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Clifton Parker (left), president and GM of G&P Trucking, and John A Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Freight, recently joined the ATRI board of directors.

Industry veterans Parker, Smith join ATRI board of directors

The American Transportation Research Institute recently added Clifton Parker and John A Smith to its board of directors.

Parker is the president and general manager of G&P Trucking Company in Gaston SC and Smith is the president and chief executive officer of FedEx Freight in Memphis TN.

“Our board plays a critical role in guiding and shaping ATRI’s research priorities,” said Rebecca Brewster, ATRI president and chief operating officer. “We are fortunate to have a very engaged board of directors and look forward to working with Clifton and John.”

Parker has served as president and GM of G&P since 1986. During his tenure, the company has grown from $5 million to sales of over $150 million in 2017. He is active in the South Carolina Trucking Association, where he served as chairman for two years and currently serves as SCTA’s representative to the American Trucking Associations. He was recognized by the South Carolina House for outstanding leadership in the field of transportation and appointed to a study committee on public private partnerships in transportation to make recommendations to the governor. He holds a bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.   

Smith has 32 years of experience in the transportation industry. He has been with FedEx since 2000 and currently provides strategic direction for the less-than-truckload (LTL) FedEx companies throughout North America. He also serves on the strategic management committee of FedEx Corp, which sets the strategic direction for the FedEx enterprise. His experience spans every area of the business, including operations, sales, transportation, fleet maintenance, facility services and safety. Smith currently serves on the boards of the Arkansas Trucking Association and the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a degree in geology.

A complete listing of the ATRI Board of Directors is available at

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