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Meet Our Team

Staff of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association

Executive Director

Renee Amar

renee@lmta.la | (225) 287-0117

Renee Amar is executive director for the Louisiana Motor Transport Association. As the state’s premier voice for trucking, LMTA represents the interests of the trucking industry at the state and nation’s capital, as well as with state and federal agencies. She is also executive director for LMTA’s Foundation, which focuses on education and research specific to the industry. She manages TruckPAC, the association’s political action committee that supports pro-trucking industry candidates and she is the Program Director for the Louisiana Trucking Education and Research Council. She serves on numerous boards representing the interests of the trucking industry.

Previously she served as vice president for policy and government affairs for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy where she created and managed the government affairs department for the Institute. She oversaw the legislative strategy and major public policy projects for the institute. Before Pelican, she served as director of LABI’s Small Business and Healthcare Councils and deputy director of Political Action. Amar also fundraised for LABI’s four PACs—NORTHPAC, EASTPAC, SOUTHPAC and WESTPAC – recruited candidates for office, and developed endorsements. Prior to joining LABI in November 2013, Amar spent eight years identifying and building relationships with legislators who work diligently to protect small business as the state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. She also worked for the Louisiana Hospital Association for four years in the governmental affairs department. Over the years, she has served on numerous boards and commissions representing various member interests.

Amar founded and co-chairs a Policy Circle in Baton Rouge in 2018 to give women the opportunity to discuss policy issues in a welcoming environment. Just one year after its inception, her and her colleague received an award in for Circle Experience. She also serves on the state council for the Women’s Public Leadership Network. Additionally, Amar founded a non-profit in 2020, Louisiana Women Lead, to recruit and train center-right women to run for office.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and pursued her master’s degree at Louisiana State University. She volunteers in various capacities for her church, St. James Episcopal Church and volunteers her time with various animal welfare organizations. She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband Randy and their dogs Maggie, Winston, and Reba. She is also a proud mom of three children, Damon, Brandt, and Chloe.

Communications Director

Allison Strahan

allison@lmta.la | (225) 928-5684

Allison has been with the LMTA since May of 2019. She graduated from Louisiana State University in December of 2018, receiving her degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in public relations. Allison is responsible for designing much of LMTA's marketing material and event promotional material. She also helps oversee the production of the association's Membership Directory and acts as Managing Editor of Open Road magazine. Allison is also behind LMTA’s social media accounts, email communications and website, managing content that members interact with. She enjoys being creative in her role and hopes to meet more of the LMTA’s hard-working members.

Originally from Franklinton, Louisiana, located in rural Washington Parish, Allison moved to Baton Rouge in 2014. In her free time, she volunteers at Cat Haven, a no-kill shelter in the Baton Rouge area where she rescued her own furbaby Arya in 2016.

Accounting Director

Burton Comeaux

burton@lmta.la | 225-928-5682

Burton has been with LMTA since March of 2021. After serving in the U.S. Army for six years he left the service and entered the private sector. He entered the field of Restaurant Operations and at one time was a District Manager with ten locations in the Baton Rouge market. He left Operations Management and started in the Bookkeeping field in 2007. It is funny to note that at one time Burton carried a CDL and drove over the road for a bit, so he is no stranger to the trucking industry!
As Accounting Director, Burton maintains payroll, accounts payable and receivables for the Association as well as the Truck PAC and Louisiana Household Goods Carriers’ Association. Burton also maintains all event and sponsorship invoicing for the organization.

 
In the past Burton was a competitive Trap Shooter and won the 1999 Louisiana State Trap “Class C” Singles Championship and was runner up in the Handicap competition.

Events & Executive Assistant

Hailey Austin

hailey@lmta.la | 225-928-5682

Hailey Austin is LMTA’s intern who has been working with the association since May of 2019, but has been a part of the LMTA since she was eight years old through her family’s business. Recently Hailey’s main role with the organization has centered on event planning and sponsorships. She also assist with Executive Director Renee Amar scheduling and helps all staff with various projects and administrative tasks.

 
Hailey is currently a student at Louisiana State University studying Mass Communication with a concentration in Political Communication. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she hopes to attend law school. Her dream is to one day be the Governor of Louisiana.