Longtime OOIDA President Was a Passionate Advocate for Industry Arlington, Virginia – American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear issued the following statement about the death of Jim Johnston, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association:  “We are saddened by the news of Jim’s passing. One of the first meetings I had in this role was with Jim and his team. He was a passionate leader for drivers and the industry, advocating issues that helped build this great nation. Jim never strayed from who he was and who he represented – truckers. Jim was a warrior, and he will be missed.”