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ATA Chief Economist Gives Trucking Forecast at NationaLease 67th Annual Meeting

Bob Costello, Chief Economist for the ATA, will address trucking’s present and future at the NationaLease 67th Annual Meeting, Sept. 18-19, in San Francisco.

Bob CostelloJuly 8, 2011, Downers Grove, IL – Bob Costello, Chief Economist and Vice President for the American Trucking Associations (ATA), will be a featured speaker at the NationaLease 67th Annual Meeting September 18-19 in San Francisco. The gathering of the North American network of 165 independently owned, full service truck leasing companies takes place at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco.

A favorite with the Wall Street JournalBloomberg Businessweek, and FOX Business Channel, Costello will discuss trucking economic indicators, the financial health of the motor carrier industry, driver issues, fuel prices, and federal legislation affecting the industry. In 2010, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation appointed Costello to the Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics, which advises the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. He testifies regularly at Congressional hearing on trucking issues.

The NationaLease Annual Meeting brings together invited speakers, industry experts, member companies, and exhibitors to tackle a variety of topics, including lowering operating costs, improving customer service, capitalizing on national accounts, and maximizing the benefits of NationaLease membership.

Information about sponsorships or exhibiting at the Annual Meeting, as well as attendee registration is available at the NationaLease Website or by contacting Kate Barnes at 856-382-4701 or at

About NationaLease
Founded in 1944, NationaLease is one of the largest full service truck leasing organizations in North America, with over 900 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada and a combined customer fleet of over 155,000 tractors, trucks, and trailers. The company provides comprehensive fleet management services for private fleets and transportation service providers. More information can be found at