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James Breckenridge “Breck” Speed, who led two different major trucking companies during his career, died late last week. He was 81.

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James Breckenridge “Breck” Speed, who passes at 81 last week.

Mr. Speed, according to his obituary, held leadership positions in Arkansas Best Freight System for 20 years. He also served as chairman of USA Truck from 1989 to 2000.

A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Speed was also involved in national trucking-related organizations and was active in Democratic politics.

Mr. Speed died Dec. 24 at his home in Forth Smith, Ark.