HTA Names LaBar Organization's First CEO; Eyes Growth and Stability

LONG BEACH, CA. - The Harbor Trucking Association has seen consistent growth in membership, programs, and geographical presence since making Weston LaBar their Executive Director in November 2014. Over the past three years, he has brought his expertise in trade association management and has become one of the most respected executives in the industry. With the growth of the association and the vision for the organization moving forward, the HTA Executive Committee felt the timing was right to promote LaBar and make a statement by offering him a long term contract which brings stability to both parties.

"The HTA has seen unprecedented growth as an organization and has become the voice of harbor drayage on a national basis over the past three years. Weston brought his expertise of trade associations and public policy to the HTA and has worked hard to develop a vision for our platform and insure our long term sustainability. He has learned the industry, is considered one of our industries thought leaders and is respected by all. Promoting Weston to be our first Chief Executive to a five year contract sends a strong message that we are committed to sustainability and through his leadership and we intend to continue to grow and fight for our member companies and drivers in the drayage industry" stated George Boyle, President of the HTA.

The HTA has added programs that benefit members and grown out of its Southern California roots to have a presence throughout the West Coast. With large national carriers as members, there has been a demand to replicate certain HTA programs in other markets and expand their influence in the drayage industry.

"I am honored to have this opportunity and excited for what we have built and are building with the HTA. Drayage was once a forgotten segment of the trucking sector. Now, drayage is getting a lot of attention and respect throughout the nation. It is a key element of the global supply-chain and we will continue to educate people on the importance of drayage, as well as continue our efforts to innovate and create solutions that increase productivity and give companies and drivers the resources they need to be successful" said LaBar.

As the industry continues to change and evolve, the HTA is ensuring long-term stability for its membership.