SMALL FLEET & OWNER-OPERATOR
SUMMIT

JUNE 9, 2021 // VIRTUAL EVENT

Drivers unite! You’re the backbone of this industry and the people that keep shelves stocked across the country. In addition to being a driver, you’re also a business owner, managing your own books day-in and day-out. This one-day virtual summit is designed to provide you with the knowledge and insights to improve your operations. Hear from other owner-operators and safety personnel who can help you keep your truck in tip-top shape, ready for the challenges that the road will always present. 

LIVE EVENT REPLAYS

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Welcome

6/9/21 9:00 am

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Tim Dooner
FreightCaster
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Michael Vincent
Freightcaster
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio

Keynote: How technology is changing the game for owner operators

6/9/21 9:05 am

The owner operator conference is about the business of becoming an owner operator and growing into more than one truck. Being a driver and running your own operation is different. You need to have or create the attitude and skill sets of an entrepreneur. You are responsible for your destiny. Today, we'll be discussing the skills you need to survive and thrive in the business of trucking.

Rob Estes
President
Estes Express Lines
Speaker Bio
George Abernathy
President
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio

Fuller Speed Ahead: An Outlook of Growth at Forward Air

6/9/21 9:30 am

Forward Air predicts a bright outlook for 2021 and beyond. Chief People Officer Kyle Mitchin discusses how the Company’s rapid growth and investments are creating opportunities for its vast team of capacity and fleet partners.

Craig Fuller
Founder and CEO
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Kyle Mitchin
Chief People Officer
Forward Air
Speaker Bio

Fireside chat: How the CVTA is advocating for driver training programs

6/9/21 10:10 am

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association’s new president and CEO, Bailey Wood, discusses why it was important for him to serve the transportation industry, the steps the CVTA is taking to prepare states for the ELDT regulation coming in February and the importance of removing the interstate commerce restriction on 18 to 20 year old drivers.

Bailey Wood
President and CEO
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
Speaker Bio
Grace Sharkey
Staff Writer
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio

Fireside Chat: OOIDA looks at the new regulatory landscape

6/9/21 10:25 am

Lewie Pugh is a former behind-the-wheel trucker who now works for the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association, the largest trade group representing owner operators. In this fireside chat with editor at large John Kingston, Pugh discusses a wide range of topics that OOIDA has its eye on, particularly where independent owner operators might be impacted by existing or potential regulations that come out of the Biden administration. Among them: OOIDA's long-time dismissal of the whole concept of a "driver shortage."

Lewie Pugh
Vice President
OOIDA
Speaker Bio
John Kingston
Executive Editor and Oil Market Expert
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio

Fireside Chat: What I wish I knew before becoming an Owner Operator

6/9/21 10:40 am

Entrepreneurship is a challenge in any industry and starting your own trucking empire is not an easy task. Often it starts with that first truck. It's all about learning what you don't know you don't know. Paying attention to the fine details and numbers is the key though.

Wayne Cragg
Former Owner-Operator
Speaker Bio
Josue Ramos
Owner
J and R Transfer LLC
Speaker Bio

Tech in action: Affordable Business and Personal Coverage designed for Owner-Operators

6/9/21 11:05 am

TrueNorth’s specialists, Tyler Menhusen and Alysha Brown, share all about the business and personal coverages available to owner-operators and their families through the Independent Advantage and TrueChoices platforms. Learn about dental, vision, health, physical damage, non-trucking, and so much more! All the things drivers need to get them on the road safely.

Alysha Brown
TrueChoices Team Leader
TrueNorth Transportation
Speaker Bio
Tyler Menhusen
Independent Advantage Team Leader
TrueNorth Transportation
Speaker Bio

Cyberly: Marketing and website design for small fleets and owner operators

6/9/21 11:15 am

Fleet owners face the near-impossible task of starting a business while competing with behemoths. You’re wearing multiple hats, trying to run your business, get customers, learn all of the new tech coming into the space, and now you’ve gotta build a website and market yourself too? It can seem daunting. But in this segment, Blythe Brumleve of Digital Dispatch is going to break down the must-have website and marketing tactics every fleet owner needs in their digital survival kit.

Fireside Chat: Why small fleets and owner-operators are finally getting respect

6/9/21 11:30 am

In the US truckload market, some 90 percent of capacity is provided by fleets of 20 trucks or less and independent owner-operators. They've been the industry's unheralded player, the shock absorber that helps smooth over the ups and downs of boom-and-bust times. Yet if Covid has revealed anything, it is how these operators have proved their worth - and deserve our respect - for stepping up to help keep freight moving in an unprecedented capacity crunch. Schneider talks about the key role these industry stalwarts play for their network and customers.

Ben Schuchart
VP of Operations
Schneider
Speaker Bio
Prasad Gollapalli
CEO and Founder
Trucker Tools
Speaker Bio

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

6/9/21 11:50 am

Tim Dooner
FreightCaster
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Michael Vincent
Freightcaster
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Tom Schmitt
Chairman & CEO
Forward Air Corporation
Speaker Bio
Jay Gustafson
SVP of Marketplace Solutions
Echo Global Logistics
Speaker Bio
Jamie Hagan
Owner
Hell Bent Xpress LLC
Speaker Bio

Icebreaker Networking Session presented by loadsure

6/9/21 12:20 pm

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

6/9/21 12:50 pm

Tim Dooner
FreightCaster
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Michael Vincent
Freightcaster
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Mike Wells
Senior Vice President, Operations
DCLI
Speaker Bio
Ashwin Vasudevan
Director of Marketing
KBX
Speaker Bio

Long Haul Crime Log: Drugs at the border: What truckers, fleets need to know

6/9/21 1:20 pm

Seizures of drugs from tractor-trailers are a regular occurrence at the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada. Lawyer Su Ross, a partner with MSK in Los Angeles who specializes in compliance issues, says the drivers caught with these illicit loads are often unaware of what they were hauling. Ross talks with FreightWaves reporter Nate Tabak, the co-host of the podcast Long-Haul Crime Log, about what truckers and fleets need to know when this happens to them.

Susan Ross
Attorney
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Speaker Bio
Nate Tabak
Border and North America Correspondent
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio

Fireside Chat: How AB5 is likely to affect small fleets and owner-operators

6/9/21 1:35 pm

With independent contractor law AB 5 increasingly likely to be the law of the land in California, how trucking companies prepare for that day will be enormously important. Damon Ott, a shareholder in the Littler Mendelson law firm, speaks with editor at large John Kingston about what companies should be doing now to get ready for the day when AB 5 is implemented, whenever that might be.

John Kingston
Executive Editor and Oil Market Expert
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Damon Ott
Shareholder
Littler Mendelson
Speaker Bio

Fireside Chat: 5 Things You Should Know About Making the Jump from Company Driver to Owner Operator

6/9/21 2:00 pm

Starting a business is a daunting challenge. This session will lean on the experience and lessons learned from trucker who successfully took the leap to becoming his own boss.

Matt Silver
Vice President of Partnerships & Strategic Alliances
Trucker Tools
Speaker Bio
Larry Cothran
Owner Operator
Cothran Logistics
Speaker Bio

Fireside Chat: Should you buy or lease your equipment?

6/9/21 2:10 pm

Financials are always key in any business. For small fleets and owner-operators the decision about buying or leasing equipment is always difficult. Join our fireside chat where our experts examine how to analyze the decision based on your needs.

Andrew Cox
Market Research Analyst
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Kevin McCarthy
Vice President, Sales - West Region
Ryder
Speaker Bio

Fireside Chat: Prepare for the Worst: Preventing Cargo Theft & Increasing Your Chance of a Successful Cargo Claim

6/9/21 2:35 pm

The holidays: While most are relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends, you’re on high alert. What can you do to protect your loads from holiday spikes in cargo theft—and how can you set yourself up for a successful cargo claim? We’ll share the timely tips, tricks, and trends that can help you protect your loads and your business.

Johnny McCord
CEO & Founder
Loadsure
Speaker Bio
Adam Wingfield
Managing Director
Innovative Logistics Group
Speaker Bio

#withSONAR

6/9/21 2:45 pm

Kyle Taylor
SONAR Account Executive
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Luke Falasca
SONAR Account Executive
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio

Fireside Chat: Financing your day to day operations as an owner-operator

6/9/21 3:05 pm

Financing your day to day operations is one of, if not the most important decision when striking out on your own. Often it means using a factoring service and quick pay options. If this is the road you take, then it's important to have the info to make the right decisions.

John Kingston
Executive Editor and Oil Market Expert
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Marius Slivasan
CEO
eCapital
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Fireside Chat: Citations and Your CDL – What Every Professional Driver and Fleet Need to Know

6/9/21 3:20 pm

Join Nick Hillesheim, Chief Sales Officer at TVC Pro-Driver, for an insightful overview of CDL legal services and learn how a professional driver can leverage outsourced legal benefits and services to their advantage and protect their CDL. Plus, hear from Lysa Bockoven and Chelsea Pieczko from Decker Truck Line as they share their first-person experience working with multiple legal providers. If you have ever been curious which types of citations are most common, whether it is possible to fight a ticket, and what impact not fighting a ticket can have on your livelihood, this is the session for you!

Nick Hillesheim
Chief Sales Officer
TVC ProDriver
Speaker Bio
Chelsea Pieczko
Compliance Specialist
Decker Truckline
Speaker Bio
Lysa Bockoven
Compliance and Work Comp Specialist
Decker Truckline
Speaker Bio

Closing Remarks

6/9/21 3:35 pm

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Tim Dooner
FreightCaster
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio
Michael Vincent
Freightcaster
FreightWaves
Speaker Bio

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