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Arkansas Trucking lobbyist to leave for new business venture

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Lane Kidd is leaving the Arkansas Trucking Association after 22 years as president of the trade association.

The Arkansas Trucking Association, which represents transportation firms in Arkansas, released this statement on Monday (Feb. 24): “The Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA) and Lane Kidd, the ATA president since 1992, jointly announced today that Kidd is leaving the organization to devote his full energies to The Kidd Group, LLC, a business investment and public affairs firm he created in 2013.”

Kidd said wants to pursue new opportunities as a lobbyist.

“I’ve wanted to pursue my own projects for some time now and there are many opportunities out there, so this feels like a good time to say goodbye to the ATA,” said Kidd. “My career as ATA president has been a phenomenal experience, and I’m handing the keys over with ATA looking much better than it did 22 years ago.”

The Kidd Group will operate in Washington, D.C. and Arkansas providing business services in the transportation industry where Kidd said he is most experienced – corporate advocacy and public affairs strategies, media relations, corporate branding and publishing.

“We also have the capability to arrange private equity opportunities for companies in the transportation industry,” said Kidd.

Gary Salisbury, chairman and CEO of Fikes Truck Line in Hope, Ark., and ATA chairman, said Kidd put the ATA on the map.

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“During Lane’s tenure, he has taken a relative unknown group of truckers and propelled us to the front of the line. The ATA is known across the country as a leader and an example for other associations to strive for. As chairman of the ATA, I speak for the Board of Directors when I say that Lane will be missed and we wish him success as he starts his newest pursuits.”

Salisbury said the ATA will announce plans to name a replacement soon.

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