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Appearances by two of the nation’s high federal transportation leaders spotlight the agenda for American Trucking Associations’ annual Administration Convention & Exhibition, which returns to San Diego this week.
The occasion, happening Oct. 22-25 on the San Diego Conference Middle, the place it was held in 2019, additionally will characteristic the annual State of the Trade handle from ATA President Chris Spear, and academic periods that promise in-depth evaluation and perception on points confronting the trucking trade.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to talk Oct. 25 prematurely of the ATA board of administrators assembly. Buttigieg is touring the nation forward of the upcoming midterm elections touting the enactment of the $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act, which President Joe Biden signed practically a yr in the past.
Additionally scheduled to deal with attendees on the convention is Federal Motor Provider Security Administration Chief Robin Hutcheson, who on Oct. 22 will present an replace on the company’s agenda. Hutcheson mentioned that an emphasis for her this fall is resolving truck parking woes, enhancing workforce alternatives for ladies and underrepresented teams, and making certain the viability of provide chains.
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Her handle precedes a packed agenda that features discussions on provide chain connectivity, the economic system, and legislative affairs on the state and federal degree.
Spear throughout his handle is predicted to replace attendees on the federation’s work over the previous yr — together with victories on a number of key points — and in addition present an replace on financial circumstances, workforce issues and challenges that lie forward.
“MCE is at all times a particular time, however this yr with so many successes to spotlight, it actually looks like a celebration of all that our trade and affiliation have completed collectively,” Spear mentioned Oct. 18. “We’re wanting ahead to gathering in San Diego for an invigorating and interesting occasion.”
Informational periods and panels will survey ongoing freight considerations, together with discussions about facilitating the motion of products alongside provide chains.
Bob Costello, ATA’s chief economist, will lead a panel dialogue titled, “The Economic system in a New World Order.” Glen Kedzie, ATA vice chairman, vitality and environmental counsel, is scheduled to guide a panel dialogue titled, “How the Future Regulatory Setting Will Impression Your Gear Buying Choices and Know-how Pathways.” Invoice Sullivan, ATA government vice chairman for advocacy, will host a panel titled, “Casting a Extensive Web to Put together for Trucking Decarbonization, Emissions Reductions, and Sustainability Planning.”
Featured trade audio system will embody Derek Leathers, president and CEO of Werner Enterprises; Dennis Dellinger, president and CEO, Cargo Transporters, Inc.; and Michael Roeth, government director of the North American Council for Freight Effectivity.
A session that includes girls leaders within the trucking trade will embody Shannon Newton, president of the Arkansas Trucking Affiliation and vice chairman of the Trucking Affiliation Executives Council; Cari Baylor, president of Baylor Trucking; Tamara Jalving, vice chairman of security at Yellow; Tina Peterson, an expert truck driver and proprietor of Pink Pine Transport; and Angela Tillery, managing director of studying and improvement at FedEx Freight. In July, ATA launched the Girls In Movement group to amplify industrywide contributions of girls.
MCE additionally will likely be a stage for the American Transportation Analysis Institute’s annual points presentation. ATRI is scheduled to announce the outcomes of its 2022 High Trade Points Survey, a convention for practically twenty years. The survey asks trade stakeholders to rank high problems with concern for the trade, in addition to potential options for addressing them. A panel dialogue led by Rebecca Brewster, the group’s president and COO, will break down the survey’s outcomes.
Additionally, ATA will host ceremonies to acknowledge the trade’s high achievers. Amongst them is FedEx Specific’ Roland Bolduc, this yr’s Nationwide Truck Driving Championships grand champion. Bolduc surpassed a area of greater than 400 of his friends to win the title in August throughout a event in Indianapolis. In 2017, Bolduc additionally took dwelling the NTDC grand champion trophy.
Quickly after his victory this summer season, Spear praised the nationwide champ. As he put it, “To emerge as the very best of a very elite group is an amazing honor. Roland’s dedication to security and professionalism is an instance of what this trade and this occasion are actually about.”