Braswell replaces Kirk as director on ATA council

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Carl Kirk, executive director of the Technology and Maintenance Council for the American Trucking Associations is no longer working for the trade organization, according to a news release. The council is the ATA’s largest.

Spokesman Sean McNally said Kirk’s duties, which also had included ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology and logistics, will be “farmed out” to other employees. Technical director Robert Braswell has been named acting executive director for the council.

“TMC is a vitally important part of ATA, and we believe this change in leadership will help TMC grow, not just in size, but in deepening its relationship to ATA,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO.

Glen McDonald, general chairman for the council, said the TMC officers are excited about continuing to work with Braswell. “The TMC leadership is looking forward to working in greater collaboration with ATA’s new leadership to help promote and grow both entities,” said McDonald, who is maintenance director at Ozark Motor Lines in Memphis.

Braswell has worked for the council for 25 years and said “the best part” about it has been “the opportunity to work with our membership: the hardest working bunch I’ve ever encountered. Their enthusiasm for this organization is obvious and contagious, and it has been a pleasure to help these folks help our industry move forward.”

Kenneth Calhoun, vice president of customer relations at Truck Centers of Arkansas in North Little Rock, is serving as chairman of study groups on the council. Last year, he served as a director at large.