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Trucking Trends and What This Means for Pallet Usage
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Presentation: Friday, MArch 4, 2016

The SUpply chain logistics world is changing quickly with current and future innovative thinking directly impacting the industry.

What does this mean for modern material handling systems and the wooden pallet industry? Join Pat Thomas, the current president of the American Trucking Association for a lively discussion and his perspectives from the trucking industry and on the world of wooden pallets. Mark Solomon from DC Velocity will also join Thomas and provide a broader perspective from the “outside looking in” on the industry.


  • Pat Thomas, Sr. Vice President, State Government Affairs for United Parcel Service; President of American Trucking Association
  • Mark Solomon, Executive Editor, DC Velocity

  • ABout Pat Thomas

    As Senior Vice President of State Government Affairs, Pat oversees all state legislative, regulatory and political activities for the U.S. In this role, Pat directs a team of state and local public affairs managers across the country. He also oversees the UPS Congressional Awareness Program, a comprehensive grassroots program designed to strengthen UPS’s relationships with Members of Congress in their home district.

    Pat is currently Chairman of the American Trucking Associations, the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight.

    Pat began his career with UPS in 1985 as a seasonal delivery driver. Since then, he held senior positions in operations and human resources before joining the public affairs group in 1998, where he first managed public affairs issues in the western region. In 2002, Pat was selected to join the public affairs group in Washington, D.C., where he assumed responsibility for developing and managing UPS’s state-level policy strategy. He also assumed a special assignment, leading UPS’s international group where he oversaw a team of international policy managers and advocacy for issues such as trade facilitation, customs and international aviation.

    Before joining UPS, Pat worked as a commercial pilot for various private corporations flying both people and cargo to airports throughout the U.S. He is also a certified flight instructor and has trained pilots. He earned a B.S. in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University.

    About Mark Solomon

    Mark Solomon joined DC VELOCITY as senior editor in August 2008, and was promoted to his current position on January 1, 2015. He has spent more than 30 years in the transportation, logistics and supply chain management fields as a journalist and public relations professional. From 1989 to 1994, he worked in Washington as a reporter for the Journal of Commerce, covering the aviation and trucking industries, the Department of Transportation, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to that, he worked for Traffic World for seven years in a similar role. From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Solomon ran Media-Based Solutions, a public relations firm based in Atlanta. He graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in journalism from The American University in Washington, D.C.


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