*All Times are in Eastern Time (EDT)*


Monday, May 22, 2017

10:00 a.m.
Golf Shotgun Scramble
11:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Biltmore Tour
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

The Secrets of Generation Flux

Robert Safian - Editor and Managing Director, Fast Company Magazine

As modern business changes, including the current disruptions taking place in trucking, it’s more crucial than ever to recruit, empower and invest in people who thrive in situations of disruption to stay ahead. But how? Robert Safian, editor of Fast Company Magazine, is joining us to provide insight on staying at the forefront of an ever-changing world.

5:30 - 7: 00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Connect with some of the top fleets in the nation. Grab a drink with the best and brightest of the trucking industry to start the event off on the right foot!
7 - 9:30 p.m.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Economic Outlook

William Strauss, CBE - Senior Economist and Economic Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

How will President Trump’s economic policy affect your business and the trucking industry as a whole? Economist William Strauss, a 35-year veteran of the Federal Reserve, will share his thoughts on how you can be prepared.

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Regulatory Readiness

Larry Minor - Associate Administrator for Policy, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Business/Management Session

The pace of regulatory activity is likely to slow during the Trump administration. This session will cover pending rules might get thrown out and those that will survive that could impact your business operations.

Maintenance Practices to Lower CSA Scores

Tom Fallon - Director of Safety and Training, Ryder

Equipment/Maintenance Session

Tires, brakes and lights are the most commonly cited violations in CSA's Equipment Maintenance BASIC, opening the door to high CSA scores. Get a handle on the basics to reduce exposure to roadside inspections and the consequences they bear.

Data Mining in Fleet Maintenance

Jeff Seibenhener and Gerry Mead - Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Maintenance, U.S. Xpress

Safety/Technology Session

Maintenance and technology executives from U.S. Xpress will show how they have reduced equipment repair downtime by 50%, increased asset utilization and generated millions in extra revenue, through mining data from advanced technology.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Reaching Millennials

Seth Becker - Director of Business Services, Randall-Reilly

Business/Management Session

As the truck driver population continues to age, fleet recruiters must turn to younger drivers. Learn from the former director of recruiting at Knight Transportation on ways to build a responsive workplace culture that attracts and retains the next generation of driver candidates.

Making the Most of Remote Diagnostics

Kenneth Calhoun - Vice President of Customer Relations, Truck Centers of Arkansas

Equipment/Maintenance Session

Remote diagnostics are showing substantial up time improvement through a 70% reduction in diagnostic time, a 20% reduction in repair time, 25% increased shop efficiency and an hour faster check-in times at service providers. This session provides a cost/benefit analysis of OEM remote diagnostic software.

Driver Onboarding

Shelley Mundy - Director of Recruiting and Retention, Cargo Transporters

Safety/Technology Session

On average, 33% of drivers leave their carriers within the first 90 days, and an additional 22% quit within 180 days. Studies show that by successfully implementing driver-focused onboarding strategies, fleets can reduce driver turnover up to 75%. Cargo Transporters will demonstrate technology it uses to successfully onboard new drivers and reduce early turnover.

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Moderated Peer to Peer Dialogue

This unique session offers attendees the opportunity to share best practices and hear from other fleets around topics discussed in the breakout sessions.

11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Speaker:

Kevin Burch - Chairman, American Trucking Association

12:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Supplier One-on-Ones

Attendees will have the opportunity from 12:45-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday to interact with industry suppliers in one of the various settings we have available. Take a tour through our supplier interaction hall for a broad understanding of their offerings, or meet with individual representatives in a one-on-one setting where you determine the topic!

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Game Changers: New Equipment Tech Could Improve Safety and Efficiency

As recently as last year, most experts believed that autonomous trucking was decades away.  Recent developments indicate that this massive disruption to freight movement could happen, at least to some degree, inside the next five years.  This panel will host leading manufacturers and progressive early fleet adopters in a discussion of the reality and advantages of leveraging this technology sooner rather than later.


Richard Bishop - Principal, Bishop Consulting

Dave Lyons - Chief Innovation Officer, Peloton Technology, Inc.

Max Fuller - Executive Chairman, U.S. Xpress

Mike McHorse - On-Highway Product Marketing Manager, Freightliner Trucks

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

The View from Washington

Karl Rove - Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff

How will the new administration impact infrastructure and your company’s place in it? Karl Rove will be joining us to provide his insights on what everyone in the trucking industry can expect from the next four years.

5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
Reception with Karl Rove

Relax after a day full of content and connect with other top fleet owners over a drink! Karl Rove will also be hosting a book signing during this time.


6:00 - 10:15 p.m.
Explore Downtown Asheville

Explore and enjoy the beautiful area of downtown Asheville, full of great restaurants and activities, such as museums, breweries and nightlife! Shuttle service will be offered from the Omni Grove Park Inn to downtown Asheville in 30 minute intervals until 10:15 p.m.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Digital Recruiting Trends

Julie Arsenault - Vice President of Marketing, Randall-Reilly

Business/Management Session

What trends are disrupting your driver recruiting? As drivers adopt personal technology, fleets must adapt their recruiting techniques to the ever-changing advertising landscape. Gain practical next steps that you can implement right away for a competitive advantage.

Lowering Maintenance Costs Through Outsourcing Strategies

Bobby Hutchison - Director of Maintenance, Red Classic

Equipment/Maintenance Session

Fleets often spend in excess of $100,000 a year on technician training. Lower your overhead costs and increase uptime by developing a strategy to outsource larger repairs.

Automated Driver Training

Curt Valkovic - Director of Driver Training, Maverick Transportation

Safety/Technology Session

Statistics show that driver performance improves by more than 40%, on average, after coaching. Discover how the latest technology makes it possible to deliver automatic in-cab audio and visual alerts to the driver and give him or her the opportunity to instantly correct behaviors.

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Implementing Low-Viscosity Oils

Glen McDonald - Director of Maintenance, Ozark Motor Lines

Equipment/Maintenance Session

A recent NACFE study shows that Class 8 over-the-road fleets can realistically expect fuel savings in the range of 0.5% to 1.5% when switching from 15W-40 to 5W/10W-30 engine oil, without engine degradation. Hear from the Director of Maintenance at Ozark Motor Lines, Glen McDonald, on his success with lower viscosity oils.

Driver Mobile Apps

Clay Holmes - Chief Information Officer, Cardinal Logistics and Greatwide Transportation

Safety/Technology Session

Smartphones, tablets and mobile apps give fleets new opportunities to stay connected with drivers using new data capture and workflow tools that can change the paradigm of fleet management. Learn how a custom mobile application can increase efficiency, save you money and improve customer service and driver retention.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Stake Your Claim: E-Commerce and Uberization Offer New Opportunities

Autonomous trucks aren’t the only things transforming the way freight is moved.  New strategies such as the “Uberization” of freight are also disrupting the landscape.  This panel, moderated by freight movement expert Steve Sashihara, will explore these strategies with fleets already moving in that direction.


Steve Sashihara - Co-Founder and CEO, Princeton Consultants

Scott Perry - Chief Technology & Procurement Officer, Ryder Global Fleet Management Solutions