Apr 1, 2010 12:00 PM
Economy, CSA 2010 top annual conference agenda
NATIONAL Tank Truck Carriers members are returning to one of their favorite cities — Chicago, Illinois — for the association's 62nd Annual Conference and Tank Truck Equipment Show May 10-12. On tap is an agenda packed with the latest economic outlook and how the industry will be impacted by the new Comprehensive Safety Assessment 2010 program.
“Chicago is always a gracious host for our NTTC Annual Conference and Equipment Show, and I am confident our attendees will again enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the city, as well as a full agenda of speakers and issues,” says John Conley, NTTC president. “We are hearing rumblings of an increase in demand for tank truck services, and we will provide information our members can use as their markets return.”
NTTC turns to former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Transportation Samuel K Skinner for the keynote address that will open the business sessions for this year's annual conference. A life-long Chicagoan, Secretary Skinner built a distinguished career in the public and private sectors.
He currently serves as counsel to the law firm of GreenbergTraurig, where he consults with clients in a variety of areas, including strategizing on complex legal matters, state and federal regulatory issues, transportation issues, and corporate governance. Secretary Skinner is the retired president, chairman, and CEO of USF Corporation, a leading transportation and logistics provider. He served from 1993 to 1998 as president of Commonwealth Edison Co and its holding company Unicom Corp, one of the largest US utilities.
Secretary Skinner served as chief of staff to President George H W Bush from 1991-1992. Prior to that, he spent three years as President Bush's Secretary of Transportation.
In a phrase, Secretary Skinner has “been there, done that.” He will offer NTTC members a unique insider perspective on the Chicago contingent currently occupying the White House.
NTTC members will hear from the American Trucking Associations' Chief Economist Bob Costello, who will present his — hopefully more upbeat — Trucking Industry Economic Report. Costello manages ATA's collection, analysis, and dissemination of trucking economic information, and he conducts economic analyses of proposed regulations and legislation affecting the trucking industry.
A seismic is coming with regard to the way the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducts safety enforcement for the trucking industry. Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 launches in November. Three speakers — Tom Bray, J J Keller and Associates; Jim Angel, PeopleNet; and Greg Feary, Scopeliitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary PC — will discuss what tank fleet executives should do to prepare for CSA 2010.
Other seminar topics and presenters are scheduled, and will include:
How a Major Financial Institution Evaluates Tank Truck Carriers, David Thomas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Overcoming Management's “Greatest Sins” in Recovery, Duff Swain, Trincon.
Building Alliances to Strengthen Shipper Loyalty, Paul Little, Logistics Safety Solutions Ind (Rohm & Haas retired).
The convention begins Monday, May 10 with registration and the equipment show opening at 3 pm through 6 pm. Tuesday's events include the opening breakfast at 8 am with the keynote speaker followed by exhibits at 9:30 am and general session at 11 am. Following lunch at 12:30 pm, exhibits close at 1:30 pm. The Chairman's reception gets underway at 5 pm.
Wednesday activities are highlighted by the Safety Awards Breakfast that begins at 8 am. Exhibits are available from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm. The general session begins at 11 am. In the afternoon, the membership and board of directors meeting is set for 1:30 pm. At 6 pm, the conference concludes with the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry Reception.
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