FTR’s Ake to Retire

Don Ake will be retiring from FTR at the end of September.

Ake has been the vice president of commercial vehicles at FTR since 2013. His responsibilities included forecasting and analysis of the Class 8, commercial trailers, and medium duty truck markets. Ake began his career in the industry with equipment supplier Hendrickson in 1993 and has worked at firms related to transportation ever since.

“The trucking industry is by far the best industry I have ever worked in. The people are helpful, hardworking, and honest,” commented Ake. “My time at FTR has been wonderful – they are a great company. I will miss the talented people I have worked with at FTR as well as the challenges of forecasting equipment demand in this complex industry.” Eric Starks, chairman and CEO of FTR added “Don has brought such a wealth of information to FTR and a unique way of presenting his forecasts for the truck and trailer industry. He’s been a huge part of our success and he’ll be missed. We wish him the best.”

Ake is also the author of three short-essay humor books. His fourth book, Deep Heavy Stuff, is scheduled for release early next year. He plans to write more books in retirement. Charlie Roth will assume the forecasting duties at FTR.