Past Conference Speakers


Lana R. Batts

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 in the trucking industry (2001 to present) ( 

From 1994 to 2000, she was the President of the Truckload Carriers Association (  While at the Truckload Carriers Association, she led the successful turn around of the Professional Truck Driver Institute ( and established the Truckload Academy (


Ian R. Leavengood

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 for the Honorable Justice Ben F. Overton of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. After receiving his Juris Doctor in the spring of 2000, Ian went to Manhattan where he joined Deloitte's Special Acquisition Services, a team that exclusively serviced all merger and acquisition activity for the leveraged buyout firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts. Ian returned to St. Petersburg in the summer of 2003 to join and help expand the firm you see today.


Aaron D. Lacey

Aaron D. Lacey, Partner
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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 manner that is both efficient and cost effective.


Mitchell N. Roth

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 is a frequent lecturer on legal issues affecting the direct marketing industry.

Mr. Roth has also gained experience in counseling private colleges and universities on compliance with the Department of Education’s Program Integrity regulations, specifically those pertaining to Gainful Employment, Placement Verification, Prohibited Misrepresentations and Incentive Compensation.  Mr. Roth also oversees the Firm’s Business Immigration practice group where he advises clients in connection with their business immigration matters. He is experienced in assisting his clients with obtaining nonimmigrant visas, such as H-1Bs, L-1s, E-2s, etc., as well as assisting his clients in obtaining U.S. permanent residence through employment.


Andrew Dye

 Governmental Relations

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.


David Heller

Dave HellerDirector of Safety and Policy

Truckload Carriers Association

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.

Prior to his tenure at TCA, David spent six years with the American Trucking Associations, in the trucking safety arena, and focused on programs such as the National Truck Driving Championships and the establishment of safe driving programs for motor carrier members. 

While employed with ATA, David earned his certification from the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) as a Certified Director of Safety (CDS).  David also serves as the Director for the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI).  He is currently an active member of the ATA Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council and involved in several committees and working groups within the Council.


Martin Garsee

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.

Martin achieved a Master’s Degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas in 2009. He is passionate about the National Association of Publicly funded Truck Driving Schools; as well as a member and participant on several committees with the Texas Motor Transportation Association; a member of the Gulf Coast Fleet Maintenance Council and is a licensed instructor for Drive Safe Defensive Driving. He was also a past chairman of the Board for Harvest Christian Academy.

Martin lives in League City, Texas with his wife, Debra, has a daughter, son and a 4 year old grandson.