Past Conference Speakers

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Clay Aaron

ClayAaron.jpgClay Aaron

President
Stevens Transport

Clay graduated ASU Arizona State with a degree in business and finance. Joined the family business upon college graduation. Very active in charity organizations and has served on several boards throughout the Dallas Metroplex.

Clay is a driving factor behind much of Stevens Transport success and a true leader within the transportation industry.

Clay enjoys golfing, spending time with family.

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F. Michael Reilly

Mike-Reilley.jpgF. Michael Reilly
Chairman / President / Chief Executive Officer
Randall-Reilly

F. Michael Reilly is Randall-Reilly’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. Under Reilly’s leadership, the company has experienced phenomenal growth reaching more than $75 million in revenue and employing more than 400 associates at offices in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Chicago, Ill., Charlotte, N.C., and Milwaukee, Wis. Reilly’s strategic vision has transformed the company from a small business-to-business publishing firm into an innovative media and business information company.

During his more than 30-year career with the company, Reilly’s strategic vision has led to numerous start ups and acquisitions which have strengthened the company’s platforms in the construction, trucking and industrial sectors.

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Larry Minor

Larry Minor
Associate Administrator for Policy
FMCSA

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.

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David J. Osiecki

DaveOsieckiDavid J. Osiecki (Dave) is the Executive Vice President and Chief of National Advocacy at the American Trucking Associations, based in Arlington, VA. In this capacity, Dave is responsible for overseeing ATA’s policy development and regulatory advocacy on a host of trucking issues, including fuel/energy issues, environmental requirements, labor, safety and security rules, as well as truck size & weight limits. Dave is also responsible for managing a staff of policy and regulatory experts, and is often called on to represent ATA and the trucking industry at government hearings and industry events..

Prior to his promotion as Executive Vice President, Dave was the Senior Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Vice President of Safety for ATA and, before that, Executive Director of the ATA Intermodal Conference.

Dave came to the ATA in 1996 with almost ten years of motor carrier safety experience with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Motor Carriers (OMC). At DOT, he held several different positions involving compliance & enforcement functions, as well as program, policy, and regulation development.

Dave is a native of Reading, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dave is married with two sons.

 

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Matthew J. Wrobel

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

Matt 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 sales team of more than 50 representatives who would enroll more than 10,000 carriers, of all sizes, into Foley Carrier Services compliance programs.  Matt became a Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator (C-SAPA) in 2000. He has conducted  hundreds of training sessions, seminars and speaking engagements across the country and is currently on the Government Relations Committee for the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA).

Matt has been married to his wife Beth, a Connecticut Elementary School Teacher, for nearly 10 years and they reside in Colchester, CT with their 8 year old daughter, Avery, and their energetic Black Lab, Shadow.

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Kendis Paris

Kendis Paris
National Director
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.

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Bob Costello

Bob CostelloBob Costello
Chief Ecconomist & Vice President
American Trucking Associations (ATA)

Bob Costello is the Chief Economist and Vice President for the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the national trade association for the trucking industry. As Chief Economist, he manages all of ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information. This includes several monthly trucking economic indicators, motor carrier financial and operating data, an annual freight transportation forecast, driver wage studies, weekly diesel fuel price and economic reports, and a yearly trucking almanac.  Bob also conducts economic analyses of proposed regulations and legislation affecting the trucking industry.

Bob is often cited in the news media as an expert on trucking economics, including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, CNBC, FOX Business Channel, and National Public Radio.