The board of directors at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce elected Iowa trucking industry executive John Ruan III as chairman for a one-year term.
Ruan chairs Ruan Transportation Management Systems of Des Moines, which ranks 28th on The Journal of Commerce’s list of the Top 50 trucking companies, based on a compilation by SJ Consulting Group.
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He also serves as chairman of other companies including Iowa Export-Import, industrial properties firm City Center Corp. and BTC Financial, Iowa’s largest independent bank.
The Ruan trucking firm operates a fleet of 5,100 trailers and 3,300 trucks nationwide, with customers across the bulk food and dairy, retail, metals service centers, grocery, chemicals and industrial gas industries.
The chamber said Ruan has long been a supporter of infrastructure investment. “The physical platform of our economy is deteriorating, and without reinforcement, the United States will struggle to compete against nations that are making significant improvements to their infrastructure,” Ruan said. “There are ways to commit to the level of investment we need with minimal impact on the deficit.”
He takes the U.S. Chamber leadership post as Congress and the administration try to craft a new multi-year surface transportation bill to replace and expand on highway programs expiring in September.
Ruan will also preside as the business group celebrates its 100-year anniversary next April. “I can’t think of a more appropriate person to serve as chairman during the Chamber’s centennial celebration in 2012,” said Thomas J. Donohue, Chamber President and CEO.
Thomas D. Bell Jr., chairman of SecurAmerica, was the Chamber’s chairman the previous year.