2014 Spring Conference

April 23 ~ 25 (Wed. ~ Fri.) 2014

This Spring the CVTA Spring Conference will be in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.

CVTA Election

We have two School Member seats, two Associate Member seats and two Carrier Member Seats are available for election at the 2014 Spring Conference in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

We now have many applications in, and we appreciate those who have stepped up to apply for the positions. Please click here to read our official announcement. (Members Only)


We are delighted to announce that Larry Minor, FMCSA will be speaking at our conference. In addition to Mr. Minor, we will have presentations on subjects including but not limited to; Surviving a DOT Audit, Background Checks - Are You in Compliance, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to name just a few.

Larry Minor
Associate Administrator for Policy

Larry Minor is FMCSA’s Associate Administrator for Policy. His office is responsible for strategic planning, program evaluation, and safety regulations concerning driver qualifications and training, hours of service for truck and bus drivers, and inspection, repair and maintenance programs for commercial motor vehicles. He began his Federal career in 1989 as a Mechanical Engineer responsible for developing truck and bus safety regulations for the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Motor Carriers. He served as Chief of the Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division from 1999 through February 2005, and Director of the Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations from 2005 to July 2007, when he was appointed Associate Administrator for Policy. He holds a B.S. in Physics from American University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University.

Lana Batts
Driver IQ

Lana R. Batts has almost four decades of experience in the trucking industry. She is widely quoted in the trade press and is a sought after public speaker, know for her sharp insights and quick wit on the state of the trucking industry.

Currently, she is the co-President of Driver iQ, a full-service background screening company the specializes in the trucking industry (2010 to present) (

She is also a partner of Transport Capital Partners, LLC, a mergers and acquisition firm that specializes... Continue reading.

Aaron D. Lacey
Thompson Coburn LLP

An experienced higher education attorney, with time served both as outside and in-house counsel, Aaron's practice is dedicated entirely to assisting postsecondary institutions and their partners to advance their educational and operational objectives while navigating complex regulatory environments.  The former Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Strategic Development for Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc., Aaron deeply appreciates the ever-increasing regulatory considerations that affect the day-to-day operations of postsecondary institutions, and the practical challenges associated with managing such considerations in a... Continue reading.


Ian R. Leavengood
Leaven-good, Dauval & Boyle, P.A.

Attorney Leavengood has received the AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is the managing shareholder at LeavenLaw and is dedicated to serving consumers throughout the State of Florida.

Ian is a native Floridian, born and raised in St. Petersburg. After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master's degrees in Accounting from the University of Florida, Ian worked as an internal business consultant for The Procter & Gamble Distributing Company. Ian returned to the University of Florida, entering the Levin College of Law in the fall of 1997. During his second stint at UF, Ian served as a Judicial Extern... Continue reading.

Mitchell N. Roth
Roth Doner Jackson, plc

Mitchell N. Roth is a partner at roth doner jackson, plc.  He is nationally recognized for his experience with state and federal direct marketing laws. He counsels clients on developing effective marketing strategies to ensure compliance with telemarketing, email, fax, direct mail and internet marketing laws. He also has significant experience in defending clients in nation-wide class action lawsuits arising out of alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as well as enforcement actions initiated by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general alleging violations of marketing laws. Mr. Roth works closely with several national trade associations in advising them and their members on compliance with marketing and privacy laws and... Continue reading.


Brian Stout
Vice President of Operations
Transportation Compliance Service USA

Brian Stout is the senior executive responsible for the overall management of a transportation safety and security consulting firm which fields former law enforcement agents specializing in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Mr. Stout consults in matters of security, safety, and federal law including the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, and the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Their operation covers multiple states and jurisdictions, includes international clients, and has a high standard of professional and ethical conduct.

Matt WrobelMatthew J. Wrobel
Vice President, Business Development and Enterprise Sales

MMatt has held many positions since beginning his career with Foley Carrier Services in 1997 as an entry level customer service rep.  In his current role as Vice-President of Business Development and Enterprise Sales, Wrobel is responsible for building relationships with strategic industry partners and industry associations as well as utilizing his skills and vast industry experience  implement compliance and safety programs in large organizations.  Immediately prior to this role Matt served as the Vice President of Sales where he built and managed an inside... Continue reading.

Special Events at the 2014 Spring Conference

We have put together some unique events to coincide with our Spring Meeting in St. Petersburg Florida. Here are the events.

Offshore and Inshore Fishing – Wednesday April 23rd:

Prepare for a fantastic day of fishing with professional guides and top of the line fishing boats in beautiful Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “This time of year is the absolute height of Florida’s fishing all year”, says Captain Chris Wiggins who will be planning the event. “Not only is the weather generally perfect, but the bi-annual migration of King Mackerel occurs just off of the beaches and to get there and back, we will have to run through some of the best areas for catching inshore species such as Redfish and Snook.” King mackerel are among the most sought-after game fish throughout their range from North Carolina to Texas. Known throughout the sport fishing world for their blistering runs, the king mackerel matches its distant relative, the wahoo, in speed. We will add to the fun by having a photo/release competition between all the CVTA participants and a slide show later in the conference.

The plan: On Wednesday April 23rd, we will leave Demen’s Landing at 7 AM and return by 1:00 PM. We will plan for 3 people per boat and provide Cuban sandwiches and drinks. The cost per angler is $200.00 and it is appropriate to tip the Captain of each boat about $20 per angler.

Golf – Friday April 25th:

If you want to wind down after the meeting, we will have an informal golf outing at the beautiful Isla Del Sol Golf Course near the Gulf Beaches on Friday April 25th. It’s a small, pretty course on the water and the cost is only $100 per player and includes a bag lunch and round trip transportation. We plan to board the bus at 12:30 P.M. Friday with staggered start times on the front and back starting at 1:00 PM. After the game we will transport you back to the hotel in time for dinner. More information.

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

Hilton St. Petersburg
333 1st St S
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701

TEL: 727-894-5000
FAX: 727-823-4797

Enjoy your stay in the heart of the waterfront district at this downtown St Petersburg, FL hotel. The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront is perfectly located for easy access to the Dali Museum, the Mahaffey Theater, the Chihuly Collection and the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts.

The downtown St. Pete, Florida hotel offers an onsite Starbucks, allowing you to enjoy your favorite coffee. Go to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game at Tropicana Field a few blocks away, or watch a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at Raymond James stadium, located just 20 minutes from our bayside Tampa/St. Pete hotel. Explore Fort De Soto known for white sand beaches and peaceful setting away from the traffic and noise.

Swim laps in the heated outdoor pool and unwind in the whirlpool spa, set in a tropical landscaped courtyard. Re-energize in the fully equipped fitness center with Precor equipment. For regional favorites with a twist, dine in this St. Petersburg hotel’s onsite restaurant, Tangerine. Host your working lunch in one of the private dining rooms and enjoy local cuisine with a view overlooking the outdoor pool courtyard.