The National Transportation Institute was founded in 1995 with a goal of providing accurate and authoritative mission-critical benchmarks to truckload carriers. We started our company in Hudson, Wisconsin, just outside of Minneapolis/St.Paul, under the name SignPost, Inc. As our customer base grew, we also elected to rebrand as The National Transportation Institute, a more descriptive name for what we provide the industry.
We have been quoted by many industry publications on driver pay related subjects, as well as national news and business journals, such as USA Today, Forbes, Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal. We are also a fixture in university transportation and logistics libraries including, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Southern California and the University of Arkansas just to name a few.
The National Transportation Institute’s publications are used by insurers, consultants, carriers, shippers and nearly every equity analyst who follow transportation sector stocks. We are the truckload industry experts on company driver and owner operator compensation history, changes and benchmarks. Our largest subscriber base remains in the transportation sectors for-hire and truckload fleets where we are widely used as a tool for fleet executives to understand the direction and velocity of the Class A CDL market wages and emerging pay strategies.
We aim to deliver opportunities for fleets to grow, to attract additional workers, and then expand in their marketplace with that appropriately compensated, engaged and retained workforce.
Our Roster of Satisfied Clients
Our client base, a Who’s Who of national fleets includes firms such as Werner Enterprises, Covenant Transport, U.S. Xpress, J.B. Hunt, Marten Transport, Barr-Nunn Transportation, Heartland Express, CFI, Ruan Transportation, Ford, Walmart, Ryder, Ace Hardware, and DHL.
Now in our 25th year of original proprietary research, The National Transportation Institute’s benchmark reports have long been considered the gold standard of statistical research relevant to heavy duty truck driver compensation.
Our comprehensive documents utilize over 70 unique attributes to measure and concisely explain a wide variety of driver compensation, accessorial pay, bonuses, benefits and corporate policies from private fleets, public and privately held carriers. We cover everything from pay per-mile and hour to 401(k) plans, rider policies and driver down time.
As a key information resource to the trucking industry, our in-house research analysts and fleet executives collaborate to design, develop and deliver driver pay studies that transportation executives can have at their fingertips to support critical corporate decision making.
Our Leadership Team
The National Transportation Institute’s Executive Committee is comprised of individuals with profound experience in the transportation industry specializing in Information Technology, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, Recruiting and Retention. Our combined skills and expertise have previously contributed to executive boards at organizations like yours in the truckload market.
Along with this dynamic leadership team, The National Transportation Institute’s gold standard of research and reporting amplifies your authority within the industry and among your competition.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Leah Shaver is the President & Chief Executive Officer for The National Transportation Institute. Prior to joining NTI, Leah spent 14 years with a Midwest based multi-platform truckload carrier. During her tenure there, Leah served on the Executive Committee and held numerous positions in Driver Recruiting, Retention and Human Resources. Leah specialized in driver hiring, development, wellness and retention, and implemented and managed a driver mentoring program for new drivers. Leah is described by colleagues and customers as bringing key questions and strategy to the conversation, and forever passionate about making an impact on the success of the people and businesses she works with. Leah oversees development of all business operations within the company, the NTI Executive Committee and is also fully dedicated to the trucking industry. Along with her responsibilities at NTI, she continues to expand her industry exposure through speaking engagements, serving as an officer on the Board of Directors of the Women In Trucking Association and carry on in her new role as a host on SiriusXM 146 Road Dog Trucking Radio.
Chief Operating Officer
Mark is the Chief Operating Officer of The National Transportation Institute and also serves on the NTI Executive Committee. Prior to joining NTI, he spent 20 years in Operations and Sales with companies that operated TL and LTL fleets nationwide. Having coined phrases such as “fill the bucket” to increase customer volume and “load them where they land” to increase loaded miles and to reduce deadhead, Mark is described by colleagues as someone whose expertise for transportation and logistics augments a culture that inspires creative and strategic freedom, profitability, employee growth, public safety, management of expenses and job satisfaction. Mark leads oversight of NTI’s coveted National Driver Wage Index and National City-Centric Driver Pay data, development of NTI’s private fleet research and economic studies. He functions with both NTI in-house research analysts and Private Fleet’s executives to design, develop and deliver driver pay studies that recipients can call “spot on” and support critical corporate decision making.
Chief Intelligence Officer
Isidro Liñan is the Chief Intelligence Officer for the National Transportation Institute. Prior to joining NTI, Isidro spent eleven years in Logistics and Project Management positions in large multinational companies and four years conducting supply chain research focused on the transportation industry. Isidro has extensive experience managing technology and process transformation projects in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He completed his MBA at IE Business School (a top-ranked European Business School) and his Ph.D. ABD in Supply Chain Management at Iowa State University. Additionally, he is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional since 2010. A Spanish native, Isidro has lived in the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA, and additionally has worked on projects in China and Singapore. A lover of language, he speaks English, Spanish, and basic French and Arabic. Isidro is described by colleagues as a strategic thinker, innovative, supportive, and someone who gets things done. He leads the National Transportation Institute’s digitalization, processes, research, and oversees the NTI Quality Control Center. Isidro’s area of expertise are research, data analysis, new process implementation and employee satisfaction focused on the transportation industry. He can be reached at email@example.com and would be happy to start a conversation about benchmarking your professional truck driver compensation as well as improving your recruiting, retention, and rehiring strategy.
What Our Clients Say
American Central Transport
American Central Transport has been a long-time subscriber to NTI’s Wage Surveys. We have used this information as a tool in helping us design driver pay strategies through the years. More importantly we have found insights shared by Leah Shaver to be invaluable. Leah understands drivers and the trucking industry. She brings a fresh approach to our industry and has been a great partner in solving problems. Our conversations are thought provoking that challenge us to make sure our fleet has best in class fleet strategies. We value our partnership with NTI.