The Truckload Carriers Assn. has named Brad Bentley president, replacing Chris Burruss, who resigned June 26, for personal reasons.
TCA said a task force set up to find a successor to Burruss received over 100 applicants. Bentley was approved by the Executive Committee. He will officially take the reins in mid-October.
“Brad is a bright, creative, ‘roll-up-your-sleeves and earn your stripes kind of guy’ who knows trucking’s issues, companies, and people,” said Shepard Dunn, TCA chairman. “With his outstanding communication skills, there’s no doubt he will make a positive impact on TCA’s members, programs, and sponsorships. I feel confident he will be a natural fit with our organization.”
Bentley has worked in the trucking industry since 1988. He spent six years in driver recruitment advertising sales, followed by 15 years as a trucking publisher, before becoming the editorial director for Randall-Reilly recruiting in 2008.
He has been active in TCA, most recently serving as co-chair of the Image and Communication Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors as well as the Recruitment & Retention Human Resources Committee. Bentley has played a role in the behind-the-scenes development of several of TCA’s signature activities, including helping to formalize TCA’s partnership with Wreaths Across America, introducing TCA to organizers of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project, and promoting the Highway Angel program on a regular basis throughout the years.
Bentley is also active on the Commercial Vehicle Training Association’s Marketing Committee and the American Trucking Assns.’ Communications and Image Policy Committee.
“I’m honored to have been selected. It’s a life-changing deal for me,” said Bentley. “My career has been about creativity and collaboration, and I’m a big networker, so you’ll see me out there ‘beating the streets’. I’m planning to offer the TCA members a value-driven agenda.”