Ruan's President and COO Dan Van Alstine was elected as the 2020 chairman of the board for the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA) at the organization’s annual management conference this fall.
The Iowa Motor Truck Association was established in 1942 and has been the recognized voice of Iowa’s trucking industry for over 75 years. Headquartered in Des Moines, IMTA has more than 600 member companies (trucking and suppliers) throughout the state of Iowa.
As board chairman, Van Alstine will oversee the development of pro-trucking, pro-business policies and will advocate on behalf of the industry in Iowa and in Washington DC. The IMTA board is comprised of 40 directors from across the state representing trucking operations of all sizes and types.
“IMTA has a long and rich tradition of providing effective leadership. Ruan has proudly been an active member of the association since day one. I look forward to working with the many dedicated members as we advocate for positive changes that will allow us to continue to serve the people of Iowa and this nation,” Van Alstine said. “We are all impacted by the trucking industry daily as they deliver the products that we all need and depend upon. Our top priority always has been and always will be the delivery of those products in a safe and efficient manner.”
Joining Van Alstine as association officers are First Vice Chairman Brenda Dittmer of Weinrich Trucking, Secretary John Smith of CRST International, and Treasurer Steve Schuster of Schuster Trucking.
Ruan’s CEO Ben McLean said: “Ruan has long been a committed member of the IMTA, and we know firsthand how the organization benefits and unifies the transportation industry not just in Iowa but across the country. The industry faces a challenging legal environment, swiftly changing marketplaces and expectations of consumers, workforce shortages, and a host of disruptive innovations to potentially adopt. I know that the IMTA with Dan at its helm this year will continue to improve the regulatory climate, as well as educate the public about the tremendous role transportation plays in their everyday lives.”
Van Alstine also serves on the American Trucking Associations (ATA) board as vice chairman. The ATA works in conjunction with 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry related conferences and councils to advance and advocate for the industry.