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Don Thornton

Don Thornton is DAT Solutions' Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development. He has more than 30 years experience in transportation technology and sales. Before joining DAT in 2001, Don served as vice president of business development and technology at Market Transport in Portland, Oregon. He has also worked in sales and operations for large companies including Lockheed Martin, IBM and Wynd Communications.

Don earned his MBA at Pepperdine University in California and completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at California State University, Chico. For more than a decade Don has served on the Board of Directors for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA).

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Readers Sound Off on Detention

<p>We recently posted a reader poll with a couple questions about detention times. The responses have been great, so we wanted to share a few of the comments from the thread.</p> Read More

Carrier Insurance Rule Hits Small Business Hardest

The FMCSA finally issued its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which suggests raising the minimum financial responsibility required of carriers, but the notice stops short of suggesting a dollar amount. Instead, the FMCSA is asking for input from trucking companies and other industry stakeholders. The ANPR includes 26 questions that the FMCSA is looking to have answered during the proposal's public comment period, which ends Feb. 26. Read More

Transport Topics Corrects Story Understating TransCore’s Load Volumes

Earlier this summer Transport Topics ran a story on load boards quoting Internet Truckstop (ITS), referencing an independent survey showing that TransCore's load boards ranked third in load posting volume with 2.1 million loads monthly. This shocked me, and we worked to get to the bottom of this. It turns out that the study was actually commissioned by ITS, a fact that the Transport Topics writer told us ITS omitted when… Read More

About DAT

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The Original Load Board - Trusted Since 1978

The company was established in 1978 as the Dial-A-Truck (DAT) load finder service at Jubitz® truck stop in Portland, OR.