Terry College of Business

Georgia’s flagship business school, founded in 1912


April 27-29, 2014                                  

The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel; Athens, GA



Sunday, April 27, 2014

3:30 – 5:30

Registration – Conference Registration Desk

3:15 – 4:00

Board Meeting – Oak Room



4:45 – 5:45

Reception and Cocktail Party – Pecan Tree Galleria & Courtyard



Seated Dinner – Banquet Area – Promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Keynote Address and Board Presentations

"Enjoy The Ride"

Introduction:     Mark Hazelwood, President, Pilot Flying J

Speaker:          Steve Gilliland


Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world.  Recognized as

a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily alongside Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Crosby.  "Steve is what happens when the humor of Ron White collides with the inspiration of Zig Ziglar."  Mr. Gilliland's presentation is courtesy of Pilot Flying J.


8:00 – 10:30

Cash Bar, Networking, and Free Time – Pecan Tree Galleria

Monday, April 28, 2014

7:00 – 7:30

Registration and Breakfast – Breakfast outside of Mahler Auditorium

7:30 – 7:45

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Mahler Auditorium

Speaker:        Josh Kaburick, Program Chair, Trucking Profitability Strategies Conference

7:45 – 8:45


Speaker:        John Larkin, Stifel Nicolaus


8:45 – 9:00

Break – Hill Atrium Break Area


9:00 – 10:10

Current Events Panel

This panel will discuss current events impacting the trucking industry while debating challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.


Moderator:     Aaron Tennant, Chief Executive Officer, Tennant Truck Lines, Inc.

Speaker:        David Bradley, President & CEO, Canadian Trucking Alliance

                     Shepard Dunn, Chairman, Truckload Carriers Association

                     Duane Long, First Vice Chair, American Trucking Associations


10:10 – 10:30

Food and Beverage Break  – Hill Atrium Break Area


10:30 – 12:00


Drivers: Challenges & Opportunities Panel

As capacity gets tight, so moves the needle with churn.  Recruiting for experience will get ruthless.  If you want your focus to be on managing revenue and expenses, it can’t be distracted with unseated trucks.  How do the industry leaders manage recruiting and more importantly retention?  What separates the best from the rest?  As the “old school driver” retires, how do we appeal to the new or next generation looking to start a career?  What’s it going to take to be an employer of choice?


Moderator:      Mark Seymour, President & CEO, Kriska

Speakers:       Kevin Burch, President, Jet Express

                      Tom Kretsinger, President & COO, American Central Transport

                      Mark Murrell, Carriers Edge                   


12:00 – 1:30

Lunch – Banquet Area

Speakers:       Dave Osiecki, Senior Vice President, American Trucking Associations

                      Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


1:45 – 3:00

Building Your Dashboard: Keeping Score Panel

Keeping score is of vital importance to any business.  In a world where information is king, how quickly and accurately key performance indicators can be compiled, displayed, diagnosed and acted upon can be the difference between success and failure.  This panel will explore the benefits of dashboards and scorecards and give practical examples of how to present critical information effectively.


Moderator:     Steve Phillips, Senior VP-Operations, Werner Enterprises

Speakers:       Karen Smerchek, President, Veriha Trucking, Inc.

                      Jonathan Wahba, Chief Operating Officer, Kriska

                      Angie Buchanan, VP of Safety, Melton Truck Lines


3:00 – 3:15

Break – Hill Atrium Break Area


3:15 – 4:15


Open Forum

Moderator:     Derek Leathers, President and COO, Werner Enterprises

Speakers:       C.L. Werner, Chairman Emeritus, Werner Enterprises

                      Jerry Moyes, CEO, Swift Transportation

4:15 – 5:30

Neworking Opportunity


Busses leave for Dinner




Reception and Dinner




Sponsored by Carrier Transicold




Tuesday, April 29, 2014


7:00 – 7:30


Breakfast – Breakfast outside of Mahler Auditorium


7:30 – 8:45


Leadership Development Panel

Panel will talk about how you do it personally, how you develop it in your organization, what are the tactics that have worked the best, what have failed.  Personal learning, triumphs and heartbreaks in leadership development.


Moderator:     Trevor Fridfinnson, Senior Vice President, Bison Transport, Inc.
Speakers:       Josh England, President, C.R. England
                      Robert Low, President and CEO, Prime, Inc.
                      Dan Strong, President and CEO, Super Service LLC

8:45 – 9:00

Break – Hill Atrium Break Area


9:00 – 10:15

Optimizing Fuel Consumption Panel

Fuel costs are one of the largest expenses in a trucking organization.  There are a myriad of options for attaining better fuel optimization.  They all come with a different cost and set of requirements for adoption.  At the same time, there is a pull from most shippers to take credit for all of our risk, capital and effort put forth to become best in class.  These panelists are doing some great work toward expanding their fuel optimization!


Moderator:     Sam Anderson, President & CEO, Bay and Bay Transportation

Speakers:      Chris Hummer, Vice President, Don Hummer Trucking Corp.

                     Jeff Shefchik, President, Paper Transport, Inc.

                     Brad Pinchuk, President, Hirschbach


10:15 – 10:45

Food and Beverage Break  – Hill Atrium Break Area


10:45 – 12:00


Opinions and Advice Panel

The moderator will tap into the considerable experiences and knowledge of a distinguished panel of top trucking leaders on a wide variety of topics with the goal of strengthening trucking companies, their bottom lines, and their leadership/management capabilities.


Moderator:    Josh Kaburick, COO, Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company

Speakers:      Richard Stocking, President & COO, Swift Transportation
                     Scott Arves, President & CEO, Transport America
                     Clifton Parker, President & General Manager, G&P Trucking Co, Inc.
                     Jim Richards, Chief Executive Officer , KLLM Transport Services



12:00 – 1:00

Lunch – Hill Atrium Break Area



*As of April 15, 2014

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