Schedule of Events

Concurrent Committee Meetings

(Room 135)            

SMC State Association Safety Committee Meeting
Chairperson: Linda Blisset, Illinois Trucking Association 
Staff Liaison: Lonnie Edwards, American Trucking Associations

 

(Room 136)    

SMC Driver Recruitment & Retention/Health and Wellness Committee Meeting
Chairperson: Allison Meiners, Ruan
Staff Liaison: Dan Horvath, American Trucking Associations

 

(Room 137)            

SMC Benchmarking Working Group
Chairperson: Donielle Dziedzic, A. Duie Pyle 
Staff Liaison: Jacob Pierce, American Trucking Associations

Welcoming Remarks

(Room 231 – 234)        

  • SMC National Chairperson, Lisa Gonnerman, Transport America  
  • TSC National Chairperson,  Mark Landry, FedEx Freight 
  • State Welcome, Indiana Motor Trucking Association 

Opening General Session
Sponsored by Hire Right 

Keynote Speaker: Chris Spear, President & CEO, American Trucking Associations

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

(Room 231 – 234)    

SAFETY TRACK: Safety Technology & Policy – Adopting Technology Effectively so you can utilize your technology and your data for continuous improvement

Too often carriers buy technology and only train a handful of users, or only use a fraction of the data produced by the technology. That lack of effective rollout sets carriers up for failure when it comes to nuclear verdicts and preventing accidents. Our presentation would cover how to fully-adopt technology, how to develop and execute a plan to use the data that comes with the technology, and therefore reduce the risk of nuclear verdicts.

Presenters: Doug Grawe, Owner and CEO, The Grawe Group; Gary Randall, Executive Business Partner, The Grawe Group 

 

(Room 138 – 139)            

SECURITY TRACK: TSA I-Step Program – Cargo Security
    

(Room 134)    

HR TRACK: Interviewing Techniques – The Detection of Deception 

Kelly Anderson, President of Impact will provide an informative look at the importance of pre-employment interviews. Talking points include 1. How accurate is the information on the application; 2. Negligent Hiring – What it is and how to avoid it; 3. Standardizing the interview process; 4. How to detect deception over the phone and in person. As a result of this fun and interactive keynote attendees will have the information they need to implement their own pre-employment interview process.

Presenter: Kelly Anderson, President, The Kelly Anderson Group

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

(Room 231 – 234)    

SAFETY TRACK: Entry Level Driver Training     
Beginning February 7, 2022 the education requirements for drivers who want to obtain a CDL or update their CDL will change. The program will set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers joining the industry. In the session learn what to expect, how you should prepare and ask your pressing questions. 

 

(Room 138 – 139)            

SECURITY TRACK: TSA I-Step Program – Cargo Security

 

(Room 134)    

HR TRACK: Recommended Hiring Practices – Workflow your process, good expectations exchange to find efficiencies, save money, capture more capacity, and reduce internal strife 

Is your recruiting team just filling seats, or are they finding you the right culture fits? Is your culture keeping the right drivers or the wrong ones? We will cover the importance of culture and recruiting and retaining drivers with that culture in mind to reduce recruiting and turnover costs and improve quality retention.

Presenter: Doug Grawe, Owner and CEO, The Grawe Group; Gary Randall, Executive Business Partner, The Grawe Group 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

(Room 231 – 234)        

SAFETY TRACK: Emerging Standard of Care for Pre-employment Screening for Regulated Drivers

Join Dr. Todd Simo to review the FMCSA required pre-employment screening services; discuss the non-mandated screening products that carriers use to screen their drivers; examine the emerging standard of care for screening commercial drivers and learn what is the best screening services for carriers based on fleet size.


Presenter: Dr. Todd Simo, Chief Medical Officer & Managing Director of Transportation, HireRight
 

(Room 138 – 139)            

SECURITY TRACK: TSA I-Step Program – Cargo Security

 

(Room 134)    

HR TRACK: Engage and Retain Drivers with Tools for Positive Recognition 

With driver turnover rates at 90%, managers need strategies to keep their best drivers on board. Believe it or not, in-cab video cameras can help. Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based safety cameras capture everything that happens on the road, including all the good driving, which allows you to focus on positive recognition. Not only will your drivers feel appreciated and stay engaged, they will be more likely to stay on your team. Remove the guesswork, keep your best drivers, and coach the rest.

Presenter: Adam Kahn, President, Commercial Fleets

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

(Room 231 – 234)        

SAFETY TRACK: Reviewing, Revising and Updating Processes and Procedures

Join Doug Marcello, Esq. to start from the beginning, ask yourself why your processes are in place, why are they structured in their current form and how can you improve them?  Review the legal implications of current policies and procedures to determine what should be scrubbed to avoid legal follies and prepare your procedures to withstand Reptile questioning. 

Presenter: Doug Marcello, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, Bluewire

 

(Room 138 -139 )             

SECURITY TRACK: TSA I-Step Program – Cargo Security

 

(Room 134)

HR TRACK: ELD Tracking and Driver Sleeping Patterns

Presenter: John Bowlby, Director of Safety, Carbon Express

Join John Bowlby of Carbon Express as he explains what they’ve learned in the 10 years of using ELD’s and how they have helped their drivers remain rested and drive safe. Using data and driver sleeping patterns learn how to track individual drivers to determine their ideal awake hours and when they drive at their peak.

SMC MAB Meeting (closed)

(Room 135)

Chair: Lisa Gonnerman, Transport America

Staff Liaison: Jacob Pierce, American Trucking Associations

TSC MAB Meeting (closed)

(Room 136)

 

Chair: Mark Landry, FedEx Freight

Staff Liaison: Jacob Pierce American Trucking Associations

General Session

(Room 231 – 234)        

Preparing for and Responding to Professional Drivers Entering Areas of Social Unrest

Sponsored by HireRight

General Session II will provide safety and security professionals the knowledge and an understanding of the causes, warning signs and behavioral dynamics of protests and riots. While it is nearly impossible to plan for every situation, there are safety and security measures professional drivers can take when operating in unrest areas. This presentation will focus on a driver’s reaction to the scene and how their employer can prepare them to respond. Additionally, learn tips on avoidance and what to do if your driver encounters any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. 

Concurrent Sessions

(Room 231 - 234)    

SAFETY TRACK: Using Behavioral Economics to Inspire Drivers to follow correct policies/procedures 

Encouraging and inspiring your drivers to follow your policies and procedures is a key element of a successful safety culture. In this session learn how a motor carrier can use behavioral economics to promote safe decisions, safe practices and safe driving. At little to no cost, you can develop non-financial practices that motivate and encourage safety practices.  

Presenter: Doug Marcello, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, Bluewire

 

(Room 138 – 139)            

SECURITY TRACK EDUCATION SESSION 

 

(Room 134)    

HR TRACK: A Springboard for Engagement and Retention using a Community of Learners Approach in Training 

Dr. Gina Anderson, CEO of Luma Brighter Learning, will share how a community of learner approach can be used as a springboard for engagement and retention. Specific research will be provided that supports the wide benefits of student-to-student interactions for the trucking industry. 

Presenter: Dr. Gina Anderson, Co-Founder and CEO, Luma Brighter Learning 
 

Concurrent Sessions

(Room 231 – 234)    

SAFETY TRACK: Is Tech Causing More Risk Than Safety?  

Drivers face a wide variety of technologies daily and how they utilize each can significantly impact the profitability and safety of a fleet.
Cameras provide retrospective (reactive) context. However, benchmarking against data from thousands of fleets using a wide variety of technologies gives a more contextually relevant and predictive view of which drivers manage their choices well and what technology might be a distraction. This panel of experts from insurance carriers, trucking companies, and technology providers will inform attendees on what the data suggests and how you can leverage technology to mitigate risk with a focus on driver retention.

Moderator: George Thellman, Senior Director, Transportation Management Solutions, EOX Vantage

Panelists: 
Chris Carver, Vice President, Insurance Services, SpeedGauge
Tim Chrulski, Chief Operation Officer, Garner Trucking 
Harry Storck, Director, Risk Control, Protective Insurance
    

(Room 138 – 139)            

SECURITY TRACK: Security Professional - Round Table 


(Room 134)    

HR TRACK: Understanding the benefits of Total Worker Health and how it can be paid with pre-tax dollars 

As the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) increases emphasis on its Total Worker Health®, a program that seeks to protect the safety and health of workers and advance their well-being by creating safer and healthier work, along with the worldwide renewed awareness of the importance of preventative healthcare, promoting the health of your employees has never been more important. And because much of our health is determined by what we do on the job and off, a holistic approach benefits us all.

This session takes a holistic view of how to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of employees from work-related incidents by ensuring your employees are at their personal best and healthiest condition possible. Drew Bosen of Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions will provide you with proven practices that integrate workplace solutions that promote the safety and health of drivers and associates while Mike Kestler of Healthcues will showcase the many tools and resources available to promote a healthier lifestyle at no out-of-pocket cost to the employee or the employers. It is a complementary view of employee wellness that is effective, self-funded through Section 125 and available now.

Presenters:

  • Drew Bosen, PT, MBA, Executive Vice President, Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions
  • Mike Kestler, Vice President, Business Development, Healthcues

Concurrent Sessions

(Room 231 – 234)        

SAFETY TRACK: Audits, Investigations, and Compliance Reviews

No motor carrier is immune from investigation, in this session make sure you have the right safety management controls in place. J.J. Keller’s, Richard Malchow will discuss investigation triggers, processes and outcomes with real-life examples of what non-compliance can be mean in terms of audits and potential penalties. Review the latest trends, the impact of COVID-19, six factors of compliance review, investigation scoring, common violations that you can avoid, and best practices to surviving a review or audit.

Presenter: Richard Malchow, Industry Business Advisor, J.J. Keller
    
(Room 138 – 139)            

SECURITY TRACK: Security Professional Round Table

 

(Room 134)            

HR TRACK

                
(Room 132)            

Allied Committee Meeting
Chairperson: Steve Wilhelms, Lee Trans, Inc.
Staff Liaison: Jacob Pierce, American Trucking Associations

Safety & Security Awards Reception and Banquet

Sponsored by Idelic

(500 Ballroom)

Open to all conference attendees, exhibitors and speakers. Everyone is encouraged to attend and recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies being honored this year.

Reception & Entertainment

Awards Banquet and Program

Award Sponsors:  EROAD & Great West Casualty Company

 

 

SMC Regulations Committee Meeting

(Room 138 – 139)

Sponsored by HireRight

Chairperson: Jeff Mercadante, PITT OHIO
Staff Liaison: Dan Horvath, American Trucking Associations
Paul Ruiz, American Trucking Associations 

                                               

Cargo Security Committee

(Room 135)

Chairperson: Chris Harris, ABF Freight  
Staff Liaison: Jacob Pierce, American Trucking Associations