Press Release

ATA Welcomes Trucking U Students to 2022 MCE

Oct 22, 2022

San Diego, California – Today, American Trucking Associations’ welcomed 18 college students from around the country to the 2022 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition as part of ATA’s Trucking U. 

“ATA’s Trucking U brings a unique exposure for both students as well as companies to help make connections they never otherwise would,” said Erica Denney, director of sales and business development at Denney Transport Ltd. and a LEAD ATA graduate. “The future of our industry needs bright minds like those selected to this program for the best chance at continued success.”

ATA’s Trucking U is a dynamic, educational program for students at top business schools & universities around the country. It exposes students to careers in trucking through networking opportunities at ATA’s events and mentorship by future leaders in the industry. The program is focused on building connections that will help address key industry concerns, like supply chain issues and workforce shortages, and solve the problems of the future.

ATA’s Trucking U class of 2022 will be attending ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, where they will have the opportunity to meet and network with the trucking industry’s hiring managers and executives from across the country. The class will also observe ATA policy committee meetings and educational sessions, attend general sessions with keynote speakers, and attend panel discussions on important industry topics. Students will be able to meet with ATA leaders, officers, staff professionals, and professional truck drivers. This program exposes students to the trucking industry and professional careers in trucking.

“I had an exceptional experience with ATA’s Trucking U program at the 2021 Management Conference & Exhibition.” said Caden Hazenstab, Trucking U 2021 graduate. “The networking experiences, information sessions, and boundless exhibits have remarkably supplemented the supply chain curricula and left me with a newfound appreciation for the trucking industry.”

This year’s participants in Trucking U are:

  • Nicole Anderson, Morgan State University
  • Michael Awotoye, Morgan State University
  • Ebony Betts, Mississippi State University
  • Ezekiel Bramble, DePauw University
  • Nick Brown, University of Rhode Island
  • Chandler Buss, Huntingdon College
  • Henry Edstrom, Mississippi State University
  • Emma Grant, University of Rhode Island
  • Ellie Herndon, Mississippi State University
  • Kaeden Howell, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Justin Hung, Auburn University
  • Judson Moore, Mississippi State University
  • Rebecca Pierce, Mississippi State University
  • Haylee Schmidt, Mississippi State University
  • Lekendra Small, Mississippi State University
  • Eric Thomas, University of North Texas, Dallas
  • Amanda Vaughn, Mississippi State University
  • Tex Wambui, Clark Atlanta University
  • Jordan Ziegler, University of Rhode Island

ATA’s Trucking U is made possible by a number of sponsors, including the Colorado Motor Carriers Association Foundation, FedEx Freight, the Alabama Trucking Association, Big M Transportation, Idelic, J & M Tank Lines, the Nevada Trucking Association, Noregon Systems, TCW Inc., Titan Transfer Inc., Tennessee Trucking Association, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Yellow, the Alaska Trucking Association, Boyle Transportation, Alaska West Express, the Mississippi Trucking Association, Northern Industrial Training, Perfect Transportation, the Rhode Island Trucking Association Foundation, Total Transportation of Mississippi, TrueNorth Companies, Velociti and Weaver Bros.

Additional information on ATA’s Trucking U can be found on the official Trucking U website.