Great West Casualty Trucking Leadership Symposium

Our Annual Trucking Leadership Symposium will be held on April 16-17 at the Conrad Indianapolis Hilton in Indianapolis, Indiana.truck-symposiuma
Thursday, April 16, 2015

8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Safety Roundtable
The Safety Roundtable is designed for transportation professionals to share their experiences and ask others how they approach issues of concern.

11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Courtesy of Great West Casualty Company)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Lessons from the Future for Trucking & Transportation – GLEN HIEMSTRA,
From flying drones to driverless vehicles, we want to know what is the real future of trucking and transportation. Glen Hiemstra of will present an informative and entertaining keynote program on trends shaping our future and the opportunities we have to create a preferred future. Glen will explore key issues – demographic, technological, economic, energy related, and more – that, if anticipated and dealt with creatively, can make our businesses sustainable for the long term. Glen presents the mental models and practices that can lead to a successful future vision.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Economic Update on the Trucking Industry & Outlook – ERIC STARKS, FTR & Associates
Hear from FTR’s thought leader, Eric Starks, as he explores the current economic environment and what it means for the trucking industry. This session will also look at the outlook for truck freight, rates, capacity, regulations, driver shortage, and much more. This is a session you do not want to miss.

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Recruiting and Operations Alignment: Getting the Driver Relationship in the Right Gear – HOLLY McCORMICK, Groendyke Transport
Learn about the key “tells” from driver feedback data.  Discover the common mistakes made by recruiters and how to match expectations from the beginning of the employment relationship.

4:45 p.m. Closing Comments and Reception

Friday, April 17, 2015

7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast (Courtesy of Great West Casualty Company)

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Driving Future Fleet Safety Through Telematics and Mobility
Telematics adoption is rising rapidly throughout trucking. Historically fleets have implemented for efficiency purposes. Speakers will discuss how the new frontier of telematics is focused on fleet safety. Come hear the latest tools and technology that are being introduced to help fleets become more safe and compliant. Also learn what is next on the horizon.

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. How Good Cases Go Bad – How To Avoid Being Bitten By The Snake
MARK A. BARBER, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
This presentation will explore some common problems that arise during the deposition of the trucking company’s representative.  In particular, it will cover how the new “reptile” theory of damages is being used by Plaintiff’s attorneys to attack the company both at the deposition stage and at trial.  The reptile damage theory has revolutionized litigation in trucking cases and has led to an astonishing number of huge verdicts.  Many of these cases were originally defensible, but became indefensible due to mistakes made during the deposition of the company representative. This presentation will explain how the plaintiff’s bar is using the reptile damage strategy, the most common avenues of attack, and what can be done to defend against these techniques.

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. The Latest on Truck Safety Regulations – What’s Happening, What’s Next, and Why – ROB ABBOTT, American Trucking Associations
Experts from the American Trucking Associations Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy team will discuss changing rules, what to expect next, and the political forces driving trucking industry issues in the Nation’s Capital.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker – MIKE DURANT, Author
The story of Black Hawk Down is a tense one, but Durant turned his experiences into a powerful story of survival and motivation. He talks vividly about his experience as a soldier and as a hostage and what it has taught him about being an American and a leader. Durant takes the unique lessons he learned and turns them into compelling insights for personal and professional growth and shows how individuals can succeed through better planning, motivation, and adaptation despite the obstacles they may encounter. An inspirational speaker, he illustrates the power of teamwork, leadership, and change through awe-inspiring stories, captivating visuals, and heart-racing accounts of life in the line of fire. View Video