Alicia Echols with Bennett Heavy & Specialized Graduates from LEAD ATA Program

October 28, 2022

MCDONOUGH, GA (October 28, 2022) – Bennett Heavy & Specialized (BHS) is pleased to announce that Alicia Echols, BHS Director of Safety & Compliance, graduated from American Trucking Associations LEAD ATA yearlong program at the Annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California, on October 24, 2022.

According to ATA, “LEADers” are educated about the regulatory and legislative processes, and ATA’s efforts to shape those processes, including advocacy, image and outreach, research, and leadership training.

“Finding and retaining the next generation of leadership is critical to our industry’s continued growth. The impressive men and women that make up the LEAD ATA program are setting our industry and association up for success.”

said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear

The 2021-2022 LEAD ATA Class.

The 13 members of the 2022 Lead ATA Graduating Class include:

Lindsey Anderson

Lucas (Luke) Connell

Alicia Echols

Lance Fausett

Christopher (Chris) Gulker

James (Jim) Herzog

Bruna Kramer

Robert Lester

Stephen (Steve) Sanders

Rachel Singleton

Joseph (Joe) Skomorucha

Tyler Tigges

Angela Tillery

Ruan Transportation Management Systems

TCW, Inc.

Bennett Heavy & Specialized

FedEx Freight

TrueNorth Companies

Pressure Systems International, Inc.

FedEx Ground

USA Truck, Inc.

Cummins Inc.

Ken Stabler Trucking, LLC

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.

Great West Casualty Company

FedEx Freight

“Alicia is the first representative selected from Bennett Heavy & Specialized to participate in the program and we are extremely proud of her accomplishments. We know that she will continue to excel both as an individual and as a future leader within the Bennett Family of Companies.”

said Jim Utley, Vice President of Government Services with Bennett Heavy & Specialized

“LEAD ATA has really helped me to grow in my profession by really opening my eyes to what it takes behind the scenes to make something happen from legislation, new policies that are rolled out to even best practices. In addition, the ability to collaborate with other group members has been a phenomenal experience.”

Alicia Echols, BHS Director of Safety & Compliance, adds

For more information on the LEAD ATA program, please visit here.  Watch the video here featuring the 2021-2022 class to complete the program.

About Bennett Heavy & Specialized

Bennett Heavy and Specialized, LLC, (BHS) provides safe and secure transportation services for HAZMAT materials and other sensitive and highly secured cargo shipments. BHS serves Aerospace, Government Freight and Commercial Explosives markets offering a variety of transportation modes including van trailers, flatbed and step deck, dromedaries and more. BHS has become an industry leader through their ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality of service to its customers. Learn more about Bennett’s Heavy & Specialized division and its Ammunition and Explosives Secured Team division (AA&E) team at

About Bennett Family of Companies

McDonough-Ga.-based the Bennett Family of Companies are woman-owned, Women’s Enterprise Business Council (WBENC)-certified, diversified transportation and logistics companies. Through its 12 affiliated operating companies, the Bennett Family of Companies delivers integrated transportation and supply chain management solutions worldwide. For more information, visit www.

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