently appointed

COO at ATA, says, “[Chris is] well-rounded. He brings Capitol Hill experience, the agency experience and the corporate experience. He has been on the front lines in Iraq, and he has had to put teams together there.”

Teamwork A new team at the American Trucking

Associations is already underway. Spear has named five executives to the senior leadership team. “We decentralized the leadership

structure here,” he says. Te type of people  BEHIND THE WHEEL — Q4 Winter 2016 29

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