Ruan is pleased to announce that our President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Van Alstine has been elected to First Vice Chairman of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the largest and most comprehensive national trade association for the trucking industry. Upon completion of his term as First Vice Chairman, he will become ATA’s next Chairman. Van Alstine recently completed a two-year service as Chairman for the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA), a state member of the ATA.
“It is a privilege to serve our industry as an Officer of the American Trucking Associations,” Van Alstine said. “From the very earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, our trucking industry has been in the spotlight, uninterrupted, delivering food, beverages, medical supplies, and so much more that our country needed. Importantly, trucking delivered a sense of normalcy and comfort during some very difficult days and months. The day-to-day impact we have on enabling our country’s standard of living is immeasurable. I’m excited to continue to work with the ATA on initiatives to help ensure the industry can do its job safely and efficiently so our country’s consumers, businesses, manufacturers, builders, and many others have the products they need.”
Ruan is a long-standing member of both the IMTA and ATA. Ruan’s founder, John Ruan, was the driving force behind the formation of the IMTA and a long-time leader within the ATA. Representing every sector of the industry, these organizations work to ensure that transportation companies, professional drivers, technicians, and operations staff can move our nation’s economy safely and successfully.
In his role as President and COO, Van Alstine has overseen significant growth across all of Ruan’s Integrated Supply Chain Solutions offerings, including Dedicated Contract Transportation, Managed Transportation, Value-Added Warehousing, and Brokerage Support Services. Under his leadership, Ruan has grown to proudly employ 5,600 team members in more than 300 operations nationwide operating 4,000 power units and 10,000 trailers.
Prior to joining Ruan in 2014, Van Alstine held senior-level roles with Schneider National, Inc., leading its van truckload group, dedicated services, and logistics offering, as well as holding positions on the commercial side of the business. Additionally, he served as vice president of marketing at Transport America and held other senior roles throughout his 40-year career in transportation and logistics.
Van Alstine received his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Communication Arts from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. He has been involved in several transportation and logistics industry associations and groups.
He and his wife, Chris, are heavily involved in community and charity groups, foreign student exchange programs, the Food Bank of Iowa, and other efforts to support the underserved and underprivileged. They have three grown children and reside in Des Moines.