Past Conference Speakers


Mike Hanisch

Tenstreet LLC

Mike Hanisch is an executive with over 27+ years experience in recruiting, safety and retention consultation.  Mike’s innovation created Tenstreet’s flagship solution IntelliApp; which streamlined, optimized and assisted an under-served need for recruiting within the transportation industry.  Mike’s fortitude and entrepreneurial spirit led to additional solutions such as Xchange and Xpress, which helped companies connect using efficient software solutions that maximize time, money and labor resources.  Today, Mike continues to set groundbreaking initiatives for Tenstreet by listening to his clients, having an awareness for the market and promoting his expertise in helping companies hire better drivers faster.


J.J. Dacanay III

J.J. Dacanay III is the CEO/President of A.C.E. (Advanced Concepts and Engineering) Group solutions.  J.J. was invited to the White House in 2012 to talk about the future of 4G and 5G networks /applications and invited again in 2013 to participate in the White House’s Open Data Initiative.  He has been interviewed by Asian Fortune on his thoughts on the state of federal and commercial business growth (2012).   J.J. delivered the second-largest Salesforce implementation for Time Warner Cable – Business Class,  worked on hybrid terrestrial / satellite networks for Terrestar Networks, the European launch of the Xbox Live platform, and one the first live intercarrier  SMS platform for DOVE soap’s Time Square wrinkled or wonderful campaign.   J.J. holds a BA in Political Science from La Salle University.   J.J. has always had a “Carpe Diem” approach to both life and work which he shares with his wife and two children.


Charles A. Horan III

Charles A. Horan III (Chuck)
Director Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards

After a 25 year career with the United States Air Force, Mr. Horan joined the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2000.  He has held two key management positions during his ten years with the Agency.  First, as the Director of Enforcement and currently, as the Director Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards.  As the Director, Mr. Horan is responsible for developing and promoting national motor carrier safety program goals, priorities and initiatives; provides technical expertise and advice in the development and deployment of motor carrier safety programs, including the development of regulations.  He determines national motor carrier safety operational program requirements, standards, and procedures for vehicle and roadside operations, driver and carrier operations, and bus safety.


Rim Yurkus

Rim Yurkus, CEO and Co-founder of Strategic Programs, Inc. earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois, Circle Campus. He completed graduate studies in statistics for Behavioral Sciences and Communications, and began his career in marketing research.

In 1988, Rim co-founded Strategic Programs, the first research firm to provide computerized 360 assessments for individuals and organizations. With three client organizations in the mid-1990s, he launched a three-year research and development project to design a process for capturing employee exit data in sufficient quantities that researchers could drill down to subpopulations and the results would remain statistically significant for making reliable business decisions. He also pioneered the development of a methodology to guarantee retention results by using a shared risk model.  This state of the art consultative model for reducing turnover, with a measurable return on investment, has been beta tested and proven successful for Lease Purchase Programs.


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.