While we have a clear understanding of the important role that trucking plays in the U.S., there remain plenty of lessons to be learned from the industry globally. This dynamic session will feature ATA’s own Chris Spear and his counterpart from the International Road Transport Union based in Geneva, Switzerland, Umberto de Pretto. Mr. de Pretto is Secretary General of the IRU and has in-depth knowledge of the trucking industry in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He travels the globe collaborating with trucking associations on issues such as driver shortages, environment regulations, and infrastructure and will provide his insights on these. Also expect to hear what other countries are doing with electric trucks and how they are recruiting new talent to the industry, among many other issues. 


  • ATA Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Change Leader Award
  • Transport Topics’ Trucking Frontline Heroes Award
  • TAT Champion Award



Chris Spear
Chris Spear
President & CEO, American Trucking Associations

Chris Spear is president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, the nation’s leading organization representing the interests of the trucking industry.

Umberto De Pretto
Umberto De Pretto
Secretary General, International Road Transport Union (IRU)

Umberto de Pretto took up office as Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) in June 2013. He joined the IRU in 1995 as Head of Economic Affairs. He then became Policy Coordinator and Head of Strategy, and was appointed Deputy Secretary General in 2002.