ATD Keynote Speakers
Thursday's ATD Industry Roundtable
Chief Economist and VP of American Trucking Associaitons
Bob Costello is the Chief Economist and Vice President for the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the national trade association for the trucking industry. As Chief Economist, he manages all of ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information. This includes several monthly trucking economic indicators, motor carrier financial and operating data, an annual freight transportation forecast, driver wage studies, weekly diesel fuel price and economic reports, and a yearly trucking almanac. Bob also conducts economic analyses of proposed regulations and legislation affecting the trucking industry.
Bob is often cited in the news media as an expert on trucking economics, including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, CNBC, FOX Business Channel, and National Public Radio. Bob has testified at congressional hearings on trucking issues. In March 2010, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation appointed Bob to the Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS), which advises the Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Bob is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and has served on several research and project panels for the Transportation Research Board, which is part of the National Academies. Prior to joining ATA in 1997, Bob was an economist with Joel Popkin & Company in Washington D.C., an economic consulting firm that specializes in the analysis of wages, inflation, and economic trends.
Bob has a Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts from Winona State University in Winona, MN.
He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Megan, and daughter, Campbell.
Saturday's ATD General Session
American Patriot and Military Veteran
In 2000, Eric worked as a Chinese Mandarin translator at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In 2003, three months after U.S. forces invaded Iraq, SSG Maddox received unexpected orders to report to the Baghdad International Airport. Eric was assigned to a Delta Force Special Operations team in Tikrit. The team was a part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) responsible for tracking down the most wanted men in the world. During Eric’s six month tour with this Delta Force team, he conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. For his accomplishments, Eric was awarded The Legion of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, The Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and The Bronze Star. Following the capture of Saddam Hussein, Eric was hired as a civilian interrogator for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Eric continued to work with the Joint Special Operations Command in tracking down the U.S. military’s most wanted radical extremists. Since 2003, Eric has conducted over 2,700 interrogations of prisoners from 25 different countries while deploying eight times including two tours to Iraq, three tours to Afghanistan, and tours to The Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and undisclosed locations in Eastern Europe. Eric served in the U.S. military and the Defense Intelligence Agency for over 20 years before retiring in 2014. Eric is the author of the book, “Mission: Blacklist #1” which recounts his and the Delta Force team’s hunt for Saddam Hussein.