Thursday, June 03, 2021

ATA announces new team member J.J. McGrady

This week, Alabama Trucking Association President and CEO Mark Colson announced that J.J. McGrady has joined the ATA team as Manager of Special Projects.

“J.J. brings a solid work ethic and collection of skills and experience gained from a variety of internships at political, nonprofit and public relations organizations. We are proud to add J.J. to our team and are excited about the spark he will add to our organization,” said Colson.  “He’s a trucker now, and he’s ready to roll to help make Alabama Trucking even better.”

Originally from Prattville, Ala., McGrady is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences, double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science and was also an active in SGA as a Senator, was a leader in Beta Upsilon Chi and the college ministry The Well Tuscaloosa. 

He recently completed internships with Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed as well as the Business Council of Alabama. He also has past experience with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and WVUA 23 Tuscaloosa. In his free time, he also worked as a Shipt shopper.

“I’ve even got trucking roots,” McGrady said. “My grandparents met and fell in love while working in different states for the old Floyd and Beasley Transfer, and I have family still working in trucking. I’m proud to be a trucker and ready to get to work.”

Colson said that McGrady will be working closely with the entire ATA staff to help ensure that the strategic priorities of the organization are accomplished. “His training in public relations and political science will serve our members’ needs well,” Colson added.

For fun, McGrady enjoys movies, music, reading, listening to podcasts, audiobooks, watching TV and short films. He is also a huge sports fan, especially for his Alma mater Crimson Tide.