The 2013 Fall Conference was held in Arlington, Virginia, just across the river from our Nation's Capital, October 16 - 18, 2013. We are pleased to report this was the highest attended Conference in CVTA history with 142 members in attendance.
The Conference began with our opening night reception on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. We were honored to have Don Walker, Chief of Staff for Congressman Jimmy Duncan (R-TN 2nd), join us and share a few thoughts from Capitol Hill with the group. As always, the reception provided the members the opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with old friends.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The General Session began with the introduction of CVTA's New Executive Director, Don Lefeve. Don shared a brief overview of his strategic plan for the next few years. All in all, CVTA is headed for some exciting times, and we are all excited about the direction of our association.
Next we held the Awards presentation:
- 2013 Board Member of the Year: Gary Strube, International Schools
- 2013 Member of the Year: Larry Marsh, JTL Truck Driver Training, Inc.
- CVTA Highway Safety Award - This year's inductee: Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
We welcomed several new members and some old friends to the CVTA Family:
- Advanced Training Systems
- American Truck Training
- American Truck Schools
- Continental Truck Driver Training and Education School
- Dart Transit
- Exel, Inc.
- Maines Driver Training Institute
- Partners Financial Services
- Paschall Truck Lines
Top Rookie of the Year: We were also proud to introduce the membership to Kyle Lee, the 2013 Top Rookie of the Year. Mr. Lee attended MTC Truck Driving School and now drives for CVTA Carrier Member, TMC. As a side note, this is the second time a driver from TMC has won this prestigious award.
Mike O'Connell Tribute: The award and plaque presentations were followed by a touching tribute to Mike O'Connell. We thank Mike's children, Kari, Ryan and Erin O'Connell for joining us to celebrate this unique individual's life. We also thank Bruce Busada and Lou Spoonhour for presenting an eloquent tribute to Mike O'Connell.
Ellen Voie of Women in Trucking and Martin Garsee, Past President, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) provided updates on the activities of their associations.
A CVTA favorite, Bob Costello, Chief Economist for American Trucking Associations once again delivered. Bob presented an information-packed presentation on the current trends in the Economy and how it relates to the Trucking Industry.
We were scheduled to have Larry Minor make a presentation on the current activities of FMCSA. Due to the Government shut-down, Mr. Minor was unable to participate in the program. We were very fortunate to have Dave Heller, Director of Safety and Policy of Truckload Carriers Association, join us. Mr. Heller made a robust presentation on current legislative matters facing the industry. We thank Mr. Heller for making himself available on such short notice.
Mr. Heller was followed by Steve Keppler, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, (CVSA). Mr. Keppler provided an Overview of CVSA and spoke of the new program Operation Safe Driver. CVTA and CVSA are working together to supply the schools with materials on Distracted Driving.
The final presentation on Thursday was a panel discussion of John Frey, Lou Spoonhour and Mark Greenberg where they presented an explanation and presentation of the time-line of the Entry Level Driver Training Rulemaking and CVTA's participation in the process. All three gentlemen stressed the importance of getting involved in the various activities in CVTA. We are stronger together than alone.
Friday October 18, 2013
Friday morning began with Deborah Sparks, Vice President of Development for Truckload Carriers Association. Ms. Sparks spoke of the different programs designed to improve the image of the Trucking Industry and the Professional Truck Driver as well. The TCA's Wellness Program, Highway Angel and Wreaths Across America. CVTA has proudly been an active participant in the Wreaths Across America program for the last two years.
Our next presentation by Bob Newman and Deb Rishel, Paradigm Media, provided the group with comprehensive methods to use to market your schools to the press and public. As always, Bob and Deb provided the group with a wealth of useful information.
Last but not least, was a presentation by David Goch and Andrew Dye, Webster, Chamberlain and Bean, outlining the steps taken for a bill to become a law and how we, as schools and individuals, can become involved as a part of the process.
We have received a number of evaluation forms to date. These forms provide us with suggestions for topics for future conferences. We encourage you to download the form and tell us your opinions and ideas. If you did not attend the Conference, we also welcome your suggestions for future presentations. Please take a moment to give us one or two ideas.
CVTA would like to thank all our speakers for their time and effort. You made the Conference the best to date!
We would also like to thank all of our Exhibitors and Sponsors for your continued support and generosity.
Board of Directors:
As it happens every two years, we have a changing of the guard. Cheryl Hanley has completed her two years as Chairman, and we thank her for her hard work. All of us appreciated her cheerful and enthusiastic leadership of CVTA over these last two years.
We are pleased to announce the new Executive Committee:
- John Diab, Smith and Solomon, Chairman
- Gary Strube, International Schools, Vice Chairman
- Stuart Bowman, Paramount Financial, Treasurer
- Cheryl Hanley, United States Truck Driving School, CA, Past Chairman
We thank all of our Executive Committee for being willing to serve and encourage everyone to get involved in CVTA.
Thanks to all who attended, and we hope to see everyone in the Spring 2014. We will be sending information and dates on the Spring Conference shortly. Thank you all for your continued support of CVTA.
Director of Safety and Policy
David Heller is the Director of Safety and Policy for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and is responsible for communicating and interpreting all industry related regulations, safety, legislative and otherwise, to the membership of TCA. He has appeared as a regular on the Dave Nemo show to explain TCA’s position on several key legislative issues and even authors a monthly column for FleetOwner, a national publication pertaining to the trucking industry... Continue reading.
Stephen A. Keppler
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
Mr. Keppler has 21 years of experience in the transportation industry, almost all of which has been dedicated to truck and bus safety and security.
He has been employed with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) since March of 2000. In August of 2010 he was appointed to the position of Executive Director. The CVSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established to promote an environment free of commercial vehicle accidents and incidents. Its mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers, which is accomplished by establishing effective transportation safety standards for motor carriers, drivers, vehicles, and inspectors through compliance, education, training, and enforcement programs... Continue reading.
Chief Ecconomist & Vice President
American Trucking Associations (ATA)
President and CEO
Women In Trucking
Ellen Voie founded the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, and currently serves as the nonprofit organization's President/CEO. Women In Trucking was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members.
Ellen's prior role was the Manager of Retention and Recruiting Programs at Schneider National, Inc., North America's largest truckload carrier. She was responsible for creating corporate level programs to encourage non-traditional groups to consider careers in the trucking industry and designed initiatives to eliminate (or reduce) irritants that lead to driver dissatisfaction, which ultimately affects turnover. Ellen was also responsible for communication to drivers... Continue Reading.
David P. Goch
Webster Chamberlain and Bean
David Goch has represented numerous clients before the US Congress on legislative matters ranging from health care, to commercial law issues, electronic payment issues, transportation and privacy.
Mr. Goch also oversees the firm's state charitable solicitation registration program.
Mr. Goch participates in standards writing efforts with the American National Standards Institute and through the International Standards Organization ("ISO") as a US delegate for manufactured goods... Continue reading.
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
Andrew Dye is part of our governmental relations and legal team at Webster, Chamberlain & Bean. Andrew has held several jobs on the Hill involving Government Relations, including as a Staff Assistant for Congressman Denny Rehberg and as a fundraiser and government liaison for the Friends of the National Arboretum. He received his J.D. from Suffolk Law School in Boston, MA and clerked at the Board of Zoning Appeal while attending law school. He will be monitoring all legislative activity on the Hill and is looking forward to working with members of CVTA to further their ability to train students.
Truckers Against Trafficking
Kendis Paris is the executive director and co-founder of Truckers Against Trafficking, a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. She’s been involved in fighting human trafficking since 2008, when, as one of her initial efforts, she co-coordinated a national Human Trafficking Awareness Conference in Denver, Colorado. Afterward, she co-founded Colorado’s Volunteer Network to End Human Trafficking to mobilize anti-trafficking volunteers in her state. In January 2013, she became an Ashoka fellow, and is also a board member of Denver Metro Crimestoppers.
Vice President of Development
Truckload Carriers Association (TCA)
Deborah “Debbie” Sparks is the vice president of development for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). Prior to joining TCA in December 2006, she was the director of marketing for the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Ms. Sparks assumed those duties in March 2001.
Ms. Sparks was raised in the Washington, D.C., area and educated in the public school system. She attended Loyola College, a private Jesuit college, for her undergraduate degree.
From 2001 until she assumed her duties with ATA, Ms. Sparks worked and survived the .com crash as an employee of Kinkos.com. There, she worked to bring all 2,400 stores online to support the ever-growing SOHO (small office / home office) market.
Ms. Sparks served as the vice president of the board of directors for Women In Trucking for its first two critical years as well as the secretary/treasurer of the Women In Trucking Scholarship Fund. In addition, she manages the TCA Scholarship Fund and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives.
Deb manages the strategic direction of Paradigm, along with each of its subsidiaries. She has used her extensive background & experience at design firms, advertising agencies and other Fortune 500 companies to exponentially grow our company since she took the reigns in 2002.
Prior to Paradigm, Deb spent 8 years at Dow AgroSciences, a division of Dow Chemical Company. She was involved in the convergence of Eli Lilly and Dow Chemical products into a newly developed Dow AgroScience identity and package design. After accomplishing those tasks she moved onto managing the Purchasing Department and all the marketing and advertising vendor relationships used by the marketing teams.
Before joining Dow AgroSciences, Deb was Art Director at a longstanding major advertising agency in Indianapolis, Handley Miller & Assoc. She worked on major national and regional accounts such as AT&T, Indiana Bell, Hardees and other non profit organizations in Indianapolis... Continue Reading.
Senior Vice President/Owner
Bob orchestrates the integrated marketing plans for each of our clients. With over 25 years experience in education marketing & lead generation, his expertise lies in developing strategies to effectively help our clients enroll a greater number of students at a lower cost.
Bob learned early on in his career that being a successful marketing agency meant you needed to do more than just generate leads for your clients. He knew that you needed to help your clients generate business, and began developing a marketing and sales training system that helped clients identify the most effective outlets for their advertising dollars backed with a lead nurturing campaigns that turned their prospective students into successful graduates... Continue reading.
Program Director - Transportation, Houston Community College
Past President, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools
Martin became President of NAPFTDS, March 2011 and has been involved on the Board since 2001.
He is an experienced professional in the field of transportation and has 20+ years of experience at different levels with the Houston Community College and is currently the Director of Transportation Training. He has written and managed a $400,000 skills development grant for the training of over 350 students in the trucking industry... Continue reading.
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